We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, April 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

 Hi Gang,
I hope this message finds you all well and certainly ready for spring. Not a whole lot to report since our last gathering. I must say the “homeless” seem to really like the free donut supply over the past couple of months. LOL.
Our friends in Fall River had a great first meeting with about 10 guys showing up. I was not able to attend but, John told me they had a great time and more are expected this month. I am going to the next meeting and would love the company if any of you are able to make it. John also mentioned something that I thought was very honorable. He said to the guys that even though they meet at his place he does not want them to feel obligated to buy all the stuff their raffle items, etc. at his store. He realizes some guys like different styles and brands other than what he sells on a regular basis. It just really sets the tone of what a solid guy he is and makes me feel very confidant about the choice we made selecting them as our first chapter club. Speaks volumes that he is not in it for monetary gain and that it is more about building camaraderie in our hobby.
Our illustrious past President has informed me that we may incur a problem at out meeting place since the club has voted the space to be designated nonsmoking. The board claims we will not be affected since they made a commitment to us but, I think much discussion is needed to secure a secondary location in case that ruling changes. I will let Eric fill us in on the details at the next meeting.
I must say it’s great to see the room getting fuller every month. Seems like we always have a new face in the crowd and our Facebook group is up to 320 followers. Keep up the good work and remember to try and bring a friend. Try to engage often with the Facebook group as they really are interested in what we do. BTW, if you haven’t noticed, Tim has finally joined Facebook.
Speaking of Tim, the pipe of the year has been chosen and we should see a mock up very soon. Please remember to bring in your money and thanks to Tim for all of his hard work.
And finally.... since we totally dissed the little green guy last month, this month we will honor St. Patrick (who was born in Rome) those of you who smoke a Peterson Pipe at the next meeting will receive an extra raffle ticket for a goodie from my private collection.

That’s all…..Short and sweet!

See you Tuesday,

Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 6

In the office of European Consolidated Imports, Ryan is thinking about the pipe and who his competition might be. He instructs his two enforcers to find Mitchell and ask him if anyone else has been contacted about the pipe. They find him, a Scotch in his hand, leaning on his usual spot at the bar on 41st Street. The men, positioned on either side of Mitchell, squeeze in on him and asked the question.

“Honestly, I don’t know. All I have done is find the collectors by calling tobacco shops and give the names to Smyth. I don’t know who Smyth has contacted, if any. I haven’t talked about the pipe to anyone other than Mr. Ryan. Here now, give me some room and I’ll write the names down for you.

Read Chapter 6 

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6

Tobacco Reviews... By None Other Than Ernie Whitenack

Brigham Tobacco - Acadian Blend
Made in Germany

Unlike Brigham’s Maritime Morning (review Sept. 2013) Acadian blend is an unremarkable blend of light and medium brown Virginias with Perique. The label claims it to be “Mild, naturally sweet. Pure tobacco flavor.”

Upon opening the tin, the paper disk covering the tobacco was very wet with tobacco sticking to it. The first bowl produced a lot of steam as it burned and left a singed feeling to my tongue.
After drying to a proper amount of hydration, a mild flavor of Virginias was present but the pungent sweet flavor of Perique was undesirable.
Throughout nearly half the tin I have smoked, the Perique never emerged and the tobacco scent and flavor remained more a cigarette flavor than that of a pipe tobacco.

The shag cut is fast burning and therefore hot causing one to smoke extremely slowly to protect the tongue. I can’t see what Mr. Holmes liked about a shag cut unless his blend had a remarkable flavor.


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Pipe Personalities

George Herman "Babe" Ruth
(excerpted from Wikipdedia)
George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time.
George Herman Ruth Jr. was born in 1895 at 216 Emory Street in the Pigtown section of Baltimore, At age seven, Ruth was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory where he learned life lessons and baseball skills from Brother Matthias Boutlier of the Xaverian Brothers, the school's disciplinarian and a capable baseball player. In 1914, Ruth was signed to play minor-league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles but was soon sold to the Red Sox. By 1916, he had built a reputation as an outstanding pitcher who sometimes hit long home runs, a feat unusual for any player in the pre-1920 dead-ball era.
In 1918, the Red Sox won their third pennant in four years and faced the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, which began on September 5, the earliest date in history.Ruth pitched and won Game One for the Red Sox, a 1–0 shutout. Before Game Four, Ruth injured his left hand in a fight; he pitched anyway. Ruth's effort gave his team a three-games-to-one lead, and two days later the Red Sox won their third Series in four years, four-games-to-two. Before allowing the Cubs to score in Game Four, Ruth pitched ?29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, a record for the World Series that stood for more than 40 years until 1961, broken by Whitey Ford after Ruth's death. Ruth was prouder of that record than he was of any of his batting feats.
After the 1919 season, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the Yankees amid controversy. The trade fueled Boston's subsequent 86 year championship drought and popularized the "Curse of the Bambino" superstition. In his 15 years with the Yankees, Ruth helped the team win seven American League (AL) championships and four World Series championships. Ruth's last season with the Yankees was 1934; he retired from the game the following year, after a short stint with the Boston Braves.
So when you think about it, the long term success of the Yankees was directly related to the acquisition of the Red Sox's strongest player and one of the best players to have ever played the game. And not even a thanks.
In November 1946, Ruth entered French Hospital in New York for tests, which revealed that he had an inoperable malignant tumor at the base of his skull and in his neck; Ruth's condition gradually grew worse. Thousands of New Yorkers, including many children, stood vigil outside the hospital in Ruth's final days. On August 16, 1948, at 8:01 p.m., Ruth died in his sleep at the age of 53. [Read more on Wikipedia]

More on Babe Ruth

Video of the Month
The Curse of the Bambino - HBO Sports

Also - Babe Ruth Documentary on YouTube

This month, Tom decided to raffle a couple of tins from Ashton. When he realized that one of the blends had been raffled in the past year or so, he decided to donate a tin from his private stash, just to keep things interesting...

Ashton Artisan's Blend Pipe Tobacco (50g)
Ashton Artisan's Blend is a full-bodied English mixture that is carefully crafted for the experienced pipe smoker. Virginia and Turkish tobaccos harmonize with Syrian latakia and a touch of perique to create a taste that is resoundingly rich, spicy and satisfying.

Ashton Gold Rush Pipe Tobacco (50g)
Ashton Gold Rush is a pure Virginia blend made of only the most outstanding Virginia Tobaccos. Medium-bodied and smooth, this mixture burns beautifully and renders a natural aroma accented by traces of lemon and honey.

Gukrha Urban Legend (50g)
Our bonus blend, Gukrha Urban Legend, puts a wild spin on an English blend. A light amount of Latakia and a hint of Perique are combined with Virginias and Burleys that have been imbued by a bit of mocha, pressed and roughly rubbed-out for a long, cool burn.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(9:30 Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From the producers of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes  |  Website

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

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