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Subject: Pipes Digest #216 -- May 11, 1996

		  Pipes Digest #216 -- May 11, 1996
   Copyright (C) 1996 by Stephen P. Masticola. All rights reserved.
	       Commercial use of any part of contents,
	      including email addresses, is prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 2203

Welcome to new members:

	John Scott Porterfield
	Mitch Petchenik
	Scott T. Parente
	Pete Sahm
	Jeff Chace
	Connie Cochran
	Allen D. Hall
	John Allen Gilley
	Britten Martin
	Norm
	Craig Bonvechio
	Daniel Jinich
	Bill Romaniuk
	Myron Schlesinger
	Perry G. Severance
	Troy Hanson
	Philip C. Guier
	James Richards
	Chuck Parker
	Matt Matalamaki
	Steve Johnson
	Richard L. Westrick Jr.
	Erik Lind
	Vijayendra Rao
	Jack Chen
	David R Gofstein
	Vincent Caplier
	Claude Pellerin
	Erick S. Schneider
	Eugene J. Rohrer
	Michael Stock
	Cris
	Dana Duggins
	Brett Kendall
	Darryl Lewis
	Reno Mastrocola
	Marcus Matzick
	Tim Sullivan
	Kevin Brunk
	Bryan Marriott
	Mike Sibert
	K. S. Kilburn
	Michael Wardell
	Eugene Mcfarland
	Patrick Staplin
	Scott Henderson
	Ignacio Martin
	William Serad
	Richard Gray
	Mike Spurgeon
	John Ridgway
	Bruce R. Mikeworth
	Massimiliano Pasqui
	John Russell Galloway
	Stefan Hansson
	Corey Adam Weiss
	Bill Leonard
	Jeremy Hawley
	Stephen E. Williamson
	Kevin Lee Anderson
	Stefano Landi
	Ron Kiss
	Johanne S. Friemering
	Andrew N. Ray
	Scott P. Cook
	Stephen D. Stuart
	Joe Neikirk
	David Ogershok
	Craig A. Zottola
	Curielle Duffy

[ADMIN] Our illustrious Webmaster, Steve Beaty, has done it again!
For folks without Usenet access, the Digest Web page now provides
recent articles on the alt.smokers.pipes newsgroup.  Look for it in:

	     http://www.pipes.org/News/alt/smokers/pipes/

See his letter next.  Steve, may you never lack Latakia, may your
Perique always be at its peak, and may your Burley never get surly!

This has got me thinking... one of these days, I'll have to go over
the back issues and make a collection of all the tobacconian toasts.
There are others lurking in this issue!

[CIGARS,BOSNIA] And don't forget about Operation Cigar Lift, as
mentioned in Pipes Digest #215.  This is an effort to solicit
donations of cigars for U.S. servicemen stationed in Bosnia.  Full
details can be found at http://www.cigar.com/airlift/ or by writing to
Jim Denton (?????????????????).  I'm sure that Captain Rupp and his
men will appreciate anything you can do, as we appreciate what they're
doing for us!


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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Steve Beaty <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Web page now has postings from alt.smokers.pipes

Steve and all,

        i've had some requests to have alt.smokers.pipes postings on the Web
page.  now, they're there!  look in:

        http://www.pipes.org/News/alt/smokers/pipes/

for the current articles.  i'm not planning on making this any more fancy,
but it should give simple access to those otherwise denied.

Steve Beaty                                               ???????????????
Hewlett-Packard                                 ?????????????????????????
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA        http://www.lance.colostate.edu/~beaty/


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From: ??????????? (rob denholtz)
Subject: New Mid-Hudson Valley Region Pipe Club Organizing

Steven,

        Would you please let Digesters know that we are organizing a new
pipe club to serve the Mid-Hudson Valley (NY) area.  We'll be meeting
(hopefully) monthly in and around Poughkeepsie, Kingston, etc.  All
interested pipe smokers/collectors are invited to contact me (???????????)
or Dick Duncan (??????????????????).  We hope to have meeting #1 in May at
a pipe-friendly area restaurant.

        Thanks for your continuing help in promoting our mutual interest!!

        Regards,

                Rob Denholtz

[ Be delighted, Rob! I'd like to list the club in the Guide, too, but
it'll need a name for me to do so.  Please let us know how it goes,
and good luck! -S. ]


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From: "Richard C. Loiacono" <???????????????>
Subject: humidors

April 29, 1996

Dear ????????????????????????:

I have designed a humidor made of plexiglass. It is handmade of the
finest grade material available and finished by flame polishing the
edges for a mirror shine. I can make it available in clear, black or
smoked colors. I am interested in offering my humidor to the members
but I thought I'd check with you first. If you don't object or would
like to act as an intermediary you may contact me at:

        Richard Loiacono
        516-579-9333 (work)
        516-938-1908 (home)
        ???????????????
       
Thank you,
Richard Loiacono
???????????????


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From: Mark Lathem <???????????????>
Subject: At Long Last...Matches!

Steve,

[Personal note deleted.  The gist is that Mark noted a question about
matches I'd posted to alt.smokers.pipes, and has graciously offered
to send a few boxes. -S. ]

P.S.  I have one addition to our agreed-upon fee (that being the continued
arrival of PD in my mailbox):  I'm about to move to Ft Irwin, California,
which is smack dab in the middle of nowhere.  If you happen to know of an
Internet Service Provider that offers *reasonable* 1-800 service, please
pass it on to me.  I can still do e-mail via MCIMail, but I need my USENET <g>.

--
Mark Lathem      
http://www.vvm.com/~mlathem/home.html

[ Mark, I'd love to help you out, but I'm clueless. I'm hoping that
the members aren't, though!  If any member has info on an ISP in the
Ft. Irwin, CA area, please reply to Mark. -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #215 -- April 29, 1996

Hi I was wondering if you might have an American source for Fox's Bankers own
tobacco; I belive this is what it is called...
                                Thanks jtb.
I enjoy your letter very much, and find it very informative.


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From: Spencer Martin <??????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #215 -- April 29, 1996

Steve,

> Hence the changes to the Digest format (removing the new members'
> addresses) and also to the Web site (removing _all_ addresses from
> archived Digests), to protect Digest members from junk mail.
Steve,

I do understand the need to privatize email addresses; it seems the 
only prudent course of action.  Nevertheless, I did derive a significant 
amount of enjoyment from seeing the various geographic locations of new 
readers. If the address-stripping is being done by software, would it be 
possible to alter it to strip out the addresses while leaving the 
domain/location info?

Spencer
***************************************************************************
Spencer Martin                     *  The note had an arrow drawn on it,
Department of Finance              *  pointing at one of the controls. It
The Wharton School                 *  said, 'This is probably the best
University of Pennsylvania         *  button to press.'
email: ??????????????????????????  *    -somewhere on Magrathea
***************************************************************************

[ Well, a lot of addresses (for instance, "???????????????") don't
carry much geographic or demographic info.  Of course, I guess I could
leave the domain names on and strip the userids. Does anyone else have
strong leanings about this? -S. ]


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From: Steve Carney <???????????????>
Subject: New address, pipe cases

Steve-

[Address change deleted. -S. ]

	On another topic, I have been looking for carrying cases 
for my pipes, which are all pretty large freehands (one large Brebbia). 
Does anyone know where I could find a case for larger pipes? Everything I 
have looked at so far seems designed for traditional sized pipes. 

	Thanks a lot, and keep up the great work!

Steve 

Steve Carney, MSW 
Washington University in St. Louis
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
??????????????????????????


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From: Randy Summers <??????????????????????>
Subject: Goodby

	First I want to thank you for the excellent job you do with the 
Pipes Digest. I have looked forward to every issue.
	I'm a 19 year old college student, who became a pipe smoker quite
by accident. I was cruising the net early one morning and happened across
a pipe smoking page. The thought of smoking a pipe seemed like a good
idea. About a week later I purchased a relatively nice briar from a flea
market, and a nice vanilla blend from (as far as I know) the only tobacco
store in town. I enjoy smoking very much, although I don't get to do it 
as much as I would like due to time restraints and the ever present "NO 
SMOKING" sign.
	It is with great sadness then, that I must ask you to remove my
address from the mailing list. My first year of college is done here, and 
I will no longer have access to the schools computer after this week. If 
I can I will try to get a new accout, sometime at a later date. Until 
then, goodby.

					Thank you,
						Randy Summers

P.S.- In case you would like to have it (if you don't already), the 
address of the local pipe shop here in Springfield, Missouri is:
	Just For Him
	1334 E. Battlefield
	Springfield, MO.
	65804
	(417)886-8380
	(800)626-2971

	This is actuall a very small shop in the back of small mens gift 
store. They have a fair collection of pipes, as well as quite a few 
tobaccos. They also sell cigars, although I don't know what kind or how 
many (beacuse I wasn't looking). Your welcome to post as much or as 
little of this letter as you like. Thanks again.
	
[ Thanks for the Guide reference, and for your note. We're always glad
to hear from folks such as yourself, who have found the hobby through
our efforts.  We'll look forward to having you as a member again when
you have a new address. -S. ]


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From: "Mr. Smooth" <????????????????????????????????>
Subject:       my first pipe

I recently obtained the chance to canoe Okeefenokee Swamp in southern 
Georgia with a friend.  I have decided that I want this trip to be my 
first trip with my very own pipe.  Although I have smoked other 
objects like cheap cigarrettes,  expensive cigars,  but I have only 
found that a good pipe can give me the enjoyment and serenity I need. 
I was wondering if you could advise me to what would be a good pipe.  
I plan to keep my first pipe forever!  Sincerely James Heard at 
Gainesville College.James Heard 
(soon to be at UGA)
????????????????????????????????

[ I've sent James some private email on the subject, but I'm sure he'd
welcome some other opinions too! -S. ]


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From: Steve Gercak 97 <???????????????????????????>
Subject: First Smoking Experience

Steve:
     I thought you might get a kick out of my first pipe smoking 
incident. A friend and I decided to start smoking the pipe...we already 
were smoking cigars...so we set aside the money and went to the smoke 
shop. We entered the Tinder Box and said we wanted to be set up with a 
pipe outfit..I must add that they were very helpful in getting us 
started. So we went straight to our usual smoking spot...on a beach on 
Lake Erie...and we pulled out the directions, yes written directions! We 
followed them to the tee and then we tried to lite them. I must add that 
neither one of us wanted anyone to see us make fools out of our selves 
trying to do this so we hid behind a shed. I think we must of looked like 
a couple of crack heads because every one who walked by gawked at us. 
Well we finally got it lit and the rest is history. We're 
youngin's...early 20's...and I find that the pipe really relieves the 
typical college stress. We've been smoking for about a ear now and slowly 
building our pipe collections. This is one of the interesting hobbies I 
have picked up. Pleasant smoking!
-Steve

[ Thanks for the note, Steve!  At least you had directions; I had to
go through a book of matches trying to keep that first bowl lit! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????? (Mr. Kurtz)
Subject: Thanks to all for Bonfiglioli opinions

<sent to _Pipes Digest_ and posted to a.s.p.>

To all who responded to my call for opinions regarding Bonfiglioli
pipes (and all other interested parties):
Thank you all for the input and recommendations.  Upon the strength of
these, I ordered three pipes from Alberto - the OoOPS pipe (a short,
thick-walled pot), a bent billiard, and an apple (I like traditional
shapes).  There may have been some miscommunication, so I may be
getting one more pipe than I actually ordered.  Oh well, I'll buy it
anyhow...
I received the OoOPS pipe on 27 April, and I must say that it exceeded
my (high, from what I'd heard) expectations.  Beautiful wood, nice
finish, and a good hand-filling shape.  It smokes better than either
of my Petersons, my Savinelli, or the Upshall I bought in a moment of
justifiable (and thankfully temporary) insanity - and it's not even
broken in yet!
I expect to be doing more business with Signor Bonfiglioli in the
future.

May the Leaf be with you always,
Chuck

---------------------------------------------------------------
C. L. Basso          Optical Mineralogist            Toledo, O.
????????????????????

"The great questions of the day are settled not by speeches
and the decisions of majorities, but by blood and iron."
--  Otto von Bismarck


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From: "John A. Landry" <???????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest Submission

Greetings Steve and esteemed Pipes Digest readers.

I've been a subscriber to the list for a short time only and have a few
ponderings some of you may be able to help me with.  First let me say thanks
to Steve and every member of the Pipes Digest for providing such an
interesting, uncluttered and informative format for sharing information on
pipe smoking.

In a throwback to the early days of the digest, I'll give an introduction of
myself and how I took to the pipe, prior to boring you with my silly
questions...

I'm 35, have only been smoking a pipe for a few months now and have really
gotten the hang of it.  As with many hobbies an interests I've acquired
throughout my life, pipe smoking is one I wish I had "discovered" a long
time ago.  I got started into the world of pipe smoking when I stopped by a
local tobacco shop to buy a couple of cigars for a friend and I to enjoy on a
weekend get together.  We like to try a cigar now and then, and we were
feeling the craving about that time.  In visiting tobacco shops over the
years, the pipe tobaccos always intrigued me.  They smelled so incredible
and I always kept in the back of my mind the thought of trying a pipe
someday. On this particular visit, I started asking pipe questions of the
shop personnel.

With my interest running high, I came back home and did a little snooping
here on the net for pipe smoking information.  I found the alt.smokers.pipes
newsgroup along with the various web pages and of course this wonderful Pipes
Digest.  After reading the Pipes Digest FAQ and after posting an inquiry to
the a.s.p newsgroup, several readers who responded gave me some helpful
pointers.  With knowledge in hand, I went back to the tobacco shop and
purchased in inexpensive bent pipe with a couple of samples of cavendish
tobacco.

While the tobacco wasn't bad, it simply didn't taste nearly as good as it
smelled in the pouch.  My first few tries at smoking the pipe were pretty
much to be as expected... very hot pipe (smoking *way* to fast), lots of
gurgling, lots of doddle and difficulty in keeping the tobacco lit.  All
this left me a little disappointed and wondering if I should bother to
continue.

Then, with guidance received from the readers of a.s.p and the regulars of
the #pipes IRC channel on irc.dal.net, I ordered an Edward's Royce Canonball
style pipe via mailorder from the Ft. Collins, CO store.  What a wonderful
change for the positive having a *real* pipe and tobacco without glycol
casing was in my smoking struggle!  But I still found the cavendish samples I
was acquiring and trying sort of boring and lacking in the strength of taste
I was craving.  What happened next has converted me to a pipe smoker for
life... Bruce Beaman, a #pipes channel regular, sent me a small sample of a
tobacco called Blatter Reserve from Blatter & Blatter Co. in Montreal,
Quebec.  It was love at first light!  I then learned first hand what an
English blend is.  The rest is becoming history.  I've been sampling various
English blends from Cornell & Diehl and continue to find these blends are
the style that I like.  I still try a cavendish now and then, but the English
blends keep my taste buds happy.

In this short period I've purchased another quality pipe to rotate between
(I've been spoiled can't bring myself to smoke the el cheapo pipe ever
again), and I can see that I need even more pipes for my various smoking
schemes... one exclusively for my favorite tobacco (Blatter Reserve)... one
for sampling my English blends... one for sampling cavendishes... one for...
well you get the idea.  There's always a reason for a new pipe!

On the other hand, many of my friends and co-workers think I've gone insane
and are sure there must be something else they're not seeing in my pipe...
like some illegal additive in the tobacco!  One co-worker has seen the light
and actually joined me.  He ordered himself an Edward's pipe via mailorder
also.  My wife is just getting over the shock of my new "interest" also.
She's convinced I'll be starting with a pipe and will end up lying in the
gutter chain smoking cigarettes.  I tried cigarettes in high school and
thought the taste was disgusting, not to mention my wondering about the
questionable intelligence of inhaling concentrated pollution into one's
lungs.  I do not inhale pipe smoke.  My employer has a no smoking policy, so
I now get to join the cigarette smokers outside.  It's rather lonely... they
(the cigarette smokers) run outside, light up and polish off a stick in 5
minutes and dash off back inside.  I'm just finished lighting my pipe and
starting to enjoy myself when they're finished and gone!  But I really love
relaxing and smoking my pipe... fellowship or not!

I'm now looking forward to trying to carve a few pipes for myself.  Thanks to
the information in the Pipes Digest, I called Stemco-Pimo and received a pipe
carving supply catalog.

All that being said, here are the questions for you pipe gurus...

1.  What exactly is technique used to "rub out" tobacco?  If this literally 
means you rub the tobacco between the palms of your hands, won't it make a 
big mess?  Is thins done in a big container before putting in your pouch?

2.  Many of the cavendish tobaccos I've tried impart a stinging or bitter
sensation on the back of my tongue and throat, especially when smoked
heavily.  Which tobacco leaf actually causes this effect?  I suspect maybe
some sort of Virginia tobacco, because some of the blends which exhibit this
boast flavorings with a Virginia base.  The Blatter Reserve I like so much
gives no such problem.  Blatter Reserve is a very dark color... does this
mean it lacks Virginia?  I don't like this "peppery" sensation and would like
to know which tobacco I need steer clear of to avoid it.

3.  I've successfully polished my Vulcanite stems with a muslin buffing 
wheel mounted to my 6" bench grinder and tripoli compound.  Is it acceptable 
to polish the briar in this same manner?

Well, thanks all for your advice.

May your tobacco stay fresh and your pipe stay warm!

John

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[ To rub out tobacco, place about one bowlful in the palm of one hand
and rub it between the thumb and forefinger of the other, until it is
loose and springy.  What you don't put in the bowl can go back in the
pouch, but I think it stays fresher if you only rub out what you're
going to smoke at the time.

And lastly, your polishing technique sounds pretty much correct for
briar, though you might want to follow the tripoli with some white
diamond, and finish with carnauba wax.  BTW, on stems, use a light
touch; it's easy to gouge them, as I've found through bitter
experience! I don't think the type of tobacco has as much to do with bite as its
proper humidity, its packing in the bowl, and your smoking style.  Pay
attention to these and you'll learn the fine points.  To some extent,
other substances might make a bite worse (for me, these include mint
toothpaste or vinegar) or lessen the chance of getting bitten (sweet
drinks like wine or iced tea seem to help.)  I'd also advise you never
to smoke with a bitten tongue.  

Also see the next article re bite; it's very interesting! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????? (Charles L. Basso Jr.)
Subject: Tongue Bite

Illustrious Moderator and Fellow Pipe Types:
    I recently came across a small book by a gentleman named Robert F. 
Winans entitled _The Pipe Smoker's Tobacco Book_ (Graphics Etc, Inc., 
Provincetown, Mass., 1977), and some interesting comments regarding the 
cause of tongue bite were made.  Winans reproduces a graph from an 
article by a Dr. Braun in _Beitrage zur Tobakforschung_, v.4, pp. 32-79 
(1967), and elaborates thus:
    "The graph is a temperature profile of the smoke at a point 
approximately 2 1/6 inches behind the pipe bowl.  A smoking machine was 
used to smoke the pipe."  The graph caption indicates that the machine 
made 6 puffs per minute of 2 second duration, that the volume of the 
draw was 20 ml, and the total smoking time was 28 minutes.  Winans 
continues:
    "Note that the temperature range in this experiment ranges from 
roughly 85F to 118F maximum and the highest temperature is of short 
duration towards the end of the smoke.  To equate this temperature to 
discomfort, or tongue bite, if coffee were served to you at this 
temperature you could gulp it down without hesitation and then complain 
about being served tepid coffee."
    "In other tests run in the U.S., temperature profiles were reported 
in which people did the smoking rather than a machine.  On the overall 
(sic) the results were not very different from the machine.  
experienced and inexperienced pipe smokers participated.  Different 
blends of tobaccos and new and broken-in pipes were used.  Following 
are some general comments on these tests:"
    The most interesting of these comments reads:
    "Based on the foregoing data it appears certain that tongue bite is 
not caused by high temperature.  Nor can we blame the pipe itself for 
delivering a hot smoke.  Knowing this we have to turn to the chemistry 
of the smoke for an answer.  Along with the chemistry of the smoke, the 
smoking habits of the pipe smoker must be taken into account."
(This is indented as a quotation in the text, but the source is not 
noted.  Winans provides a bibliography, but I haven't the time to look 
this up.)
Later:
    "The peppery sensation most often called tongue bite is in part due 
to the alkalinity of the smoke.  Pipe and cigar smoke, because they are 
alkaline, is the reason most smokers don't inhale this smoke."

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
May the Leaf be with you always, 
Chuck

[ If so, then perhaps an acid drink might neutralize the bite... but
this is counter to my own experience! -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #215 -- April 29, 1996

Hello Steve and all fellows,

Two numbers ago I wrote you with some new addresses in Barcelona, there was
confussion with the next one:

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

Yes, there are TWO pipe shops named Gimeno in Barcelona, but they have
nothing to do between them.. Would you please include this second one in the
guide Steve ?

Besides that, the Barcelona Pipe Club has opened a WWW page:

http://www.barnaocio.es/pipa/index.html

At the moment it's not very good, but it's just a first version, and will
improve soon.

Thanks Steve, and keep the good work.

Ricard

[ I've noted the second Gimeno and the Web page in the Guide,
Ricard. Thanks! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #215 -- April 29, 1996

Greetings.
It's been a while since I have contributed so I thought I might take this
rare and quiet moment to do so. Allow me to fill your mental briar with two
quick thoughts.
1)  I have found that a small container of coarsely ground fresh coffee beans
( espresso blend is good- I prefer a sumatran bean ) makes my inexpensive
humidor smell delightful and has helped overcome both lingering varnish odors
and a spell of nasty pipe tobacco that once resided therein.
2)  I  seem to recall one of the tobacco companies attempting to appease the
' your giving my child lung cancer with your second hand smoke' coalition by
producing a smoke-free cigarette. Hopes were quickly dashed when one
government agency or another nixed the wole idea by proclaiming that a
smokeless cigarette was, in fact, nothing more than a nicotine transferal
device ( requiring a presciption to use ? ). It is with some surprise then
that, on a recent trip to the local apothecary, I found myself standing
before an impressive counter display that informed me I too could now get
nicotine gum and patches with NO PRESCRIPTION! Really now, who's fooling who?
 We can infer from this that the pharmecutical lobby is now more powerful
than the tobacco lobby. Thanks for looking out for my 'best interests'
Washington D.C. but i think if I can be trusted not to overdose on Tagamet
and Orudis and a whole host of what were, until recently, prescription
medicines- I can be trusted to excercise moderation in smoking cigars.
Keep up the good fight Steve ( and tell Marvin we like his new humidor ;-)
Gideon Hill.  

[We remember the "smokeless cigarette" flap too; thanks for pointing
this little gem of logic out!  Sorry, but I have no connection with
Marvin Shanken, other than buying his magazine, so I couldn't presume
to tell him anything about Kennedy's humidor (though for US$600,000,
it should darn well transform any White Owl into a pre-CA Cohiba,
complete with band and Cubatabaco tax stamp! :-) -S. ]


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From: ???????????????
Subject: Pipe Tobacco

Hi,
  I am trying to find the Old Colony pipe tobacco company.  I have been
smoking a blend called Castlebridge, but the local store [ Bob's Pipe Shop ]
closed recently,and I don't know where they were getting the tobacco.
  Any help would be appreciated.
        Thanks,
             David

[Can you get a blend code from the former owner? -S.]


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From: Craig Tarler <???????????>
Subject: New Pressed Blend: for PD

Steve:
(If this is too commercial, please don't include it. I will post on 
a.s.p. anyhow. Tnx.)

At the request of several readers, I have pressed my blend #502, 
Stanhope. BTW, the pressed tobacco has been going over very well and 
everybody seems to like it. The clearest comment that I've gotten 
comparing it to rubbed out was, "It's like stew the second day."
-- 
Best,

Craig

<A HREF= "http://www.pipes.org/candd.html"> Cornell & Diehl Tobaccos </A>

[ Too commercial, Craig; I won't print it!  Unless you can score me
some Sam's Blend. :-) -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Meerschaums

Thanks for your informative newsletter. It is very enjoyable indeed. I
am an avid collector of old, ornately carved meerschaums. After a
hiatus of many years, I am back in the hobby and am desparately trying
to get connected again. Alas, much has changed. I used to buy repair
supplies (bone screws, stems, etc.) from a fellow in Long Island by
the name of Lowe. I cannot locate him nor anyone who has meerschaum
repair parts. Can you help? I am also most interested in connecting
with fellow collectors, dealers etc. to buy/sell/trade. Any ideas? I
have one name that was offered, Frank Burla, in Chicago, but I have no
way to contact him. Any help with Frank's address/email/etc. would be
much appreciated. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer!

[ I've checked the Ephemeris, and they mention a "Loewe" briar pipe
that was made by Cadogan, the same people who make GBD.  No "Lowe,"
though. -S. ]


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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: Wild Honey Pipes

Dear Steve

In regard to your inquiry  about Wild Honey Pipes, I think I have some
information. Wild Honey Pipes were distributed by a small company in NJ
that sells a line of cheap pipes, candy, tobacco ,& you name it,at the RTDA
show. I don t know if they are still in business. I doubt very much they
made them. Rather bought from the cheapest source and had their name
stamped on. I purchased one of these pipes as I too was struck by how clean
the pipe was and how good a cross grain it had. Unfortunately , it never
lived up to my expectations and has languished on my pipe rack . Mark
Tinsky

Mark Tinsky
HC-88 Box 223
30 Tall Oaks
Pocono Lake, PA. 18347

[Disappointing news, but thanks for the update, Mark! -S.]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Resource Guide Updates

Dear Steve:

As the editor of SMOKESHOP magazine, I was surprised to find our listing in
the Pipe Digest Resource Guide is almost two years out of date! (Shame on me
for not checking sooner...)

Our magazine, which reaches nearly 4,000 specialty tobacco retailers as well
as industry leaders, is in its 26th year. It was purchased in August 1994,
and is bigger and better than ever. Recently we were named an official
publication of the industry's leading trade association, the RTDA (more on
that below!)

We can be reached at:

Smokeshop Magazine
Lockwood Trade Journal Co., Inc.
130 West 42nd Street, Suite 1050
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 391-2060
Fax: (212) 827-0945
Email: ??????????????????

Also, the Resource Guide listing for the industry's leading trade association
is outdated:

Retail Tobacco Dealers of America (RTDA)
107 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: (410) 547-6996
Fax: (410) 727-7533

For tobacco retailers, membership in the RTDA is invaluable, highlighted by
the annual trade show that allows store owners to walk a trade show packed
with merchandise from every leading manufacturer, while commiserating with
fellow retailers.

This year's show will be held August 21-24, in Cincinnati, Ohio. For
information, retailers should contact the RTDA.

Thanks!

Ted Hoyt, Editor
Smokeshop Magazine

[ Thank you for the update, Ted!  I've corrected both addresses in the
Guide. -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: cigar weekend tours

Cigar Weekend Tours Presents:
A Cuban Night in Havana North

If youre looking for a very special weekend event for your cigar club,
your favoured cigar clients or yourself, we have just the package.

Come to Toronto!

We organise junkets for the discerning smoker and right now were
putting together our next big night of Cuban cigars.

Featuring the best cigars from Havana
(Punch Churchills, Romeo and Julietta, Monte Cristos) we provide a
relaxed atmosphere in one of Torontos most comfortable hotels, with 
like minded people for company, a sumptuous meal preceded by cocktails 
(Cuban rum and if you dont like rum based drinks well make sure
youre happy) and a chance to puff away on complimentary cigars.

And no one asking you to please put that thing out!

For further information and prices on the Canadian Connection to Cuba

Contact: George Treheles
email: ?????????????????
voice:(416) 462-4700
mail: 69 Fred Varley Drive 

Unionville, Ontario

Canada  L3R 1S6


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From: "schier" <???????????????????>
Subject:       Re: Submission #2 - Coumarin in Pipe Tobacco

The latest issue of Vanity Fair carried a piece
about anti-smoking gadfly Dr. Wigand, who claims
that some pipe tobacco contains the chemical 
coumarin. Now, as far as I am concerned, Wigand
is more than slightly off target, but coumarin
is a common rat poison, and not the sort of thing
I care to smoke.

Does anyone out there know if there is coumarin
(a/k/a Warfarin, I believe) in all pipe tobacco,
and, if so, what is its purpose? Don't worry,
I will stay a committed pipe smoker and an opponent
of banning smoking in public places; I am just
interested.

Incidentally, is there any airline that permits
pipe smoking? I just flew SAS, and if they don't,
who would? Methinks smokers of aromatic blends
should get a discount for freshening the air of
the plane, rather than being prevented from
enjoying our pipes on board. 

Yitzchak.

[Yitzchak, I'm sure that if Wigand and his ilk could connect pipe
smoking with Satanism and Ebola Zaire, they would.  Regardless,
they'll probably try.  It's the old "let's force them to deny it"
trick.  Nonetheless, if anyone has any hard info, please let us
know. -S. ]


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From: "schier" <???????????????????>
Subject:       Re: Submission

Just got back from a three-day vacation trip
to Copenhagen, where I spent most of my time 
buying pipes and tobacco.

If anyone finds themselves there, the best place
to buy pipes is Poul Hansen Pipe Shop, on the 
Stroget pedestrian street. (Frederiksberggade 36;
at the beginning of the closed street) Their 
selection is excellent, especially of Nording
pipes, and the proprietor is very knowledgeable
and helpful. I purchased 3 Nordings, as well
as 4 discontinued and heavily discounted (and
all gone) Bjarne giant briars. Be sure to get a
VAT refund cheque from him when you purchase;
you receive 12 or so per cent back at the 
airport.

There is also an excellent tobacco blendery,
Paul Olsen, at Gammel Mont 4, where tobacco
is blended on the premises and can be sampled
before your choice is put into 100 gramme tins
for you. (Danish law forbids sales by weight)
Tobacco is European price; most of these blends
are available in the States for much less under
different names. However, for those like me who
reside outside the US, this store has the best
selection I have ever seen, and I have been to
many a tobacconist in many a city.

Yitzchak Schier
Moscow.

[ Later... -S. ]

My trip to Denmark also yielded a tin of Perique,
packaged under the Robert McConnell name in London.'
I also recall that Wally Frank sold Perique by mail,
perhaps successor Finck Cigar also does.

I would recommend Perique to Havana-deprived cigar smokers; it reminds me of
a very strong cigar, like some of the stronger
Havanas I have smoked.

Yitzchak

[ Thanks, Yitzhak!  Oddly enough, I had Paul Olsens Tobaksblanderi in
the Guide already (Pipes Digest #134.) -S. ]


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From: Steve Johnson <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Digest

Dear Steve,

Thank you for the subscription to Pipe Digest.  I devoured it in a matter of
a bowl full of tobacco.  Please keep up the good work. 

Attached please find a reply that I sent to Nick Goldberg at the University
of Huddersfield, England.  If you wish, you may use it.

Again thank you!

Keep the embers burning!

Stephen A. Johnson

_______________________________________________________________________________

Dear Nick,

I read your submittal to the Pipe Digest.  I would like to tell you my story
regarding pipe smoking.  First of all, I just turned 30 years old on April
5, 1996.

When I was a little boy and when my maternal grandfather was still
alive; of whom I was and still am very fond of.  I would watch him
fill, tamp, and light his pipe several times during the day.  Grandpa
smoked Half and Half tobacco and Marlboro cigarettes.  Grandpa loved
to smoke, he would smoke several bowls a day.  It seemed like grandpa
was always smoking his briar pipes.

Grandpa had a collection of about 20 pipes in his collection.  The pipes
where always on a special table designed to hold his pipes, cleaners, and
tools of the trade.  Grandpa would sit in his leather wing back chair, put
his feet up on the stool and begin the ritual of pipe smoking.  Grandpa was
very fond of the Native American Indians and I am sure that this ritual for
him was much like sitting around the indian fire and smoking the Peace Pipe.

Grandpa always seemed at peace with life.  Grandpa found great peace of mind
and spirit in his several hobbies that he held very dear to him.  Grandpa
loved to paint birds on wood, this was done with great care and detail.
Grandpa also loved to make pen and ink drawings on board.  He would draw
same the great literary giants like Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, and Robert
Frost.  He also drew Great American figures like Abraham Lincoln and several
Native American Indians.  I am sure that the combination of his talent and
the peace that pipe smoking brought to him helped create some of the nicest
pieces of art that I own.

When my grandfather died I was still very young.  I remember going the my
grandparent's home for the funeral, I could still smell grandpa's tobacco
lingering through the house.  I always liked smelling grandpa's smoke.  When
we where going through grandpa's things, I remember looking very long at his
pipes, his pouch and the numerous butane lighters that he had.  I remember
putting the used pipes up to my mouth and drawing on them as if I were the
smoker.  It tasted very bitter, but I did it any way, I did it because I
wanted to be the same wonderfully kind and gentle person that my grandfather
was.

Obviously I was not allowed to smoke since I was still in grade school.
During my high school years I did own a couple of pipes, nothing to write
home about.  I think the pipes where Dr. Garbo.  I smoked drug store tobacco
only occasionally.

When I graduated from high school in 1984 moved in with my older brother.
At that time I was living near Chicago and found a Tinder Box.  I bought a
couple of Tinder Box pipes and a pouch of tobacco.  I thought I had died and
gone to heaven.  I now owned 5 pipes.  My older brother gave me a 3 pipe
stand the one with the glass jar for tobacco.  I had finally arrived as a
pipe smoker.

I lived with my brother for a year and a half and then I joined a Catholic
Monastery.  I was considered normal to smoke a pipe.  I stayed with the
group of Monks for almost 3 years.  When I left I went back to smoking
cigarette.  About 2 years ago I started smoking pipes again.  I had to start
over since I had disposed of all of the early pipes.

I was living in Milwaukee Wisconsin when I decided to start smoking pipes
again and I found Edward's Pipe and Tobacco on the north side of town.  The
owners name was Dean and he helped me get started smoking pipes again.  This
time I had someone to ask all of the questions I wanted to ask, Dean always
provided me with good answers and great encouragement.  His store was very
conducive to a fraternal environment.  His tobacco counter was the main hang
out.  I went to the store almost every day of the week.  I found friends
that wanted to help make pipe smoking an enjoyable hobby for me.  The kind
of took me under their wings.

Since then I have moved to Palm Springs California.  I miss Edward's and all
of the gang, but I have found the Tinder Box in Palm Springs and it is owned
and operated by a father and son team.  Garry is the son and he and his wife
Gerry worked most of the time.  I go to the store quite often and can be
found there every Saturday morning from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm or so.  I have
found great friendship in the store, it is not the same as Edward's but I
like it.

Since moving to Palm Springs my collection of pipes has grown from 12 briar
pipes to 67 pipes.  My collection consists of several Edward's own,
Savinelli, Ben Wade, Nording, Charatan and a Dunhill.  My collection is
mostly straight pipes, however I do have 12 freehand pipes.  I have found
that I do like straights better than bents.  Currently I am smoking the
Tinder Box tobacco called Chartwell.  I find that I change tobaccos often.
I have tried the english tobacco, but I do not like the fragrance as much as
I do with the aromatics.

I hope that this helps you.  If you have any questions, or if you would like
to keep in touch from time to time please feel free.  I enjoy talking to
other people who like to smoke pipes.

Keep the embers burning!

Stephen A. Johnson


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

Hello, Steve,

  You know, sometimes life is hard, what with the daily struggle to survive
and all.  But every once in a while we find or make a little piece of
paradise and for a short time things don't seem so bad.
  This last weekend was almost perfect spring weather.  Okay, so it was a
little hazy, but that just meant that the marine layer was cooling
temperatures back down to where they belonged--in the mid-80s.  The maple
tree's leaves had filled out nicely creating plenty of shade--time to give
the new hammock a trial run.  So there I was Sunday afternoon, in the
hammock in the shade, a cold drink close by, and a cigar in hand (a Royal
Jamaica in case anyone's interested).  For about an hour it was paradise--a
cool breeze, the flowers a riot of color, birds singing, rich and fragrant
smoke curling above my head.
  Later on one could find me stretched out in my easy chair in front of a
baseball game eating some leftover pizza, drinking some brown ale, followed
up by McClelland's Deep Hollow tobacco in a favorite pipe.  Ah, bliss.

  A couple of weeks ago I was in Denver for a seminar and managed to visit
three tobacconists--and buy three new pipes in the process, one from each
store.  The first shop I visited was Tobacco Haven in the Northglen Mall.
It was kind of strange.  First of all, it was the first time I have ever
seen a dying mall.  There must have been 2 or 3 stores closed and shuttered
for every one open and shoppers were few and far between.  It was
positively eerie.  The shop itself was fairly large with about 2/3 taken up
with beer steins and similar gift items.  The rest was pipes, cigars,
tobacco, and smoking accessories.  And they actually had a pretty fair
selection of everything.  It's just that the store was--what's a good word?
Cluttered, maybe--but no, I've been in other pipe shops that were
cluttered, but in a friendly, inviting way.  Maybe disheveled is what I'm
looking for.  The pipes looked like they were tossed into the display cases
any which way, but to even see the display cases, one had to move bunches
of stuff out of the way.  The cigar humidor was fairly large and had a good
selection, but everything looked pawed through--no one apparently goes
through and straightens things out.  There were boxes in the corners piled
floor to ceiling and--well, you get the picture.  In spite of all this, I
managed to buy a smallish freehand made in Denmark by a company called
Knute which I hadn't heard of before.  It's not a flawless piece of wood,
but at the price I didn't expect it to be.  It is, however, rather handsome
and a good smoke.  If anyone knows anything about Knute pipes and would be
willing to share, I'd appreciate the info.
  The second shop was an Edward's on south Broadway in Englewood.  This was
a small shop and because of space constraints, selection was limited, but
all the bases were covered:  pipes, cigars, lighters, humidors, tobacco,
racks, tampers, pouches, etc.  It appeared to me that a lot of their
mid-range pipes carried their own house logo.  They also had some nice
freehands and a few high-end pipes.  I found a nice meerschaum with a
bell-shaped bowl at a very reasonable price.  I was also able to pick up
some Fuente Hemingway Signature cigars.  These can sometimes be hard to
find, so I was pleased to pick up a few.  The fellow who was manning the
shop was pleasant, friendly, and knowledgable.  I definitely would go back
to Edward's in spite of it's small size.
  The last shop I visited was Jerri's in downtown Denver.  This was a
nicely appointed shop and all the staff seemed real knowledgable about
their products.  They had a fair selection of pipes, cigars, tobaccos and
accessories.  At this shop I purchased a Barling pipe.  Now I have heard
(probably here in the Digest) that Barlings aren't the pipe they used to
be, but this one appealed to me.  It's a 3/4-bent billiard with nice grain
for the money and is very reminiscent of a Peterson's--including a Peterson
system-like chamber for collecting moisture and a silver-toned cap (I don't
know the proper term here) over the shank where the stem fits in.  What it
didn't have was the Peterson bit which I personally don't care for.
All-in-all, I'm very pleased with this pipe.  I've smoked it a couple of
times and it offers a cool, dry smoke.  In summary, I will return to
Jerri's the next time I'm in Denver.
  By the way, Steve, I didn't include addresses because I'm pretty sure
that Jerri's and Edward's at least are in the Resource Guide.  If you want
addresses, etc., let me know and I'll send them along.
  Anyway, I'm sure I've taken up more than my fair share of space, so I'll
wind down now.  I'm back in the middle of another work week and life is
hard again, but wait!  There's another weekend coming and maybe, just
maybe, I'll be able to create another moment of paradise--one that of
course includes pipe or cigar in hand.

--Ed

[ I checked, Ed, and Jerri's and Edward's are indeed in the Guide.
Thanks for the note! -S. ]


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"Doesn't count?"
				- David Brinkley, news commentator

				  (to David Kessler, director of the
				   US Food and Drug Administration,
				   which is trying to impose new
				   restrictions on tobacco, after Kessler
				   confessed to smoking a pipe) 
				  

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #216 -- May 11, 1996
  2. Subject: Web page now has postings from alt.smokers.pipes
  3. Subject: New Mid-Hudson Valley Region Pipe Club Organizing
  4. Subject: humidors
  5. Subject: At Long Last...Matches!
  6. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #215 -- April 29, 1996
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #215 -- April 29, 1996
  8. Subject: New address, pipe cases
  9. Subject: Goodby
  10. Subject: my first pipe
  11. Subject: First Smoking Experience
  12. Subject: Thanks to all for Bonfiglioli opinions
  13. Subject: Pipes Digest Submission
  14. Subject: Tongue Bite
  15. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #215 -- April 29, 1996
  16. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #215 -- April 29, 1996
  17. Subject: Pipe Tobacco
  18. Subject: New Pressed Blend: for PD
  19. Subject: Meerschaums
  20. Subject: Wild Honey Pipes
  21. Subject: Resource Guide Updates
  22. Subject: cigar weekend tours
  23. Subject: Re: Submission #2 - Coumarin in Pipe Tobacco
  24. Subject: Re: Submission
  25. Subject: Pipe Digest
  26. Subject: [PIPES]
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