Topic: 708 -NFS
Part of the Van Gogh series of peasant pipes!
As you can see, it is a pic Axe with what I call cuffs & collars. The collar is the top rim and is the outer edge of the burl, what Michael parks calls "burl top." The cuff if where the shank meets the stem, and in this case the stem is set into the shank.. the shank becomes a sleeve for the stem, hence the name cuff. I do not know of other designs like this except for pipes with "fancy" stems but, the mortise is flush to the outer edge.
The finish was inspired by the smokey looking stem, kind of "where form meets fashion." I decided to stain the pipe almos like the sunburst finish on an electric guitar except the them of this pipe being smoke and fire... flame.. grain.. From bottom to top, this pipes looks like a burning ember: flame red to black smoke.
Looks Hot, Smokes Cool!