We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

July Meeting will be July 10th
due to the 4th of July Holiday.

Greetings All,
Since we won’t meet until after the 4th, let me start by wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday. Remember to enjoy your favorite libation in moderation. I often wonder what our forefathers might think of the tobacco restrictions that have been put upon us over the last decade or so. I especially think about topics like this currently when most people are thinking about how much beer to buy for the BBQ. We are supposed to be commemorating Independence Day. Honoring those who came before us over 240 years ago to try and make a better life for themselves and their families. The Declaration of Independence stands for some core and basic principles. Some of them include the role of government in society, and about the relationship between the people and their government. The Declaration was not intended to form a government yet, it provided the ideas of how a government should operate so that the leaders of this great nation could avoid the abuse of power. The declaration also insures our natural rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (It should be sub noted that the clause for open pipe smoking was omitted in the final draft by a nonsmoking tree hugging hemp farmer from Vermont) It’s bizarre to me on so many levels that this land of ours produced a crop that fueled the economy of the colonies, profits derived from it helped build our cites and armies. Not to mention this weed provides some of us a means to make a living and most others as a means of relaxation and enjoyment. It’s obvious that “our government for the people” wants to overly control the very thing that helped make this country what it is today. It’s just about time the people of this nation should learn that without tobacco there would be no United States of America. We should sign a petition the have the olive branch in the bald eagle’s talons be changed to a stalk of sweet Virginia.
Congratulations to all the newly elected officers of the club. I am looking forward to working with you and having another very successful year. And, to the body of the club, please come forward with your ideas and comments to make the club stronger. If you do not regularly attend, please feel free to call me or e mail me anytime. Special thanks to Matt Plaud for taking the bull by the horns and getting us set up with a bank account and other necessary items we needed to be financially responsible.
Finally, the Presidents Special Raffle. This month in honor of the good ole’ USA all members who smoke an American made pipe during the meeting will receive an extra raffle ticket at no charge for a chance to win something special made in China….LOL

See you then.

The 2018 SHPC Club Pipe Update
Good News! The SHPC 2018 Club Pipes by Scottie Piersel are nearing completion. We hope to have the pipes for the August meeting.

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

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 9

Concetta was ushered into his office in less than a half hour. “Sal, I need a couple of reliable hard men who really know their way around. Mine got nabbed by the Feds going after Mic in Boston. There is more work to do in Boston now. Can you do that for me?”
“Sure, Mr. Ryan. How soon do you need them?”
“Right now, if that’s possible,” Ryan replied. “However, I’ll settle for as soon as you can arrange it, Sal. And, I want them ready for some serious action.”
Late that afternoon two men, recruited by Concetta entered Ryan’s office. At first Ryan couldn’t figure out who they were. They could be a couple of college boys; tall and thin, Brooks Brothers look and a swagger that told him they are not to be fooled with.    Read Chapter 9 

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8 | Ch 9

Tobacco Reviews... By Ernie Whitenack

Balkan Blue by McClelland
“Take a Journey Back to Yesteryear”
“Based on a 21 year old tin of the legendary #759”

Luckily won a raffle prize at the June meeting. Now I realize this review is quite useless unless you want this tobacco so badly you will take the time to search for it and pay an outlandishly high price.
This tobacco is not for the faint of heart. The Mountain Blue Latakia, the star of the show, is a pure delight for those partial to Latakia. It has a fine aroma and deliciously different flavor while maintaining all the smokiness and earthiness that a premium Latakia should exhibit. Although the Latakia is always there, it does not overshadow the contribution of the other, unspecified, components that so greatly compliment the Mountain Blue Latakia.
I have smoked this companies “Dark English” and “Coyote Classic”, both heavy in Latakia, on and off for some time; as well as other Balkan and English blends. Balkan Blue is in a class of its own. Within the short span I have smoked Balkan Blue, I would consider it sitting regally at the top of the mountain of Balkan blends out there.
I suppose you can call this writing another tear for the demise if the McClelland Tobacco Company and Balkan Blue Pipe Tobacco. That is, until someone decides to resurrect some of the McClelland blends – if at all possible.

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Pipe Personalities

Uncle Sam (excerpted from Wikipdedia)
The precise origin of the Uncle Sam character is unclear, but a popular legend is that the name "Uncle Sam" was derived from Samuel Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy, New York who supplied rations for American soldiers during the War of 1812. There was a requirement at the time for contractors to stamp their name and where the rations came from onto the food they were sending. Wilson's packages were labeled "E.A – US." When someone asked what that stood for, a co-worker jokingly said, "Elbert Anderson [the contractor] and Uncle Sam," referring to Wilson, though the "US" actually stood for United States. Doubts have been raised as to the authenticity of this story, as the claim did not appear in print until 1842. Additionally, the earliest known mention definitely referring to the metaphorical Uncle Sam is from 1810, predating Wilson's contract with the government. As early as 1835, Brother Jonathan made a reference to Uncle Sam, implying that they symbolized different things: Brother Jonathan was the country itself, while Uncle Sam was the government and its power.
By the 1850s, the names Brother Jonathan and Uncle Sam were being used nearly interchangeably, to the point that images of what had previously been called "Brother Jonathan" were being called "Uncle Sam". Similarly, the appearance of both personifications varied wildly. For example, one depiction of Uncle Sam in 1860 showed him looking like Benjamin Franklin, while a contemporaneous depiction of Brother Jonathan looks more like the modern version of Uncle Sam, though without a goatee.
Uncle Sam did not get a standard appearance, even with the effective abandonment of Brother Jonathan near the end of the American Civil War, until the well-known "recruitment" image of Uncle Sam was first created by James Montgomery Flagg during World War I. The image was inspired by a British recruitment poster showing Lord Kitchener in a similar pose. It is this image more than any other that has influenced the modern appearance of Uncle Sam: an elderly white man with white hair and a goatee, wearing a white top hat with white stars on a blue band, a blue tail coat, and red-and-white-striped trousers.
Flagg's depiction of Uncle Sam was shown publicly for the first time, according to some, on the cover of the magazine Leslie's Weekly on July 6, 1916, with the caption "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?" More than four million copies of this image were printed between 1917 and 1918. Flagg's image was also used extensively during World War II, during which the U.S. was codenamed "Samland" by the German intelligence agency Abwehr. The term was central in the song "The Yankee Doodle Boy", which was featured in 1942 in the musical Yankee Doodle Dandy.
There are two memorials to Uncle Sam, both of which commemorate the life of Samuel Wilson: the Uncle Sam Memorial Statue in Arlington, Massachusetts, his birthplace; and a memorial near his long-term residence in Riverfront Park, Troy, New York. Wilson's boyhood home can still be visited in Mason, New Hampshire. Samuel Wilson died on July 31, 1854, aged 87, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York.
In 1989, "Uncle Sam Day" became official. A Congressional joint resolution designated September 13, 1989 as "Uncle Sam Day", the birthday of Samuel Wilson. In 2015, the family history company My Heritage researched Uncle Sam's family tree and claims to have tracked down his living relatives. We also have it on good authority that Uncle Sam was also known to enjoy a pipe from time to time.

[Read more on Wikipedia]

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Video of the Month
Who is Uncle Sam (1:50)

This month brings us two very interesting tins from the folks at Cornell & Diehl (and, as usual, we'll have a couple of non-Latakia aromatic alternates):

Two Friends English Chocolate
English Chocolate is a bit out of the ordinary. It begins with the finest Virginias and just enough Latakia to provide the taste that so many crave. It is then pressed and later tumbled to a broken flake. Finally, a touch of chocolate is added, resulting in a blend that is both satisfying to smoke and has a pleasant aroma.

Star of the East Flake
This is a full-bodied English of one half Cyprian Latakia with a generous portion of Izmir and sweetened stoved red Virginia, which is then pressed into flakes. A reviewer in Pipes and Tobacco referred to this blend as a "Penzance Killer". We'll see...

I'm in the process of re-hydrating a good amount of Two Friends Deacon's Downfall from 2006 (that was part of a large supply of donated tobacco). I expect that it will be ready in time for our July meeting.

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

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