December 2006

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - 7:00 PM or
Meet at Papa Ginos in Stoughton at 6:00 PM

Club Info & Events

Details of the November Meeting
What more can you ask for? A ill member returns, eight of us met for dinner, fifteen in total showed up for the meeting and to top it off we have a new member. Tom Martin made the ninety minute trek down from Beverly and I'm pretty sure he wasn't disappointed. He brought with him the beautiful Ardor Fantasy that he won in P&T's "Why I love my Ardor." contest and has been waiting for the perfect time to smoke it. Today was that day. Tom is also a budding pipe maker and you can see some of his work at his blog. Welcome Tom, we're glad to have you aboard.

There was plenty to talk about with our recent road trip to Clifton Park, NY where we celebrated with Paul Bonaquisti in the first anniversary of his shop the Park Lane Tobacconist. It was a rare but very welcome experience to take part in the success of a tobacco establishment rather than hanging our head when one closes its doors.
                     [Read the entire adventure]

In addition, Rick Frederics represented SHPC's active ranks by attending the R.D. Field Trunk Show that was held at Peretti's on November 4th.      [Read Rick's write up below..]
Don't forget there will be a Dunhill trunk show at Peretti's on Saturday, December the 2nd.

The 2007 Club Pipe
We have contracted with Joe Skoda of the Hudson Valley Pipe Club to craft our 2007 club pipe. As it stands right now it looks like it will be something in the line of a flying saucer shape with a reptilian like finish. Joe has a refreshing eye for design and we look forward to adding one of his creations to our collection. Those of you who don't regularly attend meetings but are interested in purchasing the 2007 Club Pipe should send us and email.

The 2007 SHPC Tobacco Blend
Russ Oulette has agreed to work with us on creating the 2007 SHPC tobacco blend which will be tinned by G.L. Pease for the 2007 Christmas season. Those of you who are familiar with Russ' blends can imagine that this should be something special. Russ hopes to attend a meeting early next year to discuss the process with us. We look forward to having him.

SHPC's New Look!!
Yes at long last SHPC has a brand new look. Last month we received an email from Cindy Gosser wife of artist Larry Gosser of New Castle, Indiana. She told us that Larry had just recently finished a drawing in the form of a pub sign that read "Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club". While surfing the Internet Cindy came across our site and thought her husband's drawing was a perfect fit for us. She emailed us a copy of the drawing and asked if our club would be interest in it. Well as you can probably tell... we loved it!! So after a few discussions and a couple of modifications we agreed on price and the deal was closed. Our new image got rave reviews at the November club meeting and we plan to incorporate it on our shirts, hats and website soon into the new year.

A little information about the artist Larry Gosser:
Larry Gosser resides in New Castle, Indiana with wife Cindy and daughters Brooke and Brittany. He is an artist, illustrator and designer has done historic Indiana art prints, children books, courtroom illustrations, editorial illustrations and is the artist/creator of a King Features endorsed Classic Popeye art print series. He has also done promotional artwork for an Indianapolis Colts Fatherhood campaign, RCA, and an Indy Racing team. More recently he has illustrated the Sherlock Holmes (7 pipes) line of Silver Band Pipes for Peterson Pipes of Dublin, Ireland and does original one of a kind Holmes pieces for several collectors. Gosser's studio can be reached by email or by phone at (765)521-4590

Member Contributions

RD Field Trunk Show at Peretti's of Boston

By Rick Frederics   
On November 4th I had the pleasure of going to L.J. Peretti where a trunk show was being held by RD Fields. There was a large assortment of pipes to choose from including Radice, IL Ceppo, Don Carlos, Safferling, and Joura - a lot of really good looking pipes. And yes, I couldn't resist buying one - a Ceppo which I find gives an excellent smoke. What also made the purchase special was when I got home and showed my wife the pipe she said, "Wow - I like that shape." It was a smooth Danish Bull Dog. It's always good to please the wife.
There were a lot of people dropping into Perettis and that is what made this visit so enjoyable. Don Powers and Paul Dunn were there and it was good seeing and talking to them. The guys at Periettis, both Steve and Charlie were also there and when they weren't waiting on customers they took time to talk about pipes and pipe smoking or whatever other topics surfaced.
But the highlight of the show was visiting with David Fields and Jan. They are two of the nicest people and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed being in their company. They both are extremely knowledgeable about pipes. But it is more than that. We talked about cowboy boots we reminisced about their last trip to the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club, and we talked about their upcoming trip to the Briary in Alabama. It was the perfect afternoon.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

More rave reviews for Tim Hynick Pipes
Hi Guys, good to see you all last Saturday at Paul's shop. He has done a great job... and speaking of great jobs, I know many of you where sporting the new club pipe by Tim. Just in case you missed the big poker magnum I was smoking, Tim created it especially for me. I wanted you all to know how great it is to have a pipe man like Tim in our midst, this pipe was a winner with the first bowl, sweet to the bottom and draws with no effort at all... cool and dry.
Tim truly has mastered the art of air flow in a pipe and we should all be proud to know him as one of the "MEN OF BRIAR & SMOKE".
                              Regards Jay Beard

Farewell to another Legendary Smoker
Arnold "Red" Auerbach
"Red Auerbach was an inspirational leader of the Boston Celtics. As an outstanding coach and General Manager he helped bring 15 world championships to Boston. A member of the Hall of Fame, he has exceeded every record for consistent sports achievement. When measured against all standards of success, Red Auerbach stands alone for directing the Boston Celtics to more championships than any other team in any sport. He has made the name of Boston synonymous with winning."
And he did it all while holding a cigar. Red Auerbach died on October 28, 2006 at the respectable age of 89. Not too shabby for a smoker. Boston will miss you Red.
           [Read an article at Cigar Aficionado]

Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth A Look
Elies Freehand Pipes
Elie is a Belgian pipe maker who makes pipes in many styles and a variety of different woods including olive and strawberry wood that he harvests himself. Nice website.  [Check it out ]

Atelier Rolando
Rolando Negoita has produced some new pipes just in time for the holidays. Take a look at the amazing "Katana" pipe. It'll blow your mind and wish you were a richer man. [See for yourself]

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

MacBaren HH Vintage Syrian
A little under half of the volume, is a smooth and yet powerful Latakia from Syria. This tobacco gives the blend the overall "smoky" taste. To add a spicy note to the blend, Turkish Oriental has been added. Different Virginia tobaccos from 3 continents add a sweet natural taste. To complete the taste with depth and body, we added some Dark Fired Kentucky from USA.

CAO Tin - Treasures of Ireland Galway

Black and Bright. A tribute to Irish tobacco blending tradition.

Upcoming Events
The Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest

Those of you interested in joining us at this year's Hudson Valley Holiday Extravaganza and Pipe Smoking Contest should be sure to get send your $25 in by December 1st. Not sure?? Check out our reports of this event from 2004 and 2005. If you have questions, feel free to drop us an email.

The Christmas Pipe by Jean Shepherd
Last year I put this out at Christmas time but it's always fun to listen to again. Especially this time of year. Jean Shepherd was a famous radio show host on WOR radio in New York. You may also recognize his voice as Ralphie's conscience in The Christmas Story.

Have A Great Holiday Season!

Dock's Corner
I've been smoking and collecting pipes for exactly ten years this Fall. My first of any real quality was a Stanwell "Buffalo" which set me back the princely sum of $50.00 which truly was a lot of money for a kid fresh outta high school. Since then and thanks to E-bay and regional pipe shows I've accumulated a collection of several hundred from nearly every maker you could imagine. Two Michael Parks, a dozen or so Dunhills, as many Ardors, three Bonaquistis a Jimmy Cooke, a BAC art pipe, countless lesser known American carvers and even a Tom Eltang. My goal from the beginning has been to try to get at least one pipe from every carver currently carving. Over the years I've also had fleeting desires to accumulate large gaudy and "heavy as hell" freehands and then in the next breath I'd get carried away with perfectly grained modern Danish pipes. Lately I've been once again thinking about the direction of my collection and what gaps I hope to fill in it. Then I thought about the pipes that I'm smoking regularly and just how many of my other beauties sit collecting dust in their respective racks. While it's nice to collect vast quantities of briar, the question I had to ask myself was... "just which of these gorgeous pipes get smoked most often?". Obviously pure and unadulterated smoking qualities as well as a "good feel" in your hand are what one's looking for when sitting in front of their TV in your sweat pants! The pipes I've been reaching for over and over again DO have one thing in common, they're all made by our own Tim Hynick. My goal in future purchases will be to increase my collection of Tim's pipes and have as many examples of his work as possible. While my purchasing of other's makers pipes will likely never cease, I'm going to specialize in our resident carvers work as I find his pipes simply outstanding!

Happy Holidays, Dock J. Perry   

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