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As the year is almost coming to a close this will be our last “regular”
meeting until the New Year. We have accomplished a lot over the
past few months and, will hopefully close up any loose ends at November’s
meeting so we all may thoroughly enjoy our Annual Holiday party
with no business conducted in December. I believe we only have a
couple of issues left on the table. First, we need someone to permanently
take over the role as club treasurer. Please consider this as we
really need someone to handle the financials especially with the
formation of Associate clubs. Secondly I hope we will be able to
have a final vote on the formation and mechanics on how we will
go about the formation of the Associate clubs. Tom is finished with
the final draft of the by-laws to incorporate all we have discussed
and voted on over the past months. I’d love to be able for
some of us to attend the first meeting of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe
Club Fall River Chapter in January of 2018 and get them off to a
As most of you may know, we had a road trip to visit our Friend
John at The Old Fire House Smoke Shop in Fall River last month.
The purpose of this trip was a private sampling of many fine tobaccos
from the Wilke line. John recently obtained ownership and is now
blending and distributing Wilke tobacco right there in his shop.
We started the day by meeting for a nice lunch at a local establishment
in Fall River. After lunch, with full bellies and in need of a good
smoke we headed over to the Old Fire House. We were greeted not
only with the warm hospitality John always shows us but, the entire
counter was filled with bowls of fresh Wilke tobacco to feel, smell
and fill our bowls. I started off with WILKE No. 515. It is the
blend smoked by Basil Rathbone, a blend of ribbon cut Virginias
and toasted Black Cavendish, aged with a bit of Jamaican Rum. I
found it quite tasty and a decent enough smoke. It definitely had
some floral undertones and reminded me slightly of a Lakeland blend
without the Tonka bomb. I then dipped my fingers and filled my bowl
with a sampling that was not put out with the initial offerings.
It was WILKE No. 531. Now this stuff hit home and in fact it is
what I am smoking as I compose this message. I bought 2 ounces to
see how it was going to change after a few days melding together
(John mixed the batch fresh while we were there) and some drying.
It has proved itself to be a delicious, easy burning tobacco with
awesome natural flavor from the Virginia base with a tiny amount
of perique to satisfy the nicotine craving. It burns evenly in the
bowl to a very fine soft grey ash. I will definitely put some of
this on the list for Santa, some to smoke now and some to cellar
and see how it does after 6 months of aging.
Since I can’t think of any theme I’d like to go with
for the special added pipe raffle we do each month, I am going to
make this month “odd pipe month” Bring in with you and
smoke during the meeting any odd shaped or weird looking pipe and
get an extra raffle ticket for a pipe give away from my private
collection. There are no boundaries it can be briar, clay, meerschaum,
cob etc. It just has to be weird.
For those I will not see, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
2017 Club Pipe - It's Done!!
we're happy to say that the 2017 club pipe by Jeff Gracik is completed
and we expect to have it available at the November meeting. But
just in case they don't make it in time it will become a Christmas
present to yourself at the December meeting. I think they came out
awesome. What do you think? Click image
for a better view.
by Ernie Whitenack
Mystery of the Killer Pipe
“The moon in its third-quarter provided just enough light,
at two-thirty in the morning, to transform Hyderabad India from
the progressive university community it was, to a deeply shadowed
image of its Victorian past. Here and there a homeless person
can be seen roaming the streets or asleep in a doorway; all looking
like ghostly aberrations. The golden dome of a mosque peeking
between buildings was the brightest thing seen, gleaming through
.................... by Ernie Whitenack
At our last meeting Tom generously gave me a sample of Rattrays
Professional Mixture. I had smoked several Rattray blends over
the years, all superior blends, and found Red Rapparee to be my
favorite blend, although most were very good to my taste.
Now, I can’t remember if Professional Mixture was among
those I smoked but it certainly had very familiar characteristcs.
By the time I had gone through the entire sample I was still at
a loss to remember what other
tobacco it reminded me of so much.
And then I cracked open a jar of Lane’s Medal of Valor,
one of Lane’s top-of- the-line offerings, that had been
sitting since I purchased a pound of it three weeks ago.
That’s it! The flavor and burning properties are almost
the same as Professional Mixture; just a bit more citrusy sweetness.
In my many years of pipe smoking, I have never
come across two blends that, to me, were so closely related. It
seems impossible that two blends could have the same elements
in the same proportions; unless there was some skullduggery afoot,
which I doubt.
The Old Timer
November tins are special. Both are hard to find and command prices
in the neighborhood of $50 per tin on the secondary market. Normally,
we sell five raffle tickets for three dollars. For this month
only, you will have the opportunity to buy ten raffle tickets
for five dollars (the option of buying five tickets for three
dollars will still be available, however).
Balkan Sobranie pipe tobacco is a reintroduction of the legendary
original recipe made famous by the House of Sobranie and now produced
in the Esoterica Tobacciana factory. Blended and aged in the British
Isles, Balkan Sobranie Original Smoking Mixture is comprised primarily
of Latakia with a mixture of Orientals, Virginias, and other fine
tobaccos. A bold, earthy blend with notes of spice and a mild
sweetness, the "new" Balkan Sobranie Original Smoking
Mixture has captured the attention of pipe smokers around the
is the second of a series of pipe tobaccos especially formulated
to the specific priorities of Michael A. Butera. Simply, Pelican
is the perfect Mixture, once again blended by J.F. Germain in the
UK and combining exact portions of the finest, most rare Cyprian
Latakia, the spiciest, most zesty Turkish and Orientals, and the
richest, most sweet sun grown Virginia whole leaf available today.
Aged in cakes then fine cut to ribbon form. Pelican delivers multiple
dimensions of sweet, mellow tastes, with a variety of contradicting
rich and spicy room aromas. Return in time to those days and nights
long since forgotten, when only the finest English Oriental style
Mixtures would satisfy you.
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More on Bill Tilman:
Major Harold William "Bill" Tilman, CBE, DSO,
MC and Bar.
Tilman was born on 14 Feb 1898 in Wallasey in Cheshire,
the son of a well-to-do sugar merchant John Hinkes Tilman
and his wife Adeline Schwabe (née Rees). He was educated
at Berkhamsted Boys school. At the age of 18, Tilman was
commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery and fought in
the First World War, including the Battle of the Somme,
and was twice awarded the Military Cross for bravery. His
climbing career, however, began with his acquaintance with
Eric Shipton in Kenya, East Africa, where they were both
coffee growers. Beginning with their joint traverse of Mount
Kenya in 1929 and their ascents of Kilimanjaro and the fabled
"Mountains of the Moon" Ruwenzori, Shipton and
Tilman formed one of the most famed partnerships in mountaineering
history. When it came time to leave Africa, Tilman was not
content with merely flying home but rode a bicycle across
the continent to the West Coast where he embarked for England.
Tilman was involved in two of the 1930s Mount Everest expeditions
- participating in the 1935 Reconnaissance Expedition, and
reaching 27,200 feet without oxygen as the expedition leader
Following his military career behind enemy lines in the
Second World War, Tilman took up deep sea sailing. Sailing
in deep seas on the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mischief,
which he purchased in 1954, and subsequently on his other
pilot cutters Sea Breeze and Baroque, Tilman voyaged to
Arctic and Antarctic waters in search of new and uncharted
mountains to climb.
On his last voyage in 1977, in his eightieth year, Tilman
was invited to ship as crew in En Avant with mountaineers
sailing to the South Atlantic to climb Smith Island. The
expedition was led, and the boat skippered, by the youthful
Simon Richardson. He and his crew aboard the old, converted
steel tug made it successfully and without incident to Rio
de Janeiro. Thereafter, en route to the Falkland Islands,
they disappeared without trace - it was presumed the ship
had foundered with all hands. [Read
Bill Tilman - Adventure Journal
Mischief with Bill Tilman
by Bill Tilman on Amazon
There were no videos of Bill Tilman
so we'll have to settle for a tobacco commercial from another
Pipes & Tobacco
Around the Web
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio
episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live
on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube
(9:30 Eastern Time)
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that
aired since the last Gazette. iTunes
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )
Holmes Around the Web
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable
co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique
perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you
ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that
Shows come out twice a month. iTunes
the producers of the I
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute,
weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something
related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called
James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits?
Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to
these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast
about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes
Trifles artwork created by Tom
Addendum to: Peter Stokkebye Cube Cut
In the September Gazette I related my experience with Peter Stokkeby’s
Cube cut. Remember, I added some Latakia and Turkish-Virginia?
I said “This exercise was fun and interesting and I’m
going to up the Latakia and Turkish blend a bit and see what happens.”
Well, I never got around to it.
Recently, I realized I had about half a pound I was ignoring and
filled up an Oom Paul, remembering that this tobacco needed a
light touch when filling and persistent tamping to keep it going.
After sitting around for more than a month, almost two, it was
much softer-on- the-tongue and the flavors appeared to be enhanced
over the first try of Stokkeby’s Cube cut.
So, what to do? I like it as-Is, as well as with the Turkish-Virginia
blend and Latakia added. Maybe I’ll re-blend half and keep
half as another tasty tobacco.
Blast from the Past
for a small world story. Guess who Tim runs into at a toll both
in Florida? None other than our good friend and first female member
of SHCP (at least I believe she was our first). We all wondered
what happened to her after she went into the FBI. Maybe she was
deep under cover or behind enemy lines somewhere. We just never
knew. Some of you may remember how SHPC's founding father returned
to the club after being away a long time and on his first night
back managed to snatch
Cyndi's Stanwell right out of her mouth. It was so smooth
and cunning she never knew what happened.
A licenced captain, attorney, ordained minister and member of
the FBI (I believe that is all correct) has now retired
and is taking tolls just to keep herself busy. Cyndi, if you're
ever up this way on the first Tuesday of the month, be sure to
stop by and say hello.