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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #128 - January 28, 1994

		 Pipes Digest #128 - January 28, 1994
		     Circulation This Issue: 210

Yes, that's right, it's down from 214 last issue. The circulation does
drop sometimes, as Digests bounce with "User unknown" errors, and we
had no new members this week. And the weather on the East Coast
continues to be, ah, suboptimal, unless you're a road-salt salesman.
(Good for a quiet smoke and a good book, though.)

But take heart -- this time, we do have a significant amount of news
on the subject of -- yes, Norm -- pipes!

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From: ???????????????????????????? (Norm Carpenter x3055)
Subject: I can answer that!

If the tobacco in my pouch starts to feel a little
dry, I sprinkle a few of drops of water directly onto
the tobacco, then mix it up. This seems to keep the
tobacco  properly moist and doesn't seem to damage it.

Kam Kashani

[ We do this too, sometimes, but find it difficult to control the
humidity of the tobacco. Saturating it kills it, too. Any advice on
this? -S. ]

Wow:  A pipe smoking question.  (Feigned look of shock as our hero
wades through 2000 messages about cigars. :-)  )  

Anyway,  I've found the best way to deal with tobacco dry out in the
pouch is to buy a button himidfier.  This is similar to what you would
put in your humidor when storing the tobacco, but is small enough to
stay in your pouch.

Now,  back to cigars.  Not to offend any of you guys but -- well --
Sheesh!  What are you guys?  Maschochicts  uh? Massochists um? Machss-
Crazy?  I was lulled in to a false sense of security by all your wonderful
messages on the list and went out and bought myself a few stogies.  Sheesh!
I had one on the way home and kept wondering why the car was spinning whilst
I didn't even turn the wheel?!?!  Good lord,  I think I like my pipe better.
I do find cigars good --- for when I've run out of pipe tobacco and am 
stranded without money and no one is around to borrow off of and a major
flood has hit and we've just had another earthquake.  Yes,  that's a good
time to start a cigar.  I did notice that the cigar was a bit on the dry
side (leaf flakes coming off during the smoke).  How do I go about 
putting life back into the leaf?  Also,  I never cut the end off the cigar,
I just put a hole in the end to allow for a draw (Is this why they made 
me want to kiss the ground).)?  

Where's Thacker been through all this cigar talk anyhow?  I'm going to have
to order that crazy magazine just to get some decent tobacco stories to
pass around at the campfire.

Smoking safely with a stem....


[ Bill Thacker's alive, and well, and living on the Internet... he
requested the "Snappy Comebacks" list from me this week. Antis,
beware! -S. ]

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From: "William H. Magill" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #127 - January 21, 1994

Zino Davidoff died last week at 87 (I think). 
Services were private and the news was only made public after the funeral
by the family. He was evidently retired from the company for the past year
or so. I don't know if he was actually involved in the great "Cuban cigars
are no good any more" announcement or not.

I saw his obit and didn't think to save it.

William H. Magill                         Manager, PennNet Computing Services
Data Communications and Computing Services (DCCS)  University of Pennsylvania
Internet: ?????????????????????                   ???????????????????????????

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From: ????????????????????????? (Aryk Nusbacher)
Subject: Re:  Pipes Digest #127 - January 21, 1994 From: ??????????????
    (Bruce Michael Morris) let me tell you: Captain Black Gold is no
    prize either! .... Someone, please suggest a better brand!

Balkan Sobranie.  Worth every penny.

	(And tell me if this problem might have something to do with
	the fact that this pipe is far from broken in! (They do
	mellow, right?) 

A tobacconist once suggested to me that I mix some honey and some 
cigarette ash, and coat the inside of a non-carbonised bowl; then 
bake the pipe (without the stem) in a hot oven until the stuff caramelizes.
So I've done that with a few pipes, and I can't complain.  Also, a
trick I learned from my dad is to alternate full and half bowls with
a new pipe.

	Also, I think my first choice of pipe might not have been the
	greatest. I'm currently using a Dr. Grabow Omega...

So there you are in Troy, NY.  First thing you do is go down to the Smoker
in downtown Albany and get a good, inexpensive pipe.  If you are willing
to pony up a few dollars, you can get a piece of good briar that might
have a few fills in it here and there; but will smoke decently well.
Ask the guy about tobacco, and sample a few.  Get some little packets to
take home and decide what you like.  Stick with the house blends -- 
an honest tobacconist sells his own blends (and custom blends) for less
than the mass-market equivalent.  And ask the guy there for advice.

And save the Dr. Grabow for a backup emergency pipe in case of earthquake.
	From: ????????????????? (Christopher Troise)
Re moistening a humidor element with rum:  I seem to recall that alcohol
is a dessicant, and that while half (or so) of the rum is water and sugar;
the rest might be damaging your cigar.  Take the rum in the way God
	From: ???????????????????????????
Re the Rt Hon Winston L.S. Churchill's prodigous ability to smoke
cigars:  when I worked in a smoking-allowed office (way back when there
was such a thing) I could go through 20 pipes of tobacco in a day; and
there's a lot less of me than there was of Winnie.  Given sufficient
cash, sufficient availability of tobacco, and sufficient freedom; I could
probably go through an equivalent weight of pipe tobacco in a working 
day to Winnie's 20 cigars.	

Aryk Nusbacher
Trying to figure out where he hid his last can of Dunhill 965

[ Pure alcohol is a dessicant, but rum is only 40-50% alcohol, and
most of the rest is water. So I don't think it would dry tobacco out.
Anywho, that's my opinion... -S. ]

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From: "Matthew B. Landry" <????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Could you please...

...change my subscription address back? I asked you to set it to
"????????????" over break because this machine would be disconnected,
but "?????????????????????????????????" reaches me at least three days
faster. I really appreciate this.

	BTW, I'm going to contact Customs and ask about the "personal
use" and other allowances for Cuban cigars (as I promised before I
left) just as soon as the city unthaws and the government offices
reopen. (Michigan could have dealt with this weather in an hour.
Washington DC has taken a week.) I might very well have answers to
submit before the next digest comes out, in which case this note will
be just for you, steve.
Matthew B. Landry
President of Project SAVE

[ Address changed, Matthew. And we'll look forward to the Inside Scoop
from Customs... -S. ]

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From: Robert Jay <???????????????????????????>
Subject: coral flake

It is extremely frustrating to find a tobacco one really likes and then 
see it suddenly disappear.  In Washington D.C. a couple of years ago I 
picked up a couple small (one oz.) tins of something called Coral Flake 
at the D.C. JR Tobacco shop.  It was made by the firm of W.T. Davies and 
Sons of Great Britain.  I have never seen it since.  I really loved this 
stuff- it was almost black in color, but quite mild- sort of like a 
slightly spicier St. Bruno flake.  If anyone has spotted Coral Flake 
(mine was in a cute little circular tin, bright green with a red stripe) 
I would GREATLY appreciate hearing about it.

[ If you still have a sample, you might consider getting it
duplicated... BTW, has anyone seen any L. L. Bean's pipe tobacco in
recent years? I'd like to get some for the same purpose. -S. ]

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From: Jeff Pitblado <?????????????????????>
Subject: Getting Cubans into the US

Has anybody bothered to call customs yet?  I've tried a couple of
times but justgot some stupid answering machine (I called the number
in Terminal Island, CA (310) 514-6030 for anybody that's interested).
I did think of a way to get themin, though.  Just take off the bands
(stash them somewhere if you want to keep them) and make sure you
bring an empty non-Cuban box with you to put them in.  Fool customs,
get your Cubans home.

Jeff Pitblado

[ See the above message from Matthew. -S. ]

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From: Carl Winslow <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Preventing dry pibe tobacco

In Pipes Digest #127, Kam Kashani writes:

> If the tobacco in my pouch starts to feel a little
> dry, I sprinkle a few of drops of water directly onto
> the tobacco, then mix it up. This seems to keep the
> tobacco  properly moist and doesn't seem to damage it.

The same problem occred to me recently with a portion of
my "stock" of American tobacco bought in the states during
a visit last August. (In Tokyo, where I live now, only
standard series seems available, and at outrageous price.)
My solution is a variation of yours: after loading the
pibe with dry tobacco, add _one_ drop of water directly
into the pibe. While smoking, the humidity seems to 
spread in an appropriate way. This is of course an 
emergency act but not as terrible in practice as in theory.


| "Quoi que puisse dire Aristote et toute la Philosophie,  il n'est rien |
| d'egal au tabac;  c'est la passion des honnetes gens,  et qui vit sans |
| tabac n'est pas digne de vivre.  Non seulement il rejouit et purge les |
| cerveaux humains, mais encore il instruit les ames a la vertu, et l'on |
| apprend avec lui a devenir honnete homme." (Moliere, Dom Juan, I,1.)   |

[ If this really works, great! We'll try it on some dessicated tobak
when the need next arises.  -S. ]

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From: "Brian Morgan" <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Cigars, and pipes too....

  Cigars, and pipes too....
Hi - 
   I haven't written for a while, but have been following the current
discussion on cigars - and I thought this was a "Pipes" list!    :-}  
   Actually, though, all of the cigar info has been great.  I've started
going to the cigar store with a list of recommended cigars - it's been
Very Interesting.  In particular, I like the Arturo Fuento 8-5-8, which
Marios Agrotes just gave a glowing report on.  I've got to ask a dumb
question though - where can I mail order these for $1.20?  Here in
Cincinnati (not the best market I'm afraid), they cost about $2.50 each!

   Since I'm actually a pipe smoker, I thought I'd ask a pipe question too
- I have a very nice pipe my wife gave me several years ago (can't
remember the name) with a Lexan stem.  The stem has grown loose over the
years.  When I raised this question some time ago, I was told how to
tighten a rubber or vulcanite (?) stem (heat slightly with a match, press
against something to swell it, then sand to fit).  Does this work with
Lexan?  I'm afraid to screw it up!


[ I think Lexan is a thermosetting plastic, in which case it'd ruin
it... -S. ]

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From: ???????????????? (Elliott C. Evans)
Subject: Care and Feeding of Meerschaum

I recently bought a nice small Meerschaum (on SALE!),
but after smoking my first from this wonderful device,
I realized that I had no idea how to care for it.

I know to avoid water and heavy scraping, but are there
any other details I am missing? For instance, do I want
to build the same kind of carbon cake as on my briar?

(In case you were wondering, it's carved into a grinning
 skull. It's got about a ten minute bowl, which is a bit
 small, but better to little than too much.)

| Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans            |
| Technical Writer, Ansoft Corporation |
| ????????????????      Pittsburgh, PA |

[ I've heard you're not supposed to touch the bowl with your hands;
some people use gloves. Any meerschaum fans out there? -S. ]

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From: "David D. Urbanski" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Dry tobacco

Greetings to all:
	I find that if my tobacco is getting too dry, there is a
*quick* technique for making it moist again.  Simply place a damp
chunk of paper towel, napkin, etc., in the container where the tobacco
is stored.  It only needs to be mildly damp.  The tobacco should soak
up the water within 24 hours like mad, leaving the paper towel dry as
bone.  As with other similar techniques, it is difficult to regulate
moistness, and might just take some experimentation.  When I have
tried it, it has made ten month old tobac seem like new.
	I know someone who likewise puts a slightly damp napkin in his
cigar box sometimes - when he first gets the box.  He never
replenishes it if it gets dry.
		David U.

[ Done that for years, too. And IMHO, it works better than humidifier
buttons. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????
Subject: How long until cigar goes bad?

I don't have a humidor so I was wondering how long I can keep a cigar
before it will no longer be enjoyable to smoke.I just bought a
Macanudo but am waiting for a special occasion to try it out. Any
suggestions for keeping cigars for someone on a poor college students

Chris Cooper
University of Oregon

[ Tupperware would likely work better than wood for a humidor. If you
have about $25 and want something fancy, you can also get a hygrometer
from Edmund Scientific and put it in there. Their address is in the
Resource Guide. -S. ]

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From: Ib Fagerlund <???????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

Hi NET Smokers,

It was a great surprise to find the monthly letter in alt.smokers.
Let me introduce myself -

My name is Ib FAGERLUND, 37 years of age and i've been smoking the
pipe since my teenage years.

During the last 10 years i have spend a lot of time arranging the
annual Danish Championship in Pipesmoking. Every year we form a group
of about 10 people, who will use about 6 month's to knit this show

We usualy have around 400 participants for the contest, plus a very
beautiful exhibition of pipes, tobaccos and related items. As you
might know, we have some of the worlds best pipe carvers in Denmark.
People like Winslow, Bang, Hedegaard, Ph Vigen etc. show their latest
products, along with factory made pipes from Stanwell, Refbjerg, G.
Jensen .... You name it (try to avoid slobber in the keyboard).

Three years ago i was elected for the executive committee of the
Nordic Smokers Guild; a nordic pipe smokers club, counting around 600
members, mainly living in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

This year, our club has the honour to host the World Championship in
Pipe Smo- king 1994. It will be heldt in Copenhagen, Denmark october
8th - 9th 1994.  We expect somewhere around 400 participants from all
around the world, and i can promise a blast of an exhibition. The
contest and exhibition will be open for spectators at no charge. So if
you'r in the neighbourhood, feel free to join us.

If you have interrest in any of these arrangements, just drop me a
note and i will put you on our mailing list (full postal address,

By the way -

Denmark is known for being quite liberal on the smoking issue. It's
hard to find a no-smoking restaurant around here, so it will be a
while before we will join you in the 'Great North Woods' !

Good puffin'

Ib Fagerlund
Laagegyde 17
DK-2980 Kokkedal
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[ Welcome to the Digest, Ib! Carl Winslow, above, also hails from
Denmark. Can't participate in the contest, but we'd be glad to hear a
report. Sounds great! -S. ]

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sensitive noses are sexually repressed. Kiss me."

				- From "101 Ways to Answer the
				  Question, 'Would You Please Put Out
				  that #(!&*!$ Cigar'," Hague et. al.,

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #128 - January 28, 1994
  2. Subject: I can answer that!
  3. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #127 - January 21, 1994
  4. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #127 - January 21, 1994 From: ??????????????
  5. Subject: Could you please...
  6. Subject: coral flake
  7. Subject: Getting Cubans into the US
  8. Subject: Re: Preventing dry pibe tobacco
  9. Subject: Cigars, and pipes too....
  10. Subject: Care and Feeding of Meerschaum
  11. Subject: Dry tobacco
  12. Subject: How long until cigar goes bad?
  13. Subject: Pipes Digest
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