As readers of this board may remember, one thing I've never warmed to is a white stem on a pipe. Never. It always seemed to stop the flow of the "movement" of a pipe's aesthetic.
Until now. There's egg on my face, or at least my beard, because I absolutely LOVE the look of this pipe, white stem and all. it's drop dead gorgeous, it "works" and I wish it graced one of my pipe racks.
While I'm at it, I must say that Chris Askwith is one maker who really seems to e4xperiment with a lot of different combinations of material, colors, shapes, etc. He's not afraid to take chances and I admire him for that.