Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon,
Next Meeting is Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at 7:00
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Info & Events
My how times flys. It seams like last month we were sweating in
club and now the nights are cold and Thanksgiving is upon us. Let’s
all remember to be thankful for the small thing’s life gives
us that we sometimes take for granted. Remember to make that call
or send that e mail to someone special that you may not often get
to talk to because “life” gets in the way.
I received notice last week that an old friend of mine had passed.
He was the father of a girl I grew up with in my childhood neighborhood.
And, yes, he was a pipe enthusiast and one of the reasons I believe
I smoke a pipe today. Take a trip back with me to 1985. There I
was 16 years old and found myself in the kitchen of a girl a friend
of mine was dating. We were there picking her up to go to the movies
or the mall I assume but, that’s not that important. Sitting
at the kitchen table buried behind rolls of blueprints was her dad
Tom. Full bent black sandblasted pipe clenched between his teeth,
billows of smoke rising towards the vaulted ceiling only to roll
back down and slap me in the face like I was a 6-year-old boy and
said the “F” word out loud in public. I was assured
from that exact moment on that I wanted to study architecture and
of course smoke a pipe. Sure, I had been exposed to pipe smoking
before this. My uncle smoked a pipe, a guy who worked for my father
smoked a pipe and likely a half dozen or so more throughout my earlier
years. But, this time it was different. I stood there in awe watching
him scanning the documents, methodically puffing and reading at
the same time so naturally. I was hooked. Back then Tom to me was
one of the cool dads. Not only because he smoked a pipe and dabbled
in the real estate and building business but because I can remember
even back then he treated us kids as equals. He laughed with us,
joked with us, and listened to our stories or adventures. Fast forward
about 8 years. Another acquaintance of mine was looking for some
real estate to open a cigar shop. I knew Tom had a perfect location.
I put the two together and Tom leased him the space and turned out
to be a very lucrative endeavor during the big cigar boom. As a
smoke shop he did blend and sell pipe tobacco and had a few great
lines which included Bari, Nørding, Vauen and Boswell to
name a few. A pipe selling for over 100.00 back then was pretty
much not on my radar. I was happy in the 40.00 range. But, every
time I visited the shop I would ask to look at a particular Vauen
that to me was just beautiful. This was not just any Vauen but,
one of the famed ones with the grey (Dunhill like) dot and a reversed
mortice. I looked and looked ran my fingers over it so many times
I should have been arrested for molestation. A bunch of us would
all meet there a few times a week and have coffee and smoke a bowl
or two while enjoying each other’s company.
A few months after he opened the shop owner called me and wanted
to know If I would be stopping in anytime soon as he had something
for me. I went later that afternoon and the shop owner presented
me with a small package. I asked, “what’s this?”
He replied, “A gift from Tom.” I unwrapped the packed
and inside found a navy-blue box and in gold letters “VAUEN
PIPES” I hinged the lid back and inside was the pipe I had
been eyeing for so many months along with a Vauen tamper. Attached
was a thank you note thanking me for introducing the shop owner
to him. Tom influenced me once more, this time with his kindness
and generosity. The years went by, the shop closed after the boom,
life intervened. I as well as Tom moved out of the town. Every time
I would see one of his daughters I would ask for him and tell them
to tell him I said hello. He even used to stop into the Humidor
in Cranston occasionally but, I would always miss him. I was looking
for him as I wanted to take him to one of our meetings. About 2
months ago I was saddened to find out that he was sick and not doing
to good. I got his number and shared a couple of text messages in
which I am glad I got the chance to do. And just like that on October
23rd, he was gone. So, like I stated, be thankful for what you have,
be sure to do your best to keep in touch with old friends and family
members you may not have spoken to. Life is precious and there is
no guarantee on tomorrow.
Now, since its Thanksgiving I think we should have a Thanksgiving
themed Presidents Raffle. All those who either smoke a cranberry
colored pipe at the meeting or wear a cranberry article of clothing
or brings Ernie a cranberry muffin will get an extra raffle ticket
for something from my private collection. Tom Nyzio is disqualified
if he wears his cranberry colored shoes.
Hope to see you all Tuesday.
Happy Thanksgiving to all those who cannot make
................................ by Ernie Whitenack
Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter
Upon the signal, the agents and police will enter the front and
grab Smyth and the pipe. When we hear the commotion of the police
coming in, we will join them as a further distraction for Smyth.
You will have a first-hand seat for the arrest procedure and an
opportunity to interview Abby, if he is willing. Any questions?”
“None. You explained it adequately.
Frank said. You will let me know when and how we will go to Abby’s?”
“Yes, I’ll call you. I know
we will be riding with the FBI; the time has not been set.” Read
John Bull - Royal English Pipe Tobacco Made in Denmark by the Scandinavian Tobacco Co.
Imported by Lane Ltd.
true connoisseur’s delight, this supremely cool and smooth
mixture uses tamed flue-cured tobaccos, mellow and nutty Burley,
a touch of black Cavendish for a subtle sweetness and the star
of the blend, magnificent Cyprian Latakia. The result is a well-behaved,
all-day mixture that is ultra-flavorful but never overbearing.
It’s exceedingly rare to find this kind of premier blend
in a pouch, but John Bull is anything but ordinary.
For some time I’ve been wondering about John Bull. Maybe
it’s the Bulldog or the colorful package that enticed
me. Although the Black Cavendish as held me back from buying
a pouch. I finally did.
To start with, the web description does not tell you that the
contents are a blend of bright Burleys and bright Virginias;
leaving out the Virginia altogether. That seems important as,
to me, as there is considerable difference in light and dark
versions of both tobaccos.
Otherwise, I can’t disagree with the remainder of the
description. And, that’s odd considering I am not a fan
of Black Cavendish, at all. However, in this blend it apparently
just enhances the sweetness of the Virginias, and softens the
entire experience. The Latakia stays in the background but does
not disappear and adds a hint of smokiness.
All in all, I like it and if you want to get started with English
tobaccos, this will be a great start. Or, if you aren’t
partial to heavy Latakia blends give it a try. To me it is a
masterfully blended mild tobacco. Perhaps Lane Ltd. has it within
their vast selection under a different name. Think I’ll
Scottie Piersel(excerpted from multiple sources) The
2018 SHPC Club Pipe was crafted by female pipemaker Scottie
Piersel. We received our pipes at the October meeting and
all were very happy with the beautiful craftswomanship of
these pipes and some of those who didn't purchase one, a
little envious. Those of us who fired it up at the meeting
were extremely pleased with its initial smoking qualities.
This pipe will sit proudly next to the rest of the pipes
in the SHPC Club Pipe Collection. Thanks Scottie for making
this process so easy.
Here is a little bit about Scottie Piersel:
While some pipemakers come to their craft
from a variety of craft related fields or through longtime
interest in the tradition of pipe smoking, Scottie Piersel's
introduction was inspired from the desire to create a gift
for her husband. Scottie says…
"My pipe making journey began
when my husband decided to take up pipe smoking. I ordered
a pipe kit from Mark Tinsky to carve a pipe for Father's
Day. Little did I know how quickly I would become hooked.
As soon as I finished that first pipe I had to make another.
Over the next few months I purchased as many tools and supplies
as possible and off I went. With the guidance and support
of the fellows at the Pipes Maker's Forum I quickly found
what needed to be refined with each pipe I made."
With aid from web resources, as well as
Kansas City craftsmen George Dibos and Quinton Wells, she
has been honing her skills for years, and certainly has
plenty to show for her efforts. Scottie's designs strike
at the heart of utilitarianism; that is to say, they are
first and foremost functional pieces, with their attractiveness
not an afterthought, but an extension of their usefulness.
Favoring forms unforgiving of imperfection and easy in the
hand, most notable is her philosophy that an excellent pipe
should not only function well, but cultivate a desire to
smoke it — something quite evident in her handcrafted
stems which are as attractive as the stummels themselves.
“I try to stay true to tradition
while giving each pipe a little bit of my personality. Clean
lines, perfect proportions and flawless drilling are what
I strive for and what you can expect from every pipe that
leaves my shop. Although I believe form must follow function
I endeavor to offer a perfect fit and finish and to make
each piece stunningly beautiful."
In 2017 she won the women's division of
the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show
Slow Smoke Contest with a time of 33:59 beating out Rie
Jacobsen and Manduela Riger-Kusk.
the Month Scottie Piersel reviewed on
All Pipes Considered
Our November tins are something special. All of Germain's
tobaccos, including their Esoterica line and Balkan Sobranie
reissue, are extremely difficult to find, but are well worth
the search. In addition to our featured tins, we have two
exceptional and discontinuted aromatic alternates, McClelland
Tastemaster (a wonderful chocolate blend) and Benjamin Hartwell
Evening Stroll. The two tins that are not selected will
be placed in our free holiday tin raffle, to give everybody
a second chance at them. Thank you for your continued participation
in our monthly raffles - we look forward to bringing the
club a great variety of exceptional tins in 2019!
'Bridge Old Brown Flake
'Bridge Old Brown Flake is a broken flake blend of sweet,
savory Virginias and offers a smoke with notes of grassiness
and spice. It is great both fresh or aged.
Royal Jersey Original Latakia Mixture is a blend of selected
Virginia and Maryland type tobaccos that are carefully blended
with a selection of Oriental leaf from Greece and Turkey
and top grade Latakia. They are then specially processed
to produce a mellow smoke with rich flavor.
& Tobacco Around the Web
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
(9:30 Eastern Time)
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
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
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.