We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
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

President's Message

Hello Members,
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  

Tobacco Review .................... 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 and beyond.

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 gift.

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! - Ernie

Member Article ................................ by Eric Kahn

Tobacco Lane on the Square, Arlington, TX

Sometimes you just get lucky, real lucky. This was one of those times.

I 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 to find.”

When 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 whatever.

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.

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Pipe Personalities

William Gillette (exerpted from Wikipedia) - go there

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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,[44] 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.[48] It remains one of the top three tourist attractions in the state.

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More on Gillette:
Lost 1916 Gillette Sherlock Silent Film Found
A Stroll Through Gillette Castle

Video of the Month
A dubbed version of 2 scenes from the 1916 silent film of Sherlock Holmes

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. (9:30 Eastern Time)

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 )

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Raffle

To fight the summer doldrums, we're going to raffle three tins - hopefully we have something for every taste:

Eric Stokkebye's 4th Generation
The 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
Drew 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
Seatlle 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.

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