Former: Smooth Long Shank Dublin Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-017-0433
Boasting decades of experience in the craft, Hans "Former" Nielsen has rightfully earned his place as one of the premier artisans in not just Denmark, but the world at large. He cut his teeth for ten years in the legendary W.Ø. Larsen workshop, where he oversaw and worked with the likes of Teddy Knudsen, Tonni Nielsen, and Jess Chonowitsch and during which he honed his sense for not just what was aesthetically pleasing about a particular piece, but how well it functioned and smoked. After leaving the Larsen workshop, Nielsen began making pipes under his own name, and his designs have influenced several generations of craftsman. His work showcases a penchant for sleek, minimalist lines, supple curves, and gorgeous finishes, and this straight long-shanked Dublin perfectly exemplifies all of those traits.
At almost seven inches long, this piece is decidedly lengthy, but most of its reach can be explained by its protracted oval shank, which stretches out from the low-set transition and terminates at an abbreviated tapered stem. Canadian-like in its build, this piece boasts a sleek, understated profile that anchors the visual weight at the bowl. Said bowl rises in a steady flare from its firm, muscular heel to its broad, plateau-crowned rim. The bowl's brawny, thick-walled frame conforms naturally to the hand and conceals a healthy chamber capacity, one that ensures plenty of leisurely smoking sessions. The aforementioned rim's craggy texture offers some pleasing contrast to the rest of the stummel's smooth finish, which highlights mesmerizing streaks of flame grain around the bowl's flanks, all under an auburn stain.--Davin Hylton
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 6.96 in./176.78 mm.
- Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.92 in./48.77 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Dublin
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Denmark