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Subject: Pipes Digest #35 - January 20, 1990
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		 Pipes Digest #35 - January 20, 1990

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Subject: Cobs

Bart writes:

>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.

Strange, how ? Like burnt corncob ?  (Does it taste like you left the
cornbread in the oven too long ?)  If so, you're just burning the cob at
the bottom, which might mean you didn't smoke your first few bowls all
the way down, and still haven't caked the bowl.

I replace mine when it becomes black and unattractive (rarely), or
more frequently, when I've chewed up the stem so badly it's no longer
smokeable, or even more frequently, when I lose it.

>Again, sorry for
>asking what is quite probably a silly question, but hey, what can I say?

Sorry, you only got permission to ask *one* question.  It would be against
my contract, therefore, to tell you what you can say.


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

Our Keeper of All Aromatic Knowledge has omitted:
(d) A device placed on a door to prevent being disturbed by unwanted
visitors. 8-)

[ Another bit of aromatic knowledge... (e) the archer who shoots the
seals into the wine bottles {obscure :-} -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????????? (Steve Masticola)
Subject: Meerschaum musings and churchwarden chewings

A friend of mine just gave me an antique meerschaum (by Hayim Pinhas
of Istanbul, if that means anything to anyone), which looks like it's
of 40s or 50s vintage, not smoked too much. It's a nice-looking pipe,
but I'd like to make sure that the pipe is thoroughly clean before I
smoke it. Does anyone here know how to disinfect a meerschaum? I
understand that hot alcohol is used for briars, but shudder at what
that would do to the beeswax (which is what causes the meerschaum to
acquire its color.) Ben Rapaport's "Guide to Collecting Antique Pipes"
gives some hints on cleaning, but nothing really on germ killing. (Of
course, I could just load it up with some Pipeworks "Churchill"
mixture, which is sufficient to eradicate all life downwind :-)

Also in the news this week, I'd mailed Tim West several weeks ago,
asking for a price quote and a paper design for a churchwarden, as
(hopefully) a reward for passing my Ph.D. exam in February. It looks
beautiful - a half-bent Danish-style stem, chopped mouth and shank,
oversize bowl, and several choices of stain (or lack thereof). A goal
worth working for!

And, yes, I've been enjoying a pipe while I study, which occupies most
of my time now. Nothing like a nice bowl of John David's "JD 24" to
make the data flow analysis go better. And it's a good thing I've got
a good collection of briars built up - just hope the tobak (and the
stems) hold out until exam time! Until then (or until the next

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

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