Former: Partially Sandblasted Horn

Product Number: 002-017-0308

Hans "Former" Nielsen has rendered a variety of Horn shapes, and this one falls into the more Dublin-esque category, as the bowl flares more dramatically after the gently curled transition — compared to other iterations which flare more gradually and consistently from shank-end to rim. With a subtle recurve at the stem, the overall profile displays a graceful S-curve in silhouette, with the topside line a touch tighter than the underside.

Though the rim is considerably broader and more splayed than the shank-end (as the shape requires), Nielsen has balanced the piece using a symmetrical pattern of finish. Starting with a crisp plateau at the rim, the Danish carver transitions to a section of smooth flame grain before seamlessly moving into a subtle, dark stained sandblast around the transition; then the pattern reverses, with yet another smooth area, before terminating at the plateaued shank-end. For one final artistic touch, Nielsen has positioned the disc-like base of the saddle stem at a slight angle, perfectly paralleling the offset orientation of the shank end. It's these balancing flourishes combined with world-renowned craftsmanship that make Former pipes some of the best the world has to offer.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.90 in./149.86 mm.
  • Weight: 2.14 oz./60.78 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Horn
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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