Details of the August Meeting
know what makes for a good meeting in the middle of the summer....
"PIPES" and this month we had plenty off them. I guess
you could call it Christmas in August. So with the new 2012 Club
Pipes by Mastro de Paja here it was no surprise that we had a
nice mid summer turn out. We even had Dock "GTL" Perry
in the house for a visit. The pipes were distributed by lottery
sight unseen and from what I could tell everyone was extremely
happy with their pipes. The craftsmanship was top notch and for
what looks to be a fair amout of briar involved, the pipes are
extremely light weight. Those who have smoked them already have
reported that they smoke great from the first bowl. We'd like
to thank Alberto Montini from Mastro de Paja for producing a great
pipe and Josh Weiser from Arango Cigars and for making the purchasing
process as smooth as it could possibly be.
2013 Club Pipe
Tim Hynick and Dock Perry have agreed to take on next year's club
pipe which we hope will be crafted by Neerup. We had a conversation
with them a couple of years ago and they seemed interested so
we will re-connect with them again. Better get an early start
if you'll be dealing with people overseas.
SHPC Club Lighter
A suggestion was also made that the club commisson an SHPC club
lighter with our logo on it. The suggestion was well received
as long as it was a quality lighter, preferably an Old Boy or
Old Boy style. We will look into this a little further for more
SHPC's 2012 Annual BBQ
Annual SHPC BBQ is set for Sunday, Septermber 9th at around 1PM.
This year's barbeque will be held on Sunday, September 9th at
1 PM. Details have been sent to all club members via email so
if you plan to attend and have not yet RSVP'd to Eric you need
to do it now.
Ted Blank - SHPC Member
Giancarlo Guidi - Founder Mastro de Paja
& Ser Jacopo
sending out last month's newsletter I received an email from
Ted's wife Lee informing me that Ted had passed away from a
aggressive type of cancer. I first met Ted back when we used
to meet at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, back before the workplace
smoking ban forced us into the streets. Those were the good
old days. If you remember Ted the things that most likely stand
out in your mind were his huge smile, his enthusiasm in being
a part of our club and his collection
of Meerschaum pipes for which he received the nickname "Sea
Foam". Ted was also the winner of SHPC's first and
Ted lived a long and full life and has had more accomplishments
than can be listed here. To get an excellent overview of Ted
life please read
this (unfortunately they omitted one vital piece of information).
Although Ted has only attended a few meetings in the past few
years, he is thought about and mentioned often. He will be missed.
This news is a little old now but since our 2012 club pipe was
made by Mastro de Paja I felt it was fitting. Giancarlo Guidi
one of the founders of Masto de Paja who went on to create Ser
Jacopo has passed at age 69. I'm sure his presence in the pipe
community will be stongly felt.
To read more about Giancarlo Guidi, click