Our Last Meeting
last meeting was much like all the others but always an enjoyable
gathering of good friends. We had a couple members return, we
hope, to regular status. Rick, the clubs treasure came back from
about 3 months off to find the coffers empty which just proves
he should never stay away so long again. And Steve returned after
being gone a couple of years. He went and got himself married
and moved out to Vegas. When he gambled all his money away there
was none left to buy tobacco so he figured he'd come home since
there is always plenty of Sutliff to go around. Welcome back to
The SHPC Gazette
The past few months I've been contemplating making some changes
with the SHPC Gazette. Maybe you've noticed (or not) that it's
been a little scarce as of late. With a number of other things
occupying my attention, there is not as much time to research
stories or to write something original. A few other members (Ernie,
Rick & Eric) have done a great job helping out with providing
content which I appreciate more than they know. But I'm just not
sure how many people actually read the Gazette. I still want to
keep people informed about upcoming meetings and events and to
hopefully attract some new members so I may move to a blog type
format and only post when there is something interesting to share.
If you are an avid fan of the Gazette and will be disappointed
if the format changes, feel free to let
Sharrow Philtpads .................... by
reading back issues of the Gazette, I came across Eric Kahn’s
article on “Keystone Clay Pellets” (May 2009 issue).
And remembered seeing a similar product on Pipes and Cigars website
and promptly bought some, as I was placing an order anyway.
The Philtpads are round chalk inserts that fit in the bottom of
a tobacco chamber and, due to the four ridges on the rounded bottom
of the Philtpads, allow smoke to get to the draft hole of the
pipe shank while the rest of the insert absorbs moisture as smoke
passes over and around it.
The Philtpads seem to work and are reusable for several smokes
A pipe cleaner proved there was much less moisture than usual
in the stem and shank. Then, the Philtpad should be set aside
to dry for use on another day.
Well, I suppose it is worth the trouble to fish the Philtpad from
the ashes. I had trouble remembering where I had put it for the
next smoke until I smartened up and designated an empty tobacco
tin as a home for waiting Philtpad. A pad is good for 3-4 smokes
before it must be set aside to air dry.
If you would like a dryer and marginally cooler smoke , give
then a try. They are cheap enough.
Worth a Look
I Hear About Sherlock Everywhere Podcast
another podcast. Find out what's going on in the world of Sherlock
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affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique
perspectives and sense of humor. Haven't listened yet but plan