I can imagine. I feel like a couple of my pipes are friends of mine.. and I didn't even make those. The matter is settled, I'm going to do it. If it turns out I'll post some pictures..
Ah, my friend...don't dream it...do it! There is something about smoking a pipe you have labored on - be it a bare block you have drilled yourself, a kit pipe or even restoring an estate pipe that adds much to the enjoyment of both looking at it and smoking it.