Originally Posted by HookahMaster
yeah I know
I guess that's what I have to accept from a hand painted design...
I wouldn't. It looks like it's already had a couple of years of constant use (in which I'd understand it looking like that). It shouldn't look like that out of the box. "Handmade" should never be an excuse for shoddy workmanship.
I'd sent a pic to J&R and ask them about it.
They'll probably send you a new base.