June 2007

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - 7:00 PM or
** Meet at X & 0's in Stoughton at 6:00 PM **

Club Info & Events

Details of the May Meeting
Another scheduling mishap almost forced a postponement of the 2nd Annual SHPC Swap & Sell but we were able to make other arrangements and pull it off. This years event was a little bigger than last year thanks in part to Dock's friend Bob Turin who was thinning out his collection and had a nice variety of quality pipes for sale along with two very nice 36 count pipe racks. Ken Collins, Dock Perry, Tom Martin, Nelson Pidgeon and others also contributed items for swap or sale. Although the sales were limited I expect the popularity and success of this event will continue to grow in the coming years.
We'd also like to welcome new member, Bruce Wallace to the ranks. Bruce has been on our email list for quite some time and finally decided to come and join us. All members happily welcomed Bruce to the ranks but Tim "Newest Member" Martin was particularly happy to pass the "new member" torch to the newcomer.

SHPC Website
You may or may not have noticed that the SHPC website was unavailable for a short time this past month. Due to the uncooperative nature of our hosting service we were forced to changed hosting companies. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Steve Gutz
Our old friend Steve Gutz has been under the weather as of late and may require and extended period of convalescence. Steve, on behalf of the entire club we want you to know we're thinking of you and wish you well and hope to see you up and about and attending meetings soon. If you'd like to contact Steve and say hello you can email him at sgutz(at)tiac(dot)net.

Upcoming Events

Mike's Brookline News & Tobacco
We had such a good time at Mike's last year that we're doing it again this year on Sunday June 24th at 1:00 PM. Brookline News in normally closed on Sunday but Mike has been good enough to open it up for a few hours for SHPC Boston members and guests. So if you've never been to Brookline News you have to experience this place at least once. It's hard to accurately describe it in a few words so if you'd like to find out more you can read about last year's adventure. Hope to see you there.

Member Contributions

The 2007 Northeast Regional Pipe Show - “Signs“
By Tom Martin (formerly our Newest Member)

And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply." So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why. He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do." So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind. Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
I heard this song by The Five Man Electrical Band on my way to the Northeast Regional Pipe Show, and it couldn’t have been more appropriate, even prophetic.... [read more]

The 2007 Chicago Pipe Show        By Bob Kiess
I had the privilege to attend the 2007 Chicago Pipe Show, what I call the super bowl of pipe shows. Each year some of us seem to arrive earlier as there is more to do. It was wonderful to renew old pipe acquaintances as many of these have been established over many years. One of those was Dick Morse!! Andy Camire and I were in one of the gathering places and there was Dick!! It was great to see him and get caught up on all his good news-job, house, Florida, family. But anyone living in Florida has to be a little whacked so we sent him off in straightjacket! Nah, we had a great time together. It was also great to have Andy there as it was his first Chicago show and he loved it. [read more]

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Court Permanently Blocks Allegheny County Smoking Ban

PITTSBURGH -- A state appeals court said that Allegheny County had no authority to enact a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants and ordered a lower court to issue a permanent injunction stopping the ban from taking effect. [read more]

Other News & Information for smokers:

From the Telegraph Office Dear Sirs,
We have recently returned from the Chicagoland Pipe Show and the successful launch of our new book, Back From The Ashes: Uncovering the Lost History of G. L. Hunt and the Falcon Pipe there. We thought that you and the members of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club might be interested in the new book, which consists of 185 pages and includes 70 illustrations.
Author K. A. Worth, granddaughter of the late G. L. Hunt of Diversey Machine Works/Falcon International of Chicago, takes us through forty years of Mr. Hunt’s Falcon business archives in deftly recounting the rapid rise and continuing development of the iconic smoking instrument beginning in late 1948.
We invite you and your members to take a look at our website for more information on Back From The Ashes: www.worthyworkspress.com.

Sincerely -
Worthy Works Press
Websites Worth A Look

Pipe Lore.net: Knowledge With Every Puff
This link was sent to me by Dock Perry. An excellent site with lots of good information for pipe smokers old and new. Check it out.

Mastro de Paja
A special collection of limited edition pipes. 2007 Pipe of the Year (only 300 made). Pipe and Time (only 50 made).      Take a look.

New Kaywoodie Pipes at Pipedo.com
4 Kaywoodie Pipes of the Year were added to the Pipedo.com website on 5/26. Take me there.
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
This month we have tobacco from Fribourg & Treyer

A ready-rubbed pure red Virginia flake, medium strength with classic Virginia taste.

Special Brown Flake

A medium brown Virginia flake with a top note of Navy rum.

Dock's Corner

Only five or so years ago I was sitting in my then girlfriend's house looking online for some information about the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston. I had heard about the group through the club directory in the back of "Pipes & Tobaccos Magazine." There were two names listed as folks to contact, one was Steve "4dots" Smith and the other was Don Powers. I could then only imagine what fun attending a meeting would be like! In my mind I delighted at the thought of being surrounded by a dozen or so like minded gentleman whose vast intellects I could probe for more knowledge about the new hobby that I was becoming increasingly passionate about! Up 'til then I had only seen quality pipes in magazines and honestly believed that a good briar pipe could never cost much more than fifty bucks! After calling Mr. Powers and finding out where this secret society met, it would take nearly a year for me to make my first trip out to Mansfield. I knew that my schedule had to be re arranged so I could continually make every monthly meeting. If I was going to do this I sure wasn't going to be "half fast" about it!

They say that listening to the Boston Red Sox on the radio is truly better than TV because you're able to actually "build the Fenway of your imagination". In the year it took me to make my 1st meeting, I did just that. When I finally did attend I was delighted to see that it was damned close to exactly how I imagined it to be!

In the years after, I went from a loyal member to President of this noble group, something I never would have possibly imagined just a few years ago. I've made some lifelong friends and gained more knowledge about this hobby than one could possibly believe or retain : ) A big thanks to all SHPC members past and present who contributed and continue to contribute to making our little group so great! The 1st Tuesday of the month just wouldn't be the same without you all...

Best, D. Perry

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