the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon,
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.
Info & Events
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
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.
................................ by Ernie Whitenack
Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter
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.”
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:
Bleed the tank of any gas that might be in
the lighter (lighter upright)
Re-fill the lighter
Bleed it again (lighter upright)
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
Re-fill again and see how it works.
If this does not correct the problem, return
the lighter to Xikar. Include the return form downloadable from
the Xikar web site.
It worked and I am up to over twenty lights, and going strong!
(excerpted from Wikipedia) - go
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.
Chapman was photographed numerous times while smoking his
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.
TOBACCO RAFFLE! 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
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
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
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
(9:30 Eastern Time)
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
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
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