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In amongst the experiments for color, shine, briar supply etc, all kinds of oddity occurs.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with this pipe, it just isn't anything like what I was hoping to make. I had selected this block on the basis of the apparent wide ring spacing, and went about blasting it, only to find that the rings were ridiculously tight and a leathery texture was going to be about it, no deep-cut coming because the briar wasn't going to take it. So you stop. The piece was beautifully clean, no chunks fell out under the gun (it's uncommon), and I went for a natural oil finish, and the result was the pipe turned two different colors, it's sort of brown for a bunch of years and then it just turns light at one ring and stays that way. My assumption is that if you smoke the pipe 40 times, it will become a uniform brown.

Stem is cumberland, the pipe is 48 grams, 6" long, oval shank, bowl is 2" tall, and the chamber is just 3/4", so it's a tall/skinny sorta thing. And I've taken about 400 pictures of this pipe, flash, no flash, different exposures, angles, lighting, and I just can't get a good picture of it, so ... piss on it, here it is.

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This is super reliable sweet-smoking briar, it's drilled perfect, stem is wonderful, I'd keep the damn thing and smoke it but I just don't need another pipe at all, and one of you guys can put a couple hundred dozen bowls through it and see if it was worth the 225 bucks it cost you.



Next up, again nothing wrong with this pipe in any way, I just didn't get the result at all I was hoping for, it blasted vastly different than I figured, and I kind of gave up. The stem here is acrylic, and it's not black, it is in fact poop swirl, the subtle olive cumberland that I and I alone love. Briar is spanish, it will mellow up and be your friend. This pipe is 5 5/8" long, not quite 2" tall, and has a slightly wider 13/16" chamber, kind of a good do-all size. 41 grams. And that's all this is, a really good smoking pipe in a classic shape and size. Same thing, 225 bucks all in here.

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Again, this will darken with use, and the pipe will end up being a sort of mahogany color with the olive/black stem, it will look good. But this is not a fancy top grade blast, nor a fancy top-grade piece of wood in terms of grain or cut. It will smoke circles around anything else in this price range.