April 2005

Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM

Club Info & Events

Just Like the Old Days
That's exactly how it felt at last month's meeting, and it's meetings like this that make being part of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club what it's all about. We had an outstanding turnout and I'd like to thank all of the members that came and made it a worthwhile venture for Steve Johnson and Ernie Quintiliani. In addition to a great turnout, we had 4 new faces at the meeting, something we haven't seen in quite a while. We even managed to land three of them as new members and the fourth one's almost in the boat. On behalf of the entire club I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Joe Miller, Tony Schermer and Ken Collins. We're happy to have you aboard and look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings.

A nice turnout alone makes for a great meeting but it get's even better. Steve Johnson filled two tables with a beautiful selection of Don Carlos and Comoy pipes that ranged in price from $100 to $3800 (I bought two of those), and as usual we were pouring over them before he could get them all out on the table. It was like "old home week". A six pack of Endurance Ale which I have dubbed as the official beer of the Sherlock Homes Pipe Club was provided by me and complimented nicely by a six pack of Sam Adams Dark Ale which was provided by Greg Manero. Thanks Greg!

But we're not done yet. I popped open 2 tins of the Smoker's Haven tobacco that was so graciously donated to us by Premal Cheda at the NY Show this past March. And to top it off, Ernie from Watch City brought a little something for the cigar guys and broke open a box of Romeo Y Julietta Aniversario Churchills for all to try. At this point we commenced to filling the room with an assortment of aromas.

After the excitement died down a bit we had a short meeting where we introduced our new attendees and discussed the commissioning of a 2005 SHPC Club Pipe and tamper. Dock Perry has been working feverishly with Mark Tinsky and Catnip Hill Tampers to have them create a pipe and tamper bearing the SHPC monogram. Both parties have agreed to do the work and examples of both are pictured below. The pipe, which will sell for $155 is a group 5 cauldron shape but but the ones we receive will have a rusticated bottom and smooth top and will be inscribed with SHPC 2005 on the shank. The tamper, cast in pewter, will sell for $25 and is designed in the likeness of Sherlock Holmes. Our SHPC monogram will be engraved in the back. (The engraving on the tampers we receive will be straight and centered - unlike the picture).
So far we have about 7 or 8 members who have agreed to purchase one or both but the deadline is looming. Payment in full must be made at or before the May meeting (which is May 3rd). Those who do not make payment or make an acceptable arrangement for payment will not receive a pipe or tamper, so make sure come to the meeting or send your payment to Rick Frederics (email me for his address if you don't already have it)

To round out the meeting we opened the floor up to Steve Johnson who shared with us his knowledge of the pipe making industry and answered numerous questions which included information on the harvesting of briar and it's future, which unfortunately didn't sound all that promising. He also added a twist to the brand vs. briar issue with his opinion that one of the biggest factors in the smoking quality of a pipe has to do with the pipe's finish and believes that naked pipes (no finish at all) are some of the best smokers you can find.
I also had the opportunity to Steve's account of a day in the life of Italian pipemaker Don Carlos and his wife's integral part of the pipe making process... but that's a tale for another day.

So life is good, spring is in the air and the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club definitely seems to be blooming once again.

Tobacco Samplings at the May Meeting
As promised, round two of the Smokers Haven blends donated by Premal Cheda. This month we'll be sampling their "20th Anniversary Mixture" and the "Select Mixture".


Pipe & Tobacco News

Don't Monkey Around with Tobacco
A South African zoo is trying to persuade its star chimpanzee to kick a bad smoking habit.  [Full Story..]

A Quote from Mark Twain
"I don't want any of your statistics. I took your whole batch and lit my pipe with it. I hate your kind of people. You are always ciphering out how much a man's health is injured, and how much his intellect is impaired, and how many pitiful dollars and cents he wastes in the course of ninety-two years' indulgence in the fatal practice of smoking; and in the equally fatal practice of drinking coffee; and in playing billiards occasionally; and in taking a glass of wine at dinner, etc., etc., etc. . . . You never see but one side of the question. You are blind to the fact that most old men in America smoke and drink coffee, although, according to your theory, they ought to have died young; and that hearty old Englishmen drink wine and survive it, and portly old Dutchmen both drink and smoke freely, and yet grow older and fatter all the time. And you never try to find out how much solid comfort, relaxation and enjoyment a man derives from smoking in the course of a lifetime, (and which is worth ten times the money he would save by letting it alone,) nor the appalling aggregate of happiness lost in a lifetime by your kind of people from NOT smoking." Mark Twain San Francisco, 1865

Cambridge Citizens for Smokers Rights. More smoking news for Massachusetts and around the world.

The United Pro Choice Smoker's Rights Newsletter

Websites Worth A Look

I great website for both the cigar and pipe smoker. Their specialty is the JR version of your favorite cigar at very reasonable prices. Try them out and see for yourself. They also have a fair selection of reasonably prices pipe tobacco.         [Check 'em out ]

The Pipe T-Shirt
I received an email from a pipesmoker / artist who has combined his passions into a T-shirt so I thought I'd pass it along to you.
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This Month's Tobacco Raffle
This month we have two blends from Esoterica Tobacco to raffle off.

Blended exclusively for Butera Pipe Company by J.F. Germain and Son. Pipe tobacco entirely made, blended and aged in the British Isles. 50 gram. A marriage of seven premium Virginia tobaccos with Louisiana Perique.

A harmonious blend of Golden and dark Virginias with small portions of Burley and air-cured leaf. Matured by a special process over 100 years old, producing a unique natural aroma and a piquant flavor.



Upcoming Events

Bjarne Nielsen back in town at the Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe - Saturday May 7th, 2005
I received and email from Scotty Bendett from the Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe in Albany, NY (aka pipesandcigars.com) to inform me that Bjarne Nielsen will be having another pipe show this year. Those of you who took the ride up there last year know what a great time it was. Scott's shop is one of the best I've seen and is loaded top to bottom with pipes, tobacco and accessories. Not to mention the huge walk in humidor and the spacious smoking room upstairs.
Bjarne was great to talk with and brings a ton of pipes in all price ranges. The ride up to Albany is only about 2.5 hrs and worth the trip. I highly recommend getting a group together to show our support.
If you'd like to read an account of last year's trip with tons of pictures, click here.



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