POY Chairman Rick Willoughby has done it again. Here's what Rick has to say:
“While our prototype is a tad more svelte than the actual pipe, you can still see it'll be one that is comfortably clenched or held in the hand.
Sandblast finishes are a favorite of mine because they express the grain in three dimensions. They have a tactile quality, too. While I don't believe (as some do) that they smoke cooler, they're apparently cooler in the hand.
Ever had a pipe in a natural finish? They have a very interesting way of darkening as they're smoked. This color change will only accentuate the grain.
I'm excited about this year's POY. I'll be ordering one! Like our other POYs, we have one of the best that the pipe world has to offer at a great value for SPC members only. Remember that feeling you had when you missed out on a previous year's gem? Don't make that mistake again! This will be one of the truly great ones.
MORE About Alan Brothers: You’ll remember that Jeff Gracik (J. Alan Pipes) was our Keynote Speaker at the 2016 Annual Dinner. Jeff creates some of the most sought after high end pipes in the world. He travels to China, Russia and Japan to meet serious collectors of his pipes. When Jeff and his brother Jeremy, founded Alan Brothers Supply Co., their goal was simple: to create a range of luxurious but affordable pipes. With a range of beautiful, iconic designs, the Alan Brothers' aesthetic leans heavily on Jeff's re-imagining of classic forms through a modernist lens. The results are inviting, timeless, and above all welcoming — all in the palm of your hand.” Paraphrased from Smokingpipes.com
The Alan Brothers Tanshell Bent Egg. What a wonderful pipe! You only have to hold this pipe for an instant to know it will immediately become one of your favorites. As Rick points out, the natural tanshell will color up wonderfully from the heat, oils in your hand and the fragrant tobacco smoke. Each is it's own unique thing of beauty. The feel of this pipe in your hand is comfortable and will sit perfectly in your mouth -- everything you’d want in a pipe. The pipe is a stunner and you will want it for your collection.
Order deadline July 28, 2017. Pipes MUST be prepaid and will be delivered in Autumn. Want to order your new Alan Brothers SPC POY? Just click the BUY NOW button on this page and Presto!
The Alan Brothers Tanshell Bent Egg:
- Natural briar finish
- black ebonite bit
- Special SPC 2017 stamping
Dimensions are approximately:
- Size: about a Group 3-4
- Length 5.3" long
- Bowl height: 2.0"
- Bowl Depth: 1.5”
- Bowl Diameter: .75"
- Weight: 55 grams (prototype pipe weight)
The pipe in the photo is the prototype. Finished pipes will be as similar as possible but remember they are handmade and there will be slight but insignificant differences.
Member Price $200
Order deadline July 28, 2017
NOTE: SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED AND IN MOST CASES WE WILL NOT SHIP. ALL SPC MEMBER PIPES MUST BE PICKED UP AT CLUB MEETINGS. A maximum of 4 NYPC PIPES WILL BE DELIVERED TO LOU CARBONE. All NYPC'ers check with Lou first.