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Subject: Pipes Digest #169 - December 16, 1994

		Pipes Digest #169 - December 16, 1994
		     Circulation this issue: 686

Welcome to new members:

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Two items of note. First, after hearing that they're defending our
right to keep and bear leaf, Your Moderator is now a card-carrying
member of the ACLU. I'd urge the U.S. members of the mailgroup to
support one of the few national organizations that is actively taking
our side in the fight against Prohibition. You can contact them at:

	American Civil Liberties Union
	123 West 43rd St.
	New York, NY 10109-1592

In a similar vein, I've also cancelled my subscription to Consumer
Reports, after seeing the front cover of the January issue. It's not
the first time they've engaged in smoker-bashing, and I (sensibly, I
believe) refuse to support organizations that persecute me.

But some happier news: It's Christmastime, and it's still possible to
find Cope's Escudo, B&B, a warm fireside, and the companionship of
friends such as we have gathered here. Enjoy, and

				Smoke in peace,
				~\U Steve.

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

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Stuff

Dear Steve -

It's been awhile since I last communicated with the good folk in our group,
so I thought I'd check in with the latest.

First off, our recent pipe & cigar Expo (Oct. 29 & 30) was once again a big
hit.  We got a very good turnout, both by exhibitors and walk-in attendees.
 The facilities were excellent, the banquet was first-class, and a great time
was had by all!  I wrote an article on the Expo which will be appearing in
the holiday issue of the A & M Gazette.  I'll pass it along to you on e-mail

Meanwhile, us California smokers are royally bummed out over Prop. 188's
defeat.  I recently found out that our Republicrat governer Pete Wilson
secretly supported 188, even though he signed the statewide smoking ban into
law.  Ironic, huh?  Could it be that he signed AB 13 'cause it was an
election year?  Naw!!!  Which makes me wonder - why doesn't our "golden"
state have people like Gingrich, Gramm, Armey or Alexander?  Well, at least
we now have Tom Bliley in Congress.  BTW, for those of you who don't
understand the implications of this fact - Bliley being the new chair of the
Health & Environment subcomitttee is the first serious setback the
anti-smokers have been dealt since they started gaining serious power under
Koop in the '80s.  Since he's a pipe smoker I'm going to send him my research
on the medical literature concerning pipe and cigar smoking.  Mebbe, just
mebbe, he'd like to investigate how officialdom has been treating us.  It's
worth a shot!

I saw your inquiry on the meaning of mortality ratios.  Basically the
mortality ratio describes any difference in death rates between groups of
people.  In smoking studies the mortality ratio of 1.0 for nonsmokers is used
as the constant.  Therefore, if you see a study which states that the
mortality ratio for lung cancer in cigarette smokers is 10.0 it means that
for every nonsmoker who dies of lung cancer 10 cigarette smokers die of that
disease.  And speaking of research...

I recently made a breakthrough with the acqisition of a work called "the
Toxicology of Pipe Smoking".  TPS is the work of one John Trestrail, III, a
pipe smoker and toxicologist working out of Blodgett Memorial Medical Center
in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Dr. Trestrail has compiled a bibliography of all
published medical literature dealing with the health effects of pipe and
cigar smoking, including a summary of each study's findings.  This is without
doubt a valuable resource guide, but be forewarned - Dr. Trestrail makes NO
commentary on the quality of these studies in terms of soundness of the
methodology, validity of conclusions, etc.  

When I have enough time (which, I suspect, will probably be in my next life)
I will gather the source studies cited in TPS for evaluation.  I did, however
find that in perusing the conclusions of the studies he lists, a number of
very interesting questions come up.  I won't go into detail now, but what I
find is that the deeper one goes into the realm of pure research the more
uncertainty one finds, especially when considering the issues of anecdotal
data and the myriad variables which often get overlooked.  I will say this:
 Although TPS lists more studies than I previously knew existed I still stand
behind everything I wrote in my "Pipes, Cigars and Public Policy" article.
 What I have learned through TPS has only strengthened my conviction that we
MUST critically examine the medical data on our pursuit, and that we have
nothing to fear by what we'll find.  For those of you who'd like to contact
Dr. Trestrail regarding TPS you can e-mail him at:  ????????????????????

And now onto a more pleasant subject, namely fine tobaccos.  Dittoes to those
of you singing the praises of Cope's Escudo - lovely stuff!  I first tried
Escudo at the tender age of 21, after only 5 months as a pipe smoker, and
fell in love with it from the very first bowl.  I have a tin which I bought
about 7 years ago.  It's staying in my "vintage" collection to be enjoyed
(along with some original Rattray's) at a later time.  For the gentleman from
England lamenting about the lack of Escudo on his side of the "herring pond",
he may want to try JR Tobacco (here in the colonies) at (800)572-4427.  I
don't know if JR ships overseas, but they have it in their latest catalogue,
so he might want to give 'em a shout.  I'm also partial to Dunhill
Elizabethan mixture, especially in clay pipes.  In fact my favorite
Thanksgiving day smoke is Elizabethan in a Goudewaagen churchwarden (the
Goudewaagen has a nice, big bowl, as opposed to those stupid Zeniths with a
bowl about the size of a thimble).  I can just hear some of you out there
thinking "Elizabethan?  In a clay??  The guy's nuts!!!"  But yes, if you're
like me, with a rather sturdy constitution (I've never gotten sick from a
pipe) the experience is quite delightful.  And speaking of delightful...

I have been acquainting myself with the McClelland private reserve blends
available through Levin Pipes International.  Definitely worth looking into,
as there is some really good stuff here.  There are 3 categories of tobaccos:
 Matured oriental mixtures, matured Virginias and 
fragrant matured Virginia blends.  I've worked my way through the fragrant
matured Virginias, and I especially recommend Grey Havens, Moria Gate and
Deep Elm, as well as Trollshaws, which is a Latakia mixture with a unique
flavor.  LPI has samplers of the McClelland Private reserve blends, with
enough for 1 or 2 loads of each of the tobaccos.  The samplers are reasonably
priced, and a great way to try out this superb line.

LPI is now being run by Barry Levin's widow, Kathy.  In case she's not yet in
the resource guide here are the particulars:  Levin Pipes International, 6113
Abbey Rd., Aptos, CA  95003.  The phone # is 408-477-0140.  As I sit here
composing this I'm enjoying some of their St. James flake in one of my
calabashes, along with tonight's breezy and cold (yes, it does get chilly in
winter here in southern California!) weather.  To quote a well-known beer
commercial - it doesn't get any better than this!

Anyway, Steve, I'm really enjoying the pipes digest.  The pipe and cigar
forum here on AOL has deterioriated, so I'm grateful that we have our
InterNet group.  This is definitely where the quality's at!  Keep up the good

Best Regards und Gute Rauchen,

Steve Johnson (aka Briar Man) 

[ New York City has also enacted something like Prop. 188. Of course,
all their problems with crime, smog, and gridlock must be solved,
since they have spare time to persecute us in... Good news about
Bliley, though! Looking forward to more about Trestrail's work. -S. ]

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From: Joachim Posegga <??????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest/Resource List

Dear all

I recently came across a very nice pipe/tobacco catalogue, which is
definitley worth seeing; it is the mail order catalogue of

	Dan Pipe Frickert & Behrens KG
	Curslacker Deich 136
	21039 Hamburg
	Fax: +49 40 723 35 39

The well-made catalogue (in color) has over 200 pages, thereof about 40
pages offering tobacco and 20 pages cigars; the rest shows a nice
collection of pipes, like Stanwell, Savinelli, Peterson, Brebbia,
Bentley, Holger, L.Wood, Ser Jacopo, Butz-Choquin, Falcon, etc. Most
pictures are showing the pipes at they natural size.

Unfortunately, about 90 % of all pipes are offered as filter pipes for
9mm filters, reflecting the situation in the German pipe market. Only
some of the high-grade pipes (Bentley, L.Wood, Holger, etc) can be
ordered as non-filter versions.


[ Wow! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????? (jdv)
Subject: help!

Have been reading the digest for a few weeks now and can't tell you
how much I enjoy it. Reading the digest is almost as good as lighting
up as far as relaxation is concerned. I don't know if it's proper to
ask help me type questions here but I have trouble geting a good cake
to form near the botton of the bowl in all my pipes. I have about
fifteen assorted pipie ranging from Ascorti, Cammeneto, Savinally, and
Costello. I clean the pipes after each use and they seem to smoke
smooth untill I get near the boottom and then they get pretty
wet. After cleaning I keep them on a rack with a fan blowing on them
contineously to hasten the drying process. I've never had any
instructions or read much on proper care so what I'm doing I've just
stumbled into. Any suggestions?

                                Thanks, Jim Varnon

[ Sounds like you're doing great, Jim! Above and beyond the call of
duty. A lot of tobacco smokes wet near the end; just try easing off
the humidification a little bit and see what happens. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????? (Gerry Hilton)
Subject: Merry Christmas to all

Hi Steve.....
        It's been a long time since I've dropped you a note. Thanks for all 
the Digests. It's the one thing that I really look forward to each week.
        It's that time of year and I would like to wish everybody a very 
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. I hope the coming season is shaping up 
as good for you people as it is for me.


         Gerry Hilton
         Nova Scotia             ??????????????????????
         Canada                   Ph / Fax 902-682-3194  

[ And to you, a good Yule too! -S. ]

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From: "Don S. Johnson" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994

Greetings Steve--Happy Holidays to you and all on the Digest. This is to
inform y'all that Tabagerie, Ltd. is moving from Westport to 666 Main Ave.
(US 7) Town Line Center, Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 846-1112. Tony is having a
grand opening party Dec. 18 from 1-5 which, I believe, is too late for a
Digest notice.

[ Not yet, as you can see! Please let us know how it is. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????? (Richard H. Galineau)
Subject: Re:  alt.smokers.pipes

Steve, your suggestion is excellent.  If you would ask for the
URL or the way into the alt.smokers.pipe(read and write)
newsgroup, I and many others will appreciate it.  Thanks.  

Dick Galineau

[ Is there anyone on Freenet who can advise Dick how to post/read
alt.smokers.pipes? -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: Carey's and Jerri's

	Thanks for digest 168.  Jeez!  A week without a digest!  I 
didn't realize how addicted I was!
	I'd like to relate my recent experience with Carey's Smokeshop
in Ohio.  (If you consider this a flame then please feel free not to 
include it in the next digest).
	My wife, bless her, for the first time in our 15 years of 
marriage, wanted to buy me a pipe for my 41st birthday which was in late
October.  (I think my wife has resigned herself, finally, to the fact 
that I'm not going to give up my pipes!  It's a case of "love me, love
my pipes").  I chose a Savinelli Hercules from the Carey's catalog which
really caught my eye.  My wife called on October 24 to place the order. 
She was told that since this was not their own brand they had not had 
many in stock and had run out and would have to back order - "should
be 2 to 3 weeks."  Three and a half weeks later I called to see if they
had received their shipment.  No, "should be 2 to 3 more weeks."  Being
a pipe smoker, I'm the patient sort.  I waited until Dec. 9 and called
again.  Still no shipment, and no idea when they might get their shipment.
So, I canceled my order.  I figure that waiting nearly 7 weeks for anything
is long enough.  Even patient pipe smoking types have their limits.
	I will not order from them again.  I understand that they are 
dependent on Savinelli (and/or their distributor in the U.S.), but it's
annoying to be strung along.  I would have appreciated a note after 4 or 
5 weeks telling me of the delay and asking if I wanted to continue to wait.
I've written a note to Bill Miller, the president of Carey's about my 
complaint.  I'll see if I get any response and let you know.  (BTW, I've 
tried Carey's sampler pack of English blend tobaccos and did not like 
them.  They didn't have any "character".  Tasted flat.  And when I placed
that order they were out of stock on it too!!  Their own house blends!!
That was only a wait of 2 weeks).  What with the pressure on smokers
nowadays, I would think that any smokeshop would bend over backwards
trying to please their customers.  This experience just left me shaking
my head in frustration and disbelief.
	However, on a brighter note, I finally did go to Jerri's 
Tobacco Shop here in Denver for my birthday pipe, and bought a very
nice quality pipe on the advice of the friendly fellow in the shop
(not Jerri, I'm afraid I can't remember his name), a "Bartoli" - from 
a small Italian pipe maker, he said, that Jerri himself had bought in 
quantity when he was still traveling the world in search of good briar
pipes.  I also left a favorite Butz Choquin there for a stem replacement
too.  I'll pick that up this afternoon (one day, not counting yesterday,
a Sunday, after dropping it off!!).  BTW, Jerri's does mail order (they're
reputable, they've been around Denver since 1955).  If you could add them
to the Resource Guide, I'd appreciate it:

		Jerri's Tobacco Shop
		1616 Glenarm Bldg.
		Denver, CO

	I haven't yet tried their house blends, but you can bet that I'll
be back.  I've learned my lesson about personal service!  Will let you 
know what I think of their blends in the future.
	Well, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and many pleasant 
holiday bowlfulls to you all!

		Chris Reinhart

[ Done, Chris! Thanks! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994 

Hello.  I've been manually copying your digests on to a WWIVnet message area
called "the Briar Bowl".  The host has replied to several of the digests I've 
put on that sig and I thought you might be interested in his replies

Looks like I wasn't able to convert the MSDOS text quite perfectly.
Oh well, I tried for over half an hour and this is the best I could


[ Edited to conserve bandwidth and avoid duplication of previous
Digest issues. -S. ]

Digest 160 (1/2)         
Andy Wallace #6 @9201
Thu Oct 20 21:59:52 1994

 K#@> Pipes Digest #160 -- October 3, 1994

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

        I would agree with that! I didn't care too much for the LS but
Emerald Lady is a fan. I thought I saw a brand besides Twining's at
the grocery store, but I must have been another brand, direct from a
Chinese grocer at one point. No, Sir, I didn't like it!


... Bourbon Street Pipe Tobacco -- it's HORRIBLE!!!!!
Digest 160 (2/2)
Andy Wallace #6 @9201
Thu Oct 20 22:00:02 1994
FROM: Klisma #1 @5442 
ABOUT: Digest 160 (2/2)

 K#@> From: ????????????????????????? (Alijandra L. Mogilner)

 K#@> Speaking of
 K#@> colored briars Savenelli is producing an "alligator" line of blue and
 K#@> green pipes.

        Yes, but I still like the green briar Big Ben one in the
Thompson catalog. By the way, speaking of Savinellis
the Nashua NH smokeshop (Newsshop) and was impressed. Many had nice
bird's-eye/straight grain patterns, and they were about $80 in shapes I
liked. The grain was so nice I'd consider a Canadian or poker straight
style! I looked at some Petersons and I wasn't as impressed...hmm.

        I also checked out the Meerschaums they sold. I didn't pick any
up -- just stared through the case. Nice, but I do prefer the geometric
pattern carvings more than the Sultan heads. It's just me. <grin> The
geo ones were about $80 too... Emerald Lady said I'd probably prefer an
Art Deco one! Maybe she's right....maybe I should carve my own, too --
because there ain't no Art Deco to be found around here nowadays. There
must be some voracious AD collector somewhere.

        I also checked out the (2) calabashes they had. Nice ones,
both about the same size, no silver rings, about $80. After hearing
about how cool they smoke, and since the meerschaum bowls will color
nicely, maybe I'll celeb (if I get it) with one. We'll see!

 K#@> If you haven't tried Cuban
 K#@> tobacco, expect not to love it.  You might as well try it just to say
 K#@> you have had the real thing; but, it has a strong earthy flavor that
 K#@> makes the cheapest burley taste like cavendish.  Just remember, I
 K#@> smoke latakia and love the old Ratray's stuff and Cuban is too strong
 K#@> for me.

        Yeow. I bet you like Lapsang Souchong, too! I will have to try
ONE Cuban cigar once I get my butt up to Canada someday...

 K#@> - Subject:       IPS| CUBA-TRADE| Cigar Sales Private

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

        Hmm, Habaneros? Is there any significance in the name, given
that the Habanero (Scotch Bonnet) pepper is


... Pipeworks & Wilke, custom pipes, tobacco: 1-800-832-8309

FROM: Klisma #1 @5442 
ABOUT: Digest 162 (2/2)

 K#@> From: ????????????????
 K#@> Subject: "The Official Smokescreen"

 K#@> The results for pipe smokers were surprising: According to
 K#@> the study, pipe smokers outlive nonsmokers by an average of two years!
 K#@> Even more surprising were the findings that heavy pipe smoking did not
 K#@> change this, and that pipe smokers don't seem to gain any longevity
 K#@> benefit by quitting.  While the study was good news for pipe and cigar
 K#@> smokers, its data never appeared in the reports made by Surgeon
 K#@> General C. Everett Koop.

        Well, this could be good news for us...but a human life is more
complex than a smoking machine and a lung blotter to measure and
analyze. A casual p
s pipe in relaxation...away
from the cares of life. It's difficult to tend a pipe while you're
involved in some stressful task. A cigarette, on the other hand, is made
for a hectic lifestyle. Suck that smoke down into your lungs to calm
down....or something like that. It's a complex equation -- but my guess
is that people who feel the need to smoke cigarettes have other factors
involved in their early deaths than just cigarette smoke...and the smoke
of burning bleached cigarette paper.

        But I'd still like to see some hard data about pipe smokers and
mouth cancer.

 K#@> From: "A.W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
 K#@> Subject: Smoke Signal #3

 K#@> In Mallow, Southern Ireland, I discovered the
 K#@> true purpose of stout: stout is for washing down Sunday's lunch of
 K#@> brown Windsor soup, lamb cutlets, roast potatoes, carrots, peas, and
 K#@> baked potatoes, followed by chocolate gateau, and the cheese and
 K#@> fruits. Drat! I've just droole

        Me, too! Don't get me started on FOOD! Did you know there is a
book called the "Bad For You Cookbook?" No, I don't have a copy. I guess
I need to get a live-in cook from Delhi to really enjoy vegetarian
meals, because otherwise I look at the vegetables at Market Basket and
yawn. Sigh. No, I'm not a vegetarian, I just like Indian food and would
like to eat more of that, and less of tinned meats like Hormel sausage
patties and even SPAM....which some might say is the food equivalent of
Bengal Slices........... <grin>  But I digress, too...

 K#@> From: ?????????????????
 K#@> Subject: Bio

 K#@> Hi! My name is Christopher D. Walborn. I am a 20 year old student

 K#@> I, too, am among the brotherhood of bearded smokers. No goateed
 K#@> twenty-something here: a nice, full, red manly-man beard against brown
 K#@> hair. I like to sit and smoke and think intelligent thoughts.

        So do I....say "duh," if you must, but say it at the appropriate
time. No, I don't have a beard now, but I have had a cheshire beard over
the years. Here today, gone next month or two. In a bout of
assertiveness over my facial geography I have shaved off my mustache. I
agree with my critics: I look better with it on. I shall grow it back if
I get the job I've been seeking...don't want to look scruffy before
 basket. And like you, my hair is brown and my beard

 K#@> Regardless of my pure-air family upbringing I have always, from
 K#@> the time I was a small child, loved pipes. I knew nobody that smoked a
 K#@> pipe, but an older gentleman smoking a pipe has always seemed a type of
 K#@> the wonderously warm and kindly.

        I would agree there. My Uncle Gardner smoked a pipe and I used
to love it when he'd visit. I sniffed his cold pipe, once, sitting on
the kitchen table -- ack. The aroma of the burning tobacco was
beautiful, though -- much better than my mother's Bel Airs and my dad's
Vantages. I wish I could ask my Aunt Nyrhe what he smoked, but I'm
afraid she's in a nursing home with Alzheimer's Disease. (I just found
out.) A shame... Gardner wasn't especially kind to me as a child, but
he never raised his voice, and I did love the smell of that pipe.

 K#@> [ Would appreciate P&W's new address, Chuck! We had had them until
 K#@> they moved out of NYC. -
n't understand why Steve doesn't have the Wilke address. I
got it from one of the Digests! Maybe it just had the 800 number....


P.S. -- Klisma, thanks again for the upload. It's been another enjoyable
2.5 hour read!

... The Pipesmokers Council 19 Elrington Road, London E8 3BJ.
 ~ Blue Wave/QWK v2.12 ~Smoker's ephemera book
Andy Wallace #6 @9201
Thu Oct 20 22:00:13 1994
        Among other weird things, I like antique radios and Art Deco
items. Well, Philip Collins has done two excellent paperback photo books
on Art Deco Radios! RADIOS, THE GOLDEN AGE, and RADIOS REDUX. Both are
great, and the photos are excellent.

        I've just discovered that he has done one on smoking

        I think it was called Smokiana or something like that.
Definitely Collins as the author, and definitely Chronicle Books as
the publisher. No....there weren't many pipes in it, but lots of
smoking type stuff from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Art Deco galore. Check
it out.

        I also saw a book just on collectible matchbooks.

        Let me know if you see any pipe books in print!


... Thompson Cigar (mail order tobacco stuff) 1-800-237-2559
 ~ Blue Wave/QWK v2.12 ~Flea market finds
Andy Wallace #6 @9201
Mon Oct 24 10:05:53 1994

I went to the Hollis NH flea yesterday.... I had intended to go to the antique 
flea there, after seeing a nicely carved briar there. It was in the shape of a 
Civil War soldier, and had very nice birdseye/straight grain pattern... But 
alas, that flea had closed for the year!
Well, the other one yielded some finds. I got a pipe reamer (what do those 
normally go for?) for $4, which appears to have never been used. It's a B.A.C. 
Machine Co. (of Boston) one. I can't find a date on the paperwork or box but 
I'd guess 1950s or earlier...

The other find, for $3, was a meerschaum pipe in a case! It's a smooth 
(uncarved) Full Bent style. It had been smoked, and fairly heavily I'd guess. 
The case says "genuine meerschaum" and "real amber." The area of the 
meerschaum towards the stem is yellowed, but the bowl appeared to be without 
wax, and much lighter. The inside of the bowl was black but not built up with 

(carefully) to clean meerschaum pipes, and that this would remove some wax. I 
said, what the heck, and used some... It did clean the outside, and now I see 
that the bowl is more shiny than it was. I wonder if it just had a hazy film, 
or if the alcohol moved the wax around from the other areas. I'm going to find 
some beeswax and see if I can re-wax it. I don't know how old this pipe is. 
The wax could be the "old" style, which contained beeswax and whale oil... 
It looks like the previous owner might have held it in his hand while smoking, 
and that's why only part of the wax took a color.
I don't know if I'll smoke it, but it was sure a bargain and worthy of 

What have you folks found at fleas/garage sales?

163    1/2               
Andy Wallace #6 @9201
FROM: Klisma #1 @5442 
ABOUT: 163    1/2

 K#@> From: ??????????????????????? (John A. Klimowicz)

 K#@> Steve, 

 K#@> I've only been on the internet for a few weeks.  I really
 K#@> appreciate the digest.  It lets me know I'm not the only "tail
 K#@> end baby boomer" smoking a pipe.

 K#@> I've only been smoking a pipe since my 30th birthday in September
 K#@> of this year. I figured I should do something with my birthday money
 K#@> that I wouldn't usually do.  My Uncle and Grandfather used to smoke
 K#@> pipes and I really missed that smell.

        Aha! Me too -- started around New Year's Day of this year.
Bought a $3 corncob and a pouch of Ultra Lite at C.V.S. The most
expensive thing was a $10 pipe Zippo lighter -- but I still use that.
Since then I've graduated to other pipes, but my two favorites are my
bent Falcons.

 K#@> Now I'm hooked on it.  I smoke 2-3 times a day and love every
 K#@> minute of it.  

        I smoke about twice in the evening,
back stairwell. (I won't smoke in the apartment.)

 K#@> I still haven't been able to smoke a whole bowl while holdind the
 K#@> pipe between my teeth.  Maybe I'm not clenching it correctly???

        I don't like to do that anyway. I prefer to hold the bowl gently
in my left hand. This keeps the pipe cooler (feedback on how hot it's
getting!) and I'm never worried about burning a bowl through. Of course,
I'm probably not getting the carbon built up properly but with a Falcon
I don't think that's as important. They have aluminum cooling stems.

 K#@> I'm always looking forward to the next digest.  I would love to
 K#@> hear more about the other members who are in their 20s and 30s that
 K#@> may have felt like the only ones their age smoking a pipe.

        Well, I haven't smoked mine in public, so you never know! I did
discover a fellow at work with a battered Falcon straight pipe which he
has enjoyed for 10 or more years.

[ Sounds like the Briar Bowl is also quite an active group! If you
give me some more details on what/where it (and WWIV) are, I'll put an
entry in the Resource Guide. If someone sends me Wilke's address, I'll
put that in too. And, last and least, I've also wondered about the
word "Habanero". -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: FAQs and Tobaccos

Having recently become a smoker of cigars in addition to my pipes I was
wondering whether or not there was a FAQ concerning cigars as there is one
concerning pipes. I am aware of--and possess--the FAQ on Humidors; this is,
indeed, delightful information, but I am wanting to learn about the cigars
themselves. I suppose that eventually I will find Hacker's book on cigars,
but being on a low budget at the moment, a FAQ seems just the thing.

I would also be interested in similar information regarding specific tobacco
blends, i.e. commercial. I am wanting to venture a bit further than the few
blends my tobacconist offers and the only other local possibility is the drug
store fare, to which I say, "No thank you." Having been down on my luck and
lost my 2oz bag of aromatic and not having time to drive 45 minutes to my
tobacconist, I settled for a purchase of Amphora red. I figured that even
cheap stuff would be better than no stuff...

It is a good thing I had not started out with the drug store pipe and tobacco
the way many of you brave (and longsuffering) souls did; had I started out
with Amphora I would most likely *not* be smoking today. The tobacco was
dryish and oily and smelled like decomposing roses, the smoke was even worse.

I recently purchased a tin of Dunhill Standard Mixture Mild. I have tried
only one other blend including latakia, and the other tobaccos of the mixture
were the standard tobaccos of other aromatic blends rather than the exotic
Turkish tobaccos of Dunhill. This "other" blend was a loose tobacco-jar blend
offered by my tobacconist. I like it well enough, though I must be in the
proper mood to smoke it. The Dunhill seemed to have less flavor and a greatly
more offensive smoke. I had never had the experience of anyone criticizing
the aroma of my pipe, including the times that I smoke the latakia
blend--though they did say it was a bit harsher than my other smokes, but not
unpleasant--until I lit up the bowl of Dunhill. What do others of the group
think of the Dunhill Standard Mild? Are other "English" blends substantially
more pleasant than this blend in your opinions? I've heard mention of Cope's
Escudo and of Bengal Slices. Are these greatly superior? How do I go about
obtaining these blends?

I noticed that in early issues of the Digest our gracious moderator suggested
a system of judging tobaccos. If anyone has made a habbit of so recording
their smokes I would be greatly interested in their records.

Well, enough imposing for one letter.

Christopher D. Walborn

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From: "M. Arndt" <????????????????>
Subject: estate pipes

Thanks to all that recommended the estate pipe market, especially Steve Wyman. 
Picked up a few pipes in the past few months that I really like.  First got a
Savinelli "Golden Jubilee" bent bulldog from Edwards (that I probably paid too
much for, I don't know).  First bulldog I procured, and I think that style is
growing on me.  Along that line, I broke down and purchased an Ashton Sovereign
XX bulldog from Nikos Levin.  One thing that I like about Nikos over Edwards is
that he puts a tape measure on the bottom of each photograph to give you some
scale to the displayed pipes.  That Ashton is probably the best pipe I own now,
it smokes great, and is the first straight stemmed pipe I have owned, having
restricted all my previous pipes to the bent stem variety.  I will now keep my
eyes open for a good Upshall from Nikos as soon as he gets the December mailing

BTW, I was sorting through the past issues of Pipe Digest to compile a brand by
brand listing of tobaccos, the types of tobaccos used in the blend, and any
reader comments, including mail-order sources.  Has anyone done something
similar to this yet?  It would be neat to have a pipe tobacco "database" to
help poor slobs like me avoid stronger latakia-based tobaccos that I can't
stomach yet.  I don't know, for someone like me with no access to a real
"tobacconist", I can't immediately divine what is in, for instance, Rattray's
"Accountant's Mixture", not being a Royal Chartered Accountant (then again I'm
not a lion-tamer either, apologies to Monty Python)

Matt Arndt 

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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: Re: -No Subject-

[ Edited to avoid duplication of previous issues. See Digest #167 re
Knickerbocker's and the British Bankers' Club. -S. ]

 I've just tried Knickerbocker's at the BBC (Menlo Park, CA on El
Camino Real) and was delighted.  We were greeted at the door by Vijay
who explained that the shop was just open for 3 weeks but already has
had mentions in your newsletter and the local San Jose Mercury
Newspaper.  Nice decor, definitely old English in feeling.  Two
comfortable chairs and a fair size walk-in humidor.  Pipes and cigars.
I tried a Te-Amo with a class of Port and thought I'd found heaven
(especially in the restrictive California smokers bashing
environment).  There's even better news!  Vijay told me this has been
so successful already that the owner, Dennis, is opening the upper
floor to the restaurant for smoking pleasure only.  It will be called
Churchill's Loft and have an even larger humidor!  I can't wait.  I
feel lucky to find a place where I can sit and enjoy -- up till now I
was forced to smoke outside of Mac's smoke shop in Palo Alto and
endure the more than occasional negative comments from passerby's.

[ Sounds wonderful, Steve! BTW, do you know how has Knickerbocker's
gotten around the AB 13 legislation that Steve Johnson mentioned
earlier? Or why are there so many Steves hanging around here? :-) -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????? (Steve Masticola)
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.pipes
Subject: Are you still smoking your pipe?

Here's a little excerpt from the _Pipesmokers' Welcome Guide 1994_
(Britain) that I thought the readershop would enjoy. BTW, many thanks
to the kind fellow who sent it to me (and whose name and address I
cannot now seem to find!)  ~\U S.


		   Are you still smoking your pipe?

Another report form a doctor's surgery -- the Revd. Garvin Fargus from
Ballachulish reporting on a personal experience.

Doctor:	"Are you still smoking your pipe?"

Patient: (contritely) "Yes."

Doctor:	"Good."

Patient: "What do you mean 'Good'?"

Doctor:	"Well, the latest research has shown that pipe-smoke is
	prophylactic against the development of bacterial infection of
	the chest." 

By coincidence I read the following recently in the Birmingham Post
which quoted the chest journal Thorax: "Researchers studied coughing
habits and discovered that light pipe-smokers coughed no more than
non-smokers." Just occasionally the doctors come up with some sensible
comments which, to be honest, we've noticed for ourselves. These do
lessen the cloud of guilt which the health publicists spread around.
Bad news too, for the no smoking, no drinking zealots is that
cardiologists are encouraging people with heart disease to drink a
glass or two of red wine a day. And the latest dietary advice I've
seen is that goose and foie gras are probably excellent for those with
cholesterol problems. Apparently those areas of France where they love
these things are heart attack free.

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

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From: "A.W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Signal #10

Smoke Signal #10
December 13, 1994

Pipes Digest #168 reminded me of my time in the Netherlands, a very
friendly and picturesque country. One of several things that stick
in my memory of Holland is the general cleanliness of the place.
Once, I travelled by train from there to England. Dutch trains are
clean, well-kept, run by smartly turned out staff, in marked
contrast to ramshackle British Rail with its greasily unkempt, surly
employees. As an Englishman, I have license to chastise my native
institutions, but if you think this paragraph is too warm, Steve,
then delete it by all means.

Anyway, let's bash onward to the end of "The Book of Pipes and
Tobacco" by Carl Ehwa, Junior, and his section on "Care of the
Pipe." Although this book is out of print there remain some copies
in the used-book market. My local second-hand bookseller has located
a copy for me priced at $20. Any copy of this book will be a worthy
addition to anyone's library.

"In general, briar, meerschaum, and calabash pipes should be treated
the same way. If the smoker regards all of his pipes as delicate,
and if he consistently cleans, reams, and rests them, he should
always be able to get a good smoke from those that are well suited
to his taste and habits."

"Smokers who break stems, shanks and bowls consistently, or who
complain about the sour smell of their pipes, obviously are pushing
them beyond their capacity to endure punishment. Care in cleaning
out the ashes left in the bowl after each smoke with a pipe tool,
rather than hammering them out, will be rewarded. There will be a
better chance of the bowl remaining unscarred and the frequency with
which stems and shanks are broken will be greatly reduced. If the
bowl is reamed out frequently, char is prevented from building to a
thickness that could reduce the pipe's capacity and increase the
danger of its splitting or cracking. It will also prove time-saving
in the long run, for each reaming will take just seconds rather than
the minutes required for a postponed reaming."

"The smoker should clean his pipe after every smoke, if possible.
Scoop out the ashes with the pipe tool, then run a pipe cleaner
through the stem and shank, using both ends of the cleaner. Next,
bend the cleaner into a loop that will fit the bowl and swab it out
to remove residual particles of tobacco and ash, and also to absorb
any remaining moisture."

"If the pipe has been allowed to get really dirty, the smoker should
use an alcohol-based pipe freshener to break down the tar in the
shank. Then he should scour the inside of the channel with a pipe
brush and, finally, use enough cleaners to finish the job. Always
remember to keep the mortise area at the end of the shank clean,
since foul-flavored tars and oils get trapped there. The bone screw
of the meerschaum pipe should be kept clean for the same reason. If
residue builds up in the area where the stem connects with the
shank, pressure could cause the shank to crack, the tenon to shrink
(which might create a loose stem), or, in the case of a bone
connector, the stem to become misaligned."

"Generally, if a smoker uses a preventive maintenance approach to
reaming, he will merely have to scrape away the char with the
reaming blade of a smoker's knife. If the residue is allowed to
build up to over the thickness of a nickel, however, a major job may
await the smoker. For a messy pipe, one should buy a heavy-duty
reamer -- such as the flange reamer -- in a fixed size that will fit
the bowl. Heavy-duty reamers will seldom cut the carbon to a proper
thickness on all the smoker's pipes because they are designed for
medium-sized bowls only. The only other reamers on the market that
can do an adequate, heavy-duty job are the Savinelli and the Ream-
and-Clean adjustable reamers which come with a useful shank reamer."

"The char that develops within the bowl of a pipe must be
controlled, but some is necessary, particularly in the case of briar
pipes. A safe thickness of char -- that of a dime, or even a nickel
for one who smokes very hard -- is needed to protect the inner wall
from repeated exposure to a burning ember. The best type of char
buildup, or cake, consists of an even, firmly grained carbon that
will absorb evenly and be durable. To create the ideal kind of cake,
fill the pipe properly, using a tamper to pack the tobacco in firmly
and evenly."

"People who smoke heavily flavored and cased tobaccos will find that
they build a soft cake, despite good smoking habits. Sometimes the
char is so soft and porous that it can be peeled out with a knife,
like the rind of an orange. The smoker who tends to build this type
of cake should take the convex spoon end of his pipe tool and, while
turning the bowl, press hard against the soft carbon to compress it
against the wall of the pipe."

"Another type of char that develops is characteristically pitted and
uneven. It generally chips away in spots, leaving portions of the
bowl unprotected and creating an uneven pressure against the inner
wall. This type of char is a direct result of improper filling and
smoking. The best remedy is to cut the carbon back until it is even
and then begin filling the pipe properly and using a tamper when

"Ocassionally the char builds up in the top portion of the bowl and
not at the bottom, or vise versa. This results from smoking only
part of a full bowl or consistently filling the bowl only halfway.
The smoker who develops this sort of cake should buy a few smaller
bowled pipes."

"Regardless of how often a pipe is cleaned, it must be well rested
to allow the moisture that has been absorbed during smoking to
evaporate. Discover for yourself, if you must, the consequences of
smoking a pipe constantly: The smoke will lack flavor and taste
exceptionally host and wet. Tobaccos taste much better in a rested

"Pipes should be smoked in rotation and be given a weeks rest after
each full day of smoking. The owner of a large collection should
alternate three or four pipes each day. In this way, no single pipe
will be overworked, avoiding a gradual deterioration of taste
towards the end of the day."

"A pipe should be rested bowl down, in as nearly a vertical position
as possible. This allows moisture to run from the shank into the
larger space of the bowl, where it will evaporate more quickly. Do
not leave a pipe cleaner in the shank and stem of a pipe. The
cleaner will, of course, absorb moisture, but if it is left in the
pipe the moisture cannot evaporate. Air moving through an open
channel will allow the pipe to dry out much faster. When a smoker
reams and cleans his pipes properly and allows them to rest, his
entire collection will produce the taste he seeks from his

That's that for Carl Ehwa on caring for the pipe. Now let us read
what he has to say about possible problems and the solutions to
those problems.

"Some Problems and Solutions: If one is ill, or taking medication,
[the] pipe will not taste as good as it should. This also holds true
when one is excessively tired. Even mints or gum often will alter
the smoker's ability to taste accurately. Keep these facts in mind;
they often go unnoticed and because of them many smokers have formed
impressions of different pipes and tobaccos which are unjust to the

"_Problem:_ The tongue and mouth are always sore (tingling,
_Solution:_ This generally is a problem confined to the new smoker
whose tongue and mouth naturally are quite sensitive. If the
soreness persists for more than two or three weeks, it probably can
be traced to the fact that the smoker hasn't developed good smoking
habits. The most common cause of this prolonged irritation is the
smoker's failure to fill and light the pipe properly. Other causes
might be: smoking too hard and fast, thus creating an excessive
amount of heat which burns the tongue and mouth, or smoking a
tobacco unsuited to the individual's taste. Filling and lighting a
pipe improperly may not only cause an almost unbearable scorching of
the tongue, but lead to pipe damage as well, such as splitting or a
burned-out bowl."

"_Problem:_ The tongue is sore only at the end of the day.
_Solution:_ Heavy smokers frequently experience this irritation. In
order to remedy this situation, consider the possibility of either
smoking less or going to a broader-cut tobacco which will last
longer in the bowl, naturally smoking cooler. One also might
consider switching to a smoother, 'natural' tobacco, or perhaps a
mixture with fuller flavor which will be more satisfying with fewer
bowls than light mixtures tend to be. If none of these suggestions
seems to solve the problem, the smoker could be smoking too many
bowls in any one of his pipes, not allowing them to rest."

"_Problem:_ The pipe tastes flavorless, sour, hot, and wet, and also
smells foul.
_Solution:_ Even though the smoker cleans and reams his pipes
properly, they will present him with this problem if he does not
give them an adequate rest. When the pipe is saturated with moisture
is saturated with moisture and tars, it can no longer perform its
task of extracting the various harsh elements from the tobacco by
absorbing them. The smoker will complain that his tobacco bites and
that the smoke is wet. In addition, if he doesn't clean and ream his
pipes properly, they will begin to smell unpleasantly."

"_Problem:_ The pipe smokes to wet.
_Solution:_ Besides the reasons given in the preceding paragraph,
this problem could also be caused by an extremely damp or heavily
flavored tobacco. Or, in poorer quality pipes, it is possible that
the draft hole is off-center or too low. If so, particularly in the
latter case, one will find more moisture in the smoke. There is no
remedy for this problem. All you can do is throw the pipe away.
Another cause which seldom is considered is that in humid climates
or during damp periods of the year, any smoke or air that goes
through the pipe has a higher moisture content, which condenses in
the stem. Furthermore, if the smoker fills his pipe too loosely and
fails to tamp the tobacco after it is lit, he will find he has to
draw on the pipe much harder and more often to keep it lit. As he
draws, the bowl and smoke become extremely hot, while the channel 
in the stem is cooled by the drafts passing through it. Condensation
of this especially hot smoke in the cool stem chamber will cause a
wetter smoke."

"_Problem:_ It is hard to keep the pipe lit.
_Solution:_ While the smoker occasionally can blame an exceptionally
moist tobacco for this problem, the more common cause is that he has
not learned how to fill and light the pipe correctly. On occasion,
a smoker will complain that the broader-cut tobaccos are hard or
impossible for him to keep lit. He too probably fails to take proper
care in filling and lighting his pipes. The smoker should realize
also that his pipes should be cleaned regularly, since any blockage
of the draft hole or channel by a buildup of tars or tobacco
particles will make a free draft impossible."

"_Problem:_ The smoke does not seem to last long enough for the
capacity of the bowl.
_Solution:_ This again generally is caused by improper filling and
lighting. If one does not fill the pipe firmly enough and tamp the
tobacco after it is lit, his fill will burn faster and, of course,
not last as long as it should." Another cause of this problem could
be exceptionally hard smoking or smoking outdoors in the wind. I
suggest that the smoker buy a broader cut of tobacco which will
smoke cooler and slower. Also, if the smoker does not ream his bowls
and allows the carbon to build up beyond a sixteenth of an inch, he
naturally will have a shorter smoke because of the reduced capacity
of the bowl."

"_Problem:_ The tobacco does not burn evenly across the top. Rather,
it tends to burn down the center or down one side of the bowl.
_Solution:_ This is another problem caused by imiproper filling and
lighting. When this occurs, the damage it does, besides wasting
tobacco, often goes undetected by the smoker until it is too late.
This problem will cause the carbon cake to build up unevenly within
the bowl, interfering with a smooth draft by constricting the fill
(much the same as pinching a cigar while smoking it would) and
causing uneven pressure on the bowl which ultimately could lead to
its splitting. The most frequent cause of an uneven burn is a fill
which is too loose or unevenly firm. Take care to avoid letting
tight clumps of tobacco form when filling the bowl."

"_Problem:_ The bowl gets very hot when smoked indoors.
_Solution:_ This is a result of not filling the bowl firmly. The
increased heat caused by over-drawing is conducted to the outer
surface of the bowl and, whether you are smoking a thin or thick
walled pipe, the heat will be intense. One who smokes very hard also
may have this problem. The solution is to go to the broader cuts
which smoke slower and therefore cooler. The smoker who prefers a
finer cut will have to accept the fact that it will always produce
a somewhat hotter smoke."

"_Problem:_ The bowl gets very hot when smoked outdoors.
_Solution:_ When a smoker is outdoors and active, he probably smokes
somewhat harder. This hard smoking, along with a wind or a breeze
created by movement, will increase the burning rate of your
tobaccos, creating excessive heat both in the pipe and mouth. Even
if you are not active, the wind -- if it is strong enough -- can
cause the bowl to overheat. Mixtures containing cube-cut or cut-plug
tobaccos, or broad-cut straight tobaccos, or cut cakes (flakes),
sliced rolls, and so forth are excellent because they burn slower
under these conditions, keeping your pipe and tongue cooler."

"_Problem:_ The capacity of the bowl is small because of a very
thick cake.
_Solution:_ A smoker should not allow this to happen because
pressure on the bowl over a period of time could split or crack the
wall. You should not allow more than one-sixteenth of an inch of
char evenly covering the inside wall of the bowl. It is better to
maintain the cake at this level than to let it build up farther and
then having to ream it out."

"_Problem:_ The carbon chips away when the bowl is being reamed.
_Solution:_ This is another result of a loosely filled pipe. If the
smoker fills his pipe too loosely, he will have to smoker harder and
faster to keep it lit. Rather than building up char in the bowl
slowly and evenly, a layer of soft and unevenly dense carbon will
form. This type of cake provides spotty protection to the inner wall
of the bowl and is less absorbant than a properly developed, even
cake. When this uneven char builds up beyond one-sixteenth of an
inch, it has a tendency to flake away when the pipe is being reamed
or cleaned, leaving some areas completely unprotected from the heat
of the embers. Aside from impairing the ability of the pipe to taste
its best, one runs the risk of creating hot spots that eventually
could burn out the bowl of a wooden pipe."

"_Problem:_ The top of the bowl is scorched.
_Solution:_ It is natural, as you smoke a pipe, for the top of the
bowl to darken as oils and tars in the smoke adhere and are
absorbed. But scorching of the top of the bowl is caused by
carelessness in lighting the pipe, allowing the flame to come in
contact with the wood. You can (and should) avoid this by holding
the flame away from the tobaccos and drawing it into the pipe. With
pipe lighters, do the same or direct the flame straight over the
tobaccos rather than at an angle."

"_Problem:_ The bowl is cracking or splitting.
_Solution:_ A lack of attention to the buildup of char within the
bowl, whether is is uneven or extremely heavy, is the cause of
splitting of the bowl in the majority of cases. To avoid this, keep
your pipes reamed. Another reason the bowl may crack is because of
inferior and poorly seasoned wood sometimes found in cheap pipes. If
the bowl is made of wood that is not completely dry, rapid
evaporation of the remaining moisture under the extreme conditions
of heat weakens the fiber of the wood and causes the pipe to split."

"_Problem:_ The bowl is burning out.
_Solution:_ While reaming a wooden pipe, you may notice an area of
the inner bowl wall that is parched and looks somewhat like char. If
you probe, you will find that you can dig into the wall easily,
sometimes all the way through. This condition inside the bowl
generally is accompanied by an extreme darkening of the
corresponding area on the outside of the wall. This is known as
burnout. Though sometimes caused by extremely hard smoking for
prolonged periods of time, a burnout in briar generally is caused by
'wood burs,' a name given to loose ends of wood fibre which have not
been removed during manufacture of the pipe. Though burnouts are
most frequent in less expensive pipes, they sometimes occur in the
finest grades. When this happens in a fine pipe, the manufacturer
will replace it with a new pipe. This is a provision of the
warranties, some of which last ninety days, others from a year to a
lifetime. If your pipe burns out because of a defect, it will almost
always happen within the first month. Some tobacconists are
authorized by certain manufacturers to replace your pipe on the spot
but, in most cases, the pipe must be sent to the factory for

"_Problem:_ The shank has split at the end.
_Solution:_ This is a common occurrence in pipes which are fitted
with push-tenon bits. This type of breakage is often caused by the
smoker's removing the stem of the pipe when there still is moisture
in the shank or when the pipe still is hot after smoking. When a
smoker removes the stem without first cleaning out the moisture, the
moisture in the shank runs into the fitted mortise area and swells
the wood slightly. Then, when the smoker replaces the stem, the
fitting is tighter and, if he proceeds to twist it all the way in,
the shank may split. Of course, the danger of this happening is much
higher with pipes with thin shanks. A thick shank resists splitting
and the tenon may be forced through pressure to shrink slightly,
later causing the stem to fit loosely. These problems do not always
occur but it is best to clean pipes of this design with the stem in
them. Then after allowing them to dry for a day or two, it is safe
to remove the stem and perform a thorough cleaning."

"_Problem:_ An older pipe has been cleaned but the draft is
_Solution:_ This is usually caused by a buildup of tars in the
shank. Use a shank reamer followed by a pipe cleaner that has been
soaked in a freshener or alcohol (or a shank brush that has been
soaked in a freshener or alcohol) to remove this buildup."

"_Problem:_ The shank is broken.
_Solution:_ There is little that can be done about this. Some
pipemakers might try to repair the shank by splicing the pieces
together or by cutting off the broken end connected to the bowl and
refitting it with a new stem. However, competent pipemakers are few
and even the best generally try this only with an expensive pipe.
Manufacturers usually guarantee only the bowl."

"_Problem:_ Your black (vulcanite) stem discolors (oxidizes).
_Solution:_ This is a common problem. It is usually caused by a
reaction of the rubber of the stem to an acidic condition of a
smoker's mouth or from prolonged exposure to the sun. The 'film'
that forms (which has a rather vile taste) generally can be buffed
off by a pipemaker by using various grades of abrasive polishes.
When a pipemaker is not available one could try using a buffer. A
smoker would be better off, however, using Savinelli's stem-
polishing paste as directed, or scrubbing the moistened bit with
baking soda with a fine toothbrush."

"_Problem:_ The stem (push-tenon type) fits loosely.
_Solution:_ Although a rubber stem may contract or shrink under
certain conditions, this problem is almost always caused by the
smoker who insists on pulling the stem out of his pipe when it is
either hot or still contains moisture in the channel from an earlier
smoke. When he pulls the stem out under either of these conditions,
the exposed inner portion of the shank fitting, or mortise, may
swell. If the shank does not crack as he reinserts the stem into
this smaller area, the tenon may be forced to shrink by the heat, or
the heat and pressure exerted by the swollen wood. When the wood
dries, it too shrinks, leaving the fitting loose. You can avoid this
problem with the push-tenon design (which is used in most fine
pipes) by cleaning the pipe after a smoke with the stem in and only
removing the stem for a thorough cleaning after a day or two of
drying in the rack. Do not leave a pipe cleaner in the shank as the
pipe is drying because it will prevent a normal air flow from drying
the shank. If a pipe stem becomes loose, the smoker should take it
to a good pipemaker, who usually will be able to swell the tenon,
returning the pipe to its proper condition."

"_Problem:_ The stem is too tight or frozen in place. Or the stem
does not fit flush to the end of the shank.
_Solution:_ These problems are caused by the same things that cause
a shank to split or a stem to loosen. The smoker with either of
these difficulties is lucky that the damage is not more severe. If
a stem is too tight or frozen, one must be careful to avoid
splitting the shank or snapping the stem. First let the pipe sit for
several days or weeks until it is thoroughly dry. At this time you
should be able to remove the stem as the swollen wood will have
contracted. If the fitting does not loosen naturally, take or send
your pipe to a tobacconist and let him repair it. With a push-tenon
type of stem these problems generally result from prolonged misuse.
If the pipe is allowed to rest properly and is not oversmoked, the
smoker occasionally can pull the stem out after smoking without
causing any damage. Only when a pipe is oversmoked and full of
moisture and tars do problems such as these occur. It is wise,
nevertheless, to refrain from habitually removing the stem directly
after smoking. If the stem does not fit tightly against the end of
the shank, it may be due to a buildup of tars in the end of the
shank which will not allow the tenon to seat properly. This
looseness could also be caused by pulling the stem out too often and
neglecting to clean the shank properly. A pipe in this condition is
a perfect target for easy breakage because the stem is not well
supported and this lack of support weakens the fitting."

"_Problem:_ Your curved stem has straightened.
_Solution:_ This generally happens when one leave a pipe in the sun
for a long time (for instance, on the dashboard of a closed car
parked in the sun). All vulcanite stems originally are straight.
After they are fitted to the pipe they are heated and bent. When
exposed to extreme heat, they straighten to their original molded
shape. If this happens, remove the stem from the pipe and slowly
heat it over a low flame (such as that provided by an alcohol lamp),
moving it back and forth slowly, keeping it above the flame. when it
becomes pliable, hold it in a towel and press it gently back into
the proper curve. Hold it in this position for a minute or so, then
put it under a faucet and let cold water run over it."

"_Problem:_ The stem is broken.
_Solution:_ A good tobacco shop should be able to replace a broken
stem at a reasonable price. Don't ask for an exchange as breaks of
this type are not caused by defects. To avoid breakage, smoke sturdy
pipes when you are active and don't carry your pipes around in your
pants or shirt pocket. Most important, don't pound your pipe out
while holding it at the stem. Pipes with narrow shanks are just not
as durable as hammers."

"_Problem:_ It is difficult or impossible to push a cleaner through
a bent stem.
_Solution:_ The channels of the bit and shank may be offset in a
pipe with a bent stem, thus causing a cleaner to hang up.
Manufacturers of better pipes drill a trough that guides the cleaner
to the shank portion of the channel as it comes through the stem.
Unfortunately this is not done to most pipes. However, the cleaner
will often go on through if you push it through the stem gently
until it stops, and then give it a quarter or half turn. If this
doesn't work, you will have to remove the stem to clean the pipe.
However, remember to let the pipe cool and dry out first."

There, you have it, words of wisdom on the care and feeding of the
pipe from Carl Ehwa Jr. As I said, his book is out of print, but
check the used-book market if you want a copy.

In recent weeks I was pleased to receive E-mail from Montreal and a
reader who enjoyed the excerpts on tobacco. With this in mind, we
will change tack and look at the tobaccos from the McClelland
Tobacco Company in my next puff, beginning with a suggestion for a
poor person's humidor for pipe tobacco. Also, in the offing, I have
a few words to type concerning Richard Hacker's "The Ultimate Pipe


[ Thanks, as always, Andrew! I may put the Q&A in the How-To. And I
just bought a flange reamer last week -- works great! Some of my bowls
are now wider than they've been in years! :-) -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: pies and cigars

I am a manufacturers representative for the tobacco industry and would like
to be of any help to you that I can.  I have only one problem..I travel
anywhere from 6-8 weeks at a time and cant check mail rapidily..Also have a
sources for product and information if  you have people looking for
information or product.  Thank you for your support of the industry and
continued success..


[ Psst... where can we get some Escudo? :-) -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest


Thanks for the invitation to become a member of your mailing list.  I grew up
with a mother who has smoked cigarettes for years, and was always offended by
the strong smoke. Not until very recently, within the last 3 months, would I
have even conceived of smoking ANYTHING!  Until I found myself at the opening
of a wonderful new upscale steak restaurant in my hometown of Washington,
D.C.  After a satisfying New York Strip, the waiter asked us if we would like
a cigar.  I agreed on  a whim, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Here's to a long and satisfying relationship with quality cigars!

-Jim Farrell 

[ Here's to it, Jim! Enjoyment is so much better. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????
Subject:  Mail order cigars   ...

Thanks for getting me signed on so quickly to Pipes Digest!  My
primary interest is cigars although I often think about trying a
pipe. There are a couple of good tobacco shops here in Kansas
City. One is Cigar & Tobac at 105th and Metcalf (the owner holds a
cigar smoker/dinner about once a month).  The second is Diebels
located on the Plaza or at the Crown Center shopping center. I always
have bought my cigars at the shop, but I was wondering if anyone out
there has had good luck getting cigars through the mail that they
cannot ordinarily get in their area. Are La Gloria Cubana cigars from
Miami good quality? They have received very good ratings in Cigar
Aficianado magazine, especially for a domestic product.


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From: ????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest Resource Guide


I am in the early stages of preparing a business plan to operate a
mail-order/catalog business retailing fine tobaccos, pipes, cigars, etc.  I
noticed your listing in the resource guide for the "Retail Tobacco Merchants
Association" (or something like that) located in Rockville Centre, New York.
 I assumed that this was a trade association for tobacco retailers, so I
tried to contact them for typical sales volume numbers, and any historical
sales figures for the industry as a whole.  The number that was listed is
incorrect, and after also dialing directory assistance to get the number,
they also had no listing.

Can you help me get to the bottom of this?


[ I looked the address up in an Index of Associations which is five
years out of date. If anyone has the current address for the RTDA,
please pass it along! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????????? (D. S. Patrick Popeck)
Subject: tobacconist in Cleveland, Ohio area

I would like to add two local tobacco shops to the resource
guide.  They are Cousin's Cigar Company and Old Erie Tobacco
Company.  Both shops are owned by the same person (Danny), and
they are located in the downtown Cleveland, Ohio area.

The Old Erie Store, housed in The Arcade, has the best selection
of pipes in the Northeastern Ohio area.  Cousin's has a wide
selection of cigars and quite an impressive humidor.  The
proprietor of both stores, who spends much of his time at
Cousin's, is a very friendly and knowledgeable guy.  I am told
that they meet on Saturdays to smoke and chat.

I have purchased several pipes from Danny.  The selection is
wonderful!  It is nice to see a wide array of Petersens,
Uphalls, Savanellis, Dunhills, etcetera, along with inexpensive
new and used pipes.  Once a year Danny has a pipe smoker's week
wherein he gives a discount on pipe purchases.  The tobacco is
excellent, too.  I often will go down to the store and get some
5FC (a golden and black cavendish blend) or a tin of Erinmore or
Dunhill #965.

They do accept mail orders and even have an 800 number (included
below).  The addresses of the stores are:

Cousin's Cigar Co.               The Old Erie Store
1828 Euclid Avenue               150 The Aracde
Cleveland, Ohio 44115            Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 781-9393                   (216) 861-0487

The toll-free number for orders is (800) 397-9393.

If you happen to be in Cleveland, please stop in and enjoy the
best pipe store in the area.  When I moved here from New York
six years ago, I was worried about finding a good tobacconist.
I am not worried anymore.

For the terminally skeptical:  I have no legal or business
interest in these stores, and I have not received any
compensation for this post.
And I bid you goodnight!

[ Done. Mayonnaise? -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: submission to the digest

I am a cigar smoker, and wanted to tell the group about a cigar-friendly
restaurant in Charleston, SC.  Louis' Charleston Grill, in the Omni Hotel, is
very good (listed in Esquire's Best New Restaurants 1993) and keeps a
humidor.  The restaurant sponsers smokers on a semi-regular basis, and has a
yearly "salute to Southern Chefs" that concludes with a huge
smoker/single-malt/cognac debauch.  I am the president of the Lowcountry
Association of Physicians and Surgeons, a front for 30 or so doctors who
smoke cigars.  We have a 45 minute presentation on the "supposed"
carcinogenic risks of cigar smoking (with slides) and we are willing to give
this talk wherever, for the price of a meal and an overnight room (we provide
transportation).  If anyone plans to be in the Charleston area, do not
hesitate to contact me for information on local tobacco shops, cigar-friendly
restaurants, etc
I can be reached at ??????????????????
mark newman

[ Most kind of you, Mark! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????? (Mark Landers)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994


In this joyful holiday season,
your pipes digest is a reason,
for relaxation and good cheer,
have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

And may your tobacco be of better quality than this poem.
       Mark Landers      |      The object of opening the mind,
                         |         as of opening the mouth,         
   ???????????????????   |  is to close it again on something solid
                         |           - G. K. Chesterton 

[ The thought is what counts. Wassail! -S. ]

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                       Today's Snappy Comeback:

(Among Wassailers:) "No, and all God's blessings this holiday season."

                                - 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 #169 - December 16, 1994
  2. Subject: Stuff
  3. Subject: Pipes Digest/Resource List
  4. Subject: help!
  5. Subject: Merry Christmas to all
  6. Subject: Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994
  7. Subject: Re: alt.smokers.pipes
  8. Subject: Carey's and Jerri's
  9. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994
  10. Subject: FAQs and Tobaccos
  11. Subject: estate pipes
  12. Subject: Re: -No Subject-
  13. Subject: Are you still smoking your pipe?
  14. Subject: Smoke Signal #10
  15. Subject: pies and cigars
  16. Subject: Pipes Digest
  17. Subject: Mail order cigars ...
  18. Subject: Pipes Digest Resource Guide
  19. Subject: tobacconist in Cleveland, Ohio area
  20. Subject: submission to the digest
  21. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994
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