A very generous bowl, a delightfully long shank to cool the smoke and absorb moisture, and all of it covered with either a stellar straight grain or birdseye. The fact is that Claudio is loathe to let a pipe out of his shop that doesn't present a stunning grain,(let's face it, if one is to have obsessive consistencies as a pipe maker, immaculate grain is not a bad one to have), and blocks that have both the grain to support his obsession and a sufficient size to create a pipe of these dimensions are pretty thin on the ground. Thankfully, Claudio invests a ton of time in procuring the right blocks. Taking another glance at this unsmoked beauty...definitely worth it.
--R. 'Bear' Graves