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Subject: Pipes Digest #87 - November 26, 1992

		 Pipes Digest #87 - November 26, 1992

Welcome to new members:

	Craig Day		(????????????????????????)
	Roy Rudebusch		(????????????????????????)
	Daniel H. Breidenbach	(???????????????????????)
	Doug Connolly		(?????????????????????????????)
	Alan McRae		(????????????????????)
	Alec D. Plotkin		(???????????????????????)

We're beginning to break records for new members in one week - it's
great! And now, after the turkey's done, relax by the fire, light your
favorite holiday smoke, and enjoy...

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From: Victor Reijs <???????????????????????>
Subject: cigar shop in San Jose

Hello all of you,

Here is the address of that cigar shop (and I though I have seen that
also pipes, and pipe tabacco): it is Downtown Tabacco & News, 70 East
Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113, (408)295-2277.

The cigars I bought there were:
A. Fuente, De cassio Teides, Te-am, Juan Lopez, Costa Rey. He had much
more. And I had the bad-luck that I only wrote the names down when
being home (and some of my cigars were stolen in the plane, so :-()

If someone is going to visit this shop, do the greetings to mister
Louis Chendler, I had a nice talk with about cigars, and offer him
some Dutch cigars (which he liked very much:-).

A disclamer, I have no commerciel binding to the above mentioned

All the best,


[ Thanx, Victor! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????? (Michael Biondo)
Subject: Hello and Loose Bits

Hello all, from one of the new guys on the list.

Perhaps one of you briar-wise persons out there can shed some light on
a curiosity with one of my pipes.

But first a little background.  I have been smoking pipes on and off
for the past 30 years (I started when I three! I wish!!!).  I am
recently coming off one of the 'off' times.  It's been about 8 years
since I was regularly smoking my pipes.  Throughout those 8 years the
pipes have been boxed away in the basement.

Upon unpacking them, I picked up one of my favorites to give it a 
gentle caress and, the bit falls out!  I couldn't figure out for
the life of me why it should have become so loose.

The bit is nylon (I think that's the material they are made of???),
a nice, iridesent variegation of creams and browns.  It was in 
good shape, so I hated the thought of having to have a new one 
made for the pipe.

So I decided to put a little of my analytical prowess to work.
(always a dangerous proposition!!)  I figured when wood gets wet,
it swells.  Perhaps if I soaked the stem of pipe, it would also
swell, thereby making a tighter fit for the bit.  So, at the
risk of ruining the finish, I stuck the stem in water for about
a day.

Returning with great expectations, I stuck the bit into the pipe
and it was as loose as ever.  At that point I pretty much
resolved myself to having a new stem made.  However, a few days
later I came back to the pipe and lo and behold, the bit was as
snug as ever.

Now I would have figured that the stem would have swelled while
it was sitting 'in' the water but, that was not the case - it
was not until the stem was 'out' of the water for a few days
did the swelling take place.

So, back to the reason of this post - is this normal for briar?
Also, it seems strange that only one pipe out of the bunch
turned up loose.

Well enough rambling for now....
Once again, a smokey hello to all...

   Mike Biondo
   Washington University Medical School
   St. Louis, MO

[ First off, thanks for your post! Second off, please excuse me, but
I'm mildly horrified. ((8-O Water is what causes the stems to become
loose in the first place.  Taking a pipe apart when it's hot and
getting goo up the shank is bad enough news, but you _really_
shouldn't soak a pipe in water!

There are two more orthodox ways to deal with loose stems - have a pro
make a new one, or expand the old stem with heat. Your stem material
sounds like acrylic, which is fairly common. And I've run into repair
people who claim to be able to duplicate any stem. Contact:

	J. T. & D. Cooke
	RFD 1 Box 1022
	East Fairfield, VT 05448-9801
	(802) 849-6272

I'll send you a back article on stem repair from Norm, if you'd rather
go the second route. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????? (Danny Breidenbach)
Subject: Neophyte

Howdy, I'm new here.  I figure I'll lurk more than I submit -- at least
for the time being, but there was a suggestion that I let the order know
what I'm about ...

I'm another one of those homebrew fiends that wandered over.  I'm 24
yrs old, currently work in Pierre, SD -- I hope to end up in a REAL
city in the next year or so.  I smoked a pipe off and on for about 4 
years ending this past spring.  I put it away for a while, and I've
irrationally let a woman's views on tobacco influence me into not enjoying
the occasional recreational bowl or two.  (Support is welcome :-)

I'm not too knowledgeable about things -- I guess I know I like vanilla
in my tobacco, and I'll accept any advice on what to look for in a reasonably
priced pipe.

That's all -- I'm glad to be here!
--Danny Breidenbach

[ You have _my_ support, Danny! Personally, from now on, Steve only
dates those female folks who love the smell of a good pipe. Had too
much trouble the other way... :-( I'll send you the generic "how-to"
article, re your other questions. -S. ]

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  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #87 - November 26, 1992
  2. Subject: cigar shop in San Jose
  3. Subject: Hello and Loose Bits
  4. Subject: Neophyte
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