April 2004

April 14th - 6:00PM

Club Info & Events

I'd like to start off by saying "unbelievable turnout last month!" It was great seeing those of you who can't always make it to the meetings, thanks for making the effort. You guys should definitely plan on making it a habit. We have a great club with a great group of people and as the saying goes... "The more the merrier!"  I hope many of you (and other MIAs) will return again this month.


Points to Ponder:

"The one who throws the stone forgets; the one who is hit remembers forever." -- Angolan Proverb.

"Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it." -- Bill Bradley.

R.D Field at SHPC
As mentioned in last month's newsletter and a great reason for a return visit to the club, Peretti's and RD Field will be visiting us this month. If you've read the latest edition of P&T then you know of RD Fields's reputation in the pipe smoking community. Unfortunately, I don't think he'll be bringing 3 truckloads of pipes like they mentioned in the article but he should be bring a nice selection with a variety of price and style. For those of you who weren't able to attend the NY Show last month, this is a great chance for you to pick up a nice pipe. Speaking of the NY Show, while we were there we had a chance to talk with R. David Field and his wife Janice (who also smokes a pipe) and they are both looking forward to joining us. Let's be sure to give them a warm SHPC welcome with a nice turnout.

On behalf of the entire club I would like to extend a note of thanks to Steve Willet and the guys at Peretti's for keeping us in mind and being the gateway to many opportunities that we may otherwise be unable to take advantage of. In the past Peretti's has sponsored visits from Bill Taylor of Ashton Pipes, Savanelli, James Norman, Ltd., Aston/Peterson and Peter Stokkebye. Steve himself, also paid us a visit last year to do a presentation on tobacco and tobacco blending and introduced to us the "Baskerville" blend which was specially blended and packaged for our club . We appreciate the efforts you've made in helping to keep the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club in the mainstream of our favorite hobby and pastime. Thanks guys.

Watch City Cigar - June 9th
I made my first visit to Watch City Cigar in Framingham on St. Patty's Day and was extremely impressed. The manager Ernie Quintiliani made me feel right at home while I was there and we set a date for his visit to the club. He will be attending the June meeting and has promised to bring with him a nice selection of pipes in a variety of price ranges and with the club's discount of 25% off (25% off pipes and 10% off tobacco is also available to all SHPC members when visiting Watch City Cigar ). This shop has a great assortment of pipes, tobacco, cigars and accessories. They even have an open sample tin of every blend they sell to help make our quest for the perfect tobacco a little easier while taking the strain off our wallets. That way you only buy what you like. In addition, they have a members club in the attached building where Watch City members can smoke and relax in soft leather chairs and sofas while conversing with other smokers, watching their 50+ inch TV or playing a game of poker. It was an enjoyable time and I look forward to a return visit. Anyone interested in joining me???

James Norman, Ltd.
It has been decided that we would like to have Kem Mecklenberg of James Norman, Ltd. back for another visit. Don Powers has informed me that Mr. Mecklenberg will most likely be coming to the October meeting when he will be in our area. I'll keep you posted on any new developments.

5th Annual Meeting of the Mindless aka MOTM5
Unfortunately an official date has
not been finalized for this year's
Meeting of the Mindless. Right now
we are looking at a possible date in
early June. I'll let you know when we
have something definite.

The New York Pipe Show - 3/13/04 Ramada Inn Newark, NJ
Ahh New Jersey... The way life should be. Where smoking your pipe indoors feels almost criminal...but it isn't!  It was such a refreshing experience, while at the NY Pipe Show, to be able
to smoke pretty much anywhere I wanted to. I smoked in the lobby, in the bar, in the restaurant, I
even smoked in the elevator. It felt so right that I didn't even let it bother me when the woman behind the reception desk began spraying her air freshener
into the lobby area with her nose turned up in the air. "Enjoy it now I say sadly, for tomorrow it will be gone."                  Read the whole story...

Another Man's Trash Could be a Pipe Smoker's Treasure
                                                                                    by Dock J. Perry
With Spring just around the corner soon starts the outdoor market and tag sale season. As many of you know I've sure had some great luck finding pipes at them over the years! A half dozen Dunhills and many other high grades just to name a few. When many of you are still dreaming in you beds on Sunday mornings I can be found attending every major Flea market and Tag Sale within fifty miles of my home in Western Mass. Most of the time I find nothing at all! Sometimes I find the "usual suspects" including Grabows, Medicos and Wally Franks. Then there's the good days when GOLD is struck! One Sunday last Winter I had the biggest find thus far! On a very ordinary table surrounded by junk I found a huge Mastro De Paja, Three Elliott Nachwalters and a Pre Republic Petersons Oom-Paul along with several others all for Forty Dollars! When attending these sales it's important to spend a bit of time really looking at all the wares the vendor has. Ask them if they have any pipes. It's possible that they have a large rack at home just waiting to be bought up by you! Stop at every Tag Sale you see wherever you are. Plan family outings to flea markets far away. Make a day of it! Also check out thrift and even antique stores too. I've found many a sealed tin of tobacco at these spots. The bottom line here is, the first time you get that rush of buying a high grade pipe for pocket change, you'll be instantly hooked on the hunt for estate pipes at Flea Markets forever!
Good Luck and happy hunting......Dock J.Perry

Adventures in Pipe Repairs - by Steve Gutz
I recently won two very old pipes on Ebay which were sorely in need of restoration. They were very old (1920's), small and heavily used but had nice silver work. I took my normal approach of first reaming the inside of the bowl with the smallest of the reamers in my PIPNET set. The reamer went into the bowl rather snugly and as I made my first twist I heard a sickening crack and the bowl burst open like a tulip. When I examined the broken pieces it seems that the bowl was charred from the inner to outer sides and only a thin veneer of wood was intact. I was grateful that this was my pipe and not a customers pipe. I now was determined to restore the second pipe. In my younger days I watched pipes being restored by an old-timer in a N.Y. pipe shop. He used two methods to remove the cake build-up. The first method was drill the char out on a horizontal drill with the correct sized drill bit that he chose by fitting the bowl onto a jig which had all his drill bits standing upright. In fact, he instinctively chose the right size without really measuring. The second method he used was to scrape the bowl with a very sharp knife that was rounded at the end. I decided to use a sharp knife whose end I rounded to remove the cake on the second pipe. I found that I had to use a lot of pressure in certain places because the cake was so hard. However it did work, I had no gouge marks and the pipe didn't break. So, the lesson for me is that in the future if the pipe looks brittle I will use a sharp rounded knife to remove the cake.


Pipes & Tobacco News

A Sad Day in Ireland
[03/28/04] DUBLIN, Ireland
"Smokers in local pubs enjoyed their final, bittersweet puffs Sunday as Ireland prepared to impose the world's most comprehensive ban on tobacco use in the workplace. The ban, effective at the stroke of midnight, would bring potentially hefty fines on any business that permits smoking indoors a crackdown causing equal measures of pain and joy, particularly inside the country's smoky public houses. Read the entire article..

Up In Smoke
(received in email, author unknown)
"This is the best lawyer story of the year, decade and probably the century... A Charlotte, NC, lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against fire among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued...and won! In delivering the ruling the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The Judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered t o be unacceptable fire, and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for is loss of the rare cigars lost in the "fires."NOW FOR THE BEST PART...After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.This is a true story and was the 1st place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest."

Websites Worth A Look

With over 1100 pipes in stock and over 1000 cigar types, it might be a good idea to get prepared for Watch City Cigar's visit this June. Their website is very well organized, everything is easy to find and don't forget about our discount. Check it out and let me know when you're ready to make a visit. Check 'em out now.

I know some of our members also collect fountain pens. Well I found a website out of Italy that sells both pipes and fountain pens. Pipes including Ashton, Bang, Peterson, Viprati and Stanwell and pens by Auroura, Omas, Stipula and Waterman. So if you love pipes and pens you oughta love this site. Take a look.

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

Gawith & Hogarth's Rum Flake
One of their blends now available in a tin, here's what William Serad from P&T had to say about it...
"An earthy flake, this could have been all rum in flavor, but it isn't. The leaf is dark in color and flavor, quite mellow (an overused word but appropriate here). It comes from sun-cured tobacco, already sweet, with Virginias from Brazil and Zimbabwe, with 30 percent air cured leaf and Burley. And the rum actually does it some good, in addition to a little maple adding to the overall impression rather than being an impression rather than being an afterthought or an attempt to plug taste deficiencies in the leaf. The room aroma is pleasing, and a bowl produces a nice aftertaste. All in all, this is one of my favorites in the G&H lineup, and is highly recommended."

Solani's White and Black
(review also by Serad)
"A latest edition to the Solani lineup, this is a traditional mixture of Black Virginias, Cavendish and Syrian Latakia, presented in a partially broken flake. It is dark-red and black in a stiff rubbed-out from, even when moist. It lights surprisingly easily, and fairly blooms with flavor. The Latakia is in just the right amount for my palate, perhaps to little for the addict, and permits the other components to retain their personality without stridency. It is cool and delicious all the way down to a cultured ending. An excellent blend, a fine addition to the line, and recommended."

Don't forget to get your copy "Trial by Fire, a collection of all of William Serad's tobacco reviews from past Pipes & Tobacco magazines. Order yours now.



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