We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, March 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

President's Message

Hello Brothers in Briar!

Hope all are enjoying this unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing and using the time to get outside and enjoy a pipe or two.

We were very busy at our February meeting and besides taking in our usual commraderie with pipe and leaf we have tabled a motion to explore future possibilities of opening up another chapter of the SHPCB on the South Shore in Fall River. It was asked of us by some people who casually meet at The Old Fire House Smoke Shop who would like to form a more permanent regularly formed meeting. They have proposed to gather on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. They will have a chapter president, secretary and treasurer. They will abide by and follow our by-laws. There is a lot of content to discuss if we vote for the approval of this formation. We may even consider re-working the by-laws and I would like to know if anyone would like to volunteer for the task of looking over what we have and how we may improve on it. It may be a bit of work in the beginning but imagine if we could get 6 or 7 chapters located throughout New England. The Freemasons, the Knights of Columbus and many other organizations do it so I feel it might be something to consider to keep our hobby alive. I can’t stress it enough that your participation in the discussion and vote on this subject is very important. Remember this is YOUR club and YOU have a vote.

We had a very nice turn out at the Old Fire House Smoke Shop for International Pipe Smoking Day. John is a gracious host along with extending special discounts in celebration of “Our Day”.

This month we will have a special guest. Joyce Beck Regional Sales Manager from Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane Ltd. will be joining us for a tobacco blending demonstration. In April we will have a group tasting of tobacco that Tom Nyzio has procured. May will bring us a visit from Jarrid Trudeau Vice President of Kristoff Cigars and will discuss some of the changes going on in the industry. In June we have Dave Mooney sales rep with Phillips and King who distribute Erik Stokkebye, Comoy’s and many other fine brands. In June we are also planning a cook out at the club as well as a pipe and tobacco swap.

Don’t forget March is the time for the annual Petersons Trunk Show at the Humidor in Cranston Rhode Island. Over 100 Petersons Pipes will be on display as well as others from the shops inventory. This is a really good time and a nice discount is included for all purchases. It will take place on Saturday March 18th from 10 AM till close.

See you Tuesday,


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 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8 | Ch 9 | Ch 10 | Ch 11 | Ch 12 | Ch 13 | Ch 14

Chapter 14

.... Clancy could do little but extract the 45 from its holster and hurriedly plot a tree-to-tree path of escape. There was little else in the clean flat forest for protection. If he can maintain the same distance from his assailant, it would be difficult to hit a moving target through a scope. He made the run to the next tree large enough to hide behind safely and was about to start for the second tree in his escape rout when the silence was interrupted by a short machine gun bursts off to his left.

 Read Chapter 14   

Riddle of the Sands & Raven's Blend
                                                              By Horace Harker

I recently downloaded a free audio book from iTunes called Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Chlders. I like reading sea stories and this one was recommended. The story takes place back in 1903 where two Englishmen on a sailing holiday in the Baltic uncover information that shows signs of a German invasion of Great Britain.

In chapter two the yacht's owner Davies sends a letter to his mate Carruthers asking if he wants to join him on a yachting holiday and if so could he please bring with him a pound of Raven's Mixture. Before long they are at sea and enjoying their pipes and cigars while tryin to uncover this mystery. If you like Ernie's stories this one is very reminiscent of those.

Unfortunately, the storyline was a little weak and the smoking references scarce but if you like stories about the sea and sailing ships you may still enjoy it. I think we should give it to Ernie for a rewrite.

Raven's Mixture
I decided to look into Raven's Mixture to see what I could find and learned, that others had done the same. Initially it was thought to be a reference to Craven Mixture by the Carreras Tobacco Company but was later discovered by Tim Wright during a trip to James J. Fox tobacconists in London, that the blend was in fact a real blend but like Craven Mixture is no longer available. The tobacconist at JJ Fox told Tim, the closest thing he had to it would be Radford’s Luxury Blend and contained Virginia, a small amount of Latakia and Perique.

About the audio book: Riddle of the Sands is in the public domain and free to everyone. If you don't have an iTunes account or can't find this free audio book with your non iPhone smartphone account. You can download this and many other public domain audiobooks from If you'd rather read than listen to a book, you will also find links to a number of text versions on the same page. Enjoy.

Pipe Legends

The Leprechaun (from Discovering Ireland)

Leprechauns are key figures in Irish mythology and if you find one of the little people of Ireland, then according to folklore, you may find his pot of gold. In Irish folklore a Leprechaun is one of the faerie folk and are often associated with faerie forts, the ancient Celtic settlements. According to popular belief, this small elf like figure is pictured wearing traditional emerald green clothes and is often sporting a beard and smoking a pipe.

The Leprechaun is a cobbler by trade, but he has a secret stash of gold that he must reveal if you can capture him. But by his nature the Leprechaun is cunning and mischievous and will try anything not to hand over his gold.

In one tale, a young farmer captures a Leprechaun and forces him to hand over his gold. The Leprechaun says that the gold is hidden beneath a tree in the woods and shows him which one it is. The farmer ties his red scarf around the tree and after making the Leprechaun promise not to remove the scarf he heads to his farm to get a shovel. But when the farmer returns he finds that the Leprechaun has tied a red scarf around every tree in the woods.

The name Leprechaun is thought to have a number of origins, from the Irish Gaelic for shoemaker leath bhrógan to the Irish for pigmy, leipreachán.
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Make and Oragami Pipe for your favorite little Leprechaun.

Video of the Month
History of the Leprechaun

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

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.

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 )

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Raffle
Here is what is in store for this month's tobacco raffle.

Dunhill Ready Rubbed (50g tin)
The latest re-release from Dunhill, their Ready-Rubbed starts out a sweet Virginias and fragrant Orientals. The superb leaf is lightly imbued with a soft fruit essence and is then heated, pressed and sliced in the classic Cavendish method. The result is a mildly sweet blend with pleasant gentle room-note that can be enjoyed at any time of day.

Dunhill Ye Olde Signe (50g tin)
Dunhill Ye Olde Signe is a blend that Dunhill had discontinued decades ago, and it begs the question "Why?"
Ye Olde Signe is a richly fermented, straight Virginia in a fine ribbon cut. The process used to produce the tobacco creates a natural tea-like tin aroma and results in a natural-tasting tobacco that has a mellow sweetness and subtle aroma. In spite of the gentle flavor, this is a very robust blend best enjoyed after a meal. See for yourself why so many long time Dunhill fans consider this one of their very finest.

I Smoke a Pipe - The Song - By Ray Kainz

About the Artist: Ray Kainz is a musician, composer, producer and performer based in Austin, TX. Ray is a guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of Austin based rock band Nomad City.

About the song: Rays says "I smoke a pipe and wrote a song about it."

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