November 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 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 October Meeting
With all that's been going on lately, what with work being extremely busy, lots of family stuff going on and lack of sleep from watching the Red Sox work their way to within one game of another World Series, it's a wonder I can think at all let alone remember what happened almost a month ago. But one thing does stand out in my mind and that was a visit from our good comrade Andy Camire. Andy goes way back to early days of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club. He's one of those guys who has dabbled in and out of the pipe business, primarily estate pipes and oftentimes rubs elbows with the guys we only read about or listen to on the Pipes Magazine Radio Show. You do listen to the show don't you? He is a wealth of information about pipes and tobacco and always has an interesting story to tell of his travels along the briar highway.
Our meetings continue to be intimate these days. No, not that kind of intimate... get your mind out of the gutter. Our numbers generally fill one table and although it's nice that everyone can participate in the same conversation, a big group always feels gratifying and it's nice to see faces we haven't seen in a while. If you haven't been to a meeting in a while, why not stop in next week before the holiday rush sets in and you have too many excuses.

2014 Club Pipe
We've made some forward progress in selecting the club pipe for 2014 however we may have hit an obstacle. Next year's pipe will be from Brebbia and our first prospect will be discussed at the November meeting. If you are a regular buyer of the club pipe, it would be helpful to the process to get your input at the meeting.

Member Contributions

My Summer Vacation................ by Tim Hynick
Aaah, summer vacation. The time of the year we look forward to rest and relaxation. For me, this year it was a trip down to Washington, DC and Myrtle Beach, SC. As I pondered my trip with my wife, Celeste, I thought of all that is awaiting for me including the sights of our nation’s capital, the beach, sand, ocean, and of course, visiting every pipe shop within a 200 mile radius of my destination.

The first stop on our long journey was Washington, DC. We stayed in a very lovely hotel in the center of the city and had a fabulous dinner at a DC steakhouse (I had duck). We then went into Georgetown, a wonderful little college section of DC, equipped with a long street which has many interesting shops and restaurants. Of course one of these shops was Georgetown Tobacco, (owned by David Berkebile), a quaint old store. It has much to offer the pipe and cigar smoker: many tobaccos, a good selection of pipes, and a comfortable sitting section for customers. I did not get to spend as much time as I would like in the store; however, I did meet a very pleasant salesperson, Clay Bryan, who talked with me about pipes and tobaccos and recommended a very fine blend, which I really liked. We left the store, and continued our stroll along the streets of Georgetown with me smoking my new blend. The evening ended back at the hotel with a drink in the bar and me sitting outside of the hotel finishing off the evening with a final smoke. The next day started our very long drive down to Myrtle Beach.  [read the full story]

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

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

Other Important Links for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

Nothern Virginia Pipe Smokers Society
I found a nice blog put out by the NVPSS. Some interesting posts and photos. Take a look.

Like Pipes & Audio Books?
Then you're in for a treat. I found 2 free audio book at with a pipe theme. The first is The Social History of Smoking, the history of smoking in England from the social point of view.Next it Pipefuls by Christopher Morley, a collection of short essays.
Download them to your MP3 player or listen online. It's easy. Try searching iTunes for these titles and you may be able to download it to your iPhone/iPod as a podcast. Check em' out.

More Christopher Morley
Being a pipe smoker, Christopher Morley tends to write books from a pipe smoker's point of view. I found a couple free e-books that I heard were good reads. If you like to read while you smoke your pipe, give these a try.

Shandygaff | The Haunted Bookshop

Tobacco Raffle
Here are the tobacco raffle offerings for this month.

Escudo Navy Deluxe- (50g tin)
A combination of full bodied Virginia from North Carolina and Virginia blended with Perique from Louisiana are the cornerstones in Escudo. The blend is pressed and matured before it is spun and cut into coins. This process ensures the unique character of Escudo.

Scottish Flake - (50g tin)
Scottish Flake - a base mixture from Red Mottled Virginia and Carolina Leaf, balanced by small amounts of Turkish, and medium-strong Kentucky, to reach this fully balanced effect.


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