May 2008

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - 7:00 PM or
** NEW LOC - Bertucci's Cobb's Corner 6:00 PM **

Club Info & Events

Details of the April Meeting
Bertucci's seemed to go over pretty well for those of us who decided to try it out. The food and service was good and they had no problem doing separate checks. Dock and I both arrived early and took a stroll over to check out the Half Way Cafe to see if they would be able to accomodate us. The place is nice... a little small but worth a try if Bertucci's doesn't work out. We also stopped in to C.B. Perkin's Tobacco which is great if you're main smoke is a cigar but it'll leave most pipe guys wanting more... much more. Tom, Derek, Tony and Sid showed up shortly there after and we all sat down for dinner. Hopefully we'll see a few more of you guys in May.

SHPC 2008 Club Pipe - All Orders Are In
All orders for the 2008 club pipe have been placed. Kaywoodie hopes to complete the pipe by the end of the summer. Click here to see past club pipes.

The 4th Annual Visit to Mike's Brookline News
Sunday April 27th, 2008

Our annual pilgrimage was much like recent years but always an interesting experience to say the least. I met Joe and we headed in together. After a quick stop at Panera for a sandwich we presented the secret knock and were granted access to the "maze of mayhem" that is Brookline News. Also in attendance were Eric, Merrick, Rick and Tim. We also had three potential new members, one of which works with Mike and a couple of his friends. Mike had the usual selection of pipes with a couple small table of estates including an old Dunhill that could have been had for $150. There also a few Ser Jac's and some Petersons. Joe picked up a Nording, a brand he's become fond and Rick took home a jet black version of Bing's Favorite. I grabbed a couple tins of Boston Harbor, a Brookline News house blend by McLelland and a favorite of mine. I also picked up some Sam Gawith's 1792 Flake... maybe at last I've found the flake I've been searching for. Unfortunatley not but I'm smoking as I sit here and it's very nice..... but not "the one."

Upcoming Events

SHPC Third Annual Swap & Sell at the May Meeting
Hey Folks! The 3rd Annual SHPC Swap & Sell will be at held at the May meeting. 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 ........ by Dock Perry

The New York Pipe Show 2008

Well folks the Spring version of the New York Pipe Show has already come and gone but as always the memories of it for those who attended won't quickly be forgotten. I arrived at the Wyndham Hotel (formerly the Ramada Inn) early in the day on Saturday. The first thing I noticed was that the layout of almost everything had been dramatically changed! The Restaurant and bar was totally reconfigured and the waiting area in the lobby had been completely obliterated and the main entrance now occupies the spot where it once was. It seems that the new owners are committed to making it a much nicer place to stay. Everything had been freshly painted; polished and made to look new. It was really a much more pleasant place to spend a couple of days. I was immediately given a room on the first floor and headed down for a quick shower and change of clothes.       

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Cleaning your pipe
I found this amusing pipe cleaning video on YouTube and thought you all might enloy it.

Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth A Look

Festival della Pipa Pesaro
I received an email from Alessandro of Mastro de Paja pipes.
Allow myself to write you to inform you that in only 45 days a very unique and special festival will take place! On the first and second of June, in Pesaro (Italy) will be a festival to celebrate pipes from all over the world and will exhibit various Italian handicrafted products. Let me invite you to visit the dedicated web pages (in four languages) where you will find interesting information about this festival.  [Find out more]

6th Annual National Pipesmoking Contest
1:00 pm - May 4, 2007 at the The Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show. Find more information at the United Pipe Clubs of America website.     [more info]

Rolando Negoita Pipes
For those who will, and for those who will not be able to attend the show in Chicago, here are some really great pics. [check it out]

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

Chonowitsch Tin - T 15 (50g)
Matured Old Belt Virginia, Tennessee Burley, Latakia, Turkish and natural Cavendish in a balanced, medium strength mixture where no element dominates. Natural flavor.

Olsen's Tin - 333 Flake (100g)
Tobacco selection: Generous portions of bright Virginias, Black Cavendish and a hint of Perique blended and aged. Tobacco Cut: Navy Flake. Tobacco Flavor/Aroma: Delightfully full-bodied flavor and taste come from the Jamaican Rum added to the blend for sweetness and taste.


Kahn's Korner

A couple of months ago I wrote about how I'd got my Dunhill lighter back in the fall of 1998. If you recall, it was while I was in Colorado, and bought a whole bunch of pipes discovering only later that the lighter was with them. But there is more to this story, more than I could have imagined.

When I got the lighter home I checked it out. It's a nice Roller Gas with something of a hammered nickel or stainless finish with the thumb wheel on one side of the mini monolithic shape. I rubbed it up just to get any loose dirt from it and used a cotton swab to clean the mechanism around the flint wheel and gas orifice. It looked pretty good. Now it came time to fill it and enjoy the fruits of my luck. My luck wasn't as fruitful as I'd hoped. As I flipped open the lid but just as I went to spark it, I could hear the steady hiss of the gas escaping. It wasn't an insignificant hiss, but a strong one. It told me that there was a problem. I worked the adjustment wheel trying to close the feed to the orifice. I was unsuccessful. The next day I made a call to Dunhill in New York.

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