XL Volcano with Mammoth Ivory
SOLDI am very pleased with this new style volcano shape. The shape works well with the flow of the grain, from the pure birdseye covering the entire bottom to the spread of the radiant straight grain. If the grain had not broken up around the shank on one side, this pipe would have been a CROWN grade. I chose a contrast stain to make the grain pop and the smooth texture feels very velvety. Of particular interest and flair is the chunky mammoth ivory shank cap. It's beautiful creamy colour matches well with the contrast finish, and the natural enamel surface has been left intact. I have a large stock of this expensive, flaw free mammoth ivory which I plan to utilize in many pipes to come. The hand cut stem is ebonite, which tapers down to a slim 4mm behind the button. Wide open draw, and a cleaner passes easily.