While I agree, there is historical wisdom, which I posted .One pays good moneys for a pipe and not one person here has a corner on "the proper treatment of the pipe." Some members go from the sublime to the ridiculous and that's where the humor lays. So, carry on men, even those without a clue add to the fun.
Because the pipe was brand new and the stem was smooth and pristine before getting it wet.And it was proven that water caused that how?
Yup. I'm no wood expert, but I suspect that if I water-rinsed my MacQueen 'warden, whose stem is solid wood, the wood would expand in both directions and wouldn't crack—swell, maybe, but not crack. The stem would shed the dye and make a heck of a mess, but it wouldn't crack, probably.That, combined with it being a thin veneer over another material, doesn’t surprise me in the least. I was mistakenly thinking those came with a solid briar stem.