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Subject: Pipes Digest #204 -- November 21, 1995

		Pipes Digest #204 -- November 21, 1995
	     Copyright (C) 1995 by Stephen P. Masticola.
	   All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 1618

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[KUDOS] Yr. Moderator is normally not one to blow his own horn.
However, now that Neil Murray has let the cat out of the bag in the
A&M Gazette, it can (must!) be told.  At their annual convention in
Richmond last October, the Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers (CORPS)
has awarded Yr. Obdt. Servant with the acclaim of "Communicator of the
Year!"  Unfortunately, owing to previous committments, I was unable to
receive the award in person.  High praise indeed, considering that
their other two awards went to Craig Tarler (Tobacconist), Jim Cooke
(Pipe Maker), and Tom Christiano (Collector)! To Linwood, Valts, and
all the other CORPS crew, many thanks! 

(BTW, Neil, may I say that the Gazette is looking better with every

And now, as Thanksgiving Day (in the U.S.) approaches, join us as we
settle back for a few puffs of something to complement the dinner, and
give thanks for the opportunity to live well, and to commune with our
brothers and sisters of the leaf...

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		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: No Pipes in Newark

Hi Steve,

I recently flew into Newark and had a three hour layover.  I went to the
Presidents' Club, flashed my Platinum Card to the person at the desk, picked
up a newspaper and sat down.  After an hour or so, I walked over to the
smoking section to see if I could enjoy a bowlful.  (Of  the two Presidents'
Clubs at the Newark airport, I was at the larger, upstairs one that overlooks
the food court.  It can accomodate several hundred people, I would guess.)  I
was there in the late morning, on a weekday.  There were fewer than 12 people
in the entire Club.  There was no one in the smoking section, at the time.
 Under the "Smoking Section" sign was another sign: "No Pipes or Cigars
Please."  Rather than ignore the No Pipes sign, I went to the desk to request
if I may smoke in the deserted smoking section - no one would be bothered.
 Instead of a simple "yes" or "no", I received a lecture from the woman
saying that I should be grateful that smoking (of cigarettes) is allowed at
the Newark airport at all.  I told her that I have little to be grateful for,
in this instance, since I don't smoke cigarettes.  I then politely asked her
for the address of Continental Airlines' CEO.  (Continental runs the
Presidents' Clubs, along with Northwest - I believe.)  She dismissed me by
saying, "Get the address from the in-flight magazine on my next plane."

Normally I am not hesitate to write letters of complaint to companies.  I
fully intended to write Continental about their smoking policy and the curt
response from the woman.  But several days have gone by, and each time I
begin to write, I just get discouraged.  I'm resigned to the fact that since
I smoke a pipe, I'm  a second-class citizen in many eyes.  The opposition has
worn me down.

I hate feeling sorry for myself - it's like shoveling smoke.  But I do feel
that the freedom to smoke within reasonable limits was lost long ago in the
U.S.  I doubt that any of your readers will live to see the day when the
clock is turned back to more tolerant attitudes on this issue. 
James Lawson (BriarPipes)
"When the going gets tough, the tough get dysentery."

[Jim, I'd encourage you to go ahead and write that letter.  Unless we
stick up for our rights, we'll lose 'em. And, BTW, see the Smokers'
Web page, http://www.mcs.net/~dambik/smoker.html, for a list of
airports and their smoking policies. -S.]

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From: Andrew Drapp <????????????????>
Subject: Japanese Pipe Maker

First, can you change my address from ????????????????? to ?????????????????

At the last Pipe Collectors Internation meeting in St. Louis, there was a 
display of Japanes pipes.  Does someone happen to know more information 
about that pipe maker?  I am now living in Japan, and would love to visit 
his shop, and maybe pick up a new pipe.  I remember them being quite 

One of the regular problems I faced back in the states was finding a place 
to smoke in peace with my fellwo pipe and cigar smokers.  All that has 
changed here.  There are almost no non-smoking areas in the entire country. 
Although it is quite a shock to the locals when I pull out a cigar or pipe, 
I have always been alowed to smoke in peace.  Unfortunately, pipe and cigar 
smoking are almost unheard of in this country.  So, when I say I can smoke 
in peace, I mean just that, total peace.  One of the things I miss most 
about America is meeting with my friends and discussing all manor of things 
over a bowlfull.  To be honest, it is far better ot have smoking companions 
than a place to smoke. 

Andrew Drapp                        ????????????????
Catena Enterprise Technologies

[We will continue to list cigar and pipe friendly places in the Guide
as we learn of them.  I hypothesize that, if Japan ever gets as prissy
as the U.S. is now, they will share our economic decline. -S.]

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From: ?????????????????????????? (Claudio Feo)
Subject: On the road again

Hi friends !
I' m on my way to Africa again . I' spend ther rest of November in South
Sudan , enjoying some good puffs of cow dung ( some says that it doesn't
make a big difference with my Balkan ) under the trees in the savannah .
This time I will stop over in Rome and try to visit my favourite pipe shop .
I take the chance to tip you on it : it's called Baker & Musico' and it is
placed right behind the Fontana di Trevi . It is a beautiful pipe shop whit
a very relaxing and competent atmosphere .   B&M and in particular Giorgio
Musico' do their best to make each of us at home; it is a place I would
suggest to any beginner because of their capacity to direct your choice
without making one feel like a "new comer" . I have learnt a lot in that
shop and , of course , I found there some of my best pipes . An example ? A
Castello , smoked twice by a customer  and cleaned by Paolo Baker ( who is
also an excellent...and expensive  pipe maker ) sold  for as much as USD 75
!!!! If any of you is passing by Rome I could send more details also on
other pipe shops , but if any of you is going straight to visit Baker &
Musico' , please give them my regards , they remember me as the guy living
in Norway and often going to Africa !


[ BTW, Claudio, I wonder if it's possible to visit the Amorelli shop?
I've been very impressed with his work. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????? (Jim Richmond)
Subject: video cases

Many thanks to Elliot Evans for his tip in issue 173 of using a
vacu-formed video cassette case for keeping cigars fresh while
traveling. I was recently in Texas for 1 week and it kept the cigars
beautifully. Coincidently, I also used a case from Disney's
Fantasia. Thanks again Elliot......

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From: ???????????????? (Ed Berggren)
Subject: [PIPES]

Hello Steve,

  I just finished PD #203 and, as always, I received a degree of comfort
reading the comments of fellow smokers and knowing that none of us are
alone even though it can feel that way sometimes.

  I've had the pleasure recently of introducing some friends of mine to the
joys of the pipe and cigar.  They've seen me sitting back and enjoying
myself so often, that, one by one, they've subcumbed to to allure of fine
tobaccos, processed and aged with care.  Although none of them are
prodigious smokers yet by any means, I've been able to share from my stock
of cigars and pipe tobaccos and impart whatever wisdom and knowledge I've
managed to accumulate over the past 18 years or so.  The process has been
rewarding for me too, because now I have some friends with whom I can share
a quiet smoke whenever our path manage to cross.

  Last night I was in my den sitting in a reclining leather chair in front
of a small fire, a wee drop of good Irish whiskey close to hand, and my
pipe burning nicely, and I was thankful once again for the simple pleasures
of life; and that old saying came to mind, "Living well is the best
revenge."  And living well doesn't necessarily mean living extravagantly.
A comfortable chair, a cheerie fire, if possible, and a pipe are all that's
needed sometimes to ward off-if only for a short while-a legion of demons.

  My wife and I are great fans of the late Jeremy Brett and his
interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.  For this reason, she's been urging me
to buy a churchwarden-such as Jeremy so often smoked throughout the
series-to add to my collection.  Last week I stopped in at the Claremont
Tobacco House to pick up a couple ounces of one their house blends and
there, on a rack behind the counter, were several churchwardens with
smallish bowls and graceful curved stems.  After examining several of them
and learning that they were reasonably priced, I selected one, and so now
am the proud owner of a churchwarden.  I must admit, it seems the perfect
pipe for said leather chair in front of the aforementioned fire.  I look
forward to becoming well acquainted with it during the coming winter

[ Indeed, Ed; enjoy the fire and your churchwarden. The Sherlockians
might be able to provide us with a list of all the pipes Holmes smoked
(which don't include the calabash)... -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????????
Subject: news for pipes list

Dear Steve, your readers might like to know that Larry Weinfeld passed away
last week.  Larry was the president of Hollco-Rohr, probably the nation's
largest pipe and tobacco importer and wholesaler.   The entire industry
will miss him; not because he was one of the most important people in the
pipe business, but because he was a gentleman and, to most, a dear friend.
He is survived by his wife, Trudy Rohr Weinfield and his two sons: Brad and

Larry was originally a CPA who, in the 1960s, stepped into his
father-in-law, Max Rohr's, business to help out for "a year or two".   Max
was the US wholesaler for Savenelli pipes, some English brands, the
nostalgic old German "alter modish phifen" with staghorn bits and fancy
painted porcelain or carved wooden bowls, Decco wooden stands, humidors and
such.  It was a good solid, well respected in the industry, and Max himself
was well loved by everyone that knew him.  Larry and Trudy carried on that
tradition with the addition of their own style.  They were one of the few
businesses willing to take chances on both special people and unusual
merchandise.  They expanded the company lines and introduced new artists
such as Miccoli, whom they found carving freehands in the window of a pipe
shop in Long Beach.  They were one of the first to bring in pipes from St.
Cloud, France: first the carved heads, and then the myriad other fine pipes
to come out of that small city.   They brought in the Fantasia from
Belgium.  Its colorful exterior and meerschaum lining was an immediate hit
in the US and there were a wide variety of copies; but, it took someone,
to take the chance and try it first.

What Larry did not do was probably as important as what he did.  He was an
honest man who's ethics were beyond question and who was willing to give up
making money if he felt it was morally suspect.  For example, Max Rohr had
always carried a traditional hooka from the Middle East, but when illegal
drugs became a problem he no longer imported that item, and he no doubt
lost a great deal of money by refusing to carry any kind of dope

Unlike most business who claim to be, the Weinfeld's truly treated the
people who worked with them like family  members and unique individuals.
I have seen Larry listen to how a company car was wrecked by a UFO in the
middle of New Mexico and why someone HAD to be off work in order to watch a
bowling tournament on television.  They celebrated weddings and births,
they helped out when help was needed, and they kept in touch with the
families of those who retired or had passed away.

Larry was charming, personable,  and a great joker. Dealing with Larry, and
his wife Trudy, was always a joy.  If there was a problem, all it took was
a phone call.  No one ever worried about taking them at their word.

Larry was also extremely patient.  It took my husband, Geoffrey, three days
to place his first order when he opened his pipe shop in 1969.   Larry and
a salesman answered every question, helped start him on private label
pipes, and gave him sound, honest advice -- all for a one thousand dollar
order.   The company also became a resource we value a great deal and Larry
became a dear friend.  Our lives will be poorer for the loss of Larry
Wenfield.  And, I thought all of you should know something about a man that
has given so much to this industry and to the people in it.

[ Thanks for the news, Al, though it be sad. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (Craig Tarler)
Subject: For PD: Shot Down re. Condor

Received the following answer from Gallaher International Ltd. to my inquiry
about importing Condor:

"The reason for us ceasing the supply of Condor to the USA was due to
increasing costs caused by low sales and the health warning requirements of
the U.S. Our existing distributor, J B Russell wished to continue with the

"I would  like to thank you for your interest and am sory that we are not
able to be of assistance to you."

Anyone who wishes to protest may FAX Mr. A J Williams, Sales manager, at 011
44 1932 832635. Evidently, both J B Russel and I want to see it continued in
the US. 


(C&D web page:( http://www.tacoma.net/~pipes/candd.html)
Let me not to the true marriage of pipe smokers and their tobacco admit

[ Thanks, Craig! -S. ]

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From: "John P. Giunta" <????????????????????>
Subject:       Pipe smoking

Hi Michael and other youthful pipe smokers,

I saw your note over the Pipes Digest and have a short response to 
your question about whether anyone approves or disapproves of your 
choice to smoke a pipe.

I should tell you a little about myself so that you know my 
perspective on the issue.  I am 48, will be 49 on 11 December.  Have 
been smoking a pipe very sporadically over the years since I was 
about 19.  I tend to smoke a bowlful of tobacco each day for a few 
days and then put my pipes away for months at a time.  I'm the same 
way with beer and wine.  I enjoy them as special treats for special 
occasions or feelings.  If I have one beer a week, that is a lot.  I 
definitely don't smoke or drink anything alcoholic if I am not 
feeling well and happy.  I have a moderate, nonjudgmental 
attitude about the pleasures of life.  Also, I am a performing 
and teaching musician and a teacher of yoga and meditation.

I believe that smoking pipe should be a treat, not something that 
nags at you.  It should be a relaxing activity that you can enjoy 
while you stop the world.  This is in contrast with the act of 
smoking cigarettes.  The people who make and sell cigarettes hope 
that you become addicted and that you never stop.  Pipe smoke is not 
inhaled and is meant to give a special pleasure to thinking, 
discriminating people.

If you can enjoy a pipe's taste and aroma and not become dependent 
upon it for the nicotine, then your pleasure will be much more than 
just burning vegetable matter.  You don't have to smoke a lot to 
enjoy it--maybe a bowlful every other day or so at most.  This is so 
that your taste buds will have a rest.  If you don't let your mouth 
rest it can lead to serious problems in the mouth: first 
numbness, later possibly cancer.  Also, you would not want the 
effects of the smoke to interfere with your enjoyment of food.  I 
believe that this is the way gentle people can enjoy a pipe in a 
reasonable way.

By the way, I also used to use recreational drugs, but I have stopped 
for many years.  I discovered that meditation can give me much more 
pleasure than _any_ drug ever could.

Wishing you much pleasure in all you do,

John Peter Giunta, B.M., M.A.                Teacher of Yoga and Music
VIENNA WOODS STUDIOS                                Performance Artist
117 Moore Avenue, SW                                      Calligrapher
Vienna, Virginia 22180-5968                   Observer of Human Nature

                    email: ????????????????????
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                     voice mail: (703) 281-5498

"If you give a hungry man food, he will stop being hungry.  If you 
show him how to grow his own food, he'll never go hungry."            
                              -Ancient Chinese Proverb

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From: ?????????????????????? (Jack Scheible - Logicon/VGS)
Subject: Re: Clay Churchwardens


$13 is a bit steep for clay churchwardens.  I picked up a couple (with
the stand) for about $3 total at the Williamsburg Pottery Factory.

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Matt here at State College,

        In response to the strange looks that Jason Vagner gets in the smoke
shops as a 24 year old cigar smokers, I can definitely relate, I'm an 18
year old pipe smoker.
        Also, another plug for that Tobacco Tavern in State College (I'm not
working for them, I promise).  Bill Pickering saw some clay churchwardens in
Arkansas, the Tavern's got them.  $12.95 each, and if you buy two, you get a
nice wooden stand with them.
                        Everyone Smoke in Peace
                                                            Matt Libhart.

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From: ???????????????
Subject: pipes digest

Hello everybody-
   To all the young men who have written about feeling uncomfortable smoking
a pipe in public, I hear you brothers.  What I have done is bought the
smallest pipe I could find.  A smaller pipe seems to draw less attention to
   Also, I have tried a few different types of tobacco and I have found that
I like the very sweet, aromatic blends.  I would love to hear any
recommendations from other pipe smokers with a sweet tooth like myself.


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From: ?????????????? (Patrick North)
Subject: So your girlfriend thinks smoking stinks.

Dear Steve-
In regards to Derrick Stamos' post on the last issue...  Well, this can be
a sticky situation.  My girlfriend has bean very understanding about my
smoking, but doesn't really like the smell of the blends I like (English
style), so if I'm smoking around her, I make a compromise and smoke
something a little more accessible, like a honeydew cavendish.  Still, this
leaves a problem when taking into consideration the juxtapostioning of our
orbicular facial muscles.  She thinks it's icky to kiss a pipe mouth.
Needless to say, I don't smoke a lot around her.  If all this seems a
little off subject, just keep in mind that compromise can be a beau-te-ful
thing.  And why so secretive?  I'm sure she would be more upset to find you
dressed in her clothes than to discover you sneaking a smoke. Present your
position in a reasonable manner and roll with the punches.  We're rooting
for you.

Patrick "Dr. Ruth" North

[ Thanks, Patrick!  And see the next. Know what you mean about English
blends; Jean didn't like the C&D Craven's analogue that I lit up when
I started editing this issue. -S. ]

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From: Richard Beels <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #203 -- Nov

  >>  From: "1Lt Derrick Stamos" <????????????????????????????>
  >>  Subject:      partner question

   Hey LT!  Have you tried smoking chiles in the pipe yet?  I've always kinda 
wondered about chile-flavored tobacco but never seriously :-)...

   Seriously on topic though:  I was in the exact same way.  My SO hates 
cigar smell but puts up with it because a> I smoke outside (tough this time 
of year in MI) and b> her father smokes cigars also so it's a "bonding 
thing"...  As for the pipe, she's more tolerant because I smoke aromatic 
blends in the bowl.  Cherry and vanilla tones seem to elicit the nicest 
comments.  If you do smoke inside, have some sort of smell abatement device 
for use: smoker's candle, ozium, exhaust fan, smell-be-gone, whatever...


[ Know what you mean about vanilla; having replaced the Craven
analogue with vanilla Cavendish (also by C&D), all is well. -S. ]

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From: Matthew Reese <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: PD #203, 1LT D. Stamos

	First as a new subscriber, I would like to say thank you for 
presenting a source of information on pipe and cigar smoking.  As someone 
who is fairly new to cigar smoking and researching and considering pipe 
smoking, I can simpathize with what Derrick Stamos  wrote and would like 
to respond.  For all my life I have been anti-smoke, cigarette that is.  
Recently while purchasing a gift of a few cigars for a freind, I ventured 
into cigar smoking myself.  I enjoyed the experience quite a bit and my 
interest and enjoyment continues to grow.  I too was concerned with the 
reaction of my then girlfreind, now fiance, who too is anti-cigarette.  
At first, her reactions to me smoking cigars was more a reaction to bad 
breath and stale smoke smell in my car.  To my surprise, while we were 
sharing our first apartment together, Jennifer's curiosity in cigar 
smoking got the best of her.  On Super Bowl Sunday, while I was at work, 
she decided to try a cigar of her own.  She proceded to take one of my 
cigars which I had bought the day before and attempt smoking it.  
Unfortunatly she cad difficulty cutting and lighting it and her attempt 
failed.  When I got home I was both mad that she had butchered a cigar, 
but happy that she was interested in sharing one of my interests.  I 
showed her how to correctly cut the end of the cigar and light it.  We 
both enjoyed the cigar together. Since then, we have shared a few other 
cigars, and she sometimes surprises me by asking if I have any cigars 
because she wants to smoke one.  I was also concerned with the reaction 
of family and freinds.  They all have been supportive and quite 
interested in my hobby.
	I would say that you should not hide this from her, but offer to 
share it with her.  If she does not want to share this pleasure with you, 
hopefully she will not mind if you continue to smoke your pipe, even if 
you have to refrain when you are with her.  Somethimes smoking alone is 
the greatest time of relaxation and enjoyment.

Good luck on sharing your pleasures in life with someone near and dear to 

The Native Americans as well as other cultures have smoked a pipe as a 
sign of peace.  Maybe we can learn from this example.

Matthew Reese

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From: ???????????????????? (SnapRoll Stan)
Subject: Re:  Pipes Digest

>Hi, Stan,
>Do I take it correctly from your username that you do aerobatics?
>~\U S.

I used to do them.  Just for fun.  Spins for grins you might say.
I owned a Cessna 150 Aerobat at one time and I would go up and
wring it out from time to time.  The snaprolls were my favorite.
Now I own non-aerobatic airplanes, a '68 C-150 and a '38 Aeronca.
The Cessna won't complain if I pull it up through an occasional
loop or roll but those snaprolls are taboo.  I'd be afraid of
twisting the tail feathers off.  Oh well, I just have to be 
satisfied to contemplate the rush and swirl of a snaproll as I
draw from a mellow bowl of Rattrays 7 Reserve.  Such are the affairs
of life.

Well, thanks for signing me up.  I look forward to reading the digest.


[ Thought this was interesting, so I included it. Welcome! -S. ]

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From: Scott Steiner <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #203 -- November 7, 1995

Hi Steve, thanks for the most recent issue.  I enjoy the digest and I'll 
have to agree with a comment by a fellow member:  It's nice to know there 
are others out there who enjoy the relaxing and contemplative experience 
that pipe-smoking offers.  Just wanted to throw in my two cents worth on 
Smokin' Joes.  I recently ordered two tobaccos from them.  Their Cherry 
Cavendish is nice, and there "Double Bourbon" blend is delightful.  And 
for those pipe-smokers here in southern California, specifically Orange 
County, everyone of you should check out "The Tobacco Barn."  Take care. 
I've been smoking my pipe now for almost three years.  While maybe it's true 
what the health nuts say, and tobacco isn't the healthiest thing in the 
world, but the way I see it is that the relaxation I feel from 
pipe-smoking in this crazy world of ours is extending my life by years.  
Anyway, to all my pipe-smoking bretheren out there, smoke in peace.


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From: "A. W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Signal #19 [PIPE]

Smoke Signal #19
shead @ssd.fsi.com

In the two-hundredth issue of the Internet Pipes Digest, I noted a
comment that there had been no recent discussion of pipe cleaners. It
is odd how these things enter the collective consciousness.  Well, it
is true that not everybody is worrying about pipe cleaners, just me and
another fellow I have never met.

Pipe cleaners have been mildly bothersome to me, at least it is the
quality of cleaner that has perturbed my usual equanimity. On my
seven-day rack, I have several types of pipe: The bulldog and Marxman
Captain have short, straight stems; the remaining five have stems
quarter-bent.  That is to say: the Bjarne squat bulldog, the squat
bulldog from the own-brand of Ted's Pipe Shoppe, the Peterson Dublin,
the Savinelli Roma, and the Willmer Apple, all have stems with a slight
bend. In an effort to spare wear and tear on the mortice and tenons, I
rarely pull the pipes apart, preferring instead to run a couple of pipe
cleaners through the mouthpiece, into the bowl after each smoke.

Ted's Pipe Shoppe, my local tobacconist, sells three kinds of pipe
cleaner: ordinary, tapered, and ream & clean. Bryco has these cleaners
made in China, distributed in this country by Bryn Mawr Smokers
Sundries, Inc. All work well on the straight stemmed pipes, but require
more tricky operation on the bent stems. With the bents, one needs to
know the location of the draft hole in the shank of the pipe. When
cleaning the bent stems, I have to put a slight curve in the end of the
cleaner. Run it into the shank, feeling for the draft hole by pushing
forward on the cleaner until it stops, pulling out, twisting, pushing
in, etcetera, until I get unobstructed movement into the bowl. It is an
annoying and tricky operation, made difficult by limp pipe cleaners,
cleaners made out of wire of insufficient stiffness that often buckle
in the pipe. It is my Peterson Dublin that is the real test of a pipe
cleaner, it has the typical steck bit with the small round hole through
which I can pass the 'ream & clean' only, all other pipe cleaners buckle
under the pressure needed to insert them into the stem, except, that
is, the Parker conical cleaners made of better wire.

Some years ago, 1987 I think it was, I stopped in the town of Havant,
in the county of Hampshire, England, for the first time in many years.
My purpose was to visit Williams, the Pipemaster in North Street, on
the West side of the road, opposite the Electricity Board showrooms. He
was still there although getting ready to close the business, a small
tobacconist's shop. It was there that I bought one hundred of Parker's
Conical Cleaners. What a difference there is between these quality
cleaners and the poor stuff foisted on us these days. On the one hand,
the Parker's have a firm dense nap around good stiff wire. On the other
hand, Bryco cleaners are sickly, wide-awake and feverish, looking as
though they haven't had a nap in a long time, and what is there, will
moult, shedding fluff onto one's trousers and into one's pipe. They
make them with poor, tired wire that gives up at the first sign of
resistance in the pipe-stem.

I had been saving the Parker cleaners for special occasions, but now I
am down to a few remains, and writing to Parker's, in London, brought
no new supply. Lately, I wrote to my Dad in Axminster to see if he
could get me some. He sent me a half-dozen packets of "Big Ben"
"Quality Tapered Pipe Cleaners" made in England. Better than the Bryco
they are less than the Parker's. With the Big Ben came a letter:
"Unlike you, we haven't a good tobacconist in the town, although we do
have a small, old-fashioned shop which sells sweets by weight -- loose,
and tobacco loose too. She had tapered pipe cleaners which I use, but
no others. She had not heard of conical cleaners and there is no
mention of such items in her trade list. . . . Fewer and fewer people
are smoking here and there is great confict going on between those who
do and those who don't. Particularly in public places. Smoking is
banned on trains and most service vehicles. Only this morning I read of
a man [on a train] who, when asked to put out his cigarette, took out a
starting-pistol and threatened to shoot. Needless to say, he was
arrested at the next stop."

Big Ben pipe cleaners pass the Peterson steck-test, but only after a
modification to the bit enlarging the orifice slightly. Recently, the
post brought me another variety of pipe cleaner, samples from John
Turner of Quality Tobacco (UK), these are much more like the Parker
cleaners of old with a dense nap, they pass the steck-test too.

Soon we will be outlaws in a time when even a mediocre pipe cleaner
cannot be had. Slowly, the conduit of balsamic smoke will close, like
the hardening of an artery, and we will be forced to lay our favourite
pipes aside and mourn the passing of old friends.


[ Always enjoy the Smoke Signals, Andrew!  BTW, I'd add to avoid
Peterson's brand cleaners, which JR Cigar sells.  They're too bulky to
go through most stems, especially those with P (steck) bits. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: my new web page

Hi Steve,
   I wanted to thank you for adding my name to your mailing list. The Pipe
Digest is very informative and a pleasure to read. I also wanted to inform you
and your readers to my new cigar web page that I put online on 11-11-95. I plan
to add to it regularly as I find things of interest. The address is:
ftp://banished.com/www/ehc/smoke'em.htm . The title is Smoke 'em if you got
   Thanks again,
   Eric Campbell

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From: ?????????????????????? (Bobby Holstein )
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest 


Don't know if this will make it into the next one or not, but the next 
Seattle Smokers will be at FX McRory's on Tuesday, 21 November at 
7:00PM.  No fees, no dues, no minimum, BYOC and/or BYOP.  The latest 
info is always available at the Fuji Cigar Page at 


[ Didn't make it in time, but we'd encourage Seattle residents to
contact Bobby for the next meeting. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????? (dan fitzgerald)
Subject: Publication

Just wanted to drop you a note about your publication,I think it is really
informative,and I enjoy both a good pipe as well as a good CEEgar. Keep up
the excellent work.

       Smoke in Peace
       Dan Fitzgerald

P.S., I just bought a new pipe with the coral type material inside,what a
great smoke!!

[ Coral?  Not meerschaum? -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Keeping Up.

Hi fellow smokers!
Well I have finally got this e-mail thing down pat.  For a while I was unable
to figure out where my computer had put the issues of the digest it had
downloaded.  I finally found them in the download manager, coverted them to
microsoft word format resaved and printed them out.  Now how do I find the
issues I am missing?  Aren't they available on the web somewhere?  Please
tell we how to download them.  
I have had some wonderful and not so wonderful cigar smoking escapades
lately.  First the not so wonderful.  A Pleides.  YUCK!!!!  A friend gave me
a few in trade.  Now I know why he gave these overpriced Lawrence Welk (piece
of shit with a band around it) cigars to me.
Now for the better experiences.  I took a long weekend trip to visit a friend
in the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina a few weeks ago.  I had
anticipated this trip very much, knowing that the JR outlet store was close
by and ther there was a Tinderbox in the local mall.  The first day we went
to the Tinderbox and I purchased some Davidoffs which we were free to smoke
anywhere in the mall.  While shopping for a pair of shoes in the shoe
department of an anonymous department store a woman complained about the
aroma of my fine cigar (this was my first Davidoff, a Gran Cru #1), the
manager of the shoe department quickly explained to her that the neither the
store nor the mall had adopted a smoking policy.  She kindly stepped a few
feet back out of my halo of blue.  He privately explained to her that smokers
have the same rights that nonsmokers do.  I was in absolute heaven, a
combination of the flavor of my cigar and knowing that I was free to enjoy it
down to it's last centimeter.  
Now it was off to JR's wearing my new shoes.  There I smoked a few more
cigars while enjoying the coversation of the helpful and friendly staff.  I
had been there once before and was pleased to see that Brenda (I tink she is
the cigar store manager) was there that evening.  She is both friendly and
knowledgeable.  I share with her some of my stash of more prized cigars from
a recent trip to the Thomas Hinds shop in Toronto.  I was pleased to hand
over some of my hard-earned cash for a few boxes of cigars.
Back to the Tinderbox the next day.  Again more handing over.  They have a
great selection of Davidoffs, Avos, Zinos, Ashtons, La Glorias, etc...  I
boughta few more boxes.  At dinner that evening my friend and I, at the
reluctance of his new wife, lit up our                Double R's and were
asked to put them out by the restaurant manager.  After dinner at a cafe we
were allowed to indulge in our smoking pleasure.  The manager was very
friendly, allowing us to smoke.
A wonderful weekend!!


[ Yes, Rob, there are Web and FTP sites, listed at the end of each
issue.  Thanks for the word! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: PIMO

    I just received a new PIMO catalog and there is a change in ownership.
The new owners are Al and Ginny Baier, since Isidoro and Maryana Alkala
retired.  The new address is:

     Butternut Lane
     PO Box 2043
     Manchester Ctr., VT  05255

They also sell stains and waxes for refinishing pipes.

More later - my shipment from C&D should be here this week!!!
Joshua C. Sasmor

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From: RC Hamlin/PCCA <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: McClelland's ? Reserve

Hi Steve....long time no speak....

Kathy Levin is long gone from the tobacco business, as of early last
Spring. The Personal Reserve Line is now offered by McClelland to all
retail tobacco shops across the USA (official as of RTDA in August,
actually as of the PCI Convention in late May). Keep in mind that
McClelland is selling only 50% of the original PR blends, the rest
have been discontinued.

The PCCA "Collector Reserve" tobaccos are produced by McClellend,
however they are not the same as PR blends. CR tobaccos are single
run, limited edition blends that are only produced once per blend. CR
tobacco is only available thru PCCA with various blends on hand at any
one time.

As far as PR blends, I have Dark Star in stock, but none of the others
right now. If you are unable to find these from a local shop, let me
know and I'll special order whatever you need from McClelland for
you. I do not expect to carry PR blends on a regular basis since they
are available throughout the country and I've got CR blends.


[ Thanks, Bob!  To other readers, this, and some later letters about
McClelland's, were responses to a search I'd done for Personal Reserve
sampler packs. Jorge in Princeton says he'll stock McClelland.  BTW,
please let us know when this year's CR issue becomes available. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (Mark Lathem)
Subject: Re: McClelland's Personal Reserve

???????????????????????? (Steve Masticola) wrote:

>If not, is anyone still selling the McC?  I know Bob Hamlin sells a
>specialized line of McClelland's; did he take over from Kathy?

Strange coincidence.  Just this morning I was re-reading some back
issues of PD and ran across mention of the fact that Kathy offered
sampler packs.  I was considering placing a call myself.

Bob does carry *some* of the Personal Reserve series--I understand
he'll be adding more of the line next year.  (Side note:  call Bob and
order some of the Collector's Reserve Winter 95-96; mine hasn't
arrived yet, but I am sure it will be worth the wait.  It is to be a
medium-full Turkish/Virginia/latakia/perique blend.  The base has been
aged for several years, and the complete blend has been aged in the
tin for over a year.  Like others in this series, it is not to be
missed.  I presume your beloved doesn't mind the heady aroma of a good
English/Oriental blend <g>.)

Back on topic:  Nikos has announced that he is now carrying the
Personal Reserve series; perhaps he took over from Kathy.  If you
solve the mystery, I would like to know as well.


Mark Lathem

[ See above. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (MICHAEL R.STANLEY)
Subject: Re: McClelland's Personal Reserve

In article <??????????????????????????> (McClelland's Personal Reserve),
you write:

[ My posting asking about McClelland's deleted. -S. ]

Steve,I was talking to Nikos and his Wife at the OPC show in Columbus in
September.He said that Kathy is out of the business and I believe he is
taking the tobacco over.I was able to obtain my all time favorite
virginia"Sophisticate"at the show(5 tins!/$4.00 ea)from another vendor at
the same show)I'm a happy man! McClelland is marketing a number of the
Personal Reserve blends themselves.I saw them at my local
tobacconist(Cousin's Cigar in Cleveland)several weeks ago.Speaking of that
show,boy did Neil Murray do a really nice write-up or what?He is really a
nice guy,he didn't mention that he walked away with a really nice door
prize of a Dunhill 5 pack sampler,I love that stuff.Keep up the great work
on the Digest,have a great Thanksgiving.
Sincerly,Michael Stanley

"If,after trying the Arcadia,the lucky smoker to whom I presented it did
not start or seize my hand,or otherwise show that something exquisite had
come into his life,I at once forgot his name and his existance."
                                        James M. Barrie

[ Indeed, Neil did a wonderful write-up! Even if he did scoop me on
Smoke Signal #19. :-) -S. ]

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From: Mark Lathem <???????????????>
Subject: Yet another coincidence...

Synchronicity, indeed...

While continuing to peruse PD back-issues (I was off work today), I
discovered that you and I had remarkably similar early pipe-smoking

We used "cane" (bamboo) instead of milkweed for the stems, however.  My
father buys tobacco for me now, but it doesn't smoke nearly as sweet as that
stolen "Sir Walter Raleigh" <G>.

Mark Lathem      

[ Funny how that works... -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: My subscription

Dear Steve,

Thanks a lot for my subcripction. I have been always related to
tobacco, since my family was on it.  I am dedicated to tobacco
business in Spain and I can see in your Digest that European countries
are not well present on it. I think that I should be able to submitt
you with some adresses in Spain, for Pipe Clubs, as well as excellent
tobacco shops, to improve your readers' trip to my country, whenever
it occurs.  I will be in contact with further information, Best

JosM-i Miguel Lorenzo-PeM-qamil

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From: PELACHIK DAVID N  A1C <???????????????????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #203 -- November 7, 1995

              Hi guys thanks for all the great stories, factoids, and 
tidbits.  My real reason for responding is I can't find a blend of tobacco 
called "TAMRA" I'm in the USAF and was stationed in Plattsburgh NY.  (Which 
is located about 50 miles from nowhere) Now I transferred to Spokane WA, Can 
you help a piper find a store to call it his second home???  Please respond 
cause I smoke the last of my half pound driving cross country to 
Washington....         Thanks for your time and assistance.

                         Diamond Dave

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From: ?????????????? (Gregory Pease)
Subject: Re: Attention Alt.smokers.pipes denizens.

In alt.smokers.pipes you write:

>??????????????? (Mark Lathem) writes:

>::I also recommend the use of kill files;
>::they're almost as good for the nerves as a nice Barling loaded with
>::Golden Extra, enjoyed in peace while watching the birds make gluttons
>::of themselves at the feeder. :-)

>:Would that be pre- or post-transition? ;^)

>Yes. %^}

>Seriously, I don't know.  I won the pipe as a door prize, at the last
>NY Pipe Club show to be held in New York City.  (How could I tell
>which it is, Barling fanz?)

Look at the nomenclature.  Older Ye Olde Woods will have the BARLING in
block letters in a semi-circle.  Pre-trans YOW's have three digit shape
numbers, while transitional pipes have 4.  Post-transition pieces have
the Barling in script letters.  There are some examples of Barlings made
in Denmark, of all things.  Guinea Grains are a bit tougher, as they
started the script lettering in the pre-trans days, but the typeface is
a bit different.  Also, GGs have 4-digit shape numbers even in the
"olden days," thought they only start with 1 or 2, while later models
seem to start with a 4.  There are *old* Barlings around which are
simply stamped "BARLING"S MAKE" in a semi-circle; no other grading is
evident.  These pipes are generally from the early part of the century,
and ar ea low grade version of the YOW.  YOW's come in different
flavours, as well; Fossil is a sandblast, Special is, well, um, special,
Straight Grain is the closest thing Barling ever got to one, and I've
even seen Birdseye stamped on a particularly nice cross-cut.  I believe
this to be quite rare.

If yo have any questions, send me the nomenclature description of this
piece, and I'll try to shed whatever light I can on it.  I have to
admit, sometimes I just have to get a feel for whether or not the pipe
is old; old wood just has a certain quality about it that new wood
doesn't.  To date, this method hasn't failed me once!


| Gregory Pease  | "...for such things are of the spirit, and it is
| "ShadowMancer" | in the darkness of their eyes that men get lost"
| ?????????????? |                   -Black Elk
| 510/234-2830   |

[ Thanks to your description, the Barling is identified as
pre-transition "Ye Olde Woods."  Thought your letter was of general
interest, so I put it in. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Belated Introduction

Well, it seems like it must be close to two years that I've been lurking on
the digest and enjoying it very much. I'm the quiet kind but decided to
finally add my voice to the community. I am 47 years old, have been smoking a
pipe for about thirty year, sometimes more regularly than other. Over the
past ten years pretty regularly, except that in the summer, when I have more
time to sit out in my backyard, I tend to smoke more cigars. I've been part
of the ridiculous cigar-mania of the last few years. I live a few blocks from
Holt's in Philadelphia, and can enjoy a cigar after lunch with espresso, in
their smoker's lounge. I have been in Philadelphia for 7 years. I am the
Rabbi of a downtown Conservative Congregation. Before this I was in Seattle
Washington, but I grew up in New York and began my pipe hunting at places
like Wilke when the elderly Wilke women still worked there, Lane's, Wally
Frank, Dunhill, et.al. It was during that period that I became an early
subscriber to the Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris. Anyway, so much for introduction.
This summer I had the pleasure of introducing my 18 year old son to the art
of pipe smoking (at his request) and he is probably now reading this as he
too is a subscriber to Pipe Digest. Last month he and he drove to Lancaster
PA to visit Demuth's after reading about it in Cigar Afficianado. While there
I purchased a lovely little pipe that I've enjoyed ever since. It is
identified only by the letters HJR on the bottom of the shank. I am assuming
it is a local carver. Can anyone tell me whose it is? I am partial, nowadays,
to American artisans and their work. I smoke Boswells, Wileys, Wests etc.
Finally, I want to thank you not only for the Digest as a whole, but for
turning me on to Cornell & Diehl. I have recently received a sample pack of
five of their blends and words can hardly do justice to my satisfaction. I
love the Exclusive, and the Crowley's Best most. Finally, congratulations,
belatedly, on your marriage, and keep up the good work.
Ira Stone

[ Shalom, Ira! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????? (Gerry Hilton)
Subject: General Stuff

Good Evening Steve and All ...
        Two items of interest for you tonite. I received a new catalogue 
from PIMO. It seems that Isidore and Maryana Alkalaj have retired and Al and 
Ginny Baier have taken over the company. I didn't check the resource guide 
but the address seems different. It's STEMCO-PIMO, Butternut Lane, 
PO Box 2043, Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-2043
        The next thing is an article that appeared in the Halifax Daily News 
on Tues Nov 14. 95  Hell.. maybe there's hope for us smokers yet. I don't 
feel quite so doomed :-)

The Doctor Game
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

"Don't just blame tobacco"

What kills the majority of people who suffer from lung cancer?  Ask anyone 
this question and they quickly condemn the tobacco industry.  But are the 
cigarette manufacturers the only culprits responsible for the increase in 
the number of people dying from this disease?
Almost one-third of all cancer deaths in North America and other 
industrialized nations are due to lung cancer.  And for years the disease 
has been more prevalent in men.
But lung cancer deaths have dramatically increased in women during the last 
20 years.  It has overtaken cancer of the breast as the prime cancer killer. 
 It's generally believed the reason is increased smoking by women.  But 
there's been another change.  Doctors know heavy smokers often develop 
either squamous cell or small "oat" cell cancer of the lung.
In recent years adenocarcinoma, often referred to as the "non-smoker's" 
cancer, has been on the rise.  In 1965 this malignancy accounted for 12 per 
cent of lung cancers.  Today it's 40 per cent in both sexes.
Dr. Mark Green, professor of medicine at the University of California, 
claims bronchoalveolar cancer of the lung is more common.  It's also more 
likely to occur in non-smokers.
Green reports patients who develop this malignancy have lungs that have been 
scarred by recurrent bouts of pneumonia, tuberculosis and other illnesses.
Researchers at St. Louis University report another worrying finding in the 
January issue of "Cancer".  They found international studies indicate lung 
cancer in non-smokers could account for more deaths in the U.S. than any 
other cancers except cancer of the colon and breast in women and cancer of 
the colon and prostate in men.
No one wants to state the obvious too loud for fear the tobacco companies 
will say, "I told you so."  And that smokers will have less incentive to 
stop smoking.  but it appears there's more to the development of lung cancer 
than smoking.
What is responsible for the increase in non-smokers?  A Swedish study found 
an increase in lung cancer in those exposed to residential radon gas, a 
breakdown product of uranium.  However, other studies fail to show
this linkage. 
Other possible causes are genetics and environmental exposure to asbestos, 
arsenic, chromium, nickel and coke oven fumes.  recent studies also show 
smoking marijuana may increase risk.
Regrettably, the symptoms of lung cancer do not appear early.  They are most 
often discovered during an X-ray.  Or when patients spit up blood or develop 
a persistent cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain.  By this time the 
tumor has often spread.
There's still no easy way to diagnose this disease.  Doctors no longer 
consider routine chest X-rays as a useful screening tool.  Cancer normally 
shows up radiographically only at an advanced stage.
Patients who have suspicious symptoms can be examined with a bronchoscoe and 
biopsies.  Treatmentis surgical if the cancer is confined to the lung or has 
only spread to nearby lymph nodes.  For patients in whom cancer 
metastasized, radiation with or without chemotherapy may be of help.
I'm not providing support for the tobacco industry. The anti-smoking message 
is still right on. Nor do I want to give solace to smokers.  Smoking is 
still the major cause of lung cancer.
The message is still clear.  The sooner smokers toss out the habit the lower 
the chance of dying from the disease.
We also need more research on why non-smokers die of this disease.  But lung 
cancer gets less money for research than breast cancer.  One reasonis many 
people consider lung cancer a self-inflicted disease. 

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

[ Thanks for typing in the article, Gerry! -S. ] 

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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: pipe show

Like your note on smoke in. I f you have a Digest coming out before Dec. 2
could you post  this release ? Didn t hear from anyone about Frank
Augsberger yet. Thanxs MT
                DC Pipe Show
   On Saturday Dec.2 John Hayes Tobacconist will b e holding his 12th
annual Christmas Pipe show featuring American Smoking Pipe Co. There will
be a two hour smoker between 8 am and 10 am before the mall normally opens.
There will be door prizes, tobacco giveaways, coffee, and lots of good pipe
people and talk.
   Mark Tinsky will be on hand to display his handmade briars and to answer
pipe questions or take that special order for the perfect pipe you ve
always wanted but never quite found. Making its debut is the 1995 Christmas
Pipe.  Its lots of fun and for anyone ine the area or traveling through its
something you want to attend.
   The show runs until 10 pm Saturday nite and all day Sunday. The store is
located at Fair Oaks Mall at the confluence of RT. 50 & Interstate 66,
about 15 minutes due West of Washington DC.The store is on the lower level
near J C Penny.( Try to park and enter mall near Penny's ) The phone # is
703 385 3033 if further details are needed. Hope to see you there. Mark

[ Having been to that shop as the guest of John Weinstein, I can
confirm that it's a great place. Enjoy the show! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????? (JOHN NAVROTH)
Subject: swan vesta matches

>anybody know of a shop that still has a cache of swan vestas for sale?
>i understand they're not being manufactured anymore.	

[ Have heard nothing about them recently. Diamond matches are still
available, and IMHO are about as good as the Swans are. -S. ]

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From: "JOSI MIGUEL LORENZO GARCMA" <????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe tobacco shops in Spain

Dear Steve,

As advanced in my previous information, herefollows two nice adresses in 
Spain for pipe tobacco smokers:

Fran Jiminez
San Miguel, 33

Josi Marma Cavestany
Juan de Herrera, 17

Will follow further information

Best regards,

Josi Miguel Lorenzo -Peqamil

[ I'll put them in the guide, Jose'!  Some of the characters aren't
coming out right, but I hope this doesn't prevent people from finding
these shops.  Thanks for the info! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????? (Stephen B. Wyman )
Subject: Assorted thoughts and ramblings

Dear Steve,

It has been a while since I last posted to the PD, so let me start by 
offering my congratulations on your marriage.  That explains why I did 
not see you at the show/swap in Newark in early Septemeber. A group of 
us traveled down from the Boston area, all memebers of the illustrious 
Sherlock Holmes Pipe Collectors Club, organized by the peerless Allan 
Rosenfeld, master of Petersons.  It was my first show, although I had 
gone to Nikos Levin and Bob Hamlin's swap meet in Westborough Mass in 
June 94.  All of us had a great time.  Despite being a certified "non 
serious collector" -- an appellation I earned from Jack Ehrmantrout 
based on his assessment of my collection -- I earned the title within 
our group of gaining the most net new pipes from the show.

I had a chance to meet some of the names from the PD and buy a couple 
of pipes from John Eels of Virginia (an unsmoked Cooke and a Radice) as 
well as swapping for a couple of Ferndowns, a Nachwalter and a Personal 
Reserve made for Barry Levin.  The last is a spitting image of a 
Dunhill and smokes as well as a Dunhill for a fraction of the price.

The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Coollectors Club continues to gather strength. 
All PDers in the Boston, Worcester, Providence area are welcome to join 
us.  We meet the second Wednesday of each month in Mansfield Mass, near 
Foxboro, the home of the struggling New England Patriots.  Jon Cohen, 
Ron Lau, both PDers, have joined our ranks in the last year and we are 
glad to have them.  We would like to have more.

The Novemeber meeting was a high spot in this years's schedule.  Tom 
Cristiano, Tampa based carver of Calabrese pipes and importer of Mastro 
de Paja pipes, along with his wife and distributor, Mr. Topper, came to 
the meeting.  Michael from Brookline News in Brookline Massachusetts 
was the sponsor of their visit and arranged it for us.

A brief diversion.  Michael runs Brookline News.  Almost all members of 
the SHPCC know Mike and have for many years.  I sat next to a member 
who has known Mike for more than twenty years.  Others in the group 
have been shopping at Brookline News, a well hidden jewel in the Boston 
pipe community, for years, and none of us know Mike's last name. Ironic 
since we spend a good part of each meeting talking about finds we have 
made at his store and how much he adds to the pipe scene in Boston.

Back to the main story.  Mr. Cristiano brought around two hundred 
Mastros to show off and to allow us to buy at a discount from retail.  
They ranged from exquisite carved pipes in the $150 range to 
magnificent straight grained specimens at four significant digits to 
the left of the decimal point.  All works of art.  All pipes one would 
love to add to their collection.

He also showed a video of harveting briar, cutting the raw product into 
useable chunks, removing sap, and shaping into pipes at the Mastro 
factory. Next time I think a pipe is too expensive, I will rememeber 
the work which went into digging up the root and the care which went 
into shaping and finishing the pipe and be glad the price is as low as 
it is.  If any of you have a chance to see the video, which is in 
Italian, I urge that you do so.

Tom says he is readying a line of his own pipes, Calabrese, for 
distribution in the US.  He brought freehands with him, but says he is 
making traditional shapes to add to the line.  Beautiful grain, and 
terrific workmanship at very reasonable prices-- $150-250.  
Interestingly, he says the traditional shapes take more work than the 

Turning to another subject, the fight being waged against smoking by 
the FDA and the government in general, I am starting to see signs that 
that arbitor of the American taste, television, may be swinging the 
pendulum back in our favor.  On two shows produced by David Kelly 
(Chicago Hope and Picket Fences) charecters are regularly smoking 
cigars and cigarettes.  Adam Arkin, in a made for TV movie, was seen 
smoking cigarettes, and he was the FBI guy, not the villian.  On 
Pursuit of Happiness, a third rate show, one of the main players smokes 
a pipe.

It may be too early to suggest this is a trend, but I am seeing more 
people on TV smoking and they are not the villians.  We probably are 
not going to return to the days of Twelve Angry Men or Casablanca where 
all the players smoked, but perhaps we are headed toward more tolerence 
of smoking by ordinay people.  Any thoughts from the rest of the group 
and have you seen the trend as well, if it is a trend?

Last a public message to Gregory Pease.  Greg any chance of your osting 
your collected essays some place for us to retrieve.

See you all soon.  In the meantime, smoke in peace.

Steve Wyman

[ Sorry I missed you at the Newark show, Steve!  And re the
trend... things may be loosening just the slightest little bit.  Too
early to tell.  Let us hope -- and keep on speaking out. -S. ]

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From: Gary Good <??????????????????>
Subject: Danish Freehands

Would like a sourse of Ben Wade pipes.  Love the large bowl.  Great to see 
pipe info on the NET.

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From: ??????????????? (Victor Reijs)
Subject: cigar database

HEllo all of you,

If you would like to input your cigar evaluation information in my database;
Please do! You can fill out the form in:

The more information is in that database the better;-)

All the best,


WWW Thuis pagina: http://www.pi.net/~vmmreijs/
WWW Home page:    http://www.pi.net/~vmmreijs/eng/

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From: "Tim O'Hare" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Great Worldwide Smoke-in: Report

Dear Steve;

	You are making my mouth water talking about fine cigars. 
Years ago when IU worked in a tobacconist shop I acquired a tast 
for Macanudos, Royal Jamaicans and my favorite, H. Upmans.  
However, I stopped buying them over five years ago when the price 
of good cigars reached the $4.00 each minimum level.  When I can 
buy enough pipe tobacco for several hours enjoyment for the price 
of one cigar, I just can't justify the expense.  Oh for the old 
days when cigars were affordable!

			Sad about cigars but happy with my pipe,

Tim O'Hare                    "Consistency is the last refuge
The Pros From Dover            of the unimaginative."
?????????????????????????                         Oscar Wilde

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From: "Tim O'Hare" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Tobacconist in Boulder CO?

Hi Steve;

	Just to let you know, ther are two towns just to the east 
of Boulder, Louisville and Longmont where Bar patrons can still 
smoke which are specifically marketing to smokers now, and, from 
what I hear, are doing a bang up business.  I live about 40 miles 
away so I don;t know the bar names or I would post them so that 
our friends in alt,smokers.pipes could stop for one before 
entering the Peoples Republic of Boulder.

				Take care,

Tim O'Hare                    "Consistency is the last refuge
The Pros From Dover            of the unimaginative."
?????????????????????????                         Oscar Wilde

[ Can someone provide the addresses for the Guide?  I'd love to help
anyone who's providing a sanctuary from the prudes. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (MICHAEL R.STANLEY)
Subject: Thankgiving 

Hello Steve and all;
Hope everyone out there in internetland either has or will have a memorable
Thanksgiving(depending when this is posted)I am looking forward to
Thanksgiving for many reasons;I have a beautiful Wife who loves me and
doesn't yell about my pipes or cigars(except Bombay Extra)My two fantastic
sons,Paul 7&Neal 4 who provide me with constant joy and a sense of what is
really important in life and finally,I am having Thanksgiving dinner in the
home of a pipe friendly Brother-in-law!In fact,he recently took up the pipe
as part of his hobby of historical re-enactments of the war of 1812(Fort
Meigs,Toledo).You see,people didn't smoke cigarettes in 1812,so if you want
to smoke during these re-enactments;you had better have a clay pipe.So,I'm
going to take a clay Churchwarden I recently bought and and a tin of
Nutcracker Flake from Levin pipes.This 1993-94 holiday issue tobacco is a
really nice dark stoved virginia mixture.That,combined with a great meal
and a bottle of Warre's 77 vintage port,should provide the start of a
truely memorable day.I think I'll take a briar along s well,I hear clays
tend to break easily :)maybe I'll even watch some football.Enjoy your
                    Mike Stanley
p.s.I'm still not sure what the status of Cope's Escudo is regarding its
future availability but I managed to pick up only two 50gr and four 100gr
tins total, in a search of all the pipe shops in the greater Cleveland

[JR _still_ lists it, though I didn't check whether they actually had
any. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????
Subject: resource guide


Please add to your Resource Guide the following establishment:

Phillip's "Bayou Humidor"
1152 Acadian Thruway
Baton Rouge, Louisana
(Tel: 504-343-1152)

This is one of those (nowadays) rare shops that still deals
exclusively with pipes, tobaccos, cigars, and smoking paraphernalia
(no gift junk!).  Phillip Eversburg, the proprietor, is a true
pipe/cigar aficionado and romantic.  In addition to the usual things,
there is a *large* pipe repair shop.  Phil is a wiz at pipe repairs
and restorations.  Very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere!

 -- Rick Welch

[ Added, Rick. And happy Thanksgiving! -S. ]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #204 -- November 21, 1995
  2. Subject: No Pipes in Newark
  3. Subject: Japanese Pipe Maker
  4. Subject: On the road again
  5. Subject: video cases
  6. Subject: [PIPES]
  7. Subject: news for pipes list
  8. Subject: For PD: Shot Down re. Condor
  9. Subject: Pipe smoking
  10. Subject: Re: Clay Churchwardens
  11. Subject: pipes digest
  12. Subject: So your girlfriend thinks smoking stinks.
  13. Subject: Pipes Digest #203 -- Nov
  14. Subject: Re: PD #203, 1LT D. Stamos
  15. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest
  16. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #203 -- November 7, 1995
  17. Subject: Smoke Signal #19 [PIPE]
  18. Subject: my new web page
  19. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest
  20. Subject: Publication
  21. Subject: Keeping Up.
  22. Subject: PIMO
  23. Subject: Re: McClelland's ? Reserve
  24. Subject: Re: McClelland's Personal Reserve
  25. Subject: Re: McClelland's Personal Reserve
  26. Subject: Yet another coincidence...
  27. Subject: My subscription
  28. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #203 -- November 7, 1995
  29. Subject: Re: Attention Alt.smokers.pipes denizens.
  30. Subject: Belated Introduction
  31. Subject: General Stuff
  32. Subject: pipe show
  33. Subject: swan vesta matches
  34. Subject: Pipe tobacco shops in Spain
  35. Subject: Assorted thoughts and ramblings
  36. Subject: Danish Freehands
  37. Subject: cigar database
  38. Subject: Great Worldwide Smoke-in: Report
  39. Subject: Tobacconist in Boulder CO?
  40. Subject: Thankgiving
  41. Subject: resource guide
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