Being educated as a machinist and engineer Erik Nording took up pipe making as a part time hobby during the 1950s. Erik began pipe carving as a profession in the mid 1960s in Denmark. Along with a number of carvers during the 1960s Erik worked a new Freehand style that emphasized organic flowing shapes and aesthetically unified stems and bowls. The signature shape of Nording pipes is Freehand even though Erik does showcase traditional shapes. Nording Pipes vary from smooth to rusticated, partially rusticated, and some carved designs. Most pipes have vulcanite stems, some feature stems of colored acrylic. Using only the highest grade briar, he now produces over 50,000 pipes a year, and has become one of the world's most respected pipe makers.