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Subject: Pipes Digest #34 - Jan. 14, 1990

		   Pipes Digest #34 - Jan. 14, 1990

From: Norm Carpenter <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Flea market relic or gimick!

I was at one of our local flea markets yesterday (nope, not a single Ben Wade
in the lot).  I happened on a guy who was getting rid of some of his pipe
smoking things.  One item caught my eye.  It was a pipe pump.  Anyone ever
hear of this thing before?  It lets you clamp the stummel up against a device
that looks something like a small bicycle pump.  Then you pump your pipe and
(as the add claims) you have a cleaner and fresher pipe "just like new".

Anybody know about this thing?


[I dunno, Norm - but it sounds like somebody saw somebody coming! -S.]

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From: Pestilence <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Digest #33

> ... (unless you have a cork knocker :-)

Again, I'm gonna apologize for asking what are probably silly questions, but
I'm new to this and the terminology is somewhat confusing.  What is a
"cork knocker"?

> ... Connoisseur Pipe Shop, Ltd.
> ... With Pipe and Book
> ... Levin Pipes International

I just got a catalogue from Connoisseur and With Pipe and Book, thanx for
the addresses, Steve!  Now's the fun-time which I spend alot of time (and
most probably cash :-) to find my preferences.

> Well, no comment on the cherry blend, but there's nothing wrong with a
> corncob !   Best smoke this side of $20 !

May I ask you a question? (well, you can't answer now, so I'll ask anyway :-)
Is there a time which you should replace the ol' corncob?  The taste I'm
getting towards the bottom of the bowl is really starting to get strange
even tho' I clean the pipe and change the filter often.  Again, sorry for
asking what is quite probably a silly question, but hey, what can I say?

Later all,
- Bart (Pestilence... [it's an old in-joke w/some friends, in case anyone's

[ A cork knocker is: (a) a small knob, made of cork, that goes in the
bottom of an ashtray to hit a pipe against to knock out the ashes; (b)
someone who goes around badmouthing bottle stoppers; or (c) a device
used by a vain woman to get attention she doesn't deserve, usually
worn in pairs :-) -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????? (Elias Mazur)
Subject: Back again...

Dear fellow pipe smokers:

  Sorry for being away from our mailgroup for such a long time. As you
probably remember I just moved from a quite academic life into a
pretty hectic professional life. No complaints, except lack of time to
write to the mailgroup.

  Before I started my new job, I went to Brazil for what I consider a
well deserved one-month vacation/visit to my family. It was very
relaxing. Yes I did bring some very nice cigars, but unfortunately
Brazil is still far from having good pipe tobacco.

  Now let's talk about what is really important: pipes. Since I got
back from Brazil I have added some good pipes to my collection, that
seems to be growing steadly. The first one was my first carved pipe.
It is an Armellini, curved stem. I found it in a mall pipe store, and
I was amazed to see Armellini there, and even better, with a very nice
price. In another mall (I moved to NJ and I only see malls...), I
found a pipe store with good pipes but well over priced. They were
having a sale though, with some very nice Danish pipes made by a man
called Preben Holm, who according to the salesman, which seemed to
know a pretty good deal about pipes, passed away just a few months
ago. I bought two of his pipes, one carved and one smooth surface with
a very nice grain.

   Just a few days ago I went to NYC for a demo of the product our
company represent and decided to go to the pipe shop by the restaurant
'La Bonne Soup' where the NYC pipe club meet every month. As walked
into the pipe shop I bumped into Mr. Sailorman Jack, responsible for
the NYC club. We had a very pleasant conversation while I looked for a
pipe, and the sales person in the shop gave me some of his personal
tobacco mixture, an English blend on Latakia, Perique, Virginia and
some cigar leafs. Very strong but very interesting. The store is
located on the 55th street, between 5th and 6th Ave. I ended up buying
a very large pipe made by an American pipe maker, whose name I can't
remember now.

    I found a very intersting piece of pipe culture that I would like
to share with the group. One of my work colleagues is very interested
in the Sherlocke Holmes literature, and as we were talking about it
the other day he mentioned he had a annotated book about Sherlock
Holmes, which he brought the next day. I was browsing through the book
and found this very interesting note about a passage in the case 'The
Gloria Scott':

    "'Then he lit his pipe'. In his scholarly monograph on Holmes and
Tobacco ("No Fire Without Smoke"), Mr John L. Hicks has written that:
"No one can seriously doubt that the Master preferred a pipe to cigars
and cigarettes. He smokes a pipe in thirty-five of the sixty cases in
the Canon, probably does in three others and in still another talks
about his pipe without, as far as the reader knows, actually lighting
it. He smokes nothing but a pipe in twenty-nine.[...] Briar, clay and
cherrywood are ... the only ones mentioned in the Sacred Writings...
Most admirers of Sherlock Holmes have believed that his favorite pipe
was made of clay, ... but evidence supports the theory that Holmes
liked a briar pipe better than any other kind.
     It will be noted that neither Holmes nor Watson ever mentioned a
pipe with a curved stem; indeed, Mr. John Dickinson Carr has stated
that the curved pipe was unknown in England until the time of the
Boer War (1889). Why, then has the curved pipe - a calabash or a
meerschaum for example- become a Holmesian trademark? Because Gilette,
in playing the role of Holmes, found it difficult to speak his lines
with a straight pipe between his lips."

  Well, I'm happy I finally found some time to write to the mailgroup
again. I will try to keep it up.

  Smoke in peace. ~\U

- Elias Mazur

[ Good to hear from you again, Elias! Hope mail access isn't a problem
for you, and that we'll continue to get reports on the NYPC. -S. ]

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