July/August 2008

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 - 7:00 PM or meet early at
** The Halfway Cafe - Cobb's Corner 6:00 PM **

Club Info & Events

Although it's old news now I couldn't put out this newsletter without congratulating the Boston Celtics on their first world championship victory in twenty two years. Rumor has it that back in the summer 86, after their last championship the Celtic's mascot Lucky, who we all know is a pipe smoker, was no longer able to get his favorite tobacco and had been searching all these years to find a suitable replacement. Obviously he, and the Celtics found the perfect blend. Way to go guys.

Details of the June Meeting
Trying Another New Restaurant
Although Betucci's has been ok so far, a couple of the guys have expressed some interest in trying the Halfway Cafe which is located across the parking lot from Bertucci's. So we're gonna give it a try in August. If you're coming to the meeting early make sure you don't go to Bertucci's

SHPC Third Annual Swap & Sell
The clear winner at this year's swap and sell was our newest and most junior member Derek. He purchased all of the items Dock brought in (except one) for one extremely reasonable lump sum. In a matter of a couple of minutes Derek went from owning a weeks worth of pipes to almost a month's worth along with a Sherlock Holmes cabinet and couple of nice racks to store them all in. To make it even more interesting he took it all home on the back of his motorcycle.
The only piece he didn't get from Dock was a brass pipe stand I bought in the shape of a flying bird that just happens to double perfectly as a cigar ashtray.

Mass Consumer Thins the Herd
Since the June meeting our old friend Steve Gutz has decided that with his move to a new house it was time to thin out his massive pipe collection. One Saturday in June he had those who were interested over to his old house in Harvard for a barbecue and a pipe rummage sale. A few of the old timers showed up and lots of reminiscing took place. A good time was had by all.
At the July meeting Eric brought a few boxes of Steve's pipes ranging in price from$10 - $50 and a dozen or so over $100. Tom Martin has started a Dr. Graybow collection and was able to add a fair number of Steve's old pipes to his collection. Read more about Dr. Graybow pipes below.
Member Contributions

This is a Pipe: Dr.Grabow
By Thomas Martin

I recently started "collecting" Dr. Grabows and was fortunate to find a couple other true collectors who are passionate and knowledgeable. They were gracious enough to include me in their emails and freely shared their knowledge with me. Sharing stories, pictures, and passion for these pipes is what the new Dr. Grabow Collector's Forum is all about. If other pipe forums are overwhelming for you, you might appreciate its focus and limited membership. Of course, you need to have an appreciation for the only American drugstore pipe still available in drugstores! Dr. Grabow themselves (International Pipes & Accessories) don't yet have a website but have promised me drgrabow.net is coming soon. .....

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

MEP calls for EU ban on cigarettes by 2025
Leigh Phillips 07-18-2008

An Irish MEP has called for a total ban on tobacco products across the European Union within 15 years.

Avril Doyle, head of the Irish faction within the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), on Tuesday told a Brussels conference on how to prevent the tobacco industry from lobbying EU politicians that she wants cigarettes and cigars illegal in Europe by 2025.

"I would be happy to see a long-term target date, say 2025, when it would be illegal to sell tobacco products in the EU," she said to an applauding crowd of parliamentarians and global health experts.

"That would give them 15 years' notice for all our citizens to realise just how serious we are about not allowing their continued sale in the EU, and hopefully elsewhere," she added.
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Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth A Look

OomPaul Podcast - Kirk Bosi
This episode is sponsored by the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston.
In the last newsletter I introduced you all to the only active pipe podcast on the Net (to the best of my knowlege anyway). Olie Sylvester puts out a quality show and his latest podcast is no exception. At this year's Chicago Show he interviewed American pipe maker Kirk Bosi. Kirk is regular guy with a talent for making a quality pipe for an affordable price. His favorite shapes to make are billiards and Canadians which are staples in many of our collections. His latest podcast is also sponsored by none other than the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston. So fill yer favorite briar and pull up a chair to the computer and tune in to ttwenty minutes of quality pipe talk.
Check it out at OomPaul.com
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
A couple of new blends from C & D

C & D's Riverboat Gambler (2oz)
In the tradition of the mysterious Mississippi riverboat gamblin' men, a flavorful blend of the South's tobaccos - Burleys, Virginias, and Perique - with the exotic taste of Turkish leaf. The odds are with you when you smoke this blend

C & D's Exhausted Rooster (2oz)

A tasty flake of Virginias, Dark Fired Burley and a dash of Perique.

Kahn's Korner
Here we are, another month gone and a new one in. Time flies. Changes have happened around the SHPC that have in some ways been monumental. Who would have ever thought that Steve Gutz would have liquidated a huge part of his collection of pipes and tobacciana, including books and humidors? Nelson has already touched on this subject so I won't repeat it, but as president I couldn't fail to mention it. Steve, as my friend, I know how much it hurts. You wanted to find a good home for your many pipes; you wanted to make sure they were going to people who will appreciate them. My friend, I feel for you. I'm pleased to say all that I bought from you is in a place you can come and visit. So I look forward to future visits from you. You'll be able to hold them and share the memories with me. But before you all feel too bad for Steve, he kept at least a couple hundred for himself.

There have been some other changes, too. Governor Patrick has raised taxes and fees since coming into office in January. The one I want to mention to you is the new $1/pack cigarette tax put in by the Taxachusettes legislature. Ostensibly, this was to help slow the growth of the sale of tobacco products, and supplement the cost of medical coverage for smokers, not covered by insurance. What in reality it has done is increase the growth of smuggling from our northern cousin New Hampshire? I was in NH the week before last, and watched as a man with a closed pickup truck (Mass plates, though I didn't get the number.) loaded up on cases of cigarettes. There weren't so many that I think he was profiteering, more likely, he was making a run for a bunch of friends who gave him the money to buy for them, while he was up there. The reason I say that is because there were only three or four different brands, and I only saw about 6 cases. But there is more to it than cigarette taxes. My wife bought a several cartons while up there. She paid less for the cigarettes and less for the tax. All together she saved $90, more than enough to justify the gas. While I was up there, I thought to myself, 'Hey, while I'm up here, why not buy the new TV? How about the new monitor? Prices are about equal and I don't pay sales tax. I spoke to a couple of people at the party I went to. They were planning to do exactly that. These folks don't live on the border of NH. They live in Boston, Hingham, Wellesley, and other towns. Their thoughts were to wait until they were buying X amount of goods, that justified the drive considering gas prices, driving up and saving the tax money. So congrats, Mass legislature. You're driving people out of the state to save money, increasing the amount of CO2 in the air from the extra driving, turning people to a black market and one more thing, forcing the small convenience stores to lay off workers because their sales are going to NH.

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