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Subject: Pipes Digest #214 -- April 14, 1996

		  Pipes Digest #214 -- April 14, 1996
	     Copyright (C) 1996 by Stephen P. Masticola.
	   All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 2132

Welcome to new members:

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[FOOLISHNESS] As some readers have surmised, part of the last issue
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of the first day of April...  More about that in the first letter.

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			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Craig Tarler <???????????>
Subject: April 1st Issue


Just to thank you for all the fun we had with the April 1 PD. I got a lot 
of replies, some of them very funny. One reader suggested that the after 
effects of Sam's Blend must have given me "a handful"! Only one reader 
bit and he got an APRIL FOOL reply. I guess I lost a prospect, but it was 

On another subject: I think we have cloned Three Nuns. We're calling 
it Three Friars, #972. To make certain, I'm offering 2 oz. FREE to the 
first 10 Three Nuns smokers who contact me so that we can be sure or to 
make whatever changes are necessary.

Also, people have been asking me for a strawberry aromatic. We now have a 
super one, Strawberries & Cream, #303. I never made one before. I thought 
the strawberry would kind of fade out because it is a delicate flavor. 
This one is strawberry to the bottom of the bowl!

Thanks again for all the fun. 


<a href="http://www.tacoma.net/~pipes/candd.html"> for Cornell & Diehl 

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From: "Timothy C. Caton" <????????????????????>
Subject: StogieFest Four at American University, Washington, D.C. (for

 as of March 31, 1996

WHEN:    Friday, April 26, 1996 at 7:00 p.m. (Raindate April 27)
WHERE:   American University
         4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
         Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Tim Wehner (????????????????????)

   Stogiefest Four will be held on April 26th, beginning at 7 PM. The rain
date for the event is the 27th, same time. Our last Fest was held in
November, and suffered due to weather, so this time we remembered to think
ahead. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this time.

   For those of you who aren't familiar with Stogiefest, it is a free
outdoor event at the American University in Northwest Washington, D.C. It
isn't anything special, shall we say, but it is the highlight of the
semester for myself, and hopefully for others too. Stogiefest is a great
opportunity to meet people, enjoy fine cigars, and for many people to try
something new. Stogiefest often seems to become a mini-clinic of sorts, with
experienced smokers teaching the uninitiated. It is my hope (but not
guarantee) that we will have some new things at this fest, to make the event
more worthwhile for those who travel any distance to get here.

   If you have any resources or ideas you'd like to present, mail me at
????????????????????? We still are looking for someone who might be willing
to sell cigars, as our funds are limited and cannot be ventured. We usually
have little idea of how many people will want to buy cigars, as opposed to
those who bring their own, but generally the ones we have sell fairly well.
At this time I am uncertain as to the requirements for an event vendor, but
if you are interested in this, write me and I'll find out quickly. Also, I
hope to make shirts or another souvenir item for this Fest. If this idea
interests you, also write me. If the response is great enough, I'll research it.



Timothy Wehner, President (????????????????????)

Timothy Caton, Executive Director (????????????????????)
Joel DeFelice, Stogiefest Chairman

[ Best of luck to all, and let's hope the weather cooperates! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: West Coast Pipe & Cigar EXPO

		  The Southwest Pipe & Cigar League

		The Los Angeles Airport Sheraton Hotel
	 6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
	   Dates:  Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th

		Presenting the only event of its kind in the country!  
The West Coast Pipe & Cigar Expo features a wide range of Exhibitors in a
Venue specially created for All PIPE And CIGAR Enthusiasts.  This Outstanding
Show also includes Door Prizes, Cigar Smoking Contests, a Silent Auction of
Pipes, Cigars and Related Items, and a Pipe Smoking Contest on Sunday, July
28th.  Come meet Special Guest, Sir Richard Carleton Hacker, author of The
Ultimate Pipe Book and The Ultimate Cigar book.  Our Banquet on Saturday,
July 27th will include Excellent Food, Interesting and Entertaining Guest
Speakers, and an Auction of Tobacciana and Fine Spirits.

		Hotel rooms:  $79+tax per night single/double
	     For room reservations call toll-free (800) 445-7999 by July 6th.
		You MUST mention the EXPO to receive hotel room discount!

				Schedule of Events:

		Saturday, July 27:  Doors Open to the Public 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
			Banquet 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

		Sunday, July 28:  Doors Open to the Public 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
			Pipe Smoking Contest at 2 p.m.

		HOTEL PARKING:  $6.00 per day (special EXPO rate)
		GOURMET BUFFET BANQUET:  $45.00 per Person

	EXHIBIT SPACE IS AVAILABLE!  For more information please contact:
	Steve Johnson, 1532 South Bundy Drive, Apt. D, Los Angeles, CA 90025
				PHONE:  (310) 820-9706


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From: David Cunningham <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996

I have smoked cigars for at least 6 months now, and my parents aren't too 
happy about my cigar smoking. They regard all smoking as bad. I explain 
that I don't inhale, yet they don't listen. It's not like I smoke a lot 
either. In a week, I usually smoke 3-7 cigars. I don't even know how I 
got started smoking cigars. I was just seeing what many pipe and cigars 
smokers' opinion on this situation.

[ Well, David, it's an unfortunate situation; it seems like your
parents have bought into the "all tobacco is evil" mentality.  But if
you're of age to smoke cigars, and if you're not, er, creating new
aromas in their house, then it's your own business.  Perhaps agreeing
to disagree may be the best for now. -S. ]

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From: Richard & Nancy Newhouse <???????????????????????????>
Subject: PD

Just a short note to tell you how much I am enjoying your digest.  Living on
the eastern shore of Maryland, there are not a lot of outlets for pipe
smokers, although I did treat myself to a new Merschaum today.  It's a
second, but a beatiful one at that.
There is a unique joy in smoking a pipe for the first time, perhaps like
meeting a new friend. 
I have read much in the way of opinion as to what is the best kind of pipe
to smoke, but I would imagine that in the long run the best one is the one
that you enjoy best, be it a Dr Grabow, or a Merschaum, or a good briar.  I
have smoked a pipe on and off for over 20 years, smoking cigarettes mainly
inbetween.  The cigs are gone for good.
After taking up the pipe again, cigarettes hold no interest for me and in
fact are not at all enjoyable.
I have also read with much interest the comments on letting a pipe rest
between smokes. I have some pipes that are used daily and often do not have
a chance to cool completely between bowls.  Will this cause damage to the
pipe?  Also, just how much should I let the bowl build up?  

Keep up the good work.


[ Eastern shore of Maryland?  My grandmother, may she rest in peace,
lived in Easton.  Re resting the pipe, I like to do so, though some
people say it makes no difference. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: new e-mail and web page address

Just wanted to drop you a line to inform you of my new address. It was
?????????????????? and is now ?????????????????? My cigar page, "Smoke
 'em if you got 'em", has moved to:
http://www.aracnet.com/~eric1/cigarpix.htm .

I'm currently working on a "pipes edition" of "Smoke 'em if you got
'em" so if anyone has a pipes page, good links, or anything they'd
like to contribute just e-mail me.

Like many people I have found myself going from a cigar smoker who
occasionally smokes a pipe to a pipe smoker who occasionally smokes a
cigar. This transformation took place recently after I bought my first
decent briar. An added bonus is that my wife can now stand to come
into my den/office while I'm enjoying my pipe, unlike the cigars.

Eric Campbell

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From: Kevin Malloy <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996


A pipe question for you if you don't mind.  I received a pipe as a gift a
while back but I don't know if it requires a filter or not.....It is made in
Denmark and has the markings "(one word can't make out then Danish" and the
number 62 afterwards with a picture of a 3 peaked crown on the stem.  It is
a beautiful rough grained pipe with carved finger pads on both sides.  I luv
the smoke (use it as is) but wonder if it requires a filter.  The purchaser
advises that the store has since moved and whereabouts unknown.  Any
information anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.

P.S.  I look forward to PD and thoroughly enjoy all the letters.  Keep up
the good work.


[ Sounds like a Stanwell... -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????? (David Stewart)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996

[ ASTRONOMY REDUX from Pipes Digest #2133, describing Comet Hyakutake,
deleted. -S. ] 

Just to let you know that NASA has some great shots of the comet. The Hubble
took some excellent ones, and then they premiere some photographers from
around the world with their telescope shots. You might have readers load up
a pipe and tune into the NASA site. CNN had the links a few days ago to go
directly to the pages but I am sure a web search will yield positive results.

Dave Stewart 
Information Services
Snohomish Publshing Co.        The Self-Publishing Experience
114 Ave C                       "Self-Publishing Can Be
Snohomish, WA 98290              Profitable and Immensely
(360)568-1242                     Rewarding" by Ruth Raby Moen
(360)568-8245 Fax                      $16.95 + $2.50 S&H

[ Just to let you know... I visited the Metropolitan Cigar Society's
meeting last Wednesday, and the comet was plainly visible, even in the
glare of the parking lot lights.  So it's still around; very bright,
but didn't see a tail.  Thanks! -S. ]

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From: "Richard E. Byer" <????????????????>
Subject: Elizabethan Mixture

Scott Bufosky asked about the content of Dunhill's Elizabethan Mixture. 
 It is, according to the can it comes in, a mixture of virginia and 
perique tobaccos.  There are a lot of pressed tobaccos around in a 
similar formulation, but few, like Elizabethan Mixture, come ready 

I have managed to create my own by mixing a blend that is acutally mixed 
at John B. Hayes Tobacconists called "Tom's Red and Black" (which is a 
blend of red and black virginias) with perique.  My blend is 7 parts 
Toms to 1 part perigue.  Some folks find this percentage of perique to 
be a little too much, but many like it.

Rick Byer

[ Also see below for more on Dunhill mixtures. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????????????
Subject: Dunhill Hand Blended Mixtures

Greetings Steve!

Thanks much for your dedicated service to all of us pipe smoking enthusiasts on 
the Internet.  I've learned perhaps more in one year of reading Pipes Digest 
than I did in all of my previous years of pipe smoking.  Thanks also to your 
many readers and submitters who've educated me on topics ranging from Irish 
Twist tobaccos to the latest purification techniques for restoring sweetness to 
pipes gone sour.

I'm a big fan of oriental mixtures and matured Virginia blends.  St Bruno and 
Condor are at the top of my list, as are Dunhill's Standard Mixture Medium and 
Nightcap (particularly during the evening).  Actually, I experiment with a 
fairly wide range of mixtures and blends, but the above four have withstood the 
test of time.  They just seem to keep getting better and better, year after 

I had the thrill of visiting Dunhill's Tobacco Bar last January during a trip to 
England.  I was surprised to learn that many of the Dunhill mixtures that had 
previously disappeared in the U.S. (e.g Aperitif, Baby's Bottom) are still 
available at the Dunhill store in London!  The store personel were very helpful, 
and provided me with a type-written list of their available mixtures with brief 

Given the amount of discussion in PD and alt.smokers.pipes about Dunhill blends, 
I thought there might be an interest among your readership in seeing the 
mixtures that are still available through their store.  Below, I've included a 
copy of the original type-written text.  Hopefully, most of it survived the 
scanning and OCR process.  Someone wrote to me recently saying that Dunhill can 
make any of these blends available via mail-order.  I've even heard that they 
will exclude the tax and duty for orders of a certain size, but I haven't 
confirmed this yet.

The only address and number I have for Dunhill are:

Alfred Dunhill Pipes Limited
32 Saint Andrews Road
London E17 6BQ

Fax: 0181-523-2816

If anyone out there has any experience ordering pipe tobacco directly from 
Dunhill, I would very much appreciate a short email with any helpful 
information.  Thanks in advance!

Mark Shelor



Mix 34596
Our most popular dark broken flake with a little 'casting' (flavouring).  Richly 
flavoured with a background 'tang'.  Medium strength.

Mix 36166 
A 'Lemon' and 'Bronze' Virginia flake previously known as 'Dark Flake' or 
'Mixture 179'.  This flake is gently 'rubbed out' to give the smoker cool 
burning qualities.  Mild to medium in strength.

Mix 36667
A full bodied dark broken flake with no added 'casting' (flavouring).  For the 
customer who prefers full strength.

Mix 36609
Comparable flake to a 'Navy Cut' or 'Plug' tobacco.  Second strongest flake to 

Mix 620
A very popular medium strength mixture. Red Virginia, chopped flake, a little 
Latakia and incorporating 'Royal Yacht'.  The flake helps to give a natural 
sweetness and a slow rate of burn.  A dash of white rum flavouring is added to 
enhance taste.

Mix 27
A classic 'English' mixture. 'Nutty' taste.  Mild to medium strength. Latakia, 
Cavendish, Virginia and Oriental Leaf.  Similar to Standard Mixture Mild as Mix 

Mix 21
A straight forward fine cut (unflavoured) Red Virginia.  Mild in strength.

Mix 94
A medium strength blend consisting of 50% Cavendish (heavy grade Virginia) and 
50% Red Virginia.  Not considered aromatic.

Mix 'Elite'
A mild to medium mixture which contains 'spicy' Perique.  A rich sophisticated 
blend with nine different tobacco leaves including Cavendish, Virginias and 
Flakes.  Semi-aromatic blend flavoured with plum and mixed fruit.

Mix 'Aperitif'
A complex blend of Virginias, Cavendish, Latakia and Oriental 'Aperitif' Leaf.  
The name  suggests this well balanced medium mixture be enjoyed prior to dinner.

Mix 'Vanilla'
A mild to medium blend of Burley and Virginia Flake flavoured  with vanilla 

Mix 'Cherry & Rum'
Incorporating 'Royal Yacht' mixture, a mild to medium blend of
Virginias and Oriental Leaf. Flavoured with equal amounts of cherry and rum 

Mix 'Royale'
A rich combination of 'Blenders Own', 'October 89' and 'New World'.  These 
blends previously described.  Mild to medium.

Mix 'Duke Street'
A most popular combination of traditional 'English' mixture, broad cut Lemon 
Virginia, Latakia, Cavendish and Oriental mixture.  This mixture also 
incorporates 'Alfred's Own' and two dark flakes which have been rubbed out.  
Slow burning and just on the mild side of medium strength.

Mix 36080 'Mr Alfred's Own'
One of the original 'English' mixtures.  A mellow medium strength.  Latakia, 
Cavendish, Virginias and Oriental Leaf with added Havana filler leaf to give 
this blend zest'.  Very popular.

Mix 10
A richly flavoured 'English' mixture.  Medium to full strength.  A high 
proportion of Latakia and Cavendish leaf give backbone to this blend.  With 
Virginias and Oriental Leaf.  The nearest factory blend is 'London Mixture'.

Mix 73
The fullest flavoured 'English' mixture.  Over 52% Latakia, Cavendish, 
Virginias, Perique and Oriental Leaf.  Suggested for an evening smoke.  Nearest 
factory blend is Nightcap.

Mix 'Peach'
Using the same recipe as 'October 89' 'Peach' blend is semi-sweet and slow 
burning.  Mild strength.

Mix 'Apricot'
Same blend as 'June 86' lightly flavoured with apricot essence.  Mild Strength.

Mix 'Cherry'
Same blend as 'June 86' lightly flavoured with cherry essence.  Mild strength.

Mix 'June 86'
A popular 'Continental' aromatic mixture, not too sweet.  A blend of Virginias 
and Flakes.  Lightly flavoured with whisky and caramel essence.  Mild strength.  
See Cherry and Apricot.

Mix 'Blenders Own'
Highly regarded mild to medium strength semi-aromatic mixture. With Rich Flake 
and Burley, Virginias and Perique. This blend is 'designer' made for the 
customer who prefers character to an aromatic blend. Some Latakia is added and 
finally flavoured with vanilla essence. Exquisite!

Mix 'October 89'
Our best selling and sweet aromatic mixture.  Incorporating '620' mixture and 
broad cut Lemon Virginia, chopped flake, Red Virginia, in addition to rich 
Cavendish and Oriental Leaf.  Slow burning and cool mixture.  Ideal for breaking 
in a new pipe.  Flavoured with honey and apricot essence and a dash of mixed 
fruit essence.  Mild strength.  Our most popular mix.

Mix 36081 'Three Year Matured'
Medium blend consisting of Red Virginia and Oriental Leaf.  Lightly flavoured 
with mixed fruit essence.

Mix 1167 'Cuba'
A medium strength blend consisting of mixed Virginias, Cavendish, Oriental Leaf 
with added Havana filler leaf and Perique.  NO LATAKIA IN THIS BLEND.  Spicy 
flavoured blend which comes from the Perique.

Mix 'New World'
A rich mild to medium blend, predominately Burley leaf with Virginias, some 
Cavendish and Latakia.  Two dark flakes are then added to complete this 
satisfying blend.  Finally, flavoured with maple essence.

Mix 1066 'Durbar'
This mixture, 'Durbar', is so called because it contains a high proportion of 
Oriental Leaf.  Virginia, Latakia, also Broad Cut mixture giving rich body but 
slow rate of burn.  Medium strength.

'Bowled Out'
A natural sweet smelling mixture which consists of rubbed Virginia and Turkish, 
with a small amount of Perique to give it spice.  Medium strength, not 
considered aromatic.  Ideal after a game of cricket.

'221B Baker St'
A mild to medium strength mixture with a quizzical twist to it that only the 
formidable Sherlock Holmes could fathom out.  - Elementary -

'Baby's Bottom'
A smooth medium strength mixture which consists mainly of Red Virginia, it also 
has bronze and Lemon Virginia and some Flake with a good helping of Latakia.  
(As smooth as a baby's bottom)

'White Spot'
A fairly full bodied smoke that has 35% Latakia, Red Virginia and Turkish.  A 
very English mixture.

Mix 'Chocolate'
A dark blend flavoured with 'plain chocolate' essence.  Chocolate flavoured 
flake is added to mixed Virginias, Perique and Oriental Leaf.  Mild to medium.

Mix 'Rum Truffle'
A mild yet soft and rich luxurious blend.  Consisting of whole chopped cigar 
leaf, Burley, Virginias, Flake and Oriental Leaf.  This mixture also 
incorporates 'Royal Yacht'.  Flavoured with rum essence and a dash of chocolate 
essence.  Mild to medium.

[ These lists differ slightly; some blends are present in one that are
absent in the other, the descriptions differ, and I strongly suspect
that someone made a typo in one of the mixture numbers (though I can't
say which.) It might very well be worth editing them into one. -S. ]

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From: Kim Bailey <??????????????????????????>

Steve, here is a copy of my posting to the alt.smokers.pipes news
group.  This is a list of some of the Dunhill Tobaccos available only
from Dunhill in London England.  I was there last July, and most if
not all of these are TINNED.  Perhaps a posting on the pipes digest
page(s) would be considered. ?!

   K. R. Bailey   [??????????????????????]

     A list of some of the Dunhill Tobaccos
     available ONLY from Dunhill in London
           Alfred Dunhill Ltd.
           30 Duke Street, St. James
           London, England
        phone: 0171-499-9566

       (Ed. note: keep in mind that it is 5 hours LATER
        in London, than in New York, and 8 hours later
        than in LA )

   Names in ( ) are older, previous names
   There are also some "editorial" remarks denoted as: (Ed. note:
    or as (Ed. comment:  .

                       Dunhill Mixture #34569
     A dark broken flake, richly flavoured with a background
     "tang".  Medium Strength.

                       Dunhill Mixture #36166
                      (Dark Flake, Mixuture #179)
    A Lemon and Bronze Virginia Flake; Gently rubbed out.
    Mild to medium strength.

                       Dunhill Mixture #36667 
    A full bodied dark broken flake. No added flavours.
    Full strength.

                       Dunhill Mixture #36609 
    Similar to a Navy Cut or Plug tobacco. Full strength.

                       Dunhill Mixture #620   
    Red Virginia, chopped flake, a little Latakia, and some
    Dunhill's Royal Yacht.  This blend has a natural sweetness
    and a slow rate of burn.  A dash of white rum flavouring is

      (Ed. comment:  "They" should not ADD FLAVOURINGS!!!!!! 8={   )

                       Dunhill Mixture #27    
     A classic ENGLISH mixture. Nutty taste. Mild to Medium strength.
     Consists of Latakia, Cavendish, Virginia, and Oriental leaf.
     Similar to Dunhill Std. Mild.
    (Ed. comment: I have tried this and find it to be EXCELLENT :-)

                       Dunhill Mixture #21    
     A straight forward, fine cut, UNFLAVOURED, Red Virginia.
     Mild in strength.

                       Dunhill Mixture #94    
     A medium strength blend of 50% Cavendish and 50% Red Virginia.
     Not considered aromatic.

                       Dunhill Mixture ELITE  
    A mild to medium mexture containing:  Perique,
    and 9 other, different, tobacco leaves including:
    cavendish, Virginias, and Flakes.  Semi-aromatic blend
    flavoured with plum and other mixed fruit.

                       Dunhill APERITIF       
    A complex blend of Virginias, Cavendish, Latakia, and Oriental leaf.
    Medium strength.
         ( Ed. Comment:  VERY GOOD!!!  8=}}}  )

                       Dunhill Vanilla        
    A mild to medium blend of Burley and Virginia Flake,
    flavoured with vanilla essence.

                       Dunhill Cherry and Rum 
    A blend of Royal Yacht flavoured with Cherry and Rum essence.
    Mild to Medium strength.

                       Dunhill "Royale"       
    A combination of "Blenders Own", "October 89", and "New World"
    (see below for descriptions)
    Mild to medium strength.

                       Dunhill Duke Street    
    A traditional English mixture consisting of broad cut Lemon Virginia,
    Latakia, Cavendish, and Oriental; with Mr Alfred's Own and 2 dark
    flakes added.  Slow burning and between mild and medium in strength.

                         Dunhill #36080         
                       "Mr. Alfred's Own"
    One of the original Dunhill English Mixtures:
    Mild to medium, consisting of Latakia, Cavendish, Virginias, 
    Oriental Leaf and HAVANA FILLER! leaf for zest.
    (Ed. comment:  I like it!!!!   8=)

                         Dunhill #10            
    A richly flavoured English mixture. Medium to Full strength.
    A HIGH proportion of Latakia and Cavendish is a base for
    added Virginias and Oriental leaf.  This blend is similar to
    "Dunhill London Mixture".
    (Ed. comment:  I like it!!!!   8=)

                         Dunhill #73            
    The fullest flavoured English mixture.  Over 52% LATAKIA!
    with Cavendish, Virginias, Perique and Oriental leaf.
    (Ed. Comment:  VERY EXCELLENT!!!    8=})
    (Ed. comment:  I like it!!!!   8=)

                         Dunhill "Peach"        
    Same as "October 89: with added peach essence.
    Mild strength

                         Dunhill "Apricot"      
    Same as "June, 86": with added apricot essence.
    Mild strength

                         Dunhill "Cherry"      
    Same as "June, 86": with added cherry essence.
    Mild strength

                         Dunhill "June, 86"    
    A 'Continental' aromatic mixture. Not too sweet. A blend
    of Virginias and Flakes, and lightly flavoured with Whiskey
    and Caramel essence. Mild strength.

                         Dunhill Blenders Own  
    A mild to medium strength semi-aromatic mixture consisting of:
    Rich Flake, Burley, Virginias and Perique. Some Latakia is added
    along with vanilla essence.

                         Dunhill October 89    
    Using Dunhill 620 as a base, broad cut Lemon Virginia, 
    chopped flake, Red Virginia, Cavendish, and Oriental leaf
    is added to produce a mild, slow burningk, and cool mixture.
    Honey and apricot essence is added along with a fruit essence.

                         Dunhill 36081
                       (Three Year Matured)
     Medium strength blend of Red Virginia and Oriental leaf.
     Lighly flavoured with mixed fruit essence.

     (Ed. note:  the original 3-year matured was truely a 3 year
      matured red virginia with NO fruit essence!:  I know, since
      I have sampled tins of the original blend dated as far back
      as 1949!!.  It is beyond my comprehension that Dunhill would
      take a marvelous old blend like 3-year matured and add
      fruit essence to it  :-(    )

                         Dunhill 1167 
                          (  Cuba  )
     A medium strength, spicy  blend consisting of mixed Virginias,
     Cavendish, Oriental Leaf and added Havana Filler leaf and
     Perique.  This blend contains NO Latakia.

                         Dunhill New World
     A rich, mild to medium blend consisting of Burley, Virginias,
     Cavendish, and Latakia. Two dark flakes are added to complete
     this satisfying blend.  Finally, it is flavoured with
     maple essence.  (Ed. note: WHY!?! )

                         Dunhill 1066      
      This mixture contains a high percentage of Oriental leaf.
      Virginia, and Latakia are added.  This blend is Broad cut
      and has a slow rate of burn. Medium strength.
    (Ed. comment:  I like it!!!!   8=)

                         Dunhill Bowled Out
     A natural, sweet smelling mixture which consists of rubbed
     Virginia, Turkish, and a small amount of Perique.
     Medium strength, non-aromatic.

                         Dunhill 221B Baker St.
     A mild to medium strength mixture with a quizzical twist to it
     that only the Formidable Sherlock Holmes could fathom out.

                         Dunhill "Baby's Bottom"
     A smooth, medium strength mixture which consists of Red Virginas,
     Bronze and Lemon Virginias, some Flake and a good helping of
    (Ed. comment:  The original "Baby's Bottom" was produced by
     a company named "Savoury's, Ltd.  There were 5 or so different
     Baby's Bottom blends back in the 1950's and 1960's )

                         Dunhill "White Spot"
     A fairly Full bodied smoke that has 35% Latakia, with added
     Red Virginia and Turkish.  A VERY ENGLISH blend!
    (Ed. comment:  I believe this is a resurrection of an older
     Dunhill blend, also named "White Spot" )

   Ed. Note:  This is only a partial listing.  Dunhill in London still
   produce other blends.  Many are tinned.  Dunhill will also make up blends
   for a customer under the "My Mixture" label.

   Note further:  I am NOT in any way associated with Dunhill of London.
   This editor has merely sampled many of these blends in both their old
   versions, and these newer examples.

   This posting is in answer to questions posted some weeks ago:
     Re:  Dunhill Mixtures? ... on alt.smokers.pipes

  K. R. Bailey    [??????????????????????]

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From: ???????????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996

>   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. 

I do that, and it works, but sometime during the night when everybody is
asleep the salt creeps slowly up the side of the container I've got it in, 
climbs over the top to drop to the bottom of the humidor, then slips out
the crack in the bottom to hide amongst the carpet. What are you all using
to keep the salt solution in, and do you beat it occasionally to keep it
at bay?

Really. I don't know enough about physical chemistry to know why, but I get
an absolutely dry salt crust up the sides of the container, on the bottom
of the humidor, and on the floor. 

My humidor is a mirror doored medicine cabinet set into the wall (dirt
cheap at any good hardware store) so the door is vertical, and the salt
is escaping through the weatherstripping I added to the door.

And this gave me a horrendous chuckle:

Somebody said
>         The Tobacco Tavern in State College PA (see the resource guide)
> carries a clove scented pipe tobacco called "Punkin' Pie."  

and then
> (all blending is done in house, with no wacky additives)

Cloves are obviously perfectly ordinary additives in a tobacco called 
"punkin pie". Certainly an after-dinner blend; before dinner one would
have a bowlful of 'pipe stuffing', with sage and onions. ;-)

(all in fun; if I can find a sample I bet I'll like it.)


Martin Golding      | Western philosophy:  All that we can see is the illusion.
Dod #236 0354 .EC   |   Eastern religion:   All that we can see is illusion.
                    |     Zen <THWACK!>:     Shut up and watch.
???????????????????????   Portland, OR

[ Your humidor is posessed, Martin!  You need to exorcise it!

Seriously, the container might make a difference; I suspect that the
salt is wicking saltwater up the container sides, and that a less
wettable container might help. Try it with a Nalgene bottle (available
in camping stores) and see if that helps. -S. ]

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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Making Your Own Pipes

Steve, if you have the room, I thought that the Digest subscribers might
enjoy this piece by Bob Everett, which appeared in the March, 1996 issue of
the Ohio Pipe Collectors newsletter. As always, anyone who thinks they
might be seriously interested in finding out more about the OPC with an eye
to joining can contact me for a complimentary copy of the newsletter.
[After making Bob Everett's acquaintance through e-mail, I kept badgering
him until he joined the OPC.  Then, after discovering that he had just
started making pipes, I badgered him again until he agreed to write an
article for the newsletter.  I'm quite pleased with all the results of my
badgering.  Bob can be reached at 1275 Marine Drive, Anacortes WA 98221 or
by e-mail at ??????????????????]
When he learned that I had created a handful of briar pipes during the last
couple of months, Bill Unger asked me to render my experiences and any
hints developed during this foray into undying prose for the education and
enlightenment of the membership.  Being even more of an amateur at writing
than I am at pipe making, I must beg for your forbearance as you read on. I
have been a pipe smoker and in a small way a collector for the last 40
years or so.  During that time, I frequently wondered while I admired or
smoked some pipe maker's masterpiece if such creativity was in the realm of
possibility for the average bloke (read "me").  The answer was, for a long
time, no way, man!  Last Christmas, however, Harold Berlin, my best buddy
of some 30 years standing and also a pipe smoker, threw me a real curve.
Over the years, he and I had frequently discussed the various attributes
that go into making a pipe a success, both artistically and as a good
smoke, and had wondered together if we could make a pipe of professional
quality given the materials and the time.  His method of bringing the
matter to a head was to present me with a briar block and a stem blank as a
Christmas gift along with a challenge to get off the dime and make a pipe.
Arming myself with a copy of Stemco-Pimo's booklet Pimo's Guide to
Pipe-Crafting at Home, I headed for the shop to see what I could come up
with.  To make a long story short, after about 12 hours of work, I held in
my hands my first pipe, a Danish-style freehand with plateau (that is, the
rough, naturally knobby surface of the briar) bowl top and stem end similar
in shape and style to various Ben Wades and Preben Holms that are among the
favorites of my small collection.  I'm sure I was guided, albeit
unknowingly, in shaping that first pipe by some of the attributes I had
admired while handling and smoking the pipes of the Danish masters.
Bursting with pride, I rushed to show my creation to Hal.  He was stunned!
Well, I want you to know that this initial success created a monster.  I
rushed an order to Stemco-Pimo for a supply of briar blocks and assorted
stem blanks and haven't looked back since.  The thing that really amazed me
and continues to do so is that making pipes really isn't all that
difficult. All one needs are a few basic tools, the pipe materials and a
plan of action.
Basic Tools
Borrowing from Pimo's booklet on pipe making, I'll describe a minimum tool
set and then mention a few special tools that might make the job easier or
more pleasurable.  But one can get by easily with a vise, a square, a small
saw (coping saw or hacksaw), assorted files, assorted sandpaper and an
electric hand drill with assorted bits.  Additional tools, such as a
special drill bit for boring the tobacco hole, a tenon turning tool, buffs
and cutters, are available at a cost that will fit into most people's
budget without breaking the bank.
I am fortunate to have a small Shopsmith combination lathe, a bench
grinder, a bench motor with tapered spindles for wire and buffing wheels
and, most useful of all, a Foredom flex-shaft hobby tool with a large
assortment of cutting, grinding and polishing accessories.  I use these
tools because I have them in the shop, but one could easily get by with the
basic list and the Pimo booklet's advice on how to use them most
Pipe Materials
As my pipe-making experience is limited to a handful of briar pipes,
predominantly freehands, I'll stick to briar in outlining the materials
necessary.  Basically, two materials--briar and stem stock--are needed to
construct a pipe.  These, however, are available in many different forms
and qualities.  I'll tell you what I think, although it may not agree with
what you might read or hear from other, admittedly more knowledgeable, pipe
makers. The briar burl is found in the root system of the white heath,
Erica Arborea, a relatively low-lying tree-like shrub found primarily in
the mountains and valleys of such Mediterranean countries as Greece,
Algeria, France, Spain and Italy, where it grows in harsh, rocky soil.  The
burl, a nodular growth above the roots, is found just beneath the earth's
surface and is considered by many to be the finest material available from
which to carve a smoking pipe.  I'll forego discussing the methods by which
the briar burls are gathered, cut and cured and discuss only that part in
which we are interested.
The burl is cut into manageable blocks for pipe making prior to marketing.
These blocks are referred to as either ebauchons or plateaux (French).
Ebauchons are blocks cut from the burl's interior, where the wood is denser
and less likely to exhibit a beautiful grain pattern.  They are purchased
in huge lots by the commercial pipe making companies and used to make
commercial quality pipes.  Plateaux are cut from the burl's less dense
outer skin, where the wood is much more likely to produce a pipe with the
cool smoking characteristics associated with reduced density as well as a
beautiful grain pattern.  The plateau briar block sold in the pipe making
trade is usually distinguished by an outer skin of bark, which is left in
place.  If it has been removed, the block is still easily distinguishable
by the rough, knobby surface of the burl just beneath the bark.  Most
experts advise beginners to start with an ebauchon for their initial few
forays into pipe making because ebauchons are typically cut in a size and
shape to facilitate making a pipe, and being from the inner, less desirable
part of the burl, they are cheaper.  Here is where I differ from the
accepted philosophy.  I use only extra-grade plateaux.  They cost a few
dollars more but are vastly more likely to yield a pipe with beautiful
grain and excellent smoking characteristics.  My thinking is that if I'm
going to spend 8 to 12 hours creating a pipe, why start with a $4 or $5
ebauchon, which will almost assuredly produce a less-than- satisfying pipe,
when, for $12 or $14, I can start with an extra- grade plateau that will
maximize my possibilities for creating a truly nice pipe?  For a few
dollars more, plateaux are available from which more than one pipe can be
cut, but the smaller sizes cut to produce a single pipe vastly simplify the
planning and layout of a pipe in the block for the beginner.
Enough about wood; let's talk stem materials.  Most briar pipe stems are
composed of vulcanite (hard rubber, also occasionally referred to as
ebonite) or acrylic.  Acrylic is referred to by several proprietary names.
The most common is Dupont's Lucite, but also encountered are Perspex by
Imperial Chemical Industries, Plexiglass by Rohm & Haas and Acrylite by
American Cyanamid. Both vulcanite and acrylic are available in rods of
varying diameters from which the craftsman can produce pipe stems of any
desired shape and size.  Doing so requires a lathe or drilling jig because
the stems must be drilled, shaped, sanded and polished.  The beginner is
probably better served by purchasing pre-shaped vulcanite stem blanks made
in presses that only require final shaping, sanding, bending (if desired)
and polishing.  They are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes
both for standard shaped pipes and freehands.
Plan of Action 
Before actually starting to form your pipe from the briar plateau, I advise
you to prepare a plan of action, which will be controlled to a large degree
by the size, shape and grain characteristics of the particular block you
are working with.  In order to get a good idea of what lies within the
bark-covered, rough-sawn plateau, I recommend first cleaning it up a bit.
The outer surface's bark covering can be readily removed by vigorously
applying a wire brush or a wire wheel on a drill or bench motor.  I've used
both methods and recommend the mechanical version if you have the equipment
as being much quicker and less difficult.  One must wear eye protection
because the bark and small bits of wire are shed from the wheel with
projectile force. I wear a full-face shield while engaging in this process,
and I frequently hear the resounding "ping" of some errant bit of wire
bouncing from the shield.  Much better than finding it stuck in my face!
Have no fear that the wire wheel will deface the plateau surface, leaving
it unsuited for use as a handsome knobby pipe top or stem end.  The briar
is tough enough that only the bark is removed, leaving a clean plateau
The next step in preparing a block is to sand the outer surfaces, which
have been rough sawn to a smooth surface that reveals the grain pattern.
When the plateau is sawed, the sides and bottom are normally kept square
with one another.  When you sand, be sure to retain this squareness.  It
will allow you to plan the drilling of the tobacco and smoke holes
precisely so that they meet at the proper place within the block.  Once
your plateau is clean, I suggest that you wipe it with alcohol, which will
cause the grain to stand out momentarily and will give you a realistic
picture of what you may expect to find as you begin carving.  I find it
helpful at this point to roughly sketch with a soft lead pencil various
potential designs for my pipe on the side of the block.  The marks are
easily erased, and one may proceed until a design is reached that seems to
fit within the available wood and that makes the best use of the grain
pattern.  Another advantage of cleaning up the blocks and doing this
preliminary sketching is that you can frequently figure out ways to come up
with a nice- looking pipe while cutting away parts of the block that
display obvious flaws.
At this point, perhaps a few words about flaws in the briar are in order.
You will seldom if ever find a piece of briar burl completely free of
flaws, which may appear as cracks, sand pits or small pockets of foreign
matter and may be found on the visible surface of the block or hidden deep
within.  Although most flaws, if left visible on the outer surface of your
finished pipe, will not affect the smoking quality, one usually strives,
simply from a desire for beauty, to achieve a finished product that
displays no flaws.  I must admit, however, that strive as one may,
achieving a finished product absolutely free of visible flaws is seldom
possible.  Even the most advanced professional pipe makers may find a pit
or crack just as they are doing the final sanding on a hitherto flawless
masterpiece.  In this case, one must accept the flaw, remove it and use a
fill or continue removing wood in the hope that the flaw is shallow enough
to be sanded away without spoiling the pipe's shape.  Another method
frequently used by professionals when something like this rears its ugly
head is to revert to a sandblasted or otherwise textured finish in order to
hide the flaw(s).  While I personally admit to liking a well-done sandblast
finish, I prefer a beautifully grained smooth finish, and I find myself
striving toward that end in my own pipe making.  I have made a pact with
myself to never use a fill to hide a flaw in one of my own pipes.  If I am
unable to remove the flaw by further sanding or by using a strategically
located depression (as is frequently done by the Danish masters), I'll
consider sandblasting the pipe (I have the equipment but haven't actually
attempted it yet), or else I'll leave the flaw visible.  If the flaw is
sufficiently disfiguring as to make the pipe unsatisfactory for my own use,
I reluctantly discard it and start afresh with another block.
Having sketched an outline of your planned pipe on the side of the block,
the next step is to draw an outline of the tobacco hole and the smoke hole.
It's a good idea, if possible, to center the tobacco hole in the planned
bowl and to place the smoke hole so that it meets the bottom of the tobacco
hole while still running down the center of the planned shank.  In the case
of certain designs with bent shanks, the placement of the smoke hole must,
perforce, come close to the top of the shank at one point in its length.
In such cases it's important to plan the design and shaping so that one
doesn't cut into the top of the smoke hole while shaping the shank.
Certain designs may be best achieved by first drilling the larger hole for
the mortise (that portion of the shank into which the tenon of the stem
fits) to its proper depth of 5/8 to 1 inch in the center of the planned
shank.  Next drill the smoke hole itself, offset somewhat in the bottom of
the mortise so as to facilitate meeting the bottom center of the tobacco
hole more easily.  Once your drilling plan is sketched on the side of the
block, it is time to begin actually making your pipe.
Making the Pipe
The first step in actually making your pipe is drilling the smoke hole and
mortise and the tobacco hole.  The Pimo booklet describes a home-made
drilling jig constructed from scraps of plywood that will help make this
important step less fraught with possibilities for error.  With the jig, a
3/8" electric hand drill and the proper bits, drilling can be accomplished
with every prospect of success.  I am fortunate to have a Shopsmith lathe
in the shop and find that, with the proper setup, I prefer using this handy
tool.  The key to success when using one tool or the other, however, lies
in accurately measuring the angles and depths of the holes you're going to
be drilling as related to the square outer surface of the briar block.  I
first drill the smoke hole and mortise and then the tobacco hole.  If the
depth and angle of the smoke hole are accurately controlled, meeting the
tobacco hole exactly in the center of the bottom is simply a matter of
carefully drilling the tobacco hole while frequently pulling the bit out as
you near the planned depth to visually check the bottom of the hole.  When
the smoke hole becomes visible, carefully proceed, using a light touch with
the drill, until the relationship of the holes with one another is optimal.
For drilling the tobacco hole, I highly recommend the special bits sold by
Stemco-Pimo; they will produce a hole of the proper size with the proper
rounded bottom contour.  A set of three bits in sizes appropriate for most
pipes costs about $16.  You could, of course, make your own bits by shaping
commercial spade wood bits to the proper contour on a grinder.  Another
possibility that I have considered but not yet tried is to use contoured
milling burrs of the proper shape and size, which I have seen in tool
supply catalogs.  These are designed to mill holes in metal and would
undoubtedly work equally well in briar burl and would perhaps leave an even
smoother inner surface to the tobacco hole than a wood bit does.  Sanding
the interior of the tobacco hole on a finished pipe is rather difficult
because of its limited size and rather deep contour, so any help in tarea
would be most welcome.
When the drilling is finished, you are ready to begin shaping your pipe to
its finished contours.  Briar burl is a very hard wood, and you will
quickly find that removing large quantities of stock with a coping saw or
hacksaw by first cutting off corners and other portions of the plateau that
fall outside the lines of the finished pipe will save you much time and
effort.  (Save these pieces!)  Be sure to leave sufficient stock for small
changes in shape to allow for removal of interior flaws that might be
uncovered in the sawing.
You may choose among several tools to actually shape the pipe. Experienced
wood carvers might prefer a knife.  However, I believe that the hardness of
the material makes files more appropriate.  Even better is a hobby tool
such as a Foredom flex-shaft or even a Dremel tool if you have one
available.  I am fortunate to have a Foredom flex-shaft tool and a
selection of cutting, grinding and drilling bits available in the shop.  I
use this tool almost exclusively to shape my pipes once I have
removed the excess wood by sawing.  The most useful bit I have found
and the one I use about 95% of the time is a 1/2" sanding drum
equipped with the coarsest abrasive availabel (80 or 100 grit).  With
this tool, I shape the stummel (that part of the pipe comprising the
bowl and shank) from start to approximate final shape.  It removes
material quite rapidly, and you should practice with it in order to
insure that you don't inadvertently take off too much in any one
spot.  With a bit of practice, you can use it almost
instinctually, and it allows you to shape the hard burl with amazing ease.
When you use this tool, I recommend that you wear a disposable paper filter
mask to prevent the fine briar dust from clogging your nasal passages.  Eye
protection is also mandatory.
When you have achieved a shape that satisfies you, the sanding process
begins.  The object here is to refine the shape to its final lines and to
remove as many flaws as possible (hopefully, all of them) from the visible
surface while arriving at a stummel that is ready for staining and/or
waxing.  I begin the sanding process with 100 grit paper, using hand
sanding or wrapping the paper around an appropriately shaped item, such as
a drill bit, a pencil or my finger, to get at the curved places.  Once I
have completely sanded the stummel with the 100 grit paper, I progress to
150 grit, then 220 grit and on through 400 grit to final sanding with 600
grit paper.  This process sounds fast in the telling, but it actually
consumes more time than the actual shaping of the stummel with the Foredom
tool.  The satisfaction you or anyone will feel from handling and using
your finished pipe is largely derived from the perfection of its finish, so
any amount of time spent to achieve perfection here is time well spent.
When the sanding is completed to my satisfaction, I next wipe the entire
stummel down with alcohol on a soft cloth.  Wiping serves to remove
sanding dust and to expose any flaws that the dust may have hidden or any
scratches left by the final sanding.  Almost invariably when I carefully
examine the stummel, I find some tiny spot that I didn't sand quite
thoroughly or some tiny flaw that I think could be removed by further
sanding.  This, mind you, after I was virtually certain that I had done a
perfect job in the first place!  I have been known to revert to the 220
grit or the 400 grit level as many as three times on a single stummel
before finally arriving at what I consider an acceptably sanded end
product.  I don't know if my oversights are caused by poor eyesight on my
part or being in a rush to get the sanding done or if they are a normal
occurrence, but I really hope to get better at this part of the game with

Staining and Waxing the Pipe

The final step in preparing your stummel for use is to apply a stain--if
you want to--and a through waxing.  Many pipes will be enhanced by a stain
that brings out the grain or simply changes the color of the
unfinished wood to something more in keeping with the maker's aesthetic
Pipe makers use alcohol- based stains that are available in a myriad of
hues and shades. I prefer a briar pipe to look like it's made of wood
rather than some brightly colored substitute material, so I tend to stick
to a natural finish if the grain is up to it or a light walnut or cherry
finish if the grain needs the help.  You can stain the small pieces of
wood removed with your saw when you first began to
shape the pipe to determine
which color works best with this particular piece of wood.  I apply the
stain with a Q-Tip, being careful not to allow it to run down inside the
bowl.  When the stummel is dry after a minute or so, I burnish it with a
piece of 0000 steel wool to remove excess stain and to lighten the stained
surface to the desired shade.  If the pipe is a plateau-topped freehand,
you may wish to use a darker stain or even a black stain on the plateau
surface.  If you do, take special care to prevent the dark stain from
running down the outside of the bowl.  I prefer to use the same color
stain that I plan to use on the sides of the bowl but to just apply it
more heavily on the plateau top.  Then I'll usually lighten the bowl
color to some degree during my steel wool burnishing, thus giving a
nice contrast between the top and sides of a plateau-style bow.

Having stained your bowl to a satisfactory color, you're ready to
apply the wax.  I recommend pure carnauba wax, which is used by most,
if not all, professional pipe makers and gives the hardest, longest-lasting
finish of
any wax.  It is so hard that it cannot be applied by wiping on like most
other waxes. Carnauba must be applied by holding a chunk of the wax against
a spinning cloth buffing wheel to charge the buff and then using the
charged buff to apply the wax to the pipe.  With care, this waxing
procedure will result in an extremely hard glasslike polish on the pipe
that cannot be achieved with any other wax.  Other waxes are available that
will do an acceptable if less satisfactory job, but I recommend pure
Fitting the Stem
I have left for last the subject of fitting your pipe with a stem so that
you can actually smoke it.  Because I have concentrated primarily on
Danish-style freehands in my pipe making thus far, I can leave making the
stem until last.  If, however, you have decided to make a standard shape
for your first effort, shaping the stem must be integrated into shaping the
shank of the stummel.  With standard shapes, the stem is exactly the same
diameter and shape as the shank and must therefore be shaped together with
the shank to get a smooth junction.  In the few standard shapes I have made
thus far, I haven't found this difference to cause any particular problem.
I tend to simply place the stem in the stummel once I have turned the
tenon down to the proper diameter and then to shape the stem and shank as
if they were a single piece of material.  A freehand pipe, on the other
hand, seldom uses a stem that is formed as a continuation of the shank. 
In most freehands, the stem is a fancier shape, with symmetrical grooves
and/or bulges, and it may be conveniently shaped and sanded apart from the
stummel one the tenon is turned to the correct diameter.  Stemco-Pimo
offers a clever tool designed to be used with a hand drill to turn tenons
to size.  I haven't used this tool because I have devised a method of
doing the job using the Shopsmith, but if you don't have a lathe, it
appears to be quite adequate for the job.  Needless to say, the tenon must
be turned to precisely the diameter of the mortise to ensure a snug fit
when the pipe is assembled.

Once you have shaped your stem to the desired contour and sanded it to a
smooth finish using only the finer grits of paper (320, 400 and 600), it
is time to bend it to its proper curve to enhance the pipe for which it is
intended (unless of course it is to be left perfectly straight). 
Vulcanite stems, which comprise the majority of stems in the pipes I have
made thus far, may be bent quite simply with materials at hand in every
home.  First run a pipe cleaner through the stem so that it protrudes from
both ends.  Bend the ends to 90 degrees more or less from the line of the
stem.  Put the stem and pipe cleaner in a small oven-proof container and
cover it with a layer of table salt.  Place the container in your kitchen
oven set to a temperature of 270 degrees F for 10 or 15 minutes or until
the stem gets soft enough to bend easily.  Remove the stem from the salt
by grabbing the exposed pipe cleaner.  Using a folded handkerchief or
other cloth to prevent scorching your fingers, ben the stem to the desired
degree.  Hold the bend in place  
with your hands and the cloth until the stem has cooled
sufficiently to retain its shape unaided (only a minute or so).  Remove the
pipe cleaner and try the stem in the pipe to see if you like the looks of
your job or if you want to add or subtract from the bend or to make a
slightly different arc.  Return the pipe cleaner and heat and bend again as
Once you're satisfied with the bend, you may proceed to the final finishing
of the stem, which is accomplished by burnishing with 0000 steel wool and
polishing on a motor-driven buffing wheel charged with tripoli.  You may,
of course, use your electric hand drill to turn the buff, using the jig you
built earlier to hold the drill.  Assemble your stem and stummel and gaze
in awe at what your hands have wrought.  I'm certain that you'll be pleased
with it and that it will hold a special pride of place in your pipe rack
Smoking My Pipes
In the initial smoking of my hand-crafted pipes, I have followed standard
recommendations for loading and breaking in.  I do not stain or otherwise
finish the interior of the bowls of my pipes other than by sanding to
remove the drill marks.  The bare wood may be coated with a thin coating
of honey for the first smoke if that is your normal method of breaking
in a new pipe.  I find that my pipes, being made from the finest of
plateau briar available to me, break in and smoke much as any fine
Danish freehand might be expected to respond.  I start with a half-bowl
of tobacco for the initial few smokes and quickly progress to a full
bowl after two or three bowls.  Thus far, I have determined that if the
geometry of the smoke hole versus the tobacco hole is correct, one may
expect a sweet, cool smoke right from the first puff and that it only
improves as the pipe breaks in.  I attribute this to the use of
high-quality plateaux as raw material and care in the planning and
drilling of the tobacco and smoke holes.


In preparing this description of one amateur's methods of pipe making,
I have borrowed heavily from what I learned by reading Pimo's Guide to
Pipe-crafting at Home.  This booklet will greatly amplify many aspects
of pipe making for the amateur that I have barely skimmed or
inadvertently omitted entirely.  Although I am sure that other
references are available, I haven't been successful in locating any and
thus recommend the Pimo booklet most heartily.  Stemco-Pimo, a small
company owned by pipe makers Al and Ginny Baier, has been my only
source to date of materials and supplies, and I find no fault with
either their service or their materials.  I do not, by any means,
desire to cast aspersions on any other suppliers who may offer the same
or similar services and materials.  I am simply unaware of their
existence.  Should the aspiring pipe maker desire to use their
services, Stemco-Pimo may be contacted at Stemco-Pimo Inc., Butternut
Lane, P.O. Box 2043, Manchester Center, VT 05255; tel. (802) 362-3371.

 I hope that reading my description may cause some of you who may have been
wondering if pipe making was something within your reach to believe that it
really is.  I doubted for years that I possessed the ability to make a
decent pipe "from scratch."  In so doubting, I cheated myself out of an
awful lot of fun as well as who knows how many pipes.  --Smoke in Peace,
[Bob has most graciously volunteered to donate one of his better pipes for
the raffle at the the Sept. 14 OPC swap/sell pipe show.]

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

[ BTW, Bill, there's a proposal for a rec.crafts.carving newsgroup,
which would include pipe carving.  More details as they become
available. -S. ]

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From: Richard & Nancy Newhouse <???????????????????????????>
Subject: new pipe pleasure


Just a short note to share the excitement of my recent merschaum purchase.
It is probably a second (based upon the price) but is non the less
beautifully carved.  The only visible fault I can find is a curve in the
shank leading up to the stem.  I had the chance to smoke my first bowl last
night.  It's almost ceremonial.

I do have a question in regards to the amount of build up one should allow
in a briar.
While I don't scrape mine all of the way down, I do feel at times that the
'cake'(?) is becoming too thick.  Is there any rule of thumb in this matter.
Any advice will be appreciated.

[ I usually keep it to about the thickness of a dime or less; this is
less than the rule of thumb, which is a nickel. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: New Pipe Smoker

Hi, Steve,

I just received my first in-the-email-box issue of Pipes Digest. Thanks for
signing me up.  

I decided to give pipe smoking a try as something to enjoy on a part-time
basis while I travel for sales. I purchased a GBD American (2 weeks ago) at
Pipes by George here in Raleigh. The price was $42, and he knocked 15% off
that because the vulcanite stem had "leached some sulphur" and turned
slightly yellow.  Supposedly I can fix this with a real good buffing. I
believe I got a good pipe for a good price. I've smoked about a dozen bowls
by now, and am already becoming a real fan of my pipe. There's been
relatively little trouble with the learning process. I've tried blends sold
by the pipe shop called Cameroon, mild tobac English, Nougat (really
great!), Mr. T and Cherry Cavendish. I've received aroma compliments from
office cohorts on the Cameroon, Nougat and Cherry Cavendish blends. My
favorite is the Nougat.

Gurgling has been a slight problem on a couple of the aromatic blends, but
the remedy seems to be to stop puffing for a short while, then resume before
I have to relight. This helps for a few minutes.

Reading future PD's will be a real pleasure while I light up another bowl.

Thanks again!

Ken Hayes  (???????????????????????????)

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From: Scott Steiner <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996

Greetings Steve and fellow PD members!

I just wanted to drop a note concerning a depressing situation where I go 
to school.  I'm a 22 year old college student at the University of 
California, Irvine.  In 1989, our chancellor and eventual President of 
the University of California, Jack Peltason banned the sale of cigarettes 
on campus.  Recently, there was a movement to repeal that ban, which 
sprang from the desire of some students to have a monthly pipe and cigar 
night at our on-campus pub.  The movement had a lot of support; most 
students questioned stated that the University's policy on cigarette 
sales smacked of hypocrisy.  A university is supposed to foster mature, 
adult, and intelligent thought-processes and yet here were these 
bureaucrats refusing to let adults do just that!  Well, surprise 
surprise, but the University, under the explicit direction of Assistant 
Dean Manual Gomez, stopped the movement in its tracks.  

Oh well, chalk up a defeat for those who have the nerve to be mature adults.

Scott Steiner
Irvine, California

[ Well, gee, Scott, I hope UCI won't come around looking for any
contributions or anything... Since they don't want your business, why
not have the club meetings off-campus?  -S. ]

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From: ASCII Express <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996

Greetings,I'm quite excited. As you know I just started receiving the
Digest. I read a question from a blind pipe smoker about tips. I am blind as
well and want to offer some advice.
the person said he doesn't like Butane lighters. He uses Matches.
I am of the opposite opinion. I got this rad butane lighter at Tinderbox.
It costed me $10, great buy. It's stirdy metal (it's made in Germany what
did you expect? no crappy American made plastic here.) Anyways it's
refilable and has a builtin tamper. I recomend them highly. of course the
flame's adjustable as well. now why am I mentioning this? because it's the
easiest. I tried matches but by the time I got it lit the match would be
burning my fingers, and I'd rather burn the side of the pipe a little than
burn my fingers. Admitadly the lighter is hot after use well the metal tip
anyway and I have gotten burnt once or so from it but still. I just hold the
lighter at a 90 degree angle to the bowl, so the flame will be pointing in.
If you are blind, try holding the lighter and without lighting it just trace
the tradjectory of the flame with your finger to see where it'll end up.
I pretty much know by feel and estimation now how to get it lit (now the
problem is KEEPING it lit but I don't think that is the lighter, more
because I forget to take a puff and it goes out.) Zippo's are OKAY but they
are overkill for pipes. Zippos can probably set ANYTHIN on fire you would
want them to. I have a zippo pipe lighter as well but do not use it for my
pipes for the above mentioned reason. One cool thing though is if you've
ever seen them you know the holes in it. well it is really easy to line it
up perfectly ... I hope this helps any other blind pipe smokers for me this
task of getting it lit was really hard to get down consistantly. Rather
unexpected I guess.
keep up the good work on the Digest.
oh yeah one other thing, I've seen some debate about dr. grabbo vs. more
expensive pipes. I used to smoke grabbos (stop laughing) but when Iwent to
Tinderbox picked up a bunch of nie pipes for like $25  a piece. Well worth
it. the cheaper pipes burnt hot a lot, and since I prefer english blends
this is  NOT good. hotness really whacks the flavour. so buy better. You
will not be disapointed,people.
um maybe I should introduce myself.. "Please allow me to introduce
myself.... I'm a man...of wealth and taste..." - Laibach
I'm 18 and go to college here and have been smoking (regularly anyway) since
I started this hellpit in August. but smoked ocasionally before that... I've
found the net.pipesmokers very very helpful except [ Flame deleted. -S. ]
Well,lates (for real)

[ Later... -S. ]

Hi some things I forgot... re the blind thing again, learn to hear the sound
of the lighter lighting. It's really embarrassing to go into public and
trying to puff to light the thing and have the lighter not even be lit...
Also, one thing you may not notice if you can't see it is when you tamp it
be carefu l and take your time or pipe ash will spill everywhere.
and you've heard of the Illuminati? How cool. Lates.

[ All hail Discordia! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????????????????????????
Subject: Hot smoke

  I've been thinking about tobacco lately. Specifically about which kinds
  smoke hotter.

  I have been smoking Pasha's Dream (C&D), and while I enjoy the taste and
  aroma, no matter what I do it burns my tongue. I've tried packing the
  bowl differently, smoking veeerrrry slowly, with no difference in

  Pasha's Dream is a mix of Virginias. Could this be it?? Do Virginias
  smoke hot?

  What I would truly appreciate is the opinions of fellow pipe smokers in
  regards to how different tobaccos smoke.

  Thank you for your attention,
  David Howell II

  P.S.  I too have found that the quality of a pipe is directly
  proportional to how many times you must swab it out while smoking

[  Have you played with humidification? Perhaps it's too dry or too
wet. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????? (Charles L. Basso Jr.)
Subject: My digest contribution(s), etc.

Illustrious Moderator and Fellow Pipe Types!

1.  A brief bio:  26 (soon to be 27), geologist (plenty of outdoor work 
(8-9)), in Toledo, Ohio.

2.  A suggestion in regard to FAQ lists:  Why not split the FAQ(s) up 
into "sub-FAQs," as they do over on rec.arts.bodyart (in grad school 
they used to call me the "Illustrated Mineralogist" (8-)).  Separate 
files for each subclass of pipe info., like:
    PDFAQ Part 1:  Pipe types and selection, care, how-to.
    PDFAQ Part 2:  Tobaccos and their properties (maybe Barry Levin's
                   material from old digests?)  Maybe reviews of
                   mixtures as has been suggested previously?
    PDFAQ Part 3:  Resource List, sorted by type and state, perhaps?
    PDFAQ Part 4:  Historical and Literary material
    PDFAQ Part 5:  You get the idea.

I'd be willing to undertake or share such a project (I know... there's 
already a PD FAQ.  But why not go all out and make it the be-all and 
end-all of FAQs?)

3.  Impending marital bliss!  My wife of ~5-1/2 yrs. (who got me to try 
a pipe in the first place) recently asked me to look for a "small, 
delicate, ladylike" pipe for her.  Found a SMS meerschaum, a 
quarter-bent or so apple - with about a 15 minute bowl.  She didn't 
seem to like my EMP or Trollshaws, so I picked up a mild aromatic for 
her to try.  Seems to agree with her.  Welcome another intelligent, 
attractive woman to our ranks!

PS:  Thanks for getting the Digest to me so quickly - it's great!  I 
downloaded and printed ALL the back numbers (1-211) at the wife's 
office (All day, what with patchy internet access, and almost FOUR 
reams of paper (!)).  Looks like I've got a good half-pound's worth 8-9 
of reading material!

[ Hey, if you're willing to reorganize the FAQ, go for it!  Sami
Mikhail has done a great job with the alt.smokers.pipes FAQ, and
without using any of the Digest FAQ as input.  (Maybe that's why.) And
many congrats on your marital bliss! -S. ]

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From: Tony Casciato <??????????????????????>
Subject: [Pipes]  Hello to Pipes Digest

Hi Steve,

Thanks for adding me to your susbscription list & thanks for putting out the
Pipes Digest.

I am a 60 year old (two weeks until 61) retired Naval Flight Office,
currently employed as an Information Systems Analyst looking forward to
really retiring in another year.   I smoked a pipe for over twenty years but
quit about eight years ago.  I am just starting to smoke my pipes again
(looking forward to that retirement).  I did keep my pipes in good condition
even though not smoking them.  The only exception was letting the stems
oxidize.  But some very helpful instructions from Nanosh J. Lucas
(????????????????????) in answer to a query to alt.smokers.pipes has
resulted in the stems looking like new.

I still have 15 pipes (even after giving several others to my brother)
purchased between 1963 and 1984.  I have a CAO meerschaum, a Savinelli, two
Estella's (Savinelli), a freehand Skuptur by Kabik, a Ben Wade freehand, a
Barantini, three freehand Mastersen's (inexpensive, but nice - think I got
them through a Wally Frank catalog years ago), a beautiful Hilson sandblast
meerschaum lined churchwarden given to me by my wife for Christmas 1963, and
several no-name pipes.  I notice that the price of pipes is a little
different than when I last purchased a pipe!

A small bit of trivia - my Savinelli butane pipe lighter lit the first time
I tried it, even after sitting untouched for eight years.  The only thing I
had to do was remove the tarnish from the silver.

I am buying small samples of different kinds of tobacco to see what I might
like.  The locally blended tobaccos I used to smoke were from a now defunct
tobacconist. During the past eight years, most of the local tobacconists
have disappeared.  There is only one retail store left anywhere in the area
and I don't yet have a warm feeling about that one even after visiting it
three times.  I just returned from a business trip to Washington D.C. and
luckily had time to visit W. Curtis Draper, Tobacconist there.  Now that is
what I call a friendly place.  I was made very welcome and, with the help of
a very knowledgeable gentleman, ended up purchasing four packets of various
blends.  I also took home a catalog and the assurance that they would gladly
welcome my mail order business.  I regret that I did not have time to to
visit the Georgetown Tobacco Store.  But I did send for their catalog this

I subscribed to the Pipes And Tobacco Magazine and received the first issue
within a few days.  The magazine is great!  I also received a complementary
issue of Pipe Friendly and liked it enough to subscribe to it also.

Keep up the good work Steve...  We appreciate it.

        Tony Casciato            ??????????????????????
           Hang in there...   You can outlast them...

[ Thanks, Tony!  In private conversations with Craig of C&D, he
indicated he'd be willing to make up a "beginner's sampler." Maybe you
could use a "re-entry" sampler? -S. ]

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From: Brett Thomas <????????????????????>
Subject: A question for PD readers...


My future great-uncle-in-law (if that's a possible relationship) is an
avid pipe smoker.  When I met him the other week, a lot of our
conversation was, of course, centered on pipes.  He mentioned that his
all-time favorite tobacco is "Old Dominion" by the 1776 Tobacco
Co. from Doylestown, PA.

Unfortunately, they are now out of business.  Is anyone aware of a
blend that is similar to this one?  Or, if he's wrong about their
disbanding, the address of the 1776 Tobacco Co?

Thank you very much!

Brett A. Thomas

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From: ??????????? (rob denholtz)
Subject: Thanks...and Connoisseurs


        Just want to thank you for placing our FINE OLDE BRIARS ad in the
April 1st issue of PD.  What I got home from the office, I opened my inbox
and found not only the PD, but a plethora a responses to the ad which must
have been sent on the same day the PD was received!  Great!!  Thank you
all!  (I ought to let those of you who responded know that because of the
heavy demand, we have had to go back to the lab for more photo reprints.
So, mailing of some of the catalogs will be delayed.)

        Steve, as you may recall from our conversation at the New York Pipe
Club show on March 2nd, I am a big fan of Connoisseurs, and therefore was
delighted to see mention of these fine pipes by Ed Burak in your resopnse
to Doug Cunningham, who was looking for his first quality pipe and wanted
to limit his cost to $30.

        I think it's important to note Ed Burak refers to his least
expensive (under $30) pipes as "Irregulars," indicating briar which is less
well-grained and which may show more sand pits than his other lines.  The
"Irregulars" are offered so that a customer who is not ready to spend $60
or $150 or $500 for a pipe, will not have to leave the shop empty-handed.
Sand pits in the briar need not be considered "defects" as they are NATURAL
to the burl, and are not mistakes made by the pipemaker.  As Ed believes
they are part of the beauty of the wood, not detractions, they are left

        "Irregulars" are not the only pipes offered in the Connoisseur Pipe
Shop [1285 Avenue of the Americas, at 51st St., Paine Webber Building, New
York, (212) 247-6054].

        Better quality, second-cut briar [as distinguished from plateau (or
first-cut) briar], is used to fashion a broad range of pipes, in most
standard shapes.  Although the shapes are familiar and recognizable as
Billiards, Dublins, etc., they have been designed with Ed's marvelous
creativity and artistry and bear the distinctive "look" of Connoisseur.  A
bent Dublin, for example, definitely looks like a bent Dublin . . . but is
also immediately recognizable as a Connoisseur.  As all the pipes are
hand-made, each one is slightly different from all others of that shape.

        Most of these shapes are also offered in plateau (or first-cut)
briar from the outermost part of the burl.  This is the oldest and densest
wood, promising the coolest, driest, smoothest smoke.  These pipes are more
expensive than those in the previous two groups.

        At the top of the line are the Connoisseur Freehands, each design
unique unto itself, made exclusively from the finest, oldest plateau briar
available.  Connoisseur Freehands start at $225 and range up into four
figures.  Some approximate more familiar designs and some are a quantum
leap beyond what we are used to seeing and are, clearly, smokable works of

        Ed makes all his pipes from one of three types of briar: Grecian,
Calabrian (Italian), or Algerian.  He is said to have purchased "enough"
old Algerian wood when the largest, oldest burls were still available.

        Ed seems to have no particular interest in making STRAIGHT-GRAIN
pipes.  he values density and finess of grain as opposed to verticality.
My two favorite pipes are Connoisseur panels (one a bent Dublin and one a
Freehand).  Each face of a panel pipe presents a diffeent perspective on
the grain:  flame in one place, birdseye in another, complex whorls in
another, etc., always dense and busy.  I bought the Dublin new . . .
watching it color and watching the grain seeming to change as the pipe aged
has been one of my great joys in pipe smoking.  The panel Freehand (bought
pre-smoked at the New York show) looks like the grain has been "splashed"
on from behind.  Flame grain streaks the sides and ends in birdseye ON THE
FRONT OF THE PIPE.  I've never seen another pipe like it!

        I could go on and on talking about my favorite pipes, but enough's
enough.  Besides, the one I was smoking while writing this is done, so I've
got to go reload.  More another time.  Thanks for listening.


                Rob Denholtz, ???????????

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Re: How to locate smoke shops

[Administrativa deleted. -S. ]

I have a couple of things to share with the group today. First is a tool on the 
web which will help you locate smoke shops you have heard about here on the 
Pipes Digest. As all subscribers to this list should know, there is a Resource 
Guide which Steve Masticola has compiled a list of all the shops we have 
submitted in our postings. This guide usually contains the address of each shop. 
By using the MapQuest Interactive Atlas at http://www.mapquest.com/ you can get 
a map that shows exactly where the shop is located.  The program places an image 
of a stick pin at the address you requested. (I believe this works only for  
locations in the United States at the moment.) You may zoom out to get a broader 
view, or zoom in to get all the surrounding street names.

I have been planning a trip to Pittsburg, and have printed maps to Blooms 
Cigar Camp and a couple of other shops.  This will allow me to visit them w/out
digging out a city map or making calls for directions. You could use this for 
other things like finding the home of Tom Arnold in Ottumwa, Iowa if you knew 
the address. Hey, go wild!

My second point is to share the results of my latest vacation to the West coast. 
I went to San Francisco for a few days and I was taken to Telford's Pipe Shop in 
Mill Valley. Not a large place, but it was crammed full of stuff.  One wall was 
a cigar humidor with a nice variety of premium smokes. There were a large number 
of humidors and more accessories than I have ever seen in one place. The 
collection of estate pipes was so big that he had to hide display cases behind 
display cases. Since I am a cigar smoker, I was not able to judge the quality of 
the pipes, but you could spend a lot of time looking!  Nice way to spend an 
afternoon. Here is the address for the Digest:

Telford's Pipe Shop
119 Strawberry Village
Mill Valley CA 94941

My other find was in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A very small shop called the Carmel Pipe 
Shop. Not a huge selection, but they did carry the Davidoff cedar matches which 
I couldn't find in Minneapolis. They seemed to have a little of everything, 
pipe, cigars, humidors, lighters, pipe tools, flasks and so forth. If you are 
ever in Carmel, stop by.

Carmel Pipe Shop 
Lincoln Street near Ocean Ave
Carmel-by-the-Sea CA

While I was in Carmel, I found a little resteraunt that had an open area outside 
which was perfect for enjoying a cigar.  The place has gas fireplaces and 
overhead heaters to keep off the chill. Turns out to be Clint Eastwood's 
resteraunt called the Hog's Breath Inn. 

In closing, Steve, I wish to thank you for sticking to your guns in keeping the 
digest open to both pipe and cigar discussions.  I have enjoyed the stories of 
the pipe smokers just as much as the cigar smokers' input. It is good to have an 
open mind and learn from others. 

[ Many thanks for the Mapquest site and the shop addresses, David! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Tinderbox Internationale

First, I apologize if I've sent this to the wrong address for posting on the
  Was reading with interest about Ave Malkin's visit to Stag Tobacconnist in
Phoenix. Yes, it is a chain, and the owner, Gene Duhon (sp?) has 5 stores in
the Valley including Mesa and Scottsdale. In the past they have had a good
selection of pipes and cigars, especially at Metrocenter and Scottsdale
Fashion Square, and treat folks well. In fact, I met my best friend at their
Mesa store, but he has since moved to another, new shop in Mesa, which is
truly impressive.
  OK, now for the disclaimer. I don't work for this new store, but my best
freind does. Of course I want it to do well, but then again I'm moving to
Atlanta in two weeks, so ...
   The new store is Tinderbox Internationale is on the northwest corner of
Southern and Alma School in Mesa, AZ, and is the highest "grade" of Tinderbox
franchise, with only tw nationwide right now but more on the way, they say.
Their cigar humidor is massive and very well stocked. Their pipe selection is
limited (OK, about 80 (and i'm REALLY guessing)  medium to high grades and
more lower grades, but they've only been open two weeks. I'm sure it will
grow as their customers do. Their gift line is pretty cool and they have all
the accessories (Dunhill, S.D. Dupont etc, but I don't think Davidoff,
   My friend, Paul, has extensive knowledge in pipes and cigars (12 years in
the biz, more than 400 pipes ((OK, some are *^$#^)). Another emp, Derrick
(sp?), isn't too shabby himself, especially on the cigar end.
   One of the most exciting things about this store is Club Amante, a private
club for members only at $300 a year. They have (will, i should say. Club
opens this weekend) a big screen TV, wet bar, fridge, etc. Also available are
humidified lockers. Club members get a discount and gifts with membership
(Zino cutter and cigar travel case). Businesses can hold semi-private
meetings there.
   Sadly, the club is really important to Mesa since voters passed an
extremely prohibitive smoking ordinance that bans smoking in almost all
public places including most bars and restaurants, movie lines, baseball
parks! and golf courses!!!!! It was just passed this last month and it's yet
for city council to "interpret" it, but it's the toughest in the state and
probably the West. Smokers of Mesa, Where were you election day???
   So adios, I'm moving to Atlanta, and have no idea of a good tobacconist
there and would welcome suggestions at CAP MCrit (i'll be living near
Perimeter mall and working at the AJC downtown). Better suggest fast, 'cause
I'll be losing that E-mail address soon  (hopefully to be replaced with AJC
Crit, but I don't know yet).

[ Hope you can send me an address for Club Amate before the email goes
away; I'd be very pleased to put them in the Guide.  As I've said
before, an excellent response to an execrable law. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Data about Barcelona

Hello Steve,

I haven't been writing to the digest for long, so I thought it was the moment
for a few lines.

First of all, thanks for the digest, always amazing and interesting. I agree
with your policy of leaving it as open as possible, sometimes I've found
interesting information in articles that seemed very marginal.

Some data that you might be interested to put into the guide:

Barcelona Pipa Club
Placa Reial, 3 pral
08002 Barcelona
Tel +34 3 302 47 32
Fax +34 3 301 11 65

This is a pipesmoker's private club. Many activities are conducted every
week, and there are jazz sessions on some evenings. They have a very
victorian-like pub dedicated to Sherlok Holmes and a pipe museum. Actually
I'm a member and I was thinking in leaving a weekly copy of the digest in the
club, would you mind if I do so Steve? Any occasional pipesmokers visiting
the city are very welcome!

La Rambla, 100
08002 Barcelona
Tel +34 3 302 09 83

This is a well assorted tobacconist, with a lot of pipe stuff. I think that
already wrote about this shop, but didn't remember the correct address and
phone. Bear in mind that there is already a second shop named Gimeno in the
guide, much better assorted in pipes, but not selling tobacco. I know it's a
bit confusing, but our city is like this.

L'Estanc de Laietana
Via Laietana, 4
08003 Barcelona
Tel +34 3 310 10 34

Fairly assorted tobacconist. The Dunhills are not visible, you have to ask
for them, a guarantee for perfect state.

A suggestion for the webb site:

I would find very helpful a guide of pipe tobaccos, that would be
alphabetically structured and also with brands groupped by categories. I
think that digest readers could contribute with descriptions and critics
about brands they know.

As an example (could be included):

Dunhill Blender's Own

This is one of Dunhill's hand blended mixtures. It's aromatic, but with a lot
of character. It includes perique, a bit of latakia, and some vanilla aroma.
Not strong, smells well but heavily for your companies.

Well, hope this is not to much.

Thanks again,


[ You're more than welcome to leave copies of the Digest with
Barcelona Pipa Club, Ricard!  Gimeno is already in the Guide, but with
a different address (Paseo de Gracia, 101). Has there been a change,
or are there two stores? -S. ]

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From: George Kalvinsky <???????????>
Subject: Brazilian Pipes

Steve, when we can get them at a reasonable price, we sell a lot of 
Braziaian small handmade pipes, I assume they are made from clay.
Can you tell me where I can find them at a reasonable price.
The vendors want too much.  Thanks.

George Kalvinsky, Greybeard's, Rehoboth Beach Delaware

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From: ??????????????????????
Subject: New Smoker

	Well I have never been much of a pipe smoker. But I have
always enjoyed the smell of my relatives pipes, I never relay thought
about it until recently, but I have always really admired my relatives
who did smoke pipes.
	My mom was born and rased in Copenhagen Denmark and most of
the men on her side of the family smoked pipes.
	My dad was born and rased in Totten Masochists but my grand
pa(the pipe smoker whom I admire the most) is from Canada. He is
actually french Canadian thus the name Marcotte.
	Well back in the 60's my dad was in the military or something
met my mom they got married moved to CA I was born in 71 then my
younger brother Jeff was born in 76.
	In 1990 they divorced when my mom who is a good 10 years
younger than my dad moved left us. My dad moved back to the east cost
and took my little brother with him.
	I became independent around this time renting rooms working
during the day and going to school at night. This was when I started
	My parents where both cigarette smokers and I always hatted
it. So one day I went to Wallgreens and invested about 20 dollars in a
pipe a lighter and some tobacco.(This was before I discovered the
beginners guide on the net) after a little practice I kind of got the
hang of it
	This helped me a lot during really stressful semesters. It
also kept me awake by giving me something to do while driving. For a
while I was commuting 90 miles a day. 30 miles to work 30 miles to
school and 30 miles from school to my home.
	What's is weird is that I kind of smoked in secret or only
around certain friends. Around 94 I pretty much quit. This was about
the same time that I landed a cush job with a big corporation. I
bought a house and only smo ked on cold winter nights when I had a
fire going or during times of high stress (which I have had a lot of
	Well on 4/2/96 Jeff (after numerus attempts at suicide)
Finally passed away as a result of complications from a car
accident. He was drinking and driving no one else was injured.
	I went to a tobacco shop for the first time ever and asked him
for some Cornell & Diehl's Apricots and Cream #3000 which I had red
about on pipes digest #213 He had never herd of it and asked me who I
was buying it for.  Feeling self conches about being a computer
geek(kind of a problem for me)I didn't want to say that I herd about
it on the internet. So I said "um, well what do you have that's really
light and good smelling." Then he sta rted ripping on me and said in a
loud obnoxious voice something like will It depends on what you
consider good smelling Do you want it to smell like frute or fresh
baking cookies. Then all the dudes sitting around smoking cigars
started laughing. Eventually I got him to suggest a tobacco. He said I
should try Bills Blend but first he would half to check my I.D. I
handed him my drivers license and in his obnoxious manner he said "Wow
are y ou really that old". Then I said "what do you think." then the
cigar dudes started laughing at him(well not laughing but one of them
chuckled and that made me feel a little better).I do look young for my
age so I guess I understand.
	I was going to buy my firs real pipe there but ended up just
leaving with my tobacco. The tobacco had good moisture content which
is a first for me the store brands around hear are always vary dry.
	Later the same day after arguing with both my parents. I was
feeling extremely anti social so I grabbed a pile of CD's jumped in my
van and drove to the shore. Bought a bottle of Gold Shloger and a 6er
of Sam Adems pulle d into a camp ground walked along the beach smoked
a few bowl. Bills blend had vary little flavor but I didn't get a hot
smoke like I usually do. Then I drank until I puked
	After puking I mixed a bowl of bills blend with some dried up
Borkum Riff. It made me feel better. It settled my stomach and helped
me to relax and focus. that was when I realized.
 	I was always meant to be a pipe smoker
 	I'm not much of a drinker
 	it does not matter what others think
I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life as a proud pipe smoker.
	I can picture every one from work staring at me through the 
window as I smoke my pipe for the first time there and looking forward 
to it.
	If I have spelled something wrong excuse me but I also happen to 
be dyslexic. So I guess that makes me just like Albert Einstein, or 
Alexander Gram Bell. they too where dyslexic pipe smokers.

P.S.  Would any one happen to have for sale or know where I could buy a 
Ferdinand Porsche pipe. Also did he ever make a bent?

Regards Tom Marcotte   ???????????????????????

[ First of all, my sympathies re your brother Jeff.  It sounds like
you've been going through some _major_ tough times recently.

It's not too surprising that you got that response from a pipe shop
guy; after all, he wasn't selling the Apricots & Cream (and probably
didn't know what you were talking about.) But there was no reason for
the proprietor to be insulting.

BTW, I recall seeing Bell's pipe in the museum in Baddeck, Nova Scotia
when I visited there.  Good luck on finding the Porsche pipe; it seems
to be kind of a hot item (no pun intended.) We have all kinds here;
some blind, some dyslexic, and even some computer-geek pipe
smokers. Perhaps even a few brilliant people; certainly some prominent

Welcome to the fold, Tom! -S. ]

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From: Jason Wade <???????????????????>
Subject: Private Label

I am looking for a cigar company that offers private label cigars.  If 
you have any information about this please email me.


Jason Wade
The Adtronics Group

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From: ???????????????????? (Charles L. Basso Jr.)
Subject: A Hobbitish item for the Digest

Illustrious Moderator and Fellow Pipe Types!
Here's a little something I found when rereading _The Hobbit_ (a great 
book to enjoy a nice pipe with 8-):

    After some time he felt for his pipe.  It was not broken,
    and that was something.  Then he felt for his pouch, and
    there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more.
    Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all,
    and that shattered his hopes completely.  Just as well for
    him, as he agreed when he came to his senses.  Goodness knows
    what the striking of matches and the smell of tobacco would
    have brought on him out of dark holes in that horrible place.
            J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Hobbit_, ch. V.

Strange how goblin-tunnels in Middle-Earth would be so much like the US 
Regards from Toledo,

[ If I hadn't already had a Quote of the Week, that would have been
it. -S. ]

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From: Christopher D Hamsher <????????????????>
Subject: Re: whoops

Dear Mr. Comer and everybody else at PD,
	I was just got back from spring break.  I went to Chicago to  
visit a friend who is going to the School of the Art Institute and  
see the city.  As a small-town kinda guy I was surprised that people  
on the street of such a large city with so many different people  
would not only notice, but also mention the fact that I smoke a pipe.   
I even got a few chuckles.  Numerous people would stop to look at me  
and ask, "You smoke a pipe?"  Most of the time I would just stare  
down at my pipe and answer back in a bewildered tone--"Apparently."   
But I got mad when people were condescending, and I had to remember  
all of the subscribers to PD and bite my tongue so I wouldn't answer  
back, "Why, yes . . . I do smoke a pipe.  Fuck you."  As a young pipe  
smoker I actually get a lot of crap--because people think I smoke a  
pipe for attention, or, more often, because people think pipe smoking  
is some token of elitism that I have purposefully acquired in order  
to appear "aristocratic."  Well, obviously the first reason is false  
as I receive a lot of negative attention, although I also receive  
compliments.  But the second reason is VERY false.  I hope that all  
the PD subscribers are doing their best to dispell the myth that pipe  
smoking is a sign of wealth.  It is only a sign of taste.
	I stopped by IRC while I was in the windy city.  That is a  
very nice shop.  The employees were great and I bought the third in  
my collection of Danish Freehand style pipes for 68$.  But, (this is  
the real reason I wrote this letter) I ALSO bought a couple of cigars  
for me and my buddy (remember him?--he goes to school in Chicago).   
He is a big cigar lover.  AND, I spent a couple of days up in  
Waukegan with my Uncle Ray.  My Uncle Ray is a regular ol' cigar  
FREAK--it's enjoyable to smoke with him and talk about cigar brands  
he likes, cigars he's smoked recently, cigars I smoked the other  
night with my buddy, cigar makers, the philosophy of science, the  
early history of the Christian church, my father, etc.  I smoked a La  
Gloria Cubana with my Uncle Ray--I liked it more than any cigar I've  
ever smoked. It was kinda mild, just the right size, and very tasty.  

	The point is: I LOVE cigars.  I don't know nearly as much  
about them as I do about my favorite blends, but I really like them,  
really I do.  I did not mean to disrespect cigar smokers with the  
brevity of the "drop the cigar smokers" comment.  I said this with  
the intention that someone should pick up a seperate digest.   
Certainly it would be a good thing to make the digest a little more  
tidy now that there are so many subscribers.  I'm sorry Bill, I think  
I misunderstood the nature of the digest.  From now on I will skip  
past the submissions that do not interest me (like really long-winded  
letters that get to the point only at the very end, after lots and  
lots of parenthetical comments and many completely unnecessary  
words).  I will scroll on by with the firm knowledge that among the  
2,000 subscribers someone was DYING to read that submission.  And  
maybe, just maybe, I will unwillingly learn something about all those  
cigars I've smoked with my Uncle.

Love, Chris Hamsher

[ Chris, I really don't think this is well-advised, but since you
submitted it, I've printed it. -S. ]

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From: Keith Barratt <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Small & Great Pleasures

What a delight to find the Pipe Digest and its subscribers! What unexpected
pleasure I found in my first stroll through its conversational threads!

To stumble across the lament of Rich Reitz at the passing of that fine tobacco
Escudo made me feel at home. More, it took away that feeling that comes from
mourning alone the loss of something of which even your best friends are unaware
of the value.

Hogarth's of  Kendal have a replacement tobacco in their Curly Cut De Luxe. It
has very similar smoking characteristics to Escudo and has the same clean
flavour.  My introduction to it came from Coster & Son Ltd, my local retail and
wholesale tobacconist which has an enviable range of pipes and tobaccos.  Some
of their own blends are excellent.  You will find them at 52 High Street in
Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 1AW, situated in a beautiful small town on the banks
of the Thames, half way between Windsor and Henley (01628 482045).  Well worth a
stop  if you are on a visit to the UK.

Chris Hamsher would like to see more structure in the digest.  You have read the
Digest for longer than I, Chris, but I can only recall that the best trout can
be caught in the gentle meanderings of an English chalk stream and the most
enjoyable walks are on winding paths to a destination of which you cannot be

[ Later... -S. ]

After sending my first note to the Digest, I became embarrassed by its
assertiveness. Of course, I meant some of the best trout, not exclusively the
best, are found in meandering English Chalk streams.  As a Welshman, how could I
neglect the small fighting brownies of our own mountain streams. I am certain,
also, that all that I have read about the qualities of the North American Brook
and Rainbow trout leave me open to severe censure on this, my first, Digest

In regard to my support for not imposing a structure on the Digest, I will not
back down nor preface with IMHO.  Its quiet delight is the way that it drifts
like the smoke from your bowl on a still summer evening whilst sitting out on
the porch.  


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From: ????????????????
Subject: discrimination

Greetings fellow smokers,

       My name is Andy Hacker and I have been smoking cigars for a little
over 2 and a half years and I wanted  to pass a story on to you all and see
if you might have any comments.
I am a graphic designer in the NY/NJ area  who for a while has been trying to
find employment  (which  I am still looking for) and I have a little ritual
that I do every  time I'm in the city. after any interview,  wherever I am
 in the city I manage to make my way over to Nat Sherman and pick up cigars
or a cigar as  the case may be. On this peticular day I had bought a Nat
Sherman Sutton, which is a robusto. I wanted something small to smoke on my
way down to Penn Station. So I lit up and went out on the rarly  beautiful
day in NYC (considering we are still getting snow in April) So, I made my way
down 5th avenue enjoying this sweet tasting  smoke and even though I was
outside walking past many cigarette smokers I still was recieving glares and
dirty looks from occasional people. But I continued on enjoying the cigar.
People walking behind me would quickly walk past me and glance back with an
annoyed look on their faces,  and the smoke wasn't even blowing in their
      Why is it that we as cigar or pipe smokers can't even get the chance to
endulge ourselves even  if it is outside? Heck, even cigarette smokers seem
 to look down  on us. And personally I can't stand the smell of cigarettes! 
      Well, anyway I did finish this cigar and I still plan to visit Nat
Sherman whenever I visit NYC  and I will smoke it outside even if I get these
annoying looks from those who haven't yet enjoyed the pleasures of a good

Keep Smoking,  Andy Hacker

ps..just curious, I was wondering if anyone knew of any cigar clubs in the
central jersey area? I know about the Metropolitan cigar society in Wayne,
 NJ but that's a little to far of a travel for me...........thanx

[ There is of course A Little Taste of Cuba; also, the MCS is
organizing a new chapter in the Central NJ (Piscataway/New Brunswick)
area. -S. ]

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From: john turner <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Quality Tobacco UK

Dear Steve,

I should be grateful if you would publish the following.

Fellow pipesmokers,

Re: Quality Tobacco Uk

It is with refgret that I must announce that we are terminating our Mail Order
service beyond the UK with immediate effect. Unfortunately we have found that
our highly taxed prices are totally uncompetetive in most markets beyond the UK
and that to continue with our service would not be realistic.

I have had the pleasure of exchanging letters with many of you since we launched
our service and have made many new friends in the process. Many of you have
shared experience and Knowledge with me and this has been much appreciated.
I cannot thank you all personally, but I would like to publicly thank Steve
Masticola and Steve Beatty for their support and Don Churn, Kim Bailey, Chet
Gottfried and Bob Jay who all helped immensley

We will continue to operate our Mail order service in the UK and of course our
retail business in Wells, Somerset, England. If any of you visit the UK and can
take the time to look us up, we will be delighted to see you.

Best wishes to all

John Turner
John Turner
Quality Tobacco (UK)

P.S. Would you also remove our details from the resource guide Steve - thanks.

[ Done, John.  Sorry to hear it. -S. ]

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

Hi Steve!

greetings from Rome Italy to you and all Pipes Digest subscribers

Thanks for sending me the last two digests.
It's a lot of reading to do, but, by a birds eye glance, looks
like I am going to enjoy it.

Just a few words as an introduction and a small contribution to 
your guide: a couple of pipes museums in Switzerland and northern 
Italy and a few adresses in Rome and Milan to go  for a peaceful
puff and a look at some beautiful instruments of our smoking

In Italy the antismoking lobby, even if not as powerful as in
the USA, are doing their best to make life unconfortable for
smokers generally and are particularly hostile to pipes and
cigars users. They have introduced a bill in parlament to ban
smoking in all public places, including restaurants, bars, sport
arenas, shops. Lot of restaurants already ban smoking or have non
smoking areas, the smoking corner being  the most unconfortable
in the place.
It's nice to have a couple of places to go to and have a puff
without feeling like being confined in a ghetto!

Any pipe smokers travelling to Italy will feel welcome at:

Via San Vincenzo 29

This place, a few yards from the Trevi Fountain, is owned by
Paolo Becker, son of the late Frederick. They together started
carving the world famous Becker pipes some 30 years ago, when
Paolo was in his teens. He is now carving unique pieces out of
a stock of long aged briar roots and, somewhat inspired by the 
Danish pipe stile, produces beautiful pipes both in design and 
His partner, Giorgio Musico', an institution in the Italian pipe
smoking community, is a walking enciclopedia of the pipe and
tobacco world and is a willing counsellor both to beginners 
and long time puffers.
Their store, more a club with its confortable couches, books on
pipes and tobacco and international pipes magazine, is a meeting
point, particularly on saturday. 
Besides Becker pipes, they produce the Becker & Musico' brand,
ranging from inexpensive to medium price and stock some leading
brand names: Charatan, Dunhill, Baldi, Ser Jacopo della Gemma,
Larsen, Ascorti, Ashton, Caminetto.

Via Colonna Antonina 34

This is the University of the Rome smoking community.
It is not a place for beginners nor for drug store type pipes.
Castello, Radice, Savinelli Autograph, Caminetto, Ascorti,
Dunhill, Charatan, Bang, Larsen are a few brands on Fausto
Fincato's breath taking display.
Dont'be misled by the small street level shop, where, however,
an impressive choice of cigars, from havanas downwards, and
pipe tobaccos pack the shelfes. Make your way to the first
floor, where, in luxurious surroundings, Fausto will entertain
you and, for sure, make a dent on your credit card, as very
rarely one fails to submit to the many temptations on show. 

Via San Claudio 39

This is a good place for a bargain and a must if you are keen
on estate or reconditioned pipes.
Besides being the Italian distributor of Astleys of London,
and storing several leading Italian brands, Diego Novelli is
the Rome estate pipes specialist. You can find an exceptional
variety of both Italian and English brand names, particularly
Dunhill, Castello and Charatan.

Via Montenapoleone

It's a store on two levels on the most exclusive shopping
street in the city.
The first level will not interest you, unless you want to
buy knives or shavers.
Go downstairs and enjoy the best show of pipes in Milan.
All the world leading brands are stored.

Close to Milan, on Lake Varese, there is a pipe museum worth
visiting, if one is interested in the technical side of pipe
Besides a collection of some 2000 19th century pipes, an impressi
ve display of pipe making tools are on show


and another museum is a must if you visit the Lake Geneva area
in Switzerland.
An unique collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century pipes from
the four corners of the world.
Exceptionally beautiful merschaum and painted porcelain pipes
from Austria, Hungary, Germany, France, Holland and a collection
of original Gambier clay pipes from France, carved wooden pipes
from the far east, metal and cristal pipes and middle eastern
narghiles, all beautifully laid out and displayied.
A couple of hours well spent.

Rue de l'Accademie 7
LAUSANNE - Vaud - Switzerland

And to close a request.
Recently a friend returning from the New York brought me a pouch
of DELACONCHA TURKISH DELIGHT, a tobacco blend that I enjoyed
a lot.
Can anyone tell me where I could order it?

That's all for now.

Thanks to Steve for his good work and pleasant puffs everyone!

Sergio Bartolini

[ Wow!  Thanks for all the info, Sergio! -S. ]

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

Jeff wants to know where I "came by the information" about my assertion in a
previous issue of P.D. that the difference, between a cheap drug store pipe
and a more expensive quality pipe is in the briar.Or putting it another way,
"the gain is in the grain."

The short answer to Jeff's query is EXPERIENCE. I've been a pipe smoker for
over 45 years, a wood carving hobbiest for over 50 years and a full-time
professional pipe carver with customers world-wide for more than 12 years.
But for  further substantiation I offer Jeff the following excerpt on the
subject from THE BOOK OF PIPES & TOBACCO by Carl Ebiva:

"Bald or grainless wood is not desirable because it is soft and more prone to
burn out than other types. It becomes saturated by moisture more quickly than
grains of fine briars and therefore needs more frequent rests. On occassion,
it fills up with tars to such an extent that it remains sour even after
High grade pipes will have little of this grainless wood in them. Certain
manufacturers have capitalized on the ignorance of smokers.Rather than try to
educate their potential customers and supply them with high quality products,
they have produced a multitude of gimmicks. Pipes made from metal and low
grade briar, simply cannot in any way compare with the simple designs of high
grade pipes made from excellent, well seasoned prime burls. ...Smokers who
have smoked fine pipes will, with rare exceptions, insist that no metal
baffles or filters be used in their pipes. Why? There is simply no need for
such gadgets in fine pipes. A metal piece constricts the smoke coming through
the channel and increases condensation which ultimately is held in the shank,
causing the pipe to sour faster. It's also a nuisance. A pipe that is
uncluttered through the shank and stem smokes drier and more flavorfully and
is easier to care for.

 ...Only when the smoker begins selecting suitable tobaccos and pipes,
properly cares for his pipe, and develops proper smoking habits, will he
begin to savor pipe smoking.Only then will his pipes stay lit and smoke
sweetly while remaining cool and DRY."

For further information on the subject I refer Jeff to Rick Hackers great THE

Thank you in advance, Steve, for the use of all this space.

                               Sincerely,           Al Baier

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From: Jeff Cowan <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Frankfurt, Germany, Pipe Resources

Dear Steve and fellow Pipe Digest Readers, 

Not expecing my comments to apper, I wrote a few issues back without an
introduction, sorry if there was any misunderstandings in my first post.  The
obligatory introduction: I am a 26 year old pipe smoker of several months.  I am
a native of California but have been working in Germany for the past three
years, in Frankfurt for the past two years and before that in Bonn.
Fortunately, I have been able to learn much from the postings and resources for
which I am very grateful.

I know that there are several readers, including yourself, who frequently pass
through Frankfurt on business or vacation or whatever, so I would like to
comment on the Frankfurt area pipe resources, plus a few other things which
might be of interest to anyone here for a few days.  

One German member, Joachim ?, commented that in any German city, the safest bet
would be a tobacco store at the main train station, Hauptbahnhof.  This is true
for Frankfurt as well and also applies to most small tobacco stores.
Furthermore, the duty free shop at the airport has a fair selection of tobacco,
a cigar humidor and a few Dunhill pipes.  There are two tobacco shops with
pipes, cigars, tobacco and cigarettes in the Bahnhof but given the throngs
frequenting them, personal attention is lacking.  Fortunately, there are two
good pipe shops just five minutes away from the Bahnhof which can be reached by
crossing the 
streetcar tracks in front of the Bahnhof and then veering right to

FISCHER, Muenchenerstrasse 22, is a John Aylesburg dealer, with a good selection
of Savinellis but only Savinellis.  There also appears to be a good cigar
selection, although as I don't smoke them very often I can't tell how it
compares with other stores.

Their is another hidden store just two doors down on Muenchenerstrasse 18 called
TABAK WEIDER ( tel 49 69 23 24 81) which is in my opinion the best shop in
Frankfurt.  The owners are a frail but friendly couple.  There is a great
selection of Stanwells, Savinellis, Petersons, Nordings, Vauens and other pipes,
mostly in the DM 100 to DM 200 range, roughly $ 70-150.  They also have a large
selection of tinned tobaccos, pipe tools, stands and other accouterments.  I
have bought three pipes from them which makes them quite generous with the
samples as well.  Because the shop is small you have to ask to see the display
cases where the pipes are stored.  

Unfortunately neither of these shops are very spacious, in fact they are both
quite small.  I doubt if English is spoken in either of these shops but part of
the attraction of the later shop is the caring voice of the propitiers with
their distinctively Frankfurter accents.

Just a warning to those new to Frankfurt: the area around the Bahnhof has gotten
worse in the past few years, one turn to the left walking down Munchenerstrasse
and you will be smack in the middle of the red light district.  Even though the
archictecture is beautiful in the area, I would recommend briskly walking past
any potential shady characters.  Infrequently, some interesting types stop into
these shops as well to pick up air plane size bottles of Jagermeister, vodka or
whatever, just an enhancement to the atmosphere in my 
opinion.  Also the latter shop has begun to pander to some of the locals with a
small selection of water pipes, I still think it is a great shop though.

Another major shopping area with a few good stores is the "Zeil" bounded by the
U Bahn stops of Konstablerwache and Hauptwache; everyone knows what and where
the Zeil is in case you are lost.  Behind the Hauptwache stop is PALM TOBACCO; I
have only window shopped here but the selection seems to have a fair number of
pipes, tobacco and cigars.

In the sprawling Hauptwache U-Bahn station at the west end of the Zeil is
another good pipe shop which I don't the name of.

Finally, just south of the Zeil towards the Main river on Kornmarkt 9 is
TABAKHAUS (tel 49 69 28 78 13).  This is one of the more upscale shop in
Frankfurt with a fair selection of Dunhills, Ser Jacopos, Butz-Choquin and most
other brands.

A block or two farther west from the Hauptwache brings one to a very hidden and
exclusive shop,  TABAK+PFEIFE off the so called Fressgasse at Grosse
Bockenheimer Strasse 52 (tel: 49 69 28 93 46).  They have a excellent selection
of English tobaccos including Rattrays, Hemingway and of course Dunhill with
some interesting Danish/Irish types as well  Their pipes are only the best from
Dunhill, Peterson, Savinelli and Larsen.  The prices are from DM 170 or so for
the Petersons and Larsens all the way up to DM 800 and more for the Dunhills.

Anyone residing in Germany for an extended period of time would be wise to order
the extensive Dan Pipe catalog which is almost 200 pages.  Peter Heinrichs of
Cologne also does mail order.  I have found both of these companies to be very
reliable, shipping is free with most orders in Germany; both are in the resource
guide.  These can also be a convenient way to avoid the restrictive German
shopping laws, Monday-Friday 9-6:30, Saturday 9-2:00.

Anyone looking for German translations of pipe and cigar books should check out
the three story Hugendubel bookshop, Steinweg 12, which is around the corner
from Palm Tobacco just off the Zeil.  They have the German translations of
Hacker's pipe and cigar books.

Finally, I have found a few friendly smoking establishments although no one will
blink an eye in virtually any German restaurant or cafe if you light up.  One
locale is Literaturhaus, Bockenheimer Landstrasse 100 fortunately across the
street from work and around the corner from the American Consulate should you
happen to be there, a converted former residence of a German nobleman, now
dedicated to promoting literature and the arts.  They have a cafe with a good
selection of spirits.  There are frequently readings during the afternoon.  It
is closed on Saturday however.   

The large hotels including Hotel Grand Arabella, Hotel Frankfurter Hof and Hotel
Hessischer Hof all have good lounges with comfortable chairs.  I' ve seen a few
people have cigars brought to them by waiters at the Arabella so there must be a
cigar humidor there.

I would not buy a pipe unless I was going to smoke it but for those collectors
looking for something rare and expensive, I would certainly try TABAK+PFEIFE and
TABAKHAUS before the other places.  The other shops should satisfy the rest of
your yearnings.  As far as including any of these places in the resource guides,
if I had to pick one, it would be Weider.

This is certainly not conclusive, there are several other stores in Frankfurt
but I tried to list those next to the train station and the main shopping areas
that are most accessible to visitors.

I'll be here for a few more weeks in case anyone has questions, perhaps some
German members can comment?

Jeff Cowan

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #214 -- April 14, 1996
  2. Subject: April 1st Issue
  3. Subject: StogieFest Four at American University, Washington, D.C. (for
  4. Subject: West Coast Pipe & Cigar EXPO
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996
  6. Subject: PD
  7. Subject: new e-mail and web page address
  8. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996
  9. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996
  10. Subject: Elizabethan Mixture
  11. Subject: Dunhill Hand Blended Mixtures
  12. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996
  13. Subject: Making Your Own Pipes
  14. Subject: new pipe pleasure
  15. Subject: New Pipe Smoker
  16. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996
  17. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #213 -- April 1, 1996
  18. Subject: Hot smoke
  19. Subject: My digest contribution(s), etc.
  20. Subject: [Pipes] Hello to Pipes Digest
  21. Subject: A question for PD readers...
  22. Subject: Thanks...and Connoisseurs
  23. Subject: Re: How to locate smoke shops
  24. Subject: Tinderbox Internationale
  25. Subject: Data about Barcelona
  26. Subject: Brazilian Pipes
  27. Subject: New Smoker
  28. Subject: Private Label
  29. Subject: A Hobbitish item for the Digest
  30. Subject: Re: whoops
  31. Subject: Small & Great Pleasures
  32. Subject: discrimination
  33. Subject: Quality Tobacco UK
  34. Subject: Pipes Digest
  35. Subject: RESPONSE TO JEFF C. JEWELL, P.D. #212
  36. Subject: Frankfurt, Germany, Pipe Resources
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