April 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Alternate Meeting Location in April

Club Info & Events

Different Meeting Location This Month: This month's meeting will be held at the Sportsman's Club. The address has been sent to members in an email. If you've never been to a meeting before and would like join us but cannot meet up with us at CB Perkins at Cobbs Corner, please send us an email an we'll send you the address.
Details of the March Meeting
Not too much out of the ordinary to report this month. Everything was pretty much business as usual at both CB Perkins and at the club meeting. However, we did have a visit from Steve, a friend of Neil. Steve tells us he has been smoking more cigars than pipes lately but does have a small collection of pipes as well. He heard about us from Neil and decided to stop by to see what the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club is all about. Hopefully we'll see him back for a return visit. Nice meeting you Steve. In addition, Derek's girlfriend Matea also joined us and participated with us in the ritual we all love.

2012 Club Pipe Update
At this month's meeting it was agreed that payment for the 2012 club can be made by the May meeting (rather than the April meeting as earlier stated). If you placed and order for the 2012 club pipe, half of the total amount is due by Tuesday, May 1st. If you'd like to make a payment if full, that's fine as well.. If you purchased the pipe alone $84 is due and if you orderd pipe with stand $125 will be due in May. If you cannot attend the May meeting you will need to email a check. The address has been sent via email to those who placed orders however, if you need it again, please let us know at shpcboston@yahoo.com

2012 Club Pipe: Taking Orders from Non Members
We are taking orders now for the 2012 SHPC Club Pipe by Mastro De Paja. A number of orders have already been placed by our club members but as we have done a few times in the past, we are making this offer available to a limited number of our readers. This is a great deal on a beautiful pipe by Mastro De Paja (click image for a better view). The price of the pipe $168 for the pipe WITHOUT the stand and $250 for the pipe WITH the stand. Full payment for non members will be due by April 15th which will also include a shipping cost which we can discuss through email but should be somewhere between $7-$12.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these pipes please send us and email so we can work out the details. Please be clear if you want the pipe with or without the stand. Unfortunately, we can only take US orders only and payment if full is required upon order.
Tobacco Reviews ....................by Ernie Whitenack
I am not under any allusion that I am an expert tobacco evaluator. I just know what I like.

As some of you know, I have been on a years long search to find a replacement for Ehrlich's DPE, a totally unique and flavorful tobacco I smoked almost exclusively in the 60s and 70s. I have never found one and doubt I ever will.

Perhaps it was three years ago that McClelland's Coyote Classic was suggested as a possibility. Thinking, by the description (discounting the woodsman or cowpoke), it might be the one, a purchase of four ounces was made.

A rich, full Oriental mixture, made for the American taste. It is stout with lots of smoked Latakia and fragrant Turkish, with just enough naturally sweet Matured Virginia for interest and balance. It is then aged under pressure for several months to develop a tobacco that is full and rounded.

I didn't like it. Thinking back I probably puffed too heavily, which DPE could handle without getting too hot and losing flavor.

Anyway, I bought some recently and find it delightful. There is a little sharpness to each puff but it is underlain with the smoothness of the oriental just before the Virginia's sweetness comes out. The sharpness fades quickly from the tongue.

I find it best in a large Pot, packed with medium to light pressure, and smoked slowly. Small bowels do not do it justice. This could be as close as I will ever come.

"The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher, and shuts up the mouth of the foolish; it generates a style of conversation, contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent, and unaffected..."
    ~ William Makepeace Thackeray, from The Social Pipe ~

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Pipe Smoker Unleashed Adds Cigar Expansion
Pipe Smoker Unleashed Adds Cigar Expansion - This great piece of software is already a big hit with pipe smokers who want a comprehensive tool to organize their extensive tobacco collections. The guys at Pipe Smokers Unleashed didn't want to leave the cigar guys out in the cold, so they added on an expansion that allowed stogie lovers to update a virtual version of their humidor, as well as including tasting notes and reviews in case you can't remember the specifics of each and every smoke. You can enter in a variety of characteristics, and even specifically where you've stored a particular cigar in case you're one of the many who have humidors in multiple locations. Check out Jason's full review of the software on the talkingtobacco.com blog, and if it sounds like the perfect tool for your cigar collection, head on over to the main site and download your copy.

Walled-up tins of tobacco get new homes
Have you head the story of the 94 year old tin of Prince Albert that was found hidden inside a wall during a home renovation product. It brough a lot of attention from pipe smokers.        [Check it Out]

Other Important Links for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

The Pipe Smokging Guide
For those of you who are just getting started out in pipe smoking and need some helpful tips. Check out the pipesmokingguide.com's website.   [Take Me There]

Tobacco Raffle

McClelland Bulk MC 5125 Coyote Classic (2oz)
A rich, full, Oriental mixture made for the American taste. A classic outdoor smoke for the woodsman or cowpoke. Stout with lots of Latakia and fragrant Turkish, with just enough naturally sweet matured Virginia for balance. A bulk blend.

Frybourg & Treyers Vanners Mixture: (50g tin)

Red and gold Virginia blended with a touch of Black Cavendish

The Crooked X - Prelude to War
A Short Story of Hate, Mystery and Intrigue
                                           By Ernest N. Whitenack

Listen to an excerpt from Chapter 8
"The Final Capture"

The story takes place in 1934 during the depression and leading up to World War II. Boston Lawyer, Scott Wadsworth, follows a lead on his missing friend which could lead him into a tangled web of foreign intrigue, murder and counter-espionage. If the audio plug-in does not work, just click the image on the left.

Read previous chapters:
Ch. 1
| Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch.5 | Ch.6 | Ch.7

Read The Final Chapter >>

I'd like to personally thank Ernie Whitenack for writing this story for the SHPC Gazette. It takse a lot of time, effort and research to write a short story like this. Thanks for a great job Ernie.

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