I have finally finished staining and buffing my first pipe. I'm still waiting on some Carnauba from Pimo's, but I'm finally done. Now I get to explain to my girlfriend what's been taking so much of my attention this past week. The mounts of briar dust, piles of spent sandpaper, and boxes of new tools should cover me pretty well. I got the briar from Steve Norse of Vermont Freehand on his Ebay store. It's pretty stuff, and I've ordered two more from him since I started this project. Though I didn't want to shell out the money for a Danish freehand, I've ended out shelling it out for tools and stain. But at least now I have the ability to make more! The stain is Fiebings, and I have a feeling the stem will be a work in progress. I put a slight crack in it while bending, and I have another one on the way from Pimos. Many thanks to Hudson and Spillproof for giving me some ideas for an amateur buffing setup. Next up on my list: a Cutty and/or another freehand. *Apologies for the less than amateur photography. I should probably invest in a new camera! Tried to go for an organic bend in the stem. Note the crack running through the briar. I kinda liked it, so I left it. Why mess with the shape? From the top. This thing fits like a glove in my hand.