I have been experimenting with a new contrast stain for over 3 months now and finally I think I might be onto something. It takes a lot of time and a lot of elbow grease and exceptional grain (which this block is not). I'll end up using it only for the best of the best. This pipe is one hefty fella! I like the flow and the combination of the protea nitida with the stain. This is for the guys who like big bowls.