Tuesday, May 6th, 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 April Meeting
We had a good group at CB Perkins last month. The nicer weather must be getting people's blood flowing a little earlier in the day. Due to a scheduling conflict we had our meeting at the Sportsman's club this month which is always a nice change of pace from our usual location. It was good to see Bob taking a break from his world travels to hang out with us for a while and even our old friend Andy " The Buzzman" stopped by for a visit.
The main topic of conversation during the official meeting was around club shirts and club pipes. See important details on those topics below.
At some point the subject of tampers came up which apparently got the literary juices flowing for a couple of our members who subsequently submitted articles for this month's Gazette. See their submissions and other tamper related links below.
Other than that it was pretty much SHPC business as usual which is always a good time.

New Club Shirts - PAYMENT DUE at May Meeting
I wore a prototype of the New SHPC shirt to the April meeting. The shirt was khaki in color which looked slightly different in person than it did on the website. Discussions between members went back and forth all evening as to whether this khaki color belonged more in the tan or green family. The opinions were fairly evenly split but the over all consensus was that khaki was not the right color for the new shirts. It was decided to go with the tan shirt instead (pictured above). Orders were taken at the April meeting and I will place the final order once I have collected payment for the shirts at the May meeting. If you can't make the May meeting you must send a check prior to to May 6th. Details have already been send via email.

2014 Club Pipe - PAYMENT DUE at May Meeting
Good News! The 2014 Club Pipes are in. Tim has received the pipes from Monjure International and will bring them to the May meeting. Payment for the pipes has not yet been made so if you ordered one you must make payment by the May 6th either at the meeting or by sending a check. Details have already been send via email.

Pipe Club Monthly Theme
A dissappoint response for this month's theme to bring in a favorite collection of pipe shapes or pipe maker. We will revisit this one some other time so be prepared.

This month's theme: Tampers - Since tampers seem to be a focus in this month's newsletter, then maybe our theme should reflect that. Bring in any interesting tampers you have and would like to share with the group. It will be interesting to see the different variety the people have.

History and Thoughts on "The Tamper"
Rick Frederics and Ernie Whitenack both submitted a piece about tampers for this month's newsletter completely unaware of each other's intentions. They compimented each other well so I kept them as one article. Here are a couple of snippets.

from Rick Frederics......
Nothing has changed to ensure a good smoke. Tobacco leaves burning in a pipe bowl, even back then, required special care. To achieve a smooth and even draw of smoke you needed to push or “tamp” the stuff down. It is said that Sir Isaac Newton once used a lady’s finger (still attached to its owner, it seems) to “tamp” his pipe with fiery results. There had to be a better way
                                                           Read More ....

... from Ernie Whitenack
First off there is the tamper. We all recognize the popular Czech Pipe Tool – the humble but noble Pipe Nail – the Brebbia Horse Shoe Nail with its square tamping surface. Other shapes, sizes and price are uncountable.
And, then there are what I think are the most useless of all, the strange little things that pop out of the sides and bottoms of various pipe lighters.       
                Read More ....  

More tamper links you may find interesting....

Tamp Often for Better Smokes
from A Passion for Pipes blog

from A Pipe Smoker's Cognition

The G-Tamper
A different take on tamping

What have you used as a makeshift tamper?
from the Brothers of Briar blog.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

FDA Proposes to Extend Authority to Regulate Pipe Tobacco, E-Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products.
Currently FDA regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Proposed newly “deemed” products would include electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, certain dissolvables that are not “smokeless tobacco,” gels, and waterpipe tobacco.

Once the proposed rule becomes final, FDA will be able to use powerful regulatory tools, such as age restrictions and rigorous scientific review of new tobacco products and claims to reduce tobacco-related disease and death.

A public commenting period in effect until July 9, 2014. Find out more on this.

Also, tune it to the Pipes Magazine Radio Show on Thursday May 4th where we expect to hear more on this new FDA proposal.

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

Other Important Links for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

Watch a Tamper Being Made
The Adirondack Woodsman makes tampers from leather, antler and birch.

Tobacco Raffle
This month we have a couple of blends from G.L. Pease and an old favorite (to some) from McLelland

GL Pease Triple Play
Triple Play follows up on the phenomenal success of JackKnife Plug. A blend of Red and bright Virginias with a bit of Dark Fired Burley and Perique is pressed then cut into old-fashioned plugs. Rich and satisfying.

GL Pease Sextant
GL Pease "Old London" Series, Sextant is a classic mixture harmoniously married to a Navy Flake. Ripe Virginia tobaccos are first blended with Cyprian Latakia, fine Orientals, and a touch of dark fired Kentucky leaf, then infused with a hint of dark rum before being gently pressed, matured and sliced. The flavour is rich, bold and satisfying, the aroma an enchanting interweaving of traditions.

McLellands Frog Morton on the Bayou
Even though some folks believe there is no such thing as a Balkan blend... Frog Morton on the Bayou is a smooth Balkan-style blend that’s given an extra dimension by the addition of rich Perique.

Members and Readers:
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.

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