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Subject: Pipes Digest #173 -- January 15, 1995

		Pipes Digest #173 -- January 15, 1995
		     Circulation This Issue: 772

Welcome to new members:

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A longish Digest this time, but little or no administrativa.  Join us
now for an enlightening evening, as we discuss oak cigar furniture,
holiday acquisitions, Albert Einstein, parades and protests, birdlife,
snakelife, buglife and other manifestations of Murphy, ceramics,
freeware and cheapware, an unexpected find in Chicago, forceps,
moonlight and romance, Escudo impressions, semper fidelis, the
education of the palate, and a Cuban mystery...

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

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Cigar Humidor

To: Pipes Digest  (CIGAR)
From:  Jim Farrell


    Can you or any of the subscribers recommend a place to purchase a quality
cigar humidor?  Preferably something with a pine (or possibly oak) finish to
complement my furnishings.  I live in the Washington, D.C. area, and would
prefer to keep within the Baltimore/D.C. area.  How about a reliable
mail-order source as well?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


[ Aside from the DC smokeshops mentioned in the Guide, does anyone
have a suggestion? -S. ]

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


[ Administrativa deleted. -S. ]

Seems like everyone is either away for a January break from
classes or busy with getting started for the new year.  I am
surprized that we have heard little about new acquisitions at
the Holiday Season.  For my part I received a very nice
Charatan Executive Extra Large with smokes like a joy and a
Caminetto Red Briar, both used but magnificently restored to
look like they were fresh from the store.  I am lucky to be the
second (third or fourth?) person to have the pleasure of
breaking them in and getting to know them.

Best wishe for a Happy New Year.

Steve Wyman

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Knockoff Alert--J&R

J&R has made some lofty claims about their copies of premium cigars. They
challenged us to try them and promised we would be pleased. All I can say is
that when something appears too good to be true, it *is* too good to be true.
A Davidoff lover for 15 yrs, first the havanas and now the dominicans, I feel
myself to be somewhat of an expert on the brand. I tried the Grand Cru #1
knockoff ( cost of $1.25 vs "real thing" at $8.25 ) and it was awful. Not to
be a snob, I would guess that a newbie to cigars ( ala my initial smoke of
A&C in 1968 @ $.20) will consider the fakes to be OK on a cost/benefit basis.

For the member looking for a cheap humidor in PD#172, I suggest a method I
have used successfully for years. I have a real humidor that only holds 25
cigars. To take care of any overflow I use an old Nat Sherman cedar box that
held 50 cigars in an upright position with a cedar divider (25/25). I take a
sponge, wet it and wring out excess water and place it in one half of the
box--the sponge is never in direct contact with the cigars. It really works
well as long as you carefully monitor the moisture level.

For anyone interested in premium cigars, I came across a guy in AOL who is
the founder of Cigar of the Month Club. When you join you get four cigars a
month, you get info on them, and you rate them for inclusion in a monthly
newsletter. I just joined and I am delighted with the results, from the
cigars to the packaging to the quality materials. Anyone interested can
contact Craig Nelson (??????????????). 

Finally, for those of you who are fed up with the signs that say "smoking
permitted....no cigars or pipes allowed", CA has published an excellent guide
to cigar friendly restaurants. 

Happy Puffing,
Sid Gibson 

[ Glad to have a review of CA's guide, Sid! Oh, well, ya get what ya
pay for -- or less... -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: Einstein's pipe

	Just thought I would pass on this item of interest which was 
reported in the Rocky Mountain News this past Saturday, 7 Jan. 1995:
	Einstein pipe sold at auction
   "The pipe Albert Einstein smoked and a game the Nobel Prize-
winning physicist played as a child sold for $20,000 at an auction
Saturday.  Auctioneer Jim Smith of Remember When Auctions of Portsmouth
would not reveal the name of the buyer but said it was a private collector
not a museum or institution.  Einstein died in 1955 and is most famous
for his discovery of the theory of relativity.  He was often pitcured (sic)
smoking the pipe."

[ That'd be _something_, wouldn't it? How would you feel about
lighting up Einstein's pipe, Gentle Readers? -S. ]

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From: ???????????????? (WINE BOSS)
Subject: Washington, DC Big Smoke

For those that don't know about it, the Big Smoke is Cigar 
Aficionado's trade fair/get together for cigar smokers. It is held in 
various cities. I have never been to one but I understand that 
you receive a coupon book that you redeem for free cigars from 
various manufacturers. Fine restaurants have samples of their 
food, and drink makers have samples of their product, as well.
The one I am going to is in Washington, DC on March 1, 1995. It 
will be held at the J.W. Marriott from 6:30 to 9:30. Marvin 
Shanken is trying to get a permit to hold a "protest smoke" in 
Lafayette Park across from the White House at 5:00. We are 
going to try to meet there for a smoke and walk to the 
Marriott. I am hoping to get all AOL and ASC board members to 
meet for a photo and to show some solidarity to the cigar 
smoking world. I don't know what that will mean but maybe 
Marvin will do an article on us or even have a special event 
for us down there. I just want to make sure he knows about us 
because we have to be one of the most knowledgeable groups of 
cigar smokers out there. And we are untainted by any commercial 
affiliations. Starting about February 1, I hope to start 
collecting names of those of you who will be there and figure 
out how we can get together for a group photo, at the very 
For more info on the Big Smoke, call CA at 1-212-481-0330. You 
can fax your request for tickets to 1-212-684-5424. Tickets 
cost $125.00 each. 
See you there.
Matt Green  aka Wine Boss

[ Thanks for the efforts, Matt! Does anyone know whether Mr. Shanken
got the parade permit? -S. ]

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From: "DeVries, Rick" <???????????????>
Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Dear Steve --
I've finally taken the step of actually subscribing to the Pipes Digest 
(I've been lurking periodically at the WWW site!).  I'm a relatively recent 
cigar smoker (8 months or so), a participant in alt.smokers.cigars newsgroup 
and growing in my appreciation of fine cigars every day.  Perhaps one day I 
may join the ranks of pipe smokers as well.

Thank you for the welcome message and background / reference info.  One 
problem however ... my network mail system prohibited my viewing any info 
following the British Banker's Club restaurant listing.  Without too much 
problem, would it be possible to re-send the list from that point forward 
for me?  It would be much appreciated.

Best wishes, and I look forward to reading and participating in the Pipes 
Digest!  Keep up the great work!  By the way, I welcome all direct e-mail 
related to cigars from anyone interested in corresponding (I'm in the 
Chicago area).

Rick DeVries

[ I'll try to remember to do so, Rick, though you might want to drop a
word to your local sysadmin! Sounds like the mail reader is buggy. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????? (John Dakin)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #172 -- January 8, 1995

Thanks for the subscription.  Sure do enjoy it.

For those readers who (unfortunately, like me) work or live in Orange 
County, California,  I suggest a visit to Maxwell's at Imperial Hwy. and 
Kraemer in Brea.  The husband and wife owners are very helpful, and 
they've got an excellent selection of tobacco and hardware.

I've been pipe smoking now for four years, and embrace it mainly because 
of Trischman's Paradox.  For those who don't know, it says:  "A pipe 
gives a wise man something to think about, and a fool something to stick 
in his mouth."  I'm comfortable with either designation.

Best wishes,

John Dakin
Los Angeles, California

[ Wow! A _name_ for that one of Murphy's Laws! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest - Erinmore Flake

Gidday Steve

A little note about Erinmore Flake...
After the big discussion in a.s.p about Erinmore Flake, and the Erinmore
mixture, I decided I had to try some. The first bowlful reminded of nothing
so much as the bubble bath my little sister got for her birthday one year
when we were kids.

I tried some more over the next week or so, just to be sure, and after a
few bowlfuls I decided there was more to it than that - notes that could be
described as spicy or exotic. In fact, it made a pleasant chnage to the
Dunhill Aromatic and the Royal Yacht I'd been smoking.

PROBLEM: each pipe that I smoked Erinmore Flake in reeks (good word -
derived from roots meaning "smoke" and "smell") of it, and it takes three
or for bowlfuls to get rid of most of the taste. I think I'll have to
reserve a pipe for EF only. Of course if you really liked the stuff

Does anyone know what's in EF that makes it so pungent? I'm almost afraid
to try the mixture now. Is it similar?

Best regards


"Shoplifter Barry Quemby, 25, who shoved two live lobsters down his pants
may never have children, say doctors in Boston, USA." - from the _Sun_.
<?????????????????????> says: "there are many lessons in Nature, including
'never put a live lobster down your trousers.'"

[ I have no idea; there's a mixture called Brindley's that I suspect
has the same stuff. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #172 -- Janu...

Hello fellow Cigar smokers,

 Enjoyed my first issue today,  I have only been smoking cigars for about 2
months now.  I've had the pleasure to sample several different types,  I've
fouind that I enjoy Lacenciados, Royal Jamaican, Carribean Casinos and a few
others.  I have tried several Partagas, specifically the Puritos and the
Tubo, and I'm not that impressed, just not alot of taste!  Can someone
suggest a few others as well as some mail order companies?  I currently have
 a Thompson catalog and that's it!


[ Should be quite a few in the Guide, Ron! -S. ]

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From: Ray Bromley <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #172 -- January 8, 1995

     In Pipes Digest #172, there was a suggestion to use 35mm film packages 
as humidifiers.  An alternative that I have found practical is to use small 
prescription drug bottles.
     After removing their labels, wash them thoroughly.  Insert a wadded-up
half of a paper towel, moisten with distilled (or purified) water, and then
add some pure grain alcohol or inexpensive liquor (alcohol will prevent the 
formation of mold). Place the cap on the bottle (the non-child-proof kind 
work best), and drill or cut two or three small (1 mm) holes in the cap.
     The humidifier thus constructed will be smaller than the film bottle 
type.  Instead of paper towels, one can use cotton, that foam-like green 
stuff for sticking flowers in, or discarded pieces of fired ceramic 
"bisque-ware" (check your local ceramic shops).

   Ray  Bromley    | ???????????????????????????      ?????????????????
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Phoenix, AZ  85013 | If you EAT AND SLEEP, you should join M.A.R.M.O.T:
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From: ???????????????????????????????
Subject: finding humidor/inexpen cigars

My new humidor arrived about a month ago and I was sharing w/ another 
cigar smoker how it came about.  It became obvious that I needed to 
forward a copy to you to edit for the Digest so here it is...


I have looked into a humidor but have found the prices too bit a
quiet bit high.  Does anyone know about build your own humidor plans?


How about a free one?  And 50 free cigars to boot?  Of course there's a 
catch.  I joined the bonus club from Thompson [1-800-237-2559] about a 
month ago.  I agree to accept a shipment of at least 25 cigars at least 
every 12 weeks.  I choose the cigars from their catalog, usually with a 
wrapper choice; and can change with up to one week's notice.  In return, 
they sent a humidor with my first shipment and will give me 50 cigars 
whenever I accumulate 500 cigars purchased.  No, I don't have any 
financial connection to the store   I started with a sampler from them 
about a couple years ago and have been very happy with what I received.  
[The sampler was only so-so, but that's the breaks.]

And how about two more offers for inexpensive cigars?  Te-Amo is offering 
10 Toros for $10 [they claim worth $23.50].  Just send a check or money 
order to Te-Amo Cigars, PO Box 407166BA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33340-7166 
and allow 8 weeks for delivery.  Not available to minors and limited to 
one per customer. The second offer comes from International Cigar Club 
[1-800-729-9717].  They will ship "4-6 assorted premium cigars from 
around the world along with our informative newsletter shipped directly 
to you each month" for only $9.95 +S&H.  My first package was just 
ordered last week so I can't give a personal recommendation just yet.

Looks like I had better send Steve a copy for the Digest, doesn't it?


Neil Flatter                 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Chemistry - Math (CMA)       Department of Chemistry Stockroom Manager
Novell Supervisor            5500 Wabash Avenue 73
(812) 877 - 8316             Terre Haute, IN 47803-3999
 FAX: 877 - 3198             ???????????????????????????

[ Nah... I hear _everything_... kind of like Santa Claus that way :-)
-S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Hello Everyone

   This is my first posting to this group.I am very happy to find a place for
pipe lovers on the net.I smoke cigars occcationally,but my first love are
Well,a little bit about myself.I hope nobody goes to sleep.
 My name is Karl Williams.I am 29 years old for a few more months before the
big 30.I am not looking foward to it at all.I'm married to a lovely lady that
didn't object to me starting to smoke a pipe a few years ago.Not only
that,but when I took her to my favorite tobbaconist (Ok, so it is the only
one in town,but the people couldn't be any nicer).She found a little Kings
Cross and fell in love with it.Since that point we have had to upgrade our
pipe rack three times.At this point she has ten pipes and I have ten.There
are still five pipes on order between the both of us.
   We both work at Harrah's casino in Vicksburg,Ms.(Plug for the old home
team...What the hey,I own stock in the sucker now.)I deal Craps and she deals
everything else.
    We have no kids,but we do have pets.I have a cockatiel and she has a
twelve foot Burmese python that occationally wants to eat the cockatiel.The
bird really doesn't care for this situation,but the cage is holding up so
far.Somewhere in the house is a California king snake.We really aren't sure
where,but she should turn up come spring.For some reason our friends don't
visit as often as they used to.Wonder if it could be the loose snake? {:)
   Well this is enough meaningless prattle for a while.

[ I'd consider you a lucky guy, Karl! Which Harrah's -- Vegas or AC?
-S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: cigar humidifier-Peterson pipes

Chris Harris was asking about an inexpensive cigar humidifiers.If he doesn't
want to go through the trouble of building one from scratch he could use a
cigar box with a wet paper towel in it.I use a Baccarat box with some cedar
wrapping from me Atruro Fuente Chateau cigars  to keep the paper towel from
directly contacting the cigars.It works well,unless I forget to keep the
paper towel wet.In my area of the country(Mississippi)that means every other
   Bill Sempf was asking about favorite Peterson's mine is number 221.It is a
bent apple shape and a very good smoke .I like the system pipes for the
liquid reservouir in them.I don't use filters so that feature is very nice.

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From: ??????????????????? (John Weston)
Subject: Re: Chicago Cigar Club in the Offing

One of Chi-towns best Cigar clubs is located at Chicagos Absolute BEST 
cigar store! A group of traders, lawyers, bankers, truckers, and 
laborers! They hold a fine dinner several times per year and get great 
speakers such as Paul
Garmarian. The owner of the shop is Joe Howe, the name of the store is
Jack Schwartz Importers! It is located at 175 W Jackson in The Insurance 
Exchange Building! The phone number is 312 782 7898!!!! Joe has without 
question Chicagos largest and most diverse selection of cigars!

Check it out!!!


[ What a find, John! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????????? (Mark Thomson)
Subject: Re:  Pipes Digest #172 -- January 8, 1995


I am still continuing to enjoy the digest.  I passed a copy on to
my new tobacconist.  I guess I had to leave town and come back for
a visit to find out what a wonderful shop exists here in northern
Colorado.  He is willing to mail-order to me back in Louisiana so
it will solve the problem of no shops in Alexandria.  I think a good
tobacconist is almost as difficult and important to locate when moving
as is a good old-fashioned barber shop.  Both seem to be in very 
short supply in today's fast paced world.

I have two simple questions and unfortunately no advice for the less
educated than myself if there are any [ ;) ].  First, how does one 
access the Web page?  I work on an IBM with telnet and FTP capability.
Is this enough or do I need something else?  Second, I am thinking
about heading in the direction of cigars.  Where should a novice start?
I picked up the latest copy of Cigar Afficiando and fell in love.  I
really like the looks and taste of the few robustos that I have tried.
Do you have any recommendations for a starting off point?  Someone
told me not to pay to much attention to the ratings in CA because
they are primarily based on advertising.  This does not quite sound
right so I am looking for a second (or third or forth) opinion.

Thanks for the great job you do and keep up the good work.

May the powers that be smile kindly upon you and yours,
Mark Thomson                 _ 
Division of Science          \\
LSU at Alexandria            |  \_
Alexandria, Louisiana         \   \_   
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_   __   __   __   __   __     \      \_    __   __   __   __   
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I was supposed to have been a Jesuit priest
   or a naval academy grad
That was the way that my parents perceived it
   Yes those were the plans that they had 

[ To access the Web page, you need either lynx or Mosaic. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: New subscriber

Hi Steve,

   First let me tell you all a little about me.  I'm 20 and am going to 
Nort Carolina State University.  I recently (within the last month or so) 
started smoking a pipe.  I rember my father and grandfather smoking pipes 
when I was younger, and loved the smell.  In fact, about five years ago, 
my mother and I decided that my father was going to stop smoking cigarets 
in the house, so we went to a local (DC area) pipe store, and bought him 
one of their samplers.  Little did we know that the next day he would 
decide to quit smoking all together!  The tobac did not go to waste, he 
gave it to his boss at the time, who has been mail ordering tobacco from 
the store ever since.  
   As far as me, I had been reading the alt.smokers.pipes newsgroup for 
a while and decided to start.  (Using the helpful hints that I found 
   I went to the pipe store (the same one, I'll give the address, etc 
later) and explained to them that I was just staring out, and the 
proprieter was more than helpful.  Suggesting their own special blends 
(of course) and I parted with my first pipe, a tamping tool (I asked for 
one, after reading the www page on lighting up), cleaners, and the same 
sampler that I had bought my father before.
   And you know, aside from not being able to keep it lit, I have 
enjoyed ever smoke.
   So my question:  How to keep it lit?  I am not sure if I'm not packing 
it tight enough, too tight, or maybe I'm not pulling the flame down far 
enough.  I have noticed that with every smoke It seems to stay lit 
longer, but I still haven't been able to finish an entire bowl.  When I 
think that I have, I empty it out, and find tabacco still at the bottom.  
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  Shawn McKnight

Oh, yeah I almost forgot:
	John B Hayes Tabacconist
	11755-L Fair Oaks Mall
	Fairfax, VA 22033
	(703) 385-3033

[ Did I send you the "How-To" guide? Which I should have edited per my
promise to do so in last week's Digest, but never got around
to... -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????? (MR JOHN A KLIMOWICZ)
Subject: [PIPE]

I need help regarding, cleaning my pipes.  

I have looked at many books and all are very vague regarding the timing
of using pipe cleaners, reamers and sweetners.  

None have shown me a way, if there is a way, to get the black build-up
off of the top edge of the bowl.

Can anyone out there mail me direct, and/or on the digest, regarding
these problems?

I would be most appreciative.

John A. Klimowicz

[ A buffing wheel and jeweler's rouge ought to do it; follow with
carnauba wax to restore the shine For a really thick build-up, chip
patiently at it with a spatula. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????? (Elliott C. Evans)
Subject: Travelling Humidor

Recently, I had to travel with six or seven cigars in my luggage.
I don't have a whole lot of cigar paraphernalia (my home humidor
is a wooden cigar box with a piece of wet foam in it) so I was
stumped for a good portable solution.

Eventually, I used a video cassette case. It was one of the kinds
that's vacuformed plastic, so it had a very good airseal. I think it
used to contain Disney's Fantasia.

It worked really well, keeping my cigars humid for the whole trip, and
keeping them protected in my suitcase. I wouldn't use it for long term
storage (there was some condensation on the inside) but for a short
trip, it was great!

| Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans            | .--/--.    
| Technical Writer, Ansoft Corporation | \     /     
| ????????????????      Pittsburgh, PA |  \.v./  Ub!   
                                  -----+   \-/         

[ Thanks! I'd recommend "Sommersby," though :-) -S. ]

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From: ???????????????? (Don Shuwarger, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.)
Subject: Roanoke's Finest


I've recently moved to central Virginia from Houston.  I was afraid that
mailorder was going to be my only means of acquiring fine
pipes/cigars/tobacco.  I am pleased to report to all your readers that
there is a fine place in Roanoke, VA called "Milan Bros." (contact info to

The shop is well stocked and the owner, Don Ray, is a likeable gentleman
with a long track record in the business.  He bought the store a few years
ago when he moved here from Coral Gables, FL.

The humidor is well stocked and maintained. The variety of custom blended
tobaccos is excellent.  They are also a newsstand with a huge variety of
magazines and newspapers.

Yes, they also have the requisite accessories, pipes, candy counter, fancy
pens and expensive (and usually unnecessary) gifts.

Don tells me that he does a huge mail order business.  He said that about
25% of his business is through the mail or by phone.

Actually, I'm rather surprised that such a store exists in a small city. Of
course, they provide excellent service and are very friendly.  They are
easier to deal with than some of the better known large tobacconists in
larger metropolitan cities, IMHO.

Contact:        Milan Bros. 
                106 S. Jefferson St.
                Roanoke, VA  24011

Keep the digests coming.  I enjoy the articles.

Don Shuwarger, M.D. 
A Rural American Ob/Gyn Physician         "May the FORCEPS be with you!"
E-mail: ????????????????

[ Thanks, Don! Milan Bros. was already mentioned in Digest #165. BTW,
you should treat that .sig with a can of Pun Bomb :-) -S. ]

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From: ?????????????? (Patrick Neil North)
Subject: Pipes, women, and moonlight.

Dear Steve,
I've been enjoying the Pipes Digest for some time, and since until
recently, I have been only a cigar smoker, I have refrained from submitting
my "bio" to the group.  I'm a 19 year old frosh at Penn State University
studying to become an English teacher.  A friend of mine, knowing my tastes
well, bought me a lovely briar for my birthday this year (Jan. 1!) and for
the last week or so I've been smoking it will joy.  But oh, if the story
was only so simple!  For quite some time now I've been smitten with a
lovely lady from Michigan, who is, if I may, the personification of the
beauty that lies in the smoking of a fine cigar or pipe.  Elegant, calming,
warm, intricate, and a wonderful companion.  The closest I may come to the
peacefulness I find when I'm near her is the peace I find in a bowl of
cavendish.  So at night, when the streets have calmed to a dull roar, I
treck out with an ounce of a favorite local blend and find a park bench to
sit, smoke and contemplate the moon, a woman, and other beautiful things.
Maybe this doesn't _seem_ like much of a bio, but I hope that this will
remind readers of the soft center that lies at the heart of a pipe smoker.
Love the digest, keep it coming.
P.S.- Here's my own snappy come-back:
        (after a comment of "That's so disgusting/crude/vile.)
        "So is having sex, but when done by the right people, both are
quite beautiful."

Patrick North

Patrick Neil North/ Lyons Hall Room 315/ University Park PA 16802
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~email: ??????????????~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~The beauty in our greatest gifts is that we can never deserve them.~~

[ Thank you for the beautiful sentiment, Patrick! -S. ]

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From: "M. Arndt" <????????????????>

I heartily concur with Chris Reinhart's opinion of Carey's Smokeshop (issue
169).  I ordered a full bent apple Peterson "Killarney" some time ago, waited a
week, and then called about the order, since it was only coming from North
Canton (east side of state) to me in Toledo (west side of state).  Their
computers were down, call back later.  This was repeated 4 times over the next
2 weeks.  What service!  And "mission-critical" computers down for 2 weeks?!

Other than that, I had a chance to visit Ford & Haig tobacconists in
Scottsdale, AZ during my Christmas vacation in Phoenix.  Nice little place,
bought some of their "Pima" blend, a light Cavendish; and the "Zuni" blend, a
lighter English blend of Latakia, Perique, African, etc.  All their blends had
Southwestern Indian names, which I thought was unique.  They even had a small
selection of pipes, including some estate Dunhills.  Needless to say, my wife,
who doesn't like my pipe smoking, was across the street picking out some
Oaxacan figures to buy!  I found the tobacco infinitely more interesting.

I have been on the prowl for an Upshall (preferably grade B) estate pipe, but
Nikos' and Edwards' latest offerings in December didn't do much for me.  Hope
the January mailings have something.  My father is currently on a business trip
in London and has promised to keep his eye out for anything interesting.  I
just hope he doesn't keep all the good stuff for himself!

BTW, Mr. Moderator, could you send me back issues 85-113, 157-161, and 170? 

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From: CDR Valenti <?????????????????????????????????????>
Subject:  Steve,


   Thanks for getting me on the Pipe Digest Mail out list.  I'm really
interested in the mail order catalogs, as I've just moved up to a
Peterson and am really enjoying it.  Problem is: I'm not sure how to
access the world wide web from the INTERNET.  Can anyone help ?

Thanks again.  Looking forward to the dialogue.


[ To access the Web, you need to have the lynx or mosaic news
reader. Ask your site admin if you can't find it. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????? (Patrick Neil North)
Subject: Back issue

Dear Steve-

In a free moment, would you please email Pipes Digest #130?  That was
before my time here on the pipe net, and it has an article on the Tobacco
Tavern- our local tobac shop in State College.  Much appreciated.
P.S. - They have an in store blend that's a dead ringer for Escudo!!  Mmm.

Much thanks,

Patrick North

[ Apparently, Cornell & Diehl has also managed to make an
Escud-alike... Anyone interested in doing some taste comparisons? -S. ]

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From: "Johnson, Bill" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: New Member


     Thanks for including me on your mailing list, and for sending along 
Pipes Digest #172.  I'm looking forward to sharing the interactions and 
accessing the information you're making available.

     I've been a pipe and cigar smoker for about 35 years -- since I was 12 
years old.  While I'm not any sort of connoisseur and probably wouldn't 
recognize a collectable pipe if I stumbled across one, I do enjoy a relaxing 
hour with a good book & a pipe or cigar.  In fact, that's one of my chief 
pleasures in life, and one I wish I had more time to indulge.

     I live in the San Fernando Valley, part of northwestern Los Angeles; 
 I'd be interested to learn of any more Los Angeles-area sources for pipes 
and cigars, as well as smoke-friendly bars, restaurants & clubs.

     Thanks again for providing this service.  I hope to be with you for 
many years to come.

Good Ol' BillyBob
Rebel Without A Clue

[ Well, Bill, the Guide has a few... Churchill's was mentioned in
#172, and sounds worth checking out! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????? (Ad van Bever)
Subject: reaction

Hello Steve,

I am very, very pleased with the articles sent and I want to ask you
to send some (10) back-issues as well.

I have taken the liberty to send a copy of the digest to Royal
Niemeyer, the largest pipe-tobacco factory in the Netherlands. I am
asking them if they have any info available in English.  In the
meantime I will take the liberty of translating an article from their
magazine Art Enjoy, which besides the English title, is in Dutch. I
will send this article asap.

Greetings and thanks for maintaining this wonderfull service
Ad van Bever

E-MAIL :  ????????????????
Post address: P.O. Box 9310, 3007 AH  Rotterdam
                            The Netherlands

" An illiterate king is like a crowned donkey".  ( John of Salisbury)

[ Quite welcome, Ad! Wonder if we'll hear further from them? -S. ]

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From: Jay Jackson Collier <????????????????????????>
Subject: Semper Fi

I was a Corporal in the Corps.  I served in Saudi and Kuwait with Task
Force Ripper.  I also spent time on Camp Shwab in Okinawa and at
Twentynine Palms, CA.
Jay Jackson Collier
[ Thought there must be someone else from the Marines here... we also
have a few in active service here (or at least at .mil sites.) Thanks
to all for your past, and present, service, in the Gulf and
elsewhere. -S. ] 

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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: for the Digest

        Recently I purchased a clay pipe.  After all that I have heard
about clay pipes, I expected it to be unbearably strong.  On the
contrary, I found it to be relatively tame.  It is stronger than my
briars, but it wasn't bad at all.  I have noticed that the taste is
notably different.  There is also a unique odor that hints of honey,
though that is from the pipe itself.  Anyone else out there care to
share clay experiences?  And while I'm asking questions, let me pose
yet another:  How does one clean and care for a clay pipe?  I know it
is extremely fragile, and I do handle it gently.  But I am wondering
about the inside.

[ Interesting! Rick Hacker's book mentioned that he once cleaned a
clay by throwing it in the fireplace, though I wouldn't recommend such
treatment myself. BTW, check out Lepeltier's for a different kind of
clay. -S. ]

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From: Linnea Brush <???????????????>
Subject: Lancer Cigars Question

About a year ago, cigars started appearing in the old Lancer tin boxes 
with a label indicating that the filler contained "100% pre-embargoed 
tobacco leaf from Cuba" (1959 to be exact). A friend of mine used to 
smoke Lancers years ago, so picked up a box. These cigars were definitely 
NOT the Lancers of his youth. He said they tasted like many of the Cubans 
he had had. And they were fairly cheap. His tobacconist couldn't vouch 
for the Cuban content, but he agreed that the cigars were different than 
the old Lancers. I believe Cigar Aficionado responsed to a question about 
these cigars and basically doubted their Cuban authenticity.

Does anyone know the REAL story behind these "Cuban" Lancers? And what 
happened to the old Lancers?

Linnea Brush

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: The New Tongue

Date: Sunday, January 15, 1995
Time: 12:35 AM

This Friday marked a great day for me. After months of longing and outright
lust I made the move and... I bought a Peterson. I have been lusting for a
Peterson ever since I saw a brochure on them. But I did not find out about
them until I was dedicated to saving money... I need to get back to college,
after all. I kept telling myself I would wait until I finally got to
college--I reward myself then with a new pipe. I just could not wait.
[Rationalization mode on.] After all, what is college? A place of education?
Perhaps. But more so it is a place to learn how to educate one's self. Is not
education the responsibility of the individual; is not education a daily task
for those who seek wisdom and truth regardless of their surroundings? There
is, not two miles away, a library from which I can borrow books and discover
the wisdom of Plato and read the words of Byron and Tennyson. I, myself, have
several Bibles to learn the wisdom of God. I have my father's endless
editions of Shakespeare. I have Hugo; I have Dostoevsky. I have  Virgil. I
have Emerson and Thoreau and Donne and Frost and The Leaves of Grass. Is not
there material here for a life's study? So, I went out and bought the damned

To get back to my point...

The pipe is a beautiful medium apple of the Peterson System design. I have a
couple Savinellis, they are not *bad* pipes, but they could definitely be
better. This, this is a *real* pipe. I awaited the first smoking with great
anticipation, all the while keeping in the back of my mind that some find
Peterson's to be hard pipes to break in. It was delightful--though rainy.

I believe that this marks a new stage in my pipe smoking developement. The
pipes I had bought previously, I bought on mere appearance, not smokeability.
I have educated myself a bit and made an educated decision.

To accompany this decision, I made another decision, as well. I wish to learn
to enjoy the English blend. So far, my experience has been extremely limited
and a bit dismal. I shall start searching out mail order companies to cure
the limitations I have faced with the local market; however, that does little
for those--even smokers (though not pipe smokers)--who have complained
greatly about my experimentation with Dunhill's Standard Mixture Mild. They
claimed it smelled *worse* than camel dung! :-)

So, where do I begin? I think I shall give Escudo, Balkan Sobriane, and
Bengal Slices a try; they seem to be popular among the Digest. But, how do I
educate my tongue to taste the subtleties of such tobaccos? As well, how do I
learn what it is I am actually tasting?
  Christopher D. Walborn              ~  ~          
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[ Good luck in your venture, Christopher! And that's a very good
question... how does a pipe (or cigar) smoker go about developing an
educated palate? -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: More stuff [PIPES]
Dear Steve:

Just got through downloading and perusing the last few pipe digests.  For
some reason or other I didn't get #168, so I'd appreciate it if you could
please send that one to me at your earliest convenience.  Also - I'm sending
my A & M Gazette article on the '94 L.A. Pipe & Cigar Expo to you via a
separate e-mail.  My thanks go to Neil Murray for giving me the green light
on sharing it with you and all the good people in our group.  BTW - I highly
recommend subscribing to the Gazette.  Neil's doing a great job with it and
he deserves our support.  The subscription rate is $15/year US, and anyone
interested should write to him at 
47758 Hickory St., Apt. 22305, Wixom, Michigan 48393.  I know the Gazette's
probably in the Resource Guide, but I figured the least I could do was give
Neil a plug since he has been 
a dedicated defender of our pursuit.

In Pipes Digest #170 I noticed that Andrew Donovan-Shead discussed the
McClelland Personal Reserve tobaccos being offered by Levin Pipes
International.  Since I have gone through most of the tobaccos in their
samplers I thought I'd take him up on his invitation for someone else in the
group to offer their review.  So here's my 2-cents' worth...


So far I've tried only 3 of the 6 tobaccos in this series, but here's what I
have found so far.

Bombay Court - Very fine English blend.  Like Mr. D-S, it reminded me of
Balkan Sobranie #759, although I found it to burn quite well.  I also did not
experience the sharpness on the tongue that he reports.

Bombay Extra - another very fine English blend made more interesting with the
addition of Perique and darkened Virginias.  I actually liked it better than
Bombay Court, but that's because my tastes these days run towards mixtures
that tend to depart from the standard-type English blend.

British Woods Mixture - I fully concur with Mr. D-S - this is an outstanding
tobacco.  The flavor is wonderfully round, with an excellent balance between
the Latakia and other Oriental tobaccos in this blend.  I also found it to be
exceptionally smooth and bite-free.  Anyone who thinks they don't like
English/Oriental mixtures should give this one a try.

Turkish Woods - Mr. D-S was less enthusuastic than I am on this one - a
wonderful blend in my opinion.  The Oriental-Virginia components come through
very nicely, with the Latakia staying in the background and adding some extra
spice and flavor to the smoke.  Although I like a good, full Latakia flavor I
also enjoy the flavors of the non-Latakia Orientals.  What I found unique and
very enjoyable in this blend was the fact that the Latakia doesn't end up
dominating the overall flavor.  For those who don't like the strength of
Latakia in standard English blends this tobacco is definitely worth taking a
chance on.  And I disagree with Mr. D-S concerning "wetness" and difficulty
of burning - I found neither to be the case.

I have also tried 1 of the 2 Oriental Signature blends - Three Oaks.  I found
this to be another 
excellent tobacco. The literature says this tobacco is reminiscent of John
Cotton's old "Smyrna" blend, which I found to be true.  And I like it for the
same reason I enjoyed "Smyrna" - it has a superb flavor which is a departure
from the usual English mixtures.


Blackwoods Flake - A very pleasant tobacco, although I found it to be a bit

Blackwoods Extra Flake - More full-flavored than Blackwoods Flake, I liked
this one very much.

Brazilian Woods - Once again Mr. D-S and I concur.  A wonderful tobacco, with
the cigar leaf adding spice and flavor without being overpowering.  In fact I
think this is much better than McClelland's other cigar leaf blend, Dominican
Glory, which is in their stock line.  I highly recommend this tobacco for
cigar smokers who want to give pipe smoking a try.

Dark Star - Another wonderful blend.  Smooth, rich flavor - a very satisfying

Redwood Flake - Excellent straight Virginia with a very pleasant "bright"
flavor.  I found it to also be unusually smooth and bite-free.  Its natural
sweetness makes it an excellent choice for smokers of aromatics who'd like to
try something different.

St. James Woods - An outstanding blend - the perique adds depth and spice to
the Virginias.  This tobacco has a rich, smooth character which I found
compelling.  You Escudo and Elizabethan fans might want to try this one out!
 In my opinion Mr. D-S sold this 
one short.

 Virginia Woods - Yet another wonderful blend.  Very mellow, round flavor.
 O.K., so maybe the brochure goes a little overboard in its description, but
I did find it to be one of the best Virginia blends I've smoked.


Grey Havens - A very nice tobacco, and that hint of perique goes a long way.

White Downs - Another traditional straight Virginia, similar to Redwoods
flake in its "bright" flavor.  Quite a delightful, slow-burning and cool
tobacco.  Another winner!

Trollshaws - Yet again Mr. D-S and I agree.  This a very enjoyable tobacco,
with an unusual flavor which I found very appealing.  Once again, an Oriental
mixture that's a departure from standard English blends, but even more so
than Bombay Extra, British Woods and Three Oaks.  Another one for those of
you who think you don't like Oriental mixtures.

Moria Gate - Truly outstanding - this is one delicious blend!  A cool smoke
with a rich, complex flavor.  As a veteran pipe smoker I find it rare to
experience the joy of discovery that 
I used to feel when I was starting out, but my first bowl of this tobacco
gave me that feeling.

Deep Hollow - Good, but I consider it to be an aromatic.  Mr. D-S commented
that most of the tobaccos in this series seemed to have a hint of vanilla.
 Frankly, this is the only one where I detected any kind of sweet flavoring
that may have been added.

Deep Elem - Excellent.  A beautiful dark flake with a flavor to match.

Overall I was very impressed by the quality of the tobaccos represented in
the McClelland Private Label Samplers.  In 16 years of pipe smoking I've had
the opportunity to experience many different pipe tobaccos.  And, thanks to
some of my friends, I have also been able to sample vintage tobaccos from 20
and 25 years ago.  All I can say is this:  Even though the old-timers
complain that the quality of tobacco has gone downhill, I think the
McClelland Private Label tobaccos give serious challenge to that assertion.
 And I'm grateful that Kathy Levin is out there making this wonderful stuff
available to us.

In closing I just wanted to let you know that I'm now writing the article on
the EPA's secondhand smoke report for the A & M Gazette.  Mr. Murray has
kindly agreed to let me upload it to you as soon as it's done.  It will
contain a lot of good information, and I hope it'll help in fighting the good

Best Regards,

Steve J. (aka Briar Man)
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From: ????????????????
Subject: '94 L.A. Pipe & Cigar Expo


By Stephen Johnson

October has come and gone, and with it another show here in 
Los Angeles.  Billed as the West Coast Pipe and Cigar Expo, 
the event was held on October 29th and 30th at the LAX 
Marriott hotel. It was the third annual L.A. show, and the 
second one sponsored by our club, the Southwest Pipe and 
Cigar League.  After the outstanding success of last yearM-^Rs 
Expo there was one important question running through our 
minds as we prepared for M-^Q94:  Was last year just a fluke, 
or could we do it again?  For the answer to that question 
just read on, McDuff!

Preparations for the M-^Q94 Expo began towards the end of last 
year as we cast about for another venue.  Our M-^Q93 show was 
held at the LAX Hyatt, and although their facilities were 
adequate my experience there told me that we could do better 
somewhere else.  That somewhere else turned out to be the 
Marriott.  Aside from being a beautiful hotel, the Marriott 
also ended up being very cost-effective since the sales 
office made us an offer that was suprisingly reasonable.  A 
promising start!

Now that we had our venue, it was time to hunker down and 
start putting things together.  We contacted our exhibitors 
from last year, and got in touch with quite a few new people 
as well.  Although a few of our regular exhibitors were 
unable to participate due to schedule conflicts, we easily 
made up for it.  Some of our regulars actually took more 
tables than they did last year, and we also got a fair 
number of first-time exhibitors.  In fact by showtime we 
filled 54 tables, whereas last year we were able to just 
barely fill 50.  Things are looking up!

While we were busy with all this stuff we also had to 
address the other important issue - publicity.  Once again 
we got a valuable assist from a direct mailing, done by 
Nikos Levin who duplicated the mailing his late father did 
for us last year.  We also made the rounds of all the local 
smokeshops, and found to our pleasant surprise that 
attitudes towards the shows are starting to improve.  What 
was new for this year was the high-tech publicity we did for 
the Expo.  Club member Jerry Lustig and I are both 
subscribers to the various online computer services, and 
Jerry in particular performed sterling service through his 
online efforts.  And now itM-^Rs showtime!

Our preshow reception, held on Friday, October 28th, was a 
repeat of last year where exhibitors were allowed to set up 
if they so desired.  This thanks to the above-mentioned Mr. 
Lustig, who again provided our security on both Friday and 
Saturday nights.  The reception was a lot of fun, and the 
anticipation of the weekend was heightened by the sight of 
displays unfolding on tabletops.  The reception petered out 
at 11 p.m., and we all stumbled off to bed.

Saturday started off bright and early, with more exhibitors 
coming in to set up.  At 9 a.m. we opened the doors to the 
public, wondering what the day had in store for us.  The 
action actually started pretty quickly and built up 
throughout the morning.  After a slowdown during lunch time 
the traffic picked up again, and was steady throughout the 
rest of the afternoon.  By the end of the day it appeared 
that we had about the same number of walk-ins as we had on 
Saturday last year.  So far, so good!

After the hectic day it was now time to enjoy the awards 
banquet.  As with our increase of exhibit tables, we also 
enjoyed an increase in banquet ticket sales.  We had 40 
attendees this year (as opposed to 34 last year), and it was 
great to see our banquet room actually filled.  This part of 
the show also allowed us to experience another major 
improvement over the Hyatt - food.  I had heard that the 
MarriottM-^Rs food is top-rate, and after hearing some less-
than complimentary remarks about the food at our banquet at 
the Hyatt last year I was wondering how it would be this 
time.  And how was it?  All I can say is that the Marriott 
lived up to its reputation for fine dining!  We counted some 
real gourmets in our number, and even they were impressed.  
We were also impressed by the fact that this first class 
meal didnM-^Rt cost any more than what weM-^Rd paid at the Hyatt.  

After our highly enjoyable meal we moved on to our auction.  
To the tobacciana were added some fine spirits (most of 
which were kindly donated by S.W.P.C.L. member Gordon 
Soladar).  The auction went very well, with spirited bidding 
and an empty table at the end of it.  After the auction came 
the awards presentation.  The winners of our exhibitor 
competition were:  Best briar pipe - Poor RichardM-^Rs Pipe and 
tobacco (for a gorgeous Micoli, one of the few attractive 
MicoliM-^Rs IM-^Rve seen), best meerschaum - Royal Meerschaum 
("Adam and Eve" carved by Sabri.  Incredible piece!), best 
antique pipe - Poor RichardM-^Rs (Louis IVX meerschaum), best 
collection - Bert Bruning of Palm Desert Tobacco (for a 
great collection of Charatans), best pipemaker - John 
Weidemann, best commercial display - Royal Meerschaum, and a 
judgesM-^R special merit award to pipemaker (and a very loyal 
longtime club member) Paul Perri for his outstanding work in 

Our awards presentation was followed by our guest speaker, 
Jack Ehrmantraut.  JackM-^Rs no-nonsense, "shoot straight from 
the hip" style made for an interesting speech, and what he 
had to say about the business and the future of our pursuit 
gave all of us something to think about.  Our banquet ended 
with a repeat performance by our magician from last year, 
the very talented Bruce Sinclair.  It was a full evening, 
and very enjoyable one.  Thanks go to Lenny Brick of Brick, 
Hanauer for making it even more so with a donation of Santa 
Rosa cigars for the banquet.

Sunday morning saw everyone coming back to get their tables 
ready for the new day.  The doors were once again opened to 
the public at 9 a.m., and once again people started coming 
in.  Foot traffic during the morning was good, with the 
usual slowdown during lunch time.  Attendance in the 
afternoon was decent, although not quite as much as what we 
had last year.  SundayM-^Rs featured event was the pipe smoking 
contest, which began at 2 p.m.  Participation in the contest 
was another aspect of the Expo which showed growth - 12 
contestants vs. the 9 we had last year.  Contest veteran 
Harry L. Slayen (who usually wins) actually ended up coming 
in second this year to S.W.P.C.L. member Rick Newcombe.  
RickM-^Rs finishing time was quite respectable - 1 hour, 5 
minutes and change.  His efforts were rewarded with a 
beautiful "Mrs. Hudson" pipe from PetersonM-^Rs "Return of 
Sherlock Holmes" collector series, generously donated by 
Brad Weinfeld of Hollco-Rohr.  Way to go, Rick!

Raffle prize drawings were held throughout both days, and we 
were grateful to receive a number of door prizes donated by 
both exhibitors and by supporters of the Expo who couldnM-^Rt 
attend.  We would like to thank Rick Hacker, Hollco-Rohr, La 
Plata Cigars, Mastro de Paja, McClelland Tobacco Co., Las 
Vegas Cigar Co., Lane Ltd., Nikos Levin (NML Pipes Direct), 
Jack Ehrmantraut (Edwards Pipes & Cigars) and Douwe Egberts 
for their generous contributions to our raffle.  Also held 
throughout both days were an event new to the Expo - cigar 
smoking contests!

And just what is a cigar smoking contest?  Well, IM-^Rll tell 
you.  First the contestants are each given a cigar of the 
same length and ring guage.  Then the contestants light 
their cigars.  The object is to produce the longest unbroken 
ash.  After the ash falls off the remainder of the cigar is 
measured, then subtracted from the beginning length to 
determine the winner.  Wires or any other kind of support 
are, of course not allowed - just ability and steady nerves.  
As you can imagine, these contests are a real hoot, and we 
had a great time watching the contestants in action!  Our 
thanks go to Hollco-Rohr, Bombay Cigar Society, Las Vegas 
Cigar Co. and the Briar Rose tobacco shop for sponsoring our 
debut cigar smoking contests.  TheyM-^Rll definitely be a 
feature of our next Expo!

All in all, we did have another very successful show.  
Although attendance was down a little from last year, we did 
notice some substantial improvements with this yearM-^Rs walk-
ins.  First, more people were spending money than last year.  
We also noticed that people were staying at the Expo longer, 
and most important - we saw more younger people this year.  
These were important developments, and a sure sign that the 
L.A. show is getting better.

What is also significant to the future of the Expo is that 
we made two important friends this year.  One is Ed Lehmann, 
a collector and member of the Chicago club.  Ed exhibited 
with us for the first time,  and was so impressed with the 
job we did that he said he wished every other show was as 
well-run as ours - a high compliment from a true pipe show 
veteran!  Ed told me that not only is he giving the Expo a 
favorable report to his club, but that heM-^Rll also bring some 
other collectors from that group out for the M-^Q95 show.  This 
will help the L.A. show develop a national reputation - 
something we need to keep building momentum.  EdM-^Rs help is 
valuable, and we greatly appreciate his support!

Our other important friend is Jack Ehrmantraut.  Jack was 
with us in M-^Q92.  He somehow got overlooked last year, but we 
made up for it this year by impressing another pipe show 
veteran (especially so since Jack organizes the annual Pipe 
Collectors International conventions).  As the owner of 
P.C.I., JackM-^Rs support of the L.A. show is quite an asset 
since he has the ability to publicize the Expo on a large 
scale.  The Expo got a very good write-up in his newsletter, 
and he has even given us the M-^Q97 national P.C.I. convention.  
The fact that he is willing to do this shows just how far 
weM-^Rve come in a relatively short period of time.  Mr. 
EhrmantrautM-^Rs a good man to have on our side, and with his 
involvement, as well as Ed LehmannM-^Rs, our future looks 
strong indeed.  So, is the West Coast Pipe and Cigar Expo in 
a growth mode?  You bet!

I also want to mention that the M-^Q94 Expo was dedicated to 
the memory of Barry Levin.  Barry was a good man, and left 
behind many friends.  He was a big supporter of the shows, 
and IM-^Rll always be grateful for the help he gave us last 
year.  IM-^Rm very glad that his son Nikos was with us at the 
show this year, and itM-^Rs only fitting that he was the guest 
of honor at our awards banquet.  Unfortunately his mother, 
Kathy was unable to join us owing to a family matter that 
came up at the last minute.  We thank both Nikos and Kathy 
for their continuing support, and they will always have a 
place of honor at our shows.

Preparations for M-^Q95 are even now getting under way.  
ThereM-^Rs a lot of work ahead, but weM-^Rre already looking 
forward to another excellent show.  In closing I want to 
thank those members of our club who helped me put the show 
together.  Without their assistance I couldnM-^Rt do it, and 
IM-^Rm proud to be associated with a fine group of people.  I 
also want to thank the management and staff of the LAX 
Marriott hotel for doing a superb job on every aspect of 
their service to us.  We couldnM-^Rt ask for a better venue - 
truly a first-class place in every way.   

And to those of you who didnM-^Rt come to the 1994 West Coast 
Pipe and cigar Expo, all I can say is...


(Author's note:  This article originally appeared in the Holiday, 1994 issue 
of the A & M Gazette.  It is reproduced here with the permission of the 
Gazette's publisher, Neil Murray.)  

[ Thanks for the reprint, and also for the reviews, Steve! -S. ]

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From: ????????????

Happy New Year!!!!!

I hope everyone had a nice holiday.  I am currently enjoying mine:  An
Ascorti Christmas Pipe (45 of 200) that smokes very well.  The pipe is a
beautiful bent apple that not only tastes well.... It is easy to clean.  This
holds true for my copy, that I was able to select from 5 pipes.  It is always
wise to pick up your pipe orders early, especially if you know that there are
other purchasers of the same pipe and shape.

If anyone can still find one , I suggest the purchase, its $ 135.00 well
spent.  Don't smoke it...and  it may sell for 2.5X the amount you paid.
 Obviously, you have to wait 5 or more years for this kind of increase.

Steve:  Have really enjoyed PD 170 -172......the Holiday Issues.  My
appologies for not writing over the holidays, but family came first.  I hope
everyone understands.

Here is a contribution to the resource guide:  (you may have this already,
did not check)

J.T. and D.Cooke
RFD1  Box 1022
East Fairfield, Vermont 05448-9801

Telephone: (802) 849 6272

These folks have their own line of handmade pipes and do the average pipe

THEIR SPECIALTY:  Custom stems and replacement stems with all the factory
printing and logos reproduced.  OR,.....custom stems for your organization or
just yours personlized.

PIPE RESTORATION:  They ream, clean, recure, and polish....and resweeten.
They do all the restoration work for Levin Pipes International.

I have a Z-Rox copy of their catalog-price list.  It is very educational and
I would suggest that interested persons obtain one by writing to the above
address.  I know I will!

America ON Line has a pipe group or something starting.... all the entries
are dated December and January.  You can access by typing  PIPES , and then
you will become confused by landing in the middle of wines, cheeses, and
restaurants...... but if you crash their message boards..... you will find
many short pipe related strings.  They are just strating and need help.

Keep on Smoking....and remember:  A reproduction amber stem is
better.....than no stem at all.


[ Thanks! I've heard good things about the Cookes' work. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????
Subject: A Good Cigar Draw?

I have a question to the Cigar Smoking Readers.

What is the secret to getting a cigar to get a good draw though the smoke of
a Cigar?

First let me tell you what my experience is.  I, over the past year, have
made it a hobby of mine to find the best smoking cigars. I try all sorts of
brands, including Havanas. Upon purchase, the cigars go from store humidor to
my humidor.  I keep it at 65- 70 % Humidity.  I have bought cigars all over
the world. I travel on business & vacation.  I use a wedge cut on the end of
the cigar.

But I must be doing something wrong.  Most of the Havanas (Cohibas, Romeo &
Julieta's, and Montecristo's) and Royal Jamaican's smoke very well.  Good
flavor and good draw all thru to the end.  Most of the other cigars are
inconsistent.  Davidoff's, Macanudo's, Avo's, Ashton's, Artruo Fuente's and
others are sometimes difficult to draw.  What I mean by this is that you have
to puff several times to get a full mouth of smoke.  They seem too tightly
wrapped.  To remedy this I have tried putting a large nail down the center.
This helps for a while but then it seems to close up again.

One theory I have is that I might be keeping my humidor to humid.  It is
interesting to note that while I was in Ireland this Summer I visited several
tobaccanist and none had their cigars in humidors??

I asked why this was and they said that humid cigars do not smoke well??  In
fact one person showed me a tip for how to tell if a cigar will be a good
smoke.  She then held it up to her ear and rolled it between her fingers.
 She said if you hear just a little crakling then the cigar is right (of
course she warned me not to break the skin and if that happened the cigar was
too dry).  If no crackling is heard or if it feels spoungy then it is too

Getting back to Humidors.  It was my mission on my vaction in Europe  this
summer to get the best Humidor that I could get for a reasonable price.  I
found one in Spain that I really liked for about $200. I have seen similar in
the USA for $300-400.  In this price range they come with a really cheesy
Hydometer ( if that's what it is called) I noticed that tapping on this gage
could change the reading by 10%.  "Cigar Affecionado" recommends 60-70%
Humidity.  With a 10% error range  I thought that I might really be off.

To get more help I went to my local Tobaccanist to see how he measured
Humidity in his walk-in Humidor.  Well he had two larger but still
relatively cheesy looking gages.  One was reading 50% and the other
70%.  They were about 2' away from each other.  The Tobaccanist
explained that there was a variation in his humidor that usually
calmed down when the door was closed for a while.  I have checked
since and these gages are never within 15%.

I'm a big fan of gadgets so I bought a Radio Shake miniature digital
temperature & Humidity gage that tucks up neatly into the top of my
humidor.  Now it reads to a tenth of a percent but in the fine print
offers A 3% accuracy.

Maybe I am going overboard on this humidity, but a good smoke is worth a
little work.

Maybe I should be like the Irish and just leave the cigar out until it

Please answer me in the digest or email to:


[ I think it simply has to do with the construction of the cigar, as
long as you're making a relatively large cut in it. Other opinions? -S. ]

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                       Today's Snappy Comeback:

(The California Turn-down:) "I hear you. I know where you're coming
from. I just can't get behind it." 

                                - 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 #173 -- January 15, 1995
  2. Subject: Cigar Humidor
  3. Subject: Pipes Digest
  4. Subject: Knockoff Alert--J&R
  5. Subject: Einstein's pipe
  6. Subject: Washington, DC Big Smoke
  7. Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  8. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #172 -- January 8, 1995
  9. Subject: Pipes Digest - Erinmore Flake
  10. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #172 -- Janu...
  11. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #172 -- January 8, 1995
  12. Subject: finding humidor/inexpen cigars
  13. Subject: Hello Everyone
  14. Subject: cigar humidifier-Peterson pipes
  15. Subject: Re: Chicago Cigar Club in the Offing
  16. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #172 -- January 8, 1995
  17. Subject: New subscriber
  18. Subject: [PIPE]
  19. Subject: Travelling Humidor
  20. Subject: Roanoke's Finest
  21. Subject: Pipes, women, and moonlight.
  22. Subject: Steve,
  23. Subject: Back issue
  24. Subject: New Member
  25. Subject: reaction
  26. Subject: Semper Fi
  27. Subject: for the Digest
  28. Subject: Lancer Cigars Question
  29. Subject: The New Tongue
  30. Subject: More stuff [PIPES]
  31. Subject: '94 L.A. Pipe & Cigar Expo
  32. Subject: PIPE DIGEST
  33. Subject: A Good Cigar Draw?
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