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Details of the October Meeting
it was another quiet month in Pipeville this past September but
unfortunate for those who couldn't make. After an enjoyable pre-meeting
smoke at CB Perkin's we were surprised and delighted to find our
old friend and long time charter member of the Sherlock Homes
Pipe Club Andy Camire, waiting for us when we arrived. Not only
did he stop by for a visit but he also showed up with a case full
of pipes. Andy, who is retired now and spends a lot of time in
Maine, had been in the area and decided to stop by for a visit.
The only downside of the story is that we didn't have any advanced
notice, otherwise we would have been a little more prepared to
purchase pipes and may have drawn a bigger crowd. Andy usually
has a table at many of the popular pipe shows and always has plenty
of quality pipes for sale and today was no exception. No basket
pipes here, that's for sure and he did manage to sell a couple
of pipes. But it was good catching up and hearing a few stories
about the earlier days of SHPC. It was good to see you Andy.
2011 SHPC Club Pipe Update
All orders have been placed and the production of the SHPC 2011
Club Pipe by Mastro Beraldi has begun. We do
not know when they will be finished yet but will pass that info
along as soon as we have it. If you haven't already made payment,
bring it with you to the November meeting. If you are unable to
attend the meeting, please be sure to send a check to Rick Frederics
The Crooked X - Prelude to War
A Short Story of Hate, Mystery and Intrigue
By Ernest N. Whitenack
story takes place in 1934 during the depression and leading up to
World War II. Boston Lawyer, Scott Wadsworth, follows a lead on
his missing friend which could lead him into a tangled web of foreign
intrigue, murder and counter-espionage.
Read prviouse chapters: Chapter
Chapter 3: Misty Murder
Resting under a cloth in bottom of the box was a Webley
Mark IV, the famous and powerful top-break, self-extracting revolver
of the British military. Brigadier Ashley Moss, Scott's counterpart
in British Military Intelligence with whom he once shared an office,
presented the pistol to Scott the day he left France for home
and separation. The revolver was beautifully engraved thanks to
the Sergeant Major, a master gunsmith, in charge of the British
armory in France who also fashioned a suppressor for the gun.
Scott took the revolver in hand, hefted it, spun the cylinder
and placed it back in the box. Perhaps another day, he thought.
Scott grabbed an old, overly-used and blackened pipe, a bulldog,
as he left through a rear door and placed it in his mouth; pulled
a battered brown fedora low on his head and vaulted the low fence
into a neighbor's garden. Late afternoon at this time of spring
brought an early dusk with lengthening shadows, helping to make
his short trip to the service entrance of the State House un-noticed.
Chapter 3 >>
...You might be a pipe
"Smoke a bowl with your morning coffee." means something
totally different for you now than it did when you were younger...
If you've ever called a small store
1500 miles away to quiz them on their inventory of tinned pipe
If you've ever given anyone both
a tobacco you like and a pipe to smoke it in...
If the word Navy makes you think
of rum scented flakes instead of battleships...
If you've ever literally dreamed
about finding hard to find tobacco on a store shelf somewhere...
If you thought the climax of Lord
of the Rings was when they found the Longbottom Leaf...
If you buy cases of Mason jars,
but do not preserve your own food...
If Macarthur makes you think of
the pipe first and the general attached to it second...
summer, another end of the summer Bar-B-Que. The annual SHPC
affair was held at my house on September 18th. Just of few of
the regulars made it this year. Sorry, I'll take the hit for
that because of some scheduling problems the party had to be
moved from the original date of the 11th. It was a good time
even with the lower turnout. Neil and I both celebrated our
birthdays in the same week, but Neil's fell on the day itself.
He's older than me, in case anyone wants to know.
The main coarse was smoked chicken and tenderloin
steak. Ernie brought some wonderful chili. There was so much
of it that I managed to have it for lunch for the next four
days. It was mild, but after four days I found it went especially
well with some Pepto Bismal. (Just kidding, Ernie.) Derrick
showed up with Steve and some terrific chicken legs and an assortment
of cheeses. And let's not forget Peter, who came in with his
lovely family and a huge pasta and cheese dish.
& Tobacco News & Info
PipesMagazine.Com's 2010 Pipe Survey
long have you smoked a pipe? What/who influenced you to start
smoking a pipe? Do you consider yourself more of a pipe smoker
or collector? How much was the last pipe you bought.
These are just some of the questions asked in PipeMagazine.Com's
2010 Pipe Smoker's Survey and the results are pretty interesting.
For example, "while the largest portion of respondents
(35%) said that they started smoking a pipe out of curiosity,
and the smallest amount, less than 1% said they were influenced
by advertising to start smoking a pipe. This begs the question
- What exactly creates the curiosity to try a pipe? It is
worth noting that even if advertising does not influence someone
to start smoking a pipe, other numerous studies have shown
that advertising does influence brand preferences and where
a look for yourself. The link to the survey in PDF format
is below the 2nd sample graph
Worth A Look
Vauen Pipes & Filters
Neil sent me this link mainly for the pipe making video but
they have some differently looking pipes as well. It's a German
site so don't expect to understand to much but in some ways
we all speak the same language. Enjoy
This Month's Tobacco
This month we are going with an Oriental theme.
English Oriental Supreme
Unfortunately, they didn't have a description of their blends
But I believe this is a Stokeybee blend that they sell in
bulk. I couldn't find a website with more information but
it sounded good and thought it might be worth a try.
with the Oriental theme but with a little something that our
aromatic lovers might find appealing. This is on of the Humidor's
house blends. We look forward to hearing the reviews.
Greetings from Boca Raton
I returned from the Gold Coast last week after a week visiting with
my son. I had a rather interesting stay there. We hooked up his
boat one day to go fishing for Mahi Mahi. We got about 12 miles
out in 1600 feet of water. No sooner did we arrive and a very threatening
thunder cloud began to come at us from the west. We decided to head
back, fuel up and have something to eat and head back once the storm
passed. So as things go, the storm developed very quickly and before
you knew it we were heading smack into pouring rain so thick you
couldn't even see the bow of the boat. Next thing the engines began
to run a little funny and Joe decided that it would be better if
we just called it a day. So much for a fresh fish dinner. No, we
didn't go to the fish market... he already had some in his freezer.
Overall the weather was rainy pretty much the whole week as it is
the rainy season.
After a couple days of not doing too much I took the car and headed
to Benningtons. It's a great place located right downtown with all
kinds of bistros and grill restaurants all around you. As you can
see from the photos, he has a nice smoking room with free coffee
and soft drinks, a TV and computer to go cruising with.
Jim Bennington is a real nice guy and blends their tobacco right
there. He also has a nice line of the Bennington label pipes as
well as pipes pricing upwards to $4000. What do you expect....it's
Here are some photos of the shop with yours truly and Jim.
My regards to all the boys.
See you soon, Charles
brought in a birthday cake, too. There were two pies brought in,
but I was so busy, I couldn't take note of who brought them. Sorry,
but a BIG THANKS to everyone for all that lovely food. However,
I must take one exception. Neil, I know you think hambergers are
necessary for a real BBQ, but really? I had to open a package of
24 just for your ONE cheeseberger? In the past, it was our norm
to give everyone in the club a nickname; in that spirit, I hereby
dub you, Neil, “Berger King”.
We all mingled with one another talking about sports, politics
and everything else under the sun. Neil brought in two of his new
fragrences. One was for men, called (what else?) Briar, and one
for women called Scrumcious. My wife and Peter's daughter Jennifer,
are enjoying the perfume. For all the time that Ernie and I have
been smoking at the meetings, I found out that he was a commercial
photographer. With my background in photography we ended up with
quite a conversation. I should be picking his brains on his knowledge
of Photoshop. I've since seen some of his work, and could learn
from him. Can't tell you how much of an inigma Derrick can be. The
man doesn't give the impression of the intellectual but I challenge
anyone to discuss the classics with him, including the philosophers
and not coming away wondering how they could have missed so much
in what they read. Ceil was so happy to see Peter bring his lovely
family. She was afraid that she'd be inhaling too much testosterone.
At the end there was so much food left over, we sent a lot of it
home with everyone who wanted some of it. I only regret that more
of the wives and girlfriends didn't attend. I usually plan for about
thirty people, but we were far short of that. I'm hoping that next
year, there will be more of you there. We missed many of the regulars,
you know who you are. I'm hoping that we can share the great weather,
great food and some great smokes together.
Lest we forget there were two special people missing
from the BBQ. Ken Collins and Steve Gutz, our two broken pipes from
this year. Their absence was sorely felt. Nelson didn't want anyone
to sit in the same chair that Ken occupied at the last gathering.
Steve in his ever present effervescence was also painfully missed,
especially by me. As I write this, my thoughts go to those great
times all of us had together, not only at the meetings, but in New
York and other times.