I always wanted to make a pipe myself. This kit makes it easier, and has begun a new hobby for me, making pipes. The briar was a good piece of ebuchion(sp), though plain. The stem, unlike noted in other reviews, was good quality,just rough and only needed sanding and polishing. Overall, this was a good kit, and I recommend it to any pipe smoker that can use their imagination, patience, and some basic woodworking tools.