"Nice pipe! Love the shape -- is that a rubber stem? Is it pre-carbed? If so, if it were mine, I'd scrub that out w/ Everclear. Let us know how she smokes"
The stem is all lucite (the "wood" band is simply colored lucite). The pipe appeared to be lightly pre-carbed - but I put in a light coat of honey anyway, and the pipe smoked very well the first bowlful (especially since I had removed the cursed stinger). The bottom started to get alarmingly hot though, toward the end, so I backed off in a hurry. No apparent damage, though; all looks good. A really nice grain, and I love the shape, which was referred to as "squashed tomato."