Soaking the strummel in strong tea will impart a lot of color.Why not?
I have no interest in whether or not it is "natural," as it's not a contest for me.
I like the look of coloured meerschaum and don't concern myself with worrying that it came from 10 minutes of soaking rather than 10,000 bowls of tobacco.
There are many examples of meerschaum available to purchase from highly skilled carvers that come pre-coloured, and I like them.
Well, maybe our intrepid scientist will discover a way to eliminate that serious and obvious difference if he takes up the proposed experiment! I'm curious.Contest? What contest?
But, there is a serious and obvious difference in the "look" of a naturally colored meer and that of an artificially surface colored meer. If such doesn't bother you ... go for it.
It was unsmoked which is why I volunteered it for testing - so there would be no way to tell the difference. My entire rotation is meerschaum. This pipe was chosen to test some of the things I have read and help me to better appreciate and care for my other pipes.Here's a thought...why don't you smoke a bowl or two and see if you can tell a difference since you did the soaks?
Hi Jeff, can you try cetyl esters? They are supposedly closer to spermaceti and have similar applications as beeswax.Boiling did remove the beeswax coating from the pipe. Probably gonna experiment with some Jojoba oil (technically a wax) and see the effects. Always open to suggestions as to new "experiments" -jeff