I would rather not do the Churchwarden. I think a good quality Meer is a great Idea, maybe Altinok? Here's a link of what the 2011 was: Altinok Meerschaum Pipes - PUFF PIPE 2011
I think a smooth Meer would be awesome, and then we could have a thread dedicated to watching them age/color.
This idea is sounding better and better as I type it!!!