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Subject: Pipes Digest #50 - February 11, 1991

		 Pipes Digest #50 - February 11, 1991

From: ?????????????????????????? (David Chesler)

 Thanks.  I don't want to see the list go political, and would hate to be
the agent of that change, so please use your judgement.  I might rather that
you simply say:

  David Chesler (now ?????????????????????) replies that he is ambivalent
about the failure of the New Jersey anti-discrimination for smokers act
to pass.  On the one hand he dislikes Big Tobacco and believes addicted
cigarette smokers do use a disproportionate amount of health care and
sick days; on the other hand he doesn't like Big Brother coming into
his house (but also doesn't want Big Brother in his private employment
contract either) and finds pipe smokers to face worse discrimination,
for less reason, than cigarette smokers.

  - David

[ Note to the perplexed: I received some correspondence from David and
asked him if I could post it. This was his reply. I'd agree with it in
some points, the main one being that I'd rather not see the mailgroup
get involved in political harangues (and probably shouldn't have
encouraged such discussions in the first place). For more pipely
activities, read on. -S. ]

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Reply-To: ??????????????????????
Subject: Clay Pipes?

I'm glad to see the Digest alive and kicking, again.

Question, to the world at large:  I've just acquired a couple of
clay pipes, one with a long stem, and one short.  Is there anything
I should be particularly aware of, before smoking them?  Do they
break-in as briars do?  Should I do anything special?

I have a couple of pipes with ceramic bowls, but I've never tried
smoking either of them.  One has an incredibly elaborate carved
ebony stem, more than a meter in length, with mother-of-pearl inlays
and a flexible tube connecting bit to stem.  It's Danish, and my
father acquired it because it was like the pipes he remembers old
men smoking during his childhood in turn-of-the-century Denmark. 
The other belonged to my great-grandfather, is apparently American,
and has a ceramic joint that connects the ceramic bowl to the
unpeeled stem.  It, too has a flexible connection to the bit.

The new pipes are much simpler, and strongly resemble illustrations
I've seen in 18th- and early 19th-century publications.  Any help
would be appreciated.

= Martin A. Lodahl   Pac*Bell Minicomputer Tactical Planning/Support =
= ??????????????????????????       Sacramento, CA       916.972.4821 =
= If it's good for ancient Druids, runnin' nekkid through the wuids, =
= Drinkin' strange fermented fluids, it's good enough for me!  8-)   =

[ That's a GOOD question, Martin! I'll take a look through Ben
Rapaport's "Complete Guide to Collecting Antique Pipes" and get back
to you. Meantime, hang on to it for dear life! :-) -S. ]

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