We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, January 2, 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

Happy New Year!!
I hope everyone has experienced a peaceful holiday season filled with family, good food and your favorite blends. Funny how pipe smoking changes and evolves just as the seasons do. For instance I’d be more likely to be found smoking a cob during the summer while being outside doing some stuff around the yard, while some of my cherished briars or meerschaums will only be smoked indoors when the weather is cold. Just seems like certain pipes keep me “warmer” during the long winter months. Just as certain blends for me seem to taste better while smoked indoors when the thermometer is low and there is a fresh blanket of snow on the grass.
The New Year is upon us and the club is getting stronger. At the time of composing this message we have close to 300 people following us from all over the world on our Facebook group. As I mentioned last month, post as often as you can, all of the successful groups seem to have many posts and I think this keeps people active and the page interesting. Members of the Facebook group may not be dues paying members but, they are interested in what’s going on in our little club. We take for granted that we have a good core group and a place to meet on a regular basis. Most of the people who belong to the Facebook group would virtually kill to have something like we have. We definitely should never forget how special our group is. So again, make them feel welcome. I am hoping to see over a thousand followers by this time next year.
For those who missed it, the Kaywoodie event was a really fun time. It was my first time being in attendance and I met a lot of great people. I am already looking forward to going again next year. (Click here to see a video of our visit to Kaywoodie)
Tricia and I would like to extend a special thank you to the club members. We were able to purchase some winter gear and some Christmas presents for Skylar, the young girl in the family we adopted this Christmas. You all really made a big difference in a little girls Christmas.
This month’s business will consist of an open forum to gather ideas of where “you” would like to see the club going in this upcoming year and beyond. I truly feel we have a good foundation in place and now is the time to plan our work and work our plan. We still need a couple of positions filled, so let’s get this done and put it behind us once and for all. As the club gets stronger and we start to show a profit I think we should consider setting up some sort of charitable or scholarship fund. Certainly something we can bring before the club and vote on in the upcoming year.
Since January 15th is National Hat Day. All members who wear a hat other than the typical baseball hat or knitted winter hat will receive an extra raffle ticket to win a restored pipe from my personal collection.

Stay Warm!

Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 3

.... After Malison made introductions all around, Jodh Sing spoke first. “Along with the gourd pipe discovered in a grave in Northern India, a stone tablet was also in the grave. The language is very obscure and after years of study the message finally came to light last year. It is a warning of a curse associated with the pipe. It claims an ancient witch, for a better name, as there is no English translation, put a death curse on anyone owning the pipe. Naturally, I do not believe in such things and neither do my associates, although mystery and violence has followed its path to me since its discovery in 1894. I trust this will not deter any of your efforts during this investigation.”    

Read Chapter 3 

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3  

A Tip and Help with Xikar Pipe Lighters
by Ernie Whitenack
(Will probably work with any lighter having this problem)
Some time back, a year or so, I purchased a Xikar lighter, as the Imco lighters I had were acting up and becoming unreliable.
The problems did not end with the Xikar. I figured it has a leak in the tank or it has a very small capacity. I could only get four or five lights from it before I had to refill again. And yes, I use good gas.
So, I tucked it back in its very nice box, figuring to return it under Xikar’s lifetime guarantee, and forgot about it until recently. I pulled it out again and looked through the booklet that came with the lighter hoping to find out I if had been doing something wrong. I hadn’t so I called the company and talked to a tech-rep. He listened patiently as I explained my problem. He told me leaks are very rare, and suggested the problem is more than likely an air bubble in the tank. He went on to explain that there is no propellant with the gas – that the gas is its own propellant, but air will not come out.
The tech-rep gave me the following instructions:

  1. Bleed the tank of any gas that might be in the lighter (lighter upright)
  2. Re-fill the lighter
  3. Bleed it again (lighter upright)
  4. Invert the lighter as if to fill it, but press the valve as if to bleed it. Any air in the tank will rise and come out.
  5. Re-fill again and see how it works.
  6. If this does not correct the problem, return the lighter to Xikar. Include the return form downloadable from the Xikar web site.

Pipe Personalities

Graham Chapman
(excerpted from Wikipedia)
go there

Graham Arthur Chapman
(8 Jan 1941 – 4 Oct 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one of the six members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played authority figures such as the Colonel and the lead role in two Python films, Holy Grail and Life of Brian.
Chapman was born in Leicester and was raised in Melton Mowbray. He enjoyed science, acting, and comedy, and after graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and St Bartholomew's Medical College, he turned down a career as a doctor to be a comedian. Chapman eventually established a writing partnership with John Cleese, which reached its critical peak with Monty Python in the 1970s. Chapman subsequently left Britain for Los Angeles, where he attempted to be a success on American television, speaking on the college circuit and producing the pirate film Yellowbeard, before returning to Britain in the early 1980s.

In his personal life, Chapman was openly homosexual and a strong supporter of gay rights, and was in a relationship with David Sherlock. He was an alcoholic during his time at Cambridge and the Python years, quitting shortly before working on Life of Brian. Chapman died of tonsil and spinal cancer on 4 October 1989, on the eve of Monty Python's 20th anniversary, and his life and legacy were commemorated at a private memorial service at St Bartholomew's with the other five Pythons.

Chapman published his memoirs, A Liar's Autobiography, in 1980, choosing the title because he said "it's almost impossible to tell the truth". He became involved with the extreme sports club Dangerous Sports Club, which popularised bungee jumping. Chapman was scheduled to perform a bungee jump himself, but it was cancelled due to safety concerns.  [Read more]   

Chapman was photographed numerous times while smoking his pipe.

More on Graham Chapman:
List of YouTube Videos |  The Python with the Pipe

Video of the Month
I recently entered a custom corncob contest that was put on by the Country Squire Radio Podcast. I'm sorry to say I did not win but I think I made a decent showing. There were a handful of great submissions and the anticipation while waiting to see who the winner was, was exciting. If you care to watch the episode you'll find it below. The winner is decided within the first 30 minutes of you don't have time to watch to whole show but I highly recommend subscribing to the audio version of the podcast for a weekly dose of all things pipes tobacco.

Dunhill tobacco has always been popular, so we'll kick off the year with two Dunhill blends - one of which is extra special!

Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture is a classic, top-seller that was off the market for years. Its return has been very well-received. Medium to full-bodied and crafted with dark Virginias and Perique, Dunhill Elizabethan delivers a rich, smooth, and round smoking experience.

Dunhill London Mixture
Dunhill London mixture is a fine example of why Alfred Dunhill was one of the world’s most successful tobacconists. This fine blend of Turkish, Vriginias and a little Latakia make for well-rounded smoke. The strength many would say sits between that of My Mixture 965 and Nightcap. This tin was donated to the club by John Brandt of the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop and is, by his estimate, about ten years old.
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

Smoking Away

Smoking away like the fountains' spray,
  Or the snow-white plume of a maiden,
The smoke-wreaths rise to the starlit skies
   With blissful fragrance laden.

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