We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, September 4th, 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

Ahhhhh September….
BBB! No, not Britain’s Best Briar but, Back to school, Baseball and (Eric’s) Barbecue. Some of my favorite “B” words especially, back to school. I primarily work from home and look forward to the uninterrupted time from 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM. Now, Tricia and the kids think I am diligently working and racking my brain on the many projects I have before me however, September and an empty house means 6 uninterrupted hours of scouring the internet viewing pipe porn and searching for some scarce tobacco like some of those delicious McClelland blends no longer manufactured and have elevated to the level of becoming a rarity. Which begs me to ask the question, “What exactly makes a tobacco rare and who or who’s not the authority on making any final determination?” I don’t think it’s right for anyone to be called out on their opinion on what they feel is rare especially since we can’t assume that person has the same means to easily obtain product as others. I think it’s more of a personal evaluation and not a blanket opinion. Whether or not you have been in this hobby a minute or a millennium. If you got something that might have been a struggle to procure, then I’d say it’s rare. Webster’s sums it up best: RARE- an event, situation, or condition not occurring very often, a thing not found in large numbers and consequently of interest or value. Germain’s Plum Cake is “rare” to me but my friend in Asia can get as much as he wants at any time. On the flip side there are a few blends that are “rare” to him even though quite abundant and readily available to me here in the States. In the end I suppose it’s best to govern our opinions on what we think is rare, as what is deemed rare to one may not be to another.
Since our last get together the new treasurer is doing a fantastic job and has got all our paperwork in order and we now have a Pay-Pal account that can be used to sell goods via our Facebook page. If Nelson remembers his bag this month we can distribute the club pins and get the rest listed to see if we can generate any income. We should also have our POTY from Scottie Piersel. If you won’t be able to make the meeting, please let Eric know via the email thread if you are going to be able to make the BBQ.
I really do love these month by month whacky Holidays and feel it’s a great place to look for inspiration for the Presidents special raffle. This month has me at a cross roads. Not only is it “National Salami Day” on September 7th but, September is also “Fall Hat Month” So this month to be eligible for an extra raffle ticket (no purchase necessary – just participation) you either wear your favorite Fall hat or bring Nelson some salami……

See you Tuesday,

THEY'RE HERE!!! - Yeah, you said that before.....
Ok, so I'm getting old. My mind is not what it used to be and I somehow forgot to bring by bag last month. No pipes, no pins, nothing. Thanks to Neil who insisted on buying me a cob to hold me over but I was prepared to just go on second hand smoke last month.
We are getting closer to being able to make some pins available on our Facebook page so keep an eye out there and here for more info. Take a closer look at the pin.

The 2018 SHPC Club Pipe Maybe September ???
We're hoping but we're still not certain that the 2018 Club Pipes will be available for pick up at the September meeting. Perfection takes time so we'll just need to be a little more patient. However, there is a fair chance that will will see them next week.

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

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 11

“I don’t want to meet the same fate. Not a pipe in the world, regardless of its significance, is worth my life. Can you get me out of this, please?” Abby pleaded.
“Now don’t you panic, Scott admonished. Between the police and FBI, you will be perfectly safe. Tell Smyth you can get the money but it will take an extra day. Try to make an appointment with him at your home a couple of days after that. We need time to work out a capture strategy while keeping you safe at the same time. There will be some security assigned to you first thing in the morning. You will probably see some strangers on your property. They will be either police or FBI; perhaps both. Eventually, they will make themselves known to you. Call me anytime if you need to, OK?”
“Yes, I am much relieved. Thank you. Please keep me informed.”
Scott, is elated at the prospect of turning Smyth over to Karl von Ropp and Interpol, and the pipe to Jodh Sing. Immediately, Scott called Harry Malison and told him what has transpired.
Read Chapter 11 

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


Right stout and strong the worthy burghers stood,
Or rather, sat,
Drank beer in plenty, ate abundant food;
For they to ancient customs still were true,
And smoked, and smoked, because they surely knew
What they were at.
William the Testy ruled New Amsterdam,—
A tall man he,—
Whose rule was meant by him to be no sham,
But rather like the stern paternal style
That sways the city now. He made the while
A rough decree.
He ordered that the pipes should cease to smoke,
From that day on.
The people took the order as a joke;
They did not think, who smoked from childhood up,
That one man such delight would seek to stop,
Even in fun.
But when at last it dawned upon their minds
That this was meant,
They closed their houses, shut their window blinds,
Brought forth tobacco from their ample hoard,
And to the governor's house with one accord
The burghers went.
They carried chairs, and sat without a word
Before his porch,
And smoked, and smoked, and not a sound was heard,
Till Kieft came forth to take the morning air,
With speech that would have burned them then and there
If words could scorch.
But they, however savagely he spoke,
Made no reply.
Higher and thicker rose the clouds of smoke,
And Kieft, perceiving that they would be free
Tried not to put in force his harsh decree,
But let it die.

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Pipe Personalities

Edgar Rice Burroughs (excerpted from Wikipdedia)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American fiction writer best known for his celebrated and prolific output in the adventure and science-fiction genres. Among the most notable of his creations are the jungle hero Tarzan, the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter and the fictional landmass within Earth known as Pellucidar. Burroughs' California ranch is now the center of the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Through his Rice grandmother, Burroughs was descended from settler Edmund Rice, one of the English Puritans who moved to Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early 17th Century. He once remarked, "I can trace my ancestry back to Deacon Edmund Rice." The Burroughs side of the family was also of English origin and also emigrated to Massachusetts around the same time. Many of his ancestors fought in the American Revolution. Some of his ancestors settled in Virginia during the colonial period, and Burroughs often emphasized his connection with that side of his family, seeing it as romantic and warlike, and, in fact, could have counted among his close cousins no less than seven signers of the Declaration of Independence, including his third cousin, four times removed, 2nd President of the United States John Adams.

Burroughs was educated at a number of local schools. He then attended Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts, and then the Michigan Military Academy. Graduating in 1895, and failing the entrance exam for the United States Military Academy at West Point, he became an enlisted soldier with the 7th U.S. Cavalry in Fort Grant, Arizona Territory. After being diagnosed with a heart problem and thus ineligible to serve, he was discharged in 1897.
Burroughs's bookplate, showing Tarzan holding the planet Mars, surrounded by other characters from his stories and symbols relating to his personal interests and career Typescript letter, with Tarzana Ranch letterhead, from Burroughs to Ruthven Deane, explaining the design and significance of his bookplate

After his discharge Burroughs worked a number of different jobs. During the Chicago influenza epidemic of 1891, he spent half a year at his brother's ranch on the Raft River in Idaho, as a cowboy, drifted somewhat afterward, then worked at his father's Chicago battery factory in 1899, marrying his childhood sweetheart, Emma Hulbert (1876–1944), in January 1900.

After the war ended, Burroughs moved back to Encino, California, where after many health problems, he died of a heart attack on March 19, 1950, having written almost 80 novels. He is buried at Tarzana, California, US.

When he died, he was believed to have been the writer who had made the most from films, earning over $2 million in royalties from 27 Tarzan pictures.

[Read more on Wikipedia]

More on Edgar Rice Burroughs

Video of the Month
Remembering Edgar Rice Burroughs


In addition to their own blends and Nording's Hunter series, McClelland also produced a number of blends for pipe maker Michael Butera. This month, we have two wonderfully aged Butera blends from his Royal Vintage series. Making this raffle even more special is that both of these vintage tins were donated to the club:

Golden Cake
Golden Cake is a straight Virginia, composed of bright, golden long leaf, ripened to perfection, and mellowed for years. It is flue cured until fully seasoned. This tin was donated to the club by Eric Kahn, and dates back to 2002!

Blended Flake
Blended Flake is a blend of rich, red matured Virginias, hand selected Orientals, flue cured North Carolina whole leaf, and long cut St. James perique. It is heavily pressed and aged in cakes. This tin was donated by Tom Nyzio and dates back to 2004.

Even though neither of these blends contain Latakia, we'll still have a couple of aromatic options available.

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

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