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Subject: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996

		  Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996
	     Copyright (C) 1996 by Stephen P. Masticola.
	   All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 2134

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[ADMIN] Some of the members who were new last issue may have received
some unsolicited email.  The sender did so without knowing the
Digest's policy, and has apologized for doing it (see later this
issue.)  My apologies also, and any member who wishes to keep his or
her address confidential only has to ask.  The mailing list is, of
course, kept sealed in a mayonnaise jar in NBC Studios, awaiting the
return of Karnak. :-)

[ASTRONOMY REDUX] I'd venture to say that Comet 1996 B-2 Hyakutake has
not been a disappointment to anyone who had the chance to see it under
clear skies!  At perigee, its tail covered more than 50 degrees of the
sky, stretching from the Big Dipper to Arcturus (in the pipe-puffing
constellation Bootes.) Assuming I have the energy after editing this
(it's 10:20 PM now, and still a bit to go), I'll take my new 6-inch
Dobsonian reflector and a GBD "Century" out to the field, and see if I
can find it again.

For those who missed the "hairy star" the first time, don't worry.
After a long vacation in the Oort cloud, it'll return in probably 9600
years or so. In the meantime, there will be time to enjoy many a good
smoke, which I personally find an aid to the quiet contemplation of
the Infinite. (Also helps in the construction of sliding dovetails and
collar ties, the writing of a dissertation, or just mowing the lawn.)

And for further astronomical kapnismology, see the Quote of the Week,
below.  


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			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Antti Kalliokoski <?????????????>
Subject: Pipe & tobacco

Hi Steve and all the 2000 and more subscribers of the PD,

As usual, thanks to you Steve. Your opening comments always have been a
pleasure to read. This time (PD #212) especially so.

I am a little confused with this rapid flow of information bombing us
to-day. As a rule I check both the *a.s.p.* group and this *PD*. To-day
there are too many interesting mails to answer! At the time I joined in, the
number of subscribers was less than 1000, perhaps about 700 - 800. I think
all this has happened in a couple of years. Now we are more than 2000!

I only tell you about my *latest* delights in this endangered field of
smoking pipe.

In Italy, in a town called Bologna there works a true craftsman (an artisan)
who has dedicated his life to pipe making.
I bought a sturdy Dublin Natural *Straight Grain*, ("Infiammata") by him.
This happened by the help of PD, his home page in the www, and a couple of
e-mails we changed. To-day I am proud to own a pipe carved by this man,
Alberto Bonfiglioli. He does not write English as his first language, but
you can communicate with him. Alberto wrote me that he lets the briar dry
from 6 to 10 years before he carves it. I must say that I am fully pleased
with his work. I never has seen a more perfect straight grain as the one I
got from Mr. Bonfiglioli. This far I have only smoked three times 1/3 of
bowl with it and it is great! I look forward to the future pleasures with
this Dublin. The thickness of briar is a good 12 mm (about  a half inch) in
the top of the bowl.

BTW, Alberto does send you a photo of your pipe prior to your payment, so
you do have an opportunity to check if it is *the one*.

The other delight I want to tell you deals with tobacco. I think that I have
found perhaps one of the choiciest mixture during the 30 years of smoking
pipe this far. 
I must thank Craig Tarler (Cornell&Diehl) about this. I am speaking about
#531 (Yale Mixture) in their list. It consists of mainly various Virginias
and Latakia and it is really good! 
Tastes may vary, but I am sure that if you are fond of English mixtures you
will like this one. As Craig describes it: "Rich but not sweet, like
Cabernet Sauvignon".
I want to mention that I have no connection what so ever with signor
Bonfiglioli or mr. Tarler other than a happy client.

The price of my Dublin was about 100 $(US).

The price of one pound of *Yale mixture* is in the USA $16.75 (pressed) plus
$5.00 shipping and handling for the first pound. Of course I living in
Europe had to pay a little more.

Last but not least I want to inform those of you who have not yet contacted
this page:

http://www.asb.com/usr/chet/

Do it now! Chet's page is full of beautiful graphics and information about
pipes and various other things. Especially for me living near the North Pole
his photos and short stories are fascinating.

Dry ashes!
Antti Kalliokoski
hoanka(uta.fi

[ Besides which, I can testify that both Alberto and Craig are super
guys!  (Each has a red cape and a large "S" on his chest. :-) BTW,
Craig also has some interesting news on a new _non_ - tobacco blend,
later this issue; can't wait to try it!  -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????????? (Bill Comer)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #212 -- March 14, 1996

Dear Steve:

While I have been reading PD for a few months, it took Chris
Hamsher's letter to cause me to write.

I am an occasional cigar smoker who loves to read about cigars
when not able to smoke them.  I will not delve into my initial
reaction to Mr Hamsher's "drop the cigar smokers" comment, but
wanted to thank you for emphasizing your welcome of us to your
pages.

I skip much of the PD where it concerns pipes--that is my way
of "structuring" the PD--and I echo your advice to Mr Hamsher
to "skip forward."  It is a big group and you can rest assured
that we all appreciate your efforts to include everyone.

Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Bill Comer


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From: Scott Bukofsky <???????????????????????>
Subject: PD Submission

Steve,

  Thanks for the great job on the digest.  It is truly relaxing to read 
about a pleasant subject for a few minutes, as opposed to the usual array 
of e-mail I receive.  Unfortunately, I read the PD at work, so I can't 
enjoy a smoke as I read it.
  I wanted to pass along a hint about humidification to the other members 
of the group.  I use a combination of table salt and water to regulate 
humididty.  This subject was actually brought up on the 
alt.smokers.cigars newsgroup a while back, but I have been using this 
technique for a few years now with excellent success.  The idea is that a 
solution of salt and water will maintain a relative humididty of 75% in a 
closed environment.  My implementation of a large, cheap, and effective 
cigar humidor is as follows:  First get a Rubbermaid container, or similar 
airtight vessel (i.e. Tupperware, etc.).  Next take a shot glass and fill 
about half way with common salt.  Then wet the salt with water, to make a 
slushy mixture.  The trick is to have more salt than water; there should 
always be plenty of solid salt in the glass for this to work.  Place the 
glass in the container with your cigars, and seal it up.  This also works 
great for keeping containers of pipe tobacco.  In this manner I have a 50 
cigar humidor that cost less than $10.  Not pretty to look at, but 
effective for a poor Ph.D. student.  I will also note that this technique 
will only work in a closed environment.  It would not work in a standard 
wooden humidor, due to the porousness of the wood.  
  On another note, I tried some of Dunhill's Elizabethan Mixture the 
other day, and fell in love.  Does anyone know what is in this?  I 
beleive it is just a mixture of several Virginias.

-Scott Bukofsky
New Haven, CT

[ Been using this technique for a while.  How often, BTW, should one
change the water? -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????????? (Ed Price)
Subject: Peterson

I'm answering my own question that appeared in the last issue of PD.
I've found the 'new' address for Kapp and Peterson, which is as follows:

Kapp & Peterson Limited
Peterson House
Sallynoggin Co. Dublin
Ireland
Their telephone numbers are 01-2851011     fax: 01-2856593

[ Thanks for the updated address, Ed!  BTW, is it properly Eire or
Ireland? I suppose that mail addressed to either will end up in the
proper place... -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????????? (Ed Price)
Subject: Smoking Wet

I just have to throw my 2 cents in on the recent question of pipes that
smoke wet.  While I realize that quality of briar is a major factor,
most new smokers don't realize that pipe tobacco can also contribute to
the problem, and may be the sole cause of the problem if your pipe is a
quality, absorbent pipe which is treated 'right'.

When I started drinking beer, I started with lite beers, now I drink
Guinness, almost exclusively.  With tobacco, I started on sweet, light
aromatics.  I had been smoking a vanilla blend "Aristocrat" for about 3
months, using many matches to keep it lit, and experiencing a flood
inside my pipe each time.  I happened to wander into Edward's Pipes and
Tobacco here in Dallas (a branch of their larger Richardson store)
looking for a little more Aristocrat, because I really did enjoy the
taste (at least the first 2/3 of the bowl, after that it became bitter).
After explaining that I was looking for Aristocrat, but would be
interested in something that smoked drier, the employee there at the
time asked me if I had ever tried any "non-cased" aromatics, and filled
my pipe with the Edward's French Vanilla, the tobacco he preferred.  He
explained that this tobacco was flavored by storing the tobacco with
vanilla beans for an extended period of time, not by spraying it with
chemical flavorings.  The chemical layer on the tobacco tends to add to
the wet smoking experience.  The non cased vanilla tobacco had a more
subtle vanilla taste, but also a more rich tobacco  taste.  It burned
cooler in my pipe, and all of a sudden I was using 3 matches to a bowl,
instead of the 8-10 I had been in the past.

Another source of wet smoking, and difficulties keeping my pipe lit were
explained to me.  I have two ceramic Comoy's pipe tobacco humidors. I
had been routinely adding water to the small sponge humidifying agent in
the lid, ever time it dried.  The result was that the tobacco was being
over humidified, making it harder to keep lit, and making it smoke
wetter.

Although still a novice pipe smoker (and before that, no kind of smoker
at all!) of less than a year, my pipe collection has grown to 4, and
will continue to grow.  The discovery of this non-cased aromatic tobacco
has helped keep me a pipe smoker, and I would encourage anyone looking
for a cooler drier smoke to contact Edward's about their line of
non-cased aromatics.  By the way, I do not have any connection with the
store, other than sharing a first name, and being a loyal customer.

Ed Price

[ And, third, some of it is undoubtedly due to saliva getting into the
stem. -S. ]


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From: "MMCKENNE" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #212 -- March 14, 1996 - Reply

My name is Mac McKenney.  I have been smoking a pipe for about 25
years, but I have been trying to use the Internet for a few short
months now.  I have immensely enjoyed receiving and reading the Pipes
Digest.  I usually smoke Peterson's during the winter months, but I
gravitate toward Missouri Meerschaums when I work in the yard.  I used
to have little or no trouble finding them without putty and shellac,
but haven't had any luck these past two or three years.  Can anyone
out there recommend a source?

[ The Missouri Meerschaum Company is listed in Hacker's book at
P.O. Box 226, Washington, MO 63090.  You might try writing to
them. Or are these the pipes you're referring to? -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????????? (Chris Reinhart)
Subject: Lighter Fluid

Steve and fellow PDer's,
       I've just been reading the mystery "The Bookman's Wake" by local
author John Dunning and came across a passage that made me pause (the
character Cliff Janeway, former Denver policeman, now bookstore owner and
collector has just stumbled upon a very ripe corpse: 
       "I moved around the table, watching where I walked.  A wave of rotten
air wafted up in a cloud of flies. 
       I tasted the bile.  What I didn't need now, after compromising the
first scene, was to throw up all over this one.
       The lighter fluid might help.  I know it's an evil solvent; I've
heard it can get into your blood through the skin and raise hell with your
liver.  But it's stronger by far than Vicks, and even the smell of a
cancer-causing poison was like honeysuckle after what I'd been smelling.
       I put my handkerchief on the table, then turned the plastic bottle on
its side and pried open the squirt nozzle.  Liquid flowed into the rag...
       I made the wet rag into a bandana.  Found a roll of cord and cut off
a piece, then tied it over my mouth and nose..."
       
       I guess my concern is: should I be concerned about the fluid in the
Zippo pipe lighter that I carry around in my pocket eventually damaging my
liver?  Granted, the character in the story is inhaling the naptha directly
- something any intelligent person would never do (unless the alternative is
to inhale rotten corpse!).  But anyway, are there any chemists out there?
What do you think?  Maybe I should stick with my Diamond matches?

Chris Reinhart
?????????????????????????????

[ If you don't inhale the smoke, I wouldn't think you'd get too much
of the unburned naphtha. Also, you could always try a butane lighter;
perhaps some of the discontinued Zippo butane lighters are still
available? -S. ]

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From: David Cunningham <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #212 -- March 14, 1996

Pipes Digest is very unique in its presentation on smoking high quality 
tobbacco, especially in pipes. This idea of pipe smoking interests me a 
lot. I have smoked cigars for at least 5 months now and was intrigued by 
Pipes. I have a local tobacco shop in my area, and I was wondering if 
someone could tell me what the best kind of pipe to buy when I don't want 
to spend more than $30. And what kind of pipe tobacco to purchase. I love 
cigars, yet I don't smoke them that often. My favorites are Upmann, 
Montecruz, Don Diego, and Macanudo (though Macanudo is kinda hot on the 
tongue). Moreover, what I wondered is what is the taste and aroma like.

Thanks.

>From Towson, Maryland.

[ Well, under $30, you'll probably get a "Second." Connoisseur might
be a good bet in that range, because they don't attempt to hide
defects with putty.  As for tobacco, I'd recommend getting a few
samples (maybe a cavendish and an English); since you're a cigar
smoker already, you could probably try the English, though I wouldn't
usually recommend such for a beginning pipe smoker.  -S. ]


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From: "Steven A. Granoff" <???????????????????>
Subject: Correct Address

I noticed an incorrect address for Tobacco Village in Philadelphia in a
previous issue.  The correct address is as follows:

        Tobacco Village
        7300 Bustleton Ave.
        Phila. Pa.  19152

This location is in a newer strip mall about a city block from the previous
address.  They moved about three years ago.  Many phila. area pipe smokers
meet at the store.  They still have the largest collection of pipes and
tobacco in the area.  A group of pipe smokers calling themselves The Friday
Night Irregulars meet most Friday nights at the store.  The members are very
active and experienced pipe smokers.  Their pipe collections have won many
awards and they are happy to share their knowledge.  Any pipe smokers in the
Phila. area are invited to stop and visit.
 
I have been smoking a pipe for over 35 years and have a collection of
hundreds of pipes.  My favorites include both Meershaums and Briars.  My
present favorite tobacco is Butera's Sweet Cavendish.  Thanks for the Pipe
Digest.  I look forward to each new issue.  

[ You're welcome, and please give my best to the Briar Irregulars! -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????? (JAMES T. DUNNE)
Subject: Various Pipe Stuff

Steve -

Continued nice job with the Digest, and congrats on breaking the 2000
member barrier!

A note of interest to those in SE Michigan - The Malaga Briar Pipe Co.,,
in Royal Oak, is picking up their pipe production again after quite a long
lull.

For a long time, Malaga seemed intent on de-emphasizing pipes for an expansion
in cigars.  At one point, Steve, the founders' son, was busily making plans
for doubling the size of his walk-in humidor, and the beautiful handmade Malaga
pipes were in short supply.

No more.  The plans for the expanded humidor have been dropped, and the pipes
are back in force!  In addition to his own beautiful work (which I am quite
partial to) in traditional and freehands, Steve has also found a local 
craftsman who is doing AWESOME things in creating "figure-type" pipes for
Malaga.  One I drooled over, but could not afford - a fully detailed American
Eagle, holding an American Flag in its' claws.

Steve is also taking his work on the road, and says he will be attending the
Ann Arbor Art Fair, and will also be participating in the Renaisannce (?) 
festival this summer.  I'd recommend his work to anyone interested in superior
quality, handmade pipes.

For the record, I have no association with Malaga, except as a very satisfied
customer.

Last, a note under the heading "Why can't this happen to me once in a while?":

This past Saturday, I spent a few hours crusing the Antique and Collectibles
show at the the Gibralter Trade Center in Mt. Clemens.  Places like this are
great sources for old pipes, IF you're willing to sort through the chaff.  
(The chaff, in this case, included a vendor who had a basket of used Dr. 
Grabows, and was selling them for a "giveaway" prices of $7.50 each (grin).)

Anyway, one guy was selling off a collection for a widow, and had some really
nice Alborg's and Ben Wades.  While I was drooling over beautiful old Peterson
System Standard (which I bought for $38, thank-you-very-much), I struck up a 
conversation  with a pleasant older gentleman.  We were chatting about various
pipe-related things, when he mentioned that he'd received most of his pipes
as a group when his uncle passed away.  He went on to say that he didn't really
know anything about pipe brands, but looked mostly for nice grains and 
finishes.

"You seem to know something about brand names", he said.   "I've got one pipe
that I got from my uncle that seems really nice.  It looks kind of like this
one", he said, picking up a straight, no-name pipe from the table, "except it's
got a white dot on the top of the stem." (gasp).  "I think the name is Dunmore,
or Dunn Hill, or something?  Do you know anything about it?"

Weakly, I asked him how old it was.  "Well, I'd guess he probably bought it 
in the 50's or 60's.".  (gasp, gasp).  

I explained what I thought his pipe might be, encouraged him to treat
it nicely, and suggested he get it appraised, and maybe insured.  He
thanked me, and wandered away into the crowd.

Sigh.

Anyway, thanks again for the great work you do on the digest.

				Jim

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[ Keep checking those yard sales, you might come across a Dunn Thomas
one of these days... -S. ]


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From: ?????????????? (Patrick North)
Subject: Re: clove pipe tobacco

>2. i often times enjoy the experience of a clove ciggarette, is there a
>clove tobbaco for pipes?
>is there any way to get the same flaver without having to go to a ciggarette?
>
>thanks for your time
>
>bradly w. richards

Mr. Richards-

        The Tobacco Tavern in State College PA (see the resource guide)
carries a clove scented pipe tobacco called "Punkin' Pie."  Sounds like
what you're after, and my experience with their blends (all blending is
done in house, with no wacky additives) has been extremely positive- so I'd
say give it a try.  Those guys have some of the most inventive and
wonderful blends I've tried...

Sincerely,
Patrick North

[ Also see Spencer's article, next, for another viewpoint on
cloves. -S. ]


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From: "Spencer M. Schein" <???????????????????>
Subject:       cloves, char, apricots & cream

Dear Steve,
I've been a little busy lately, and just got around to reading 
PD#212. Congratulations on passing the 2000 subscriber mark! PD is 
surely one exception to the rule that popularity = mediocrity.

Brad Richards asked about clove tobaccos. I don't know any blends 
available, but in my youth back in the sixties I experimented with 
many additions to tobacco, including cloves. I tried putting whole 
cloves in with the base tobacco, and the result was a surprise. When 
the burning tobacco reached a clove,  it would explode. Not a KABOOM 
of course, but a definite pop and puff.  And it did not result in a 
clove flavored tobacco.

Jude Rennolds asked for help in avoiding charring the top of the bowl 
when lighting up. My solution to this problem has been to wet a 
finger and then moisten the top of the bowl prior to lighting the 
tobacco.  It works very well.

John Marindale's comments on the aroma of some of Cornell & Diehl's 
tobaccos surprised me. While I have lately favored English blends, I 
still keep some #300 Apricots and Cream around as a "marriage saver." 
I recently had a stranger on a bycicle stop to ask me what I was 
smoking. He said he had been following the fantastic smell for two 
blocks! He actually thanked me for making his ride so enjoyable.  In 
Manhattan, a couple of months ago, someone shouted over his shoulder 
at me, "I hate smoking, but that smells great!"  Perhaps there was 
something wrong with the shipment he received? I've found Craig's 
tobaccos very consistent.

Best to you and yours,
Spencer Schein

[ Good tip on wetting the rim; also see Kam's letter, next.  -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: lighting a pipe blind

Re: 

+ [ Message posted from this account for Mr. Jude Rennolds. -S. ]
+ 
+ Hi Steve,
+ 
+ Thanks for sending me the digest.  I have enjoyed the readings.  I have
+ a question?  (keep in mind that I am blind)  How can I light my pipe
+ without scorching the edges?  ...

Jude,

You might try a Nimrod pipe lighter. I'm not 100% sure if these
are still made, but you might be able to track one down
nonetheless.

The Nimrod pipe lighter is like a Zippo turned sideways and made
into a cylinder. Instead of a flip-open cover, it has a
slide-open cover. It's about 3 inches long and about 3/4 inches
in diameter and uses standard lighter fluid (Ronsonol) and
flints. At least the model I have is solidly made from aluminum

The key feature for you is that the aperture where the flame
comes out has a raised, octagonal, beveled edge.  I experimented
a bit and found that I could guide this raised, beveled
aperture directly over the bowl of the pipe with my eyes
closed. If the aperture is kept close to the bowl, flame is
guided directly to the tobacco.

If you are familiar with a Zippo, you should find the Nimrod
simple to use. To light it, push the slide open with your thumb
or index finger to expose the wick, then flick the lighting
wheel with your thumb. One difference between lighting a Nimrod
and a Zippo is that with the Nimrod you flick the lighting wheel
away from the lighter instead of pulling down or towards the
lighter as with a Zippo. (The motion is the same as flicking a
coin into the air with your thumb.)

Once lit, you puff on the pipe and the flame is drawn downward
through the aperture. To extinguish the flame, you push the
slide back over the wick.

Maintenance is easy. The flint tube is capped with a small,
brass screw-in plug, as with a Zippo, except that the plug is
accessible from the outside of the lighter. There is no need to
disassemble the lighter to change flint. The plug screws off
with a dime or a penny. To add fluid, you unscrew the large
ribbed cap on the base of the lighter. It's altogether an
ingenious design.

in a desk drawer for over a decade, since both my father 
and his partner had long before given up smoking pipes. 
I held onto it as a novelty for another decade until I took
up pipe smoking. It's now a valuable back-up to my IMCO
lighter.

Kam Kashani

????????????                    http://reality.sgi.com/employees/kamk/

At least I can go through life never having to appologize for being
in "Quest for Fire."


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From: ????????????????????? (Antoinette Ponzo)
Subject: Re: lighting a pipe blind

HI Steve,

I thank you for the information.  I am on a search for THE lighter.  I 
do appreciate the information.  I like the digest very much.  I havn't 
been on the internet for a while, but I have gotton a lot of good 
information from your publication.

Thanks again

[ Glad to be of service, Jude, and thanks also to Kam and Spencer! -S. ] 


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

d like to share with Pipes Digest readers an appreciation  of twist
tobacco. I have been smoking black twist, sometimes called "Irish twist," for
about thirty years. At one time, Gallaher's of Ireland used to produce and
export it in a one-pound tin containing sixteen individually wrapped pieces.
It eventually became too expensive for them to manufacture, and now it is
only possible to obtain through Bob Lynch, who gets it from Gawith, Hoggarth
in England. Bob stocks several different thicknesses of both black and brown
twist, but my choice is the XXX black unscented type.
Historically, twist is one of the oldest forms of tobacco still being made.
It began production when tobacco was first becoming popular in Europe:
sailors would twist the leaves together, wrap them tightly in canvas, and let
them steep in their own juices until the finished product was ready to smoke.

Twist is quite labor-intensive, and still involves a great deal of
manual-rather than machine-work. The tobacco leaves are spun, almost in the
same way that wool is spun, to form a long, continuous rope. Large pieces of
this rope are then wrapped in cloth and processed under pressure and heat
until they turn dark brown or-in the ultimate stage-a rich, oily black.
Twist can be either chewed or smoked. In the very poor areas of Ireland, it
was common for people to chew pieces of twist and then, eventually, to smoke
what they had chewed. Today, it is prepared for smoking by cutting the
thinnest possible pieces off the rope (it is usually sold in a half-pound or
one pound piece), rubbing it between the palms, as one does with flake
tobacco, and then filling the pipe bowl.
As there is a good deal of moisture in twist, it does smoke "wetter" than
other types of tobacco, and requires frequent relighting.
It should be said, too, that black twist is probably the strongest pipe
tobacco in the world. Unless one has a cast-iron constitution, it should only
be smoked after meals. However, for those with sensitive tongues-people like
myself, whose tongues are burned by almost every tobacco on the market-twist
is ideal, since it will never bite. 
It is difficult to describe the flavor of black twist, except to say that it
has rich, smoky qualities and is also reminiscent of strong espresso coffee.
For those who like single-malt Scotch, especially a peat-smoky one like
Laphroaig, twist is an experience that will give great pleasure. 
The only other tobacco I have ever smoked that was in any way as satisfying
as black twist was one called "Warlock" (Compton Mackenzie's favorite). This
went out of production twenty or twenty-five years ago, and if anyone still
has some tins of it lying around, I would be glad to hear from him.

I hope that some of the more adventurous readers of Pipes Digest will give
twist a try. Contact Bob Lynch if you would like to buy some.

One more note: If anyone out there enjoys nasal inhalant snuff (not the stuff
that goes between lip and gum), please communicate with me to compare notes
on types you use (my own favorite is Irish high toast). 

Leonard Fox   

[ For those members will want to follow up on the twist,
Gawith-Hoggarth's address (in Holyoke, MA) is in the Guide and in PD
#208. We don't have an address for Bob Lynch anywhere obvious.  -S. ]


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From: "<????????????????????>" <????????????????????>
Subject: Just started

Hello, Steve.  I just wanted to let you know of my appreciation for PD, 
and a little of my pipe smoking background.  I started college here at 
Christian Brothers University in Memphis just about a year ago.  I never 
imagined anything like college is...what a rush!  Well, anyway, with the 
daily grind and pressures of college life, I found myself to be exhausted 
and becoming often.  It wasn't until around my 1st semester exams that I 
considered smoking a pipe.  I have been a cigar smoker for approximately 
4 years, so naturally I didn't see pipes as something "for old men."  And 
of course, I wanted to try something new.  As exams neared, stress 
levels grew exponentially.  I usually surf the web when I can, and had 
noticed your pipe information page on a random hit.  I read your 
"Beginner's Guide..." and my curiosity was piqued.  I want out to a drug 
store and bought a Dr. Grabow Lark and some drug store cherry cavendish.
With a little practice, I got the hang of it and really began to look 
forward to smoking it.  I smoked my pipe while studying for exams, and 
God, let me tell you, I couldn't believe how RELAXING pipe smoking was!
my stress dissipated to minimal levels, and I Began to feel better, 
physically.  Well, that started a new pastime for me.  I went out to the 
Tinder Box and bought a sampler tin of some blends:  Crown Royale (my 
favorite), Norse Gold (a little Strong), Golden Treasure (good on 
occasion), Chairman's Mixture (my second favorite), North Sea (hadn't 
opened it yet), Peach Melba (a really good aromatic), and a few others.  
I could really tell the difference b/t drugstore and good tobacco.  I am 
looking forward to purchasing a decent pipe, of good briar, when I get my 
next paycheck.  But for now, my Lark suits me just fine.  You have 
recruited another pipe smoker, and I want to express my gratitude for 
introducing me to such a fine pleasure.  Thank you.   

Jason

[ Thanks for your letter, Jason, and congratulations on your induction
into the Mysterious Order of the Kapnismologists!  The next few
letters should also be of interest to collegiate smokers (or those
under 39-and-holding.) -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????????????? (Sean McDowell)
Subject: The Briar Society

As a college student, the thing that marveled me was the fact that smokers
on my campus, be them pipe, cigar, or even cigarette smokers, lived as
small pockets.  Recently I undertook the founding of a group devoted to
smoking, socializing and education of the history of smoking.  I tried to
submit a proposal for club funding (we wanted to bring in local
tobaccanists for talks and fund trips to different cities to buy a variety
of tobaccos.  The SGA Treasurer wasn't helpful, and I didn't find out until
three minutes before it was due, that we needed a formal constitution along
with the proposal.  After sending in our forms, I was informed a week later
that the SGA had blocked our proposal (no big suprise.)  I spent two weeks
working to get the constitution together and worked with several people to
perfect it.  This time I sat in on the SGA meeting.  At the appropriate
time, I was asked to speak my piece and presented it as a stand-alone
document, dropping the funding part and aiming for club recognition.  The
SGA voted us down again and we left.  A friend of mine wrote a letter to
the editor of our school newspaper complaining about being denied without a
good reason and that the SGA should be encouraging student socialization.
The SGA took a second vote recently and decided to give us the recognition
we deserve.  Next semester, we will bid for club funding, but we are
satisfied knowing that we are probably the only school around with an
SGA-recognized smoking group.
                                                                S.M.

P.S.  To any tobacconists in the audience, if you have a new blend you'd
like tried out, or are just feeling generous, send us a sample and I'm sure
you'll be getting orders and requests from the Briar Society of Washington
College.
Sean McDowell
300 Washington Ave
Chestertown, MD 21620-1197

[ Ah, yes.  Student councils, those bastions of democracy and fair
play...  I'll list the Briar Society in the Guide, and perhaps some
new members might be directed your way.  Best of lock, and we
appreciate your perseverance!  Speaking of tobacconists, perhaps
there's a local shop that could sponsor you to some extent? -S. ]


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From: Brandon Rottinghaus <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #212 -- March 14, 1996

Hey Steve,
Well, it's summer everywhere but Indiana.  Yes, it snowed again today...
However, I don't mind so much because the weather seemls very condusive to
pipe smoking.

On a business note:  Anyone who attends Purdue University (and I know you're
out there) who is interested in starting a pipe smoking club (or at least
meet once) here on campus, please mail me at ????????????????????????????????
I was hoping we could meet before the end of the semester.

Also, I recieved the new addition of Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine.  It was
wonderful!  The only think I like to read more while I'm smoking is the
Digest!  Steve, congrats on the mention in the article about pipe clubs.
Keep it up!
		-Brandon Rottinghaus

[ If you do get one started, please let us know!  We always like to
get news on college clubs. -S. ]


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From: Philip Richards <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Young Pipesmokers In The UK

Dear Steve,

Thank you for my subscription to Pipes Digest.

I am a 35 year-old pipesmoker from the UK and have been smoking a pipe
for just under three years now. My favourite tobaccos are Condor Mild
and St Bruno. I somehow regret having not started when I was a lot
younger, although I have never touched a cigarette in my life, it is
still hard for family and friends to accept me taking up this peaceful
pastime at my age!  Yet in a country where (cigarette) smoking is
still common and much more acceptable than say in the US, to be seen
smoking a pipe in public at my age in life often seems to attract
funny looks and the occasional odd comment!

Reading through back issues of PD, it is certainally very encouraging
that people much younger than myself, generally in the US, are keeping
the pastime alive. Here in the UK pipesmoking, these days, seems to be
regarded as something for the older generation, something perhaps to
turn to after years of cigarette smoking rather than take it up at a
younger age as a beginner smoker as something to appreciate and enjoy,
rather than simply just dismiss it. Since I began, I have still yet to
meet and get talking with a fellow pipesmoker who is younger me! Sadly
quite a high proportion of the British younger generation still take
up cigarette smoking and inevitably end up getting hooked. At least I
can safely say that my very moderate use of tobacco has not lead
towards any addiction or degradation to my health. Whilst the
anti-smoking lobby will instantly put the blame on advertising, the
cigarette manufactures will turn around and reply that advertising is
intended only to encourage smokers to change brands. Meanwhile,
despite a huge potential market out there, the UK pipe industry seem
to do little to promote the benefits of pipesmoking - much less
harmful than cigarettes, a wide range of tobbacos available but most
important the sheer pleasure and relaxtion gained, not to mention the
cost saving!

Although the US is streets ahead than here in the UK with regards to
the internet, if there are PD readers from the UK/Ireland in their
early 30s or younger, please write in or feel free to contact me, I
would hate to feel left out!

Best wishes,
Philip Richards,
Maidstone, Kent, UK.


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From: Jeff Jewell <?????????????????>
Subject: PD Submission

Things I have to submit:

--Discrimination in tobacco shops?
--Will a "good" pipe stop the gurgle?
--How the cake effects flavor...?

**DISCRIMINATION**
I just thought I'd drop my two cents in and hopefully save some people from
a bit of grief that they may be putting _themselves_ through over this issue
of discrimination in tobacco shops.

First, I in no way would defend or condone a shopkeep if he (or she--can't
discriminate :) were to discriminate against a woman who came to do business
there.  That is completely unacceptable.

However, I would pose the question:  If you were to work in a tobacco shop,
and every day you see that by a margin of 9 to 1, it is men who make
purchases there, and fairly rarely, if ever, do you ever see a woman buying,
wouldn't it be a fairly understandable conclusion on the part of the
shopkeep that it was the man who was interested in buying, and the woman was
just tagging along?  I know that if it were me, it would quickly become
natural to save time and effort for everyone to make a tiny little
assumption.  If I'm wrong, it's easy enough to make a little apology and get
back to business.  I've often been with a woman in what I call a "foofy"
store, and the clerk will rarely look at me when they approach to say, "Can
I help you find anything?"  It's always the woman they look at, and her
assumption is understandable.

Now, if after straightening out the issue of who is the interested party,
and you find the shopkeep still ignoring you, inferring that you somehow
have no right to be in the store, I would say that this person is being a
bit rude.  I would call back to the store when I got home (and many times,
have) and I track down the manager to relay my experience.  I'm sure that
they would want to be aware of it.  It's not good business to let an
employee treat people that way.  But let's not embark on a witchhunt,
looking for everyone to have prejudice in their heart, simply because they
may have made an honest assumption-- one that proves true for them 90 out of
100 times in the rest of their business day.  It seems that the media has
gotten everyone hypersensitive to the point where there is a racist, a bigot
or a womanizer around every corner.  It's generally not the case.

Stress is something that we put on ourselves.  There are much bigger
problems in the world to get stressed over.  Go home, put it behind you, put
yourself in a good mood and sit down to enjoy one of the great pleasures in
life-- a good pipe.  :)

And to Steve-- Once again, I have to say that you do a great job, and this
most recent tar-baby that you nearly got stuck to (Ye Old Pipe) is a good
example of the kinds of things that will earn you sainthood for enduring for
the good of us, the PD readers.

**GURGLING**

I received a great email response from Joel Farr, of Pipe Friendly fame and
thought that others might appreciate the insight he offered.  I hope that he
doesn't mind it being placed into a public forum.  For those who came in
late, this refers to a question posed in PD #212:

(Below, my original comments that he quoted back are ">>" and his are ">".
My latest comments are unquoted.)

>Jeff,
>
>  What Al said is essentially correct IMHO.
>
>>I would like to think that what Al says is true, because I have a devil of a
>>time with this problem.  I would like to find some way to enjoy my smoking
>>without having to deal with the melodious twitter that emanates from the
>>small frog pond that forms in the bowl whenever I smoke tobacco that isn't
>>cracklingly dry.  If that means buying a particular kind of pipe (expensive
>>or not), I'll do it--
>
>  The optimum condition for tobacco is 'springy.'  Some blends are drier and
>others wetter, but this is the norm.  The other solution (aside from a new
>pipe purchase) is to run a pipe cleaner into the bowl when the twitter of
>fluids is heard.

OK-- So it sounds like what you're saying is that a good pipe WILL help (or
dare I say, solve) the moisture issue.

>>Until now, the only advice that I've been able to find useful was that of
>>Paul Spaniola in Flint, Michigan.  He and he son, Dan have been smoking pipes
>>for over a hundred years between them (no kidding).  They claim that a pipe
>>does not need to be "rested", as is commonly advised.  They say that you can
>>smoke the same pipe all day long if you like, but you do need to let it cool
>>before you reload it.  Dan says that he keeps two pipes around during the day
>>in the shop there, and he switches back and forth.  This is as close to
>>"rotating" his pipes as he comes.  They say that the "pipe rotating" myth
>>comes from pipe salesmen. 
>
>  If it is a myth, I subscribe to it.  In my case, however, I love pipes and
>the variety that's out there.  I'd be extremely unhappy if I could only smoke
>2 pipes over and over again.  

Agreed-- I think the point he was making was that there is no /harm/ in
smoking a pipe without resting it.  I'm getting the impression, though, that
the resting simply allows the pipe to dry out, true?

Also, I'm getting the feeling that the Spaniola comments had were saying,
basically, that keeping a pipecleaner handy and using it when necessary is
all it takes to take up the slack between a "good" pipe, and a cheaper,
albeit wetter smoking, pipe.

>>But they are both real proponents of keeping pipe cleaners handy and
>>swabbing the stem down to the bowl a couple/three times while smoking.  I
>>don't know...maybe they make more money on pipecleaners than they do on a
>>good pipe ;)
>
>  Again, I'm not sure if the frequency isn't excessive, but the thought is
>definatly on the mark.

Oops... I was a bit misleading there.  When he suggested his advice on using
a pipecleaner while smoking, he said that it might be necessary to swab it
more than once, but as you alluded to, he did say that three times in the
course of a bowlful would be the most you'd have to do to keep it dry.  He
seemed to do it about once in the course of a bowl, if that.  Also, swabbing
while the pipe is still warm allows all the stickies to remain liquid and
easy to clean out rather than waiting for a cold pipe, which makes it much
harder to clean.

In any case, I think that what the Spaniolas were attesting to is the fact
that a person needn't spend a great deal of money to enjoy a good smoke.
Pipecleaners will fill in the gaps.  If this is the case, I wish they'd have
also mentioned that the annoying requirement to swab could be avoided by
getting an absorbent (more expensive) pipe.  Their comments about there
being "no difference between a $5 pipe and a $500 pipe" were really directed
at the taste.  They said that any other differences in cost could be
attributed to aesthetics.

**CAKE FLAVOR**
Also, about taste, they said that a large part of taste comes from the cake
that is built up in the bowl.  If you switch tobaccos, it will take at least
4 ounces to fully acclimate (I don't remember the words they used) the pipe
to the new tobacco.  This, Dan says, is why they will sometimes get people
who come in and switch to a new tobacco, then several weeks later come in
and say that it now tastes better (or worse) than when they started.  It's
because originally, the tobacco was imparting a flavor to the cake that also
included their OLD tobacco.  It takes a while to fully reflavor (or build
originally) the cake.  BTW, they also say that it takes about eight months
of daily smoking to build up a good cake.

>>Anyway, the Spaniolas were extremely helpful, good people.  I highly
>>recommend anyone in Flint, Michigan to brave the city streets down to their
>>shop.  It's truly a unique experience that you won't find just anywhere.  Be
>>very nice, and you'll get a personal tour of the pipe museum--a tour that is
>>different for everyone that gets to see it because what you see depends on
>>what Paul decides to pick up and talk about.  Nearly every pipe in there has
>>a great story behind it.
>
>  One of these days I'll get to the Big D, but until then I'll have to settle
>on the mails.
>
>>But back to the gurgling issue-- What Al said does sound like a plausible
>>explanation, and in fact would answer my old, ever present question, "What is
>>really going on when a pipe is 'resting' ?"  Maybe a pipe needs to "rest"
>>because it simply takes time to dry out--and good briar really does have a
>>good absorbent quality and ability to soak up and dry up an infinite number
>>of times.
>
>  This point is correct.  Add to it the fact that less expensive pipes often
>use heavy varnishes and laquers to help hide fills and flaws.  These
>processes can cripple the pipes long term ability to rejuvinate. 
>
>>Al, where did you get your information on that?  Or does anyone else have
>>any other comments on the subject?  As I said, I'd like to beleive that the
>>answer to my problem is simply to get a good quality pipe, and I'll always
>>have a great smoke.  Until then, I'm finding that I simply have to let my
>>tobacco dry out quite a bit.  It's a fine line, though, between dried out
>>just enough for proper tamping, and tamping it only to find tobacco dust left
>>waiting to be lit.  <Sigh> 
>
>  Al's been doin' pipe stuff for longer than most PD readers have been alive
>(or at least adults).  I can't begin to speak of his specific experiences,
>but most carvers say the same things.  For a formal discussion, I recommend
>you get a copy of Rick Hacker's Ultimate Pipe Book.

This is reassuring.  Again, I want to say that I don't intend to question
Al's expertise.  I'm just really anxious to get the real dope on this
"resting" and moisture issue.  Most people I talk to who have smoked pipes
for a long time haven't done much pondering on it.  They just smoke their
pipes and enjoy.  The typical response I get when asking a question is
something along the lines of, "Hmmm...", as they puff thoughtfully, "That's
a good question.  I don't know why that is..."  :/

Thank goodness for the PD to get these issues hammered out :)

>  Hope this helps.
>
>Until later ... Smoke Well!
>Joel Farr
>PIPE FRIENDLY magazine

Thank you Joel-- It DOES help.  Hope it helps other PD readers, too.

--Jeff C. Jewell


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: visiting a nice pipe shop

Steve, 
While on a business trip to Phoenix, AZ, a few weeks ago, I had the
opportunity to visit Stag Tobacconist & gifts at the Metro Center. I was
greeted warmly by the 2 emloyees on duty, Randy & Greg.  There was a very
extensive collection of pipes ranging from under $10 upto a nice selection of
Dunhills, with everything in between.  If you are in the area, stop in and
say hello, & let them know you found them on the internet in the Pipes
 Digest.  The phone number is 943-8519 (sorry, I don't know the area code,
but it isn't on the card.

Steve, I have been enjoying the digest for the past two dozen or so issues,
and anxiously await eachnew issue.  Keep up the good work.

Ave Malkin
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, 
DeVry Institute, New Jersey
Home page:     http://admin.nj.devry.edu/~amalkin/

[ Stag seems to be a chain; the Guide has one in Albuquerque, NM also. -S. ]



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From: Craig Tarler <???????????>
Subject: Breakthrough

Hi, Steve,

I want to announce what we think is a marvelous breakthrough in pipe tobacco.
We are offering for the first time a very small amount of what I'll call
"Sam's Blend," a nicotine-free tobacco that smokes, I think, better than
anything I've ever blended before.

The story of Sam's Blend started about five years ago with a discovery.  My
great uncle, Schmuel ("Sam") Tarler, was an herbalist in Odessa and also a
lifelong a pipe smoker. In the 1890's his two brothers (one of them my
grandfather) and a sister immigrated first to Austria and then to the US.  In
going through my grandfather's effects we found a small packet of something
that looked like tobacco with a blend formula and a note to my grandfather
from Great Uncle Sam asking him to see if this tobacco could be reproduced in
the US.

The fascinating thing about this blend was that it contained no tobacco, and
thus no nicotine! It was a mixture of other plants, with the most crucial
ingredient, as far as we could determine, the leaves of a plant called, in a
literal translation from the Russian, "Flower of the Steppes".

There was just enough for a couple of pipesful, although it was very, very
dry. I wet it with a little distilled water and applied some heat and it came
back so that I could try it. WOW! This tasted better than any blend I'd ever
had, something a little like "English", but with a woodsy, nutty, taste I've
never had before.  It was wonderful!

And it smelled great even to nonsmokers.  A couple of women from my wife's
bridge club were in the house while I was experimenting, and thought it
smelled kind of like a wood fire with a little cinnamon.  One of the
poodles-and-potpourri set even asked me for a sample to take home and use for
the aroma.  Of course, I couldn't give any of it out at the time, and it would
have been wasted on her poodles anyway.

But, how to reproduce it?  Without the "Flower of the Steppes," every mixture
I made up was lifeless and flat, not worth the trouble to smoke it.  I tried
the Botany Department at UNC, but none of them had any idea what "Flower of
the Steppes" was.  They agreed to analyze the last little bit of Sam's Blend,
to try to find a similar plant.  We tried dozens of plants, but every attempt
failed.

Then a friend of mine who's a microbiologist, and I'm not going to identify
him except that he's not at UNC, suggested we try to extract the DNA and clone
the main ingredient.  Over a period of several years, we have been
experimenting with the resulting plants and Sam's formula.

We've come very close.  But we're having a hard time growing the plants
because it takes some impressive equipment to keep them alive (low pressure
chambers to simulate high altitude, sterile condititions because there are a
lot of plant diseases that clones can't stand, and some rare and expensive
trace minerals in the soil.)  And they grow very slowly.

Because of the hoorah about nicotine, and the fact that we weren't certain the
"Flower of the Steppes" wasn't addictive, we had to experiment.  I smoked just
Sam's Blend for two months.  I found that I could smoke ten or fifteen bowls a
day, more than three times my usual, with no tongue bite and no other
problems. And I loved every bowl.

Then I quit cold turkey for a month.  No problem, I didn't crave it, I just
missed it.  It wasn't addictive at all!

Now we have about two pounds of this marvelous blend and are ready to offer it
exclusively to any P.D. readers who would be willing to pay $25 per ounce, one
ounce per customer. The only drawback that we observed was that, if you smoke
two or three bowls fast, Sam's Blend tends to cause temporary priapism, which
has diverted my attention from pipe smoking sometimes.  However, it hasn't
really been a bother at all.

If any of the readers want to try Sam's Blend, please E-mail me at
????????????

[ Craig, this I've got to try.  Please reserve an ounce for me -- if
there's any left! -S. ]


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From: ????????????????? (Louis F. Carbone )
Subject: Honest Long Cut Tobacco - Anyone Remember It ?

Hi Steve,

    Actually I am posing this question to anyone who might recognize 
this old, old tobacco blend for a friend of mine.  It was a "drug 
store" type blend from the early 1900's through about the 1950's or 
1960's and then disappeared.  It was an American product.  My friend 
remembers his grandfather smoking Honest Longcut back in the late 
1940's and early 1950's.  He mentioned this to me after I told him I 
was to attend the NY Pipe Show on March 2, 1996, and asked me to look 
out for any nostalgia buffs who might have some.  To my surprise, a 
fellow by the name of Jay, from Hermit Tobacco, Fronteir, MI. had two 
old packages.  My friend has since purchased the two from Jay.  He 
plans to spring them on his brother who also has fond memories of 
grandad and his pipe.  He would indeed be interested in finding out 
what became of this family favorite.  If anyone has any info would they 
please kindly post it ?  He, and I would appreciate it.  

Thanks Steve, and I'll write sometime soon as to my beginnings in pipe 
smoking.  

Your friend,

Louis F. Carbone    


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From: Al Eckstein <??????????????>
Subject: Sasieni Pipes

Hello Steve,

  Just wanted to tell you what a great job you are doing with PD. I am a
relatively new pipe smoker (8 months) and have picked up alot of helpful
hints here. I look forward to receiving it every couple weeks. I just
recently bought my first "better" pipe. I have never seen it mentioned by
any of the other members and wanted to get they're opinions. It is a Sasieni
- Four Dot pipe. It is bent and has a rough finish to it. The tobacconist at
a local shop helped me pick it out. It smokes alot better than any of the
cheap pipes I have. Just wanted some opinions about it. Keep up the good
work. I can't wait to get the next issue.

     Al "Bud" Eckstein
     ?????????????? 

[ Your tobacconist made a very good choice for you; John Weinstein
taught me about Sasienis, and now my collection of 'em has burgeoned
to two. :-) -S. ]


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From: ????????????????
Subject: pipes for women

I'm a new subscriber and so far, I love it!

When I was a little girl, my father used to smoke cigars and pipes which had
such a heavenly aroma, I would constantly badger him to let me try a puff or
two.  After a while, he came up with the inspired idea that if I tried his
cigar, I'd hate it and never want to take up smoking.  Needless to say, he
was wrong (he should have given me something of less quality than what he
smoked -- *that* might have done the trick).  Now I smoke cigarettes and have
recently taken up cigars (as did my fiance).  What I'd like to know now is:
are there any "ladies nights" at cigar club or restaurants that allow cigar
smoking in New York City?  Also, where on the cigar is the proper place to
snip the end (my father, who no longer smokes and is now delighted that I've
taken up cigars, has made me a gift of his guillotine cutter)?  Finally, are
there any pipes that are considered "acceptable" for women (this vice has not
yet seemed to reached my gender or generation)?  Thanks a lot for your input.

Shanna

[ Your best bet might be to contact the Metropolitan Cigar Society
(P.O. Box 4567, Wayne, NJ 07470, (201) 387-6955, or
http://mars.superlink.net/edm).  Cigar-friendly restaurants in NYC can
be found on the "Lighten Up!"  page (http://www.lighten-up.com/cigar1.html)
or the "Dr. Puff's 'Cigar Friendly in New York' List" page
(http://www.users.interport.net/~khittel).  Also check out Cigar
Aficionado's restaurant guide (no Web page, sorry!)

Clip the cigar on the head end; I prefer to clip them not too far from
the end, except those that draw very hard.  And re "acceptable" pipes,
the same rules apply for men and women.  The one you like best is the
most acceptable.  Welcome to the hobby, and to the Digest, Shanna! -S. ]


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From: ??????????????
Subject: Hello From A Female Cigar Smoker ======~~

Dear Steve,

Let me introduce my self...My name is Debbie Churchill. I have been a cigar
smoker for the past 2 and a half years...I manage one of the three cigar
stores my father owns...Tobacconists of Raleigh, Inc(our first location)
located in Raleigh NC and Tobacconists of Richmond, Inc( 2 locations in
Richmond VA, managed by my brother)

I enjoy many different cigars...Our humidors are 8 x 34 (or larger)
refrigerated and humidified)each display over 350 open boxes of super premium
and premium cigars with over 1000 boxes of back up stock...per store..

We are "devoted exclusively to the pipe and cigar smoker"  No plates mugs or
dishes sold in these stores..They all have sitting areas with leather wing
back chairs, oriental rugs and tables...pipe and cigar books and magazines
are supplied for our customers enjoyment...Also, all stores are properly
ventilated...

I have included an article that was written about the Raleigh store... I hope
that you will include this in your Mailing..and also Add my name to the
list...

My email address is

??????????????

Tobacconists of Raleigh, Inc
3901-171 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604
919-954-0020

Thank you for your consideration in including this article for your readers
enjoyment, and I look forward to receiving your mailing

Sincerely,
Debbie Churchill

-=-=-

The NEWS & OBSERVER, 1/9/96, Edition A, TOBACCONISTS OF RALEIGH
Section E Pages 1 & 3

LIT UP AND LAID BACK 
Mark Moctezuma relishes a Cuesta-Rey from the Dominican Republic.
staff photo by scott sharpe

Lit up and laid back
Tobacco shop is a smokers' haven.

By Scott Huler
staff writer
Raleigh, North Carolina

The thing to keep in mind as you walk into Tobacconists of Raleigh is this
place is not about smoking.

Yes, the little store on Capital Boulevard is a tobacco shop - one, its
customers will tell you, with the widest variety of cigars and pipe tobaccos in
the Triangle. And yes, it has a special ventilation system that allows - no,
encourages - its patrons to sit down and smoke a while.

But what keeps people coming back isn't the selection. Or even the pictures
and figures of smoking sea captains, cowboys and, of course, Indians. No, the
reason you see the same faces here day after day has something to do with the
eight wine-colored leather wing chairs, arranged in a pleasant rectangle around
an Oriental rug, each with an end table and capacious ashtray close. Something
to do with the many stools within grabbing distance, should the crowd get too
big, as it often does around lunchtime. Something to do with the way someone
shouts "Window!" - stopping all conversation - whenever a pretty woman walks
into the manicurist next door.

As noted, this place is not just about smoking: It's about hanging around.

Mark Moctezuma, a bearded printed circuit designer from North Raleigh, taps
an ash off his long, slim cigar and explains.

"This is the last vestige of the men's club," he says. "The barbershop, the
old corner grocery store."

His companions, three men and a woman, nod their heads sagaciously and tip
their own ashes.

"It's like Floyd the barber's shop in Mayberry," says Tom Marrelli, a
47-year-old consultant who comes in every day. "We actually sit here and solve
all the problems of the world. We just don't tell anybody."

"I look at this," says Steve Robinson, 47, a commercial real estate broker
from Cary who sucks on a pipe, "as my one-hour vacation in a day."

Vigorous assent from the rest of the crowd. "I come here so I don't have to
answer the phone at my studio," says Keith Roy Thomas, 35, an oil portrait
painter in North Raleigh.

Tobacconists of Raleigh, then, is a retreat. "Think about 'Cheers,' " says
Gary Blandina, a 35-year-old teacher from Durham. "A place where everybody
knows your name."

And they do. As the smokers sat around on a recent afternoon, they
recognized certain cars. "Here comes Keith," they said before he emerged from
his car. Or, "Hey, it's Joey Spicc," of Joe Spicchali, who comes in daily.

And there's always a crowd. Debbie Churchill, who manages the shop, says the
store, started by her father after he retired from IBM, has formed a community.
They come in, of course, to smoke. But tobacco takes up very little of their
conversation. Sure, they can wax rhapsodic on a specific cigar, but they don't
need to talk about smoking: They're already doing that. Sure, they can lightly
gripe about the anti-tobacco forces, but none of them claims tobacco isn't
unhealthy. And they have some interest in the nationwide increase in cigar
smoking, especially among women and younger people. Moctezuma calls cigarettes
"short attention-span smoking," and they agree that what makes cigars special
is the time they take. "You have to understand, it's a 45-minute smoke,"
Marrelli says. Heads nod.

So they talk. They talk politics, they talk money, they just talk. When one
is sick, the others go to the hospital. When one needs to move, the others lend
trucks - and backs - to make it happen. They have helped each other find jobs;
they share investment advice. One regular patron often brings or sends buckets
of chicken from his restaurant franchises.

Sometimes they stray from simple running commentary. When Moctezuma,
explaining why he smokes cigars, launches into the tale of his grandfather, a
cigar roller from Veracruz, Mexico, mouths drop. His grandfather was in San
Francisco during the 1906 earthquake, Moctezuma says. And he was blackballed
from Florida cigar factories for refusing to support the Communists in the
Spanish Civil War. "He rolled his own cigars and sold them for shoes for the
kids," Moctezuma says, punctuating with a long puff.

"Hey!" Marrelli says. "Mark's got a real story!"

Which just spurs another round of storytelling. "See?" Marrelli says. "I'm
telling you, everyone I bring in from out of town, they all say, it's Floyd the
barber's store from Mayberry."

They describe each other as family, spurring yet another round of joking.
"Family?" asks Moctezuma, turning to Spicchali. "Dad, can I have the keys to
the car?"

Spicchali tosses a set of keys. "Just fill it up when you bring it back."

He's only half joking; throughout the day, they run errands for each other,
pick up lunches, help each other out. It's like a college dorm lounge, where
the coffee's always on and one set of drinkers is just finishing up when the
next arrives. The participants come and go, but the easy conversation never
stops.

Says Churchill, "I can tell what time of day it is by who's in here." And so
can others. Thomas may say he's getting away from his phone, but other smokers
can't hide here - in two hours on Friday, four of 10 who drifted into and out
of the store received phone calls there. But still, they can always duck a
call; their friends will cover for them.

Marrelli, growing thoughtful, sums up: "In a relatively busy world, when you
want to have social intercourse, you have coffee, or you invite people for
food. Who has time to do it?

"Here, what you have is the opportunity to have a tea party every day."

But it's too late for Marrelli to grow too poetic - Blandina is snorting in
his best "Beavis and Butt-head" imitation.

"Huh-huh! Huh-huh!" he wheezes. "You said intercourse."

And that's how it stays - from 10 till 6 every day. Painters, salesmen,
philosophers, gathered around the ashtray, their own '90s version of the
cracker-barrel talk or pot-bellied stove. Solving the problems of the world,
making jokes about each other's comments, and looking at the women as they go
to the nail shop.

Robinson says the store represents the future of retail. He points to his
monogrammed shirt cuffs, describing how the catalog he orders from keeps his
name, his size and other preferences on file. They know who he is when he
calls, he says, and it makes a difference.

Tobacconists of Raleigh is much the same. "This is a free service to the
clients," he says. "A place for smokers to congregate."

Debbie Churchill agrees, to an extent. That is, maybe it's the future of
retail - but maybe it's the past as well. Or maybe it's just what a good store
has always been, whether it's that old grocery store with the cracker barrel or
Floyd's. It's a place to be together.

"We are a family owned business," Churchill says, switching from a cigar to
a cigarette. "But the men who sit out there? They're like our extended family."

So it is, but it really is only an hour of a day. Joe Spicchali stands up.
"Well, guys," he says, "A slice of heaven, but I gotta go."

He'll be back. 

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

Hello, Steve,

  It was a year ago this month that I obtained access to the Internet and
stumbled onto the Pipes Web Page.  Since that time I have been an avid
reader and an all-too-frequent contributor.  In reflection, I must say that
the Digest has changed my pipe smoking life--all for the better.

  First, of course, is the sense of camaraderie that the Digest generates.
Every couple of weeks (more or less), pipe smokers from around the world
receive the latest issue and share their knowledge and experiences; ask and
answer questions; gently debate the burning (pun intended) smoking-related
issues of the day; and pretty much feel at ease with each other.  Is it any
wonder the list of subscribers keeps growing by leaps and bounds.

  Second is the fact that the Digest is an invaluable way to discover the
people and places of the pipe and cigar smoking world.  Through the Digest
I learned of the local pipe club and the expos it puts on annually; of
smoke shops--both locally and away from home; of mail-order sources of
smoking materials; and of publications that one might otherwise never come
across ("Pipe Friendly" and "The Pipe Smokers' Ephemeris" come to mind).

  And third, the Digest has certainly helped me expand my horizons
regarding the pipes and tobaccos I smoke.  For many years I was content to
purchase low- to mid-range pipes and one basic aromatic tobacco blend.  And
don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with either of these--I have more
than one inexpensive pipe in my collection that are made out of some pretty
ugly wood, but they're comfortable and always provide me with a good smoke;
and I still smoke that aromatic blend from time to time.  But I've branched
out, thanks to the Digest.  I now look for better quality pipes (and not
just the expensive ones--I've picked up some pretty nice pieces for under
$100); I smoke a wide variety of tobacco blends, have discovered the joys
of English and other non-aromatic blends, and am constantly trying out new
ones (one recent one that I've found to be VERY good is Equinox offered by
Bob Hamlin's PCCA; I've also been sampling a variety of the Cornell and
Diehl blends, many of which are also very good).

  I doubt that I'm alone in any of this.  In fact, as of last issue, there
are over 2,000 of us.  All of this is by way of saying, simply, thanks,
Steve, for putting out the Pipes Digest.  I, for one, greatly appreciate
your efforts, and there are over 2,000 others who probably would agree.

--Ed

[ And there will doubtless be many more of us in the future, Ed; it's
a privilege to be able to do it for you and the community.  Thanks! -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Receipt of My First Issue

Dear Steve:

Thanks for including me in your distribution. When I last (and first)
corresponded, I was en route from my home in Oklahoma City to San Francisco
and Yosemite for a week with my wife. I've spent alot of time thinking about
pipes, why I enjoy them and the reason that I bought my first one.

I attended Menlo College in Menlo Park, California from 1977 to 1980, and
fell for a terrific gal by the name of Pam Litwer. She decided on a new
haircut, and I offered my two cents worth. Seeing the aftermath at lunch that
day, I realized that my advice had been a mistake. She was as beautiful as
ever, but her hair would need months to repair. As we walked through the
Stanford Shopping Center on our way to the car, and in front of a Tinder Box,
I asked her what changes she would like to see in me. She said that she was
always attracted to men who smoked a pipe. A few minutes later, I was the
owner of a Peterson system and an ounce or two of California Blend. I've
enjoyed my few pipes since then (although I haven't seen that Peterson in
quite awhile), and I think of Pam whenever I smoke. As my wife and I walked
through the Stanford Center two days ago, I shared with her the story of my
first pipe. 

After a couple of days in San Francisco, we arrived at Yosemite last night,
and I am looking forward to a long weekend of beautiful mountain weather. Our
host maintains a no-smoking policy in the cabin, but I'll go for a walk, pipe
in hand, later this morning and until our departure Sunday.

I suppose that most of us were brought to our pipes under similarly enjoyable
circumstances, and our memories are just as fond. As I look forward to
reading future issues, I hope to find stories of first pipes and smokes that
bring a smile to the author as this one has to me. 

Thanks for your publication, for an outlet for my indulgence, and for the
promise of meeting others who share in this simple enjoyment.

Regards,

Tom Kilpatrick

[ Thank you for a wonderful story, Tom! -S. ]


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From: Thomas Michell <???????????????????> 
      (by way of Steve Beaty <?????????????????????????>)
Subject: Pipe Information 

I have "Genuine MLC Meerschaum".  Description:  Nude woman
serenaded by an angel with a harp in hand.  Made out of 
bakelite (?sp) Woman is about 4 1/2 inches, angel about 
2 1/2 inches. Total size of the pipe is 9" L x 4" high.
Total figurine is triangular, 4 x 5 x 4.
I would be interested in any information you can give 
me about this pipe.  Thank you.  


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From: ?????????????? (John Loring) 
      (by way of Steve Beaty <?????????????????????????>)
Subject: Chicago Pipe Show

Steve:

Just a note to let you know that the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club will be 
hosting a pipe show at the Clarion/Quality Inn O'Hare Hotel (5 minutes from 
the Chicago O'Hare Airport) on Saturday and Sunday April 13 & 14.  There will 
be about 90 tables (tables are sold out) 60 + of which will be devoted to 
estate briar pipes and the balance of the tables devoted to antique pipes, 
tobacciana tins, cigar bands, and tobacciana literature.
All the major estate pipe dealers will be there as well as several 
internationally recognized collectors and experts in the antique pipe area.
Of special note, for the first time in its history Dunhill will have a 
major display of pipes from its London museum with the museum curator in 
attendance.  Also of note the Chicago Pipe Show is being held in conjunction 
with the Annual Pocket Lighter Preservation Guild Show (lighter collectors) 
which will be at the same hotel in a different ball room on Friday & 
Saturday, April 12 & 14.  The lighter show will be at least as large as the 
pipe show and traditionally attracts several collectors and dealers from 
Europe.  In other words we should have most important areas of tobacciana
collectables under one roof for the first time in memory.  There's a special 
hotel rate as long as you mention the show (I think its around $60).
                                                   John Loring  

[ Good luck on the show, John! -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????????????? (MR JAMES D RANSOM)
Subject: Questions and Corrections

In your resource guide I noticed that you had listed Fred Stoker and 
Sons , Dresden TN. however the correct zip code is 38225. Also I 
would like to take this opprotunity to thank
you for putting together such a wonderful, informative digest
and I am proud to be a part of your membership.

Question #1: Could you possibly send back issues of the digest #1 - # 
209, I am a new member and am very interested in reading these back 
issues. I have tried to read them on line but always manage to not be 
able to access them.

Question # 2: I recently purchased 2 Aldo Velani briars from
Italy and was wondering if you or any other digest members
have any opinions on these pipes, compared to GBD, Charatans and 
Dunhills etc.

I am relatively new to pipe smoking so my experience is nil, 
I notice that alot of the digest members give a background of 
themselves do here goes. I have smoked cigarettes for 10 yrs 
and recently gave them up for the finer pleasures of pipe smoking and 
have enjoyed every minute of it. I live in TN, have 2 children and a 
wonderful wife who readily accepts my new found joy and even 
purchased a new pipe and stand for our anniversary this past weekend. 
I love the cavendish blends of tobac and am eager to try some other 
blends in the
near future. 

Once again, thanks so much for the time you devote to making this 
digest what it is.

Pleasant Smoking,

Donovan Ransom

[ Back issues sent, and thanks for the correction! -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????????????? (Hanjo Iwanowitsch)
Subject: Contribution to RG/First Estate Pipe

Dear Steve, dear friends-in-smoke:

For I just bought me a new Peterson (Sherlock Holmes Rathbone) there I
would like to make a contribution to the PD Resource Guide:

Tabak Trennt
Moellingstrasse 28
D-24103 Kiel
Germany
Telephone 0431/95890, Telefax 0431/95893.

It is a comfortable and luxury retail shop which sells pipes, cigars and
accessoires. If you had no reason so far to visit Northern Germany -- here
you are. The well-informed and helpful owner of the shop, Mr. Trennt (it's
an old family business), repairs pipes as well. --

Afar from this I bought some days ago my first estate pipe (I long had
prejudices about smoking pre-smoked pipes), cleaned it carefully and am now
the satisfied owner of a Nording #1 Silver Band. To all beginners in
pipe-smoking (with a small budget) I can really recommend this kind of
purchasing your "new" one.

Thanks for your work, Steve (and thanks to you all not minding my mistakes)!

Regards,
Hanjo.

----------------------------------------------------------------
Hanjo Iwanowitsch, Kiel, Germany.
E-Mail: ?????????????????????????????????
Sammelsurium: http://www.kiel.netsurf.de/homes/Hanjo.Iwanowitsch


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From: Thomas Doucet <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Bellezia Pipes

	Hello various smokers one and all...
My name is Thomas Doucet. After reading posts in this excellent digest 
about people walking into little antique stores and finding racks of 
Dunhills, Pre-trans Barlings, and solid gold Petersons :) for three bucks 
a bushel, I did some second hand shopping old style myself. I think I may 
have come across ` my deal of the century '. Two hand-made Bellezia's
for $60.00 CDN.( that's three zero bucks each! ). I have never heard of 
such a talent but know brilliance when it pulls me to it.
I would appreciate it if anyone could send me info on this amazing pipe 
maker. I know he is from Buffalo ( from doing the word search thing )
and that's it. These baby's are smooooth....I think my old bryre Comoy
is a bit jealous.
My advice to anyone is go to the antique and flea market things.
Also, how do I get rid of the pesky SOFT carbon at the BOTTOM of the bowl.
I have tried the boiled alcool trick but this stuff is thick.
Well, time to get to know Mr. Bellezia a little better and reassure Mr. 
Comoy. 

P.S. ANDREW, thanks for the direction...


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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Ohio Pipe Collectors

Steve,
 
On this occasion of the mailing of the first OPC newsletter (all 18 pages)
of 1996, I'd like to bring you and Digest subscribers up to date on the
Ohio Pipe Collectors and our upcoming show. The OPC now stands at 113
members from many states, Canada and Europe.  The newsletter is out,
featuring a long and interesting piece by OPC member Bob Everett from
Anacortes WA on his success at becoming an amateur maker of high-quality
pipes.  As always, we welcome anyone who would like to become a member,
thereby receiving the newsletter and supporting our annual September
swap/sell pipe show.  Dues are only $12 a year, prorated by the month for
new members.  Anyone who would like a free complimentary copy should send
me their mailing address.
 
The show, scheduled for Sept. 14, is shaping up very well.  Of the
available 65 tables, 18 are now rented.  I have just heard from noted
Chicago collector Rex Poggenpohl, who took two tables, and Mel Feldman of
The Smoker in Albany NY, who took five tables and promises to be coming
with a van full of people and 2,000 pipes.  Merchandise and promises of
great merchandise for our show raffle are pouring in.  The raffle proceeds
are what keep us afloat year to year as all other income pretty much gets
spent on the newsletter and show expenses.
 
Join us a member and/or come to the show.  We'd love to have you all.  If
anyone would like a show signup sheet, please let me
know.

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

[ Bill, I wanted to also compliment you on the fantastic job you're
doing with the OPC.  It just gets better and better, and your energy
and enthusiasm show!  And is it my imagination, or has the show scene
become much more active in recent years? -S. ]


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From: ??????????? (rob denholtz)
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

[ Private correspondence deleted. -S. ]

Steve,          Great!  I'd like to post the following announcement in "Pipes
                Digest":

        FINE OLDE BRIARS would like to invite you to peruse our latest
catalog of estate pipes, including Connoisseurs, Charatans, Dunhills, and
over 100 other pre-smoked pipes, plus custom-blended tobaccos.  We are also
offering our services and our catalog for you to sell YOUR PIPES ON
CONSIGNMENT.  Inquiries invited.

        Rob Denholtz                    Steve Abrams
        20 Clover Hill Drive            PO Box 157
        Poughkeepsie, NY 12603          Woodstock, NY 12498
        (914) 462-2495                  (914) 679-8430
        ???????????

Thanks, Steve.  I'll let you know what kind of response we get.  I'd
appreciate it if you would run this ad as often as you feel is appropriate.

                                                Rob

[ Thanks for the notice, Rob.  It's Digest policy to avoid publishing
repeat advertising.  However, a few brief notices per year about new
products, special offers, etc. of interest to subscribers would be
fine. I'll put your address in the Guide. -S. ]


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From: ??????????? (rob denholtz)

Steve,

        I am very embarrassed, but have to tell you that before I read your
"Pipe Digest" administrative guidelines, I jumped on the new subscribers
list and send emails to all new subscribers asking if they were interested
in receiving the FINE OLDE BRIARS catalog.  This email went out yesterday.
I would not have used this list for commercial purposes had I read your
guidelines first.  I'm sorry that I did not.

        I have received about 25 positive replies, including snail mail
addresses.  I hope you are not beseiged by angry subscribers complaining
about your giving out their email addresses.  I would be glad to get in
touch with anyone who is upset and explain that the error was mine
entirely.

        Please accept my assurances that this will not happen again, and
let me know if there is some way I can made amends.

        Rob Denholtz

[ Apology accepted, Rob, and no harm done, as far as I know.  -S. ]


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Quote of the Week:

"We no longer believe the stars to be little lamps, or shiny nails
attached to the sky vault, or -- as one delightful Central American
legend has it -- the glowing ends of cigars which dead heroes are
smoking in heaven."
				- H. A. Rey
				  _The Stars: A New Way to See Them_

				[ A wonderful little book for those
				  smoking outside on a starry night.
				  Available from Sky Publications,
				  http://www.skypub.com/catalog/catalog.html
				  or 800-253-0245. ]


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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996
  2. Subject: Pipe & tobacco
  3. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #212 -- March 14, 1996
  4. Subject: PD Submission
  5. Subject: Peterson
  6. Subject: Smoking Wet
  7. Subject: Pipes Digest #212 -- March 14, 1996 - Reply
  8. Subject: Lighter Fluid
  9. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #212 -- March 14, 1996
  10. Subject: Correct Address
  11. Subject: Various Pipe Stuff
  12. Subject: Re: clove pipe tobacco
  13. Subject: cloves, char, apricots & cream
  14. Subject: lighting a pipe blind
  15. Subject: Re: lighting a pipe blind
  16. Subject: Just started
  17. Subject: The Briar Society
  18. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #212 -- March 14, 1996
  19. Subject: Young Pipesmokers In The UK
  20. Subject: PD Submission
  21. Subject: visiting a nice pipe shop
  22. Subject: Breakthrough
  23. Subject: Honest Long Cut Tobacco - Anyone Remember It ?
  24. Subject: Sasieni Pipes
  25. Subject: pipes for women
  26. Subject: Hello From A Female Cigar Smoker ======~~
  27. Subject: [PIPES]
  28. Subject: Receipt of My First Issue
  29. Subject: Pipe Information
  30. Subject: Chicago Pipe Show
  31. Subject: Questions and Corrections
  32. Subject: Contribution to RG/First Estate Pipe
  33. Subject: Bellezia Pipes
  34. Subject: Ohio Pipe Collectors
  35. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
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