When a pipe has a beautiful wood, with a beautiful vein or an important flame, but, at the same time, some aesthetic defect that cannot be covered neither with paint, sandblasting is applied.
Sandblasting tears off the softer parts of the wood, highlighting the grain and wood rings.
In this way, the surface of the pipe is covered with more or less regular designs, generally very pleasant, which transform the design of the wood into a three-dimensional structure.
Obviously, then, the result is influenced not only by the structure of the root, but also by the technique of pipemakers in sandblasting: sandblasting more or less deep, with an inclination rather than another, gives different results.
Many pipemakers, then, color the sanded pipe, in some cases with different colors in order to give greater characterization to the design obtained, obtaining effects really worthy of note.
A good sandblasting, therefore, “saves” a pipe with a beautiful wood.
From a functional point of view, the sandblasted pipes are less delicate than the smooth ones and, because they have a greater contact surface due to the roughness, they are also less heated during smoking.
Although, in general, the pipes are less appreciated by neophytes (but are loved by collectors and great enthusiasts) because a little ‘more complex to understand at first glance, are certainly more suited to smokers less experienced than smooth pipes, just for their characteristic of being more resistant and to heat less.