It was to Radice's credit that they left the stummel completely bare, or for a better word "pure". It simply captures the delicate vulnerability of underlying paleness of the wood, especially when so naturally melded to the sandblast. In fact, with the stubby shank left smoothly without texture, you may mistake the bowl as completely untouched. Radice certainly knows how to bring out the best in briar. At this point, after examining this finely shaped nosewarmer, that I am sure of.