June 2008

Next
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 - 7:00 PM or meet early at
** Bertucci's - Cobb's Corner 6:00 PM **
Meeting
Club Info & Events

Details of the May Meeting
Our newest member Derek arrived in style sporting the Harley Davidson motorcycle he built himself and was rewarded with his new club nickname, "Reckless!" Nice ride, Derek.
Despite the absence of a few of our regulars we still had a pretty good showing for the May meeting. I guess the increase in attendance could have something to do with the fact that I put the wrong month for this year's Swap & Sell in last month's newsletter. The Swap & Sell will actually be help at the June meeting so this gives you some extra time to go through your old pipes and tins and bring something to sell. I apologize for the mix up but it was good to see a couple of you we hadn't seen in a while.
We were also glad to have Ken Collins back with us and in good again and Ted Blank stopped by to pay us a visit. But the big surprise for me was walking into Perkin's Tobacco at Cobb's Corner and running into none other than our old friend Mark "Barley" Maxfield. Mark is back in the state for a while and we hope to see more of him in the coming months.


Upcoming Events

SHPC Third Annual Swap & Sell at the June Meeting
Hey Folks! The 3rd Annual SHPC Swap & Sell will be at held at the June meeting (not May, sorry abou that). This event has been growing in popularity so why not get in on the action. If you'd like to thin the herd or have some accessories or tobacco that could use a change of scenery, this is the time. Remember the old saying, "one man's junk is another man's treasure." But we all know none of this stuff is junk.
Member Contributions

Content
I’m smoking now,
my dog by my side.
I think he likes it
when I smoke.
When he barks I know it
is time for me to light up and
sit with him.
He is content and so am I.
My pipe is almost done now,
my tobacco mostly ash.
My dog is asleep.
We are together;
me and my dog and my pipe.
What could be more perfect?

By Rick Frederics

 

 

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Outrage As J.R.R. Tolkien’s Teeth and Pipe Appear on eBay (from the-spine.com)
"There was almost universal outrage on Monday as a set of false teeth and a briar pipe belonging to Professor J.R.R. Tolkien went up for sale on eBay. The unknown seller was asking $10,000 dollars for the two items, along with documentation proving their authenticity and their key role in the fashioning of the War of Middle Earth." (I'm surprised Dock did grab this one...) [Article and photo]

Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth A Look

New Book - "Watson's Sampler: The Lost Casebook of Sherlock Holmes"
I received the following email from William F. Watson, the books author.

Hello-
This e-mail is intended to introduce you to the recently discovered and compiled, "Lost Casebook of Sherlock Holmes." Attached to this e-mail you will find a local newspaper article about the book and its author, and a few pages from each of the 4 stories comprising the edition. It is my hope that you will take a few moments to peruse this material to see if either you or members of your organization would be interested in reading further and learning more. If either of those possibilities are the case, you will find the entire book, entitled, "Watson's Sampler: The lost Casebook of Sherlock Holmes," online at either Amazon.com, TheHealthyHuman.com or TheMysteriousBookshop.com.

Thank you and enjoy the read.

William F. Watson, Jr.

New Pipes at Park's Pipes
Two new pipes are now available on my website.
Also of special interest I have just added a new set of pipes to my Special Series Gallery section.
The set is a pair of Churchwardens : Roots and Leaves.
This Month's Tobacco Raffle

Mastro de Paja Tin - Milano (50g)
A premium Virginia flake, broken and ready for the pipe, with subtle natural woodspice aroma. Cool and superb for the Virginias aficionado. Medium strength.

Mastro de Paja Tin - Venezia (50g)
A natural classic mixture of Latakia, Turkish and Virginia tobaccos. Rich tasting, cool and slow burning. Full strength and highly recommended.


The Oom Paul Podcast, Website & Newsletter................. By Nelson Pidgeon

Back in January I wrote a piece called "The War on Tobacco: Is the pipe community doing enough?" My conclusion was "No,” we weren't doing enough to bring attention to our ailing hobby, to educate people that cigar and pipe smokers are different than cigarette smokers and should be treated differently, and to have a bigger voice against tobacco laws. The cigar community was way ahead of us in all categories.

Since that article I'm happy to report I have found that a couple of new pipe related podcasts have emerged. I'd love to be able to take the credit by saying my article spurred these folks into action but I'm pretty sure neither of them ever read it. As a matter of fact, I didn't receive one response to that article but based on my conclusions, I was surprised in the least.

Anyway, for this issue I will focus on the OomPaul.com Podcast. For those of you who may still not be familiar with what a podcast is it’s like a radio show only its broadcast on the internet. You can listen online from your computer or download it and listen to it on your iPod or MP3 player at your leisure. You’ll never miss an episode

So a month or so ago Dock Perry had sent me a heads up about the Oom Paul website but never mentioned anything about the podcast. When I finally got a chance to check the out the site that Olie Sylvester and his wife Vanessa put together I was overjoyed to see not only a very nicely done website but they were also 4 episodes into their podcast. The format Olie is using is to interview notable personalities from the pipe community and he already has a great cast of characters including Bjarne Nielsen, who as we all know passed away recently, Mark Tinsky, Frank Burla of the Chicagoland Pipe Show, Pipestud, a familiar name on many forums, and in their fifth and latest podcast, Frenchy of Frenchy’s Pipes. Now this is what I’m talking about.

However, upon looking closer I realized that all the podcasts were in a Mac (.m4a) format which was not compatible with my non iPod MP3 player used with Windows Media Player. I was a little disappointed because I'm not one who likes to sit in front of the computer to listen to a podcast; the beauty of a podcast is that it’s mobile. I download all my favorite podcasts each week, load them on my MP3 player and listen to them during my hour long commute into work and it’s become a bit addicting. I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore and I’m always looking for new and exciting show to keep me entertained. Since all of the other podcasts I listen to are in the MP3 format and are available to both iTunes and Windows Media Player users alike I decided to contact Olie and see if he had any plans to change his format. He was very receptive to the idea and said he’ll get his technical expert (Vanessa) on it right away. A week later I received an email from Olie letting me know that episode 5 with Frenchy would be available in both formats with others to come later. I downloaded it as soon as I could and enjoyed the excellent interview on my way home from work.

I’d like to applaud Olie and Vanessa for putting in all the hard work that I know goes into producing a podcast. You have a knack for interviewing and it definitely shows. Its shows like this that will help keep the fires burning brightly in this great pastime of ours and bring new life to the pipe community. I hope more people follow your lead and begin to produce more podcasts about pipes, tobacco and the people who love them. So tonight I smoke this bowl of Full Virginia Flake in my 2005 SHPC Club Pipe by Mark Tinsky in your honor.

Please take some time to check out OomPaul.com. It’s a beautifully done site with lots of info to keep you entertained for quite a while. Ask the Expert, join the Oom Paul society and add a picture of yourself in your favorite pipe smoking attire. Read the musings, add your pipe club to the list, check out upcoming events and more. This is one of the nicest sites I’ve seen in a long time so load up an Oom Paul, sit back and enjoy the ride.


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