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Subject: Pipes Digest #209 -- January 29, 1996

		Pipes Digest #209 -- January 29, 1996
	     Copyright (C) 1996 by Stephen P. Masticola.
	   All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 1897

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[ADMIN] I've made a few changes to the intro letter (among other
things, removing the suggestion that new members an introductory
letter.)  This was originally put in during the Dark Ages, when there
generally weren't enough submissions to fill the Digest.  As some have
pointed out, we don't have this problem anymore :-)

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		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: ????????????????? (Irwin Friedman )
Subject: subscribing to pipe digest

Thanks for the pipe digest.  I've heard a lot about it.

I just filled out the registration so, here is a litttle pipe bio per 
your request:

I collect Butera and Ser Jacopo as the primary brands in my collection 
although there are plenty of other Italian and English brands along 
with some Danish pieces in my collection.  I collect mostly briars 
although I do have some meerschaum.

Shapes of interest include bent bulldogs, authors and Rhodesians; 
calabashes (briar and gourd) Oom Pauls, bent billiards and bent apples.

Blends of choice:  Full English and Matured Virginias especially 
Esoterica Tobacciana blends and Butera Latakia 1 and his several 

I'm an internet newbie (two days ago), but have been puffing on my 
pipes since '69; cigars since '67.  

My first pipe was a baby gift (I still have it).

I'm trying out netcom and if I try any others I'll keep you updated on 
address changes.  Thanks in advance for bearing with me on this.  I 
look forward to getting the digest.

Irwin Friedman

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From: ?????????????????????? (Bobby Holstein )
Subject: Friends of Tobacco Web Site

Steve and PD Readers....

The Friends of Tobacco is a grass roots organization dedicated to 
lobbying congress and protecting smokers interests.

A primary function of FOT is to watch for dastardly legislation slipped 
in by the unholy anti-smoking legions of the night :)

The Web page is at Fuji

And it can be linked from the Fuji Cigar Page at 


[ Many thanks, Bobby! The page is worth a read. -S. ]

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From: Sergio Iannini - SFI/Avirnex Communications <???????????????????????>
Subject: South America Pipe Club Home Page

        This week we installed in Internet the South America Pipe Club home
        Hot Link (with a link to Pipe Digest):
        Please visit our home page and give us a feedback.

 Our services: WorldAxxess Travel Card, Callback, DirectConnexx and
       			 Pre-paid Calling Cards  
 		       SFI/Avirnex  Communications
      SRTS 701 Bloco K Sala 219 - Ed. Embassy Tower  -  Asa Sul
      Brasilia, D.F.         ZIP  70340-000              BRAZIL
      Phone 55-61-321-9899 Fax 55-61-321-9225  MCIMail 646-0903
      CompuServe 76312,3135          Telex USA 6506460903MCI UW
      Internet ???????????????????????  or  ???????????????????

[Thanks for the note, and for the link! -S.]

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From: ???????????????? (Dwayne Bryk)
Subject: Referrals for buying used pipes

Dear Fellow PipePeople...

I am seeking the names and addresses of businesses and/or companies in the US
or Canada that sell refurbished used pipes (predominantly from the Sherlock
Holmes Pipe Collection series).  As well, I understand Series II of this
collection has begun...any referrals to locate this series from a Canadian
distributor (in the Toronto area)?  I'd appreciate your time in responding to
me:  ?????????????????????]


             Magic Online Services Toronto Inc.   (416) 591-6490 

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From: Phil Cunningham <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996

Dear Steve, et al,

    In response to Mark Faulkner's query about meerschaums, by all means try
one!  I've been smoking pipes for the past twenty years and just bought my
first meerschaum a week ago.  It's a much drier and more pleasant smoke.  I
had avoided them in the past because the only ones I could seem to find
were, IMHO, garish and too expensive.  I obviously gave up to soon because I
found a nicely carved, small billiard SMS block for $27.  Look around,
they're out there.

    Phil Cunningham

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From: Calvin Davis <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996

Hello Steve,

I have been reading your article for about 5 months now and I find  
it to be a treasure chest of knowledge..

I am a tobacconist 3rd class at a local shop in the chicago area .  I
guess I am what your readers would call one of the "new wave"
tobacconist because I am so young , but thats OK.  just wanted to say
hi and thanks for all the info.

[Glad to be of service! -S.]

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From: ???????????????????? (Nanosh J. Lucas)
Subject: Prior Briar # change

Hello everybody -

I wanted to leave a quick message for those of you who are trying to reach
the Pulvers' Prior Briar tel #.  The authentic # is now: 1-800-863-PIPE -
not 415-691-0338 - Please make a note of it.  Your orders should be
processed much faster now.

I just lit up a reconditioned pipe from L&Co - and it smokes great.  I just
tried Margate tobacco, and it looks like it's going to be one of my
favorite blends on my very small list.

I just got # 208 - Thanks Steve!

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

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From: ????????????????????? (Brian Y. Scott )
Subject: Kabik Pipe

I don't smoke my pipes very much these days (mostly cigars), but I
have one pipe I've never quite been able to sell, give away, or store
in a closet.  It's a straight-grain freehand that I bought about 20
years ago.  On the back, under the stem, it's inscribed "Sculptur by
Kabik."  I was given to understand that the pipe maker carved pipes
for Ben Wade, and also sold pipes under his own name.

    Do you, or any PD readers, know anything about this pipe?

    Also, thanks very much for PD -- it's always a welcome arrival in 
the E-mailbox.

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From: "Joyce Perry"  <????????????????????????????????????>
Subject: For Your Guide

Ed Koplin, Sr.
The Tinder Box Wilshire
2729 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
320 828-4511

[ Thanks for the note, Joyce!  Perhaps you could give us a description
of the shop? -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????? (Paul J. Ste. Marie)
Subject: Cracking Meerschaums

>My meerschaum is carved as an eagle's claw holding the bowl from
>underneath. ... One other day, I looked at the shank and thought I saw a
>hairline crack 1/2 way up. Hmm, was that there from day one? Hmm, the crack
>gets bigger after the bowl heats up, yep, it's a crack to be sure. Then
>last night I was having another great smoke and was finishing up and I
>*heard* what sounded like a crack coming from the pipe. What a horrifying
>sound to hear! This morning I looked at the shank again; it's definately a
>Do you suppose that I just got an inferior pipe or are all the meerschaums
>this fragile?

Two possibilities--1) the crack was there to begin with or 2) you've let a 
cake build up in the meerschaum.  DO NOT LET A CAKE DEVELOP IN A 
MEERSCHAUM!!!!  The meerschaum is softer than the cake and it will crack 
very easily, since the cake expands with heat faster than the meeschaum 
does.  You can ream it out, but you've got to be very careful in the 
process--the reamer will remove meerschaum faster than cake, so you've got 
to watch for spots where you've reamed away the cake and stay away from those.
The other big no-no with meerschaum is tapping out the ash, especially while 
holding the stem or shank.  This is a good way to knock the bowl right off 
the pipe.  To empty a meerschaum tip it upside down, and if the ash doesn't 
fall out on its own use a pipe tool to gentle loosen it.  Don't dig at the 
pipe.  Wiping out the bowl after use with a cotton cloth (old t-shirts are 
good for this) will help keep a cake from forming.  Any sticky tar deposits 
can be **gently** scaped away with a pipe tool.

Two basic principles to always remember with a meerschaum:

1)  No cake.  It doesn't need one, and a cake will split it apart.

2)  Never apply any sort of force on the shank relative to the bowl--eg no 
tapping, no holding the shank while reaming, etc.

        --Paul J. Ste. Marie, ??????????????????????, ???????????????????

Warning: Posting the text of II Kings 18:27 (KJV) may be a Federal offense
punishable by 2 years in prison and a $100,000 fine under provisions of
the telecom bill.  See http://www.vtw.org/ for details.

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From: Phil Glatz <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996

Any insurance agents out there?  I've been doing some consulting work for a
local agency that does business over the internet, and the question of rate
discrimination for cigar and pipe lovers came up.  There was an article in
the Fall Cigar Aficianado that listed some insurance carriers that offer
non-smoker rates for cigar smpkers.  However, these were all "captive"
agencies (those whose agents can sell policies only for that particular
company).  Are there any non-captive companies that offer separate rates?  I
understand the reasoning is that they give a qualification physical that
tests for nicotine in the blood, and cannot differentiate between cigarettes
and other forms of tobacco.  I'm wondering why the captive companies can
offer lower rates.
Phil Glatz              (????????????????)
Software Engineer       Lake Tahoe, Nevada
WWW: http://turnpike.net/emporium/P/pglat/
webmaster at www.quickquote.com
Voice 702/831-8064        Fax 702/831-9720

[If anyone has info, please follow up here. -S.]

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From: "M. el Kouni, Ph.D." <?????????????????????>
Subject: Lighter repairs & Barling pipe's history

Dear Steve:

Thank you for changing my address. As for the question of Pat Barling about 
information on the history of Barling pipes (PD 208), R. Hacker's book "The 
ultimate pipe book" has a good synopsis about that subject. Also there is an 
excellent article "A smoker's guide to Barling" by T. Gage in "Pipe 
Friendly" vol. 1, # 3 pp. 7, 1995.

There was also an inquiry sometime ago about a place which can repair 
expensive cigarette and pipe lighters (Dunhill, Dupont, Christian Dior, 
etc.). The following is the address of an excellent place which you can add 
to the directory:

Authorized Repair Service
30 West 57th Street
NYC, NY 10019
Tel: 212-586-0947
FAX: 212586-1296

I have also noticed in your update of the directory that you did not include 
as per PD 195 the excellent pipe and tobacco store her in Birmingham AL This 
store has a larger and better quality pipe selection than many of the big 
name stores I have visited around the country. For your convenience, the 
name and address again is: 

The Briary
741B Brookwood Village
Birmingham, AL 35209
Tel 205-871-2839.


[ Occasionally I drop 'em... thanks for the recap! -S.]

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From: Michael Braun <?????????????????????????>
Subject: PD 208

Dear Steve,

I subscribe to the PD under a different e-mail address
(??????????????????). Haven't written for some time, but there was a
notice in the latest issue about Gawith Hoggarth & Co. I have dealt
with Bob Lynch for about a year, and I find many of his tobacs
outstanding. It is the only place I know for gettin STRONG
tobacs. These include the twists, dark flake, and my favorite, Bob's
square cut. Bob Lynch, the proprietor will be away from home from the
end of January until mid April. Lucky man! At any rate, those who try
to contact them will probably face a lengthy delay because of this.
In his brochure, Bob includes an alternative address: Tom Colwell 325
Germonds Rd.  W. Nyack, NY 10994.  I haven't tried him, so can't vouch
for results.  Regards, Michael Braun

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From: "hedgcock, john" <??????????????????>
Subject: Stephen Y's pipe smoking & youth post

     Dear Steve, Stephen Y. & fellow PD subscribers,
     I tried to respond directly to Stephen Yenchko's post to PD 208, but 
     the message was returned. Looking it over again, I suppose it's OK to 
     post to the Digest. Maybe Stephen will get my scribblings this way. 

     Dear Stephen ....
     I wrote to say that I found your recent post to the PD interesting and 
     informative. I wasn't sure exactly what document/message/topic you 
     were responding to, but I was intrigued by your insights concerning 
     pipe and cigar smoking among youth. 
     I was principally interested in the topic because, even at my age 
     (33), I have felt over the past few years very inhibited by the 
     prospect of smoking my pipe in public. I was encouraged to know that 
     you have noticed this contradictory social prohibition and taken a 
     course of action among your peers. Although I can't say I've shared 
     the experiences you described, I tend to agree with a few of your 
     premises and would like to see the culture surrounding pipe and cigar 
     smoking to continue its evolution. I would also like to see in the     
     general public a recognition that pipe and cigar smoking are practices 
     which are entirely distinct from the more conventional (ab)uses of     
     tobacco in U.S. culture.
     As I mentioned, I have felt of sorts as a pipe smoker. I think I first 
     started smoking a pipe (in secret, of course) when I was 16. At 18, I 
     went to university, where I fairly quickly made several friends who 
     also smoked pipes occasionally. This was not an act motivated by a 
     reaction to the social environment, but by an attraction to the 
     pleasures of smoking fine tobacco. All during my undergrad. and 
     graduate school days, pipesmoking was relatively common among my 
     classmates, so it didn't seem at all odd to be a pipesmoker in my age 
     group. It was also an activity that marked camaraderie and friendship. 
     I was not alone, and pipe smokers were generally not socially 
     marginalized, certainly not in my social milieu. In fact, a visible 
     proportion of 17- to 22-year-old undergraduates smoked pipes on my 
     campus. After a time, though, it somehow became less socially 
     acceptable to be seen smoking anything. While I have certainly 
     welcomed the general prohibition against smoking in public places, I 
     don't really consider my sometimes infrequent pipesmoking to fall into 
     the same category as the most common form of tobacco (ab)use. It is 
     not a physical or chemical addiction for me (sometimes I don't 
     smoke my pipe for weeks at a time). However, the only places (other 
     than home and foreign countries) where I feel truly comfortable 
     smoking are pipe shops. And even there, I sometimes get an occasional 
     odd look - because (I'm sometimes told) I still don't quite look my 
     age. I've met a few fellow pipe smokers on my periodic trips to the 
     tobacconist and elsewhere, but my sense is that many of us feel 
     inhibited. One thing I have noticed over the last year, however, is 
     that pipes and cigars are appearing on my campus with more frequency. 
     I think a small portion of the student population may have begun to 
     appreciate the aesthetic qualities of the pastime.  
     Thanks for the interesting post.

[ Glad to hear it! Perhaps one of these days we'll return to
acceptability. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????? (Charles Johnston)
Subject: Ireland

Dear Steve
	I have a question for the readers.  I am 1/4 Irish and tend to
follow my heritage(My son even has the tell tale Flaming red
hair). The Name is O'Ferrel from longford county Ireland. Apparently
my grandfather 2x was originally born in Longford Ireland and Earl to
be exact. I was wondering if any one in Ireland can tell me if they
have any pipes made for the clan, if so how to get my hands on one.
	I have also heard that there are some blends made in Ireland,
Again how to get my paws on some to try out.  I know that the family
has a castle Museum Called Tullynally Castle. Tel No (044)61159/61425
open : Mid-July to Mid August, with the grounds open all year.
	Any information would be most grateful, Send information to me at:

[Administrativa deleted. -S.]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: younger cigar smoker


My name is Andy Hacker. I'm 23 years old and I've been smoking cigars for
over 2 years now and I love them. Unfortunatly, I don't have many friends who
are cigar smokers themselves. So basically I end up smoking outside on my
own(pretty rough huh?) Anyway, I don't mind it that much. 
My first cigar experiences were over 2 summers ago and Phillies Titans, which
since then I'm well beyond them. Soon after  that came the first cigar shop I
ever set foot into, in Hartford CT,  and to tell the truth I felt like a kid
in a candy store. I had no idea what to get, but I wanted one of everything.
I ended up with a Macanudo and an Oscar. I kept going back, and now i visit
 2 shops local to me in NJ and when I'm in New York I visit Nat Sherman,
which is a beautiful place.  My personal favorites are Nat Sherman
Telegraphs, Macanudo  Prince Phillips, Ashton 8-9-8s and Las Cabrillas
DeSotos. Although when I was starting out I did have the luck of trying my
first Cuban cigar(and only to this point) A Cuban Montecristo, and that was
the smoothest cigar I've had to this point. 
Unfortunatly, as I said there aren't to many cigar smokers my age in this
area. If anyone knows of cigar groups in the central NJ area I'd like to find
out about them. I know of one in Trenton and one in Wayne,NJ but I figure
that they are for an older crowd.  My e-mail  is ????????????????
thank you

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Grant's in San Francisco

In issue #208, someone wanted to know why "Grant's" pipe shop in San
Francisco was not on the resource guide.  Here is the address
Pipes, Tobaccos, Fine Cigars
564 Market St.
San Francisco
(415) 981-1000

I have only bought pipe tobacco there.  The blend I like from Grant's in
called "No. 2131".  It's got a bit of Latakia in it so I guess that it's an
English style.  Grants pipe selection was o.k.
The Bay Area shop that I think is just great is Sherlock's Haven.  I have
never seen so many pipes in one store ever.  And there prices seemed very
good.  They had a Petersen system pipe selling for around $30 and I remember
buying the same pipe 8 or 10 years ago in Houston for around $40 to $45.  The
next pipe I get will probly be from Sherlock's Heaven.

The last pipe I bought was from the "Piedmont Tobacconist"  in Oakland CA.
 It was made by a maker in Santa Cruz CA by the name of "Andre".  The pipe
only cost $25 but it  smokes great!    The pipe is  a small straight pipe
with an apple bowl.  I'm very glad to know that you don't have to spend a
fourtune to get a great pipe.

Morris Acevedo

Jazz Musician / Teacher
Pipe lover

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Cigars and Pipes:  Truly an art form

Hi, All!   

I hope that everybody is enjoying the new year and I would just like to
remind everybody that cigar aficianado George Burns turns 100 years old (yes,
100 years old!) on Saturday, January 20!

By the way,  in the last post, you said:

"smoke is definitely not a good thing for computers."

I don't know about you guys (and girls), but I don't enjoy smoking near the
computer.  First of all, it causes damage.  And I am not in the position
where I have the time to clean or replace my equipment.  

Second of all,  to me, smoking is not a "thing;" it is an art.  To me, it is
not done while watching tv or using the computer.  Smoking is something that
should be savored.  It is what should be done while sipping fine cognac,
talking with friends, or after enjoying a heavy meal.   

Smoking is not an addiction, it is a form of relaxation.

Anyway, this is just my opinion.

Mike  (?????????????????)

[ Well, IMHO, one can rlax while at the computer or TV, too... to each
his or he own. -S.]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Calabash prices

John Edlund <??????????????????????>  in PD 208 wrote that he had recently
tried a Calabash pipe.  I have not seen any Calalbash pipes in the stores
that I go to and I imagine that they would cost around $100.  What is the
average price for a Calabash?  I would like to hear if other people enjoy
this unusuall pipe.


Morris Acevedo

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From: Chris Bolstad <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes and Poems


	I am fairly new to pipe smoking and PD, so this is my first post.
In my area there are not more than 2 or 3 smoke shops that I know of, and 
the ones that there are do not seem to be geared towards pipes but more 
towards cigars and buying bulk cigarettes.  I started smoking with a 
second that I got at the one store that carries an assortment of pipes.  
I would like to get a few better pipes but have not been able to locate 
any of the names normally seen in PD.  Here's my question, finally.  The 
store owner has, and recommends, Alpha's. Are these pipes worth buying, 
and does anybody have any opinions about the Alpha's?

	On a different note I recently read the last issue of PD in which 
Paul Kupferschmidt  submitted poems from "Pipe and Pouch."  I have also 
recently read this entire collection and ironically enough was going to 
mention it in my first letter to PD.  This book contains poems on 
smoking that express my own and many others view,s which I am sure anybody 
who subscribes to PD would love.  It is my favorite book of poetry which 
I intend to buy as soon as I can find it.  I highly recommend it to 
everyone in this group.

	That is about all for now so until next time, happy puffing.

Chris Bolstad

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From: Chet Gottfried <?????????????????>
Subject: Condor & Pipe Digest

Hi Steve,

In thinking about my second message canceling the first message in this
particular series, I'd really prefer if you'd cancel both those messages,
and put this as a more suitable reply -- a good supply of Condor has done
wonders for my mood.

>From: ??????????????????????????
>Subject: A belated introduction

>I was particularly interested in one item in the latest PD (no 207 if 
>memory serves) about the availability (or not) of Condor in the US. 
>Interested, and bemused, as here in the UK Condor is regarded as a 
>supermarket/drugstore tobacco, rather than as a premium tobacco that 
>one would actively seek out. I've never tried it, so I'm speaking from 
>ignorance here :-). 

Wow!  Condor available in supermarkets!  Fantastic!  I always thought the
U.K. civilized. :)


P.S. I've received orders from John Turner and G. Smith & Sons (both very
pleasant and both received in little over a week).  I've also received a
pleasant note from another U.K. tobacconist (and I have to update my Condor
availability page).

Chet's Place: http://www.asb.com/usr/chet/

[Both previous messages cancelled, as per your request. -S.]

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From: ???????????????????????????????????
Subject: MAGNUM-PLUS Size Pipes

Is anyone out there interested in BIG, MAGNUM-PLUS size pipes and cigars?

I have been smoking a pipe for 20 years now, and have always looked for the 
largest possible pipes.  I am a fan of big pipes for the sake of 
their appearance and for the way they draw.  A major part of my enjoyment in 
pipesmoking is inhaling the smoke, rather than just puffing away - this tends 
to heat the bowl up quickly.  I have found that the larger the bowl, the easier
it is to smoke for longer periods of time without overheating the pipe. 

For the last six years, I have been collecting pipes from JM Boswell,
170 South Main St, Chambersburg, PA 17201, phone (717)264-1711.  My
latest pipe is a nearly perfect straightgrain quarter-bent billiard
(length 14", height 3.5", and inside bowl diam 1.5"- 1 oz tobacco
capacity).  The workmanship is beautiful and the draw is excellent.

My longest Boswell is 22", but the biggest one overall is a rough carved finish
billiard/Canadian 14" long, 7" high, and an inside bowl diam of 1.5".  The
airhole is 1/4" from the bowl to the tip of the bit, which is custom made of
clear lucite. You can literally breathe through this pipe without having to 
pull hard.  This one holds about 1.5 oz of tobacco, usually English. 

I would like to share information/pictures with Magnum Pipesmokers.
I'm always looking for a source for bigger bowls!  My address is:

[See the message below for another aficionado of large briars. -S.]

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


  Thanks for the great work you're doing on PD. It's a real pleasure to sit
for a time with a fine pipe, a glass of spirits, and the wealth of insights
in these pages.

   A couple of issues back, you asked about pipes with multiple (fixed)
bowels.  Here are the specifics for the work of a local - west coast -
carver.   His pipes have 3 bowls on seperate branches.  Each is removable
(for cleaning).  The bowls and stem are attached with Jobey fitments. There
is a slight dip to them like the old safari pipes.  There are no valves, you
would have to cap one or two bowls when not in use.  These pipes are made
from 3 blocks of briar in apple shape.  Smooth  =$300.00 & Blast (somewhat
smaller) =$200.00. 

  Apologies for not mentioning the carver by name, but he is retired and
doesn't want publicity.  I can only say that I have over a dozen of his
pieces and am quite satisfied with all of them.  If you or anyone else wants
to get one of these pipes, I'll act as his unpaid agent.  Lastly (I hope I
don't say this badly)... this is not his favorite style to make, but he'll do
it if you're truely interested.

  On another matter Bill Unger (for C.H.'Sarge' Stock) asked about TB#1:
 The Tinder Box Wilshire (the 1st store)
 2729 Wilshire Blvd.
 Santa Monica, CA  90403 
 (310) 828-4511.  
 Ed Kolpin Sr. still in charge.

  Also, belated congrats on your marriage.  I wish you much happiness.

  Lastly, I'll put in a shameless plug for PIPE FRIENDLY.  With the February,
1996 issue, we're going international (world wide).  Please E-mail for

Until later ... Smoke Well!
Joel Farr
Editor / Publisher
Pipe Friendly magazine

[Shameless, Joel!  Thanks for the info.  The price is a bit steep for
a tr-out, but maybe something will turn up in the prr-owned market.
Or I'll get busy and try carving my own. -S.]

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From: "Samardzich, Wayne" <?????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Sweetening

I saw the question in the latest PD about pipe sweetening.  I worked at a 
Tinder Box for 17 years.  We used to refresh and refurbish pipes for 
customers. I always told people not to use bottled  sweetener. First the 
stuff has mint flavorings, not something I want in my pipe. The main 
ingredient for sweetening is alcohol.  I use and suggested using your 
favorite whiskey, vodka or bourbon.  Place the pipe in a single stand or an 
ashtray(without the stem) and fill the bowl with the booze of choice. Let 
stand for a few minutes then wipe out the bowl with paper toweling.  Run 
pipe cleaners through the air hole until they come out clean.

If the stem is not Lucite, dip a pipe cleaner in the booze and run it 
through the stem. If the stem is Lucite, use only warm water and soap to 
clean. alcohol will melt Lucite!
Let the bowl and stem dry for a day then enjoy!

In extreme cases of sour pipes use this method: fill the bowl with table 
salt, let stand for a day, dump it all out and then do the booze treatment. 
 The most important thing is to let your pipe rest and air out. Smoking the 
same pipe over and over will yield a very sour pipe.

I know many readers are very young and would not remember the hey-day of 
pipe smoking in the mid to late 70's. Working at the Box was great then, we 
blended custom blends mixes for hundreds of smokers.  The store record for 
Camminetto sales in one day was 17!  Some guys would by a premium pipe every 
time they came in!

I taught many, many people how to pack their first bowl and loved the look 
on their faces when they puffed their first puff as a pipe smoker. I tried 
to help the younger fellows by sharing as much knowledge as I could, for 
they were and are the future of pipe smoking!

Please add another shop to the resource list. It's a new shop in Michigan 
City, Indiana.
"The Golden Leaf"
232 W. Fourth Street. Michigan City, IN 46360

This place has a room to sit, smoke, sip coffee and talk smoke! The owner's 
name is Phil.

Keep on puffin!
Wayne Samardzich

[ Thanks, Wayne!  Is the Golden Leaf a small chain?  There was a
report of another shop by the same name, in Minneapolis, in PD
#206. And, also, the pipe shop cum smoking room may just be the wave
of the future. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????? (David W. Shaw)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #206 -- December 20, 1995

>Hello Steve,
        As you can see, I received Digest #206. I have not received #207 or
#208. My provider has been upgrading again and put up a new mail server, so
this may be the reason. My E-mail address is still good as
?????????????????????? as far as I know since I've been getting other mail.
I don't mean to whine - I can always print them from the Website, but it's
somehow more exciting to get them in the inbox.
        I've been smoking Craig Tarler's blends all the time now. #971PV and
531P. The pressing of the tobacco into bricks does indeed seem to marry the
individual ingredients of each blend. Craig has been super and the service
and the product are top quality. As you know, I'm sure' he's in the new
quarters now and Cornell&Diehl should really be cranking out even more of
the good stuff.
        Thanks for the great service you have done to the whole community of
smokers --... ...--
                                        David Shaw

                              David W. Shaw

[ Hope this gets to you, David! You're on the list; I checked. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????? (Patrick North)
Subject: What to drink

Dear Steve,

Instead of writing a paper for an Art History class, I browsed over the
latest Pipes Digest and found that we (being the "pipies") haven't settled
on the perfect beverage to accompany a pipeful of tobak.  Since this debate
(?) seems like it will be around until there are no longer matches on the
face of the earth, I thought I'd add my two cents.  Some time back, someone
(the name escapes me) posted several times extolling the virtues of a tea
called lapsang suchon and its compatability with a pipe, especially one
filled with an English style blend.  Sounded interesting at the time, but I
dismissed it since I never thought I would run into such a blend of tea.
Wrong again.  Turns out, the stuff is more readily available than the
exotic name may suggest.  The tea has an unmistakeable smokey scent,similar
to some Scotches.  But, as any good pipey knows, the scent can be quite
different from the actual taste, and this is just the case.  Lapsang suchon
has a very smoky aroma, but the flavor of the tea is much more straight
forward- not bitter, and nearly sweet.  From my experience, it does
accompany an English blend quite well, and not being much of an aromatic
smoker myself, I think it may lend itself nicely to all but the sweetest of
aromatics.  The stuff isn't expensive at all, and is IMHO certainly worth a
go.  Check out your local coffee shop for the smoky stuff.  As a final
word, I prefer to enjoy fine Scotch and fine tobacco separately, as I would
hate to slight either of their deserved attention.
Happy puffing and sipping,
Patrick North

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From: ??????????????????????
Subject: Meerschaum

Steve --

Some etymological/geographical meanderings of possible interest to 

I must confess to having a fetish (some would say obsession!) with
origins.  This weekend, while puffing away on my Astley's meerschaum 
that my wife (with heavy hinting) gave me for Xmas, I had a spurt of 
interest in probing into the origin thereof.  As we all know, the word 
is German, "sea foam," apparently arising from the early notion that 
the material was compressed foam from the sea.  (Transliterally, the 
word is "ecume de mer" in French.)

Recently, I was browsing in Philip Eversberg's library at his shop, the
BAYOU HUMIDOR, in Baton Rouge.  From time to time, I delve into the book,
TOBACCO ENCYCLOPEDIA, edited by Ernst Voges (published in Germany by
Tobacco Journal International, 1984).  Voges says that, contrary to popular
belief, Meerschaum comes from the lingua franca (the old, mixed-tongue
trading lingo used betweeen the Mediterranean countries and the Eastern
states) word, "mertschavon."  -- Voges does not give any reference for
this assertion, so I don't know if his claim is reliable.

With piqued interest, I delved into my dear companion, the Oxford English
Dictionary.  The OED says that Meerschaum is a transliteration of the
Persian word, "kefidarya," meaning "foam of the sea" (no surprise!).
Now, I found in the OED a rare, obsolete minerology word, "keffekill,"
which is derived from the Persian "kefigil," meaning "foam of clay."
Also, the OED has an old minerology word, "keffekilite," defined as
"a greyish lithomarge found in the Crimea." -- As the geographical readers
of PD will be quick to note, the Crimea is a peninsular region in the
former USSR, protruding into the northern Black Sea (due north from Turkey,
whose northern part forms the Black Sea's southern shore).  Curiously,
there is a town in the Crimea called "Keffe."

We may never know the ultimate historical context of this wonderful stuff
we call Meerschaum!  One thing is certain:  It was well known (and used for
a variety of purposes, including *soap*) long before the time of the
famous legend of the Hungarian Count Andrassy's visit to Turkey -- and the
ensuing employment of Meerschaum for pipes by the aristocracy.  The Turks,
themselves, were probably using the mineral locally for pipes before the
ol' Count's trip. -- Voges, in the aforementioned Encyclopedia, states that
the Turkish word for Meerschaum is "luletashi," meaning "pipe stone."

Amongst this hodge-podge melting pot of information, I lean toward the
Persian association, since their influence in that region long preceded the
Ottoman Turkish period.

A coincidence regarding the Crimea...... The Crimean War in the 1850's
apparently played a significant role in exposing Europeans and British
taste buds to the delights of Turkish/Oriental tobaccos.  They were allied
with the Turks (against the Russians) during that war (e.g., see Carl
Ehwa's book).

I would be interested in additional information on the history of Meerschaum
from PD readers.

All for now,
Rickey Welch

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From: Chet Gottfried <?????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Digest subject

Hi Steve,

I've included a couple of photos of Mark Tinsky pipes to go along with my
Mark Tinsky page:


No doubt I'll also have a line of Mark Tinsky T-shirts before long. :)


Chet's Place: http://www.asb.com/usr/chet/

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From: Wayne Samardzich <?????????????????>
Subject: (no subject)

Does Nikos Levins' address ever work?

[ I've emailed him before; it didn't nounce, but I got no reply.  The
phone seems to work better. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????? (James B. McKinney Jr.)
Subject: Kirsten Pipes

                Dear Mr. Edlund:
                        I was just reading the latest issue of Pipe Digest
#208 ans came upon your letter you submitted after issue #207. In your
letter you speak about Kirsten pipes. I have several of them that I
purchased in my youth ( smile ). They have been well used I can tell you.
However a couple of them have to be repaired and when I tried to get them
repaired where I purchased them, I was informed that Kirsten had gons out of
business - even the 800 number I had written down doesn't work. You sound as
if you know of a new way to contact them. If you could help me out I would
be very grateful. Thank you - Jim McKinney Jr., 2065 Knox Road 850E, Wataga,
Il. 61488-9417

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From: ????????????????????? (Douglas Cope)
Subject: Address change for PD


[Administrativa deleted. -S.]

I've been reading PD for a few months now and I find it tremendously
interesting. Keep up the good work!

A note for those who are having trouble viewing the large filesize PD. Load
the file into a word processor instead of using your system text editor or
mail reader. Text editors are intended for the creation and editing of
small text files such as scripts or program code that is to be linked to
other code at compilation time. Larger documents are the domain of word

Any word processor should do. I have used both WordPerfect and ClarisWorks
on the Mac to read the digest. Currently, I am using WordPerfect because it
allows me to reformat the text with a macro. My macro removes the hard
carriage returns, changes the point size of the text for easier onscreen
reading and then adjusts the margins so that the text will fill my screen.
I will share this macro with anyone who is interested. It is not perfect
but is a good start.

I never print the PD. Whenever I run across an interesting entry, I simply
copy that text to a separate file and save it in an appropriate folder on
my disk. Thus I have folders relating to tobacco, pipe maintenance,
histories, shops and suchlike.


[ Thanks for the advice, Doug!  I'm sure many readers will find it
helpful. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Lee Van Cleef

Hi Steve,

Last Sunday I viewed the Sergio Leone film trilogy starring Clint Eastwood
and Lee Van Cleef on TNT.  Although I have seen these movies several times, I
continue to be struck by the pipe that Lee Van Cleef smoked in the second
movie "For a Few Dollars More."  It is  large, 3/4 bent, tan in color, and
appears to be a sandblast.  It seems to have an amber (or maybe bone) stem.
 What a pipe!

Have any readers seen a pipe like the one in the movie?  I'd like any
information (even anecdotal) regarding it.  Perhaps one of the large pipe
manufacturers put out a "Lee Van Cleef" model after the movie came out in
1966.  Maybe one of the custom pipe makers such as Alberto Bonfiglioli could
duplicate the pipe.

I wish I had taped the movies (they were shown in the letter-box format).  To
me, just the image of Van Cleef slowly and deliberately lighting that pipe,
makes the movie memorable.  He looks legit' smoking a pipe.  When I recently
saw the movie "Apollo XIII" I thought that a couple of the actors (smoking
brand new pipes!) looked a little phony.  Did anyone else think so?

James Lawson     aka   BriarPipes

******"The aluminum linoleum has a minimum of lanolin with a modicum of
molybdenum."     Say this 3 times rapidly, with a pipe clenched in teeth.

[Well, James, Mr. Van Cleef might not be the perfect role model for
pipe smokers, since he played the "heavy" in the spaghetti
Westerns. But he did indeed look like he knew what he was doing with
hs pipe... BTW, ever see "Gettysburg"? -S.]

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From: "John P. Giunta" <????????????????????>
Subject:       S.G.'s Report

Hello All,

I would like to enlist the help of our other _Pipes Digest_ readers in 
tracking down a document.

Recently, a letter in the _Pipes Digest_ contained a quote from 
the Surgeon General's report which may first have appeared in an 
installment of _Pipes Digest_ about a year ago.

The quote as used stated that pipe smokers have longer life 
expectancies than non-smokers.  The source was cited as: "Surgeon 
General's Report, Public Health Service Publication #1103, pp. 92 and 


1.  The _Surgeon General's Report_ and the _Public Health Service 
Publication_ are *two* separate publications.  

2.  None of either publication have numbers like "1103", only 
dates of publication.  

I work in the George Mason University Library where we have many of 
the GPO documents and I would like to see the entire publication to 
read the text for myself.  

Can anyone offer a correction for the title, page numbers or other 
information for locating the said document and quote?

Many thanks for any help,

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: ????????????????????
                        days: (703) 993-2236
                     voice mail: (703) 281-5498

"Traveller, there is no road.  You make the road as you go"
                                          --Popular Revolutionary Song

[If so, please follow up here. -S.]

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From: Jan van de Ven <?????????????????>
Subject: Request for information

hi steve,
I have a request for information that I would like to be placed in your 
mailing list Pipes Digest.
I'm looking for information about a meerschaum pipe I bougt in an antique 
shop. as it is rather difficult to give a perfect description of the 
pipe, I would like to ask your readers to look at my home page. the url 
is: http://www.iaehv.nl/users/vandeven/pijp.html.

thanks a lot,
kind regards,
jan van de ven,
eindhoven, the netherlands.

[Good luck, Jan! -S.]

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From: "Michael Damphousse" <???????????????>
Subject: New Andover, MA  Cigar Club - Pipes Welcome


I'm new to the list...do I mail this to you or is there a separate address for 
list submissions?

A group of us are forming a new Cigar club in Andover, MA, 20 minutes north of 
Boston.  We will meet monthly at the Andover Inn for a casual smoker 3-4 
Cigars at COST with hors d'ouvres, Cocktails and Networking

Also, due to Andover BANNING smoking in public establishments, we have got The 
Andover Inn convinced to provide us with a smoking lounge just for our 

For info, contact me...

Mike Damphousse
P a n g a e a - Sales Force Automation

508-681-8434 fax

[An excellent response to an execrable law, Mike!  If you can supply
an address/phone, I'll place the Andover Inn and your cigar club in
the Guide. -S.]

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: In Search of Clean Air

I submitted a posting to the Pipes Digest in #206 asking about what
people do to keep the inside are odor-free during the winter months.
I thought I would share some of the responses which I received.

Ralph T. Webb highly recommends an aril called OZIUM which removes
odors from the air.  I bought some in the automotive section at K-Mart
to give it a try. A small spray can costs as much as a decent cigar!
I got about 4 night's use from the tiny can. Definitely clears up a
lot (but not all) of the smell.  I later found through the CompuServe
Wine forum that this product is available at warehouse clubs such as
Sam's Club in a BIG spray can which is much more economical. I'll
still use it, but only in the economy size.  Interesting note on
OZIUM; it contains Propylene Glycol, the same stuff used in Credos to
maintain a constant humidity in our humidors! OZIUM works by keeping
very fine droplets airborne for quite some time, which allows the
absorption of airborne stink particles, for lack of a better term.  I
suppose the PG doesn't evaporate like water would, so it does a better
job than just misting with water.  I read some people would mist with
plain water to _knock down_ the smoke. I would think you would have
smelly carpeting after the droplets settled.

I also tried _smoker's candles_ which are about 3 inched in diameter
with a small core of green stuff that melts with the wax and burns off
something to neutralize the smoke.  This did a tremendous job of
keeping the smoke and haze away. I had some friends over with 4 of
these candles going and after about 9 cigars, there was no smoke
hanging in the air.  However, the next morning it still smelled like
an ash tray in the house.  They helped, but like the OZIUM, did not
eliminate the smell completely.  Perhaps I should have left them
buring all night? I had to sprinkle the carpeting with Carpet Fresh
and really air the place out.  Unfortunately the temperature dropped
from a balmy 40 F to a chilly 10F that afternoon!

Yet another suggestion from the Compuserve forum was to place a bowl
of vinegar overnight in the room he smoked in.  I haven't tried it,
but one pipie said it worked great.  It has something to do with the
acid in the vinegar reacting with something in the smoke that was
alkiline, but I am not a chemistry expert.  I haven't tried it yet.  I
wonder if misting the air with vinegar would work?

My quest for clean smelling air at home has been greatly assisted by
the opening of a new tobacconist in Minnetonka, just a few miles out
of my way home from the office.  J.T. Tobacconist has a smoking lounge
with nice leather furnishings, dart boards, a very large humidor which
will soon contain lockers you may rent and a nice selection of
cigars. All the accessories you would need too, such as humidors,
cutters, lighters, ashtrays. Not being a pipe smoker (yet) I have not
really assessed the pipe collection, but there seems to be a range in
prices from $20 to over $100.  The pipe tobacco is in a dozen or so
jars on the counter. The owners, Jeff and Tim, are very nice and
support a great atmoshpere.  They are willing to give you assistance
in selecting smokes, but won't give unsolicited (read arrogant)
advise.  Great place to stop on the way home from work. There happens
to be a liquor store accross the street with a fine selection of
single-malts, and Jeff keeps a stock of paper cups on hand just in
case. :) If you stop in, let them know how you heard of them.

J.T. Tobacconist
17613 Minnetonka Blvd.   (At the intersection of hwy 101 and Minnetonka Blvd)
Minnetonka, MN  

I think this is enough for one submission.  Keep the fires burning!

David Taylor

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From: "Spencer M. Schein" <???????????????????>
Subject:       Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996

Dear Steve,
I just got to read PD#208 and found it very enjoyable and useful as 
usual.  I wonder if I could get a current issue of the Resource 
Guide?  I've just received some tobacco from a new Pipe Digest 
subscriber in Germany, and found it not only quite good but quite 
different from anything I have smoked.   Two of the blends are 
Lotzbect and Graf Luckner (Sea Devil).  There seems to be a slight 
flavor of what I have come to identify with Irish tobaccos ( and I 
wonder if anyone can identify that for me).  The Lotzbect Latakia 
Melange is even quite beautiful in the pouch, with a variety of textures and 
colors. I wonder if German tobaccos are available in the U.S., and if 
there are any German brands of pipes available as well.  I have never 
seen either for sale here, in many years of pipe smoking.  Which 
leads to another question: are there decent brands (not the work of 
individual carvers) of pipes produced in countries other than the 
ones generally associated with pipe production? I have an Israeli 
pipe with a bamboo shank I picked up at a pipe show, and I believe 
Alpha used to be produced there, but is now made in the U.S. (?)  
Perhaps some of your international coterie of subscribers could share 
some information about local pipes?  
BTW, in the same package with the German tobacco was a tin of Fox's 
Banker's Mixture, a product of James J. Fox & Co. Ltd., of Dublin and 
London.  I had never heard of it before, and it was a wonderful 
treat. It is one of the best English (not Irish) type blends I have 
ever smoked.  Listed on the tin as "A Rich Medium Blend," I find the 
combination of full flavor and aroma coupled with a cool, mild smoke 
unique in my 35 years of smoking.  If I can part with some, I send it 
to Craig at Cornell & Diehl and ask him to clone it for me.  I will 
be writing to Gawith-Hoggarth English Tobaccos, mentioned in #208, to 
see if it is available.  

The best to you and yours, and the rest of the sotweed fanciers,
Spencer Schein

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Looking for Humidor Plans

Greetings, fellow lovers of The Leaf!

I was reading some of the back issues of the Digest (about 162, I
think the Fall of '94) and came across a posting from ????????????????
He had humidor plans which he was willing to sell for $5 a pop.  I
tried to e-mail him regarding the offer and the message was bounced
back. Does anyone know of his whereabouts?  I would like to make a
humidor, and the plans were to have extensive how-to's on construction
techniques, so I thought it would helpful. He left a snail-mail
address which I am also trying: Chavete, PO Box 5561, Slidell, LA

Did anyone else on the list purchase the plans and make one of Chavete's 

I have heard people asking about construction of humidors but I have
never seen much of a reply. I would think out of our readership of
close to 2000 that there would be some knowledgeable
smokers/woodworkers with some construction hints to share. I have read
the Humidor FAQ from Bob Curtis (if I recall correctly) and it had
some good info, but not a lot on construction techniques that I find

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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Cleaning

Steve, I thought I'd try a reply to Wayne Baker's query in the last
newsletter about pipe sweetener and refreshing pipes.  My feeling is that
one should refresh his (or her) pipes every six months or a year, depending
on how heavily you smoke them and how badly your tobacco tends to produce
gunk (i.e., aromatics). Wayne is correct--the commercial pipe sweetener is
expensive, and it's mostly alcohol anyway.  So get you a sufficient
quantity of the highest proof grain alcohol you can obtain.  Some states
still sell a high-proof drinking alcohol that's almost pure (Everclear, I
think it's called), although Ohio doesn't for some reason.  If you have to
get the alcohol with the poison in it that prohibits drinking, do it.
Everything is going to evaporate before you smoke the pipe again, so it
can't hurt you.
Ream your bowl down to the thickness of a nickel.  Start with the stem and
run alcohol-soaked bristly pipe cleaners through it until they come out
clean.  (You can wipe the cleaners off on a rag and keep reusing them.)
Then get a bunch of q-tips, soak them the ends in alcohol and clean out
that part of the shank before the air hole until the q-tips come out clean.
Then use bristly cleaners again to clean out the shank from the air hole
down to the bottom of the bowl (there must be technical terms for these
pipe parts, but I don't know them), again til they come out clean.
Finally, double a soft, thin pipe cleaner and insert it down the shank (so
the alcohol won't run out).  Fill the bowl with table salt and then, being
careful not to overfill (I use an eyedropper), fill the bowl with alcohol.
Let sit upright for 24 hours.  Dump out the dried, discolored salt, use the
doubled pipe cleaner to clean off the sides of the bowl, and blow through
the shank.  Repeat if the pipe still is sour, but this should do the trick.

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

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From: Tony Spiegel <????????????????????????>
Subject: Meerschaum Pipes

Dear Steve;
I am a newcomer to pipe smoking since October of 95. I have a 
"collection" of primarily Dr. Grabow drugstore Briar pipes. I currently 
have a total of five (5) briar pipes. Is there a lot of difference 
between drug store pipes and more exspensive pipes that I could buy at a 
pipe store?  Some pipe smokers tell me yes there is a difference others 
tell me I am wasting my money. The basic question is why spend 35-50 
dollars on a pipe when I can get a drugstore Dr. Grabow for 9-19 dollars? 
My biggest frustration with pipe smoking so far is the moisture build up 
or "gurgling" sound. Also do not enjoy having  liquid saliva come through 
the stem and into my mouth. I am thinking about getting purchasing a Dr. 
Grabow meerschaum lined bowl for 18.95 at a local drugstore. But I don't 
know if there would be much of a difference between smoking briar and 
smoking meerschaum lined bowls. Please advise. Perhaps a used estate 
meerschuam would be the way to go? Any advise you send me would be 
welcome If you want my mailing address I would be glad to send it to you 
in the next e-mail message. Have a nice day.

Mt. Vernon, Ohio

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From: "Jason C. Helmick" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996

Hi Steve,

I've been really enjoying PD for sometime and have decided to see if maybe 
someone could help me.  First, I've been smoking a pipe for about 10 years, 
mostly high grades.  Thanks to PD, I don't feel alone in this pipeless world. 

I have two questions in particular.  If anyone would like to email me a 
response, please feel free.

Some years ago, in traveling around the southwest I came across the most 
wonderful Nording.  It was a flame grain that had a wonderfully carved Lucite 
bit and a beautiful straight grain.....I should have purchased it but for one 
reason or another, I didn't.  Well.....years later I still dream of this pipe 
and I can't seem to find anyone who can help me.  It cost (at the time) about 
$300.00.  I know I can order a freehand or straght grain from Nording, but 
this particular style was wonderful!

The other question is:  Has There been any new publications done by Richard 
Carlton Hacker?  A friend of mine was reading my old copy of The Ultimate 
Pipe Book and asked me if there was anthing new by him.  My friend found his 
writing so enjoyable that he now wants to start smoking a pipe. (more power 
to him!).

One additional comment, someone had mentioned in one of the last issues about 
a new "smoke shop" in Scottdale, Arizona called the Village Smoke Shop.  
Well, I visited Craig Cooper and found his shop to be wonderful.  He is new, 
and has a limited selection, but it is growing and he is willing to order 
anything.  He is funny and well natured and created a wonderful atmospher!  I 
truly enjoyed spending time in his shop.  So THANKS! for the suggestion!  I 
found myself in Washington D.C. this Christmas and was determined to visit 
one of my favorite locations, the GeorgeTown Tab., But they nolonger seem 
interested in serving the Pipe Smokers of the world, so its nice to find a 
new "Smoke shop" in my local area that does enjoy having the pipe smokeing 
population around!

Love the PD Steve, thanks for the hard work!

Jason C. Helmick
MindWorks Professional Education Group, Inc.
Internet: ????????????????????
"The Best In Technical Education"

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From: john turner <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest Web Page

Dear Steve, 

I spent a long time looking at your Web page today and was most
impressed.  You really have pulled together some really useful
information and it has illustrated to me just how good a web page can
be .

I notice that you have a commercial section and I wondered if there is
any way that our Quality tobacco catalog might be listed therein. Our
catalog is simply a text file which contains around 150 tobaccos that
we supply mail order worldwide.  ( Current copy attached for your
information ).By the way, you may be interested to learn that we are
about to add a cigar section to our mail order list which will contain
some 200 Continental, Dominican, Honduran and Cuban cigars.

Our postings in the Pipes Digest and OoOps have resulted in hundreds
of enquiries and we are now supplying tobacco on a regular basis to
the USA as a result.  Judging by the reaction of these discerning
fellows I have little doubt that other pipesmokers would enjoy reading
our catalog and would down load it if it were more readily available.

I have considered my own Web page but apart from my own catalog I
could only put up a poor imitation of The Pipes Digest page, and there
is little point in doing that .If there is any way that I could
actively participate in your page I would be most happy to do so. I
could for example act as a source of information re: English tobaccos
( I have been doing this in response to enquiries already received ) .
Perhaps you have some thoughts on this ?

I hope you don't me asking Steve

Yours sincerely

John Turner

[As always, John, I have to give the credit for the Web page to whom
it's due: the Webmaster, Steve Beaty (?????????????????????????).
Although I haven't asked Steve, I think subpage on English blends,
though, would be a welcome addition; so would a few more scanned
pictures of famous pipe smokers (or even notorious ones: Joseph
Stalin, Lee Van Cleef, etc? :-) Not having ready access to a scanner,
I've been so far unable to help. -S. ]

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From: HAIM MAHLEV <???????????????????????>
Subject: Requesting data

 Dear Sir

  I`ve just regiestrated your magazine about pipes are related topics.
I must say that it fascinates me to know that I`m not the only "drole" who
smokes pipe.
Nevertheless, I`m quite new at this so called "pipe business". I only smoke
pipe for about 6 months, so that I`m a rookie.
  Two things derived me to write to you again:
First of all, I couldnt find that "How To..." rubrique (section), that so
interests me for the obvious reasons, where can I find it?
Second, though I really enjoyed reading your mag, I must say that I think it
is too premature for me to be at, because I really know so little.
I`ve noticed your repeatenly requests to inform you if one wants to
unsubscribe, and though I`d really want to continue getting the articles and
advices, I`d hate to be  a burden on you. If you have other readers waiting,
please unsubscribe me.

                                             Thank you very much, and please
                                             forgive me for the trouble

                                                            Haim M
Haim Mahlev

[No trouble, but what's a "drole"?  BTW, the "unable to process"
message is sent for a variety of reasons, but there's always room for
a new member, and no waiting list. -S.]

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From: "May, Bernie [Cont]" <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: Of pipes and men - stone pipes, Tyrolean pipes, duties

Dear Steve,

Thank-you for the subscription to the Pipe mail group. I sent you my request 
from the web site last week, and have been spending my time from then to now 
reading the back issues. You are now approaching 2000 members, and to think 
what a big deal it was when you broke 100! Congratulations.

I'd like to introduce myself, and then pose three questions to your erudite 
readers. One concerns an East Indian stone pipe gifted to me, and another 
the Tyrolean or 'alte mode' porcelain pipe willed to me. I'd also like to 
ask about import duties into Canada for tobacco products. For those of you 
not up to reading yet another bio, pipe descriptions, what I smoke, please 
skip the next three paragraphs.

I'm a 32 year old father of three, Ada programmer in Calgary, Alberta. Our 
household also includes a Border Collie mix, two cats, a budgie, and two 
gold-fish. My other interests include home-brewing (I prefer the dark German 
Bocks, my wife the light lagers), bag-piping, Scottish Country dancing 
(imagine square-dancing without a caller), Tae-Kwon Do (National TKD 
Federation, 7th degree/ green stripe), and Scouting (58th Friendship 
Beavers, Thorncliffe/Greenview, aka "Big Brown Bear"). Believe it our not, 
my mother tongue is German. In the past I've been an Air Cadet (176th 
Winnipeg, glider's and single engine pilot's licensee), a student 
(University of Regina, '88), and reserve Signals officer (734 Communication 
Squadron, Regina).

Currently I own four pipes, two of which I smoke regularly. The first is a 
eight bent apple-shaped bulldog with an oval shank and saddle bit. The 
second is the classic straight 'Dad' pipe with a tapered bit. My first ever 
pipe, sadly, hangs on the wall, never to be smoked again. It's a half bent 
three/quarter egg shape, with a really thin military bit. The top has an 
attached spark arrester (lid), and is also lined on the inside with a sheet 
metal of some kind. It was given to me by the man I new as my Grandfather 
(my real paternal Grandfather was killed in or near Stalingrad. All the 
family got back was his wedding ring, his paybook, and an Iron Cross, First 
class with Oak Clusters. No explanation, no other apparent survivors in the 
Regiment to tell what happened.) It was in  the back yard of my 
Grandmother's home in Hamburg, among the apple trees on a beautiful summer's 
after-noon after weeding the tree nursery. I was smoking Drum at the time, 
and he offered to get me started on the pipe. The stem has broken twice now, 
and it's no longer worth repairing. It's been on and off between cigarettes 
and pipes since then, but I think the pipe has finally won after these last 
two months. I even got the point once of throwing out almost all my pipes 
eight years ago, a move that I now regret . I miss my blond sand-blasted 
bulldog. Sniff, sniff.

At the moment I'm smoking mostly Cavendishes (vanilla, black, and cherry), 
and Erinmore flake. I too am still searching for the ultimate smoke, and 
have determined to work my way through every jar in the local tobacconist's 

Now enough about me. Here are my questions:

First question - when my brother came back from India several years ago, he 
brought along a stone pipe. With the exception of the elephants head carved 
on the side, it is a symmetrical column. The over-all effect is one a long, 
skinny tea-cup, with the elephant's trunk forming the handle. There is no 
shank, and the smoke hole is at the bottom of the pipe. The bowl is unusual 
in the there is a 3/16" gap along the bottom of the bowl were the floor 
meets the wall, all the way around. Now, my question is: Is the a museum 
piece, a tourist's trinket, and how would I smoke it if I wanted to? I 
imagine that the pipe would be inserted perpendicular to a hollow bamboo 
piece, closed and one end, and smoked this way. Otherwise I would have to 
tilt my head back at a ninety degree angle to get at the smoke and avoid 
spilling ashes.

Second question - I have an 'alte mode' or Tyrolean pipe handed down to me 
from the afore-mentioned 'grandfather'. Unfortunately, between there and 
here, it has been used as a decoration, dropped, glued back together 
(several times), and is no longer smokable. Its one of those porcelain 
jobbies in four pieces: a large bowl with a metal lid, a U-shaped bottom, a 
long straight bamboo tube, and a mouthpiece. The bowl is decorated with a 
hunting scene. My brother (the same one who was in India) has promised to go 
cruising through the tobacconists of the Black Forest and price a new one 
out for me (he is currently doing a Masters in Architecture at the 
University of Heidleberg) in exchange for some stuff from the Mountain 
Equipment Co-op. The question is, assuming that I get my hands on one of 
these babies - how do I smoke it? Does it need to be packed in a certain 
way? Does it need to be re-lit more often? Or should I just smoke the damn 
thing and let you guys know? I imagine it would be a nice, long, cool smoke 
(if a bit wet), good for a cold winter evening in front of the VCR.

Third and last question - has anyone out there had any luck mail ordering 
tobacco internationally or inter-provincially. I'm wondering (although I 
doubt it) if one can get stuff mailed from outside the country for personal 
use, and avoid paying some or all provincial and/or federal tariffs 
(legally, of course). Or if ordering tobacco from one province (Ontario, 
say) to another (Alberta, say) and avoid some or all of the provincial 
tariffs (legally, for personal use, of course).

Thanks again, Steve for all the effort you've put into this mail group. I 
certainly appreciate it, and I'm sure many others do as well. Next time: a 
report of tobacconists in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Regina.

Bernie May

[Interesting on the stone pipe, Bernie!  I'd say go ahead and try it
out if you'd like. Will defer the other questions to our readers with
experience, but we'd be glad to hear of the results! -S.]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #209 -- January 29, 1996
  2. Subject: subscribing to pipe digest
  3. Subject: Friends of Tobacco Web Site
  4. Subject: South America Pipe Club Home Page
  5. Subject: Referrals for buying used pipes
  6. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996
  8. Subject: Prior Briar # change
  9. Subject: Kabik Pipe
  10. Subject: For Your Guide
  11. Subject: Cracking Meerschaums
  12. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996
  13. Subject: Lighter repairs & Barling pipe's history
  14. Subject: PD 208
  15. Subject: Stephen Y's pipe smoking & youth post
  16. Subject: Ireland
  17. Subject: younger cigar smoker
  18. Subject: Grant's in San Francisco
  19. Subject: Cigars and Pipes: Truly an art form
  20. Subject: Calabash prices
  21. Subject: Pipes and Poems
  22. Subject: Condor & Pipe Digest
  23. Subject: MAGNUM-PLUS Size Pipes
  24. Subject: Pipe Stuff
  25. Subject: Pipe Sweetening
  26. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #206 -- December 20, 1995
  27. Subject: What to drink
  28. Subject: Meerschaum
  29. Subject: Pipe Digest subject
  30. Subject: (no subject)
  31. Subject: Kirsten Pipes
  32. Subject: Address change for PD
  33. Subject: Lee Van Cleef
  34. Subject: S.G.'s Report
  35. Subject: Request for information
  36. Subject: New Andover, MA Cigar Club - Pipes Welcome
  37. Subject: In Search of Clean Air
  38. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996
  39. Subject: Looking for Humidor Plans
  40. Subject: Pipe Cleaning
  41. Subject: Meerschaum Pipes
  42. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #208 -- January 14, 1996
  43. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest Web Page
  44. Subject: Requesting data
  45. Subject: Of pipes and men - stone pipes, Tyrolean pipes, duties
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