Former: Smooth Billiard with Ivorite

Product Number: 002-017-0326

A curator of classic Danish style, Hans "Former" Nielsen is one of the most respected pipemakers in the world, his piece's showcasing an eye for gorgeous shaping rivaled only by Nielsen's expert craftsmanship. Here, the soft, Danish lines and the shape of the ivorite accent on this Billiard all point to the work of the esteemed master. The profile boasts a compact length and extended bowl height, the form exemplifying the various shaping cues that separate Danish Billiards from their English counterparts — the heel lifts elegantly from the center of the bowl's underside, softening the form even more as it tapers toward the slightly inflated rim.

The shank end, then, is fitted with a mount of ivorite, a common accent utilized by Former, which the Danish artisan fashions most often in one of two ways: Either Nielsen will suddenly flare and round over the end of the ivorite, often balancing it out with a disc-like saddle stem, or the Danish carver will gently taper the end, leading the eye into either a saddle stem or seamlessly tapered one, as seen here. In this piece such a shank end treatment suits the overall composition well, echoing the bowl's taper and keeping the profile clean-lined and free of any sense of rigidity.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.89 in./124.21 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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