It's been a nice evening here at the forum:
1. I got to see pix of MLC's new Askwith burner.
2. Peck increased my vocabulary as I Googled "spalted."
3. I got to see your newest creation. Sadly, I lack vision and I lack imagination. Your first group of pix made me hope that the burner would eventually color. I loved the grain and the rings and the tamarind accent is really attractive. But, I should've known better. The second group of pix made me go slack jawed stupid. Your new burner is just beautiful.
Nice work, Dan. I love the shank extension (tamarind) and the color of the stem. I also love both the before and after pics, and i think that both the raw and natural, as well as the stain look great. I'm a huge fan of unfinished blasted pipes and love the idea of them acquiring color and making them unique over time.
In any event, really good looking pipe!