So today I was able to go to a tobacco store that actually had some higher end pipes and tobacco. Notably an Erik Nording partially rusticated natural finish freehand pipe, which was an amazing looking pipe. (now I want one) I was able to look at the drilling in the bottom of the bowls of several pipes to compare them. Until now I only had my two estate briars to compare. One is a tobacco bar that the hole is well above the bottom of the hole, and the other is a Marxman that is a very big(to me) bowl and the hole is right at the bottom of the bowl. It was a big help to see how the different pipes were drilled. The Nording looked perfect, the draft hole was at the very bottom of the lowest part of the bowl. I've seen diagram's and drawings here in various posts, but until I saw the actual drilling in a clean pipe I wasn't quite sure what to look for. Now I am sure. I just wanted to share. Oh, and a side note. The proprietor of the store thought my DGE nosewarmer, a Missouri Pride, was a meerschaum pipe.