February 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 7:00 PM or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5PM or Bertucci's at 6PM
Cobb's Corner, Canton

Club Info & Events

CALL TO ACTION - Your Help Urgently Needed
Proposed Bill to Increase Pipe Tobacco Tax by 775%

I hate to say it but I saw this coming. In an effort to side step the high Roll Your Own taxes brought on the SCHIP bill, RYO manufacturers have slightly changed the cut of their tobacco and are now selling it as pipe tobacco. The result, another proposed bill to increase the tax on pipe tobacco by 775%.
As far as I see it there are two groups fighting this fight, the people who want to include cigarette smokers in the fight and the group that want to show a clear difference between cigarette smokers and pipe and cigar smokers. As much as I want freedom for all, I generally fall into the second category, but after this latest stunt by the RYO people there is no question where I stand. We need to make people aware that smoking cigarettes does not compare to smoking pipes and cigars. I don't have to remind you that the majority of pipe and cigars smokers are not addicted to nicotine. We can stay at work all day without having the need to take a smoke break. If we go outside it's because we want some fresh air or to take a walk.

So I'm asking you now to join in the fight. Don't just think about, DO IT. They have made it extremely easy this time by having the letters already created for you but you can still add your own comments. These will be sent off as emails to your state representatives. BETTER YET, they have included an option to have your letters printed and hand delivered to your reps in Washington for a service charge of $3 per letter. Letters work much better and as of this writing 4,384 letters have already been sent.
Please do your part, $9 is not much to ask and it's easy, safe and secure. If you can't spend the money, at least send the emails, it's quick and easy.

Here is a link to the information that was posted on the PipesMagazine.com website. Please do your part and send the letters now.

I want to send my letters now! Take me there!

Details of the January Meeting
Our first meeting of 2010 was another great one and an excellent way to start the year. Our crowd at CB Perkins was a little smaller this month but we had the good fortune to meet up with Michael, another new prospective member of the club. Mike seemed to enjoy himself and was a two time lucky winner in the raffle. He won a tin of tobacco and a mini pipe shaped hookah that was donated as a raffle prize. In a recent email Michael says... "I just wanted to say thanks for great time at the SHPC meeting the other night. I will definitely become a member and I hope to see you all again at the next meeting. It was great, I had a lot of my questions answered, saw a lot of great pipes (especially Tim's handmade stuff WOW!) and a few myths dispelled as well. You have a great group of guys and you're fighting the good fight so count me in. One last question, in short order, how do I smoke this little hookah pipe a won?"
Mike, when you figure it out, you bring the pipe in and give us a demonstration.

DUES: Don't forget, if you haven't paid your dues yet, it is due by the March meeting.

Better Days
A Series on Pipe Smoking's Nostalgic Past

                                                    By Ernie Whitenack

Member Ernie Whitenack has offered to write a series of articles about the "better days" of pipe smoking as remembered by him. We hope you enjoy these stories and look forward to them in future editions of the SHPC Gazette.

Grandpa Newt
In his home, where my grandmother always had a good supply of sugar cookies, was a sideboard upon which sat a large wooden bowl that housed a half dozen or so stubby pipes and a couple of cobs. Along side the bowl was a beautiful, Ivy pattern engraved jar where, under the heavy glass stopper, his supply of dark tobacco was kept. I had to stand on my tip-toes to see the arrangement that rested on a linen table runner. I liked the way light was refracted and reflected from the engraved glass causing multi-colored spectral patterns on the wall behind.

Unlike Grandpa Baloney, my grandfather Joseph Newton Whitenack had no talent regarding funny faces. Fact is, I don't know if he had any talents other than that for hard work and a loving heart.

His father owned an irrigation company and a plant for the manufacture of irrigation tiles. As a young man they installed irrigation systems throughout Illinois as well as many trips to the Southwest. It was hard pick-and-shovel work. He enlisted in the Missouri 22 Infantry Regiment in 1881, at the time if the last Indian insurrection, served in Colorado and Arizona and was discharged in 1886.                                          [Read more...]

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Are You A Super Taster
It's always bothered me that I have such a finicky palette. There are some folks who like just about everything they try and then there are people like me who could try twenty blends and still not find a keeper. People like me, and I know I'm not alone, are constantly searching for that desert island blend, you know, the one you could smoke every day and never get tired of. I'm sure you've read reviews of pipe tobacco or cigars where the reviewer can pick up all the nuances in the blend. They can tell when the Virginia mellows and lets the perique take over or how the Orientals and Turkish dance in and out among the Latakia. And those cigar guys, They taste everything from wood, to dark cocoa, to straw, I could go on. I'm not completely sure what wood tastes like or if I even like it.
Well leave it to the cigar guys to come up with a way to find out if you are a super taster. Rob, the Cigar Science Guy over at StogieFresh.com wrote an article a while back explaining how some people are better tasters than others. He breaks his explanation down to three stages, flavor detection, flavor recognition and flavor identification. He also tells us how we can help determine if you are a super taster using a digital camera, a cotton ball, a piece of paper with a hole in it and some food coloring.
It's a very interesting article and definitely worth checking out. Why not find out if you're a super taster.... or not?                       [Take me there]

Or if you'd like to listen to a podcast about being a super taster you can do that here. Enjoy.
An Interview with Mike Gladis from Mad Men
                                                           Parts 2 & 3
Last month I posted a link to Part 1 of an interview with Mike Gladis from Mad Men. If you enjoyed part 1 of the interview, below are links to Parts 2 & 3. Enjoy

Part 2   |   Part 3

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Websites Worth a Look

While having a conversation recently with Craig Tarler of Cornell and Diel tobacco he told me about the PipeSmokerInelligencer.org website. It's a lot of good information about what's happening in the pipe world, he said. So I checked it out and he's right. The blog area is where you'll find most of the information but the site is also broken up into a number of different categories so it's easier to find the blog posts you might be interested in. There is also lots of info on tobacco legislation that you might find interesting.
[Check it Out]
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
This month's raffle tobaccos come from Chief Catoonah tobacco. We have 4 2oz. blends to raffle of this month, one of which was donated by the Chief himself, Dick Silverman. Thanks Dick.

Alan's Inspiration
A rich and complex mixture of three different Virginia tobaccos and a fine blend of Turkish ribbon a generous portion of Cyprian Latakia has been added. Then just a touch of Perique provides a bit of spice. A medium English in the Balkan Tradition.

Joe's Morning Pipe
a medium strength English Mixture with Robust flavor achieved with a fine balance of Virginia, Burley, Turkish and Cyprian Latakia leaf.

Pine Mountain Mixture
An aromatic mix of Tennessee Burley, fire cured Cavandish and old belt Cavendish; a smooth, fine burning mixture.

Parson's Pipe (Catoonah's contribution)
A blend of blends resulting in an extremely mild and lightly fruit flavored aromatic smoke. Created more than 30 years ago for a local Pastor.

Kahn's Korner

There are those events that are few and far between when everything just seems so right. So imagine my wonderment when two of these things happen inside of one thirty day period. The first event was the yearly gathering of the smoking clans in NY at Kaywoodie. Regrets that I couldn't attend due to illness. But within a months time the Ahavath Torah Congregation once again held the yearly Scotch and Cigar night. Another one of those events that brothers of the briar and our other 'sometimes a cigar IS just a cigar' brothers get together and do our thing, thing,

Over one hundred attended the night at the temple. The scotch flowed, the cigars and the food flowed exquisitely throughout the evening. There was plenty of food to go around. Nelson's favorite was a kosher version of Jumboliah, and there was salmon and chicken as well. The scotches on the table were Balvenie Doublewood, and Bowmore. But there were many more to choose from at the back table, including one of my favorites, Laphroaig. Those who attended from the club were well rewarded. Rick and Tim won lighters, hopefully they will bring them to show everyone. Nelson won a teak tamper, and I ..... well, you'll see what I got at the next meeting. As to how well the temple did? From what I hear, very well. They're teasing about doing a BBQ (Kosher style) in the summer.


Keepin' the smokin' lamp lit.

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