November 2006

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 - 7:00 PM or
Meet at Papa Ginos in Stoughton at 6:00 PM

Club Info & Events

Details of the October Meeting
Just five of us showed up at Papa Ginos last month but the food wasn't bad plus it was quick and cheap. We even heard that Applebees closed down (no surprise there). We're still in the process of looking for another location for dinner but for the time being it'll be Papa Ginos.
Members rolled in slowly to the meeting and it looked as if it was going to be a quiet night. This came as a surprise since we were planning to do the lottery for the 2006 Club Pipe. But eventually people straggled in and soon we were at usual capacity despite the fact that Ted was out recovering from surgery (and doing well I'm told) and his sidekick Sid was also a no show. I hope all is well with both of them and we see them in November.

The 2006 Club Pipe
As planned we had the lottery for the 2006 SHPC Club Pipe made by Tim Hynick, a name we suspect will be a household word (in pipe smoking homes anyway) in the not too distant future. He made a pretty even number of both the tan and dark stained pipes but tonight the tan pipe was the pick of choice and they went quickly. There are still a couple pipes that have yet to be claimed by their rightful owners plus we will be donating one to this year's Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest hosted by the Hudson Valley Pipe Club this December.

Let me tell you a little about the 2006 Club Pipe. I don't think I've ever smoked a pipe that was as smooth as this one was from the very first puff all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. It felt like I'd been smoking it for years. I'm not just saying this because Tim's my friend and I want to make him feel good. I'm serious when I say this is one of the most enjoyable smokes I've ever had from a new pipe.
Ken Collins, a veteran pipe smoker and a generally quiet guy was impressed enough to send his comments along and asked me to include them in the newsletter. Here's what Ken had to say....

HUZZAH! HUZZAH! For our resident pipe maker, Tim Hynick. He has done a wonder job on our club pipe! Let me say this, I'm not a newbie where pipes are concerned, and having said that, I find this pipe magical, in both aesthetics and engineering! The bore is true, as well as the bowl, there is no head space to create turbulence, the tenon is chamfered. I find the rustication wonderful, I give this pipe an A, and consider this pipe a high middle priced pipe, you should have gotten more Tim, I would have paid more, and would not hesitate in buying another pipe from you!        Ken Collins.

If you're interested in experiencing one of Tim's pipes for yourself, send us an email and we'll put you in touch with him. You won't be disappointed.

Upcoming Events

Happy Anniversary to Park Lane Tobacco
This November marks the first Anniversary of the Park Lane Tobacconist which is owed and operated by our good friend Paul Bonaquisti. Festivities are planned for Saturday November 4th and will include in-store specials, a cigar roller and much more. SHPC hopes to have a good contingent heading up that way to help them celebrate. If you're in the area be sure and stop by and say hello. Park Lane Tobacconist is located at 15 Park Avenue, Clifton Park, NY.

The Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest
Or as we like to call it the Hudson Valley Holiday Extravaganza, is planned for December 9th. This is a member's only event so if you're a member and plan on going don't forget to sign up soon. If you're not a member and would like to join us then be sure to attend the November club meeting and sign up. Not sure?? Check our our report of this event from 2004 and 2005. If you have questions, feel free to drop us an email.

Two Trunk Shows at Peretti's of Boston
Peretti's will be holding two trunk shows in the coming months. The R.D. Fields trunk show will be held on Saturday November 4th and the Dunhill trunk show will be on Friday December 1st. If you have a chance stop by, say hello and enjoy a bowl or your favorite tobacco in one of the oldest tobacco shops in the nation. For more details you can contact Perreti's at (617) 482-0218.


Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Pipe Smoking & Health - Risky Business or Casual Pleasure - By Mark Beale
"In making the decision to smoke or not, we must educate ourselves about the risks and benefits. Unfortunately, the scientific data that attempts to quantify the risks of pipe smoking remain sparse. In 1964, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a landmark report on tobacco usage. This report which described the dangers of cigarette smoking, including heart disease, lung damage, and increased cancer risk, raised the publics awareness regarding the health consequences of certain behaviors.

Specifically, this report had confirmed what had been suspected for quite some time, that cigarette smoking could be dangerous. However, the conclusion drawn from several studies about pipe smokers was that they tended to live longer than the general population."
          [Read more at Meerschaum]

Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth A Look
Smoking pipe: from Wikipedia.

I came across this information about pipes while doing a web search. It's good information for someone new to pipe smoking and looking for some answers. [Check it Out]

Pipe Smoker of the Year
The Pipe Smoker of the Year was an award given out annually by the British Pipesmokers' Council, to honour a famous pipe-smoking individual. Because of regulations banning all advertising and promotion of tobacco, the award was discontinued. Follow the link below to read about those men who were recipients of this award.   [View the List]
This Month's Tobacco Raffle

McClelland Royal Cajun Special
Two dark stoved Virginias and one wide cut lemon Virginia expertly blended with Cajun Black. This blend is one of a kind, etherially smokey, deeply rich and incredibly complex. Virginia's natural sweetness cooled by Cajun Black's fire-curing and Perique style fermentation.

Peterson's Irish Flake
A full-bodied blend made of equal proportions air-cured, flue cured, and dark fired. True to the pure, unspoilt tobacco taste. Recommended for the experienced pipe smoker.

Member Contributions

An Acquaintance with Pipe and Tobacco
While Kayaking the Maine Islands
                                             By Horace Harker
In the February Newsletter I wrote about my trip to Maine and the difficulty I had finding a decent tobacco shop anywhere let along a place to smoke my pipe. I love visiting Maine but this trip was discouraging and I went home with a bad taste in my mouth. Well, this past September I spent a week kayaking camping with five friends on two of the many Maine islands off the coast of Stonington. It was probably one of the best experiences I've had in my life so far and while I was there I was able to replace that lingering bad taste with one I think most of you would appreciate. Not only was smoking permitted everywhere I went but I was even fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share my love of pipe and tobacco with a few of my friends. Here's how it went....
                                                         [Read On..]

Dock's Corner
It's no big secret that there will only be one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Though there were many that copied him, he was the absolute first to pen the modern detective novel. Doyle's own way of describing a person, place or event was so crystal clear to the reader that they actually thought that they were there. If you close your eyes and say "Baker St." to yourself I bet you can picture the mantle with the Persian slipper filled with shag tobacco, scattered pipes and the familiar dagger stuck in the center holding Holmes letters of correspondence. I bet you can also picture the laboratory set with the beakers and Bunsen burners as well as the Stradivarius violin laying on Holme's chair and the constantly familiar presence of Mrs. Hudson with an overflowing tray of kidney pie and tea.

Over the years there have been countless writers who have taken up their pens to write the modern Sherlock Holmes story. Some have been successful and some have been less so. Some have been down right laughable, as was Michael Dilbin's "The Last Sherlock Holmes Story" where Holmes was portrayed by Dilbin as being the actual Jack the Ripper! In another by Nicholas Meyer called "The Seven Percent Solution" Holmes was teamed up with Sigmund Freud to help identify an American woman. Even funnier than Holmes meeting Freud was that Meyer claimed that Holmes long held belief that Professor Moriarty was the "Napolean of crime" was simply cocaine induced dellusion of Holmes own paranoia! How utterly ridiculous?

One writer though seems to faithfully, consistently and accurately pen modern Sherlock Holmes stories. His name is Larry Millet and he's a writer for The St.Paul Pioneer Press in St. Paul Minnesota. Each of Millett's books is taken from what he calls "The American Crinkles of Dr. John H. Watson as each of them take place in the U.S. Each of Mr. Millett's five Holmes novels is an absolute pleasure to read. The First "Sherlock Holmes & The Red Demon" has Holmes pitted against an angry pyromaniac amidst the dry pinneries of Minnesota. Another, "Sherlock Holmes & The Ice Palace Murders" has Holmes in St. Paul investigating the murder of a wealth young socialite during the annual winter carnival in that city.

All of Millett's books are available at Barnes & Noble or through Amazon and they're all highly recommended by casual readers and die hard Sherlockians alike..... D.J.P.

The Secret Alliance
The Red Demon
The Ice Palace Murders
The Rune Stone Mystery
The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes

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pipes and tobacco related subject, please send it along and maybe I'll use it. (Preferably by e-mail).

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