ebruary 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Dinner at 6 PM - Location TBD

Club Info & Events

Details of the January Meeting
Usually after the holidays there is a bit of a let down once all of the festivities have concluded and life gets back to normal. But for many of us at SHPC, there was something from 2011 missing under our Christmas tree (or wherever your religion leaves their holiday presents :-) ). We still had not received our 2011 Club pipes. We thought we'd have them for the Kaywoodie holiday party, but it didn't happen. We thought we'd have them for the Demember meeting. But that didn't happen either. Things just seem to take more time when you're doing business with people overseas. But they did finally make it and were destributed at the last meeting. I think everyone was very happy with them. I personally, was pleasently suprised to find that the bend was not as drastic as it was pictured, at least with the stem that came on the pipe. The additional stem was a little longer and seemed to have a more of a bend. I've smoked it 2 or 3 times so far and it smokes well. One other thing we got with our new club pipe was a visit from former president Dock Perry. No, he didn't just come for a visit, he bought a pipe too and wanted to pick it up in person. Dock, I believe is the only member that owns all of the SHPC club pipes that have been made to date. He was also instrumental in getting the yearly club pipe started after a few years without one.
A few non-club members are also seen here enjoying their SHPC 2011club pipe in their favorite smoking spots. Wayne and Morris, from CT call themsleves casual pipe smokers and have purchased club pipes from the past three years. Doc Garr, from the Pocono Intermountain Pipe Enthusiasts (P.I.P.E.) won the 2011 Northeast Regional Slow Smoke contest sponsored by UPCA and selected as his first place prize, the SHPC club pipe which was donated to the prize table, . We hope you are all enjoying your new pipes.


New Year, New Member
Another great way to start the new year is with a new member and our first new member of 2012 is not what you would expect for your average pipe club member. Although not the first female member of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club, we're sure Ophelia will make a great addition and bring that enthusiasm to the club that only new smokers can bring. Ophelia found out that she can enjoy the true taste of tobacco without needing to pollute her lungs. She started looking into pipe smoking online and was amazed to find many groups of people out there doing the same thing and sharing their experiences with each other. She found our website and is now a proud member of SHPC. Ophelia, we welcome you.

2012 Club Pipe Is In The Works
Trying to get an early start this year and keeping with the Mastro theme, I came across this pipe in an email add and thought it would be and exception addition to the already outstanding line of SHPC club pipes. Another Italian pipe, this time from Mastro de Paja. It was presented to the members at the January meeting and was received with enthusiasm. A vote was taken and passed to make this pipe the 2012 SHPC Club Pipe. We generally try to keep our club pipes under $200 so they are more easily affordable and we were able to do it again this year. That is, if you decide to get it without the stand. At the current rates, this pipe will go for $168 without the stand. If you want the stand, and as you can see, the stand really makes the pipe, teh cost will be $250. A bit steeper than we usually go but I think it will be well worth the money. I have already done the preliminary ground work on this pipe and hope to get the ball rolling on taking orders very soon. Start saving your pennies.
The Crooked X - Prelude to War
A Short Story of Hate, Mystery and Intrigue
                                                       By Ernest N. Whitenack


Listen to the intro of Chapter 6

The story takes place in 1934 during the depression and leading up to World War II. Boston Lawyer, Scott Wadsworth, follows a lead on his missing friend which could lead him into a tangled web of foreign intrigue, murder and counter-espionage. If the audio plug-in does not work, just click the image on the left.

Read previous chapters: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch.5

Read Chapter 6 >>


Oh give me but Virginias weed, An earthen bowl a stem of reed
What care I for the weather? We rest us from our days of toil
My Pipe and I together

Like to a priest of sacred fane, I nightly light the glow again,
With reverence and pleasure; For through this plain and modest bowl. And many trippings measure!

(From Herman Rave's The Ballad of the Pipe)

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

International Pipe Smokers Day - Feb 20th
It's that time of the year again and this time we didn't forget to post it before it actually happened (whew!). February 20th is International Pipe Smoker's Day. A day all pipe smokers can smoke as one. This is a great opportunity for pipe smokers to get together and celebrate their favorite pastime. Do you normally smoke indoors? Well maybe on the 20th we all can make an effort to be seen around town smoking our pipes and letting people know the pipe is still alive and well. I'd love to hear of some families sitting down at the dinner table (do they still do that) and saying... "You know... I saw a lot of people smoking pipes today. It was pretty cool or reminds me of the old days." Unfortunatly, these days it'll be more like.... "I couldn't believe how many people were smoking pipes in public today.... I could barely breath.
What do you say.... let's do it anyway?

Other Important Links for smokers:

Kaywoodie 2011 Holiday Party
At long last the video is complete. Neil, who took the video did a create job at putting it together in DVD format but adding Bob's excellent photos and making it ready for the web proved to be a tad challenging. But alas, it is done. I hope you enjoy it. To watch it in a larger format, click here. To read the write up that was in last month's Gazette, click here.

Websites Worth a Look

Free Sherlock Holmes Audio Stories
Yeah, I know... I couldn't believe it either. These unfortunately are not complete works but pretty darn close and you can't beat the price. The stores are read by John Gielgud, Carlton Hobbs, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. It may take you a while to download them all but the ride to work won't be as boring. Enjoy!
                                                         [Take Me There]

Tobacco Raffle

Svendborg Light English Mixture (50 g tin)
A blend of Virginia, Orientals, Black Cavendish, Kentucky and Burley. Made in Germany

Esoterica Tobacciana - Dorchester (2 oz tin)
A special formulation of six light Virginias plus Golden and dark Virginias with air-cured leaf and a pinch of Louisiana Perique. Easy burning is ensured by the carefully selected cut. The Perique balances the Virginias; for the discerning palate

Of the Sea and Pipes and Moby Dick
It's a fairly well known fact that back in the day when men were exploring the world and making their living in sailing ships, the pipe was a dear friend to many a seafarer. Being an avid lover of the sea myself, I'm a little embarrassed to say I have never read the story of Moby Dick. My sister is currently listening to this classic novel on cd and told me that the story has quite a few references to pipe smoking. In particular, Ahab's second mate and harpooner called Stubb had an extremely easy going nature which was somewhat uncharacteristic for a whaleman in those days. He was described as one who can turn the jaws of death into an easy chair and could handle a harpoon like a tinker handles his hammer. The main reason for Stubb's coolness and easy going nature was said to have a lot to do with the close bond he had with his pipe, which he was rarely seen without.
This is not the first time we've heard the pipe as being a counselor or stress reliever to its owner and a fact to which I'm sure we can all attest.
Below are a couple of audio clips from the book describing Stubb's affair with his pipe. After doing a little more research, I found another article written on the subject at PipesMagazine.com. You can read it here.


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