When I began researching Ingo Garbe, I found that his pipes are all smooth. He doesn't sandblast, or rusticate, or even use any other materials besides briar and vulcanite. Even though many pipe makers sandblast beautiful pieces, he prefers to offer only perfectly-smooth, polished, and stained pipes. (I suppose this is why we have never had anything other than smooth). This Billiard is tall, unsmoked, replete with birdseye and cross grain, and will arrive to you in the same condition.