The drilling is spot on and other than the two fills the stummel is nice; I obviously can't speak to the original stem! On last weeks PM Radio Show Brian said he had re-launched the Big-Ben line (they bankrupted a few years ago)so there are new ones to be had and I'm sure some on the estate market, too. I my short experience with this one I would say they are good smokers (second bowl almost gone and its going along dry, cool, and to the bottom) and have some eye-appeal as well!I've never owned a Big Ben, but I would expect Dutch pipes to be crafted with great care. The Dutch
(to stereotype and generalize) love precision and design. This one really gives back the intense
attention and care you put into reviving it; looks better than the original, very fine indeed.
Thanks, Al. It is definitely an interesting pipe with its backstory IMHO.I just read the entry this morning, interesting tale and great job!
Thank you. I think bringing old things back to life is such a joy. And making an old pipe a beautiful and enjoyable thing again is a wonderful (and addictive) hobby!Wonderful work. It's great to see a pipe receive proper treatment and start a new life.