We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Stoughton, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

Details from the July Meeting
The July meeting was a little like old times with absense of our Rhode Island contingent. It was the usual suspects who have become the tried and true for many years and are always a pleasure to hang out with and share a bowl. The meeting consisted of the typical banter which usually starts these month's with an update on the health situation of our very good friend and club secretary Rick Frederics. Rick has been dealing with quite a lot over the past six months but had managed to keep up an extremely positive attitude throughout all his trials and tribulations. He also is one of the tried and true previously mentioned and I'm sure not being able to attend the meetings bothers him almost as much as it bothers those of us who don't get to share his company. If you're reading this Rick (which I know you are), we're all thinking of you and routing for you as you continue on the road back. We'll be here waiting and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Hot Off The Press! Well actually, it's a bit luke warm now that a few weeks have passed but definitely well deserving of another big round of applause and hearty congratulations for our resident pipe make (and the official SHPC Pipe of the Year procurer) Tim Hynick for a great article about him, his pipemaking and even a bit about SHPC. The article was written for Pipes & Tobacco Magazine by William "Cliff" Nelson who joined us at the April meeting. My copy will be well preserved for eternity. Be sure to pick one up before they're all gone. Nice work Tim, we're all happy for you. (click image for a better view)

2015 Club Pipe Update
Back at the June meeting the club looked at about a dozen photos of Icarus pipes and voted on their favorite. Although there were a few contenders in the lot, this pipe had the most votes and there was enough interest from the others to move forward. It's a bit of a nose warmer which is a little different from the pipes we've had commissioned in the past but it does have some class. The price will be $120 which also includes the purchase of a new stamp. We plan on having them done sometime in the fall but need to get a head count on who wants one. So keep an eye on your email for the official purchase request.

Tobacco Reviews Ernie Whitenack

Dunhill’s My Mixture - Baby’s Bottom

Dunhill/ says:
A blend of Virginias and Latakia made famous generations ago for its smooth-smoking qualities, Dunhill's My Mixture, Baby's Bottom was at the top of the list for mixtures we wanted to see re-introduced. Now, thanks to the folks at British American Tobacco and General Cigar, it has returned.

Thanks to our monthly tobacco raffle I can review a tobacco I doubted I would ever buy. I lit-up when I got home after the July meeting. First off, no baby’s bottom was ever this rough. However after a day of smoking and an evening at the SHPC meeting, it was wise to withhold judgment until BB could be tried with a clean tongue.

Two days later fire was put to BB and it came across with the customary zing of most Virginias (constant puffers beware) but started to mellow out about a third of the way through the bowl into a very smooth and tasty smoke. In retrospect, I believe the tobacco was just a bit too moist and in the beginning produced a lot of steam.

Two weeks later Baby’s Bottom is something to look forward to and is living up to its name. It is smooth with a citrus sweetness melded with the best Latakia I have tasted since the old Syrian type. I’ll keep it around.

Note: Pipes and Cigars have an alternative tobacco in their Match Series called “Match Dunhill’s BB1938”. I might purchase an ounce or two and do a comparative review at some point. - Ernie

Tobacco Raffle

Hearth & Home Marquee Fusilier's Ration 1.76 oz
Start with dark, smoky Cyprian Latakia, and add some of the most amazing Oriental leaf, a variety of Virginias from around the world and a touch of unflavored black Cavendish. Then lightly scent it with an old fashioned top dressing and hot press it to marry the flavors and mature the blend. Slice it and prepare for a smoking experience that's truly, well, revolutionary.

Butera Blended Flake
There are many Virginia/Perique flakes, but Blended Flake is a stand-out because of the addition of fine Oriental tobaccos, and the variety of Virginias that are slowly pressed with tangy-sweet Perique.

Pipe Sighting - Nantucket, MA

Old codger sporting a cobb and a stick. Watch out!!.

Piper Profile - Herman Melville

I didn't have any luck finding a photo of Melville smoking a pipe so then I felt I needed a little more proof that he was in fact a pipesmoker. So I did a bit more research and came across a story done by Melville called I and My Chimney that I learned was about his home and his family in Pittsfield, MA. One reviewer on said...

"A delightfully charming account of a man's relationship with his old chimney, which offers insight into the personal side of Melville."

How much can someone possibly say about a chimney? Well it appears Melville pulled it off and made it a fairly interesting read, so say the reviewers. I have not read it yet but hope to soon.

I searched the story for the word "pipe" and found a few accounts of him smoking one so I guess I am satisfied. I guess I shouldn't have been so skeptical though, after reading the excerpt about the pipe smoking rituals of Stubb one of the harpooners in Melville's classic Moby Dick. It was clear, the author must have been a pipe smoker. If you haven't read Moby Dick (who hasn't) or don't remember that part of the book, you can listen to an audio version of that clip in the February 2012 edition of the SHPC Gazette.

What I did find a bit confusing however, in Moby Dick, Melville had Captain Ahab throw his pipe into the sea and watched as it descended. I'm not sure any self respecting pipe smoker would allow that to happen. (Except for maybe Derek )

If you're interested in reading I and My Chimney (it's a short read), it is available for free at Project Gutenburg.

If you'd like to listen to the free audio book of Moby Dick is is also free and can be found at

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette.

(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Tuesday Mornings at around 9 AM.
Or find older shows on YouTube.

Video of the Month
This month's video is of a presentation Rick Newcomb did at the Kansas City Pipe show this past June. It's already made it's debut on the Interweb and many of you may have already seen it but for those of you haven't seen it yet you're in for a treat. Go fill up your Bing's favorite and settle in for an entertaining hour. Thanks to Dan Coomer for posting it on YouTube and to Rick Newcomb for allowing it to be made public for those of us who can't always make the shows.

Other Important Links for Smokers:

More Pipe Smoking in the Movies
                             Submitted by Ernie Whitenack

In a Marvel Comics Superhero film, The Punisher - 2004, John Travolta played a pipe smoking sadistic crime boss with little on his mind but murder and mayhem. Naturally, he lost out in the end to The Punisher.

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