We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

Happy Fall to All,
As we usher in October It will be nice to have some cooler weather. The last two meetings at the clubhouse have been like an oven.

I am sort of at a loss for subject as we are pretty much all caught up with any old business or things on the fire. The club pins are in and available, we have a highly dedicated Treasurer, we should have our pipes from Scotti Persil on Tuesday. We also had a great time at the BBQ. For those of you who have never tasted Ernie’s famous chili you have certainly done yourself and injustice. I know it’s a year away but, you should mark your calendar now for the next BBQ. I am sorry I missed the last two. It was good to see everyone in a more social arena.

We should have some info on the venue for the pipe show by th next meeting. I am waiting to hear back from the event coordinator. Our next two big events will come in December. The Kaywoodie Holiday Gathering and our own Holiday meeting and we have lots of goodies to give away and raffle off.

October is Kevin month and K is for Kevin and Kaywoodie, so all those who show up will get an extra raffle ticket for a completely restored Kaywoodie from my private collection.

That’s it for now. Hope to see you all on Tuesday.

The 2018 SHPC Club Pipe Definitely October !!!
At long last the 2018 Club Pipes by Scottie Piersel are finished and finally here in Massachusetts. So between the raffle blends we have this month and the arrival of the club pipes we have a lot to look forward to. It should be a lot like trick or treat without the trick (unless Tim forgets to bring them).

2018 SHPC Annual Barbecue
It's become a tradition for the past 8 years or so for Eric to host the annual SHPC barbecue. It's held in September and may have been a little chilly some years but I don't think its ever been cancelled or postponed due to weather so the pipe Gods must be looking out for us. This year required a light jacket but it was quite comfortable sitting on the patio chatting it up with all my good friends from the club. Ernie brought his famous chili and a favorite to many. Derek brought a pork shoulder smoked with the essence of Latakia and was pretty darn tasty. The burgers, dogs and all the sides were also just what a hungry group craves and we were all very satisfied. Eric had a nice array of whiskies available as we all settled in for a nice afternoon. The Pats weren't playing until the evening so there were no distractions to speak of and the topic of conversation as is usual was generally tobaccos with a round of movie reviews. Well at least that's what was happening in my little group. There were two other groups who also looked quite happy in their own conversations as well. I'd like to thank Eric for hosting this event each year and hope he wasn't forced to eat all the left over dessert.

Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 12

Scott managed to get three hours of work before the buzzer on his phone sounded.
“Harlan Abby on line two, Scott. Can you take the call?”
“Yes, put him on.”
“Good morning Harlan. What can I do for you?”
“Nothing. I just wanted to let you know that Smyth called looking for a date to bring me the pipe. I told
him there is a delay and I won’t have the money for another week. He was furious but calmed down when I
insisted it was completely out of my hands and I am at the mercy of the buyer of my pipes.”
Scott checked the date and made a note; then said, “Good job Harlan. We’re well under way with a
capture plan. This additional time will allow us to give the plan a couple of good reviews. Not only will this
allow us time to iron out anything that needs it, but get it ingrained in our memories. It should go very smoothly
and safely. Thanks for the call. I’ll be in touch soon and run through the plan with you.” 

  Read Chapter 12  

Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3
| Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8 | Ch 9 | Ch 10 | Ch 11  Ch 12

Tobacco Review - by Horace Harker

Haddo's Delight - G.L. Pease

I may have tried Haddo's Delight many years ago but if I did I couldn't remember it. I had always thought that a blend with notes of fig would be something I would like and after some web searching Haddo's came up as one of those blends. Fortunately, at our holiday party last December I got a tin of Haddo's in the Yankee Swap but it was ruthlessly stolen from me by another member who I no longer speak to.

So it took me a little while but I finally purchased a tin and recently had a chance to sample some. The mixture contains several Virginias, a generous amount of long cut Perique, some unflavored Black Cavendish and some white Burley.

The tin note was pleasant and did have notes of fig and maybe a little chocolate but this is not an aromatic blend. It contains Perique which I'm not a huge fan of and although they say a generous amount of Perique was added, it did not recognize it like I have in other blands. It was much more subtle.but I suspect was a contributor to the figgy, earthy scent.

I found it to be very moist right out of the tin and I generally like my tobacco much drier plus it was ribbon cut and I am used to smoking mainly flakes and cube cut blends. I also think ribbon cut tends to smoke a little to quickly. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to like it.

I rubbed it out quite a bit and tried to separate the strands as much as possible and break up any clumps then let it sit out like that for a while. I loaded it into a group 5 size pipe and tamped it down so that I wasn't crushing it too much but still had resistance to the draw.

It lit well and the flavor, like the tin note was deep, rich and reminiscent of fig and raisins and definitely in the wheelhouse of flavors I enjoy in a pipe tobacco. It made a good mouthful of smoke and I was able to smoke it without too many relights but I suspect this will improve as it dries out some. I've now tried Haddo's in a number of pipes without too much difference in character except for maybe being slightly more harsh in a smaller pipe. Some reviews say it has extra strength but I didn't notice that. Just a nice full bodied tasty smoke.

I'm not one of those smokers who can pick out all the different nuances in a blend and my rating scale is usually - 1. Don't Like it, 2. Not bad, 3. I like it, 4. It's very good and 5. Delicious. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this blend and always happy to find a new addition to my list of keepers. I will give it a 4 on my scale and definitely recommend giving this blend a try.

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Pipe Personalities

Stevie Ray Vaughan (excerpted from Wikipdedia)
Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, and one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in the 1980s.
Vaughan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie.
Vaughan's admiration for his brother Jimmie resulted in him trying different instruments such as the drums and saxophone. In 1961, for his seventh birthday, Vaughan received his first guitar, a toy from Sears with Western motif. Learning by ear, he diligently committed himself, following along to songs by the Nightcaps, particularly "Wine, Wine, Wine" and "Thunderbird". He listened to blues artists such as Albert King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters, and rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as jazz guitarists including Kenny Burrell. In 1963, he acquired his first electric guitar, a Gibson ES-125T, as a hand-me-down from Jimmie.
Soon after he acquired the electric guitar, Vaughan joined his first band, the Chantones, in 1965. Their first gig was at a talent contest held in Dallas' Hill Theatre, but after realizing that they could not perform a Jimmy Reed song in its entirety, Vaughan left the band and joined the Brooklyn Underground, playing professionally at local bars and clubs. He received Jimmie's Fender Broadcaster, which he later traded for an Epiphone Riviera. When Jimmie left home at age sixteen, Vaughan's apparent obsession with the instrument caused a lack of support from his parents. Miserable at home, he took a job at a local hamburger stand, where he washed dishes and dumped trash for seventy cents an hour. After falling into a barrel of grease, he grew tired of the job and quit to devote his life to a music career.
Vaughan's music took root in blues, rock, and jazz. He was influenced by the work of artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Guitar Slim, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters. According to nightclub owner Clifford Antone, who opened Antone's in 1975, Vaughan jammed with Albert King at Antone's in July 1977 and almost "scared him to death", saying that "it was the best I've ever saw Albert or the best I ever saw Stevie".
On Monday, August 27, 1990, at 12:50 a.m. (CDT), Vaughan and members of Eric Clapton's touring entourage boarded a Bell 206B helicopter (registration N16933) at Alpine Valley Resort in East Troy, Wisconsin, to travel to Midway International Airport in Chicago, after he concluded an all-star encore jam session at Alpine Valley Music Theatre. A return flight was scheduled for later that night, but when the encore finished, Vaughan was eager to return to Chicago and made the decision to leave immediately. The designated helicopter originally had three seats available, but Vaughan ultimately took the last remaining seat. The helicopter crashed into a nearby ski hill shortly after takeoff. Vaughan and the four others on board - pilot Jeff Brown, agent Bobby Brooks, bodyguard Nigel Browne, and tour manager Colin Smythe - were all killed.  
Vaughan received several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1983, readers of Guitar Player voted him Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitar Player. In 1984, the Blues Foundation named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, and in 1987, Performance Magazine honored him with Rhythm and Blues Act of the Year. He won six Grammy Awards and ten Austin Music Awards and was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014. Rolling Stone ranked him as the 12th greatest guitarist of all time. In 2015, Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.     [Read more on Wikipedia]

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Video of the Month
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Scuttle Buttin' while smoking his pipe on stage.


As we approach the end of the year, we have something special this month - two tins from Esoterica:

Pembroke is a luxury English blend (Esoterica Margate) married with fine French cognac. This outstanding mixture is a "match made in heaven." Rich taste with character to match. A symphony of delicate aromas and elegant flavors.

Tilbury is a harmonious blend of golden and dark Virginias with small portions of burley and air-cured leaf. It is matured by a special process over 100 years old, producing a unique natural aroma and piquant flavor.

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

Pipe & Tobacco Episodes:    Episode 71 | Episode 83

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond


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