Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon,
Next Meeting is Tuesday,
August 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Club Info & Events
I can’t believe it is already August. To think Fall is just
about 7 weeks away. I, for one, do appreciate the cooler weather
and, I am really looking forward to (as always) Autumn in New England.
By now, most of you know that the by-laws for
the club are just about ready for a final vote of approval and would
hope to put that past us by the finish of this meeting. The only
thing left to do is finalize the website and discuss how we want
to pursue associate clubs. I think once the by-laws and web site
are complete it should only take us one meeting to firm up the details
for the development and formation.
Please take some time to review in your minds
of all the previous discussions and be ready to bring forth your
input. Also think about what you can contribute to the new website.
We would all love to read fresh content every month in the form
of short stories, tobacco reviews, pipe talk, personal restoration
techniques, smoke friendly places, points of interest, or maybe
just a few words of introduction about you. I am always eager to
learn about my fellow brothers of the briar and I am sure others
may be just
as curious. I am suggesting to our web master to include member
profile pages with in the secured area of the website. There we
will be able to add details about our interest in the hobby, what
kinds of pipes and tobacco we like best as well as what types of
beverages we like to accompany our favorite smoke with. I do feel
it’s important to get to know the people I drive an hour for
once a month a little better than I do now. The club and members
are important to me. I feel you guys are like extended family. Brothers
from other Mothers, one could say.
Something was brought to my attention concerning
a popular online vendor most of us use on a fairly regular basis.
Seems this vendor has been giving some “run around”
on shipments due. In such a small community I don’t feel an
official boycott is the answer but, will bring the details before
the club and maybe a letter of concern from the SHPC to the management
of this vendor will better relations for now and in the future.
Some dates to remember: Our annual picnic at Eric’s
in September and our road trip to Gillette Castle, date TBD. I would
hope to see good attendance at both and both are family friendly.
I guess that’s it for now….. Oh, I
forgot…. August is the month of my late brothers’ birthday,
a fellow pipe smoker and he loved Savinelli Pipes. So, those who
bring their Savinelli pipe and have a bowl in honor of brother Philip
will get and extra raffle ticket for a special gift.
See you Tuesday, Kevin
.................... by Ernie Whitenack
Ferndown’s Mild Brown
Ferndown London England
A Mature and Flavorly Rich Honeydew of Rich Dark Virginias
At our June Meeting, I showed up with pipes,
lighter, matches, and low and behold, no tobacco! I mentioned
my plight to Tom, the tobacco man, who promptly, and very generously,
handed me a tin of Dunhill’s 965 which I enjoyed that evening
I suppose Kevin, our esteemed president, must
have heard of my shortcoming and, upon leaving, handed me a tin
of Ferndown Mild Brown and brought my attention to the cellar
date of 1995 marked on the bottom of the tin. I’m glad he
did as the rim of the lid was all pitted from rust and I was about
to refuse what turned out to be a very generous and delicious
I asked Kevin if it was still being made and
his Smart Phone told him where to buy it. However, I have forgotten
where that is and cannot find it anywhere.
I opened the tin the next morning to find a
wet cover paper, and the most delicious scent I have ever encountered
from a tobacco. Well, I rushed to fill a seldom smoked Meerschaum
and lit it gently. The sweet and tangy flavor of the aged Virginias
was as mild as vanilla ice cream and much more flavorful.
This was surely meant for kings. I vowed to
use this tobacco in a dry pipe and only when I had not subjected
my mouth to other tobacco. I might just cry when it’s gone!
Member Article ................................
by Eric Kahn
Tobacco Lane on the Square, Arlington, TX
Sometimes you just get lucky, real lucky. This was one of those
was on schedule to travel to Mineral Wells, Texas to do my usual
training for the medical software company for which I work. The
normal thing, two half day trainings covering what the hospital
needed to know about the hardware they were getting from and how
it works together, printing, the standard stuff. As is my wont,
I Google searched for a cigar shop in the town where I could spend
the other half of the day linked into my computer to do some work.
Not to mention catch up with the locals and find the best places
to eat, etc. Mineral Wells has nothing in the way of cigar shops.
Damn! Well, at least the weather looked like it was going to be
warm so I could sit outside and smoke. Then I expanded my search
to beyond Mineral Wells. And I found something that looked interesting.
There is a town called Weatherford, Texas just
east of Mineral Wells, in fact, if you take 180 east out of Fort
Worth (You kind of have to to get to Mineral Wells.) you go right
through Weatherford. Google came up with a ping in Weatherford.
A shop called Tobacco Lane on the Square. So, I called the shop,
not getting my hopes up, I asked if the shop was a place I could
relax and smoke in. “Sure, that’s what we do here,”
came the reply. I could tell by his accent and the age in his
voice I was talking to someone who’d been around for a while.
I told him I was coming down for a couple of days and that my
favorite thing to do was find a shop. I gave him my name and he
said, “When you get here as for John. I won’t be hard
the day came for me to fly out, I’d already mapped out the
route to take from DFW to Tobacco Lane and then my hotel in Mineral
Wells. I was getting in early enough to stop and enjoy a pipe
or two at the shop. As I pulled into the square I spotted the
shop right off. My impression was that this was an old school
shop. I wasn’t wrong. And it wasn’t hard to find John.
He was the only one in the shop. I was also right about him being
an ‘old timer’. Retired from the navy. I’d guess
him to be in his 70s. The shop is about 150 feet long and 25 feet
wide the shop was right out of the 1890s though the shop has only
been her about a dozen years. Ceiling fans, beautiful mouldings,
solid wood doors and a stairway leading up to a comfortable loft
sitting area with TV and wifi.
Their pipe selection is quite good, though they
don’t sell a ton of them. It’s a cigar shop after
all, but the tobacco selection is nice. The jars (see photo) include
Lane, Stokkebye, Dunhill, Peterson, etc. Some tins were also in
evidence, but not too many. The shelves are also filled with lots
of tobacciana and a couple of stuffed marlins on the wall. On
the other wall is the walk in humidor. About 90 feet in length
and about 10 feet wide and very well stocked. Top of the line
cigars, too, Padron, La Gloria, Don Pepin, Rocky Patel, etc. The
shelves go up about 6 feet with loads of storage for stock above.
Upstairs there is a bar where you can bring your own beer and
Like I said before, sometimes you just get lucky.
I stopped back on my way to Irving,Texas where I stayed night
before my morning flight home. I only wish I’d taken a later
flight, I’d have gone back for one more visit. If you’re
ever in the area, check out Tobacco Lane on the Square in Weatherford,
Texas. Strike up a conversation with “codger” John.
You won’t be sorry.
Click to enlarge
(exerpted from Wikipedia)
William Hooker Gillette (July 24, 1853 – April 29,
1937) was an American actor-manager, playwright, and stage-manager
in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered
for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage and in a 1916 silent
film thought to be lost until it was rediscovered in 2014.
Gillette's most significant contributions to the theater
were in devising realistic stage settings and special sound
and lighting effects, and as an actor in putting forth what
he called the "Illusion of the First Time". His
portrayal of Holmes helped create the modern image of the
detective. His use of the deerstalker cap (which first appeared
in some Strand illustrations by Sidney Paget) and the curved
pipe became enduring symbols of the character. He assumed
the role on stage more than 1,300 times over thirty years,
starred in the silent motion picture based on his Holmes
play, and voiced the character twice on radio.
Gillette's Sherlock Holmes consisted of
four acts combining elements from several of Doyle's stories.
He mainly utilized the plots "A Scandal in Bohemia"
and "The Final Problem". Also, it had elements
from A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Boscombe
Valley Mystery, and The Greek Interpreter. However, all
the characters in the play were Gillette's own creations
with the exception of Holmes, Watson, and Moriarty. His
creation of Billy the Buttons (Pageboy) was later used by
Doyle for "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone".
Gillette portrayed Holmes as brave and open to express his
feelings, which was substantially different from the intellectual-only
original, "a machine rather than a man".[citation
needed] He wore the deerstalker cap on stage, which was
originally featured in illustrations by Sidney Paget.
Gillette introduced the curved or bent
briar pipe instead of the straight pipe pictured by Strand
Magazine's illustrator Sidney Paget, most likely so that
Gillette could pronounce his lines more easily; a straight
pipe can wiggle or fall when speaking, or cause problems
with declaring lines while it is clenched between the teeth.
It is less difficult to pronounce lines clearly with a curved
pipe. Some have lately theorized that a straight pipe may
have obscured Gillette's face. This could not happen with
a curved briar in his mouth.
Gillette also made use of a magnifying-glass,
a violin, and a syringe, which all came from the Canon and
which were all now established as "props" to the
Sherlock Holmes character. Gillette formulated the complete
phrase: "Oh, this is elementary, my dear fellow",
which was later reused by Clive Brook, the first spoken-cinema
Holmes, as: "Elementary, my dear Watson", Holmes's
best known line and one of the most famous expressions in
the English language.
While most of Gillette's work has long
been forgotten, his last great masterpiece is still well
known today: Gillette Castle in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
The castle sits atop a hill, part of the
Seven Sisters chain, over the Chester–Hadlyme ferry's
pier. The design of the castle and its grounds features
numerous innovative features, and the entire castle was
designed, to the smallest detail, by Gillette.
In 1943, the Connecticut state government
bought the property, renaming it Gillette's Castle and
Gillette Castle State Park. Located at 67 River Road, East
Haddam, Connecticut, it was reopened in 2002. After a four-year
restoration costing $11 million, it now includes a museum,
park, and many theatrical celebrations. It receives 100,000
annual visitors. The castle is No. 86002103 on the National
Register of Historic Places. It remains one of the top
three tourist attractions in the state.
the Month A dubbed version of 2 scenes from the
1916 silent film of Sherlock Holmes
& Tobacco Around the Web
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.
(9:30 Eastern Time)
fight the summer doldrums, we're going to raffle three tins -
hopefully we have something for every taste:
Eric Stokkebye's 4th Generation
Eric Stokkebye 4th Generation 1897 blend pays tribute to Erik
Stokkebye's grandfather, Erik Paul. This gentle aromatic blend
was created using fine quality Virginias, carefully selected Burleys
with a bit of slowly processed black Cavendish. The mixture is
lightly topped with a warm, smooth vanilla note for a pleasant
room note and a bit of sweetness to the palate.
Drew Estate's Gatsby Luxury Flake
Estate's Gatsby Luxury Flake is a flake made of select Virginias
and Burleys which are firmly pressed then sliced and topped with
a pleasant, rich fruit note for a smooth sweetness and a wonderful
room note. If you appreciate lightly aromatic flakes, you won't
want to pass this up.
Seatlle Pipe Club's Potlatch
Pipe Club's Potlatch, created by SPC's master blender, Joe Lankford,
is a stroke of genius. This distinctly different approach to the
American-English genre will appeal to a broad range of pipe enthusiasts.
The ingredients include nutty-sweet toasted black Cavendish, specially
selected Burley, smoky Cyprian Latakia, zesty golden Virginias,
fragrant Turkish and Acadian Perique. Blends of this type were
incredibly popular at the peak of pipe smoking's popularity,and
are making a comeback among American pipesters. SPC Potlatch will
transport you back in time.