I usually like a smooth finish for my pipes. But every once in a while, I'll see a rusticated pipe (real rustication, not the carving you see on some Dr. Grabow pipes) and I'll say, "Damn, that's a nice pipe." I like sandblasting, too. Then you have stuff like the steam- and gear-punk pipes that Nate makes that combine the two textures. Done right, the contrast is gorgeous. But the first "nice" pipe I get is gonna be a smooth finish.