Here’s another, more dramatic example of this new finish style. The contrast of the coloration works better on pipes with very tight grain, unlike the billiard example, and the difference in coloration is profound – These two pipes were both contrast-colored in exactly the same process, yet the tighter-grained pipe held so much more color that even the unwaxed highlights appear darker. The look really goes well with a cumberland stem, in my opinion. Here is another photo showing how it even brings out the detail in formerly rather dull sandblasted bird’s-eye displays:

Again, like the billiard previously, this pipe has not been waxed or shellacked, the wood has simply been left bare. I MAY finish it; I haven’t yet decided, and if a buyer wants it, he can make that decision. It’s a grade 4, 515 €, and rather a large thing – huge and thick rather than thin and light. Prospective smokers should probably be at least 190-200 lbs in order to look proportional to the pipe! 😉 It is SOLD. And, please scroll down to the previous post and vote your opinion on the look of the finish, I’m curious to hear.

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1 Comment

Gunnar · January 30, 2007 at 9:14 pm


I voted Neutral because I can’t say I love it. However I don’t hate it either, so the closest thing I was allowed to vote was neutral.

It’s an interesting look and does enhance the grain, although I’m not sure it’s a huge improvement or a necessary one. I scrolled down to the blasted brandy on the same page and it looks quite nice as it is. You might try different stains, lighter stains too.

It’s just a different way of finishing.

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