We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

Details from the September Club Meeting

Autumn is upon us but our Pipe Personality of the month makes it feel more like winter. I don't think I like that, but I do like his story.
Rhode Island was a bit more prominent at the September meeing which is always nice to see. I was starting to think Kevin was paying these guys to come to the meeting and smoke a pipe so he could win the SHPC Club Card prize. Now we just need to see Mike back for another visit. We're hoping the Swap & Sell we're having in October will entice some of you strangers to stop by for a visit. Heck we might even see Dock show up since he was always a big fan of the swap and sell and probably has a few things he wants to get rid of if he hasn't already.

SHPC 2016 Club Pipe Update
We're getting closer to the production of our next club pipe by Premal Cheda. We hope to have the photo of the prototype available to look at at the October meeting. Be prepared to bring your money to the November meeting and we should have the pipes before Christmas.

October 2016 Swap and Sell
Got Pipes, tobacco, accessories even cigars that you want to sell or trade? The October meeting is the time to do it. If you don't have any to sell be sure to bring some cash and take home something new to smoke.

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

Chapter 10 - Coming Soon
Ernie has taken a short break from his story but will be back with a new chapter soon.

Sliced or Flake - Some thoughts to ponder

Over the years names and nomenclature of tobacco seems to have changed somewhat. The most notable to me is Burley. In my early days of pipe smoking Burley was very popular and each had his favorite blend; Prince Albert for example. Few were flavored and when so, were boldly indicated on the packaging or the bulk container in a shop.

A few yeas ago I complained to a local shop owner, after ordering one of his Burley blends which ended up being highly flavored, that he should indicate when his blends are flavored. His reply was that when his customers buy a Burley blend they expect it to be flavored and he has no need to indicate the fact. Lesson learned.

Red Virginia was seldom mentioned in a description of a blend and hybrids were, to my knowledge, a thing yet to be cultivated or perhaps never mentioned.

The term flake meant just that, small, single leaf flakes about an eighth of an inch square of any varietal. Bull Durham is a good example being used for both pipe and ROY cigarettes. Virginia flake was often blended with cube or rough cut in blends such as DPE and Barking Dog and others

Sliced meant a blend of leaf pressed and aged, then sliced; as was Dill’s Best Slices and others. This was meant to be rubbed-out by the user.
Today it is called a Flake but remain the same old sliced tobacco.

Old Timer

Pipe Personalities

Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd - Pipe Smoker
Smoking his twelve- year old pipe and tobacco at Little America, Antarctica, during Operation High Jump, 3 February 1947. The pipe and tobacco, as well as the hut in which Rear Admiral Byrd is seated, were left over from his 1933-35 Antarctic Expedition.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

From Wikipedia....
Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., USN was an American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Byrd claimed that his expeditions had been the first to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole by air. Read More...

More from

Admiral Byrd Interview

Video of the Month
Pipe Tobacco 101 - Burley by Russ Oulette

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

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 )

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 6:30 PM Central Time on YouTube.

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Raffle

Check out what we have for this month's raffle.

McLelland's New Balkan Beauty (1.76 oz Tin)
Balkan Beauty is a richer and deeper Latakia-based blend than most of McClelland's offerings. Besides a healthy dose of Cyprian Latakia, it also has a good amount of flavorful, small-leaf Basma and specially selected red and orange flue-cured tobaccos for a robust, sweet and smoky experience unlike anything else you've ever tried.

G.L. Pease - Temple Bar (2 oz Tin)
Temple Bar is a fine example of the creativity of Gregory Pease. A special selection of zesty, matured red Virginias along with sweet, bright flue-cured is combined with exotic Oriental leaf and a touch of robust Perique, pressed into cakes and cut into bars to allow the enthusiast to prepare the tobacco in what ever way he or she prefers. The flavor is complex, yet smooth and not overpowering. For a unique pipe tobacco experience, give GL Pease Temple Bar a try.

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