I finally decided to pull the trigger on a project I've been thinking about for a while now. I've had a MM Freehand for about a year now, and have only smoked it a couple of times. It's just not for me. In my opinion, the angle and length of the stem/mouthpiece + the giant cob make this pipe too heavy to clench. I've been really into short, stubby pokers lately and thought about converting my freehand into something I would grab more often. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I know that to some this might be considered sacrilege, but like I said, I know I'll smoke it more and I think that's the most important thing. What do you think? Oh, I made the new shank out of a dowel and used the smaller mouthpiece from my MM Morgan. .....and here she is!