Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

March 2020

The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston will meet at the usual place on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 PM. There will be a pre-meeting smoke from 5 pm - 6 pm at CB Perkins, Cobb Corner, Canton and you can usually find us having dinner at either Chinatown or Five Guys located in the same general area between 6 pm - 7 pm if you'd like to join us there.

President's Message

Hey Gang,

Hope this message reaches you in good health and at least a ½ full bowl.
We had a great time Celebrating IPSD on two fronts. We visited both the Old Fire House and The Humidor. Both proved to be gracious hosts and a great time was had by all. We always look forward to visiting and spending time with our friends from the local Brick and Mortars. When you can please patronize and support them.
Reminder that this month is nominations for the top 4 offices in the club. Please consider putting your name in the hat. New blood and fresh ideas will keep our club strong. Plus, I ain’t gonna live forever.
Please bring extra coinage as I am still trying to arrange a visitor who may be bringing an assortment of pipes.
Finally, this month brings us St. Patrick’s Day. To stay in fashion with the Leprechaun, all those who bring and smoke a Churchwarden or close facsimile there of will get an extra ticket for the Presidents Special Raffle. Bonus Ticket if you bring a Peterson Churchwarden!!

See you all Tuesday!!

All my best, Kevin

Pipe Personality: Nigel Bruce

William Nigel Ernle Bruce (4 February 1895 – 8 October 1953) was a British character actor on stage and screen.
Bruce was the second son of Sir William Waller Bruce, 10th Baronet and his wife Angelica Lady Bruce, daughter of General George Selby, Royal Artillery.
He was best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in a series of films and in the radio series The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes). Bruce is also remembered for his roles in the Alfred Hitchcock films Rebecca and Suspicion.
Nigel Bruce typically played buffoonish, fuzzy-minded gentlemen. During his film career, he worked in 78 films, including Treasure Island (1934), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Rebecca (1940), and Suspicion (1941).
Bruce's signature role was that of Dr. Watson in the 1939-1946 Sherlock Holmes film series with close friend Basil Rathbone as Holmes. Bruce starred as Watson in all 14 films of the series and over 200 radio programs of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Riverville Murder - Chapter 13


About halfway to Riverville, Scott phoned Carl Hendersen.

As soon as Carl heard Scotts voice, he interrupted. “Scott, are you OK? I heard, on the news last night, about Nunsay’s arrest and you being wounded.”

“It’s just a scratch, Carl. I’m fine and on my way to Riverville. I want to talk Hurley first and then to you and the chief, as well as Henry Reichmann regarding Somerville. I think it’s time to clean them out. Between The info Sullivan sent me, whatever we can get out of Hurley and anything Chief Grant has, we should be able to do a thorough job of it.”

 “Looking forward to it, Scott. I’ll alert the chief and Reichmann that you are on your way. By the way, Hurley has been silent. I think he figures we don’t have much on him, but he is obviously scared to death – doesn’t eat much and paces around in his cell all the time.”

“Then we have a big surprise for him,” Scott said with a chuckle.

The Briar Report Magazine

What would the SHPC Gazette be without Ernie?  I guess there is something to be said about being retired and having plenty of time to explore your hobbies and favorite pastimes.  Here is a site he told me about that I hadn't hear about but it's been around for a number of years.  Possibly you've never heard of it either.  If not, I hope you enjoy it.

The Briar Report ( was founded in 2016 to be the premier source of pipe & cigar smoking news and information. In the time since we have lived up to that description. In 2018 we began publication of our online magazine. The magazine is a place where we, as well as our readers, can publish articles and reviews that are of interest to pipe smokers. Also on the site we have an Events calendar and plenty of YouTube Pipe Community Information. In 2019 brtv was added to the lineup. A network of content creators bring you the best pipe and cigars shows on the web. Information on these shows can be found in our weekly publication, The BRTV Guide. Free subscriptions are available from our homepage.

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

It has been a couple of years since the supply of Syrian latakia dried up, but this month we have two fine discontinued Syrian latakia blends from Barling.  Because not everyone is a fan, we'll also have some exceptional alternatives.
Barling Garnet (50g tin) has original Syrian latakia blended with different Virginia grades, Java tobaccos, burley and Louisiana perique.  It is a smoky, medium-strong traditional English mixture.
Barling Tradition (50g tin) includes both Cyprian and Syrian latakias, which are spiced with strong Kentucky and rounded off with a little broad cut Virginia.  As one could guess from its name, it is a traditional English blend and is full and strong in taste.
In case you miss any information or just want to give us feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Pipe and Tobacco Podcasts

Country Squire Radio
countrysquirelogoA weekly podcast about all things pipes and tobacco.  Beau and Jon David have a great chemistry and keep you entertained every week. Check their website for show times. They mix it up a lot YouTube  |  Website
(1:00 PM Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
PMag radio show logoA different interview every week with Brian Levine a well known member of the tobacco industry.  Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!       iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Pipe and Tamper Pipecast
PMag radio show logoA Podcast for the Tobacco Pipe Enthusiast. Interviews with pipe carvers and industry influencers. Quick tobacco reviews and segments on pipes and tobaccos. New episodes are available on the 1st and 15th of every month.     iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes Podcasts

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
IHOSElogoA 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
Trifles Cover smFrom 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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