Zen Natural Wooden Pipes are made of natural uncoated wood. We are sure the dark wood of the bowl and the contrasting lighter stem will be sure to make this pipe a favorite.
The manufacturer suggests breaking the pipe in with a bit of honey or pipe sweetener until it becomes your seasoned favorite. To "break it in" simply means to get the wood accustomed to the heat of the glowing tobacco in the bowl. As you gradually build up a carbon layer the pipe will adjust itself. Some burning of the surface of the Zen wooden pipe is natural. You can keep this to a minimum by puffing and dragging carefully and gently for the first few dozen fills.