Former: Smooth Billiard with Silver

Product Number: 002-017-0341

Almost identical in size and style to a previous Billiard we received, this piece from Hans "Former" Nielsen exemplifies the Danish master's ability to fashion perfectly shaped classics in lightweight, diminutive size. Typically, when one considers nosewarmer pipes from Former, his signature rusticated Apple comes to mind, and while he does fashion other compact pieces, they come fewer and farther between, making this a special pipe.

Adding to its special nature is this Billiard's sublime form. Former is considered a master of line and curve, with over 50 years experience carving pipes, including a career at W.Ø. Larsen. This pipe testifies to that skill in its arrow straight shank and stem combination, slightly tapered bowl, and the seamless curve from the heel to the rim. In pipes of this caliber, little aspects shine and impress — the flush, unobtrusive fit of the domed silver accent, how the length of the stem complements that of the stummel, the slight cant of the bowl and its compositional balance, the trim, comfortably button work, and the chamfered tenon. All of these shaping cues are subtle and seemingly minuscule, but were any of them "off," this piece would fail as a composition. As it stands, Former has anything but failed; rather, he's presented a functional work of art that could only be crowned in such a finish as this — vibrant auburn and mahogany hues highlighting streaks of flame grain all across the bowl.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.85 in./123.19 mm.
  • Weight: 0.80 oz./22.68 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.66 in./16.76 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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