28 July 2014.
I have uploaded a De-lite-ful* pair - Abbott and Costello - and like the original classic pair, I hope these two promise to be hold just as much mirth and pleasure.
I decided to leave them natural, for staining them would have been like rubbing mud all over the Mona Lisa, and besides, finding two blocks of such an exquisite light colour is quite rare. Look at it this way; like a prized Meerschaum, you would be able to experience them as they develop a lovely patina.
No glue whatsoever was used during the manufacture of these two. They are as natural as natural can be. They can be taken apart, cleaned, redrilled, baked, soaked or treated any way you may wish to.
I would hate to see them being split up and if I could, I would have put them in a display case and sold them together as collectors' items. But they are pipes and meant to be smoked and enjoyed. Yet, if you could find it in your heart to give them both a good home, you would make this old heart of mine very glad.