The first Shure 55 replica pipe was a gift for my brother, but this second one is a commissioned piece by a bride for her fiance. Smart woman. She even is planning for a “Pipe and Cigar Bar” area for the reception, and will gift this pipe there. The pipe and stem are briar, finished only with carnuba wax. There is stain in the grooves more the contrast. As with any of my pipes, I was happy to make it again.