We Will Meet the *2nd Tuesday of this Month in Sharon, MA.
* Next Meeting is Tuesday, JANUARY 8th, 2019 at 7:00 PM *
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

~ *January Meeting Changed to 1/8 ~
- Due to the holiday -

HAPPY 2019!!
Hope everyone had a great holiday and safe New Year. I wish you all nothing but the best in 2019.
The New Year brings us a fresh round of the Club Cards. The Club Card was established to reward those who go the extra mile for the club and by doing so a member gets an extra punch in their card as well as one for each meeting attended. For the past few years it seems like it's always the same people who end up with all the extra stamps. I’d like to see the playing field a bit more competitive and as usual fashion I propose to mix things up. For the upcoming year I am giving up this space to any member who wants to write a monthly message. It can be just about anything. Use my past messages as a guide if you like. Tell us about when you got interested in pipes, or maybe a favorite tobacco shop from the past or boast about your collection. The space is yours and it will earn you 1 extra punch. I am hoping that this gets extremely competitive. The only catch is the message must be at least 400 words and you must come up with a crazy idea for the members to be eligible for the Presidents special raffle. Don’t worry I will take care of the raffle prize. So, put your thinking caps on.
Let’s all help in planning a great year. Please bring your ideas to the meetings and don’t forget we need a few volunteers to help with our Pipe Show committee. Please be prepared to discuss any 30-year events including the club pipe and the Pipe Show. Let’s firm up a date and get the ball rolling.
January brings us National Hat Day. National Hat Day is set aside to wear and enjoy a hat of your choice and style. Isn't it great that hats come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles? There's one to fit every size head and personality. Hats are used to make a statement, or to promote a cause or a product. Back in 1797, the introduction of the Top Hat almost caused a riot. The top hat was first worn by James Heatherington in London England. As Heatherington strolled through the streets of London, England displaying his Top Hat, crowds gathered, some people began to push and shove. Heatherington was fined for "going about in a manner that frightened timid people". Oh yeah... hats have logical uses, too. Some hats (aka helmets), offer safety protection. Some hats keep your head warm, or the sun out of your eyes.... how boring. National Hat Day is not intended to just keep your noggin warm. It’s a chance to make a statement and to display your favorite headgear. Did you know? More body heat is lost from your head than other parts of the body. So, wearing a hat goes a long way towards staying warm on a cold winter's day (or night). So, wear your favorite hat to the meeting and receive and extra raffle ticket for the Presidents raffle

Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday,


The Tao of a Corncob Pipe ............. by Seamus McGraw

Ernie found this op-ed piece from the New York Times that was written in 2015 and thought it was a good fit for the Gazette. He was right (as usual).. It is a nice story about a man's memory of his grandfather, his corn cob pipe and how it became part of his own life. Definitely worth the 10 minute read. Here is something to whet your appetite...

BUSHKILL, Pa. — EVEN now, when I conjure him and he deigns to come, I always see him the same way. He’s encircled in sweet blue smoke, standing on the cool stone of the walkway around midnight. A little man, ancient, almost swallowed by the vivid articles of clothing that his devoted daughter always bought for him. They were nothing like the slate-colored clothes my grandfather would have chosen for himself. But they covered him and kept him warm.

Read more.....  


I hope everybody had a great holiday season. It's been brought to my attention that not everybody digs English-style tobacco. Once my shock subsided, I decided that we'd start off the year with two rarely-seen tins from Dan Tobacco. Neither has even a wisp of latakia (but even so, we'll still have aromatic alternatives).

Hamborger Veermaster is a Virginia flake, just as the "sailors" on the "windjammers" (tall ships) loved to smoke it: The taste of genuine tobacco, not too mild, yet still "seut un' sacht" (sweet and mellow). Apparently, the name is a bit of an inside joke, as "De Hamborger Veermaster" is a sea shanty about a dilapidated and run-down four-master during the time of the California gold rush of 1849 -- not the sort of ship one would want to sail on!

Tordenskjold Virginia Slices is a full bodied, golden flake from the best Virginia grades and Louisiana perique. I'd seen a tin of this years ago, and always wondered whose picture was on the tin. I'll probably never know.

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Pipe Personalities

Bertrand Russell
It is not common in the 21st Century to surf the web for the latest happenings and run across an article that contains a prominent picture of a man smoking his pipe. This just recently happened and it was an obvious sign of who should be SHPC's next pipe personality of the month. Among Bertrand Russell's many passions for philosopy, mathmatics and history, he was also very fond of tobacco and states that he smokes all day unless eating or sleeping. He even claims smoking had saved his life (see video below). After hearing this there was no question he would become a permanent resident of the SHPC Gazette.

(excerpted from Wikipedia)
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (May 1872 – February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life, Russell considered himself a liberal, a socialist and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had "never been any of these things, in any profound sense." Russell was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom.

In the early 20th century, Russell led the British "revolt against idealism". He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore and protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th century's premier logicians. With A. N. Whitehead he wrote Principia Mathematica, an attempt to create a logical basis for mathematics. His philosophical essay "On Denoting" has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy". His work has had a considerable influence on mathematics, logic, set theory, linguistics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science and philosophy, especially the philosophy of language, epistemology and metaphysics.

Russell was a prominent anti-war activist and he championed anti-imperialism. Occasionally, he advocated preventive nuclear war, before the opportunity provided by the atomic monopoly had passed and "welcomed with enthusiasm" world government. He went to prison for his pacifism during World War I. Later, Russell concluded that war against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany was a necessary "lesser of two evils" and criticized Stalinist totalitarianism, attacked the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War and was an outspoken proponent of nuclear disarmament. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought".

En route to one of his lectures in Trondheim, Russell was one of 24 survivors (among a total of 43 passengers) of an aeroplane crash in Hommelvik in October 1948. He said he owed his life to smoking since the people who drowned were in the non-smoking part of the plane (see video below).

Russell spent the 1950s and 1960s engaged in political causes primarily related to nuclear disarmament and opposing the Vietnam War. In September 1961, at the age of 89, Russell was jailed for seven days in Brixton Prison for "breach of peace" after taking part in an anti-nuclear demonstration in London. The magistrate offered to exempt him from jail if he pledged himself to "good behaviour", to which Russell replied: "No, I won't."

Russell died of influenza on 2 February 1970 at his home in Penrhyndeudraeth. His body was cremated in Colwyn Bay on 5 February 1970. In accordance with his will, there was no religious ceremony; his ashes were scattered over the Welsh mountains later that year. He left an estate valued at £69,423 (£1.09 million or US$1.4 million in 2018 money).[170] In 1980 a memorial to Russell was commissioned by a committee including the philosopher A. J. Ayer. It consists of a bust of Russell in Red Lion Square in London sculpted by Marcelle Quinton.  Read more

More on Bertrand Russell:

Video of the Month
Bertrand Russell on pipe smoking and how it saved his life.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(9:30 Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From the producers of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes  |  Website

Pipe & Tobacco Episodes:    Episode 71 | Episode 83

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

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