Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

December 2019

The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston will hold its Holiday Meeting on Tuesday, January 7th at usual place but different meeting time (6 PM) since dinner will be served.  There will be a pre Meeting smoke from 5 pm - 6 pm at CB Perkins, Cobb Corner if you'd like to join us.

President's Message

Season’s Greetings,
By the time you get this it won’t quite be Thanksgiving because of the late date it falls upon this year. I would like to extend my most sincere wishes to you and all of your families for a very happy and safe one. Let’s all be thankful for all those still with us and mindful of all the great things in our lives whether it be something very small, very large, our good health or maybe the reconnection with a lost family member or friend. Lets also be thankful for our little getaway from reality once a month where we are able to spend some quality time with like minded brothers of the briar.
Don’t forget our next meeting is our annual Holiday Gathering. Please don’t forget to bring a wrapped tin of tobacco if you want to take part in the Yankee Swap. The meeting this month will begin at 6PM, dinner will be served and the club will pick up the tab so bring your appetites.. This year is not to be missed. Tom has been working hard all year procuring items for the raffle..
Like years past I will be bringing a bunch of items and an honor box. All proceeds will go towards making a young girls Christmas wishes come true. There is no minimum or limit on how much you want to donate. Whatever you can do without injury to yourself or family.
I’d like to welcome all new members who have joined us over the past year. Your continued regular attendance and participation is key to the club’s survival.
In closing out 2019, I’d like to wish everyone a blessed Holiday Season.


SHPC 2019 Holiday Extravaganza!!!

As usual, our holiday meeting will include some great events.  First will be our Yankee Swap.  All you need to participate is a gift-wrapped sealed tin (no Sutliff Private Stock, please).  It can be a great blend, a gag tin, or anything in between.  We'll go over the rules at the meeting, but it will be fun for all. 

Next.  Every paid member gets to select a free tin of tobacco from an assortment of forty different blends.  We have everything from old favorites to lesser-known, rare, or discontinued tins.  Be sure to review the list and consider your first, second, and even your third choices. 

Finally, we'll have our annual pipe raffle.  Tickets will be $10 each or a maximum $25 for three.  We have some fantastic prizes (Radice, Hynick, and Peterson, to name a few.  See image for the complete group.)!  As a final note, none of this could happen without your continued support of our monthly tin raffles, as well as your generous prize donations. 

Thanks to you all - Tom

Pipe Review: The Merchant Service Pipe

By Kevin Catanzaro
As many of you know I am a sucker for a good traditional English pipe design. The size, lines, weight and proportions just “work” for me. Albeit, Dunhill is my quintessential brand but there are other brands I own and are in my regular rotation. That being said, I was very excited about the announcement of the re-birth of the “Merchant Service Pipe” brought to our attention by Andy Camire via the Facebook Page. The pipe design and original manufacturer is said to be Bing Crosby’s favorite. I recall all the old photos I have seen of him with that icon long shanked billiard. I had to have it! Ordering was easy and I received my package in 2 days. Upon first examination I noticed the only nomenclature on the pipe is Merchant Service. No other stampings as to who it was made by, where it was made or country of origin for the briar itself. I found it odd but, not alarming. On closer examination I observed the close relation to the blast, stain, and stem material to the new Kaywoodie pipes and assume they are probably coming out of that factory or there is some sort of partnership. Just my assumption, I could be wrong but I have only been wrong twice in my life… marriage 1 and marriage 2.  The pipe was delivered in a nice box with burlap sock and was shipped with the stem detached. This pipe is a whopping 7 ¾ inches assembled. The briar itself and the blast in my opinion is a 10/10. The chamfered rim is a bonus. The ferrule is a nice feature especially with the delicate pencil shank but a touch crude and unrefined. The stem claims to be ebonite but...

Riverville Murder - Chapter 10


“Hank, Scott here with a case-breaker. I found an envelope on my door this morning. Inside is a list, by name and rank, of the Compton Hill gang in Sommerville. Also, their money contacts and murder contracts, with a couple names tied to Anderson’s death. For a clincher, it appears the FTA is on the right track with Global in New York. There is also information on gun suppliers. I’ll be at Somerville P.D. early tomorrow. I’d like them to dust the pages and envelope for prints. I want to know who is supplying this information. Can you arrange that with the chief?” 

“Absolutely. What a break! We might be able to close this up in one big coordinated effort.” 

“My thinking exactly. See you in the morning,” Scott said and hung up, then immediately called Sgt. Allan Rockford. 

“Allan, sorry to bother you on Sunday morning, but it is important. We have to be in Riverville by eight-o’clock tomorrow morning. There is a big advancement in this Riverville murder and gun running case.” 

“No problem, Mr. Wadsworth. I’ll be there at seven.” 

Holiday Audio

The Christmas Pipe

It has become a tradition to put this audio clip up for the December edition of the SHPC Gazette. I hope you all enjoy listening to it again.
Jean Shepherd was a famous radio show host on WOR radio in New York. You may also recognize his voice as Ralphie's conscience in "The Christmas Story".  This is a great story about Ralphie getting an idea to buy his father a pipe for Christmas.   Listen

The Blue Carbuncle

If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan you'll know that The Blue Carbuncle is the only Sherlock Holmes Adventure that takes place around the Christmas season.   Listen

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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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