So, my opinion is that there are very few pipe shapes that look good with a naturally exposed plateau top\rim. Even partially. And definitely not on a straight billiard (my favorite shape). Here's why:Irish-Dane wrote:Or leave just a little bit of it on the edge of the bowl. I like that look.Cleon wrote:Noooooo. Please no.JimVH wrote:Cut it into veneer. It would make some beautiful inlay into the top of a humidor.
Jim, buddy, have you lost your mind? You're usually a voice of reason.
He should turn that puppy into a nice little billiard (and try to lose the natural plateau top).
The billiard is a graceful but totally man made shape for a pipe. It's a great example of man taking dominion over nature and creating something beautiful that isn't "natural". Exposed plateau adulterates the graceful man made lines of a billiard even if it is sandblasted or rusticated and not a smooth. I suppose one could make the case that it offers contrast but nah, I don't care for that.
Now, the more organic the overall shape of the pipe the more the plateau naturally fits in. Like on a typical Preben Holm style freehand or maybe even horn/dublin shapes and some pokers.
Just my 2 cents.