Most of the pipe stands I see have little shallow spoon-shaped scoops in the wood base where the bowl sits. I've got nothing against wood stands in general, but I don't want my nice burl scraping on something likely to mar or scratch it. Why not put some felt or leather or something at the points where my precious pipe is going to and fron? What are they thinking? I do see a few that buck the trend, and own a couple; so the knowledge is out there. It's just that 90% of the products are poorly designed on this point.