the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon,
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.
Info & Events
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.
THE BIG NEWS!!!
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.
- A short story by Ernie Whitenack
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.
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
Von Schmidt settled back in his chair and relit his
pipe, all the while glancing back and forth at the two men .(Chapter
Iwan Ries & Co ................................
by Jim Komola
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
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
A Little Insight on the New FDA Regulations
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
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
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
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.
of the Month Review of Sam Gawith Brown Sugar Flake
This month we have 2 new blends from Sam Gawith.
Samuel Gawith Brown Sugar Flake (1.75oz
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
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.