Former: Sandblasted Apple Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-017-0396

Boasting 60 years of pipe-making experience, Hans "Former" Nielsen is a masterful carver with a considerable reputation and a devoted following the world over. Nielsen spent the early days of his career repairing and refurbishing pipes in Rasmussen's Copenhagen shop before eventually moving on to the prestigious W.Ø. Larsen workshop. It was at Larsen where he continued to hone his skills and worked his way up to a supervisory position where he oversaw the work of legendary artisans like Jess Chonowitsch and Teddy Knudsen. He eventually struck out on his own, and he has been producing pipes under his own name ever since. Nielsen's incredible attention to detail, from shaping to finish to engineering, results in a low annual production rate, making this Apple all the more enticing.

Nielsen is perhaps most associated with his Apple shapes, and it's easy to see why: The Danish artisan has a knack for the rounded features and supple curves that define the design's bowl. The light cheeking and tight-knit nature of the transition lends the bowl an extra sense of definition and independence within the overall composition — its circumference given ample space to breath. The bowl's plump heel steadily tapers toward the rim for typical Danish-style softness while an arrow-straight shank-and-stem arrangement stretches out back and provides a sense of balance that can be felt in hand. The stummel wears an earth-toned sandblast that coaxes out rippling growth rings around the surface of the bowl, with the rim and a band at the shank end left smooth and stained a lighter color for contrast. Handsome, voluptuous, and expertly rendered, this piece offers everything that makes Nielsen's pipes so unique, and it will no doubt become a cherished addition in any collector's rotation.

--Davin Hytlon
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.82 in./147.83 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.42 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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