We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message


Season's Greetings!!
First let me start off by wishing you all a great Holiday Season and thanking those in thankless positions as some of the club’s officers and volunteers. Your continued effort will only make the club stronger.
I spoke to Jorge via text and his operation was a success and they were able to remove all the trouble without any spreading. We should all keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers especially during this time of year. He is also quick to respond via Facebook Messenger so those of you who are friends with him there can send him a message. I am quite positive he would love to hear from you.
Couple of quick business items. As I am sure you all know December is our annual Holiday Gathering. It is extremely important that you let Nelson know if you are coming so we know how much food to purchase. I am sure he will be sending a separate note on this as well as info on the Yankee Swap. Secondly don’t forget about the Kaywoodie event coming up on the 8th. It’s possible we may do a car pool again this year and meet up at a centrally located area. It’s a long day but I had a blast last year and those of you who have never gone it’s worth the ride.
Haven’t seen some faces in a while and I am hoping to see Tucker, Joe Travis, Steven C., Anthony C., Mike Ponte, Cara, am I forgetting anyone?
Like last year I will be bringing a box of stuff to the meeting with an honor box as well. It’s with great joy I inform you that the family Tricia and I adopted last year is doing great with all the support from people like you. They have been self-sustaining, and we are taking donations just to help with Christmas gifts for a little girl who does not have much. So, like last year take something from the big box and put something in the small box. No minimum, no maximum.
Christmas has become synonymous with gift giving. I thought it would be nice to share some pipes that have been gifted to me throughout the years by some amazing and some not so amazing people who I have had the pleasure or displeasure of crossing paths with. I will start off with my black Vauen ¼ bent bull dog. This is the pipe I wrote about last month gifted to me from a dear friend who has recently ventured to the great smoking parlor in the sky. I have a very nice Peterson Roundstone 150 bulldog that was a Father’s Day gift in 2017 and a Peterson Kinsale XL15 that was my late brothers and was given to me from one of his sons. Next is a Savinelli Fuoco 320 KS brought back from the Savinelli Shop in Italy from a friend who was vacationing in the Motherland. Another very special person in my life gave me the following three pipes, A Savinelli Linea 76 that was new old stock found while cleaning out his shop before retirement. A dainty Vuillard Barrister with Cumberland bit that is the only pipe I smoke Latikia (dogshit weed) in and, an outstanding hand turned Dunhill bent pot from 1981. Those pipes were gifted to me by Eric Chaika the owner of the former Red Carpet Smoke Shop in Providence, RI. Lastly, I have a very nice full bent saddle bit pipe from the famed Nat Sherman store in New York City. I reserve and only smoke this pipe once a year filled with my best and most rare tobacco. I smoke this pipe slow running my fingers over every bend and curve. I savor the smoke in deep contemplation. I gently and gracefully tap the ash from the heel when finished and with great fervor clean the draft and polish the Sterling band only to let it rest for a full year before reaching for it again. I received this pipe way back in 1997 as a Christmas gift from my first ex-wife. I smoke it on December 28th every year commemorating our divorce!


Holiday Raffle !!!
As you can see this year Tom dispensed with the petty accouterment and went right to the nitty gritty, beautiful pipes and hard to get and soon to be rare tobacco and a gift certificate generously donated by Jana & Donna from the Humidor in Cranston. Note: Pipes are much more beautiful in person.

Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 15

The next morning, Harry Malison was waiting at the door when Scott’s secretary arrived. He sat impatiently in the reception area of Scotts office complex anxious to talk to Scott. He came in five-minutes later, saw Harry, and motioned him into his office,
“You are at it early this morning.” Scott said.
“Didn’t see a bed last night. Been on the phone all night with the New York office and Washington setting up the raid and getting warrants arranged. It’s a go for eleven o’clock Thursday. That will give us time to talk to the truck driver who will be picked up tomorrow. I’ll call when we have him at the office. Concetta will be interrogated by New York today and Telex me a transcription.”
Just then Scotts secretary came in carrying a tray with two mugs of coffee, cream and sugar.
With a sigh Harry said, “You are a lifesaver. I don’t think I could make another five minutes without a pick-me-up.”
Harry gulped down the coffee and started to lay out the raid plan. Scott sipped his coffee, and his pipe, while listening attentively.
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The Christmas Pipe by Jean Shepherd

It has become a tradition to put this audio clip up for the December edition of the SHPC Gazette. I hope you all enjoy listening to it again.
Jean Shepherd was a famous radio show host on WOR radio in New York. You may also recognize his voice as Ralphie's conscience in "The Christmas Story".

If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan you'll know that The Blue Carbuncle is the only Sherlock Holmes Adventure that centers around the Christmas season. Listen here for free.

[Check it out].

Have A Great Holiday Season!

Pipe Personalities

Burl Ives (excerpted from Wikipedia)
Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives - (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television.
He began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched his own radio show, The Wayfaring Stranger, which popularized traditional folk songs. In 1942 he appeared in Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, and then became a major star of CBS radio. In the 1960s he successfully crossed over into country music, recording hits such as "A Little Bitty Tear" and "Funny Way of Laughing". A popular film actor through the late 1940s and '50s, Ives's best-known roles in that medium included parts in So Dear to My Heart (1949) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), as well as Rufus Hannassey in The Big Country (1958), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Ives is often remembered for his voice-over work as Sam the Snowman, narrator of the classic 1964 Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which continues to air annually around Christmas.
Ives was a pipe smoker. He also smoked cigars and was pictures smoking both on numerous album covers.
In 1940, Ives named his own radio show The Wayfaring Stranger after one of his ballads. Over the next decade, he popularized several traditional folk songs, such as "Foggy Dew" (an English folk song), "The Blue Tail Fly" (an old minstrel tune now better known as "Jimmy Crack Corn"), and "Big Rock Candy Mountain" (an old hobo song).
On December 6, 1945, Ives married 29-year-old script writer Helen Peck Ehrlich.
Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold" became Christmas standards after they were first featured in the 1964 NBC-TV presentation of the Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated family special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
In the summer of 1994, he was diagnosed cancer. After several unsuccessful operations, he decided against further surgery. He fell into a coma and died from the disease on April 14, 1995, at the age of 85, at his home in Anacortes, Washington.
Ives' autobiography, The Wayfaring Stranger, was published in 1948. He also wrote or compiled several other books, including Burl Ives' Songbook (1953), Tales of America (1954), Sea Songs of Sailing, Whaling, and Fishing (1956), and The Wayfaring Stranger's Notebook (1962).
Ives had a long-standing relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. He was a Lone Scout before that group merged with the Boy Scouts of America in 1924. The organization "inducted" Ives in 1966. He received the Boy Scouts' Silver Buffalo Award, its highest honor

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Video of the Month
Silver and Gold sung by Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman

Shhh! Don't tell Santa but Naughty the Elf (aka Tom) has been working hard all year raiding Santa's stash for a sack full of premium and hard to find blends. Hey, why do you think Santa calls him Naughty? (I think we all know it's not for that ;-). But December is for giving and there are almost 40 tins this year in Santa's sack to give away as a way to say thanks for supporting the raffle all year.
So please take a moment to review the list so you can pick out a favorite and a few back ups just in case someone grabs yours. This will make the distribution process a lot easier.
For a complete list of descriptions, click here.

Balkan Sobranie (blended by Germain)
Bengal Slices
Benjamin Hartwell Evening Stroll
Cornell & Deihl Adagio
Cornell & Diehl Black Frigate
Cornell & Deihl Bridge Mixture
Cornell & Deihl Burley Flake #3
Daughters & Ryan English Hoopla
Daughter & Ryan's London Dock
Dunhill My Mixure 965
Dunhill Dark Flake
Dunhill Early Morning Pipe
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation 1931
Erik Nording Hunter Blend – Labrador
Escudo Navy De Luxe
Esoterica Dunbar (blended by Germain)
Fribourg & Treyer: Waterloo No. 2 Mixture
Germain Royal Jersey Original Latakia Blend
G.L. Pease Gaslight
G.L Pease Quiet Nights
Hearth & Home Black House
Lane Limited Leo
Mac Baren HH Burley Flake
Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian
McClelland Arcadia (221b Series)
McClelland Balkan Blue
McClelland CORPS Cyprian Star
McClelland Dominican Glory
Peterson University Flake
Prince Albert
Robert Lewis Wingfield Mixture
Samuel Gawith English Summer Flake
Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding
Seattle Pipe Club Yakima Valley
Smokers’ Haven Select Mixture (blended by Germain)
Stanwell Classic
Sutliff Archduke Ferdinand
Sutliff Barbados Plantation:
Tsuge Ryujin: The Dragon God
W.O. Larsen: Kentucky Gold
W.O. Larsen: Old Belt Ready Rubbed

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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