We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Stoughton, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, April 5th, 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 February Club Meeting
So CB Perkins was closed before our last meeting.... what's that all about? Fortunately, Derek and Eric had gotten there early and were able to let the usual suspects know that we would be able to meet at the Sportsman's club until it was time for dinner. Funny thing is, being disjointed like we were, we ended up having one of the largest groups for dinner that we've ever had and broke from our usual routine of Papa Gino's to eat at Chinatown. Eric was very happy (insert smiley face here).

The meeting was a lively one with thirteen members present. There seems to be a bit of an upswing in enthusiasm lately, we're getting more organized and involved.

At the meeting our President informed us that we may expect a visit from our good friend and former Treasurer, Rick Frederics at the March meeting. We all look forward to seeing him after his "great hiatus". We hope you can make it Rick.

The new treasurer updated us on his plans to get the club monies situated and collected dues for the first time in a few years.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All member dues are due at the March Meeting!

The SHPC Club Tobacco Blends Committee updated us on their efforts to bring back some new club blends. More on that to follow.

The Activities Committee has been working on something that has only happened with this club once before. The details have only just started and we're keeping things under wraps for now. Stay tuned.

Sherlock Homes Movie Night: Merrick has suggested that we celebrate the namesake of our club by showing a Sherlock Homes movie at a couple of meetings each year. The first one is tentatively scheduled for the April meeting and may be held at the Sportsman's Club to take advantage of their TV.

The 2016 Club Pipe: The group has decided on a basic shape and style for the 2016 club pipe. Tim will coordinate with Premal Cheda to work out the details and possibilities to begin working on the pipe. The current plan is to have the pipes ready by the September meeting.

International Pipe Smoking Day 2016
Nine SHPC members made the trek to the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River MA, to celebrate International Pipe Smoking Day and what a day it was. We arrived around 1:00 PM to find standing room only with something going on in all corners of the shop. Nowadays, you'll find that most smoke shops that have a smoking area generally contain two three of the locals smoking cigars so it was nice to see that everyone today was sporting a briar.

John Brandt the shops owner seemed to be pleased with the outcome. Along with our group was a group of locals that are fortunate enough to be able to frequent this great shop on a regular basis. I also noticed the age range of the Fall River group has expanded quite a bit from two years ago. Hopefully a good sign of where pipe smoking is headed. Unfortunately we missed the guys from the Cape Cod who have recently started the Cape Cod Pipe Club and are looking to build their membership. So if you are a pipe smokerw who lives on the Cape (or visits frequently) you might want to check them out.

A new addition to the shop from the last time we visited is pipe maker Robert Clarke of Clark Pipes who has set up shop in the front window and is there every Saturday repairing and cleaning pipes for customers. We also met the guy behind the YouTube Channel Pipe Leisure who did a short interview with Eric and I about SHPC. I also interviewed him, so those of you who like to check out pipe related YouTube channels, be sure to check out PipeLeisure.

There was plenty of open tins of tobacco to try and a couple of us had some bourbon to sample. John had a nice selection of pipes available including a dozen or so from resident pipe maker Robert Clarke and a selection of Peterson St. Patrick's Day pipes just in time to celebrate St. Patty's Day with. The shelves behind the counter were filled with tobacco and some of it with quite a bit of age on it. And for those of you who have always wanted to experiment with making your own blend, there was a nice variety of blending tobaccos available to purchase.

We spent about three and a half hours at the shop and made many new friends. The conversation and smoke competed with each other for room space. John, the manager was the perfect host and offered great discounts on pipes and tobacco for all of his IPSD customers. It was a great way to celebrate International Pipe Smoking Day or any day for that matter. So if you're ever in the Fall River area or are just looking to make a pipe pilgrimage, be sure to check out the Old Firehouse Tobacco Shop.

Check Out Our Road Trip Video

Tobacco Review...................... by Ernie Whitenack

Christmas Cheer - from McClelland

My choice from the tobacco drawing at the December meeting. “A fine vintage, naturally sweet, in limited quantity”

This pressed Virginia flake, from the 2011 harvest, is definitely prime tobacco in slices about an eight of an inch thick. It is delivered in various lengths and widths and must be rubbed out.

Upon opening the bright red and gold tin, the unmistakable sent of tea, so often associated with some McClelland’s blends was strong. However it has diminished some in the month I have had it.

The first thing I noticed when smoking is that it is certainly not a timid blend but a bold, flavorful tobacco with a heavy sweet/citrus flavor; to be expected in a premium Virginia, especially after pressing where the varieties of strength and flavor meld.

Although I prefer a Burley based blend, I find this one delightful. I now wish I had the patients to cellar it for a few years. I think this on will be perfection; might even buy another for that purpose.

Give the “2015” a try – but put it away ‘till 2020.

Piper Profile - Albert Einstein

(from Wikipedia...) Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation"). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "services to theoretical physics", in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.

Now that we've told you what pretty much everyone knows, did you know that Einstein loved sailing. He said it was "one of his favorite pasttimes." Henry Goldman, an American Banker, had a boat built for him for his 50th birthday. Did you also know that although Einstein had been sailing for over a half centruy, he was never a very good sailor. He would lose his direction, his mast frequently fell down, he ran aground on several occasions and had near collisions with other vessels. Funny thing about all this is that Einstein couldn't swim but he also did not seem to be concerned about the dangers of sailing.

Read More about Einstein and Sailing

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Watch: Einstein Documentary

Video of the Month
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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 - Special Raffle Prize
In addition to two tins of aged tobacco from the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop, owner John Brandt also donated a Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation tobacco pouch to raffle off.

McClelland's Black Woods Flake (50 g tin)
If there's one thing that McClelland is known for, it's Virginias, and Blackwoods Flake is among the best-known. Matured red Virginias are pressed together with lemon-yellow Virginias that have been stoved until black. The result is a tobacco that has the sweetness one would expect in a blend of flue-cured leaf without the acidic edge.

Gawith & Hogarth Balkan Mixture (50 g tin)
Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.'s Balkan Mixture skillfully combines top quality Virginias and Orientals with rich, smoky Latakia for a flavorful, but not overbearing experience. This is an excellent example of a medium-bodied Balkan-style blend.

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

Chapter 5 - See Ch. 6 next month.

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