I am very excited to own another Tim Thorpe. This time, it is the new finish that pulled me in. He has spent the past 3 or so years developing this technique. All I know is that it takes days to get this driftwood, or "beachwood" as driftwood is found on the beach, finish. It's hard to photograph, and I am not a photographer, but I tried to capture the complexity of the patterns. It feels really interesting in the hand and looks incredibly unique. So far as I know, he's the only US pipe maker doing this, and I have seen very little like it anywhere in the world. It's definitely one of the coolest finishes that I have seen, and I'll probably get at least another one soon. I won't comment on the smoking qualities, as Tim doesn't let a poor smoking pipe out of his shop, and eleven years in the industry guarantees that.
It really is, alexnorth. I wish I could show everyone in person. It is definitely different than anything I have seen. This was one of the very first ones, he's already getting the process down even better and the next couple are phenomenal looking.