We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

President's Message

Hello Friends,
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 great start.
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.
- Kevin

SHPC 2017 Club Pipe - It's Done!!
Yes, 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.

Featured Story................................ 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 the darkness.”

Read Chapter 1  

A Revelation  .................... 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    

Tobacco Raffle

The 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).

This 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 world.

Pelican 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.

Pipe Personalities

Bill Tilman (excerpted from Wikipedia) - go there

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 in 1938.
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 more]   

More on Bill Tilman:
Climber Bill Tilman - Adventure Journal
Aboard Mischief with Bill Tilman
Books by Bill Tilman on Amazon

Video of the Month
There were no videos of Bill Tilman so we'll have to settle for a tobacco commercial from another arctic traveler.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

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 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(9:30 Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A 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 never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From 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  |  Website

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond
Other Important Links for Smokers:

Addendum to: Peter Stokkebye Cube Cut

   By Ernie Whitenack

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
Ready 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.

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