Former: 60th Anniversary Sandblasted Paneled Billiard with Horn
Product Number: 002-017-0352
In Hans "Former" Nielsen's 60 years of pipemaking, he has trained every carver you ever heard of. Wait, that's a bold statement and untrue, though I'd be willing to argue he's influenced every carver you've ever heard of, because he's influenced the carver who influenced them. He was a supervisor at W.Ø. Larsen, where such carvers as Jess Chonowitsch and Teddy Knudsen worked under him before he branched out on his own a millennia or two ago.
The Billiard is a difficult shape for most, but Former could probably make them with his feet if he so chose, by simple virtue of the hundreds/thousands he's made over the years. This piece is among the 60th Anniversary pipes released by Former to celebrate his long career. In a medium-deep sandblast with perfectly aligned and proportioned panels, a smooth, rounded, hexagonal rim, crisp and mathematically precise paneling of bowl and shank, this piece is further commended by a decorative fitment of horn, itself perfectly paneled and rounded at the end before introducing the tapered stem. It's a pipe reflecting impressive precision and exact tolerances, and certainly worthy of marking such a milestone in the career of one of the most talented carvers to ever live.- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.69 in./144.53 mm.
- Weight: 1.11 oz./31.47 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Panel
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Denmark