For the record, the majority of my pipes are Stanwells.
I do modify the airways so they smoke like the pipes I make, though. I can't afford my pipes. I do have a few that I kept; all rejects due to flaws in the briar. Handmade pipes do smoke better, IMHO, most of the time if they are properly made internally and the briar is well seasoned. Since I alter my Stanwells so that internally they are the same as my handmades, I can only attribute the better performance to well seasoned high quality briar. I let my briar dry for at least 3 years in my shop before using it so it's nice and dry. Some of my briar is well over a decade or so old. Dry, high quality briar makes pipes that perform like an old pipe right out of the gate.
Thanks for the kind words all the same.
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