POY Chairman Rick Willoughby has done it again. Here's what Rick has to say:
Last year at the Chicago show my personal mission was to find a pipe maker that could produce an army mount pipe in a classic style. I've had this idea for a few years. Couldn't be a billiard or Dublin, though.
Then I saw a sign. Literally. A sign at the smoking tent entrance featured a picture of a beautiful sandblasted army mount Prince.
After entering the tent I sat across from a gentleman and we began to speak. He was smoking that same pipe. (A sign of another sort.) It was settled. I knew what pipe we had to have, but who could make it?
Only minutes later Michail Kyriazanos walks in with his case of pipes to sell at the show. Upon opening the case, guess what catches my eye? Probably a total of twenty minutes from my arrival. Mission accomplished!
I have to say that I'm more excited about this year's POY than any other. It's a beautiful example of a classic shape and style that is executed with the care and detail that only an artisanal pipe maker like Michail could bring to the project.
The price is a bit higher than most POYs, but wait until you see it! We tried our best to get it to a meeting earlier than usual, so that it could be handled and saved for. It's a serious value and a damn classy pipe. Support your club and buy a great pipe. Win-win.
MORE About Michail Kyriazanos - excerpted from SmokingPipes.com....
Born in Athens in 1989, Michail Kyriazanos (Mi-ha-il Ki-ria-za-nos), with the exception of five years of collegiate study in the city of his birth, was raised in and continues to live/carve on Paros Island, arguably one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
The Kyriazanos logo is a modernist twist on Cycladic art figurines first created in roughly 3300 BCE by the Cycladic people of the Aegean Sea, they represent the world's first intentionally minimalist sculptures, and Michalis feels the symbol best represents his commitment to perfect functionality and non-superfluous aesthetics. This mindset is well reflected in his love for, and faithful hand carving of, traditional English shapes. Kyriazanos began his professional pipe making career in 2010, and had already found his first buyer on his third briar.
Michail only uses Greek briar from two sources, a briar which he proudly declares is The "tastiest in the world!" Kyriazanos hand cuts his stems from ebonite and, much like Adam Davidson and Chris Asteriou, hand turns his tenons (no delrin). His drafts are set to 4mm in the stummel and 3mm on the stems, and he then inserts a 4mm taper drill to the stem to make the transition smoother.
Order deadline July 28, 2018. Pipes MUST be prepaid and will be delivered in Autumn. Want to order your new Kyriazanos PC POY? Just click the BUY NOW button on this page and Presto!
The Kyriazanos Military Mount Prince:
- Black stain
- Silver mount fitting
- black ebonite bit, military mount
- Special SPC 2018 stamping
Dimensions are approximately:
- Size: about a Group 3-4
- Length 5.5" long
- Bowl height: 1 3/8"
- Bowl Depth: 1 3/16"
- Bowl Diameter: 11/16"
- Weight: 27 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 $400 ($450 retail)
Order deadline July 28, 2018
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.