Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

January 2020


The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston will ring in the 2020 pipe club season at the usual place and time on Tuesday, January 7th at 7 PM. There will be a pre Meeting smoke from 5 pm - 6 pm at CB Perkins, Cobb Corner, Canton with dinner at a local eaterie from 6-7 if you'd like to join us.

President's Message

Happy New Year!

Friends, please allow me to take this time to say, “Best wishes for a happy New Year filled with health, happiness, and spectacular success!”
The club experienced great success in 2019. We’ve made lots of new friends, celebrated 30 years of continuous regular meetings and have a great pipe to commemorate the occasion. We took a few road trips together and shared many meals and lots of laughs. We should all be proud of our achievements individually and collectively as a thriving club.
If anyone has any ideas or activities, they would like to do as a club event please mention them at the next meeting.
There is not much new business to discuss this coming meeting so it will be more of a social night. So, bring your favorite pipe and join us in watching “Father of the Flame” on the big screen.
Since January is the first month of the year, if it’s possible bring in your first pipe or a pipe that has some sort of special meaning to you. Remember our club should be a place where we get to know each other and engage in friendly interaction. Share your story with the club and get an extra raffle ticket good for a chance in the Presidents raffle.

See you Tuesday
All my best,

Pipe Personality: Christopher Morley

It's hard to know where to start with this pipe personality because there is so much to cover. Christopher Morley would fit in perfectly with our club because he loves to smoke his pipe, he writes stories where his characters often smoke pipes (just like our own Ernie Whitenack likes does). He was also a big fan of Sherlock Holmes; so big that he formed one of, if not thee most prestigious and exclusive Sherlock Holmes literary societies that still exist today. You may have heard of it, it's called The Baker Street Irregulars.

Morley really should have been born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts but unfortunately that is not the case and so the home of the Christopher Morley pipe club is in Pennsylvania. So where do we start? Why not start where we usually do, from the pages of Wikipedia....

Christopher Darlington Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank Morley, was a mathematics professor at Haverford College; his mother, Lilian Janet Bird, was a violinist who provided Christopher with much of his later love for literature and poetry.

In 1900 the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. In 1906 Christopher entered Haverford College, graduating in 1910 as valedictorian. He then went to New College, Oxford, for three years on a Rhodes scholarship, studying modern history.

2019 Kaywoodie Holiday Event

If you've never been, you gotta go at least once. Depending on where you live it could be a long day if you decide not to stay at a nearby hotel but it's worth it. SHPC has been attending this event since around 2004 except for a couple years where the weather suggested it might not be prudent to make a journey of that distance. Prior to that we had attended the Meeting of the Mindless at Paul Bonaquisti's shop in NY and then it sort of transitioned to the event we know now which was held at the S.M Frank (Kaywoodie) factory for a number of years and is now being held at the Southern Dutchess & Putnam Sportsman's Association in Peekskill, NY.
This year's active member group consisted of Kevin, Tim, Nelson, Matt, Tom and JP. We were also happy to reunite with a blast from the not to distant past Bob Ormon (remember him??) and long time SHPC alumnus Andy Camire (who never misses this event).
Most of us met up at the Park and Ride in Auburn. Kevin was our driver for the 3rd year in a row and his willingness to drive is greatly appreciated and makes the drive so much more enjoyable for the rest of us, which is why we didn't bother him while he caught a few Zzzzs before the ride back. ;-)
As has become our custom, we stopped at the I84 Diner in Peekskill, NY for lunch and met up with JP. With bellies full we made the remaining 20-minute drive to the event. (click below to read more)

Riverville Murder - Chapter 11


Scott returning to his chair, recognized the hurried footsteps of high heels behind him, and turned as the Judge’s secretary approached.

“Judge Millstone is ready for you, gentlemen. Please follow me.”

Passing the office entrance, and stopping several yards beyond, the secretary opens a door to reveal a large conference room with the judge sitting at one end of a large table.

“Sit down please,” the judge said somewhat sternly. “I have the proverbial good news and bad news.”

“Unfortunately, Your John Doe warrant has no credence, so I can’t issue it.  It is too vague. Had you associated it, in some way, to any of the other requests, it could have been issued. I realize this is important to you so I’ll give you an out. Make your arrest “on grounds of suspicion.” Considering the importance of this case, I doubt any judge will dismiss the arrest without very solid evidence of it not being relevant.”

Tobacco Review: Rattray's Black Mallory

by Ernie Whitenack

The basic tobaccos of Black Mallory are Virginia, Black Cavendish, and Latakia. Carefully apportioning of the quantities of seasoning leaf brings about a dark full-bodied mixture. A notable tobacco from Rattray's.

(A charming, perfectly balanced dark mixture of Virginia tobaccos, Orientals, Black Cavendish and a luxurious quantity of Latakia -- SINCE 1903)

I was curious about Black Mallory to see how it fared alongside Rattray’s Red Rapparee; the latter being an old favorite of mine.
If you are a friend of Latakia you will love this blend. When opening the tin, the first thing you get is the smoky scent of Latakia coming up to meet you. Not the harsh dump-fire odor of many Latakia blends, but more like that of a good peaty whiskey, like Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch. But then, the blend scent comes next. A perfectly harmonious breath of superior tobacco lets you know you are about to embark on an adventure.
Black Mallory lit easily and stayed lit. Oddly, not one of the blend’s elements came to the fore, just a delightful flavor of tobacco; smooth, but not weak, and fortified with the best Latakia I’ve smoked in a long time.  It smoldered evenly to the end and never changed character. My mouth hung onto the flavor for some time without a touch of tongue irritation.

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

Our first raffle of the new year has a nautical theme. As an added bonus, we have a third prize - a $25.00 gift certificate courtesy of our friends at the Humidor in Cranston, Rhode Island. As always, we'll also have aromatic alternatives.

Cornell & Diehl Billy Budd Blonde (2 oz.)
Cornell & Diehl Billy Budd Blonde is a blend of bright Virginia flake, white burley, chopped cigar leaf, and a touch of perique, Billy Budd Blonde is a sweet sequel to the blend originally created for C&D's late friend Sailorman Jack.

Hermit Tobacco's Captain Earle's Mystic Blend (2 oz.)
Hermit Tobacco Works Captain Earle's Mystic Blend is a medium-bodied complex blend of a mellow  Cavendish, zesty Orientals, rich Latakia, and Perique for added body and a hint of spice. Named in honor of Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, the present day berth of the Charles W. Morgan.

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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