Former: Smooth Oval Shank Billiard

Product Number: 002-017-0359

Hans Jonny Nielsen, known as Former, began his career at age 15, repairing pipes in Poul Rasmussen's workshop. He later worked for W.Ø. Larsen for 10 years and became a supervisor, teaching and working with some of the most well-known names in Danish pipe making before finishing his own workshop and devoting his time to his own pipe making. With 60 years of experience, he continues to make pipes of the highest caliber, like the Billiard seen here.

If you like birdseye, this is a pipe you'll admire. The left flank is entirely comprised of the tight swirls of grain, and the right side is almost its equal, though the horizontal grain at the near flank drifts into the right just a bit. This pipe possesses an oval shank for a particular sturdiness when viewed from above or below, while its profile remains svelte and understated. The rim is softly inflated for a rounded effect around the tobacco chamber, while the heel is also well-rounded. It's a traditional shape made by one of the finest carvers anywhere.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.39 in./136.91 mm.
  • Weight: 1.84 oz./52.16 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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