We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

Details from the April & May Club Meeting

April Meeting
As planned we had our first Sherlock Holmes Dinner Theater at the April Meeting. Turn out was lower than anticipated so hopefully that wasn't a sign of the enthusiasm for this type of event. We watched two stories with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock, Some members had never seen or read a Sherlock Holmes story (we should probably make this a prerequisite to joining, right)? We ate pizza from Stone Lovin' Pizza which was very tasty and a few of us washed it down with a nice cold beer. All in all I'd say the meeting was a success.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, the big news of the night was the announcement of our permanent change in meeting location. We had been meeting at a Temple in Stoughton but the laws in that town have changed which will no longer allow us to meet and smoke inside there. Many people wondered why we didn't promote our meeting location on this website and the reason was primarily to keep a low profile in a state that is already one of the worst in the country when it comes to smoking. We had a good long run at this location and we are thankful to have had the opportunity to meet there all of these years. Luckily, we've had our back up location at the Sportsman's Club in Sharon which is in the next town over. Although this place is smaller and less ventilated, the atmosphere lends itself more to pipe smoking. There is a fireplace (non working I believe), wood paneling and stuffed foul hanging on the walls. There is also a pool table, a tv and darts available for our use. A link to directions can always be found above in our Next Meeting area.

May Meeting
At our May meeting we were pleasantly surprised by with a visit from two members that have been around since the infancy of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club. Andy Camire and Jay Beard. Andy has come to meetings on a few occasions and we always see him at the Kaywoodie Holiday Party each year but we haven't had a visit from Jay (aka Gavel) since before we started meeting in Stoughton. It was a bit like old home week. Great to see you both and hope it won't be so long the next time.

We had a nice turnout for our June meeting with lots of tobacco being smoked and shared. Look forward to seeing you all next week.

Invisible Enemy - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

From the Intro....
Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation, and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to the East and Soviet Russia.

Chapters: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6

Chapter 7
.... No, this man is not a student. He’s Second Lieutenant Samuel Fox, CIC. He is an inexperienced agent assigned to protect my back while I’m in this city. His attempt at following me was amateurish and the silly hat he was wearing made him stand out among the people like an eight foot giant. I would rather have no backup. I have taken care of myself in highly dangerous situations, as you well know, and I doubt if I need any help now; especially backup with doubtfully adequate training, no experience and on his first assignment.”

Von Schmidt settled back in his chair and relit his pipe, all the while glancing back and forth at the two men .(Chapter 7)

Iwan Ries & Co ................................ by Jim Komola

Being home to the largest convention center in the country, my work brings me to Chicago at least once every year, if not more. This being so, I have founded myself a tradition of stopping by Iwan Ries & Co at least once every trip.

Climbing the steps to the store up on the second floor of 19 South Wabash Avenue, the subtle tobacco aroma surrounds you and hints at what lies ahead.

Around the corner and through the door, a visitor is greeted by the sight of over 400 pipes on display around the showroom. On closer inspection, most of the pipes on the wall have labels corresponding them to drawers below with even more pipes stored away.

If you are able to pry yourself away from this expansive collection of pipes long enough, you will notice the equally impressive selection of tinned and bulk tobaccos further back in the shop. C&D, McClelland, Samuel Gawith, Gawith & Hogarth, Dan, Esoterica, Dunhill, and many more all line the shelves.

Given the incredible quantity of briar and leaf, it could be an overwhelming experience. Thankfully, that's where Iwan Ries shines through the help of their expert staff. Douglas and Ethan (Pictured Above) somehow manage to keep tabs on their enormous inventory and are always more than happy to help you find a blend or shape to fit your personal preference.

Once you've found the pipe which you can no longer live without and the herd has grown one pipe stronger, you can light it up and try it out right there in the shop. In the back corner of the store there is a small lounge that I've yet to find empty. Should you wish to stay even longer after the store closes down, in the front half of the building they have a larger smoking lounge. For a modest cover charge you can bring in a fine spirit of your choice and relax for a smoke.

So, if you ever find yourself in Chicago, make your trip complete by visiting this amazing pipe shop, I guarantee you won't regret it!

In the News

A Little Insight on the New FDA Regulations
By now most of you are aware of the new FDA regulations that came out regarding cigars and pipe tobacco. The regs consist of hundreds of pages of legalize. However, a few details were mentioned in recent podcasts which talk more specifically about some of these regs and how it will effect us. To be completely honest, it sounds a little scary. I highly recommend that you listen to the May 24th episode of the Pipes Magazine Radio Show and the May 25th episode of the Country Squire Radio podcast for a more accurate description of the regs but the highlights of what I got from the shows is this:

  • Pipe tobacco and cigars will not be dealt with separately. They will all be lumped in with the same regs as cigarettes.
  • Any pipe tobacco blend or cigar created after February 15, 2007 will be taken off the shelves until it has undergone and passed laboratory testing.
  • Each of these tests costs in excess of $500K and could be over a million dollars and must be paid for each SKU item. That means, if a blend (or cigar) comes in 2 (or more) sizes, all sizes will need to go through this expensive and lengthy process.
  • Bulk blends will be effected as well. For example, no more renaming a bulk blend for a specific shop or purpose. My recollection of the specifics around the bulk blends is not great so I urge you to listen to these podcasts.
  • For you Vapers out there, this effects you too and almost 100% of all vaping options were created after 2007. If this actually goes into effect it could put many, many small tobacco and vape shops out of business.

The hopeful news (if you want to call it that)... they think they will be able to legally stop this process from moving forward on the specified date in August which will give them time to plan their strategy and fight back. Stay tuned to these podcasts to find out what you can do to help prevent or reduce the impacts of these regulations.

Video of the Month
Review of Sam Gawith Brown Sugar Flake

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette.
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

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 6:30 PM Central Time on YouTube.

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Raffle
This month we have 2 new blends from Sam Gawith.

Samuel Gawith Brown Sugar Flake (1.75oz Tin)
Samuel Gawith Brown Sugar Flake is a flavorful, hot-pressed flake made of Virginia and black Cavendish with condimental amounts of Orientals and Burley, similar in style and flavor to the discontinued Orlik Brown Flake. The heated pressing caramelizes the sugars in the leaf to produce a lightly-sweet flavor with a hint of brown sugar. As with most of Samuel Gawith's flakes, it's rather robust in body and will be very satisfying.

Samuel Gawith Cabbie's Mixture (1.75oz tin)
Samuel Gawith Cabbie's Mixture is a rich, sweet twist tobacco that has been rolled by hand and sliced into small, delicate curlies. In appearance, and to some degree, flavor, it's similar to the original Three Nuns which was made the same way and used similar tobaccos. The flavor is classically grassy and hay-like, but the Perique is there to add depth, a hint of fruit, and spice. The curlies are small and easy to prepare using fold and stuff or can be fully rubbed-out with little effort.


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