We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, February 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

Greeting All!!
Yes! It’s that time of year again. No No No I do not mean Valentine’s Day where we spend foolish money on something we love so much…..Wait a minute. That’s exactly what we do in February. Yes, February that time of year that brings us St. Valentine’s Day but, most importantly (drum roll please)………“INTERNATIONAL PIPE SMOKING DAY” I don’t know the origins of the Holiday but, who ever thought it up is just genius. It falls on February 20 a week after Valentine’s Day so we can’t be denied any purchases after showering our significant others with stale candy and half dead flowers purchased from some street vendor at the last minute on the ride home from work. Remember this is our Holiday and it is our constitutional right to spend as freely as we want even if it means missing a mortgage payment or dipping into the kids college fund. They will understand, just explain to them that the purchase of a new pipe (or a Dunhill 7 day matched set) will bring you years of non-stressed living and actually make you a better and more tolerable mate.
In the past, on IPSD, we celebrate it by visiting the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River. This year we are planning on doing the same but instead of Tuesday February 20th we have planned our visit for Monday February 19th . It is Presidents Day so most of us will have the day off. We are hoping for a large attendance as we will be presenting the charter to the new associate club that plans on meeting there. What could be a better day to do this other than ISPD? Details will follow about specifics in a separate e mail.
Since we are on the subject of love, while I am writing this I am smoking a pipe that I really do love. I mean I love all my pipes but, there are a few that are just extra special. This month bring in your most cherished pipe. Tell us a story about it and why it is considered top tier. It could be a corn cob willed to you by your gimpy Uncle Ted or a pipe you commissioned from a famed artisan and don’t smoke it. Just bring it in, tell us the back story and receive an extra raffle ticket for a chance to win one of my former lovers. I promise she’ll still have some life in her and may just knock your socks off.
In closing I’d like to make mention of those brave men who put the frigid temperatures behind them and made last month’s meeting, most of which were sporting their favorite traveling cap as requested in last month's Gazette. It was much better attended than expected. We figured on about 5 members but, actually had close to 12 in attendance. Even our old friend Tucker showed up on the coldest night of the year with the bone chilling wind howling and temperatures dropping while the rest of you were probably home with your fuzzy slippers on sipping hot chocolate watching Scooby Doo reruns. Takes a real man to smoke a pipe…Just sayin’.

See you Tuesday…if it’s not too cold for ya!


The Virginia Crisis of 2018
By now most of you have heard about the end of the McClelland's Red Virginia, a leaf that is the base for a number of other McClelland blends like 5100. Yes, some of their blends will go away (if they haven't already been bought up) but McClelland is NOT going out of business as some have rumored. McClelland has too many more fine blends to call it quits now. It is because of their dedication to the quality of their blends that another Red Virginia just won't do if it can't measure up to what they currently produce (and they've tested a lot). So rather than sell you an inferior product they have chosen to discontinue those blends that use it.
The folks over at Country Squire Radio have a more in depth conversation of the end of McClelland's Red Virginia and the future of tobacco. Listen now.
Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 4

On the way to Jake Wirth’s Scott stopped at L.J. Peretti’s. He thought he needed a break from Royal Blend; something a bit softer. Whisky blend was suggested, a Cavendish blend, with a subtle flavor and aroma from curing with Kentucky Bourbon. Mild, smooth and mellow. He reached Jake Wirth’s just as Frank did and just ahead of the noon rush. In the booth they used for many years, both finished off their Knockwurst and German hot potato salad and settled back with the last of a dark beer and lit their pipes.  
“Well,” Frank started. “Your Albert Ryan certainly has a checkered reputation in Europe......

Read Chapter 4 

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4

Borrowed from the web site:
Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home
By John R. Polito

Tobacco Flavorings
Since 1972, almost 700 industry tobacco flavor additives have been identified including: Alfalfa extract, allspice extract, anise, angelica root extract, apple fructose, apricot extract, balsam oil, banana fructose, bark oil, basil oil, bay leaf, beet juice, black current buds, blackberry fructose, beeswax, bergamot oil,brandy, caffeine, cajeput oil, camphor oil, cananga oil, carob bean extract, caramel, caraway oil, carrot seed oil, cassia cocoa, cedarwood oil, celery seed extract, chocolate, chicory extract, cinnamon leaf oil and extract, citric acid, clary sage oil, clove oil, coffee extract, cognac oil, coriander oil, corn oil, corn syrup, corn silk, costus root oil, cubeb oil, cypress oil, dandelion root extract, date fructose, davana oil, dill seed oil, fennel sweet oil, fenugreek, fig juice, ginger oil, geranium rose oil, gentian root extract, grape fructose, honey, hops oil, jasmine, lactic acid, juniper berry oil, leucine, lavandin oil, kola nut extract, lemon oil, lavender oil, licorice, lemongrass oil, lime oil, linaloe wood oil, lovage oil, longosa oil, locust bean gum, linden flowers, menthol, mandarin oil, maple syrup, milk solids, wild mint oil, garden mint oil, mullein flowers, nutmeg, oak moss, oak bark extract, olibanum oil, olive oil, orange leaf, orange blossoms, orange peel oil, orris root, palmarosa oil, peach extract, pear extract, plum extract, peruvian oil, patchouli oil, parsley seed oil, peach kernel oil, pectin, pepper oil, peppermint oil, plumb juice, pimenta leaf oil, pine needle oil, pineapple extract, pipsissewa leaf extract, prune extract, quebracho bark, raisin extract, raspberry extract, rose water, rose oil, rosemary oil, rum, saccharin, saffron, sage oil, sandalwood oil, sclareolide, sherry, smoke flavor, sodium, spearmint oil, spike lavender oil, snakeroot oil, starch, star anise oil, strawberry extract, styrax gum, sucrose syrup, tamarind extract, solanone, tangerine oil, sugar alcohols, sugars, tarragon oil, thyme oil, rye extract, thymol, toasting flavors, tobacco extracts, tolu balsam gum, tagetes oil, tuberose oil, turpentine oil, urea, vinegar, valine, wild cherry bark, xanthan gum, valerian root, vanilla beans and extract, vanillin, vetiver oil, violet leaf oil, walnut extractables, wheat extract, wine, whiskey, yeast and ylang ylang oil.

Tobacco's smells and flavors are highly engineered. The few brands that do not use additives use flue curing for sweetness, genetic engineering, blending and/or faster nicotine delivery in order to make tobacco's natural harshness more acceptable to the senses.

How many of these have you experienced?

Pipe Personalities

Nigel Bruce
(excerpted from Wikipedia)
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William Nigel Ernle Bruce
(4 February 1895 – 8 October 1953) was a British character actor on stage and screen.
Bruce was the second son of Sir William Waller Bruce, 10th Baronet and his wife Angelica Lady Bruce, daughter of General George Selby, Royal Artillery.
He was best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in a series of films and in the radio series The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes). Bruce is also remembered for his roles in the Alfred Hitchcock films Rebecca and Suspicion.
Nigel Bruce typically played buffoonish, fuzzy-minded gentlemen. During his film career, he worked in 78 films, including Treasure Island (1934), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Rebecca (1940), and Suspicion (1941).
Bruce participated in two landmark films: Becky Sharp (1935), the first feature film in full Technicolor, and Bwana Devil (1952), the first 3-D feature. He uncharacteristically played a detestable figure in The Rains Came (1939) which became the first film to win an Oscar for special effects.
Bruce's signature role was that of Dr. Watson in the 1939-1946 Sherlock Holmes film series with close friend Basil Rathbone as Holmes. Bruce starred as Watson in all 14 films of the series and over 200 radio programs of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Although Watson often appears to be the older of the two main characters, Bruce was actually three years younger than his co-star Rathbone.
Though for most viewers Nigel Bruce formed their vision of Dr. Watson, Holmes purists have long objected that the Watson of the books was intelligent and capable (although not an outstanding detective), and that Bruce's portrayal made Watson far dimmer and more bumbling than his literary original.
Rathbone, however, spoke highly of Bruce's portrayal, saying that Watson was one of the screen's most lovable characters. The historian David Parkinson wrote that Bruce's "avuncular presence provided the perfect counterbalance to Rathbone's briskly omniscient sleuth". Historian Alan Barnes notes that, despite the criticisms against him, Bruce rehabilitated Watson, who had been a marginal figure in the cinematic Holmes canon to that point: "after Bruce, it would be a near-unthinkable heresy to show Holmes without him". [Read more..]

More on Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce Biography | Rathbone & Bruce Radio
Rathbone & Bruce Videos on YouTube

Video of the Month (3:34)
This an edited clip from The Spider Woman, which contains one of my favorite pipe smoking scenes in all of the Rathbone-Bruce movies. It also shows Watson's (Bruce) undying devotion to his friend Sherlock Holmes.

For our February raffle, we have two tins from G.L. Pease:

Regents Flake
In Regent's Flake, a generous measure of fine Izmir leaf is layered on a sturdy foundation of mature red and sweet bright Virginia tobaccos, then pressed and allowed to mature and ferment in cakes before being sliced and tinned. This is one for the lover of Oriental mixtures, with their exotic and enticing incense-like aroma and brilliant flavor. Rub up a flake or two, fill a cherished pipe, and prepare for an exceptional smoking experience.

Dunhill London Mixture
Picadilly is a provocative blend of several Virginia tobaccos, delicately spiced with Latakia, and finished with Louisiana perique. The alluring flavor is revealed in layers throughout the smoke. It's lighter and sweeter than the others, but still rich, with hints of cinnamon and citrus. A perfect "English Breakfast Mixture."
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 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(9:30 Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
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.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes  |  Website

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tired of spending $15+ on a tin of tobacco just to find out you don't like it? The Tin Society can help. They will send you 4 tobacco samples (along whith some other goodies) each month from popular tobacco brands. They have 3 plans to choose from. Check them out, they might be just the solution you've been looking for. Take me there.

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