We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, February 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

2017 Club Dues
This years dues is due at the February meeting. Those of you who have not already paid your dues for 2017 please bring a check or $40 cash to the February meeting. Please do not make the check out in advance.

2016 Club Pipe
Those of you who have not yet purchased the 2016 Club Pipe and still would like to (Stanwell Hans Christian Andersen dual stem smooth finish) must bring a check for $130 made out to This will be your last opportunity to purchase the 2016 club pipe.

Details from the January Club Meeting
The January meeting was our annual meeting, all club officers were up for grabs and oh my the level of enthusiasm we saw to take over these positions.... NOT. But there was lots of discussion and ideas about how to distribute some of the work and a few members stepped up to the plate to take on some additional responsibility. Unfortunately, we have no Secretary but I have agreed to continue putting out the Gazette as long as I am fed enough content. We still don't have a Treasurer but we are working out details to make that a less painful responsibility. However.... we DO have a new President. Those of you who follow this newsletter (I think there are about 10 of you) by now have undoubtedly recognized the prominence of this individual. He won the first and only SHPC Club Card prize of $200 by bringing almost a dozen new people to the meeting (granted only two remain but he knows how to win and no one wants to play against him any more). At our last swap and sell he brought more pipes for sale than we've seen since the Kenny Kasparian days. He's a famed Ocean State Job Lot celebrity and in his first year he subliminally shamed me into actually doing minutes for our meetings (that didn't last too long). He is none other than Kevin Catanzarro and an excellent choice for our new president.

On behalf of the entire club I'd like to thank Eric Kahn for his years of service as our president. Eric was instrumental in helping to keep our club together and thriving through the hard times by connecting us with a temple where we were able to hold our meetings for many years. He, along with Merrick Sokol are also members of the Massapaug Sportsman's Club where we have recently begun meeting as a result of stricter town regulations against smoking in Stoughton. Without his help and support we may no longer be the active club we are today. In addition, Eric and his wife have hosted a yearly club barbecue at his home since about 2012. Eric, thanks again for your support and dedication to the Original Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club.

And now, a few words from our new president, Kevin Catanzaro:

Hello Members!

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who may not attend our regular meeting and, also give those that do, a chance to learn a bit more about me.

My Name is Kevin Catanzaro I am 48 and, hail from the wonderful nonsmoking State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations. I am just about to celebrate my two year anniversary as a member of the SHPCB and, at our annual meeting in January I was elected as your new President. (Please hold your applauseand salutations until you have finished reading.)

In my regular life I am an Architectural Designer, Kitchen Cabinet Distributor, General Contractor andown and operate a Design/Build company called Ace Design, LLC. My fiancée Tricia and I, live with our three kids in Cranston, RI.

I have enjoyed tobacco most of my adult life and have used it in all forms except chewing. I’ve smoked a pipe since about the age of 20 and it has been my primary form of smoke for the last 5 years. I smokeprimarily Virginias and quality aromatics although I’ve been known to have a pouch or two of Captain Black regular in my stockpile. As many of you know, with this hobby there comes a lot of collateral damage and acquisition disorders. Man, do I have em all, in fact I should probably be committed. I possess a fondness for anything with a white dot. I collect (hoard) way to much tobacco and not to mention the cigar boxes full of the accouterments that go along with smoking a pipe. I enjoy restoringpipes and reselling. I have just started tinkering with tobacco blending and have been looking at minilathes and other pipe making equipment. I truly love the pipe as a vehicle to deliver vitamin N as well asappreciating them as individual pieces of art.

As your newly elected president I promise to abolish tobacco tax, make restaurants and public buildings smoker friendly and reduce the work week for pipe smokers to 3 days a week with double pay so we can spend more time and money on our hobby. How’s that for economic stimulus!

I will be writing a message every month for the Gazette. It is my hope that some of you members that have not visited in a while will come up and join us and reacquaint yourself with the club. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please feel free to communicate them to me.


Invisible Enemy - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

From the Intro....
Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation, and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to the East and Soviet Russia.

Chapters: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8 | Ch 9 | Ch 10 | Ch 11 | Ch 12 | Ch 13

Chapter 13

....With the help of utter surprise and two practice hand grenades (paper mache instead of fragments), it went off without a hitch and only one casualty, a broken nose. One bodyguard tried to run to the door and was stopped by Fox. The guard flipped out a knife and Fox, to the surprise of Clancy, gave the guard a lesson in hand-to-hand combat resulting in the broken nose for the guard. Everyone else surrendered without incident, were disarmed and relieved of I.D and official papers. A truck awaited the bodyguards at the front of the hotel and took them to M.P headquarters for interrogation and processing.

 Read Chapter 13   

Tobacco Review ....................... By Ernie Whitenack

Hearth & Home Marquee Series - Black House

You may remember that I did a review of the Pipes and Cigars Match Balkan Sobranie Original. Although I didn’t remember the original very well, I liked it as a nice, flavorful English blend.

Now, I have purchased the Hearth & Home Marquee Series, Black Housebecause Merrick Sokol was smoking it as I sat next to him and the scent of it, as the smoke floated by, was so good.

In 2011, Russ Ouellette blended this copy of Balkan Sobranie 759 based upon a 23 year old sample for a Throwdown at the Chicagoland Pipe and Tobacciana Show and he won the competition. 759 was touted to be made from the original Sobranie recipe but again, I don’t remember the blend and doubt I ever smoked it.

I am about half way through the tin and find myself reaching for it often. It is SMOOOTH and flavorful with none of the elements coming forward except perhaps the Virginia; but then it could be the fine Orientals in the blend. The room note is strictly Latakia; not the “dirty sock” smell that some think Latakia has, but very reminiscent of the Syrian Latakia that made many blends outstanding.

For you English purists, try it, you’ll like it (despite the unflavored black Cavendish that Russ seems to include in so many blends).

IPSD 2017 - Old Firehouse Smoke Shop

ROAD TRIP:               February 20th is International Pipe Smoking Day. The one day each year when pipe smokers around the world join in unity to celebrate this time honored hobby that we all share. This year we will continue in what has become a tradition for our club. We will visit the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River, MA. It is a great shop with an old fashioned feel. John Brandt is a very welcoming host and there are usually some decent IPSD discounts. We always have a great time here and every year there seems to be more new faces of enthusiastic briar lovers. Who will join us this year?

Video of the Month
Here is a video from our first visit to the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop back in 2014.

Pipe Personalities

William Clark Gable (from Wikipedia)
William Clark Gable (February 1,1901 – November 16, 1960) was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King". Gable began his career as a stage actor and appeared as an extra in silent films between 1924 and 1926, and progressed to supporting roles with a few films for MGM in 1931. The next year, he landed his first leading Hollywood role and became a leading man in more than 60 motion pictures over the next three decades.

Gable won an Academy Award for Best Actor for It Happened One Night (1934), and was nominated for leading roles in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and for his arguably best-known role as Rhett Butler in the epic Gone with the Wind (1939). [Read More]

Clark Gable Inspired Pipe
Savinelli Clarks Favorite series was created to honor Hollywood’s most distinguished gentleman, Clark Gable. After his iconic roll in Gone With the Wind, men the world over wanted to look as distinguished as Mr. Gable and Savinelli pipes delivered with this line of smoking pipes to honor the film and its star.
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Clark Cable Alpha Male YouTube Series

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Clark Gable Bio from IMDB

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 6:30 PM Central Time on YouTube.

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 )

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Raffle
Tom Nyzio has taken over the task of purchasing tobacco for our monthly raffle. Here are a couple I've never seen before and they look pretty intersting.

Dobies 4 Square Cut Plug
Dobie's 4 Square Cut Plug begins with nothing but sweet, bright Virginias that are rolled and then pressed square. This is a nicely sweet straight Virginia flake with a mellow room note that can be prepared in a variety of ways to suit your tastes. If you love Virginias without the influence of Perique or any other tobaccos, this will quickly become a favorite.

Dobies 4 Square English
For those who prefer their Latakia blends to be more subtle, this is a great choice. A modest amount of Cyprian Latakia is joined by bright Virginias, and instead of the typical Orientals, a bit of silky Burley to add body. If you want a Latakia blend that can be enjoyed all day, try 4 Square English.

Sherlock Holmes Fans - A New Podcast

From the producers of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something related to the Canon. It could be ethical issues raised in the original works, common themes, something related to the time of year, discrepancies, or any number of other things.
But the idea here is simple: create a shorter, more Canonical program that is more accessible to the general listener. They may revisit some classics of Sherlockian scholarship, or break new ground with observations of their own. But it will all be based on the Sherlock Holmes stories. Subscribe Now.

Podcast Artwork
Be sure to click on the awesome artwork above for a better view. Permission to use this artwork was given by and

DONEHill - "Late" Breaking News
... from
“British American Tobacco (BAT) has informed us of their intention to exit the handmade cigar and pipe tobacco business for the Dunhill brands, said Régis Broersma, president of General Cigar Co., which makes Dunhill cigars and distributes them in the U.S.
“As this process will take approximately 12-18 months to complete, it will be business as usual;... [Read More]

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