When I first bought this natural finish Sea Urchin from Northern Briars it sported a Black Stem and looked perfectly fine. It was several months later a member of another pipe forum showed his off and it sported an Amber colored stem, he had a simple silver band and it looked gorgeous.
Being the slightest bit jealous I queried if he’d like to trade but that wasn’t going to happen. I finally bit the bullet and emailed Ian at Northern Briars hoping they would make one for me and he said he would be happy to so off across the pond it went.
When it returned it was no longer the pipe I originally bought it was now drop dead gorgeous in my eyes. Taking on coloration nicely I’m keeping it smokey with some 15 y/o Dark Twist Roll Cake from Mac Baren.