April 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
*** Dinner location TBD at Perkins ***

Club Info & Events

Details from the March Meeting
The March meeting was a great medicine to help ease the pain caused by all this snow we've been getting lately. It was filled with many new things that reminded us that Spring is not far away. To start things off, it was good to see Mike back for a visit after being away for a few months. It would be nice to see more of that from others who used to be regulars. Next, Neil encouraged two friends he has all but converted from cigar smokers to pipe smokers to come by and check out our meeting. It's always nice to get some new blood in the room to go give the place a little atmosphere (just checking to see who's actually reading this). Both of them fit in nicely and look forward to returning.
But the the main event of the evening was the distribution of the 2013 club pipe. Tim, Neil and I drove up to NY in late February to meet pipe maker Peder Jeppesen, pick up our new pipes and check out Cup 0' Joes. We had a great time and you can read all about our trip in the article below. Peder did an outsdanding job on the pipes and we look forward to hearing many reviews at the April meeting.

The New York Pipe Show Report by Rick Frederics

Pipes smoking was alive and well at the recent New York Pipe Show this past March 9th. And while you can't smoke at the pipe show itself, pipe smokers came in great numbers; and not just men, but women attended as well, and it was also nice to see some young college students there.

Tim Hynick and I made our annual trip to Newark, New Jersey where the pipe show has been for at least the last ten years (as long as Tim and I have been going, though this was the New York Pipe Show's 18th year, I believe).

It was great seeing our pipe smoking friends - many from the recent Kaywoodie smoking contest were there. The distributors from Savinelli were there, Smoking Pipes.Com, Steve Monjure, Don Seatter from The James Island Piper, Sally Gottliebson - the Pipe Tart was there and we met a supplier of Algerian briar, Steve Norse, from Vermont who Tim and I plan to visit this summer. There were many others - Russ from Pipes and Cigars, Pipe Smoker's Haven and Joe Skoda - and happily I can say most were carrying new pipes. This show was not dominated by estate pipes as it has been in the past.

Tim had a successful show and I was very happy about that. Besides visiting all the various tables, we spent a lot of time talking to attendees. It is a great experience and I really love talking about tobacco, pipes, and in one instance - Scotch Whisky which Tim was kind enough to bring for me.

You may not believe this, but the restaurant in the Windham Hotel where the show is held has an outstanding restaurant and we both had a great Greek lunch. On the way back we stopped at Reins Deli, outside of Hartford CT. You see, it is not only about smoking, but food also plays a big role.

Attending a pipe show is a wonderful time, a wonderful chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. If you haven't attended a pipe show, you should strongly consider it. You will not be disappointed. Hope to see everyone again next March - and my fellow SHPC friends - why not join us next year. Can't wait!

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio Shows that aired since our last meeting.

Other Important Links for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look
If you haven't seen this already, you're in for a treat. Someone is actually going to make a documentary about pipes. It's called Father the Flame but they need our help. Making documentaries like this are not cheap and no one but us is really chomping at the bit for something like this. Check out their site and see how you can help.

Tobacco Raffle
This month's raffle is the last of the left over Christmas tobacco. Good luck!

Stokkebye: 4th Generation 1855 (100 gm tin)
“Erik Peter, my Great Grandfather, founded our family’s tobacco business in Denmark and was known for his deep passion for natural tobacco flavors. Truly for the experienced pipe smoker, 1855 is a ready-rubbed blend of exceptional golden, mature Virginia tobaccos that demonstrates the natural sweet Virginia taste and its pleasant aroma.”

McLelland/P&C Sundown - (50 gm tin)
If you're a Virginia lover, don't pass this one up. All pipe smokers who love the Brightleaf know that McClelland's Virginias are among the best in the world, and they have a magic touch when blending them. For a tangy, sweet smoking experience, you won't do better.

Peder Piper Produced a Peck of Peder's Pipes - The Journey of the 2013 SHPC Club Pipe

This year Tim and Dock volunteered to take on the extremely enjoyable task of commissioning the 2013 club pipe. Neerup had been on our list of makers for a couple of years now and it wa agreed that we would contact Neerup pipe maker Peder Jeppesen to see if he would be interested in making this year's pipe. Tim and Dock had picked out a shape they liked and it was well received by the majority of our group. Peder embraced our offer and began work on a prototype of our pipe which he later sent to us for review and approval. The grain, finish and quality lived up to what we have become used to seeing in Neerup pipes and at $135 you can't go wrong. Everyone was happy with the prototype and Peder began production of our peck of pipes (in case you didn't know it, a peck of pipes equals 13, it's like a bakers dozen for pipe makers). Peder was planning to be in the States in February which gave him plenty of time to make our pipes and bring them with him, saving us the cost of shipping. Tim made plans to meet up with him at Cup O' Joes in Queensbury, NY to pick up our peck of pipes......

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