I forgot to mention that my billiard dimensions are incorrect as shown in the picture below. I was chasing the shank to try and achieve a seamless join and by the time it got to this point, I had taken off too much material for the billiards dimensions to be correct.
I have more Billiards in my collection than any other shape. I love a good billiard.
To my eye, this 1966 Dunhill LB is the best shaped Billiard I have ever come across. There is no real ring grain so the blast is nothing special, but the shape is what I am talking about.
For ring grain this Rad Davis has some really nice grain.
Another nicely grained pipe is this Jose Rubio.
Both of the nicely ring grains also have some nice shaping as well.
I could go on and on but you get the idea. I stopped buying smooth pipes with killer grain or Birdseye as I learned you cannot smoke grain and I can get 2 pipes for the price of one. Chasing grain is fun but it is also very expensive and I am still putting kids through college and law school. You need to get the shaping down before you go for smooth pipes or pipes with killer sand blasts. You will get there if you keep working hard at it. Good luck.
I like it. The given is that this is a big-chambered pipe, so the cant lends some motion and flow to the design, and the grain is pleasing. It's a big capacity briar without just looking like Big Pipe. Complaining about it would make me feel fussy and hair-splitting.
Cigar Master, your collection of beautiful pipes never fails to impress me!
I always tell myself, That's it, I'm done I'll put all my briar in the fireplace. but something in me just won't let it go.
I'm an old codger and I'm a stubborn old bastard. If I die with a smile on my face it will be because I finally made a billiard that got a thumbs up from the folks on the PMF LOL