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Subject: Pipes Digest #83 - October 31, 1992

		 Pipes Digest #83 - October 31, 1992

Welcome to a new member:

	Ron Mayo	(???????????????????????????)

And, on this Halloween, join me and the jack-o-lantern in smoking
diabolically, as we read:

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From: ?????????????????  (s.r.houser)
Subject: re: Pipes Digest #82 - October 24, 1992

It's nice to see so much activity on Pipes Digest.  I have a
reaction to Brian Morgan's question about coloring meerschaum
pipes, which is also an opportunity for me to give a plug for
English-type tobacco blends.  :-)

I read in a Tinder Box brochure years ago that blends containing
Latakia (i.e., most English types) tend to color meerschaums more
quickly.  I've never done a side-by-side comparison, but I've had
a meerschaum for two years that I rarely smoke (maybe 2 or 3
times a month), but it's still on the way toward being nicely 
colored.  You might want to try an English type to see if it
speeds up the coloration.  Dunhill Standard Mild or Medium, and
Rattray's Professional Mixture are mild, and not a whole lot
stronger than your aromatic cavendish.  Also, the combination of
latakia and the distinctive patina that meerschaum imparts to the
smoke is a unique (and I think delicious) taste experience.

OK, enough of my etitist Anglophilic ranting. 

Steve, thanks for the address of Levin Pipes International.  I'll
drop them a line.

I believe that Barclay, my local tobacconist, has a few of the 
Sherlock Holmes series still in stock.  Their address is:

	Barclay Pipe and Tobacco
	1677 West Lane Avenue M-12
	Columbus, Ohio 43221
	(614) 486-4243


Steve Houser

[ Glad to be of help, Steve! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Reply to Re: pipes-reguest

[ Note to members: Ron's new address is ????????????????????????????
-S. ]

First of all, I would like to say thanks to Steve for allowing me the
opportunity to become a member of the group. I have had a love affair
with the pipe ever since my navy days. I own Petersons, Butz-Choquins,
a Savinelli, Pioneer Calabashes, clays (broke all of them), and of course
a handcrafted meerschaum. As for as Tobacco goes, I am still looking for
the Holy Grail, but I have discovered that I have a soft spot for anything
with a fair share of Latakia in the mixture. Around my house, you will
find dozens of empty tins of the various English blends. Enough of this.

There was a Gentleman, who left a note inquiring as to how long it will
take a meerschaum to stain. There is no easy answer. I have given up on
my Calabashes. After years of smoking they seem no worst for the wear,
but on the otherhand my meerschaum is coming along nicely. The shank and
the top of the bowl have in a few weeks turned a nice brown. If I may I
would like to pass along a few hints. These hints are not mine but come from
the "The Ultimate Pipe Book" by Richard Carleton Hacker.
1. Do not allow any cake to form inside the bowl. Any cake will only
   impede the coloring process.
2. As you smoke your pipe blow the smoke on the pipe. Mr. Hacker claims
   this will speed up the process.
Also, I suspect not all meerschaum is equal. If after a few months the pipe
shows no signs of behaving,you may have something other than quality
meerschaum. I hope this is not the case.


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