As a cob and meer smoker, I don't know much about briars, so forgive the newbie type question. I've got a few estate pipes coming my way, some of which have been restored, which often means that the bowls have been reamed back to the wood. Does this basically mean starting at day one as far as seasoning the pipe goes? If break in is all about building cake, then I guess it does -- but is that what the break in process is about? Or is it more complicated, involving burning away sap or whatever from the briar?
Basically, is it really the same to break in a new pipe and a well restored estate?