We Meet the *1st Tuesday of this Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

Hey Gang,
I’d like to thank all of you for the continuing support in electing me as your president for another term. I would also like to congratulate all of the other officers of the club in either a new position or continuing in an existing role. We certainly have a great group of officers and members. Let’s all do our best to keep the momentum going strong. I hope everyone had a Happy Easter and Peaceful Passover.

I’d like to dedicate most of our next business portion of our meeting to setting a firm date for our Pipe Show. There has been a lot of buzz around the industry about us bringing a real show to the New England area. We have a bunch of preliminary vendors as well as a good group of attendees showing a lot of interest. Let’s pull together and get this off the ground this year and into the future. We are going to need volunteers to fill positions and it won’t take a lot of time away from your regular life so please be ready to answer the call. This can’t be a successful endeavor without “YOU”!

Tom mentioned last month that he would like to hold a “Get Rid of Your Crappy Tobacco Night” at the May meeting. Basically, what this is, is that everyone brings in left over bags, pouches, tins and so forth of tobacco no longer smoked. It can be full packages or opened packages. The only catch is this is a totally free event. No money shall be exchanged. So, did deep into your cellars and lighten the load by giving a fellow club member a treasure which you think is trash. What ever is left over at the end of the night we can donate to The Humidor Smoke Shop to send overseas to our fighting men and women on active duty.

May brings us Go Fetch! Food Drive for Homeless Animals Month. So, all of you who either smoke a bulldog style pipe or bring a can of pet food to be donated to a local shelter will get an extra raffle ticket for a chance at winning something pipe related from my personal collection.

Hope everyone has a great week and see you Tuesday.


Get Rid of Your Crappy Tobacco Night
As our esteemed President mentioned above, the May meeting is Get Rid of Your Crappy Tobacco Night. Do you have a tin or 10 hanging around your house, drying out, never to be smoked again. Well if it's not too far gone (or even if it is) then bring it in next week and trade it for something you like or just plain give it away. No sense keeping it. Bring whatever you have, nothing is going home with your.   Click here to read more


For me, getting to Peretti's is always a battle which is a shame because once I get there I'm always happy I went. Last Saturday was no exception. Tim and I made plans to attended the Castello trunk show at Peretti's which Nate had shared with all of us on our Facebook page. I'm didn't want to pay Boston's parking prices so I drove as close to Boston as I could then took the train into Park Street and walked across the Common to Park Square hoping the rain would stay away. I don't the take train or get into Boston very often so it's usually a refresher course on what it's like to live life in the big city and by the looks of it, things are moving pretty fast. They were having a Japanese Festival in town and the Common was packed with a wide variety of different characters and cultures.
It's springtime in Boston and the almost 150 year old Peretti's was framed with budding trees making it look even more quaint than it usually does. I stepped inside and back in time. The trunk show was taking place out back and there was one customer about to make a cigar purchase. I was greeted by Bob who is a fairly new edition to the Peretti's staff and just happens to be the person who introduced me to the pipe back in the 70s and whom I haven't seen in almost 40 years. I was a little disappointed to hear he'd transitioned primarily to cigars but I'm told he has a couple pipes in the shop so I guess there's still some hope for him yet.
Out back the pipes were all laid our for our perusal and Tim and a few others were already pouring over them while our own Nate Davis and Peretti staffer kept watch to ensure none of these prized jewels ended up in someone's pocket (just kidding). There were some really beautiful specimens to behold and I have never owned a Castello. I guess you could say I'm a tad frugal and since Marco Parascenzo from Novelli Pipes had not yet arrived with the pricing sheet, all of these beauties were still viable options.
While waiting for Marco to arrive I took inventory of all the shop had to offer and found they had quite a few blends that have been a little hard to come by as of late. I grabbed a few and stashed them away. I could give you details but it might be better if you take a Saturday to get into Boston and see for yourself (no there was no McClelland).
When Marco arrived it was time to get serious. As you can imagine the prices were not cheap but what you would expect a premier Italian pipe. There were about a half dozen of Peretti's regular pipe customers in attendance and they seemed eager to buy and I never heard Peretti's owner Steve Willet yell at anyone to "Buy a Pipe!" so I'm guessing things were going well. He was all smiles.
I finally decided on a sea rock in the tomato shape which I was told they only make every couple of years. I smoked it that night and found it to be an exceptional smoke.
Tim and I grabbed some lunch then back to the shop to hang out for a while. Tim couldn't leave before checking out their estate collection for any keepers of the Peterson variety and was happy to find a full bent Sherlock Holmes for the right price that he plans to bring back to it's original beauty.
So another successful trek into the city and it's iconic pipe shop is in the books and I left there with the intention to not let it be so long between visits. A big thanks to Steve Willett, Nate and Bob for their hospitality and generosity during our visit.

Riverville Murder - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

Chapter 3

Previously ....
"Chief, this is Dr. Scott. Glad I caught you still there. I have some news. The technicians discovered a cleaver hidden pocket in our Chandler's Point corps wallet. From an ID folded in this pocked we have determined the body to be of an ATF agent. The ID does not contain a name, however. I thought you would want to know this information immediately. A report will follow tomorrow."
"Thanks Doc, that is certainly important. Can you lift any fingerprints or is he too far gone?"
"We have applied a mild desiccate to his fingers to hasten drying. If the swelling isn't too great, we might have a good chance. I'll let you know if we're successful, and then I'll run them through the usual agencies. We might have an answer before the end of day tomorrow."
"Let's hope for the best, Doc. Good-by."

In the morning Kelly set out for work as usually. The walk is about four blocks and, other than in very bad weather, she enjoys it, often leaving home early and walks slowly. She followed routine this morning and took a deep breath as she turned onto the sidewalk, completely unaware of Frank Sullivan across the street and twenty feet behind her. Or, of the two off-duty cops, one on each side of the street, and noting Sullivan as the only other person close to her. Kelly decided to stop into a doughnut shop before entering her building and one officer followed. Read Chapter 3  

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3

TOBACCO REVIEW......... by Ernie Whitenack

Kearvaig Pipe Club’s Bothy Flake   by Samuel Gawith

Samuel Gawith Bothy Flake was made for the Kearvaig Pipe Club. It's a flake made of ripe, matured Virginias which are combined with a modicum of smoky Latakia and then pressed and sliced into easy to prepare flakes. The Virginias used have more depth than most flue-cured tobaccos, and retain a mellow sweetness that's perfectly compatible with the small amount of Cyprian Latakia. To tie the flavors all together, and to add a bit to the aroma, they infuse the tobacco with a splash of peaty Scotch whisky. The result is gently sweet, with nice depth and a pleasant, tangy finish.

Wow! What can I say? They sure did this one right. I don’t know if the Kearvaig Pipe Club thought this one up, or Samuel Gawith devised it on an assignment from the club. This I do know, it is a delightful blend perfectly put together and processed -- to my taste anyway.

The Virginia is forever in the for-front, but not rudely. One is aware of a sweet and citrusy flavor that often allows the smoky Latakia to pass through. The peaty Scotch, however, doesn’t seem to present itself. Perhaps I just couldn’t differentiate it from the Latakia or it simply becomes a part of the whole. What ever it is, this tobacco is smooth and gentle with a wonderful natural flavor I have never experienced before.
Bothy Flake burned readily, cool, and long. Being a flake, how it is rubbed-out, shopped, or folded might change how readily and cool it will burn for you. I rub flake tobacco, if thin flakes, in the palm of one hand with the heel of the other (as taught by my father).
It’s Great, and Bothy Flake will be a desert tobacco for me, smoking it after dinner or on special occasions.

Pssst, I have a hunch I’ll be looking for times to call special occasions.

Rattray's tobaccos are some of the most popular in the world. Some of them are also tough to come by. This month, we have two of the hardest to find. We will also have aromatic alternatives, including one new selection.

Rattray's Red Rapparee (50g):
A charming, perfectly balanced dark mixture of Virginia tobaccos, Orientals, Black Cavendish and a luxurious quantity of Latakia.

Rattray's Black Mallory (50g):
This blend is a combination of Virginias, Orientals, Latakia and Black Cavendish. The Black Mallory has more Latakia than Red Rapparee, making it a bit more hearty with a deeper, smokier flavor.

Pipe Personalities

Thomas Hart Benton
(April 15, 1889 – January 19, 1975)

Excerpted from Wikipedia
Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. His work is strongly associated with the Midwestern United States, where he was born and called home for most of his life. He also studied in Paris, lived in New York City for more than 20 years and painted scores of works there, summered for 50 years on Martha's Vineyard off the New England coast, and also painted scenes of the American South and West.

Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri, into an influential family of politicians.His mother was Elizabeth Wise Benton and his father, Colonel Maecenas Benton, was a lawyer and four times elected as U.S. congressman. Known as the "little giant of the Ozarks", Maecenas named his son after his own great-uncle,Thomas Hart Benton, one of the first two United States Senators elected from Missouri.

With his mother's encouragement, in 1907 Benton enrolled at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Two years later, he moved to Paris in 1909 to continue his art education at the Académie Julian. After studying in Europe, Benton moved to New York City in 1912 and resumed painting. During World War I, he served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia. His war-related work had an enduring effect on his style. He was directed to make drawings and illustrations of shipyard work and life, and this requirement for realistic documentation strongly affected his later style. Later in the war, classified as a "camoufleur," Benton drew the camouflaged ships that entered Norfolk harbor. His work was required for several reasons: to ensure that U.S. ship painters were correctly applying the camouflage schemes, to aid in identifying U.S. ships that might later be lost, and to have records of the ship camouflage of other Allied navies. Benton later said that his work for the Navy "was the most important thing, so far, I had ever done for myself as an artist.

On his return to New York in the early 1920s, Benton declared himself an "enemy of modernism"; he began the naturalistic and representational work today known as Regionalism. Benton was active in leftist politics. He expanded the scale of his Regionalist works, culminating in his America Today murals at the New School for Social Research in 1930-31.

Benton broke through to the mainstream in 1932. A relative unknown, he won a commission to paint the murals of Indiana life planned by the state in the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago. The Indiana Murals stirred controversy; Benton painted everyday people, and included a portrayal of events in the state's history which some people did not want publicized. Critics attacked his work for showing Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members in full regalia. These mural panels are now displayed at Indiana University in Bloomington, with the majority hung in the "Hall of Murals" at the Auditorium. Four additional panels are displayed in the former University Theatre (now the Indiana Cinema) connected to the Auditorium. Two panels, including the one with images of the KKK, are located in a lecture classroom at Woodburn Hall.

In 1932, Benton also painted The Arts of Life in America, a set of large murals for an early site of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Major panels include Arts of the City, Arts of the West, Arts of the South and Indian Arts. In 1953 five of the panels were purchased by the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, and have since been displayed there.

In 1935, after he had "alienated both the left-leaning community of artists with his disregard for politics and the larger New York-Paris art world with what was considered his folksy style",[4] Benton left the artistic debates of New York for his native Missouri.

During World War II, Benton created a series titled The Year of Peril, which portrayed the threat to American ideals by fascism and Nazism. The prints were widely distributed. Following the war, Regionalism fell from favor, eclipsed by the rise of Abstract Expressionism. Benton remained active for another 30 years, but his work included less contemporary social commentary and portrayed pre-industrial farmlands.

He continued to paint murals, including Lincoln (1953), for Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri; Trading At Westport Landing (1956), for The River Club in Kansas City; Father Hennepin at Niagara Falls (1961) for the Power Authority of the State of New York; Joplin at the Turn of the Century (1972) in Joplin; and Independence and the Opening of the West, for the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence.

Benton was a daily presence at the Truman Library for about six months. He arrived early every morning. He was a small man, not much over five feet tall, and though he was 70 years old, he could still climb up on the scaffolding every day. He liked a pipe and cigars and probably always smelled of them. He looked rumpled, and his plaid shirts sometimes looked slept in. He carried with him to the library every day a container of his wife’s homemade soup, which he warmed up and ate at noontime in the staff lunch room. He was friendly with library staff as he took his soup and would chat about anything that came up. Everyone liked him.

His commission for the Truman Library mural led to his developing a friendship with the former U.S. President that lasted for the rest of their lives.  read more

Video of the Month
Meet the Past: Thomas Hart Benton - July 14, 2009.

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
(1:00 PM 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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