Info & Events
Details of the June Meeting
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
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
Mass Consumer Thins the Herd
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.
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
This is a Pipe: Dr.Grabow
By Thomas Martin
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.
& 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
the full article
Worth A Look
Podcast - Kirk Bosi
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
it out at OomPaul.com
Month's Tobacco Raffle
A couple of new blends from C & D
C & D's
Riverboat Gambler (2oz)
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
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.