Got this block of Plateau from a friend (thanks Ruff!) that will remain unmentioned. Started into it and liked the way the grain ran. But the more I sanded it, the more...blah.... it looked. Didn't want to do a standard rustication because it hides the grain. It went with me to work last night and on my break, went back to the sandblasting cabinet and this is what came out...... Left some plateau on the rim and shank. Bronze stem and used Dark Brown stain, then Light Brown, then Dark Brown again. Airway is drilled with a #20 bit (.160") because it was the only bit I had long enough, lol. But should have a nice open draw. Chamber is 3/4" dia. by 2" deep. 7" long by 2 and a half tall. It's going to it's new master tonight. One of my fellow co-workers saw it and snagged it before I had a chance to finish it. Not sure why, but when I'm looking at this pipe, I want to put on a smoking jacket, sit in front of a fireplace with a snifter of brandy and a good book. Probably something classical playing in the back ground, like Pink Floyd or Blue Oyster Cult. (In my heaviest Ole English laced with Redneck) I say, Old Chaps, any ponderings on the old girl? Hip, Hip!