Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
*** Dinner location TBD at Perkins ***

Club Info & Events

Details from the February Meeting
A stellar turnout for last month's meeting which is nice to see given the fact that the bitter cold nights we've been having tend to motivate the hibernation gland. We not only had a full house, we also had a potential new member. Neil Morris, our resident tobacco blender and club photographer has convinced John, primarily a cigar smoker to come to a meeting. Neil, who is affectionately known as the Pipe Pope to the members of the cigar group that he belongs to (but he doesn't smoke cigars) for his power to convert cigar smokers to the pipe.

We'd like to welcome John to the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club. We hope he enjoyed his visit enough to return on a regular basis.

We got approval to move forward on getting more club shirts with the new club logo. We will purchase one example and take orders if everyone is happy with it.

Pipe Club Monthly Theme
We had a nice response for the theme of the month with many members contributing their stories of a person, event or experience that had a major impact on them smoking a pipe.

This month's theme: What is your favorite movie scene depicting a pipe. See if you can find it online, print it out and bring it to the meeting with you for a better experience. Better yet, bring in a video clip on our smart phone.

Lunch With Sherlock   by Richard Frederics
In my readings I learned that lunch was not Sherlock Holmes favorite meal. This probably had to do with his non-stop, ongoing investigations. Despite not being his favorite meal one can only assume that

Holmes had to have lunch sometimes. In fact in “The Sign of the Four,” Dr. Watson admits it might have been the Beaune he drank with lunch that bolstered his verbal attack on Holmes’ drug habit. So there is at least one instance – and I am sure there are more.

Let’s imagine that by afternoon Holmes does get hungry and he and Watson venture somewhere to get something to eat. And that somewhere is a pub that we just happen to be in and as Holmes and Watson walk in they sit at the table right next to ours and we hear them order ---- Shepherd’s Pie.

Care to have some? Let’s get cooking.

Shepherd’s Pie:
Ingredients: Mutton (old lamb back then), cold sliced thin 1lb., mashed potatoes, 2 lbs; I tablespoon of one chopped onion; Stock, 1 cup; Salt and Pepper to taste and 1one egg yolk.
Place meat in pie pan over mashed potatoes which have been mixed in butter. Sprinkle with chopped onion add stock, season; and cover with another layer of potatoes. Smooth surface to look like pastry. Brush with egg yolk and bake in moderate (375 degree oven until browned lightly. (Serves 4-6)

And since this was Elizabethan times I can only imagine Holmes ordering a beer; but Watson probably had a glass of brandy.

Sounds good to me!

History of the Smoking Lamp

The exact date and origin of the smoking lamp has been lost. However, it probably came into use during the 16th Century when seamen began smoking on board vessels. The smoking lamp was a safety measure. It was devised mainly to keep the fire hazard away from highly combustible woodwork and gunpowder. Most navies established regulations restricting smoking to certain areas. Usually, the lamp was located in the forecastle or the area directly surrounding the galley indicting that smoking was permitted in this area. Even after the invention of matches in the 1830s, the lamp was an item of convenience to the smoker. When particularly hazardous operations or work required that smoking be curtailed, the unlighted lamp relayed the message. "The smoking lamp is lighted" or "the smoking lamp is out' were the expressions indicating that smoking was permitted or forbidden.
The smoking lamp has survived only as a figure of speech. When the officer of the deck says "the smoking lamp is out" before drills, refueling or taking ammunition, that is the Navy's way of saying "cease smoking."


If you have a comment, story or photo you would like to contribute, send us an email and we may post it in an upcoming newsletter.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

International Pipe Smoking Day
The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club celebrated International Pipe Smoking Day with a visit to the Old Firehouse Tobacco Shop in Fall River, MA. Click the YouTube logo to view larger.

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio Shows that aired since the last Gazette.

  • Episode 72: Jody Davis - Pipe Maker
  • Episode 73: Scrapp Huntington - Pnk Rocker
  • Episode 74: Nate King - Pipe Maker
  • Episode 75: Sykes Wilford - Rick Newcombe

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Some of you may have seen this on Facebook but if not, it's worth a look. You may even recognize a few friends. May not be viewable on smart phones.

Websites Worth a Look

Dr. Bob Pipes - Dock has a couple of new pipe available. Visit Site

Pipes by Nate King - Be sure to check out the Steampunk pipes. Visit Site. You can listen to an interview with Nate on Pipes Magazine Radio.

Oom Paul's Latest Podcast - Johnathan sells clay pipes and early clothing and accessories. Listen

Tobacco Raffle
This month we have a couple of blends we picked up at the Old Firehouse Tobacco Shop.

Peterson Nutty Cut
A mixture of Golden, Red & Dark Virginia tobaccos in different cuts, rounded off with Burley & Black Cavendish, an irresistible, fragrant flavor or rum, coconut & Macadamia nuts.

McLelland Club Old Black Parrot
Black Parrot is a broken flake made of excellent Virginia and Carolina tobaccos fortified by the sweet spiciness of Louisiana Perique.

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