@Squiby I had to cut a piece with my table saw for the blank which left red dust, like Outback Oz red, everywhere outside, then turned it and it was everywhere inside. Really rich color, it was your new stash which reminded me to cut it up. The guy must have cut loads of it at the wood shop he had a huge pile of deep, deep red saw dust. @Mr. Me2 Happy New Year to you as well, I read your post about Meerschaum and totally forgot to reply. Myself I would use one, some craftsmanship out there, as long as it didn't smell or taste of baccy. Had @Ruta round today and we discussed condenserless stems and we agreed an all wood stem was to be treated like a seasoned pipe. You'll never get it properly clean but that used to be called 'character'. Perhaps the Meerschaum could be 'seasoned'. I don't do reclaim. If I did I wouldn't use it. Meerschaum, 'Foam of the Sea', @Hogni excellent word, is light and looking at it porous so I would let it build up a thin layer of oil and just 'maintain' it rather than deep clean. It's each to their own.