Grading

My pipes are graded on a scale of 1 to 5 within the categories of Smooth Pipes, Sandblasted Pipes and Fantasy Pipes. Within those categories the pipes go from the simple to the complex and from decent grain to the most outstanding.

I have yet to make even a grade 2 in some of the categories because I haven't come across the briar that meets the criteria.

Sandblasted Pipes:  

Grade 5: $185.00 - $240.00
Good grain definition, though it may not be uniformly organized, may also have small flaws. Simple designs.


Grade 4: $240.00 - $290.00
Good Grain definition and organization, may have small flaws.


Grade 3 $290 - $340.00
Excellent grain definition and organization. May have tiny flaws.
 
Grade 2 $340.00 - $450.00
Excellent grain definition, organization and patterns. Exceptional design elements.
 
Grade 1 $450.00 - $550.00
Flawless briar of stunning grain definition, organization and exceptional patterns. Outstanding design, shape and feel.

Smooth Pipes

Grade 5: $240.00 - $290.00
Good grain definition, though it may not be uniformly organized, may also have tiny flaws. Simple designs.
 
Grade 4: $290.00 - $360.00
Good Grain definition and organization may have tiny flaws.
 
Grade 3: $360.00 - $460.00
Excellent grain definition and organization. May have tiny flaws.
 
Grade 2: $460.00 - $570.00
Excellent, strong grain definition, organization and patterns. Exceptional design elements.
 
Grade 1: $570.00 - $700.00
Flawless briar of stunning grain strength and definition, organization and exceptional patterns. Outstanding design, shape and feel.

Fantasy Pipes

My Fantasy pipes are the ones that split off from standard pipe design into the realms of the unique and strange. They often take a lot more time and effort to make than the standard shapes due to their complex nature.

Grade 5: $350.00 - $410.00
Usually sandblasted or rusticated with unique and artistic design properties.
 
Grade 4: $410.00 - $460.00
Usually sandblasted or partially blasted More complex designs and carving.
 
Grade 3: $460.00 - $560.00
Mainly smooth with the possibility of partial blasting. Complex designs and carving. Excellent grain and pattern.
 
Grade 2: $560.00 - $700.00
Usually Smooth with complex designs and carving. Excellent briar with outstanding grain pattern and organization.
 
Grade 1: $700.00 - $850.00
Smooth with stunning design and carving. Outstanding quality briar with no flaws and exceptional grain organization and pattern.
 

Creatures of Smoke

These pipes are a step up in complexity from the Fantasty pipe line often taking a week or more to complete. These pipes defy a standard grading system as they are so work-intensive that while grain is important it is overshadaowed by the sheer volume of detail and artistic effort spent on these pipes.

Creature Grade: $700 and up

Additional costs:
-Distinctive stem and shank work using metal rings, bands, bamboo, and exotic hardwoods: $20.00 and up.

-Transparent Lucite Stems $25