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Subject: Pipes Digest #30 - November 11, 1989

		 Pipes Digest #30 - November 11, 1989

From: Steve Masticola (???????????????????????)
Subject: Clays and churchwardens, Italian pipes

Greetings, gang! This 30th issue marks yet another "decade" in the
history of the pipes mailgroup, and I'm glad to see that we're still
generating some good discussions - and new members. Welcome to
Christopher M. Polk (????????????????????????), who describes himself
as an "avid pipe smoker". Glad to have you aboard, Christopher!

And now, accompanied by a GBD bulldog and some John David's "African
Blend", I'll try to answer Norm's question about Italian pipemakers.
Of course, Savinelli, located im Milan, is probably the largest
Italian supplier to the U.S. market. Running through the pipe library,
here are some others of note. Where possible, I've put in locations or
contact addresses.

Arminelli:	Cucciago
Baldo Baldi:	Contact GEMPI, PO Box 12521, Charleston, SC 29412
Becker:		Via della Panetteria 49 Rome
Bonfiglioli:	Via Piella 8/A, 40126 Bologna
Capitello:	Call Marble Arch, Ltd., 516-561-8555
Castello:	Cantu
Il Ceppo:	Call 800-523-1641
Sir Jacopo:
Paronelli:	Via del Chiostro, 5 - 20126 Gavvirate
Radice:		Brianza province (near Milan and Torino) - Marble Arch, Ltd.
Savinelli:	Milan
Talamona:	Call 800-292-CLUB

Caminetto, Ascorti, and Radice have some history in common ("Pipe
Smoker", July 1987 - let me know if you want a copy of the article.)
There's also a briar sawmill you might want to visit in Sassetta (Jan

You might also want to visit Claudio Rebecchi's "Tobacco Museum" (P.O.
Box 5, 41100 Modena 10, Italy) - good photos in the July 1989 "Pipe

And furthermore, Italy has several active pipe clubs you might write

Amici Della Pipa, Casella Postale 01734, Roma Eur
Dirieffe Pipe Club, Davide Piva, Via. G. di Vittorio, 7/b, 30170 
	Mestre, Venezia
Extra-Extra, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 37/B, 20122 Milano
Fortunato, Casella Postale 10374 Roma
La Pipa (contact J.M. Alberto Paronelli, above)
Museo Italiano Della Pipa, Via Della Chiostro 5, 21026 Gavirate (Varese)
Smoking, Via della Colonna Antonina, 35, 00186 Roma

(Gee, Italy seems to be _overrun_ with pipe makers! I guess it's a
cottage industry there, even though most of them distribute through
sole sources [which is why there are so many "Contact so-and-so's" in
the addresses]. Further information or corrections are welcome. Good
hunting, Norm!)


And now, a few questions of my own:

- Where the heck can I find a quality churchwarden these days? No one
seems to be making them anymore! Does anyone out there smoke one? They
look like fun, even if you do have to use extra-extra-long cleaners!

- Does anyone own a clay pipe? I just got a catalog from Lepeltier
(Box 61, East Fairfield, VT 05448) - they make a line of double-walled
clays that have about the same shape as briar pipes, and which they
purport to smoke cooler. At $15, it's a fairly cheap experiment, but
your comments would be appreciated!

Now, I really should finish the GBD and get cracking for my Ph.D exam.
Hope to hear from y'all (Southern - NJ equivalent, "yous" :-) soon! In
the meantime, keep the home briars burning.

	Smoke in peace,
	~\U Steve.

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From: ??????????????????????

Just a few notes I've accumulated over the past few weeks:
Andre's Pipe Gallery in Los Gatos was, as Norm speculated, closed by the
earthquake.  Its building is red-tagged, meaning that for the time being
people aren't allowed.  There's a strong preservationist feeling in L. G.,
though, and the building might be restored.

Locals should be aware that most of Los Gatos in open for business and could
use your support.
As long as I'm on quaky ground, I should mention the late lamented Union
Cigar store, formerly of Santa Cruz.  It was around since early this century.
At the front it had magazines on the left and tobacco on the right.  Deep
in the back was a section dealing in fishing tackle, including high-quality
custom-made rods.  One charming feature was an open gas jet at the front,
to light your cigars at.

Four or five years ago, the fire-insurance boys shut down the gas flame.
About two years ago, the store closed.  Last month, its building was destroyed
by the earthquake.  Sic transit gloria mundi.

During the 60's, I smoked some eucalyptus a few times.  The idea was to
smooth out the smoking qualities of some (ahem) other stuff that was popular
in those days.  

Didn't work, though.  Imagine smoking Vapo-Rub.  Imagine smoking Vapo-Rub while
in a giggly mood anyway.  Imagine giggling away all that expensive smoke...

Most of us, particularly when stoking our pipes from plastic bags, have been
teased about the possibility of our using non-tobacco products. ("No wonder
you look so happy," etc.)

According to the San Francisco Examiner, a bailiff in Sacramento wasn't kidding
last September.  When passing lawyer stubbed out his Honduras Repeater cigar,
the cop got suspicious and told the judge that the attorney was smoking weed.

Further study of the butt exonerated the barrister.  Last I heard, he
was asking for a mistrial.

I have tried Thompson cigars.  The cheapos are just that.  They also
have decent long-filler cigars for reasonable prices.

Their service is excellent.  I sent some cigars back; the refund was prompt and
included postage.

Till next time,


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