Volcano - Grade B Sold!

When I first saw this block I knew it just had to be a Volcano, and it turned out to be a beautiful one. It is a big piece, with fantastic grain, not only around the bowl, but up the shank as well. It is a large pipe – a group 6 - at least. Wood of this quality would usually be graded a “Turtle”, yet if you look closely at the photos in the group shots, a small fissure is visible on the underside of the shank. So mother nature made this pipe a B grade. Personally, I honor the fact that briar grows in the dirt, and never take steps to hide this fact by using superglue fills or other finishing techniques to mask the true beauty and tenacity of briar, even if it “costs me money”. Being honest with you, and being true to the wood by leaving it in its natural state just seems to be the right thing to do. I just couldn’t bring myself to rusticate this piece. This beauty has a black vulcanite stem and my Amber Contrast stain.

Height: 2.28" / 5.79 cm
Length: 7" / 17.8 cm
Diameter: 1.5" / 3.8 cm
Chamber: .75" / 19 mm
Weight: 2.9 oz / 83.5 g
Bowl Depth: 1.94" / 4.93 cm