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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #196 - July 20, 1995

		   Pipes Digest #196 - July 20, 1995
	     Copyright (C) 1995 by Stephen P. Masticola.
	   All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 1275

Welcome to new members:

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[WINCHELLISM] That fun guy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
David "Loose Cannon" Kessler, continues his bid to overstep his
authority and anschluss the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
The latest maneuver: a report recommending that nicotine be classified
as something that the FDA can control.  The excuse this time:
children, as usual.  Masticola's Maxim of Prepubescent Pugilism: When
someone uses kids to grind a political axe, expect a hit below the belt.

Kessler's move comes despite the fact that the FDA didn't _want_
jurisdiction in the early 1980s, and sued to keep from getting it...
Newt Gingrich counterattacked immediately, saying that the report "had
nothing to do with children and everything to do with control," and
that it was an affront to Americans' right to self-determination and
individual responsibility.  Keep Kessler in mind at election time.
And for those outside the U.S., watch for sleazy moves like this in
your legislatures.

[OPEN DISCUSSION] This issue, I'll throw out a question for
discussion: What's the _worst_ smoke you've ever had, be it cigar or
pipe?  A cigar that's constructed like a Packard-Bell PC, draws like a
stick of ailanthus wood, burns (or, rather, tunnels) to a black ash,
and tastes like someone just tarred the roof?  Or a pipe tobacco that
has a spice note like a rendering plant, that gunks up your pipe so
bad that you need Drano to clean it, and that scorches your _dog's_
mouth when you smoke it?  Something that you'd think about smoking at
a party that will be attended by both Kessler and Waxman. >:-] Thought
it'd be fun to find out peoples' pet peeves!

But for now, please light up something a little easier to take than
Retribution Mixture or the prancing Puritans of prohibition, and join
us for another issue, featuring an Ohio Pipe Collectors' show
announcement, a comprehensive guide to Castello collecting from Bob
Hamlin of the PCCA, and a feature from Ray Bromley on evacuation
procedures...


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

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From: "??????????????????" <???????????????????>
Subject:       stupid question

DLively (related to Dlightful?) wrote:

>I get more? I also own a Peterson System pipe (stupid question: Do 
the stems<
>on these come out? It doesn't seem to want to and I've not forced 
it.)<

Wrong-o about being a stupid question! It might only be considered a 
stupid question if followed by: Does anyone know who fixes these 
things?  Take it from someone who didn't ask a "stupid" question 
first, it's not stupid unless it's silent.

That being said, sorry I can't answer your question ;-)

R~

P.S. I liked that squiggly after an initial idea so much, I bought 
the company! With a nod to the Mod


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From: ????????????????????? (Wolfgang)
Subject: Growing your own...

Howdy all,
        After a few digests, I've decided to come out of the wood work
with a few interesting requests. I grow and smoke my own Tobacco, usually
in ceremony with some Navajo friends. Is anyone out there growing and
making there own blends? I've also decided to carve a pipe from some
applewood I was given. This year, I might also grow a gourd and make a
bong out of that. Has anyone done this before too.
        On a second note, does anyone have seeds for Coyote Tobacco? If
so, could they send me some. Thanks again.

Wolf,
Melbourne, Australia.
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[ There are a few people here who grow their own... but what's coyote
tobacco? -S. ]


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From: Don Merritt <?????????????????????>
Subject: An area code for you

Hi, there;

I smoke a pipe, and a friend is visiting me who smokes cigars. We
were driving down a street not far from my house, talking smokes, 
when we passed a place called the Bombay Cigar Society, which I'd 
never noticed before. And in looking at your Resources page, I 
found it listed. It must be karma- my friend and I will have to 
check it out.

I noticed on your resource page that you had the phone number, but
just question marks for the area code. FYI, the area code is 310.
And if you want it, the Redondo Beach zip code is 90277.

I just found the on-line smoke stuff today, as I hadn't thought to
look until my friend told me about them yesterday. Thanks for
all the work in putting it together- it looks great.

Best Regards-
	Don Merritt

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[ Thanks for the update on Bombay, Dave! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: #3(3) PD195 - 11jl95

Hi Steve, and all you puffers out there.
Looks like I missed being part of PD history by not being home when Charlie
Jewell came to visit me. I was late in reading his email to me, saying he'd
be here (Lansing MI) the evening of 7July95. I'm a blues saxman, and had a
gig that night out of town. No evidence he was actually here, but I expect he
came & went while I was gone. Shucks, I had plans of going with him to Paul
Spaniola's famous July anniversary sale in Flint. Guess I'll have to go alone
next week.
I hope Charlie went without me; I had told him about the sale.
Unlike last summer, I haven't yet switched to cigar mode, even though the
porch swing is as inviting as ever. I'm still enjoying my pipe the few times
I smoke these hot summer days; seems I don't crave tobacco so much in warm
weather.
I recently scored a half-dozen old Custombilt pipes at a garage sale ($1.00
each). Three of them were without stems, and I'm waiting for their return
from repair even now. The others had thick cakes of carbon; you could barely
stick a pencil inside the bowl. I reamed them down and they smoke
beautifully.
Gotta go off to rehearsal.
My best to all puffers.  --Dennis


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From: John Palmer <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #195 - July 11, 1995

Steve, add this to your long list of tobac shoppes...

Edleez Tobacco West / 4 West Main Street / Fredonia, NY / 14063 / 
716-672-4470

Edleez has an extremely large walk-in humidor (size of a one car garage) 
and has some interesting pipes (including Yello Bole, Falcon and 
Denicotea) and about three dozen pipe tobacs in bulk. It's the ONLY tobac 
shoppe in the Western New York area. (I call it The Oasis) :)

They also have a large selection of lighters and the owner is a collector 
of match boxes and booklets.

Enough for now. "Gimme a good blend and I'll be a Happy Tamper"

John


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: [PIPES]  Calumets

Steve,

Just finished PD #195. Please keep up the good work.

Alberto Bonfiglioli wrote that he is looking for calumets. Calumets made by
Native American artisans are available along with jewelry and other items
fashioned from pipestone. To obtain a brochure, write or call

Pipestone Indian Shrine Association
Pipestone National Monument
P.O.Box 727
Pipestone, MN 56164

Phone: 507 825-5463
  FAX: 507 825-2903

There are two paperback books: "A History of Pipestone National Monument
Minnesota" (60 pages) and "Pipes on the Plains" (40 pages). There is also a
video "The Pipemakers". You can even join the Association, if you are so
inclined.

For those who do request a brochure, please be advised,this is a very small
operation and it may take a while to receive a reply.

Kindest Regards,

John Haldeman

[ Thanks for the info, John! Most interesting! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????
Subject: Carnuba Wax

Steve:

Noticed the inquiry on carnuba wax in #195. A product called 
Briwax (made in England "by appointment to H.M. the Queen") 
is available in the US through Tri-State Briwax. Call 
800-597-5008. It sells x$7.50 for 400 grams.  It is mostly 
carnuba. Great for pipes,furniture and shoes.

The best way to use it on pipes is to spread a THIN coat on 
the pipe and let it dry for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Buff on 
a wheel lightly using a buffer devoted only to this wax.

Tri-State takes Discover cards and is making application for 
VISA/MC.

Best,
Craig

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"Let me not to the true marriage of true smokers and their 
pipes admit impediments."
-------------------------------------

[ Thanks, Craig, and welcome to the Pipes Mailgroup! -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: The Ultimate Pipe Book

Steve,

Since your are from the NY area I was wondering if you could tell me if you
could reccomend  where I could get a copy of The Ultimate Pipe Book in New
York City.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Greg..

[ I believe that a few people on alt.smokers.pipes already answered
this; have you gotten the book yet? -S. ]


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From: ????????????? (Antti Kalliokoski)
Subject: Savinelli, Early Morning Pipe and prices

"Terveisia Suomesta", which means "greetings from Finland"

We presently have a nice warm summer here. The sun is shining 20 hours day 
and night. I am beginning to prepare this year's trip to the Lapland, where 
I'm going to wander and fish for three weeks overnighting in a tent and 
frying trout and grayling over camp fire. This time I'm not going to forget 
my tobaccos home. Perhaps some of you will remember my sad story "A pipe 
smoker's agony in the wilderness" last year.

I have bought a new Savinelli (this time not with the 9 mm hole and balsa 
filter). It is a slightly bent medium sized model with beautiful grain, 
partly bird's eye, partly straight grain. (But nobody is perfect.) The price 
was approximately 100$:s here in Finland, so the pipe is not of the best 
Savinelli class, but it's all right with me.

 I have begun to smoke Dunhill's "Early Morning Pipe". I must say that I 
like it. It's not so strong as "965" and even my wife likes the aroma (or 
more truthfully, doesn't dislike it). I started to smoke the new Savinelli 
with it and I think that I'll reserve the it exclusively for Early Morning 
Pipe. I have smoked lately mainly "Amphora Regular" in my pipes and because 
the mixture is not flavoured the pipes are quite neutral for this new 
mixture, I think. BTW, here in Finland I have to pay nearly 10$:s for a 50 
grams tin. Could somebody tell me what is the price in the USA?

I'm eagerly waiting for mr. Timo Kuusela's introduction of himself in the 
list as I found that a fellow Finn has joined in the Pipe Digest.:-)  As a 
matter of fact we have been e-mailing and I know that he is a true pipe 
smoker and surely is welcomed to join us.

So, soon I'm hiking again in the wilderness and will be back in the 
civilization on August 11th. Wish me tight lines!

Antti Kalliokoski (?????????????)
Finland

[ I think the Amphora would be about $2 or so for a 50-gram pouch
here; we seldom see it in tins in that size. Congratulations on the
new Savinelli! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????? (bob)
Subject: Clay Pipes

Steve,
     This is my first post, even though I've been reading the group for 
about six months.  I am a 31 year old unemployed sales representative 
(any prospective employers?) from the Pittsburgh area.  I've been 
smoking pipes for about five years.  I am surprised at the number of 
young pipe smokers.  When I started I felt self-conscious about what 
people thought of a 26 year old smoking a pipe.  People would look at 
me with a puzzled look on their face as if they were wondering what I 
was smoking.  I'm sure they thought what else would a young man be 
smoking in a pipe but something illegal.  Has anyone else had these 
thoughts or experiences?  
     Among my small collection of pipes are two made of clay.  There is 
not much mentioned about people smoking clay pipes.  Is there a reason 
for this?  I enjoy mine tremendously.  Are they manufactured as a 
novelty item or are there different levels of quality?  Does anyone 
know of a mail order company where I can buy clay pipes?
     Thanks for doing a great job with the Pipes Digest.  Keep up the 
good work.
                                    Take care,
                                        Ken

[ No reason I can think of for the lack of discussion on clays, Ken.
I've been meaning to try a Lepeltier for years. -S. ]


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From: Mark Lathem <??????????????????>
Subject: The fate of the small tobacco shop...

Steve,
   
I normally prefer only to relate pleasant experiences, but I thought
this sad tale held a lesson that should be shared.
   
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the tobacco shop
from which I purchased my first "nice" pipe 14 years ago.  I anxiously
anticipated the trip, but I was sorely disappointed.
   
This shop *was* a quaint little place located downtown (I'll not mention
the city).  The shop had a huge glass case running the length of the
store filled to overflowing with beautiful pipes of every description.
The ceiling-high shelves behind the counter were jammed with jars and 
tins of every tobacco imaginable.  The tobacconist on duty was a kind, 
older man who patiently assisted a young, financially impaired college 
student in making his purchase.
   
First, I discovered the shop had moved to a local mall.  When I walked
into the shop I found the pipes were confined to a very small display
case.  While there were a half-dozen or so quality pipes, the rest were
--to be kind--mediocre.  The shop had no tinned tobaccos at all and only
eight or ten uninspiring bulk blends.  I had intended to buy a pipe to
commemorate this visit, but the only pipe that even came close to striking
my fancy was ridiculously overpriced.  Finding nothing else to purchase, 
I decided to at least pick up some pipe cleaners...but they were out of 
stock!  Downcast, I purchased a couple of packs of cigarettes (which I
gave away).  I have the sad feeling that this poor shop is doomed.
      
The moral to this story:  support your local tobacconist!  I'm not
saying that you should purchase a pipe each and every time you walk into
a shop, but buy *something*.  If nothing else, pick up a tin of tobacco
or a pipe tool (you're going to need it when you lose the one in your
pocket anyway <g>); buy something you don't like and give it to a
friend; buy something you hate and give it to an enemy.  I'll continue
to do most of my buying by mail (for, you see, I don't have a local
tobacconist), but I'll make it a point to support the "little guy"
whenever I am able.
   
--
 Mark Lathem   
"Pipe smoking is properly an intellectual exercise" --C. Morley


[ Good advice, Mark! And re the enemy, see the header. -S. ]


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From: "Jeffrey F. Lamb" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Self Intro.

Steve, 

Just a quick word of thanks, I have been quietly enjoying PD for several 
months now. It has been my introduction to the net and now that I have 
had a chance to browse around other areas, I must say I picked a great 
place to start!

Let me introduce myself, I live and work in Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
where, unfortunately, our smoking policies are taking on a freighteningly
similar tone to those of many other North American Cities. I smoke a bent
bulldog made by "Peterson's Kinsale" of Ireland. I smoke a locally blended
dark cavendish and have been smoking since I was about 20 years old or 12
years. I would enjoy hearing from other Canadian pipe smokers 
(or any variety of pipe smokers) especially if they have information about 
good tobacco stores in Western Canada. 

Also, could you please send me an updated Resourse Guide.

Thanks and regards, Jeff Lamb

[ Guide sent, I believe! -S. ]


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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject:  Pipes: Ohio Pipe Collectors Swap/Sell Show

Steve, I'd like to give you and the Digest readers an update on the OPC
swap/sell show scheduled for Sept. 23 in Columbus.  Club membership now
stands at 53, and we have rented 21 tables for the show, with promises from
Jack Ehrmantraut and Nikos Levin that they will be attending with vast
numbers of estate pipes.  Most of the tables will be featuring estate
pipes, but new pipes, tobaccos, lighters and miscellaneous items will also
be displayed for sale.
 
Anyone planning to come in early should call the Inn on the Lane
(614-294-4848) for the special room rate.  We will be gettng together in
the Inn's lounge Friday evening (8:00--?) for fellowship, bragging,
dealing, whatever.  Anyone wishing show flyers or a complimentary
newsletter copy (we want to recruit more members), please write me.  Also,
I'll be set up at the Indiana Briar Friars show on July 29 with my estate
pipes and information about the show.
 
We have had a tremendous outpouring of support in the form of merchadise
donated.  Three items will be designated later for prizes in our
pipe-smoking contest.  The rest will go to our raffle: 50 cents a ticket
plus a free ticket for every pipe purchased at the show.  More items have
been promised, but here is what I have actually received so far from
donors.  There's some great stuff here.
 
PIPES: S&R Coral Rock--S&R Pipes and Pleasures; Steve Weiner-- Steve
Weiner; Don Carlos 3 Note--Barclay Pipe and Tobacco; two GBD Prehistoric
estates--Smoker's Haven Downtown and Convention Center; Stanwell 1994 Pipe
of the Year--Lane Ltd.; Ardor freehand and Pipa Croci freehand--Sparta
Industries;
 
TOBACCO: 4 oz. of Crumble Cake and 8 oz each of Pure Pleasure, M.D.
Mixture, Mild & Mellow, Dark Delight, Sid's Mix, Best Blend, Mellow Mix and
40th Anniversary--Smoker's Haven Downtown and Convention Center; 11 tins
assorted McLelland Tobaccos--McLelland Tobacco Co.; 3 Dunhill tobacco
samplers, each with 5 50-gram tins--Lane Ltd.
 
MISCELLANEOUS: S&R peacock/pipe T-shirt--S&R Pipes and Pleasures; Stem
replacement kit--Al Baier, pipemaker.
 
In addition, all those who attend the show will be able to drink all the
coffee and tea they wish thanks to the generosity of Mary Ehwa of McLelland
Tobacco Co., who has agreed to pick up the tab. We do hope to see as many
of you as possible at the show.

If you've got one pipe, you're a pipe smoker.  If you've got more than
one, you're a pipe collector.
Bill Unger
Secretary, Ohio Pipe Collectors

[ Hope you have a great show, Bill! -S. ]


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From: Jim Panagos <???????????????????????>
Subject: (no subject)

Hi Steve:
I have been receiving the digest as SilverFox at AOL and since I am now 
on the Net I might as well read for free.  Great job!  I collect pipes 
(4oo plus, Buteras my fav), Tobacco (first year of X-mas Cheer and 
Escudo my favs) and Cigars (on the grounds, my fav).  Keep up the good 
work!
Jim
ps. I owm new and used record stores (http://www.cellophane.com/~dweiss) 
if curious.


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From: "Yitzchak Schier" <???????????????????>
Subject:       Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Thanks very much - really enjoyed it.  Look for my comments soon.  Is
the resource guide a one-timer, or will it be sent every week?  Also -
looking for Wally (Wally Frank, that is) If anyone has knowledge as to
their whereabouts' and whether they still deal in pipe tobacco, please
e-mail me. I'm an ex-New Yorker and 2nd generation Wally
fan/customer. Also, please don't forget Barclay-Rex (NYC) in your
resource guide.  I will look for address and post. Finally, upon my
return from Israel, I will post name of my favorite tobacconist there
- a little hole in the wall that sells Castellos at what I believe to
be a price lower than New York or Rome.

Yitzchak Schier
???????????????????

[ I send the Guide out to new members, and to current members on
request. It's also available on the Web site. -S. ]


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From: RC Hamlin/PCCA <???????????????????????>
Subject: Castello Guide part 1

Steve:

This is a little out of date but I thought you might want to use it
anyway.

-Bob

PCCA's Castello Grade & Style Guide   
by Robert C. Hamlin (c) 1988, 1992, 1994 
 
This article was first printed in the July 1988 Smoker's Pipeline. 
PCCA revised and printed this article again in the January, 1990 
Smoker's Pipeline. Due to the many request that we have had to 
reprint this Castello guide again, we have once again updated our 
data to print our Castello Pipe Guide again in this issue. 
 
Our reference for this article comes from several sources; #1: 
Several trips to Cantu' Italy to visit the Castello pipe making 
operation including interviews with Carlo Scotti and Franco Coppo. 
#2: The personal selection of 3,000 to 4,000 Castello pipes that 
we have stocked in the last 10+ years, plus the thousands of 
others that we have seen, but not purchased (and) #3: A shape 
guide from Richard Esserman outlining some of the lesser known 
shapes produced by Castello.  
 
The Castello brand is probably the most revered and collected 
Italian pipe line on today's pipe smoking scene. Very little was 
ever produced either by the Castello factory, or by their USA 
importer, to show collectors what the nomenclature means on the 
actual pieces, or how they are graded. We have handled many 
thousand Castello pipes during the last 7 years and have viewed 
many more. Simply stated, the stocking of many thousand Castello 
pipes has helped in putting together this guide, but the 
possibilities constantly change.  This article will give you a 
complete look at today's Castello pipe shapes, grades and 
variations. We hope that you find it useful.    
 
******************* 
 
Castello pipes are made in Cantu' Italy by the firm first started 
by Carlo Scotti in 1947. The first Castello pipes were styled 
after English styles, especially those produced by Dunhill.  The 
early Castello pieces were small, mostly carved or sandblasted 
finishes and stamped with "Mi Reserva" (My reserve).  The 
"reserve" nomenclature was only used for the first couple of years 
of production (1947-1949 or '50) and was soon followed with the 
addition of a "Reg." number. We don't know exactly what the 
registry number signifies, although I believe that it is the 
number assigned to the Castello tradename, in Italy. Shapes and 
styles, as far as we can tell, are not patented or registered in 
Italy, so more than likely the "Reg." number that appears on the 
early Castello pipes just refer to the trademark (registered 
Castello).  
 
In the early years of Caminetto production (1968 - '71/72) the 
pipes produced also carried a"Reg." number.  This "Caminetto" fact 
would also support the tradename theory. The registry number is 
still occasionally used on special (usually long shanked pieces in 
carved or sandblasted finishes) pipes, today. It is possible that 
these are older pipes that have not been released or it is 
possible that this stamp is occasionally used "just" to create 
excitement.  What is true though is that there are very, very few 
Castello pipes that are new and unsmoked that carry a registry 
number. 
As with any new company and true in the early years of Castello 
pipes, Scotti struggled with his new company in trying to make a 
name for himself and his new line.  In the early 1950's ('50-'52), 
Scotti came very close to giving up and closing the doors of his 
Castello pipe making operation.  What saved the Castello line was 
a chance meeting between Scotti and Wally Frank of New York.   
 
Mr. Frank was in Italy on a buying trip and became interested in 
the Castello pipes that he found (by chance). After meeting with 
Scotti, Mr. Frank agreed to import this new line to America and 
Castello has never looked back.  
 
In the early year of this joint venture, Mr. Frank tried to 
convince Scotti to move to America and produce his pipes in the 
States. Scotti refused to leave Italy which caused some tension in 
this new partnership, but not enough to end the relationship 
between Frank and Scotti. I am sure that had Scotti come to 
America that the Castello pipe would not have become the world 
class product that it is today. However, the problems of the 
working relationship between Scotti and Frank in these early 
years, before facsimile transmissions, quick transatlantic flights 
and express carriers never allowed the American market to see the 
best of Scotti's talent. The Castello pipe has continued to grow 
in number, quality and prestige until present day where the 
Castello pipes of Carlo Scotti are considered the best in Italy, 
and by some as the best in the world.   
 
The mystery of the early years of Castello pipe production have 
all but been lost in time. Very little is known about production 
figures, shapes, finishes and the nomenclature of the first 20 to 
25 years of Castello production. The beginning, from 1947 to 
1950-52, are recalled and the last 20+ years are traceable due to 
Franco Coppo, who went to work for Castello in 1969. From the 
early 1950's until the late 1960's very little is known. One of 
the reasons that little is known in the USA about Castello 
production, during this time frame, is the fact that USA 
distribution was extremely limited with almost all of the Castello 
pipes imported being the lower graded Carved Sea Rock and 
sandblasted Old Antiquari finishes. I located my first smooth 
Castello pipe in 1974 when the manufacturer's salesman talked me 
into buying this "very rare top grade Castello". I paid $40 or $50 
for this smooth natural colored classic Bulldog with a black 
ferrule and stick bit. Older Castello pipes will usually include 
the "REG No." and have the letters "SC" stamped as a part of the 
nomenclature. The SC stamp was for Scotti, Carlo (in Italy all 
names are listed last, first). Today the full name of Carlo 
Scotti, contained in a small oval, has replaced the SC stamp. 
 
Today the Castello operation is run by Carlo Scotti's Son-in-Law, 
Franco Coppo and his daughter Savina. Scotti still over sees his 
company and his influence is still evident, but he is no longer 
involved with the day to day operation of the factory/workshop. 
<MI>See footnote on Carlo Scotti<D> In 1984-85, when Franco took 
over the running of the Castello operation there was a small 
change made to the appearance of the nomenclature. Under the rein 
of Scotti, pipes were graded  and marked with one or more "K's", 
these were about the size of this text, "open" and stamped in a 
line. The new stamping continues to use the "K's", however the are 
now very small and enclosed in a circle or oval. <R><MI>Now let's 
look at the specifics of Castello grading, finishes and shapes.    
<D> 
 
This guide will relate current standards for pipes produced in the 
1980's &  1990's and will be accurate for most any Castello pipe 
that you will see on today's market.  We will not list the 
variations and "set standards" for the 1950's, 1960's or 1970's as 
not only is this just about impossible to document, but it has 
very little bearing on the Castello pipes that you are likely to 
run across today. We will also point out known exceptions to the 
rule and tell you how the American Logo'd Castello pipes vary from 
the Italian "standard"  models. We will stop and give details when 
we feel that it is necessary although you should keep in mind that 
it is impossible to list all of the variations that occur with 
Castello pipes. Another thing that must be kept in mind is that 
the Castello factory does not, and will not, produce a set and 
standard shape chart.  Since Castello pipes are all hand made and 
vary considerably, they do not feel that a "standard" shape guide 
could be accurate.    
 
In the late 1980's there were about 8,000 Castello pipes produced 
each year including all finishes and styles. Approximately 4,000 
(50%) pieces are distributed over the smooth finishes (Trademark, 
"castello", Perla Nera and Collection), 800  (10%) are sandblasted 
(Old Antiquari) and 3,200 (40%) are carved finished (Sea Rock, Old 
Sea Rock, Natural Vergin and Epoca). Today, Castello production 
figures are probably closer to 6,000 pipes, although the 
percentage breakdown of finishes will still be accurate. These 
figures, along with the total production, will vary each year 
depending on the quality of briar and demand to some extent.    
 
Note: The Castello mouthpiece logo consists of a white oval 
elongated bar. The "white bar" is used on all of the Castello 
pipes produced for the Italian market and export market 
<MI>except<D> for those that are sent to the United States through 
Hollco International (Wally Frank).  
All Castello pipes use handmade lucite (plexiglas, acrylic) 
mouthpieces. In the early years the white bar logo was inlaid 
ivory, however today the white bar is simulated. Castello stems 
are produced by cutting solid sheet lucite into 1 inch square 
strips. These strips are then cut into shorter square 
(rectangular) blocks and hand drilled, hand filed and formed into 
custom matched Castello stems. Almost all Castello stems are 
black, although green, deep red, brown/bronze, pearlized ivory and 
solid white Castello mouthpieces have been used. 
 
American logo'd Castello pipes use a small round "Diamond" 
(referred to and looking like, but it is NOT actually a diamond) 
inlaid into the mouthpiece.  This was originally done so that the 
standard Castello white bar logo did not conflict with another 
brand and logo that was sold by Wally Frank called the "White Bar 
Pipe" (in the 1950's).     
 
Many Castello collectors prefer the white bar logo and a few 
prefer the "diamond", however there is no real difference between 
the two once you compare like pieces. In a few cases there are 
differences in finishes or grading; we will point these out when 
they apply.    
 
SEA ROCK [Carved Black or dark brown]:  This is the lowest grade 
of the  Castello line and is the most common in the USA.  Sea 
Rocks are produced by taking a smooth bowl that has not been 
"final finished" and surface carving the finish with tools. This 
"carved" finish is then evened out using a steel wire brush, 
stained and then waxed. The Natural Vergin carved finish is left 
unstained and unwaxed as a rule, although we have seen waxed  and 
partially waxed"Vergins".  
 
All carved Castello pipes  are graded by the number of K's that 
are stamped on each piece and are K-graded by SIZE.  1K is the 
smallest and fairly rare, 2K is small to medium, with  3K or 4K 
being the most common and ranges from medium to medium large. 
Large pieces are stamped "G" for giant and extra large pieces are 
stamped "GG" for double giant.  In addition to the number of K's 
on a carved Sea Rock piece the shape number is almost always 
added.  As a rule a Sea Rock Castello is stained Black, although 
recently there have been quite a few coming in stained deep brown 
and still stamped "Sea Rock".  American Logo'd Sea Rocks are all 
priced the same to the consumer, although most are 2 or 3 K'ed 
models.  G/GG models are charged at a higher price on American 
pieces and are basically the same as their European counterparts. 
 
OLD SEA ROCK [Carved Brown, sometimes with a darker, stained 
"fumed top"]: This line is graded, styled and stamped exactly the 
same as the standard black Sea Rock, except that all Old Sea Rocks 
are stained brown.   
The Old Sea Rock stain color will vary from tan to medium dark 
brown. Occasionally, Old Sea Rocks will have a darker stained top 
rim.  All old Sea Rocks are priced the same, graded the same and 
numbered the same as the standard (black) Sea Rock.  
 
American Logo'd Old Sea Rocks are all priced the same (no matter 
how many  K's) to the consumer although most are 2 or 3 K'ed 
models.  G/GG models are  charged at a higher price on American 
pieces and are basically the same as their European counterparts.  
  
NATURAL VERGIN (Sea Rock) [Carved unstained, "Natural" color]: The 
Natural Vergin is basically "just" an unstained carved Sea Rock.  
They are graded, priced, sized and numbered the same as the Sea 
Rock and Old Sea  Rock, including the G/GG grades. A few of the 
Castello Natural Vergin stamped pipes will be finished with a 
light wax and any that have a smooth polished top rim will be 
waxed (on the rim), but most are completely  unfinished (waxed or 
otherwise) carved wood. Since this finish will show any defect in 
the wood, only  the best mono-colored pieces of briar are used for 
the Natural Vergin.  This comment is said with the assumption that 
if the  wood was grained well enough or had clean enough surfaces 
it would have been made into a smooth pipe and not carved in the 
first place.   
 
American Logo'd Natural Vergins are all priced the same to the 
consumer (no  matter how many K's are used) although most are 2 or 
3 K'ed models. There are a few natural colored pieces that come 
through stamped plain Sea Rock and are actually Natural Vergin's.  
G/GG models are charged at a higher  price on American pieces and 
are basically the same as their European counterparts.  
 
OLD ANTIQUARI [Sandblasted Light tan to medium rust colored 
brown]: Only 10% of the total Castello pipe production is produced 
in the sandblasted Old Antiquari series.  These can be either 
crosscut or straight grained pieces and are typically shallow to 
medium in sandblasting depth. These have, as a rule, been stained 
a medium brown or medium rust color although starting in the 
spring of 1987 we have started to see more and more arrive in a 
light colored tan or almost natural color and in 1989 we carried a 
few black sandblasted Old Antiquari pipes.  
 
As with the carved Sea Rock models, the Old Antiquari pipes are 
graded by size and marked by the number of K's.  The higher the 
number of K's the higher the price and larger the piece including 
the G & GG size stamps. Old Antiquari pipes will include a shape 
number along with the K or G size grade.  
 
American Logo'd Old Antiquari Castellos are usually not true 
sandblasted  pieces, but more often than not actually Old Sea Rock 
carved pipes (usually  those with a fume or darker colored top 
rim). This carved finish is less expensive than the actual 
sandblasted (Italian) Old Antiquari and while they are priced 
higher than American Sea Rocks, they are not priced high enough 
above the carved finish to allow them to be sandblasted. All 
American logo'd Old Antiquari's are priced the same to the 
consumer although most are 2 or 3 K'ed models.  G/GG models are 
charged at a higher price on American pieces and while they are 
rarely seen, they too are usually carved pieces rather than true 
sandblasted pipes.  You will not  see carved (Sea Rock style) Old 
Antiquari pipes anywhere other than the States. 
 
Before we get to the Castello all smooth finishes we should take a 
few lines and explain some of the other things that you will 
probably run across with Castello nomenclature.  
 
#1: Silver and Gold bands are used with Castello pipes.  If these 
bands are  put on at the factory (and most are), they will usually 
include either the Castello name in script or more commonly, the 
Castello "castle" engraved on the band. The silver band is used on 
all finishes and gold is usually reserved for only smooth finishes 
(usually the higher graded pieces). Many times rather than just 
having a gold Castello band, the gold will be inlaid with hand 
painted lacquer (I have seen red, green and black). Occasionally 
you will see a Castello pipe come through with a silver "cup" or 
ferrule and a stick type bit. These silver cup (ferrule) pipes are 
not common and usually are reserved for only  the better or higher 
graded pieces. Silver cups are usually signed with "Castello" in 
script and not engraved with the castle. Diamond styled cups are  
rare. While it is possible to make a gold cupped piece, I have 
never seen one and do not believe that this has been done (yet).   
 
#2: All Castello standard shaped pipes have a number (3,4,5 or 6) 
stamped on the mouthpiece or sometimes on the lucite ferrule.  
What does this number mean? Not much really, it is the number of 
the size for the proper straw  tube or reed that fits the shank 
and stem of the pipe. These straw tubes are rarely used in the 
United States. The Castello reed is considered superfluous and 
useless to most, but with this number you will always know  which 
one fits (the different numbers have to do with length, not 
diameter).  
#3: Many Castello shapes are occasionally available with a briar 
or lucite ferrule (extension on the shank is called a "Floc" in 
Italian) and stick or  Army style bit. Many other pieces either in 
standard shapes or in freestyle  shapes include a briar extension 
inlaid into the mouthpiece (called intarsio in Italian).  Both of 
these extensions add to the style of the pipes and can be found on 
most shapes, although not on a regular basis.  If the extension  
is made from lucite there should be no additional charge, however 
if the extension is made of briar there will be an added charge by 
both the factory and on a retail level. 
 
#4: Castello has made several "Presentation" pieces that are 
either very unusual or extra large; these are stamped with a large 
"Castello" signature in script on the side of the shank (instead 
of their normal grade and nomenclature). Two other limited 
editions were recently made for the 40th anniversary of Castello 
pipes.   
 
For the Italian market there was a two piece set of Castello pipes 
(limited to 40 sets), one of the pieces was an original 1947 Mi 
Reserva (although not stamped) in a carved finish and the other 
was a 1987 Collection graded piece made to match the '47.  
 
The American market was also treated to a limited 40th year piece 
(a total of 50 were produced with 48 being distributed).  The 
American 40th year pipe was a full bent hand styled variation of 
the #93 or #293 shape (full bent egg) with a fancy mouthpiece, 
serial number (01/50 or 02/50, etc.) and a 1947/1987 stamp.  These 
were available in several finishes (I have seen Sea Rock, Old 
Antiquari, Trademark and Collection) and are limited to a total of 
50.  
 
#5: Standard shape numbers are only used on Sea Rocks (all 
colors), Old  Antiquari and Trademark lines.  On the non-smooth 
Castello lines the "K"  grading refers to the size (only) and with 
smooth pieces the K's refer to the grain quality.  If a piece of 
any series does not have any K's stamped,  it is usually graded 
and charged as a 3K as this is half way (both in quality and 
price) between 2K and 4K. The "G or GG" markings are used on all 
non-smooth series, the Trademark series and occasionally on the 
"castello" series. Recently, a few extra large Greatlines have  
used the "G" stamp to denote size.   
 
#6: In 1990 Castello introduced a new series of limited edition 
"Pipe of The Year". This series is limited to 235 total pipes, in 
all finishes combined, each numbered (1/235, 2/235/ etc). The 
Castello Pipe of The Year Series will run for ten years until the 
year 2000. The 1990 Castello POY was a slightly bent stacked 
flared top chimney with a slender taper bit and silver inlaid top 
rim. The 1991 Castello POY is a slightly bent Cherrywood or Poker 
with a silver inlaid base (under side of the bowl) and taper bit.  
 
As of the release of this article (2/92), the 1992 Castello POY 
has not been released, nor have the shapes for the future of this 
Castello series. Now let's look at the all smooth grades of 
Castellos' manufacturer. 
 
TRADEMARK [The lowest grade of all smooth, usually stained deep 
red in color]: The Trademark series is used for all of the 
standard shapes of Castello and once in a while an extra large or 
freestyle piece. Trademarks are stamped with K's that rate the 
grain quality with 2K being the lowest and 4K being the highest. 
Extra large pieces are graded G or GG which assumes that the piece 
is graded as a 4K in quality, although the G's are substituted for 
K's, and the piece is extra large in size. Even though smooth 
pieces are graded on grain quality (only?), an extra large 
Trademark is also graded on size.  
 
Since the Trademark series is the lowest all smooth  series, they 
typically have sand spots, fissures, bald spots and only average 
grain.  This line can come with well grained and problem free 
pieces, but if you want one that is more collectable than it is 
smokeable you are better off with a higher graded all smooth. The 
Trademark series offers the best value per Dollar, as far as 
"just" a smoking piece in an all smooth Castello.     
 
American Logo'd Trademarks are rarely red in color and not always 
all smooth.  You have got to be very careful in selecting this 
series with an American logo as I have seen carved (Sea Rock) and 
sandblasted (Old Antiquari) Castello pipes marked "Trademark" with 
the American markings. Most of the American logo'd Trademarks are 
all smooth light colored, poorly  grained pipes; rarely are they 
stained the European red color. American logo'd Trademarks are 
graded with the K's, although they are all sold at one set price.  
Just be careful on "diamond" Trademarks and know exactly what you 
are getting.    
 
CASTELLO "castello" [All smooth light or two toned mid-line 
series]: The "castello" series is available in all standard shapes 
along with G/GG sizes and a few freestyle Greatlines (more on the 
Greatline stamp later).  
This series is usually the pieces that grade just below a 
Collection grade and while there is some overlapping, a 2K 
"castello" is graded higher than a 4K Trademark.  In the same vein 
a 4K "castello" is graded below a 2K Collection (the highest all 
smooth standard grade). The K's are once again used to  denote the 
quality of grain and are not used for size, although an extra 
large piece is bound to have an extra K added to its grade "just" 
for its size. Shape numbers are not stamped on "castellos" (as a 
rule) and you will usually not see G or GG used, although the G 
stamp has been used more often over the last several years on the 
"castello" grade.  
 
The grain on "castellos" is usually good to very good, but seldom 
excellent as outstanding grain is reserved for the Collection 
grade. This series can vary in color from a very light natural 
color to a fairly dark two tone stain.  The "castello" series 
offers good grain quality, a relatively moderate price range and a 
good smoking value for its cost.  
American logo'd pieces in the Castello "castello" series are rare 
as the USA importer does not usually carry these.  If and when you 
see a "diamond logo'd" Castello "castello" double check the price; 
it will usually be high and is generally not recommended as the 
best value in Castello. 
 
COLLECTION [The highest grade all smooth "standard" series]: The 
Castello Collection series is graded on grain (2K, 3K, 4K), with a 
4K piece being the highest graded "standard" Castello available. 
The Collection series is usually used on straight grained briar 
with a few 2K & 3K models available with crosscut/birdseye 
graining. Shape numbers are not stamped on the Collection series, 
nor are the G or GG size grades. As of 1987 the Collection series 
has had a special "year date" stamp added to their nomenclature; 
40 for 1987, 41 for 1988, 42 for 1989,  etc.   
 
American logo'd Collections are usually 1, 2 or 3K models and 
typically small to medium in size. I have seen very few "diamond 
models" that have had excellent grain, although I am sure some do. 
1K's are fairly common in American logo'd Castellos, yet rarely if 
ever seen in Italy. 1K & 2K American logo Collections retail for 
the same price with 3K & 4K models carrying a suggested retail of 
50% more than the 1K/2K models.  
 
Special Castello Series Pipes:    
 
The term "Greatline" is reserved for special Castello pipes, 
either freestyle or standard shaped.  The Greatline stamp was once 
used for only all smooth Collection and above models, but 
currently is used on all  finishes.  If a piece is a standard 
shaped model and it has a natural rough  top rim (as an example) 
or it is extra, extra large it could very well have the Greatline 
stamp added to its nomenclature and to its retail selling price.  
 
Most all of the non-standard freestyle pieces, especially those 
with good size, have  the Greatline stamp added whether they are 
carved, sandblasted, smooth Trademarks or "castellos". The very 
special pieces are labeled Collection-Greatline and are usually 
very good straight grained freestyle pieces.   
 
The term "Fiammata" (flame in Italian) is reserved for the highest 
graded straight grains.  Fiammatas can be standard shaped pieces, 
although they are usually freestyle models and commonly large to 
extra large pipes, with or without natural rough top rims.  
 
Fiammatas come in two "basic" models: Collection - Fiammata 
(almost always standard shapes) and Collection - Greatline - 
Fiammata (usually freestyle pieces).  A Collection - Greatline - 
Fiammata is the highest graded Castello series, the most expensive 
series and by far the most rare.  These are the ultimate 
collector's graded pieces. Fiammatas are only available in all 
smooth models and are usually light colored, although some are two 
tone stained.  
 
It should also be noted that any piece that is graded a 
"Greatline", or a Fiammata or any combination of these markings 
are sub-graded at the factory by price!  The Castello price list 
(Italian) lists all of these models at their "starting at" or 
"starting from" prices.  The actual cost/retail can be 2, 3 or 4 
times this "starting" price with no additional nomenclature added 
to differentiate between a piece that sells for $1,000.00 and one 
that sells for $3,000.00. Starting in 1989 Castello added the K 
stamp to these higher graded series of Greatlines or Fiammatas. 
1K, 2K or 3K added to a collector grade piece (G/L or Fiammata) 
changes the starting from point (for price) but does not limit the 
selling price to any degree. 
 
American logo'd Greatlines, Fiammatas and Freestyles are similar 
to Italian pieces although the prices asked for these are usually 
very high.  I believe that the European "super graded" Castello 
pipe offer a better value and quality in terms of what you will 
receive for the price asked.  The very highest graded Castello 
Greatlines and Fiammatas are seldom seen with American logos.  
 
As of mid-1989 Castello has started to "K" grade Collection - 
Fiammata and Greatline models (generally only smooth pieces, but 
with any combination of the high grade markings). The base 
Fiammata or Greatline grade is 1K with up to 3K's possible. Each K 
grade marks a "starting point" or minimum price, but, as explained 
in the paragraphs preceding, this does not guarantee much because 
all super grades only "start at" their base grade price.     
 
Unique Castello Finishes:    
 
The Castello PERLA NERA is an all smooth, waxed, deep black 
stained finish that is very, very rare.  The finish is similar to 
Dunhill's Dress finish and does not show grain.  The Castello 
Perla Nera is very limited in shape(s) with the most common being 
a small oval bowled "dress" model which is also similar to a 
Dunhill "Oval Dress" shape. I have seen a full bent #93 egg and a 
#37 oval shank Dublin in the Perla Nera, along with the oval bowl 
dress  model.  Perla Nera Castellos are very limited production 
pieces  with no shape numbers or  K's stamped on the shank of the 
pipes. We have never had an American logo'd Perla Nera piece, 
although I have seen a photograph of a full bent 93 "diamond 
logo'd Perla Nera. The Perla Nera grade is priced at about the 
same as a Collection model Castello.    
 
The Castello EPOCA series is a hand sculptured finish that comes 
in three basic styles.  #1: The "dripped wax" model is currently 
the most common and is similar to the Radice "wick" finish or the 
Caminetto/Ascorti "New dear" finish. The wood on these looks like 
dripping wax with "tear drops" going down the sides of the bowl. 
#2: The "Rock" style is a hand carved finish that looks like a 
broken piece of rock. This used to be the most common style of 
Epoca and some prefer it to the "Wax" style, although I do not 
believe that it has as much character as the newer wax Epoca. 
#3: Once in a great while you will see a few of the "shingle" style 
hand carved Epocas. This finish looks like cedar shingles (like on 
a roof) and I believe is the oldest style of Epoca. Very few  of 
these are made today, although I think that they would be popular 
if they were available.  
 
Castello Epocas are not stamped with K's for their grade (they are 
sometimes stamped with a "G" for size), nor are they stamped with 
shape numbers.  As of late the supply of Epocas has been fairly 
good. This is not the usual case as the production of Castello 
Epocas is very limited, quite simply because of the time involved 
to create the finish. Epocas will vary in price based more on 
their size than on the carving (small, medium, large and extra 
large G/GG). Epoca production is very limited with only 24 
Castello Epoca pipes having been produced in 1991, all were the 
dripped wax style Epoca. 

The Castello BAMBOO series was first introduced in 1987.  This new 
series first came out with bowls that were graded "Collection" and 
had long Bamboo shanks.  
 
They were eventually produced in brown carved, tan sandblasted and 
smooth "castello" grades all with long bamboo shanks. Currently 
the production of Castello Bamboo pipes has stopped as Castello's 
supply of aged bamboo has been exhausted, however this should 
resume sometime in the future.  Castello Bamboos are priced at 2 
or 3 times the price of a non-bamboo finish; this is true for all 
of the finishes. The total 1987/88 production of Castello Bamboos 
was limited to 2 or 3 dozen pieces. 
 
In 1989 Castello introduced a new variation in style which we will 
refer to as the Sculptured Series. This finish is actually a 
carved pattern used on the surface of smooth finished "castello" & 
Collection graded pipes. Over the course of 1989 we have carried 
less than a dozen Sculptured Castellos, although we have seen a 
few additional pieces during our trips to Italy. This style of 
carving consists of a spiral or paneled surface that is smooth 
polished and shows the grain (unlike an Epoca that is not smooth 
and generally hides the grain).  
 
This new Sculptured finish could have been the <MI>new for '89<D> 
Epoca style as it is available in standard shapes and follows the 
logic of carving an additional finish over the basic shape. The 
production of sculptured Castello pipes in 1990 and 1991 were very 
limited with few available in the USA in either logo. 
 
We are now going to list the shape numbers for Castello pipes with 
a brief description of the shape and a few comments for each.  
Most of these shapes we have seen, some we haven't and some are no 
longer commonly made. Since there are so many variations of each 
that come about by hand making them, and because there are so many 
"if, and & but" when it comes to grading these, we will list both 
numbers and comments that are based on our experience.  You may 
find pieces made by Castello that are either not on this list or 
simply mis-marked.  Keeping this in-mind, here goes...  


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Subject: Castello Guide part 2

Shape Numbers   
 
KEY: SR [all carved Sea Rock finishes], OA [Old Antiquari 
sandblasted], TM [Trademark], CS [Castello "castello"], CO 
[Collection], EP [Epoca], FA [Collection - Fiammata], GL 
[Greatline - standard shapes], SL [Sculptured].  
We have listed the "Key" finishes after each number to let you 
know which shapes are available in which finishes.  These are 
based on the Castello pipes that we have either had in-stock or 
seen and while it is possible to have certain shapes in other 
finishes, it is not at all common. The Perla Nera is not listed 
since it is so rare and basically only available in the "Dress 
oval-bowl shape". The new Sculptured finish is listed although 
very few are available, these have not become more common over the 
last couple of years, but may in the future.  
 
Note: Pipes that are finished in the "Sculptured" finish carry the 
"castello" or Collection grade and are only being listed as 
different models as a matter of information. 
 
#12 - Liverpool or long shanked, taper bit Billiard. Not a common 
shape; runs small and not available in G/GG. [SR] 
 
#14 - Small to medium size Lovat with a saddle bit. Not too common 
a shape; runs fairly small and mostly in 2 or 3K sizes.  Almost 
always found in Sea Rock finishes and can come (rarely) with an 
oval shank and actually be a short Canadian rather than a saddle 
bit, round shank Lovat. [SR, OA, TM]    
 
#15 - Standard wide bowled Billiard or Pot.  This is a very common 
shape that is found in all sizes including G/GG and all finishes. 
The #15 comes with either a saddle bit, a taper bit or a stick bit 
& ferrule; the most common stem is the saddle.  The basic shape 
varies from a billiard shape to a wider bowled Pot shape and is 
fairly common with square paneled sides. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, EP, 
FA, SL]    
 
#16 - Tall slender Billiard that can vary from a classic style to 
a slender stacked shape.  This is a very common shape that is 
available in all finishes. These are usually found in <197>all 
standard sizes although G/GG are not readily available. Taper bits 
are the most common although saddle bits are available. [SR, OA, 
TM, CS, CO, EP]    
 
#17 - Pot; Not a common shape and it is seldom seen.  Most "Pots" 
are stamped #15, so we do not have many details of this shape and 
can not remember ever having one in-stock. 
 
#19 - 1/8 or slightly bent long shank Billiard.  This shape is 
usually found with a "wavy" top rim and almost always with a taper 
bit.  These range from small to medium large, although they are 
usually not found in the G/GG sizes. Fairly common shape. [SR, OA, 
TM, CS, CO, EP]    
 
#23 - Standard classic Apple with a taper bit.  This is common 
shape that is readily available in "K" sizes. As of 1988 available 
and common in the G/GG size especially in Epoca, Sea Rock and Old 
Antiquari but not the higher grades. Almost always found with a 
rounded smooth polished top rim and thick walls. [SR, OA, TM, CS, 
CO, EP]  
 
#24 - Prince (of Wales) with a slightly bent taper bit.  This is a 
fairly common shape, although the production is limited and few 
ever arrive in the USA.  Rarely found in smooth finishes or in 
G/GG sizes. We have seen this shape with a taper bit but usually 
with an army mount & stick bit. [SR, OA, TM, CO]    
 
#25 - Classic straight Dublin with saddle, taper or "stick" (army 
mount) bit.  This is a very common and popular shape that is found 
in all finishes, although not usually in the G/GG sizes. [SR, OA, 
TM, CS, CO, EP, SL]    
 
#26 - Short bent Horn.  Another rarely made shape that usually 
looks more like a "prince" or a 1/4 bent squat Apple or Brandy. 
Not generally available in G/GG. [SR]    
 
#28 - Slight bent Horn. Not a common shape - no information or 
details. [?]  
 
#30 - Fat chubby Apple with an oval shank and slight bent taper 
bit. Somewhat common shape with lots of briar used. These are not  
long pieces and are sized in all grades like a G23. Available in 
G/GG sizes, although there is not much of a difference in size 
from a 4K model. Variations include square shanks and stems. [SR, 
OA, TM, CS, CO]  
 
#31 - Slightly bent oval shank Canadian.  This is a very popular 
and fairly common shape which is almost always found with a taper 
bit.  Small to med/ large in size and rarely found in the G/GG 
sizes. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, EP, SL] 
 
#32 - Straight classic Canadian with an oval shank and almost 
always a taper bit. This is a very popular shape and is quite 
common in all grades, sizes and finishes. Usually when marked G/GG 
the "extra large" refers to a longer shank and only slightly to 
the bowl size. With the G/GG models & extra long shank, it is 
common that the airhole is drilled off center. [SR, OA, TM, CS, 
CO, EP, FA, SL]     
 
#33 - Short fat squat chubby Canadian or oval shank Pot. Not very 
common or popular and always found with a taper bit. Not available 
in G/GG sizes. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, EP, SL]     
 
#34 - Large bowled flared top semi-Dublin that is usually found 
with an oval shank, slight bend and taper bit. Semi-common and 
slightly popular for its extra large chamber with medium overall 
size;  occasionally found with a "stick" type bit. These are 
larger in overall bowl capacity. Not usually available in G/GG 
sizes. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, SL] 
 
#35 - Slightly bent oval shank Billiard with a forward "pitched" 
tall bowl. This is not a real common shape although it is fairly 
popular. Always found with an oval taper bit and fairly thick 
walls. Never seen in a G/GG size. [SR, OA, TM, CO, CS]    
 
#37 - Slightly bent, slender oval shanked Dublin with a taper bit. 
This is not a very common shape although it is quite popular. 
These vary in style and can be found in short almost straight oval 
shanked pieces, but this variation is not common or popular. Not 
seen in G/GG sizes. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO]     
 
#38 - Oval shank Horn. Not common or readily available - no 
information. [?]   
#39 - Slightly bent Yacht or Horn with an oval or rounded shank 
and taper bit. This shape varies from slender to fat and chubby. 
Not real common or popular and rarely seen in a G/GG size. [SR, 
OA, TM, CS, CO] 
 
NOTE: In 1989 Castello started making a medium sized fairly 
slender elongated shaped style with a forward pitch, an oval 
shank, taper bit and slightly bent shank and stem. This is a very 
attractive shape that is lightweight, modern and usually 
lightweight. We have seen these stamped #37, #38 & #39, although 
usually #38. [SR, OA, CO, CS, TM] 
 
#41 - This is a new shape re-introduced in 1989. Small, slender 
stacked rounded billiard styled bowl with a long thin round shank 
and a short (usually slightly bent) taper bit. Very limited 
availability with no G/GG pieces.  [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO]. 
 
#49 - Medium large classic Calabash with a ferrule and stick bit.  
This is a very popular style that is readily available in all 
finishes. Shank extensions are found in either Lucite or Briar and 
occasionally in a silver "cup". Variations include natural rough 
tops, square shanks, diamond shanks and "paneled" bowls.  Fairly 
common in G/GG sizes. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, EP, FA, GL]     
 
#54 - Classic 1/2 bent Bulldog or bent Rhodesian with a diamond 
shank and saddle bit.  This is a very popular shape although it is 
limited in production. During the second half of 1989 this shape 
became quite common although we do not expect this high 
availability to continue.  Occasionally found with a taper bit and 
commonly found with briar extensions on the mouthpiece. Common 
with a stick bit and ferrule made of briar, lucite or dressed with 
a silver "cup".  Only lately available G/GG sizes! [SR, OA, TM, 
CS, CO, FA, GL]     
 
#55 - Slightly bent short chubby squat Pot with a short shank and 
taper bit. This is a fairly common although not popular shape that 
has thick wall and a medium large capacity. Not readily available 
in G/GG sizes. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO]    
 
#56 - Straight classic diamond shank Bulldog with taper, saddle or 
"army"  bit. This is a very popular shape that is quite common in 
all finishes and sizes. Usually has thick walls and available in 
G/GG.  Occasionally stamped "Greatline" and found either extra, 
extra large or with a natural rough top rim. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, 
EP, FA]  
 
#60 - This shape number is currently used for a straight square 
shanked panel. Not a classic square bowed panel, but more of a 
paneled Apple and occasionally slightly bent. Uses either a square 
saddle or taper bit.  Not generally available in G/GG sizes and 
not very common. This number has been used in the past for a bent 
Apple, however we have not seen one of these in quite a while. 
[SR, OA, CS, CO]  
 
#63 - 3/4 bent Apple with a round shank and army style stick bit.  
This shape always uses a ferrule or shank extension of either 
Lucite or briar and has a rounded top rim. Not available in the 
G/GG size and not real common, although fairly popular. [SR, OA, 
TM, CS, CO]     
 
#64 - 1/2 bent fancy Apple with ferrule and fancy stick bit. Is 
not a common shape, nor readily available. No information. [?]    
 
#65 - Classic 3/4 bent Billiard.  This is probably the most 
popular standard Castello shape and is readily available in all 
sizes and finishes. The bowl shape can vary from "rounded" to 
classic parallel walls and comes with either a saddle or taper 
bit. Common in G/GG and popular sizes. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, EP, 
FA]     
 
#66 - 3/4 to full bent rounded Billiard with a Diamond shank and 
saddle bit.  This shape is very popular and fairly common (lately 
hard to find), although limited in production. Fairly common in 
G/GG sizes with the non-smooth pieces running smaller as a rule 
than the smooth. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO]    
 
#67 - Medium large thick walled Pot/Billiard with a "domed" shank 
and flat base on the bottom of the bowl and shank. This is a 
fairly common shape which is readily available and always found 
with a taper bit. The shape runs toward the larger with G/GG 
fairly common in the non-smooth shapes. Fairly rare in the smaller 
sizes. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, EP]     
 
#74 - Extra large, tall stacked "shank" or Chimney with a short 
shank and stick type bit. This shape is more common in the G/GG 
size than it is in the "standard" sizes.  The bowls are thin in 
width, 3 to 4 inches tall and have fairly thick walls. Shank 
extensions are usually made of Lucite rather than briar. Sometimes 
marked "774" instead of G74. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO]   
 
#75 - Straight classic Lovat or long round shank Billiard. This 
piece is always found with a short saddle bit. Fairly popular and 
readily available in most sizes and finishes.  As with the #32 
(long shank)  Canadian, G/GG sizes are available with the grade 
referring to shank length  more so than bowl size. [SR, OA, TM, 
CS, CO, EP, FA]     
 
#84 - "Inverted Bent Billiard or Hawkbill Shape" is how this shape 
is listed on our 1985 listing.  The pieces that we have had lately 
are more like a squat Apple styled bowl with an oval "S" bent 
longer shank and short taper bit.  This is a very limited shape 
which is not really popular but is really different. We have not 
seen any in GG size. [SR, OA, CS] 
 
#85 - Bull Moose Panel - Not common - no information.  
 
#87 - Slightly bent Poker or Cherrywood with a saddle bit and flat 
base to the bowl. This is a very limited shape that is fairly 
popular when available.  Never seen in a G/GG size and rarely in 
smooth finishes.  [SR, OA, TM, CO, CS]     
 
#88 - Slightly bent army mounted Poker with stick bit. This, like 
the #87 Poker is fairly popular, but seldom produced. Not 
available in G/GG sizes or rarely in smooth finishes. [SR, OA, CO, 
CS]    
 
#89 - Full bent Poker - Not  available, no real information. 
 
#93 - Full bent slender shanked Egg with a army mount and long 
thin stick bit. This shape is fairly common and popular; almost 
always includes a ferrule made from either lucite or briar. A 
variation that is new for 1989 is the 93 bowl with a flush taper 
bit. Very rare in the G/GG size, although it runs slightly larger 
than some other shapes (G/GG 93's are much larger than K sized 
93's). [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, FA, SL, EP]     
 
#95 - Long shank straight Pot/Billiard with a saddle bit.  This 
shape is a lot like a #15 except that the shank is a little longer 
(not as long as a #75 Lovat or #32 Canadian).  Rare, as most of 
the pieces in this shape are stamped #15. Never found in G/GG, 
although G/GG are common in the #15. [SR, OA, CO]    
 
#97 - Classic large bowled Oom Paul with a saddle bit.  This is a 
fairly common shape which is moderately popular in all of the 
finishes. G/GG sizes are common, as are smooth finishes. [SR, OA, 
TM, CS, CO, FA, GL, SL]    
 
Please Note: The following 4 shape numbers are currently produced 
by the Castello factory on a very limited basis, all of them start 
with a "2" which has a special meaning. First, all 3 digit shape 
numbers are formed by adding the "2" to the basic shape number 
(last 2 digits). Next the 2 signifies that the piece uses a fancy 
cut "freestyle" stick bit, usually directly into the shank 
(although NOT flush mounted).  Lastly, 2-prefixed shape numbered 
pieces are always bent pieces, usually at least 1/2 bents.  While 
it is possible to create any 2-prefixed shape,  this is generally 
not done by Castello.  The following shapes are the most common 
2-prefixed shapes and while limited in production, they are 
available and popular. 2-prefixed shapes are generally not 
available in G/GG sizes, but run slightly larger than the standard 
shape.   
 
#215 - Fancy 1/4 bent Billiard with a slightly flared shank.  This 
piece usually has a slightly wavy top and can or can not have a 
ferrule made of lucite or briar. Runs from medium to large in size 
and looks similar to a #19. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO]    
 
#225 - Large fancy 1/4 to 1/2 bent Dublin with a stick bit.  This 
shape is similar to a #34 and commonly has a wavy top rim.  These 
are more common in smooth than in rough and run large. Usually are 
not found with a ferrule. [OA, CS, CO]   
 
#287 - Large 3/4 to full bent fancy Poker with a fancy freestyle 
saddle bit. This shape is very popular yet rarely found. The shank 
is quite bent and the bowl is larger than either the #87 or #88. 
In 1989 we have carried a few "G" 287's  [SR, OA, CS, EP]    
 
#293 - Medium large fancy 3/4 to full bent Egg with a fancy stick 
bit and slightly wavy top rim.  This is the shape that was used as 
a model for the American Castello 40th year limited edition.  
These pieces are fairly common with lots of wood in the bowl.  
Many of the smooth models are crosscut - birdseye grained. Limited 
but available in G/GG. 
 
The 293 is the most common "2-prefixed" shape found in a G/GG 
size. Finish availability is based on regular stock and the 40th 
years pieces that we have had. [SR, OA, TM, CS, CO, EP, SL]    
 
Note: In late 1991 we selected a few Castello Collection graded 
pipes that were stick bit "flared shank", fiammata graded Apples.  
 
This shape could have been just a test shape or it could be a part 
of the Castello line in future production. Based on the style and 
classic bowl shape, we would classify these few pieces as #223, 
for the classic 23 shaped Apple bowl and the "2" prefix for the 
shank-stem treatment.  
 
Grading and Marking the Pieces:    
 
If you have had the privilege of viewing a lot of Castello pipes 
you will know that they are very inconsistent in grading and in 
their "exact" shapes.  The shape variation is easy to explain as 
these are 100% handmade pipes with the only "guide" being the 
craftsman's eye. Each of the Castello craftsman have certain 
shapes and styles that they are skilled at making, however the 
grain or faults of the piece of wood that they are forming will 
more or less determine the final shape and how much it will vary 
from the "standard" or classic shape. This can be seen in many of 
the #19, #15, & #215's where the bowl shape actually comes in a 
square panel, even though these shapes are not "panel" shapes.  If 
the flaws are just surface flaws the piece is usually sandblasted 
(Old Antiquari) or carved (Sea Rock). 
 
Sand spots and small "points" are not considered by Castello as a 
major fault and do not affect the grading of smooth pieces; even 
the highest graded fiammata will usually have several small sand 
spots or points. The inconsistency of grading can be attributed to 
the fact that Castello pipes are NOT graded at the time that they 
are produced.  All of the finished Castello pipes are placed in 
the stock room without nomenclature!   
 
Once a Castello dealer (in Italy) has selected his stock and 
Franco Coppo has taken back the pieces that he doesn't want to 
sell ( he will actually  remove pipes from the selection and 
return them to his inventory ), the pipes are THEN graded and 
stamped.  
 
There are no set standards for grading size or series, other than 
how Franco views the pieces that he is grading at that point in 
time.  If the selection that is being graded consists of many 
extra large pipes (at the time), only  the largest ones will be 
marked G/GG. If the selection consists of all excellent straight 
grains, only a few of the very finest will be marked  Fiammata 
with the balance being 3 and 4K Collections.  On pipes that are 
naturally Sea Rocks or Trademarks (based on their finish and 
staining) the only determination that will be made will be their 
size grade (Trademarks are graded technically on grain, although 
the size does factor in since this is an in-between series).  If 
you think that this explanation is confusing,  how would you like 
to be the one that has to grade these pipes! 
 
If you will remember that a piece is graded based on its grain and 
size at the point in time that it is sold by the factory. You will 
get a better feel for the variations that occur.  While the same 
piece might grade higher or lower at another point in time, 
depending on how the briar is running at that time, all Castello 
pipes are graded by one person (Franco Coppo) who has viewed and 
graded the total factory's production for many years.   
Each Castello pipe should be viewed and/or purchased on its own 
merits by its eventual user, based on what you expect from the 
piece (price vs. grain & size), since it is your hard earned 
Dollars that will be spent to acquire the piece. With this guide 
you will be able to know what you are looking at and hopefully, 
will enjoy smoking and collecting Castello pipes. 
 
Foot notes:  
 
This guide was originally written in early 1988, Carlo Scotti died 
at the age of 86 in October 1988. There are a few additional items 
that should be added to our Castello Shape and Grade Guide: 
Castello has experimented with a new Old Antiquari finish, which 
is a Black Sandblast. Old Antiquari pipes are sandblasted pieces 
that are now available in 1) Light Tan, 2) Medium rust Brown and 
3) the  Black with red highlights (extremely limited).  
The second item that should have been included is a Collection 
sub-grade for a "classified" Birdseye grain stamped Occhio di 
Pernice (literal translation: Eye of Partridge).  We had been told 
of this grade and had seen 1 photograph of it, but had never 
actually seen one or had one in stock so it was easy to "forget" 
this grade when we were making up the article. In July of 1988,  
PCCA received 6 pieces of "Occhio di Pernice" graded Castellos for 
our regular inventory, since then we have had 6 additional 
birdseye graded Castellos. Occhio's are still produced in classic 
shapes, although in very limited numbers. Castello birdseye graded 
pieces are priced at 20 to 25% above a 4K Collection and do not 
carry any K's for grade or shape numbers.  
 
When you look over this Castello guide you should pay attention to 
the details of grades, sizes and shapes to get a better 
understanding of what to expect from Castello pipe shapes and 
sizes. A few examples are: 1) The Epoca series is priced by 
Size and while a few do come in stamped "G", most do not 
carry any size grade. 2) G/GG size stamps vary depending on the 
basic style or shape. A #65 (3/4 bent) and #15 (straight 
Pot/Billiard) have large to extra large bowl capacities - A #75 
(Lovat) or #32 (Canadian) have long to extra long shanks, but only 
medium to medium large bowl Capacities - A #23 (Apple) or 54 bent 
Bulldog have a fat, chubby bowl shape with more thickness, but 
only a medium to medium large capacity.  All are properly graded G 
or GG sizes and yet each is unique to its shape.  
The addition of the G or GG size grade does not mean that the 
walls are extra thick and the tobacco chamber is extra large 
(except possibly with the #65 & #15).     
 
In 1991 Castello produced 50 miniature Castello pipes under the 
name of IL Casteline (the little Castle). These are tiny 
reproductions of classic Castello shapes available in all finishes 
and most styles. PCCA has acquired a total of 8 Casteline pipes 
for our inventory. While standard finish and grades are not 
stamped on these special Castello pipes, we have seen shapes #19, 
#32, #49, #56, #75 and several "greatline" freestyled pieces in 
both smooth finished and sandblasted models. Very rare, fully 
functional, miniature Castello pipes are not available with the 
American "diamond logo". 
 
Castello Value 
 
There are many variations of these listed shapes in size, 
mouthpiece, basic shape and nomenclature. As with any hand made 
product the differences can add to the collecting of Castello 
pipes. New Castello pipes can be purchased for as little as a few 
hundred dollars to as much as many thousand, each offers its new 
owner an outstanding smoking experience with almost an endless 
variety of shapes, styles and grades. There is a Castello pipe for 
everyone.  
 
Over the last several years, the Castello pipemaking operation has 
expanded its product base to include briar ashtrays, tampers/pipe 
tools, a new leather and silk tobacco pouch and a briar finished 
pipe rack.  Some of the new Castello products are currently being 
offered to test the value of each in the retail marketplace. All 
Castello products are handmade, exceptional quality items that 
offer a lifetime of style, craftsmanship, beauty and enjoyment. 
 
**************** 
 
This guide was written in 1988 and updated in the Spring of 1992, 
for publication in PCCA's Smoker's Pipeline newsletter. After 3 
years this guide needs to be updated again, but we are unloading 
it as it ran in 1992.   
The copyright for this and all PCCA uploads are retained by PCCA. 
You may use these files for your own enjoyment at no charge, 
however any reprinting or commercial usage is not allowed without 
written permission of PCCA. 
 
PCCA, Post Office Box 5179, Woodbridge, VA 22194 
Voice 703-878-7655, fax 703-878-7657, email 
???????????????????????? [or] ???????????????????????? 


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From: ???????????????????? (Ray Bromley)
Subject: storage of tobacco

Steve:
        You can pu this in the Digest if you think there is much interest.
Otherwise, perhaps it will help you, at least.

        After spending a couple of years buying all kinds of tobacco in
massive quantities, I have, by trial and error, found a few hints that work
for me.  I have been given advice, by the way, that storing tobacco in the
freezer is perfectly OK, but freezer space is at a premium here in my
Arizona home, so I have settled on a cool, inside closet of my home.
        The main tip I have learned is that most tobacco, if tightly
sealed, will keep without extra humidification (provided it is not being
opened up frequently, of course).  Forget the potatoes, apples, vials of
water, etc. if you are interested in long-term storage.  Just seal the
tobacco in an air-tight container.  I have also discovered that it is wise
to avoid handling the tobacco while transferring it to the glass container
(apparently, mold spores live on even the best-washed hands).  If the
tobacco is a little dry when you put it in the jar, you might want to add a
little distilled water.  Still, avoid mixing the tobacco with your hands if
you can resist.
        I have used glass jars to store tobacco with and without a vacuum
seal. You can buy a dozen mason-type jars with lids for $8.00 (less for
smaller ones).  The half-pint sizes are large enough for the leftovers from
a 50 gm tin.  Generally, if I'm storing it for a few months or longer, I
use a vacuum. Otherwise, I just seal the jar tightly.  The vacuum really
helps assure that the seal is airtight.  Also, it is very difficult for
tobacco to spoil in a vacuum, but it can get moldy in a non-vacuum jar (I
think it unlikely, but it _has_ happened to me, and I did not even have
potato slices in the jar).  If your seal is tight, you really don't need
potatoes, and probably have little to worry about, either in terms of
drying out or losing flavor.
        The vacuum storage method for tobacco works quite well (I have been
using it for over a year, both for opened tins and bulk tobacco).  It
enables you to store tobacco in mason-type jars or any airtight jars of
other types (such as gallon pickle jars--once cleaned and deodorized, of
course).  The hand-powered device that creates the vacuum is called a
Pump-n-Seal, and is available from USA Direct, Inc.  The number for
ordering (or information, I imagine) is 1-800-334-0066.
        Some electronic bag-sealing devices advertised on TV or sold in
department stores come with attachments for vacuum-packing Mason-type jars.
I know one that works well is made by Decosonic, which I think is often
featured on home shopping channels.

-Ray [:-?                   | Dr. Ray Bromley (Ph.D.), Phoenix College
aka ?????????????????       |  1202 West Thomas Rd., Phoenix AZ 85301
aka ????????????????????    |     aka ???????????????????????????
"The pipe smoker has an obsession all his own. 'Consider well; as soon
as one you choose, you will be tempted by all others too.'"
                                       -Verdaguer, quoting De Palacio

[ Thanks, Ray! Does anyone know of a source of the vacuum sealers
outside of the home shopping channels? -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????? (Nanosh J. Lucas)
Subject: http://www.netreach.com

Ok folks,

I've finally put together some stuff for Pulvers' Priar Briar (a.k.a.
Sherlock's Haven).

Some interesting stuff - let me know if there are any problems with the page...

Don't forget - if you want to be on the snail-mailing list, mail your
street address to "??????????????????????".

Nanosh J. Lucas
Netreach Communications
P.O. Box 52044
Palo Alto, CA  94303
Phone: 415-691-0338
Email: ????????????????????
http://www.netreach.com

[ Tried it, Nanosh, but I couldn't get through. -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????????? (jkurdsju)
Subject: Non-briar (Walnut) Pipes

For my birthday this year my brother (a cigar smoker and all around good guy) 
gave me a beautiful freehand :) made by a fella named Charlie DiFranco (he 
owns a shop at 797 Highway 33,Hamilton Square, NJ 08619, (609)587-6375 - 
apparently Charlie has made a few briars in his day, incuding several for Der 
Bingle, and ships worldwide).  The pipe smokes wonderfully and came pre-smoked 
to ensure that a proper cake was developed.

>From the wide grain pattern, it was obvious that the pipe was not
briar.  When I called Mr. DiFranco and asked him about the pipe I was
told it was made of walnut.  Considering what I have read about
non-briars burning out (thru?)  faster than their briar brothers, I
asked him if the pipe required any extra care to insure a long, happy
life for me and my new found friend.  His response was simply to
"Smoke it cool".  Considering I smoke primarily aromatics, smoking
cool is not always an easy thing to do (I do my best not to smoke like
a chimney).

Has anyone else out there had any experience with pipes made of walnut?  Do 
they indeed tend to "burn-out" quicker, or is it really based on the 
individual smoker?  Please let me know what you think, and if you're in the 
Central Jersey area, pay Charlie a visit - it's worth the stop.

Jake Kurdsjuk

	~\U    Smoke 'em if ya got 'em - Get more if ya don't    U/~

[ I have a Ben Wade made of walnut, in a Danish freehand shape,
vintage late seventies. Smokes great. And, yes, Charlie is worth a
visit, especially on a weekday when he's not so busy. -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????????? (Pedro Cunha Martins)
Subject: Colts by Old Port

  Steve:

         I usually have at home  for the friends some little cigars
,flavoured with Port Wine. As you know Portugal is the country were Port
Wine is produced and the little cigars are very apreciated.

         I receid them from freinds at Canada, but in USA, i had never find
this cigar:

         COLTS  by Old Port,  package of eight colour burgandy, tipped,
                              four inches long,manufacturer
                              "General Cigar Company - La Compagnie General
du                                Cigar"  -  Montreal  -  CANADA

         I'm sending this message to you hoping that someone in the group
will send me adreess of a company that will export this little cigars or
adress of manufacturer, ...

         With my regards

         Pedro

[ Hope someone can help you, Pedro! -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????? (Alberto Bonfiglioli PIPEMAKER)
Subject: Photos on my work on rustic pipe

Dear Steve 
On my www homepage I insert new photos about my handwork on rustic pipes.
There are twelve photos with step by step phases of work.
Try it!!!!!!....By my friend maintainer Franco Silvestro the best around the
world................
Sincerely Alberto 

P.S. Bonfiglioli keeps the smokers happy.
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                       Today's Snappy Comeback:

(At a church social:) [loudly] "Go peddle your child pornography
elsewhere!" 
                                - From "101 Ways to Answer the
                                  Question, 'Would You Please Put Out
                                  that #(!&*!$ Cigar'," Hague et. al.,
                                  1987. 

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #196 - July 20, 1995
  2. Subject: stupid question
  3. Subject: Growing your own...
  4. Subject: An area code for you
  5. Subject: Re: #3(3) PD195 - 11jl95
  6. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #195 - July 11, 1995
  7. Subject: [PIPES] Calumets
  8. Subject: Carnuba Wax
  9. Subject: The Ultimate Pipe Book
  10. Subject: Savinelli, Early Morning Pipe and prices
  11. Subject: Clay Pipes
  12. Subject: The fate of the small tobacco shop...
  13. Subject: Self Intro.
  14. Subject: Pipes: Ohio Pipe Collectors Swap/Sell Show
  15. Subject: (no subject)
  16. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  17. Subject: Castello Guide part 1
  18. Subject: Castello Guide part 2
  19. Subject: storage of tobacco
  20. Subject: http://www.netreach.com
  21. Subject: Non-briar (Walnut) Pipes
  22. Subject: Colts by Old Port
  23. Subject: Photos on my work on rustic pipe
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