Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 7:00 PM or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM or Five Guys at 6PM
Cobb's Corner, Canton

Club Info & Events

Details of the November Meeting
The pre-smoke gathering of pipe and cigar at CB Perkins is quickly becoming as enjoyable as the the club meeting itself. We had a full house this past month with more people than I've seen there so far. It was election day and much of the conversation was around politics; and as you can imagine there were plenty of strong opinions flying about the room. But nothing a long easy draw from pipe or cigar, followed by a relaxing exhale of gray smoke could keep from getting out of hand.
We had some fun with hats last month as you can see one of our cigar brethren sporting and Alec Bradley straw hat which went very well with his multi colored striped shirt and Ohio State Buckeye necklace (both of which attracted a fair amount of attention).
So after an hour filled with fun we headed over to 5 Guys to fill our bellies with fat, carbs and plenty of sodium. Which has seemed to go over fairly well actually.
At the meeting we discussed whether or not we will collect dues in 2011 and will take a vote on it at the December meeting. We also talked about using some of the club money in ways that will most benefit our members. The idea of renting a bus or van to get everyone down to the Kaywoodie Holiday Party has been investigated and determined not to be the most cost worthy venture. So we agreed to spend some of the money on items that will be raffled off next month.

So What's In Store for December
We always look forward to getting together the first Tuesday of each month but there is a bit more anticipation when December rolls around, particularly our visit to the holiday party and Northeast Regional Smoking Contest at S. M Frank and Co., home of Kaywoodie pipes. Although a very long day, this event is not to be missed and a great way to end our pipe smoking year. In addition to those festivities, last year we started a new tradition for the December meeting by adding a Yankee Tobacco Swap with all tobacco being purchased with club money. This is a way to show our appreciation to members and thank them for their participation in the tobacco raffle each month. This year we upped the anti a little by giving our active members (you know who you are) a chance to win a new pipe with the purchase of one $10 raffle ticket. I can't wait to see who the winners are.
But wait, there's more! I received an email from Mark Schloemer from Kansas who makes tampers under the name of Granito Pipe Tampers and is looking to get word of his creations out to the pipe smoking public. He currently does not want to keep a website, so to do this he has sent us two tampers to raffle off to two lucky members at the December meeting in the hopes that they will pass the word around and get othesr interested. In exchange for this generous offer I have asked that Mark send me a short bio of himself for the newsletter to give him a little more exposure.. Please take a few minutes to read his bio below. Thanks for the tampers Mark, the winners will be posted in the January Gazette.

Do You Want to be Part of SHPC?
We can't say that we had any new members show up at our last meeting but we really can't complain can we? We have had a great boost to membership this year, more than we've seen in quite some time and many who have become very active members. This is a very encouraging sign for our hobby (I hope) when you think of how strong the anti-smoking legislation has been. And it's not just at SHPC that I'm seeing this, others are seeing an increase in interest in our favorite pastime as well. See article in the News & Info section.
Are you one of these people? Are you over the age of 18? Do you smoke a pipe alone all the time? Would you like to share your passion for the pipe with others like you? Do you ever see someone smoking a pipe and wonder what it's all about? Have you tried smoking a pipe but had trouble keeping it lit, had your tongue burned or just weren't sure what you were doing? We can help with all of that. At SHPC you can sit back and relax with like minded individuals and share the passion (but not the addiction) of the pipe. We can help you pack, light and smoke your pipe correctly and introduce you to new tobaccos and new pipe makers that can change your whole outlook on pipe smoking.
He who hesitates is lost so don't procrastinate. I knew about SHPC but waited 2 years to connect with them and wasted 2 good years of pipe smoking freedom before all hell broke loose with the anti-smoking movement. We used to be able to meet in a conference room for free where we could order food and drinks to enjoy with our pipes. It was great and we all still miss it today. But we haven't given up... we are still going strong and we are still are able to make merry.... and as they old saying goes... "The more the merrier."
If you'd like to join us make it your 2011 new year's resolution. You don't need to make a commitment, just stop by and check things out. The easiest way to connect with us is to meet up with us at C.B. Perkins at Cobb's Corner in Canton between 5 PM and 6 PM. Ask anyone in the smoke ring and you'll be directed to an SHPC member if you haven't already found one. We eat dinner from 6 PM - 7 PM then off to the meeting which usually ends around 9:30 PM. You can participate in whichever of these activities you like and can come as often or as little as you like. If you are new to pipe smoking or an old timer, we don't think you'll be disappointed. If you can't make it to CB Perkins but want more information please feel free to send us an email.

The Christmas Pipe by Jean Shepherd
It has become a tradition to put this audio clip up for the December edition of the SHPC Gazette. I hope you all enjoy listening to it again.
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".

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Great News! Pipe Community Showing Growth.
The following is an excerpt from a speech made by Kevin Godbee at the recent West Coast Pipe Show. Kevin is the owner and publisher of

For the last couple of years there's been more and more talk of new people, and younger people discovering pipe smoking.

Not everybody's positive this is the case, and for a while I had secretly wondered if it was just wishful thinking.

Now, I'm pretty sure that this good news is actually true.

In the nearly two years that has been running, we've seen our audience grow at a phenomenal rate.

I'm not here to go on about our website. I'm here to tell you what I feel is great news for both the industry and for all of us pipe enthusiasts. [Read more...]

THANK YOU for voting YES
Thanks to your votes last month, the 6.25% Massachusetts state tax on alcohol has been repealed. Unfortunately, we won't see the change until January so this New Years Eve be sure to hold up your glass for those who helped make it happen. (or you don't have to wait that long.... I won't.) Cheers!

Dunhill Tobaccos Are In!
Those of you who don't already subscribe to emails from may not have heard that a huge shipment of Dunhill tobaccos has arrived at If you get there and find out they're already sold out then hurry on over to PipesMagazine and sign up now. They have their finger on the pulse of everything that is PIPE.
Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

Vernon Vig on the Podcast
Yet another podcast from The latest podcast is with our good friend Vernon Vig, President of the United Pipe Clubs of America and member of the NY Pipe Club. Vernon talks about the UPCA and the past and present of pipe smoking. Sit back with your pipe and enjoy this podcast. [Listen]
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
For the December meeting we will have a Yankee type tin swap. Not much swapping went on last year so we hope to make it a little more interesting this year.

The Legend of Annabelle Mac Alister - Part 2
A tale of old New England
........  By Ernie Whitenack

Our good friend Ernie Whitenack is at it again. He's gone and dusted off and old piece of fiction he wrote years ago. He's spruced it up a bit and is now making it available to the world in two parts courtesy of the SHPC Gazette.

This stage is set in the early 1800's and tells the story of a young girl named Annabelle and her trials through life from a quiet Vermont farm to the seedy streets of San Fancisco. Life was not pretty back then but a few people thought Annabelle was.

An Excerpt from Part 2
...One afternoon, soon after the opening of the inn, a man carrying the ever present sample case establishing him as a salesman, entered the separate door to the public section of the inn that housed the bar. As he walked to the bar he passed Annabelle checking receipts at the cash drawer. Smoke from his pipe wafted close to Annabelle. The aroma took her mind back to the day Jacob had lit the first bowl of "Vermont Virginia"; the mind being what it is. Upon inquiring about the tobacco, the man told Annabelle how he bought it at the a store in West Barnet; that he was told it was only grown locally so he bought several pounds of whole leaf – enough he hoped to last until his next time through Vermont. [Read More...]

Sign up for a free PRX account and listen to The Blue Carbuncle. The Sherlock Holmes Adventure that takes place during Christmas time.

[Check it out].

Have A Great Holiday Season!

Granito Pipe Tampers - by Mark Schloemer

I was born and raised in Kansas. I am 55 years old, married 37 years. I have two sons and two grandsons. I grew up farming and helping as a cabinet maker (both my dad and grandfather were carpenters). My dad would never let me take woodworking in high school; he said, "I can teach you the right way to do it on the job."

About 30 years ago I ventured into law enforcement. I worked as a sheriff's deputy for several years and finished my career as a detective. I was severely injured two years ago by a felon who tried to break my neck. He was big enough to play Division I football and nearly got the job done. After surgery, and seeing sixteen more neurological specialists I am now retired. So for now I'm making tampers as a hobby. When I am completely comfortable with their quality I will offer them for sale. But, not just yet.

I choose the name "Granito" (Italian for granite) for my tampers because all of my tampers have a Rhode Island granite foot. There are no other tampers in the world (that I am aware of) that use granite for the foot. Most, (if not all) use brass, silver, briar, etc. I use only exotic woods and no two of my tampers will ever be the same. Each tamper is hand-cut. I don't use a lathe. Depending on the number of cuts (multiple woods, horn, bone etc.) a tamper will take me between 20 and 30 hours to complete. I do not stain my tampers. The exotic woods are beautiful without stain.

I've been a pipe smoker/collector for 25+ years. I've been to the Chicago show once, and the Kansas City show nearly every year. I am a member of the Greater KC Pipe Club, but since it's a four hour drive to meetings...well I never get to go. I have every P&T magazine ever published, and was a life member of the Universal Coterie of Pipe Smokers until Tom Dunn sadly passed away. My favorite tobacco is...well I'm still searching for it. My pipes tend to be Italian, Castello and Rinaldo lead the pack. But I have a passion for Petersons as well. And there are several American carvers that I would love to own, but can't afford.

I like to read (history, biography and novels), I fish for trout in the fall and winter. I love dogs (never been without one or more) but no to cats as they tend to jump around too much and God forbid they jump on my pipe rack :o)

All My Best,
Mark Schloemer
Granito Pipe Tampers

Photos of these tampers will be posted next month after they are revealed at the meeting.

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