As you can see in the photos, there are two pretty conspicuous chatter marks just inside the rim of this Ruby Bark. Fortunately, the rest of the pipe (stem, finish, etc.) is pristine, and the aforementioned should be a good deal less
conspicuous once it's actually being smoked again, as the exposed briar will darken. It's a lovely piece, after all: rich red, sterling silver, and quite a fair amount of ring grain, covering over 270 degrees of the bowl.
- Eric N. Squires