We Meet the First Tuesday of Every Month in Stoughton, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

Details from the January Meeting
It was brisk evening for our January meeting. The weather just can't seem to make up it's mind this winter and we've been pretty lucky with the snow until tonight. Yeah, looks like a real corker is upon us about about to wreak wintery havoc. Better hunker down with your favorite briar.
Attendance was down again but John made it from New Hampshire so if he can make it, everyone should have been here. But I guess we can't really complain because we had a new face at our round table this month. Catherine connected with us via email looking for a warm place to smoke in the Boston area. Unfortunately, Boston, being the way that it is, I could not offer her too much comfort. But I did encourage her to attend a meeting and by God she did.... rented a zip car and everything. My second most favorite thing to happen at our club meetings is to have new people join us. But my favorite thing is when the keep coming back. Catherine works at the College of Music and is a new pipe smoker looking for some company and a few tips. She's not a big fan of the aromatics which is a bit out of the ordinary for a new smoker. She did not seem intimidated by being out numbered in gender and blended in easily to the conversation. We hope to see here at future meetings and if anyone would be willing to pick her up on their way here let me know and I'll pass the info along. Welcome Catherine.

The SHPC Club Card
We started the SHPC Club Card at the January meeting. All in attendance got their first punch. Who will be the one to win the $200?? Just remember, you're not going to win just by coming to the meetings, you gonna need to put in a little extra effort. If you've already forgotten the rules click here for the full details.

The 2015 Club Pipe - Take 2
It looks like we may be able to go ahead with the Luciano smooth billiard which was our second choice of the pipes we had to choose from. More to follow.

International Pipe Smoking Day 2015
Just a reminder that Friday February 20th is International Pipe Smoking Day. A day when pipe smokers unite around the world to celebrate this most excellent pastime. What are your plans?

Tobacco Review Ernie Whitenack

Cornell and Diehl's - Pegasus #108

“Three Burley tobaccos, two Virginias and a touch of unsweetened Black Cavendish make this a classic American blend.”

It sounds like a good old fashioned Burley based blend doesn’t it? Well, the elements say it is and I bought a half pound for, as many of you know, I’m always looking for a blend reminiscent of the days when I discovered good pipes and fine tobacco – the late 1960’s.

I anxiously opened the zipped bag and inhaled the strong Burley fragrance laced with a touch of sweetness from the black Cavendish. Grabbing a clean, dry pipe from a rack, I filled it and lit up. At second lighting, much to my surprise, the strong and somewhat harsh flavor of Burley came through without any of the nuances of Virginia or black Cavendish. As the bowel burned down it softened and a bit of sweetness mingled with the nutty Burley. However, Nicotine almost knocked me over as slight dizziness caused my head to swim. The sensation was close to the first time I inhaled a cigarette – not pleasant.

Now, that was a couple of months ago and over that period experiments took place re-blending Pegasus with various amounts blending Virginia and Latakia without acceptable results. The final - not too bad - test mixture and the remaining Pegasus were set aside in jars with the thought that some Turkish or Oriental tobacco might be added at some future time.

Until this morning, the two jars were almost forgotten until I came across them while straightening up the bookcase where I had placed them. Naturally I had to take a whiff and found the Pegasus to have a much softer scent, with the Virginia balanced with the Burly. So, another bowl was filled and lit. Obviously, about two months on the shelf has done wonders to the Pegasus blend and I am nearing the end of a delightful smoke as I near the end of this writing.

If you are a Burly fan I strongly recommend Pegasus. Just pack it in a jar, leaving some air at the top and be patient for two or three months – if you can. I’m wondering what the “not too bad” mix sitting next to the Pegasus jar will taste like in another month.

Cologne Inspired by Pipe Smokers for Pipe Smokers

I think it's pretty safe to say that Sherlock Holmes would NEVER have worn cologne. But I wouldn't be surprised if Watson did. This cologne was made with the pipe smoker in mind by club member and Boston perfumer Neil Morris . Made from oils extracted from the leaves of tobacco plants used in making Latakia and Perique, the aroma from this cologne will definitely give your favorite English a run for it's money. Just kidding, I couldn't resist myself. This blend actually contains a mixture of Woodsmoke, Birch Tar, Cedar wood, Musk, Apple, Blonde Tobacco and Bergamot and is reminiscent of an evening stroll in the woods while smoking one of your favorite aromatics. If you are interested in purchasing a bottle of this cologne email Neil Morris and receive $10 off when you mention that you saw it in the SHPC Gazette.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

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 )

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Tuesday Mornings at around 9 AM. Or find older shows on YouTube.

Websites Worth A Look

I thought these websites might compliment our club's most recent new attendee.

The Baker Street Babes are an all-female group of Sherlock Holmes fans dedicated to approaching the fandom from a female point of view, as well as engaging in fun, lively conversations about the canon, film and television adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, and associated topics. Visit Site

ASH, the oldest women's Sherlockian society, is in New York City. Although a few men were given honorary membership in 1991, it was only in 2008, the 40th anniversary of ASH, when men were admitted to full membership. Visit Site

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Raffle
For this month's raffle we have a couple of Virginia blends.

McClelland Blakeney's Acadian Ribbon
Acadian Ribbon is a singular approach to the Virginia/Perique genre. Using a guillotine, rich, sweet Virginias and zesty Acadian Perique are sliced into a fine ribbon, and the blend is made more gentle by the exclusive Blakeney's method of light toasting.

Fribourg & Treyer Blackjack
This is a broken-flake tobacco (ready-rubbed) made of top-quality red Virginia. This is not a tame blend of flue-cured leaf, however, as it is rich and robust with more body than most Virginias.

At the Tobacconist with JRR Tolkein
You may have already heard about this early recording of JRR Tolkein saved by the British Museum from your favorite pipe related tobacco site but it seems well suited for the Gazette and worth a mention. Tolkein is the customer in the skit following the intro. Enjoy.

Click here for more about this recording.

The Art of Manliness Podcast
The Art of Manliness podcast features discussions on topics and issues important or of interest to men. The goal of the podcast is to help men become better men.
Not that we need any help or anything. Just something more to keep us occupied on our daily commute.
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A Gasparini Clone
Regular readers of the Gazette may be familiar with the name Ernie Whitenack who did a short series (among his other contributions to the Gazette) back in 2010 called Better Days where he recounted the friendlier "better" days of pipe smoking as he experienced them. Ernie also tried his hand as a mail order merchant by selling pipes, tobacco and accessories under the name of the Edwards Trading Company. Unfortunately his business did not thrive and he was forced to give it up. The surplus from his product line left him with two of a three shape set of pipes from the Gasparini MGM series. Of the three styles the rusticated half bent had sold out and he had wanted to replace it. After an unsuccessful search of the web it occurred to him that SHPC's own resident pipe maker Tim Hynick might be able to duplicate it for him. He sent Tim a scan of the pipe from one of his old catalogs and Tim accepted the challenge. As you will see when you mouse over the image below, he did a really nice job cloning that pipe. Tim is a talented artisan who has made many beautiful pipes and although he is is not taking on commissions at this time you can find some of his newer work being sold on E-bay.

Hold your mouse over the image for a few seconds to see both pipes side by side.

Gasparine Clone

Another Challenge
Last summer I also challenged Tim to make a Devil Anse pipe like the one used by Kevin Costner in the History Channel's Hatfields and McCoys. There have been a number of attempts posted on the web that have come close but no one has quite been able to nail it (in my opinion). After a couple of practice attempts Tim tells me he knows why... "This it not the easiest shape to make," especially when you don't have the actual pipe in front of you. I spent a couple of days with him in his shop while he made it. I guess I could post a photo of the pipe here but I took a lot of photos and video of the process and one of these days I'll actually get around to putting a short video together of the process which I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of. But I can tell you now, he did an outstanding job with it, it's a great smoker and has become one of the few pipes in my short rotation (gets smoked a lot more often). I already having some thoughts about a follow up project for next summer....

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