I have an unfinished pipe similar to the one in your pic. It is amazing how the briar changes color with each use. If you like the looks of it now wait until it has been smoked a few times. The grain really starts to pop.
I have a 20-year old "naked," unwaxed, natural signature-stamped Erik Nording much like Bubba's!! You are going to really enjoy the way this pipe smokes! I have never had a bad smoke from this pipe. Cool, dry, very relaxing. Enjoy, young man! FTRPLT