|One of the many mysteries of pipe making, at least to me, is
how does a pipe maker, with as varied a skill set as Former,
Former can make any shape he wants, and have it be one of
the best examples of that shape ever. So, here, he chose to
make a version of the Danish Free Hand. Why? Because he
wanted to use as much of this fabulous briar block as possible?
Look at the grain...it is Grp. 6 or even a 7 and the ring grain
runs all around the bowl from top to bottom. And in this way, he
managed also to keep the plateau, telling the customer that this
pipe came from the best part of the burl. The cond. is exc., the
draw is wide-open and the stem is acrylic. It won't oxidize. Used.
6" long, bowl 2.3" tall. Weight: 2.25 oz., 63 grams. $835.