Former: Smooth Natural Apple with Ivorite Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-017-0410

Hans "Former" Nielsen brings decades of pipe-making experience to his craft. He's devoted himself to pipes for the majority of his life, learning elements of design and engineering from repairing and restoring before working for the famed W.Ø. Larsen workshop. Former soon advanced to managing W.Ø. Larsen but then left for Germany to establish and supervise a factory there. Afterward, he returned to Denmark, and has been carving handmade pipes in his home studio ever since. Every pipe he fashions embodies his traditional Danish style, honed craftsmanship, and expert finishes, but it's for his Apple renditions that he's most recognized. It's a shape he's carved numerous times and one that he readily experiments with, riffing on various iterations while still revealing his personal aesthetic.

His workhorse, rusticated Apples are among his most prolific versions, but this smooth example is a singular piece. Distinctly chubby and soft-lined, this pipe exemplifies the Danish design tradition with myriad curves, elegant balance, and a minimalist demeanor. Though compact, it's among Former's most muscular iterations, the shank and bowl equal in their comparative stoutness for a substantially robust aesthetic throughout the entire composition. Beautifully balanced, though hearty, the bowl cants slightly forward, and the walls taper toward the rim.

The lines of the shank continue toward the stem through a domed section of Ivorite, the face gently rounded to maintain the gentle aesthetic that defines the stummel. The saddle stem matches the accent at the shank end wonderfully thanks to its split construction of black vulcanite through the bit and Ivorite at the base, with said base embellished by a rounded expansion ring whose plump flare continues the softness of the stummel as the step down into the saddle bit provides a contrasting hint of firmness. Dressed in smooth, glossy, natural stain, the briar reveals dense striations of straight grain all around, with birdseye bespeckling the underside and the rim. It's a piece that's iconically "Former" and perfect for those who appreciate hearty Danish classics and artisan quality.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.27 in./133.86 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.53 in./38.86 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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