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From: Steve (?????????????????????????)
Subject: An unscheduled mailing

Well, I'd planned on mailing only once every week or so, but there
have been so many letters coming in that I thought it would be nice to
go ahead and let some out of the mailbag, and get some good threads
going. (Perhaps in the context of pipes, it should be "wisps"? :-)

I'd also like to thank Elias Mazur, the co-founder of the pipes
mailgroup, for suggesting the idea in the first place and having the
courage to put it on the net. Without Elias, it probably wouldn't have
happened, and I'd have never learned about Balkan Sobranie. Elias
apparently got rather harsh treatment from the newsgroups he posted
to; I don't know whether I'm getting flamed or not, because I'm taking
the precaution of not reading the groups I posted to! :-) (Seriously,
I've only gotten a couple of nasty letters, but given Gene Spafford's
dictum to crosspost rather than post separately, I think I'm within
net.etiquette; and you can't argue with the results!)

In any case, thanks to all for joining, and I hope you enjoy the
mailgroup as much as I'm enjoying putting it together. I hope you'll
join me in lighting a bowl of your favorite blend.

Smoke in peace,
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From: "S. Holmes [Consulting Detective]" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Introduction

I am an x pipe smoker who really misses the enjoyment of the pipe.
The reasons I am not currently endulging are many and in future
letters I will probably discuss them.  Suffice it to say that I
*really* enjoyed my pipe and whenever I get a whiff of a good tobacco
the urge is really strong to start again.  

I am not a pipe or tobacco expert and only own a couple of not really
very distinguished pipes.  But that is, at present, irrelevent. 

I look forward to reading about pipes and discussing them with others
on this list (as time permits).  I especially look forward to learning
more pipe lore, tobacco lore, etc.

Steve Holmes				purdue!sjh
Systems Administrator			???????????????????
Dept. of Mathematics			(317) 494-6055
Purdue University
W. Lafayette, Indiana 47907

[Always glad to have a consulting detective around; you never know
when you'll need a good monograph on the ash of 63 different types of
cigars. {Real Sherlockians will probably correct me on this.} -S.]

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From: ??????????????????????? (Elias Mazur)
Subject:  Pipes always...

Hi Steve,

Half-and-Half, if I recall correctly, is half burley and half
virginia. They are pure tobacco. When I was in Brazil I got a big can,
and used to smoke it often, straight. I must confess that although it
was a pleasurable smoke, certainly wasn't superb. I felt that there
was something missing. When I got here I bought another can and kept
smoking straight. One day I visited a pipe store here at Syracuse, and
bought pure Latakia. The person at the store told me it was very
strong and I should mix with a lighter tobacco. That's when I had the
idea of mixing them. Most of English blend follow the same principle.
In Hacker's book there is a good description of most common tobaccos
and what are they properties, such as how hot it burns. I will
summarize them and will pass to the mailgroup.

I don't know if I mentioned, but I tried recently a Dunhill mixture
called 'Elizabethan Mixture'. I never saw it before and decided to
try. It is very good. It has a bit of Perique, which is a Lousiana
tobacco that adds a zesty taste to it. I think it is worth a try.

Good smokes.


[ Always! -S.]

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From: ????????????????????? (Martin A. Lodahl)
Subject: Heel Cake

One of the reasons I'm glad to see this mailgroup is that I may finally
get an answer to a question that's tormented me for years!  My problem
is (snif!) ... I can't seem to develop a good heelcake!  The sides of
the bowl seem to break in just fine, but the heel never seems to follow
suit.  It always seems to get too damp down there.  I've tried different
tobaccos, smoking slowly, smoking more quickly, cleaning less often, more
often, burning match after match even after nothing down there seems to
light, and still it stays slick & clean!  Any suggestions?

By the bye, I would have to be classified as a light smoker.  Not only
do I not smoke every day, I don't even smoke every week!  But I love
a good pipe, with a glass of Armagnac, Calvados, Port, or Barleywine,
in the evening.  I incline toward bent stems and aromatic tobaccos,
and would some day like to own a good long-stem "churchwarden" pipe.

					- Martin

= Martin A. Lodahl    		 Pac*Bell Minicomputer Support Staff =
= {att,bellcore,sun,ames,pyramid}!pacbell!pbhyf!mal     916/972-4821 =

[No suggestions from me; perhaps someone else has one? -S.]

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From: ???????????????????????????? (Norm Carpenter)
Subject: Carving pipes

I have been working with wood for a long time now.  In fact,  I learned
about this mailgroup from the posting in rec.woodworking.  I would like
to begin making my own pipes, but I don't know where to begin.  Is there
a good reference source?  How about supplies?  I have access to people
who travel to Northern Italy quite a bit.  I understand that Italy has
a lot of pipe blanks,  does anyone know where I can find them?

Norm Carpenter


[There's a company in Chicago called Pimo's that sells briars, stems,
tools, etc. for pipemaking. I'll dig out the reference, if no one else
in pipe-land has it {it's about 100 miles away, in my parents'
cellar}. I've tried it myself, and even bought a flex-shaft to work
with; pipe carving is a hard skill to acquire. Can anyone help Norm
out? -S.]

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From: ???????????????????? (Ami A. Silberman)
Subject: pipes

Please add me to the list.  Also, can we also discuss other forms of (legal)
recreational smoking, such as cigars and gourmet ciggarettes?

ami silberman ????????????????????

[Any way you like to smoke is fine, Ami! Please feel free. -S.]

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  1. Subject: An unscheduled mailing
  2. Subject: Introduction
  3. Subject: Pipes always...
  4. Subject: Heel Cake
  5. Subject: Carving pipes
  6. Subject: pipes
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