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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #160 -- October 3, 1994

	       Pipes Digest #160 -- October 3, 1994
		     Circulation this issue: 540

Welcome to new members:

	 Andrew W. Donovan-Shead	(?????????????????)
	 Steve Johnson			(????????????????)
	 Jared Keith Mills		(????????????????????????????????)
	 DohNut				(??????????????)
	 Nelson				(????????????????????????)
	 Rick Lowe			(????????????????????)
	 Art Gorski			(???????????????????)
	 Jerry Lustig			(?????????????????)
	 Peter Kukla			(??????????????????????)
	 John Hedgcock			(?????????????????)
	 Arthur Carl Jetter III		(??????????????????????????)
	 Mike F Duvall II		(???????????????????????????)
	 Eddie Gorodetsky		(??????????????????)
	 Gerald A Belton		(??????????????????????????)
	 Stephen Judd			(?????????????????????)
	 Mark D. Lamoree		(????????????????????????)
	 Chris Rasmussen		(????????????????????)
	 Bill Hill			(??????????????????????)
	 Chris Brown			(??????????????????????)
	 Richard M. Lowther		(??????????????????)
	 Joe Marshall			(????????????????????)

Administrative note: I'm relaxing the policy a bit, and letting
present members request memberships for others. Never had a problem
with this in the past, the few times I've violated my own rule. Of
course, the Digest has been used a couple of times in the past to
harass nonmembers, so nonmembers may still only ask for memberships
for themselves. (Now, everyone who can't read this, signify by blowing
a smoke ring... :-)

At the insistence of our Gentle Readers, I've also made CONSIDERABLE
updates to the Resource Guide. Also, see Richard Geller's note... the
plain vanilla FTP site is up!


Check it out!  And join us amid the autumn leaves as we light up and
pay homage to the Old West, log cabins, ceramics, Mayan royalty,
dentistry, and Lapsang Souchong, the Perique of teas...

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	     Help Stop Prohibition -- Keep Tobacco Legal
			Call -- Write -- Vote
			Then, Smoke in Peace.

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From: Jack Hirsch <??????????????????>
Subject: Pipe & Cigar Expo in October

First, thanks for keeping the digests coming.  Your efforts are

Second, I wanted to ask if you were planning to post information on the
upcoming expo in Los Angeles.  In case you don't already have them, here
are some details: 

The Southwest Pipe & Cigar League's annual expo will be held on October 29
& 30 at the L.A. Airport Marriott Hotel.  Over 50 exhibitors including
smokeshops, suppliers, pipe & cigar makers, collector with pipes and
tobaccoiana to sell and trade.  There will be door prizes, too, and a pipe
smoking contest on Sunday.  The hours are 9am to 6pm both days and the
admission is $3.00.  Parking at the hotel will be $5 per day (special

If you want more details, feel free to call the club president, Steve
Johnson at 310/820-9706 or contact him on-line, he's ????????????????? 

// Jack		??????????????????

Remember to ask "what's the crap-to-worth ratio?"

[ Thanks for the news! And look later for more from Briarman... -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????? (Gerry Hilton)
Subject: Lady Smokers and MOSAIC

Good Morning Steve.....

        Thanks for PG 159. Great stuff!  In response to the question about 
lady smokers --- My wife is a writer and she somtimes smokes those little 
wine soaked cigars called OLD PORT. Gastly smell but she enjoys them :) 
Mostly her preferrance is in cigerettes that I roll for her made from my 
pipe tobbacco. She dos'nt have the patience to hang in there with a pipe but 
likes the tobbacco.
        We're quite isolated here ( 45 miles to the nearest town and three 
miles to the nearest neighbour ) so we don't have the worry of people 
telling us about smoking.I have been caught in that predicament and I just 
tell them that I have to smoke because I'm allergic to the smell of sweat 
and perfume. It usually stops at that point. 
        I have accessed the back issues of PG thro MOSAIC. Jeeze that thing 
is slow but it works. I noticed that you used Word perfect 4.2 so there was 
not problem for me to convert as I'm using Word perfect 5.1
        Once again thanks and good luck with your fight against the rules 
and regulations that they're trying to impose. Freedom is special.
   Gerry Hilton

         Gerry Hilton
         Nova Scotia             ??????????????????????

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From: ???????????
Subject: Bio and other stuff

Dear Steve,
   Brief character sketches seem to be expected of new members.  Herewith,
   I'm 49 and live in a log home with my wife and daughter in northeastern
Vermont -- have a son in college at Bard.  I am a writer by default -- I
can't do anything else well -- and laboring presently at forms and non-forms
of fiction after decades of doing other things poorly.  I have been following
a pipe around since I was 18, and though I wouldn't recommend the tobacco
habit to anyone, pipes and cigars continue to give me the same risky pleasure
as elderly single malts, left-wing politics and fried kreplach with sour
cream.  I must own at least 100 pipes, some of which are beautiful to
contemplate and others of which are great to smoke, but my favorite was a
cheap Grecian briar pot stained a deliciously sleazy red on which, during
high school graduation rehearsals, I carved my girlfriend's initials.  I
carried it around with me in a holster for years after the break-up -- my
fault -- and then lost it somewhere in west Texas while hitching through the
oil fields to New Mexico.  I think of it often and imagine it has gone to
join the other wonderful pipe I lost, a Peterson straight grain apple, bought
at a bargain in the Grafton Street shop in Dublin.  I smoke "English"
mixtures and am sequentially monogamous, being wedded at the moment to
Pipeworks #10, which I bought in quantity just before Elliot Nachwalter
closed the New York store.  I smoke only big, expensive cigars when I can
find and/or afford them -- used to love Royal Jamaican double coronas, but I
remember being disappointed the last time I tried one.  Last year, I
discovered in an old humidor two magisterially antedeluvian Dunhills bought
by my grandfather who died in 1971 and actually resurrected one of them (a
magnificent smoke!) with a damp towel, a ziplock bag and an overnight stay in
the refrigerator.  The other got soggy.
   I am enjoying the digest and suggest you add to your resource guide
TOBACCO ROW, PO BOX 3313, JACKSON HOLE, WY  83001, (307) 733-4385.  Nice
folks, well-stocked humidor, good selection of pipes and a dandy in-house
"English" mixture called "Great Divide," for which I may leave my #10.
   By the way, consumers of an even less licit substance than tobacco will
recognize the pipe shaped like a golf tee in Cory Ziton's #159 posting as a
chillum.  Even the direction for smoking it is traditional in the African
cultures where it is popular (though there is a one-handed technique), but I
have never heard it recommended for smoking tobacco.  Used for the purposes
for which it was intended, the chillum can be a little tricky to load and
dangerous to smoke.  Novices are sometimes given a damp cloth to wrap around
the base so that particulate matter won't be dragged into the lungs.  The
most adept user I ever knew called himself The Joker, and he claimed that, as
a worshiper of Sativa, he was obliged to offer the god first tokes.  He would
raise the chillum above his head, close his eyes fervently, and cry out:
BOMBALAY!  I think that translates roughly into: Let's Party!
   All the best -- R.D. Eno

[ Thanks for the note! Tobacco Row has been added to the Guide; glad
to hear that there's still a tobacconist operating in Jackson Hole,
which I've heard is somewhat Yuppified these dys. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????? (Elias Mazur)
Subject: Re: Blowing smoke out your nose.

I vaguely remember when I started to blow smoke out my nose.  It was
way in the beginning of my smoking life, over 12 years ago.  I
remember having the feeling of being able to get a complement to the
taste of the tobacco, a more intense taste.  Of course as we know it
is due to the sensitive membranes of the nose.  Anyway, I could not
imagine smoking pipes or cigars without blowing the smoke out of the
nose.  It just gives a more complete experience IMHO.  In the first
few times it may feel a little strong, but after you get used to it, it
is a great pleasure.  Of course, like everything else in the pleaseure
of pipe smoking, it must be done in moderation.

Also, I remember that one of the pleasures that I had back then and
still have it today was to watch the tobacco burning in the bowl when
the bowl was filled.  For some reason it was a really nice sight.  The
tobacco burning, the smoke coming out of the bowl...

Smoke in peace.

- Elias

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From: ??????????????????????? (Andy Karp)
Subject: Re:  submission for digest

Though I occasionally smoked a pipe during my first years of
college, the rigors of pipe smoking (keeping it lit, carrying the
myriad accessories, etc.) seemed too difficult, too slow.
The convenience of cigarette smoking (and social acceptability)
won out.
Now ten years out of grad school, married and with a mortgage, I
have returned to the quiet pleasures of pipe smoking, at last.
But even during those wasted cigarette-smoking years, I admired
those who smoked a pipe: my father, for example, who used to say
that a man who smoked a pipe and owned a Polaroid camera could
keep his hands busy for a lifetime.  And there have been others:
the ceramicist in Pismo Beach who spoke to me about his work,
slowly puffing on his Danish freehand,  a subtly aromatic blend
that suited him; the man who lives down the street from me, a
perfect example of a country gentlemen plopped down in the middle
of the San Fernando Valley, walking his Scottish terrier while
puffing contentedly on a briar with some unknown (to me) mixture;
or the proprietor of my favorite pipe shop, Charles Hennegan,
whose Liberty Tobacco in San Diego has been both a pleasurable
place to shop, share in smoke, drink and conversation.

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From: Gregory Pease <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #159 -- September 23, 1994 

Alas, it has been more than a fortnight or two since last I put fingers to 
keys, but the thought has crossed my mind more than once.  Now, I read
many digests, and smoke a fine bowl of old Benson and Hedges English
Mixture, and clatter away at the keyboard.  There is news from the West,
and fine news it is.  

In the day when smokers are treated like buglife floating about in scum
encrusted waters, I am pleased to announce the arrival of a *NEW*
tobacconist in Oakland, California!  And, indeed, he seems to be doing 
quite well for a new store.  He has a good supply of fine cigars (more
on this later) and some quite interesting tobaccos.  The prop is a
gentleman named Stephen Richman, a long time friend of mine.  Steve has
created a store with heart; a comfortable place where cigar and pipe
smokers can settle into a comfortable chair, have a smoke and a good bit
of conversation.  The place really reminds me of an old time pub more
than a "smoke-shop."  

He's got a great selection of tobaccos, including all the Esoterica
Tobacciana line, which he imports from the Channel Islands.  These are
mostly VIrginia blends, with a couple being cased with either liquorice
or fruit essences, and a few full English blends.  He's got a nice
brochure I'm sure he'd be happy to send out.

In the humidor, a delightful array of cigars can be found, including
many prestige marques; Nat Sherman, Avo, Butera (my fave at this time),
Dunhill, Partagas Vintage, Pleiades, as well as a good stock of more
affordable smokes! ;)  

The Piedmont Tobacconist is in 17 Glen Avenue, right off Piedmont
Avenue, in Oakland, California.  The telephone number is 510.652.PIPE.

A word about Butera.  This guy really knows his stuff when it comes to
tobacco.  He has four blends of pipe tobaccos, of which I can really
rocommend Latakia #1 and Blended Flake.  The Sweet Cavendish is nice,
but I have a hard time with aromatic tobaccos...I really don't like
anything getting in the way of the taste of fine leaf, and the Latakia
#2 is just a bit sweet for my tastes, but a couple of friends seem to
like it plenty.  His cigars are sublime, if a bit pricey.  Yesterday
found me smoking a Dorado 652 down to a 1" nub, and longing for more.  I
rarely smoke more than about 2/3 of a cigar unless they are well aged
(at least 18 monthss) so this says something about the production of
this cigar.  If you haven't tried them, treat yourself.  Sadly, I
believe they may have spoiled me for a while...

Finally, as I have noticed quite a few "local" folk contributing to the
digest, I'd like to mention the Greater (San Francisco) Bay Area Pipe
Club.  Pretty informal - show up once, and you're a member!  We meet
once a month at Schmidt's Pup on Solano Avenue in Albany.  Lots of
festive trading of fine briars, old tobaccos, and all manner of related
items.  We've been active since about 1980 in one form or another, and
would love to see some new faces!  Meetings are the third Sunday of each
month at about 2:00.  Schmidt's is near the corner of Solano and Santa Fe.
Good English beer on draught, some Ports and wines, and a smoke-friendly
atmoshphere whenever they are open!  

So, a new Tobacconist, a smoke friendly Pub, a pipe club, a couple of
recommendations for smoking pleasure...I guess I can go back to my pipe
now, having prattled on long enough.

"The pipe draws wisdom from the mouth of the philosohper, and shuts up
the mouth of the fool."  -Thackeray


[ Many thanks, Gregory! The Piedmont Tobacconist and the G(SF)BAPC have
gone into the Resource Guide. -S. ]

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From: Adam Hecktman <???????????????????>
Subject: Dunhill Address

Dunhill in Chicago is at:

Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL  60611

[ Also in the Guide. Thanks! -S. ]

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From: "A.W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Signal.

September 26, 1994.
Tulsa, Oklahoma.


	Thanks for adding me to the *Pipes Mailgroup*. I am not sure
what the *Thought Police* will say, the ones who administer the
network at FlightSafety^Rs division in Broken Arrow, that is. If they
make a fuss I will ask you to redirect the Digest to my address on

	After reading some back numbers of the Pipes Digest, I
conclude that a moderated mailgroup is a good way to go; there is
nothing like an Editor to keep the flaming-idiots in check, and impose
calm order to the proceedings. It was in the back numbers that I noted
you as an aficionado of the mixtures of Balkan Sobranie. Sir, you are
a spirit kindred to me. Mixture 759 is my favourite.  Virginia No.10,
their cigar leaf, might interest some cigar smokers amongst us.

	I am an occasional weekend smoker of a pipe, smoking only when
I can give due ceremony to the practice. Preferably when I have an
hour to myself and can sit outside in the garden and absorb the
aromatic spiciness of a bowl of BS759, the sound of the birds, the
wind in the trees, and the general beauty of the day. Ambience
enhanced by ministering to the pipe and lubricated with swigs from a
mug of tea. Fine weather for smoking a pipe is with us, yes Sir.

	"He drinks tea?" Well, yes I do. It's a fact I was brought up
to it from childhood in England. Any tea blended for the British
palate will go well with a pipe, but there is one tea that I want to
bring before the Company and recommend.

	Lapsang Souchong is a tea from the Middle Country's Fujian
province. It has a smoky or tarry taste derived from the wood of the
white fir-tree used for curing the tea. At least, that was the case
before the war, stuffs other than white-fir are used these
days. Nevertheless, the tea tastes good, going quite well with that
pipe full of BS759.

	Jaguar-mark Lapsang Souchong is from China whereas Zebra-mark
tea is from Taiwan. Either way, both are good, but there is no knowing
what you have in the tin of Twining's tea available from the better
grocery stores here. Large, slate-grey leaves are curled when dry. Put
in a teapot and scalded with the boiling water poured in on top, these
leaves unfurl themselves to give up their tea-like qualities to the
water. Lapsang Souchong by itself is a bit wishy-washy, so to improve
the strength I add a British-blended black tea such as Twining's Irish
Breakfast. Usually, two teaspoons of Irish Breakfast tea to one of
Lapsang Souchong in a medium teapot, filled with boiling water. Drink
this infusion with milk and sugar to suit your taste. Talk of tea is
not divorced from the subject of pipes and tobacco entirely. Lapsang
Souchong is smoked but not inhaled. Ah, but what about black tea?

	Black tea is fermented similar to Louisiana Perique tobacco,
in its own juices. Tea producers use machines to Cut, Tear, and Curl
(CTC) the harvested leaves of the tea bush. Tearing will bruise the
leaf to release the juices from its structure. This juice then
ferments to change the character of the tea or tobacco. "Ferment" is a
word that implies the use of yeast. I prefer the word
"Fester". Bruised tea or tobacco leaves will pick up spores that grow
in the released juice, festering to give the characteristic note to
the product.  Anyway, this blend of tea taken with some whole milk has
pleasing creamy, smokiness that is a complement to the tobacco,
particularly BS759, which has components of Chinese leaf.

	Re-reading this ramble, I seem at a good place to stop. Next
time I will talk about how I got started smoking a pipe and do a book
review, perhaps. If anyone in the Company is in possession of more
details about the production and uses of Perique, let's have 'em.


[ Many thanks, Andrew! I'm a fancier of Lapsang Souchong myself, the
tea equivalent of Latakia, but have thus far no knowledge of the stuff
other than Twinings sells it and it's pretty hard to find. This has
been an education! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????? (Neil Murray)
Subject: Hello

    The internet link to SME BBS was down for two weeks but i think it
is now back to normal......whatever that might be.  Would you pleaase
try resending the pipe news that i missed.

Did you like the article that we did on your newsgroup?  I notice
subscribers names on the new readers lists so it may have done some

Would you send me your phone number again, I wrote it down on a post it
and can't find what ever it was that i posted it to.

The next issue of the A&M Gazette may very welll be on schedule for a
late October finish!!!!  Intervention at the highest levels may be at
work for all we know.  Lots of good stuff in the articles.
Take care,  Neil

PS I bought an S&R Woodcrafts pipe, not expensive and really great
smoking.  now i have 3 of them, What?  I must be a collector.

[ Phone number sent by separate mail, Neil, and glad to have you back
with us! Looking forward to the next issue of A&M. One of these days
I'll write an article for you on the Pipenet in general, including the
alt groups, Mosaic and FTP sites, etc. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????? (Alijandra L. Mogilner)
Subject: News From Friends in Low Places

	If you ever have the choice between going to a pipe show and
having a meal with one of the salesmen -- take the meal.  And if you
have a choice of meal -- choose breakfast.  Unlike many industries the
tobacco and pipe manufacturers and wholesalers are (generally
speaking) a large and close family.  Breakfast with a retailer and a
salesman, or two salesmen, is a friendly and gossip-filled experience.
I was reminded of just how nice it is when I was invited to breakfast
with David, a salesman from Hollco Rohr and a local retailer.  I
arrived late but the bits and pieces I picked up should be of interest
to other readers.
	David thinks that silver banded pipes are just beginning to become
important to collectors.  He says that when we all realize how dateable (as
well as attractive) they are, they will gain importance.  All sterling is
date marked.  While the band is occasionally applied after a pipe is made,
it is never dated before it is made.  Thus, it gives the Latest possible
date the pipe was created.  He needs a little help however (so, guess what
HE collects).  Does anyone out there know of a book that list silver marks
from Madrid, Spain?  If so, please email me at ?????????????????????????
and I'll send it along.
	I'd give you Dave's email address but they don't have one.  He's been
encouraging the company to get on-line because it would really make their
work a great deal easier.  They certainly have all the basic equipment
needed -- even a UNIX server I'm told.  However, it took several years to
talk the New York branch (think Hollco) to put in FAX to get messages from
California (the Rohr branch).  So, Dave doesn't hold out much hope for
email in the near future.  
	What is news for you collectors out there is a group of huge
hand carved pipes from B.C. in France are on the market.  These pipes
are figurals which include a bird, a bull's head and pigs procreating.
Each pipe is completely hand carved and takes the carver 30 to 60 days
to make each one. Only a few came into America and most of them have
already gone to shops so keep your eyes open.  Expect the pipes to
start at about $1,500 each.
	The new Peterson Sherlock Holmes 7 day set will have a new
addition (the 3rd one) this next January.  The first two were Basil
Rathbone and Mrs.  Hudson.  As many of you may know the Captain Pete
from them has been discontinued, but rumor (and strictly rumor) has it
that it may return.
	Peterson seconds have gone up in price by almost half again --
so expect to see an increase of 50% at your local pipe shop.  It's not
your retailer trying to get rich off of you it is a real price raise.
Frankly, it is still the least expensive Algerian briar on the market
today and, in fact, almost the only one left.  I used to smoke Sasieni
four dots simply because I loved Algerian briar; but, they are long
gone.  Even Dunhill threw in the towel when they changed hands and
they no longer bother trying to get the stuff.  So, take your good
briar where you can.
	If you want to blame anyone for the cost it should probably be
on the head of the militants who hold Algeria under siege.  I recently
talked to a briar buyer who had just returned from Algeria -- and
promises never to go back.  He said that all diplomatic corps, foreign
businessmen and even Algerian government officials live at one
particular hotel that has incredible security.  To do anything else is
to court almost certain death from the rebels who have killed over 60
foreigners, and countless loyalists, in the past few months.  He said
you could film an updated version of The Ship of Fools inside.  Women
wore their best clothes and jewels to dine in the only restaurant they
can go to.  Liquor is very popular and even Islamic purists caught in
the situation have learned to drink to drown out the danger and
monotony.  So, if you like Algerian briar; and it does have a
distinctive taste, it might well pay you to get what you can while you
can get it.
	Do you remember the Fantasia pipe from Belgium?  It was a
small bowling ball with a meerschaum insert.  I'm told they are
reissuing the pipe (under the same name I believe); made this time in
briar.  The description left me with the distinct impression that we
can look for briar bowls painted with brilliant blue or red and white
markings and having a meerschaum lining.  It was unclear to me whether
the new version will be coming out of Belgium or France.  Speaking of
colored briars Savenelli is producing an "alligator" line of blue and
green pipes.
	Irving Korn of Royal Meerschaum has his newest "world's most
expensive pipe" on tour with him to the fairs and carnivals of
America.  The one that was listed in the Guinness Book of World
Records had a great deal to back up the claim; but, it was so popular
and became so famous that Korn has produced new versions on a regular
basis since.  Unable to document it's worth the new pipe isn't in the
Guinness book and they simply say that it has been valued at $20,000;
but, the price is negotiable.  The water pipe (which is what it is) is
about 20 inches long and maybe 15 inches wide.  The foot high carving
is an elaborate castle with a bowl (I hope for water) that you can
stick you fist in up to your wrist.  The carving is quite remarkable
and I will try to upload a photo I took of it at their booth at the
L.A. County Fair at a later date.
	By the way, the pipe that was listed in Guinness at $15,000
actually sold to an art gallery.  The couple that bought it put in the
high bid but it was reduced to "somewhere over $10,000" when Irving
broke the top while taking it on tour with him.  The new top he had
made did not match the color or the style of the other carving and
part of the value was that it was all carved from a single piece of
meerschaum.  The buyers have asked that I not reveal the exact selling
price and will only tell me it was over $10,000 and under the original
	Stokeby tobacco is introducing honey and raspberry flavored
tobacco.  Speaking of tobacco, The Cigar Aficionado magazine has
admitted that the Lancers cigars that say they are 100% Havana filler
from the 1978 crop are indeed real; a claim they had questioned a few
months ago.  Many who want to try real Cuban cut these cigars up and
smoke them as pipe tobacco.  Actually, if you like Cuban tobacco it is
better to use the dry cure cigars that are commonly available at your
tobacconist.  First of all, the '78 crop is past it's prime.  Second,
the dry cure tobacco is closer to pipe tobacco since the fermentation
has been stopped and it is also a little milder for the same reason.
Third, the tobacco is new crop.  These small stumpen-shaped cigars
come in from Europe (mostly Switzerland and Germany). The tobacco is
imported by them and rolled there.  Then, it is sent to the U.S.  They
used to say Havana tobacco; but, our customs now refuses to let it in
that way.  Many of the wooden boxes they come in simple have Havana
inked out on the bottom; so take a look.  If you haven't tried Cuban
tobacco, expect not to love it.  You might as well try it just to say
you have had the real thing; but, it has a strong earthy flavor that
makes the cheapest burley taste like cavendish.  Just remember, I
smoke latakia and love the old Ratray's stuff and Cuban is too strong
for me.
	Just as a matter of interest I am sending a private report on Cuban
tobacco sales becoming privatized which was sent to me directly from Cuba. 
I have permission to publish it in this format and in the newsletter; but,
that is where the permissions end.  Please respect that (of course you can
pass along YOUR copy for anyone to read).  I am also quite certain that the
news will get out especially in Europe and other places that no longer
embargo their tobacco quite quickly.  Still, your help will  insure that I
continue to get information from friends in low places to pass along to
you.  Alijandra 

   Subject:       IPS| CUBA-TRADE| Cigar Sales Private
   To:            Alijandra L. Mogilner
                        *** 21-Sep-94 ***

CUBA-TRADE: Cigar Sales Privatised

HAVANA, SEP 21  - The majority of foreign sales of Cuban
cigars, which amount to more than 100 million dollars per year,
will be undertaken by the private Habanos S.A., which will
replace the state-run Cubatabaco.

Meanwhile, Cubatabaco, an entity of the Ministry of Foriegn
Trade, will continue selling to the French market, the third
largest after Spain and Britain.

The creation of Habaneros S.A. was announced Tuesday night
following a meeting of international cigar distributors.

Cubatabaco president Francisco Padron also reported that the
Cuban tobacco industry has begun a gradual recovery, with sales
through August 31 increasing 26 percent when compared to the same
period in 1993.

Exports for 1994 are predicted to be 50 million cigars, while
1995 figures should reach 65 million, back to traditional levels.

Cuban tobacco production has been assisted by priority
attention from the government, the use of better land for crops
and an important business agreement with Tabacalera of Spain.

Origin: San Jose/CUBA-TRADE/
[ Wow! Alijandra, that was one HECK of a collection of high-level
insider info! Thanks especially for the news on the Lancers and the
addition to the Sherlock Holmes series. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????? (Alijandra L. Mogilner)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #159 -- September 23, 1994

		Just a note on 'smoke through the nose".  The
pre-Columbian Mesoamericans smoked their pipe (chillum types at least)
through their nose.  The famous Mayan tomb covering that is so often
refered to as showing space travel gives a very good picture of the
"astornaut" (really a Mayan King) smoking his pipe and inhaleing
through the nose.  Like today, tobacco was used in a veriety of types.
Some were for ritual use and apparently caused hallucinations when
inhaled in this way.  That is hardly without merit.  Today we give
medicine in nasal spray when we want it to get to work quickly and
produce the strongest effect.  The only way to reach the brain more
quickly that inhailing through the nose is a subcutanious injection.
It would probably hurt; but, you could try inhailing your own pipe
through the nose and see what happened.  For truely spectacular
results I suggest latakia or burley -- while you are sitting down and
not driving please.  Alijandra

[ And be careful with those chillums... -S. ]

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From: Todd Masuda <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Wasted Tobacco In Bottom of Bowl 

I loved going to Pipeworks & Wilke, but they closed their NYC store
this summer (not before having a 60% off sale).

They only do mail order now; a pouch of their tobacco has their VT
address.  Also, 800 information should carry their number.


[ I've removed their store from the Guide until I can put in their new
address. Got a stem repair done by them and, frankly, wasn't too
impressed.  It was competent, but the stem didn't match the original
too well, and it took over a month to get done. Next time, back to
Pipes Unlimited. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Enough lurking!

After lurking for several months, I'd better introduce myself.
RedBell on AOL is really Dennis C Cullinan, a 53-year old retired librarian
(I still fill in occasionally at the Lansing Public Library) living in
Lansing MI.
I bought my first pipe, a $1.50 stubby Pipemaker, at my corner drugstore at
age 15. Emulating my stepfather I bought Holiday blend, and also used Half &
Half, as primary fuel for tongue-scorching my first few years. 
Then in college a friend dragged me into Chicago's Iwan Reis, where I
discovered their 100th Anniversary blend (since renamed 5-Star Grey), and
pipesmoking became what I'd hoped for. Gotta admit I figured to look mature
and debonair with a pipe in my mouth.
My first topgrade pipe was a Dunhill tanshell sitter, bought on my honeymoon
at age 20, for $24.50 in Kalamazoo. That was an ill-starred pipe, as I broke
the shank, had it repaired at Peretti's in Boston, then actually lost it.
Since then pipes and pipeshops have been a major avocation. I still grab the
yellow pages as soon as I hit a new town, looking for tobacconists to visit.
I have accumulated around 300 pipes over the years, most at junk shops and
yard sales. In new pipes I favor either straight grains or freehands: I seem
to have a lot of Ben Wades.
These days I much prefer English style and straight Virginia blends. My very
favorite is McClelland's bulk #2020 blend, sold under various names depending
on the shop. I also like Reis' Dr Bradley's mixture, and their 5-Star Royal
blend. I still smoke the occasional aromatic, though I'm a wet smoker and use
system pipes or hollow-bowl ceramics for their moisture trapping qulities. I
like Stokkebye's French Vanilla blend and Century Tobacco's Coffee blend in
the aromatics. These two are bulk blends, likely to be renamed by the local
A few years ago my son got me interested in fine cigars. (I had sauntered
thru boxes of King Edwards, White Owl New Yorkers, and mailorder Thompsons
over many long years.) I joined CCC (Chicago Cigar Connoisseurs) and manage
to drive in for about a half of their banquets, when I can afford the fees.
My most consistently satisfying cigars are Punch Pitas and Henry Clays, but I
also enjoy the chase for the perfect (and cheap!) cigar. So I tend to
over-buy in bundles from JR or Mike's, storing the booty in a cedar blanket
chest. I really must move the chest to the cellar, where both temperature and
humidity is more constant.
I have few friends who share my pipe & cigar jones, so I really appreciate
the Pipes Digest and CCC for affording me outlets for my interests. BTW,
there is a nice pipe & cigar hobby group on AOL, though it is not easy to
One of my favorite toys is an electric buffing wheel for polishing my pipes.
I get the cloth wheels from Reis, and am never so happy as when I am cleaning
up a batch of yard sale pipes. I use pipe cleaners dipped in single malt
scotch to disinfect bits and shanks.
Guess I've rambled on enough for one lifetime. Keep up the good work, Steve.
Keep puffing happily, members. I hope we've seen the last of the tiresome
discussions on the merits of Mosaic.
Best regards, Dennis C Cullinan :-)

[ Thanks for the intro, Dennis! We'd appreciate a word on the AOL Pipe
and Cigar area for our other AOL based members, if you could. -S. ]

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From: Courtney M Evans <?????????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

This is in response to recieving my first pipes mailgroup mailing.

To introduce myself, I am a twenty year old student at both Columbia 
University and The Juilliard School, both in New York City. Originally, I 
hail from Los Angeles (the valley, to be more specific.) 

I enjoy smoking both aromatic and english blends; my favorite english 
would have to be Balkan Sobranie. I don't know what my favorite aromatic 
would be; mainly I just sample different blends from different 

Some of my favorite pipes are a Charatan (sp?) second, called a Falstaff, 
and a Savinelli bent billiard.

I also enjoy occassionaly smoking the 'weird' pipe, I don't know why, but 
I would be very grateful if anybody could tell me were to find a 
Westraven-Zenith clay churchwarden, either in NYC or LA or through 
mailorder. I had one and (forgetting it was clay, not vulcanite,) broke 
the stem in half. In addition, if anybody knows any 
companies/manufacturers that make reproductions of 19th-century Tyrolean 
style pipes, I would love to have one of those. (indulging some kind of 
wierd quasi-historical pipesmoking fantasy, oh well... =)

Also, could anybody tell me what the various MacBaren blends are like? 
I've seen them sitting on tobacconists' shelves and don't know anything 
about them.

--Courtney Evans

(ps, Steve, I can't get the bloody trn at Colombia to post, which is why 
this is here and not in the a.s.p area. There is simply NO command listed 
in the help file, any ideas?)

[ Well re trn, I personally use nn, so I'm no expert. But a quick scan
through the man page finds the "f" command, which should do what you
want (if you're on a nonexistent article). Re the MacBaren blends, if
you have about $30, you could call up JR Cigar and order a tin of
each. 'S'what I did :-) My personal favorites right now are Burley and
Symphony. -S. ]

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From: Joachim Posegga <??????????????????>
Subject: For the Resource Guide


here is an entry for the resource guide:

	Das Haus der 10000 Pfeifen ("The House of 10.000 pipes")
	Peter Heinrichs
	Hahnenstrasse 2
	50667 Koeln

	Tel: (0221) 25 62 31  oder  25 64 83.

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to go there. It is
well-known and probably one of the best German pipe shops.


[ In the Guide! Thanks! BTW, anyone know of a good pipe shop near
Erlangen? -S. ]

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Change of Address

I just wanted to let everyone know my new address is
?????????????????????????? Please send Digests and mail to that
address from now on. Thanks, and keep on puffing!.

[ Well, you said everyone... -S. ]

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From: Ib Fagerlund <?????????????????>
Subject: Resource Guide/Pipes Digest

Hi Steve (both of you),
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

I just looked through the Resource Guide (3w.crayos.com).
I miss a few things.
I posted an article in the Digest #134 about some Danish retail pipe
shops and museums. Steve (M.) promised to add those to the R.Guide,
but they are not here. Would you (one of you) please consider to do that =
The names in question are:
W.O. Larsen, Gents Shop, Paul Olsens Tobaksblanderi, Center Of Danish Pip=
and Storm P. Museum.
I would also like to have our Nordic pipe club added to the Guide:
The Nordic Smokers Guild
President Leif Slot
Ellekrattet 18
DK-2950 Vedbaek
phone: +45 42 89 44 02 / +45 31 22 14 11
fax:   +45 31 22 41 50

Best Regards

[ In the Guide, Ib! Had to delete your .sig because it got torn up a
bit. Please excuse the long delay since #134. -S. ]

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From: Ib Fagerlund <?????????????????>
Subject: Resource Guide, cont.

Hi again.

Just one more thing -

Would you also please add our magazine:
same address as for The Nordic Smokers Guild
4 numbers/yr, only for members of The Nordic Smokers Guild, anual fee $35,
written in Danish only.


[ Well, since you said please... :-) -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????????? (D. S. Patrick Popeck)
Subject: Mosaic vote

     As far as I can understand, the Mosaic proposal would be as
1. a continuance of the current email delivery of the weekly
   newsletter; and
2. placing the back-issues of the newsletter and the resource
   guide on the WWW.

     I would support the proposal as elucidated above, since it
would satisfy those who want direct access, provide relief to our
gracious moderator by saving him time and energy devoted to
answering various requests, and protect the interests of those of
us who do not have ability to access ftp sites.  I also assume
that email requests for back issues from those of without WWW
would still be honored.

     I see no drawbacks to the proposal, so I would support the
push to place back issues on Mosaic.

And I bid you goodnight!

[ To say nothing of working his ever-moderatin' fingers to the bone
updating the RG... -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????? (Brookfield Economics Institute (U.S.A.) Limited)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #159 -- September 23, 1994

Hi Steve:

Well, finally ftp'd everything to brookfld/pipes_digest in ftp.netcom.com.

I had a bit of trouble. Those mime'd/uuencoded files I couldn't deal with,
I'm afraid, for some reason. I pieced together the back issues you mailed
me, but those had been chopped up by the email gateway. Anyway, most of the
back issues are there. If you get a chance and can snail mail me a disk with
the digests, I'll replace the ones on the ftp site.


--Richard Geller

[ I'll try, Richard; is Mac format OK? Otherwise, I'll have to figure
out how to siphon the issues down to a PC again. -S. ]

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From: ????????????
Subject: Smokers Rights


Just a short note to let everyone know about a new smoker's rights newsletter
and/or group.

Atlantic Smoker's Rights Newsletter
PO BOX 3512
McLean, VA 22103

It is a very nice two-fold mailer with lots of good and bad news.

It reminded everyone  of the Smokers' Rights Action Line at
1-800-333-8683.  That's a number for sharing news among various smoker

More to come -----Keep Puffing!!


[ Thanks! Is the 800 number run by ASRN or someone else? -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Pipe digest

Dear Steve -

This communique is long overdue.  I meant to get in touch with you
quite awhile ago, but things have been hectic, and you know how the
time can slip by!

Anyway, thanks for sending me a sample of the pipe digest.  Looks
great, and I definitely want to be a part of the group (by the way,
can our computer activities be called "virtual smoking"?)! Don't have
much time for online activities these days, but I'll enjoy being a
part of your activities whenever I can.

Glad to see you're flamer-conscious.  Lucky that you haven't had
problems so far, but given the fact smoking is on the rise again
(especially cigars and pipes) and public attitudes towards smoking
bans seem not as enthusiastic as they used to be I think we can expect
the antis to get more and more extreme in their desparation.  Who
knows what they'll do next!  If HUD can sue people for using their 1st
amendment rights to free speech, I wonder what the NIH could pull on
us (but then again if Joycelyn Elders' brains were toilet paper she
wouldn't have enough to wipe her...well, you know).

In answer to a question you put to my compadre, Giant Briar, YES I'm
the same Steve Johnson who wrote those articles for the A & M Gazette.
Neil Murray says he sent you a xerox of these pieces on a floppy, but
hasn't seen 'em in the digest yet.  The article on Clinton's health
care plan you can forget (at least for now - we may have to dust it
off for next year), but the other one has information that needs to
get out there.  If you never got Neil's disk please get in touch with
him.  I can also upload the file to you if necessary.  My next Gazette
article will be on the EPA secondhand smoke report, and I'll pass it
along to you as soon as it's done.  Let me know if you have PKZip,
'cause I prefer uploading & downloading compressed files.

To close things off I want to let you know about our pipe & cigar Expo
here in Los Angeles.  It'll be at the LAX Marriott on October 29 & 30.
We also have exhibit space available for collectors, retailers,
suppliers & pipemakers.  I'd appreciate it if you could let everyone
know about this event.  Anyone who wants more information can call me
at (310)820-9706, or e-mail me their snail mail address, and I'll send
'em a flyer.  I thank you for whatever you can do to help us publicize
the Expo!

Thanks again for getting in touch with me.  I'll look forward to being
involved with you guys!

Briar Man (aka Steve Johnson)

P.S.  I service microscopes for a living, and one of our accounts is a
company called Pacesetters (they're out here in the San Fernando
Valley). They were acquired by Siemens a few years ago.  Does that
mean people who get a pacemaker made by this outfit get artificial
inSiemenation?  Ha, ha!
 (Warning:  I'm notorious for my puns.)   

[ Except that Pacesetters was sold, I think. A clear case of
conglomeratus interruptus. Yes, I'm still carrying Neil's disk around
in my valise, waiting for The Perfect Moment to upload... -S. ]

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From: JTH <????????????????????>
Subject: How are your teeth doing?

I have been reading through some of the past history of the digest and 
find it is almost like a good novel.  I lost a few hours there reading 
about smashing your knuckles (if you're not careful) when you turn a pipe, 
you breaking your pipe (sorry I forgot the name of it - did you ever get 
it back?  Maybe I'll just have to keep reading on), breaking your bike 
and teeth on the side of the car (BTW how are they doing? - I expect the 
bike is no more but the teeth you would kind of have to get repaired).    
It may seem strange but all this, mixed in with the pipes, gets me in the 
mood for the Hobbit, a pipe, a big "comfy chair", and some ale (stout 

Sorry, I began to wax philosophic there for a moment.  The reason I wrote 
was to ask a question about the handling of Meerschaum pipes.  I can't 
remember where but I read that you aren't supposed to hold on to them 
when you smoke them (unless it is by the stem) because the oils from your 
skin will damage their wax coating.  Is this true?  I am wondering 
because I tend to hold my briars by the bowl more than in my mouth and 
would find holding the stem awkward.  I would kind of like to find this 
out before I invest in a Meerschaum and then wreck it with a "bad" habit.

Also (please excuse the newbie sound of this question - but you don't 
learn unless you ask and I have never smoked a Meerschaum), do Meerschaums 
suit a particular blend of tobacco (i.e. do they do better with English 
blends rather than say cavendish)? 

Thanks   ~~?
JTH      8-)

[ Heard it both ways about the Meerschaums. And, my teeth are fine:
one has a big gold crown and three have HUGE fillings, but I can
finally chew again. -S. ]

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		       Today's Snappy Comeback:

(The Backhand Return:) "God, I admire people who aren't afraid to be
				- 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 #160 -- October 3, 1994
  2. Subject: Pipe & Cigar Expo in October
  3. Subject: Lady Smokers and MOSAIC
  4. Subject: Bio and other stuff
  5. Subject: Re: Blowing smoke out your nose.
  6. Subject: Re: submission for digest
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #159 -- September 23, 1994
  8. Subject: Dunhill Address
  9. Subject: Smoke Signal.
  10. Subject: Hello
  11. Subject: News From Friends in Low Places
  12. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #159 -- September 23, 1994
  13. Subject: Re: Wasted Tobacco In Bottom of Bowl
  14. Subject: Enough lurking!
  15. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  16. Subject: For the Resource Guide
  17. Subject: Change of Address
  18. Subject: Resource Guide/Pipes Digest
  19. Subject: Resource Guide, cont.
  20. Subject: Mosaic vote
  21. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #159 -- September 23, 1994
  22. Subject: Smokers Rights
  23. Subject: Pipe digest
  24. Subject: How are your teeth doing?
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