April 2008

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - 7:00 PM or
** NEW LOC - Bertucci's Cobb's Corner 6:00 PM **

Club Info & Events

Details of the February Meeting
Ok so we've finally made the decision to try a new place for dinner. This will be a test for a couple of months, if it turns out to be no better then we'll try something else. So for the April meeting we will meet for dinner at the Bertucci's at Cobb's Corner in Canton. The address is 95 Washington St. Canton MA 0202. Get directions from Google Maps here. This is only about a 10 minute drive from our meeting place. I hope a few of you will be able to make it. There is also a Perkin's Tobacco in the adjacent mall if you get there early. They don't have a huge pipe selection but they do have a nice selection of cigars.

Updates on our wounded Comrades
No new news on Kenny Kasparian so we hope he is doing well. Ken Collins will have surgery this week so if you pray he could probably use one. And we hear Steve Gutz is finally home soon. It must be great for him to be home after such a long convalescence. And from what we hear the outlook fo his health is promising. We miss you guys... hurry back!!

SHPC 2008 Club Pipe - Order Now
Last chance to put in your order for the 2008 SHPC club pipe by Kaywoodie.
As mentioned it will be a dark ($110) or tan ($150) deep blast Canadian in a group 4 or 5 size. So far we have 9 orders. Final orders will be taken at the April meeting and sent off to Kaywoodie so if you want one let us know.
If you won't be at the April meeting you can email your order to Dock at dock_perry (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Upcoming Events

The 4th Annual Visit to Mike's Brookline News
Sunday April 27th, 2008 (time is pending)
This is our 4th year visiting Mike's Brookline News and it's always a fun event. I can't say Mike's is big on elbow room but it's an experience just to see how much stuff can be crammed into one little store. This place is like a novelty warehouse but hidden amoung the whoopie cushions, fake dog doo, fake nose and glasses are more pipes and accessories than you can imagine. I believe he will also have some high end Peterson's in as well. If you've never been then you gotta go.... at least once. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Mike also has a fair selection of premium tobacco and offers a decent discount to SHPC Members. Normally he's closed on Sunday but he opens up once a year just for us. So who's going??
Member Contributions ........ by Dock Perry

Let's set the record straight folks!
Some of you have noticed that in less than one month's time my pipe collection of several hundred has been reduced to less than one hundred. Many have been sold on e-bay, some to collectors overseas and some went to regulars on the ASP and Brothers of Briar pipe boards. At least twenty or thirty people have sent me private e-mails inquiring as to why I'm selling off my pipes. Some had heard that I was going bankrupt, some that I was quitting smoking altogether and believe it or not, one misguided soul was actually under the impression that I was dying of a terminal disease! I'm not making this up either,he heard that I had six months to live and actually wanted to buy a few things from my den which he saw pictures of on BoB's and took a liking to! Unreal!

The truth is folks, I'm dying..... No, just kidding.... I woke up one morning and found that my racks were filled with pipes that I just no longer loved! when wanting to smoke a bowl, I was almost always reaching for my lighter weight sandblasted grp 3 & 4 sized pipes and my ODA's,magnums and heavy old freehands weren't getting the attention that they deserved. Weight has become a huuuuuge factor for me. No matter how much I may love the shape or admire the maker,If a pipe is overly heavy I'll be selling it off. Smoking the smaller pipes just makes more sense to me now. I have less time to dedicate to pipe smoking and my tobacco taste has changed almost exclusively to flakes (Navy Flake to be precise) To smoke an Ardor giant from the top to ash, it would take an average of two hours! Who has that sort of time in today's day and age? I sure don't.

It's not just the size of my pipes that's changed either, it's the styles and makers too .Almost all of my Ardors,Bonfiglioli's,Radices and Italian pipes in general have been sold off as I find myself more and more intrigued with what the Danes are doing now. Many offer a compact pipe with a generous sized tobacco chamber. Their blasts are sublime and the stem work and drilling is almost always dead on perfect with super comfortable bits. Not to be unpatriotic,there's a half dozen or so American makers who I currently have orders with including Alex Florov and John Crosby. Both gentleman's pipes are Danish inspired and both do an excellent blast. Yes, I'm currently on a sandblast kick too! I find them to be much more interesting than straight grain or birdseye.The goal is to have 100 of the best pipes in the world that I love smoking rather that 500 OK pipes that really only 1/4 of actually get smoked. It all about quality over quantity now something that every serious collector of anything goes through..

Let this be a lesson to you all, you never know when your tastes will change! Luckily most of the pipes I sold were bought as estates. When I sold them I actually made a profit in most cases. Compare this with losing 50% on selling a pipe you bought brand new. It just doesn't make sense...

Be Well and Happy Puffing,
Dock J. Pery

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Packing your pipe with flake tobacco
I've been smoking almost all flake tobacco in the last six months or so and came across this video on YouTube. I've packed my pipe with this method and have had pretty good luck with it. As with all pipe packing, practice makes perfect. Unfortunately the narration is not in English, fortunately though...it's video so you don't really need it. Enjoy.

Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth A Look

6th Annual National Pipe Smoking Contest
The United Pipe Clubs of America will conduct the 6th Annual National Pipe smoking Contest on Sunday May 4 at 1 PM at the Chicago Pipe Show. Contestants from across the US and around the world will meet and compete in the largest contest of its kind in the US. Enjoy true camaraderie of the pipe as the blue haze rises to the ceiling with those famous words “Contestants, Light Your Pipe!”
                                                    [Find out more]

Pipe Book Author Honored at Illinois State Historical Society
Author Kathy A. Worth of Grayslake will travel to Springfield, Illinois, on April 26 to receive a 2008 book award from the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) for her first published work, Back From The Ashes: Uncovering the Lost History of G. L. Hunt and the Falcon Pipe. [more info]
This Month's Tobacco Raffle

G.L. Pease - Maltese Falcon
Originally conceived as a replacement for the old Raven's Wing, Maltese Falcon quickly evolved into something bigger. It's a rich, bold blend, with excellent body, a beguiling sweetness, and solid structure, ideal for those who enjoy a sophisticated, yet comfortable and refined English-style mixture.

Orlik Scotch Type Tobacco

A mixture of Virginia and Burley, with Black Cavendish and Scotch Whiskey.

What’s It Like Not To Belong To A Pipe Club
By Richard T. Frederics
What’s it like not to belong to a pipe club? I don’t know. It’s been a long time and I’m glad I’ve been part of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston for a number of years. We don’t have everything in common. Some of us like movies, others, books. Some of us teach; some work in investments, others in education. There are those that are retired. Some are collectors of pipes and other collectibles. And, there’s a few who also like to smoke cigars. Some like beer, others like scotch. Most are into sports. We even have a few who are pipe makers. We are all different. But we all have one thing in common – we love to smoke pipes. And we are all friends and we are there for each other.
Our club meets monthly. We get together and talk about the things we like - pipe smoking. We all have our favorite pipe makers and try to convince others why. We have our favorite tobaccos and share. Can you think of anything better?
In a world where we, as pipe smokers, are finding it increasingly difficult to meet and smoke together, we are lucky. We have a place. But somehow I think if we lost this place, we would find a way to meet and do the one thing we all love to do and that is to be together and smoke our pipes. So, if you do smoke a pipe and do not belong to a pipe club, find one and join. If there is none near you –start one. And, if you are near Boston why not search us out and join the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston. You will be glad you did. I know I am.

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