We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

President's Message

Fellow Pipers.
I hope this addition of the SHPC Gazette finds you well. A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to stop in and see John at The Olde Firehouse Smoke Shop. I explained to him that we have had some preliminary approvals from the membership in favor of the formation of charter clubs. He was very excited and looks forward to joining us at one of our next meetings to introduce himself and share his thoughts.

I am very pleased to say I am an extremely proud member of the SHPC! It was such a pleasure to engage in a lively debate last month. The brothers gathered around a common table, filled their pipes and conducted themselves in a manner that would make anyone envy this little time we spend together each month. I must say it was the best meeting I ever attended. For me it was the perfect example of what a good club meeting should be. We have to think (and talk) about the future to preserve what we have for future generations. We must learn to change and adapt if we want to keep this club strong. I read something a long time ago and use the statement often. I don’t know who wrote it or who to give credit but it goes like this, “The worst phrase in the English language is; This is the way we have always done it” That being stated, I ask for an open mind as we endeavor to move the club into the 21st century and beyond.

I am looking forward to seeing some rough outlines of the proposed changes and additions to the by-laws. I forget exactly who was going to put some ideas together. Whoever it was please make multiple copies (the club will reimburse you) so each member can get a copy to mark up before we go into the process of finalizing them. Also, since Nelson already has so much to juggle I am asking if someone could please take notes each month and compile them in a somewhat readable manner for review. This will be very helpful and aid as a reference….Do I see a show of hands from volunteers?

I’d like to commend Tom once again for a job well done with last month’s raffle and tobacco samples. He is doing and excellent job mixing it up and keeping it lively.

At the time of writing this message I believe we will have a guest speaker at next week’s meeting. His name is Jarrid Trudeau and he is a vice president with Kristoff cigars. He is also a pipe smoker and loves Esoterica Stonehaven. Jarrid is “in the trenches” everyday visiting tobacco establishments around the country so he has his finger on the pulse of the industry as a whole.

I could keep writing but, I have my own bowl of Stonehaven waiting for me and we wouldn’t have anything to talk about on Tuesday. LOL.

Like last month it's time to visit you rack and pull out your favorite French made pipe in honor of the elections in France this week. Smoke it at the meeting and get a ticket with a chance to win a French made pipe from my estate collection. Reamed, cleaned,buffed and ready to smoke.


Hey Guess What???
The 2016 Club Pipes are finally here. If you purchased one you can pick it up next week or Tim will hold it for you. Thanks Tim for all of your efforts in getting our club pipe commissioned each year. I know it's not always easy but we all appreciate the time and effort you put into it.

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 | Ch 15 | Ch 16

Chapter 16

.... After lunch, the three men and Major Foster boarded Foster’s car and traveled several miles through thick forest and turned at a large sign reading Range 5--Restricted Area in large red block letters; with two MPs on guard duty. Another mile or so on the narrow dirt road brought them to the rifle range and a plywood replica of the Silver Skates building; rustic sign and all.

 Read Chapter 16   

Still Searching for Pipe Dreams -  by Rick Newcombe 

Review by Horace Harker

One of my favorite pipe stories is about the time my wife and I drove to my first and only Richmond Pipe Show in 2004. I picked up an autographed copy of the book In Search of Pipe Dreams by Rick Newcombe at the show and my wife read it to me while we drove to her sisters house which was another three and a half hours away. It made the time fly by, gave my wife a better understanding about pipes and pipe making and helped me realize I would probably never own a Bo Nordh pipe.

Fast forward 13 years and now Rick Newcomb himself is reading his new book, Still Searching for Pipe Dreams to me on my commute to work. Ain't technology great.

Although I really enjoyed Rick's first book and learning a lot about high grade danish pipes, I think I may have heard the names Bo Nordh, Jess Chonowitsch, Lars Ivarsson and Jim Benjamin enough to last a lifetime... or for at least 13 years. Yes, there are quite a few more mentions of these fine individuals in the new book but it makes perfect sense if you understand Rick's passion for pipes and the close bond and lasting memories he shared with these great pipe makers and their families.

But Still Searching for Pipe Dreams is not a repeat of the first book, it is a collection of thoughts about pipes, tobacco, the industry and the community from a man who takes his pipes smoking, collecting and his relationships in the pipe community very seriously. Rick talks about his experiences while traveling in Europe, the Chicago Pipe Show, thoughts about pipe collecting and pipe tobacco and a number of other pipe related subjects. I even learned from listening to this book that one of our own SHPC club members was the winner of the 2008 Chicago Pipe Show Slow Smoke Contest. Any idea who it might be?

So if you like talking about pipes and tobacco (and who doesn't) you will definitely enjoy this book whether you're reading it the old fashioned way or listening to it in your car or through your ear buds. If you go with the audio version of the book, you will also get some bonus material before each chapter in the form of a short interview of the author by his son about the upcoming chapter. There are also two additional chapters in the audio book that are now also available in the 2013 print edition.

Buy Still Searching for Pipe Dreams: Audible | Amazon

Buy In Search of Pipe Dreams: Audible | Amazon

Either is free at Audible when you sign up for their free trial.

Pipe Personalities

Arron Spelling (from Wikipedia) - go there

(April 22, 1923 - June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer.
Spelling made his first appearance as an actor in a film as Harry Williams in Vicki, directed by Harry Horner, in 1953. That same year, he appeared in the TV series I Led Three Lives and in two episodes of Dragnet. Spelling appeared in an episode of I Love Lucy in 1955 ("Tennessee Bound"), and continued to appear in films and TV (often uncredited) over 25 times by 1957, appearing briefly as an actor in 1963, 1995, and 1998 (all uncredited.)[14]

Spelling sold his first script to Jane Wyman Presents in 1954. He guest starred that same year as a dogcatcher in the premiere episode of the CBS situation comedy, Willy, starring June Havoc as a young lawyer in New Hampshire, who later relocates to New York City to represent a vaudeville troupe.[15] Two years later, Spelling began to achieve considerable experience as a producer and additional credits as a script writer working on the CBS television series Zane Grey Theater, which aired between 1956 and 1961. Of the 149 episodes in that series, he wrote no fewer than twenty of the teleplays and produced a significant number of others.

Beginning in 1968, Spelling began producing successful television shows including The Mod Squad, The Rookies, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210 (which starred his daughter Tori), 7th Heaven, Charmed, Jane's House and Sunset Beach.[6] Spelling founded Spelling Entertainment in 1972.[16] He produced the unsuccessful situation comedy The San Pedro Beach Bums in 1977.

In 2004, Spelling was portrayed in two television movies: Dan Castellaneta portrayed Spelling in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels,[17] and Nicholas Hammond portrayed Spelling in television movie Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure. [Read more]

More on Aaron Spelling:
When Aaron Spelling Ruled Television

Video of the Month
Aaron Spelling The King of Primetime

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio - TIME CHANGE!!
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube. (9:30 Eastern Time)

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:

New Member
We would like to welcome new member Matt. Matt is another Rhode Islander intruduced to the club by Tom. Matt says that he's works for the Diocese of Providence and is studying theology but that seems a little fishy since Tom would never be found associating with someone of that caliber. We welcome you Matt, whoever you really are.

Tobacco Raffle
If you forget your tobacco when you come to the May meeting, don't fret. We have something special in store. In addition to the tobaccos we have to raffle, we have over a dozen recently opened Peterson sample tins. You name it - English, aromatic, Virginia, even a solid plug - there's something for everybody to try. Speaking of Peterson, if you missed the recent Peterson show at The Humidor in Cranston, Rhode Island, be sure to make it to their next event. Their events are great, and they are supporters of our club.

Peterson's Perfect Plug
Peterson's Perfect Plug tobacco comprises selected Virginia leaf from Africa and Brazil blended with Burley leaf from Malawi. The tobaccos are lightly cased before drying and pressing and are then heated and stored for two weeks before cutting. The result is a full bodied yet fruity blend in a dense, solid plug; Peterson's Perfect Plug is sure to appeal to the experienced pipe smoker.

Peterson's Nutty Cut
Nutty Cut is a mixture of golden, red & dark Virginia tobaccos in different cuts, rounded off with Burley, Black Cavendish and irresistible, fragrant flavours of rum, coconut & Macadamia nuts.

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