Bought this pitiful little thing off the Bay with another complete pipe for 5.00. Had to drill out what was left of the stem/stinger. I'm about halfway done with it. The shank had a small crack beginning after the drill out so I banded it. The band is tight and I've put several bowls through it. Yep, it smokes very good. The wood has better grain than showed up on the pic. I did find one fill I haven't sanded out yet. It's in the pic. Wanted a poker type pipe so I bought it for a project. As a working man I like the copper band. Who needs sterling or (choke) gold? Excuse the nasty dirty hands, I had been working on coal boilers.