Well, I searched high and low, but all the threads are lost from the 2008 POY. This is the shape we had. With less of a curved shank.
Tinsky Shape 13
Our timing was perfect. Mark came out with a shape that matched what we were thinking about at the time and he was gracious enough to handle nearly all the work. He set up a link on his web site and we simply promoted it. Mark handled all the orders and payments. He also offered a lot of options and finishes. All the BoB Forum pipes were stamped upon request. The shape is a squat bulldog.
That is one way to handle a project like this. Other ways usually involve finding a carver and collecting money. Deciding on a shape and finish that works for all. Sometimes pipes are mailed to one person and other times by the carver. Different ways of doing it brings it's own problems. I have gotten some really nice pipes over the years. Some of the finest value for the money pipes were a Lee Von Erck, a Morretti, a couple Rad Davis, a Peterson, and several Mark Tinsky pipes. Others for sure have slipped my mind.
I am all for discussion on it. See if we can get some idea of numbers. A consensus on the shape and cost. Not so sure I have the time to ramrod it. So, let's discuss it and see what we come up with.
"Never turn your back on a Breen".