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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996

		  Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 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: 2333

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		    This issue of the Pipes Digest
		    is dedicated to the memory of
			 Robert L. Masticola
			    1928 -- 1996.

			Father, we thank thee.
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Welcome to new members:

	Freakmomma
	J.F. Hubee
	Majid Bardeh
	Tonya A. Schaben
	Eita Teifemo
	Dylan Gladstone
	Joe Habraken
	Ed Ney
	Jim Hargreaves
	Curtis Williams
	Patrick Weasner
	Bob Gano
	David W Vermilyea
	Carl Arnold
	Daniel W. Forbes
	Barry Bryant
	Bruce Seplowitz
	Greg Brova
	Mark Oldstrom
	Lionel Silva
	Robert A. Lewis
	John J. Phillips
	Bill Andres
	Paul Doiron
	Willem Jan Van Biezen
	Timothy J. Gibbons
	William Robert Walman
	A. K. Elovaara
	John Munoz
	Khai Tham
	Neil Burke
	Kai Schleyerbach
	Kurt Ackermann
	Phil White
	Tim Collins
	Bob Davis
	R. A. Robinson
	Luiz A. F. Whately
	Richard Cheski
	Richard Sevigny
	Andrea Bottaro
	Kenneth Ives
	Chase Parker Turner
	John Kelso
	Tomas Magalhaes
	Jim Keelan
	Dr. Guido Heinen
	Dale Thieme
	Harm Bebingh
	Andrew Green
	Larry Gray
	Michael Ackermann
	Robert J. Laamrre
	Moses Chan
	Jan Ole Lueer
	Sam Campbell
	Robert Victoria
	Gary Wilmore
	George Sousoulas
	Jeff

HAPPIER NEWS: Tom Dunn, in the latest issue of the _Ephemeris_, asks
for a comprehensive list of all Internet tobacco resources.  Shall we
help him out?  (Although Steve Beaty does a great job with the Web
site, I'm sure there are a few places he hasn't linked yet, and I also
know the Resource Guide is not comprehensive.)  If you have a list of
Web sites and/or email addresses anywhere, please send it in and I'll
collate them and send them to TUCOPS Headquarters (and publish them
here.)  Thanks!

Also, the CD-ROM Digest may be coming closer to reality.  I hope to
acquire a HP flatbed color scanner and Tom's permission to scan some
of the _Ephemeris_ photos and drawings.  If anyone knows where I can
get my hands on a (used!) scanner, please let me know!


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		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Doug Sorensen <?????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Shop in Taipei and Kaohsiong

Hi Steve:

I've finally succeeded in my quest to find quality cigars and pipe tobacco 
in Taiwan. The shop is called Smoker's Inn (Lin Bai Hsin  in Mandarin - 
which means happy cypress forest, the connection escapes me). They have a 
good selection of pipes, tobacco and cigars (including Cohiba and Davidoff) 
and the people are very helpful. They're expensive, but everything is 
expensive in this town.  They are located at HsinYi Road, Section 4, Lane 
199, No. 28 (886 2 707 0675, Fax 886 2 707 0674) in Taipei and SiWeiEr 
Road, No. 219 (886 7 722 5736, Fax: 886 7 722 5793) in Kaohsiong. Please 
add them to your list.

Regards,
Doug
?????????????????

[ I'm sure many readers staying in Taiwan will appreciate these
listings, Doug! -S. ]


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From: "Paul Frommeyer" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Routing pipe racks

In reply to your message of Fri, 28 Jun 1996 09:41:07 EDT:

Hi Steve,

In regard to your question in the last digest on routing pipe rack sections,
while by no means a sage in the ways of woodworking, I do have a couple
of suggestions:

1) Clamp the board to be routed between two scap boards-- this is a common
way to prevent chipout when doing through cuts of various kinds. Then, use a
drill press with the appropriate Forstner bit to cut the C-shape.

2) Clamp as above, but instead use a router with a bit of the appropriate
size. Arrange parallel guides for the router base to make a straight cut
into the work. 

I've seen some pipe racks with a circular hole for the pipe and then a 
smaller "notched opening" for insertion of the pipe; I'm not sure how I'd 
try making one of those, but a first attempt would be to drill press cut
the hole and then-- after rearranging boards-- with a board clamped against
the edge I'd route the notch from inside the hole to the edge of the board.

Hope this was at least of some use for a text-only description... ;-) :-/

Thanks again for a great Digest!,
	Cheers,
		Paul

P.S. Natch, please pass this info on to the list if you think others would
find it useful.

Paul "Corwin" Frommeyer       Network Wizard At Large          ????????????????
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary 
Americans ..." -- Bill Clinton  (USA TODAY, 11 March 1993, page 2A)
Don't blame me: I voted Libertarian.                          http://www.lp.org

[ Thanks for the woodworking tip, and for our Quote of the Week! -S. ]


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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Smoking Congresswoman

A while back, there was a Congresswoman (from Maine?) who was noted for
smoking a pipe in meetings and her office.  I need her name but can't
remember it.  If anyone with information can send it to me, I would
greatly appreciate it.

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

[ The estimable Millicent Fenwick, Republican congresswoman from the
5th District of New Jersey in the mid-seventies.  A classy lady,
too. -S. ]


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From: Bill Sempf <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996

Steve:

        On an administrative note, is it acceptable to refer to the many
pages of the Pipe Digest in a paper article?  My wife and I are writing for
Neil Murray's A&M Gazette, and a question came up regarding the Peterson
Pipe and it's suitability for beginners.  I used a letter from the 82nd
issue as part of the reference for my answer, and gave the author, you, the
Digest and the web page credit for the quote.  Are you okay with this?  I
note your commercial restriction, and while there is money involved in just
about any printed matter, no one can claim a profit from any of this!

        Strangely enough, the following letter was in the most recent PD,
and the article in the A&M Gazette answers it wonderfully, so I would refer
the reader there for a partial answer!

From: "Dave Tainer":

> Now on to some personal matters.  I subscribed to PD more for the
> cigar aspect rather than the pipe subject matter, but I have to say
> that I have become interested in pipe smoking now.  My wife is
> traveling to Ireland next month and she asked what I would like her to
> bring me back.  Knowing that Peterson is there, I suggested she bring
> me back a Peterson pipe.  I have not smoked a pipe before (not really)
> and I was wondering if this would be a good way to go about getting
> started.  Is there a Peterson shop in any of the big cities in Ireland
> or would you just go to any tobacco shop?  Any help in this area,
> particularly by the Irish members of PD would be gratefully
> appreciated.

        I, also, would be interested in assisting production of a PDCD, and
would be interested in purchase as well.  Let me know if there is anything I
can do!!  I am a webmaster for Jade Inc (Check us out at www.jadeinc.com and
www.americashmall.com) and if there is anything interactive I can do, I'll
be willing.

From: "Steve Masticola":
>[ Thanks, Kevin!  We also had favorable comments on the CD-ROM from
>many other members, below.  BTW, if there's anyone on the group who
>would like to produce a CD-ROM commercially, please give us a yell.  I
>think there's some potential for a product here, especially for the
>burgeoning cigar market. I would be glad to help out, provided that a
>portion of the profits is given to an agreeable charity (perhaps Cap
>Cure), the addresses are stripped, and it doesn't turn into a black
>hole for time.  The Digest is a hobby for me, and I don't wish to make
>a personal profit from it -- or to take a big personal loss, either! -S. ]

        ObPipeNote: Aside from the recent article in A&MG, I have been
fairly quiet on the pipe front.  Recently picked up a matched pair of
Nording freehands for Gabrielle and myself; still smoking Grail from Barclay
P&T in Columbus.  Looking forward to some travel this fall, where I'll be
using the resources of the PD Web site to point me to the nearest tobacconist!

        And of course, Messr Moderator, I remain

Yours,

William Sempf
*************************************************************
*William Sempf               ____       Webmaster, Jade Inc.*
*??????????????????          / /             www.jadeinc.com*
*           'Where there is no path, Create one!'           *
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From: "Joseph M. Johnston" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: CIGARS:  A Cigar Is -Never Merely- A Cigar - New URL

Dear Steve:

Please let your readers know that we have moved the cigar page to a
new site and are open for buisness with a lot of changes and
expansion.

Please, everyone, change or add this bookmark:

          http://www.cigarsmokers.com

Thanks, Steve!

Joe Johnston
mail to : ?????????????????????????
=======================================================================
Joseph M. Johnston                  mail to : ?????????????????????????

            A Cigar Is -Never Merely- A Cigar WWW Page
                  http:www.cigarsmokers.com

[ Done in the Guide, Joe! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????? (Ed Berggren)
Subject: A Pleasant Cigar Weekend

Hello, Steve,

  I had a couple of pleasant cigar-smoking experiences over this last
weekend that I thought I'd share.

  First of all, every once in awhile I'll leave work an hour early and take
the earlier commuter train. This one, unfortunately, doesn't go all the way
to my stop, so I'll get off in a town called Claremont and head up a couple
of blocks to the Claremont Tobacco House. After chatting with whoever's
there for a little while, I'll buy at least one cigar which I'll take
across the street to a park bench. There I'll sit and smoke for 30-40
minutes until it's time to catch my usual train for home. This last Friday
I was sitting and smoking an Oscar 400 when a lady walked by carrying
packages from one of the other local shops.  I thought nothing of it until
she gets about 20 yards down the street, turns, and calls out to me, "You
know, your cigar smells really good!"  I, of course, thanked her warmly.
It's so unusual to get a positive comment from a total stranger like that,
that I have to admit, it gave me a kind of warm, fuzzy feeling for a
change.

  Secondly, Saturday night some friends and I arranged to have a surprise
birthday party for my wife. After we had eaten and she had opened her
gifts, many of us were out in the back yard where it was cooler. I had, of
course, let everyone know that they were more than welcome to sample my
humidor.  Some were already cigar smokers, others had never really tried a
good hand-rolled premium.  Well, to make a long story short, at one point I
looked around and there were 6 or 7 of us with cigars and drinks in hand
chatting amicably and enjoying our tobacco.  My very own mini-smoker!

  In the last Digest (#219), Antti Kalliokoski asked about bad-smelling
pipes sitting in the rack, and I would have to agree with you, Steve, that
regular and thorough cleaning is the answer.  I always run both ends of a
pipecleaner through the stem of a pipe after I've smoked it, then bend it
over and swab out the bowl.  I also rotate my pipes religiously making sure
than all get an equal workout and, more importantly, than none get
oversmoked.  Then, about every six months, I take each pipe apart and clean
out any buildup that's accumulated.  I simply use a pipe sweetener, but
grain alcohol is probably better.  I let the clean pipes dry out overnight
before putting them back together.  I've been following these rituals for a
long time now and neither I nor any of my family or friends has ever
noticed a bad smell emanating from my racks.

  And now I have one quick question before I go--does anyone know of a
retailer that sells the Butera and Esoterica Tobacciana pipe tobaccos
mailorder?  I can't find a retailer here in So. Calif. that sells them and
I've been wanting to give them a try.  Any info would be appreciated.

--Ed


[ Sorry, Ed, I don't happen to know offhand.  "A Little Taste of Cuba"
sells Butera; you might want to give Jorge a call and see if he'll
ship some to you. Or call Mike Butera directly at (210) 590-1802.
(Good luck getting a response!) -S. ]


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From: ????????????????? (J.F. Hubee)
Subject: smoking

Collect antique tobacco and smoking objects.Please contact me.


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From: "Andrew J. Sullivan" <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996

> From: Kevin Malloy <??????????????????>

> Steve:  Firstly, count me on the CDROM...great idea.  Secondly, planning a
> trip to Niagara Falls this summer with the kids.  Wondering if anyone knows
> a good tobacconist in the area......Do not have access to any in the
> immediate area of my home town.  Any info. would be greatly appreciated.

Niagara Falls, on both the Canadian and U.S. sides, is not a Mecca of
pipe-smoking, from my experience (I was raised nearby -- eeek!).  But,
there is a truly wonderful tobacconist at the corner of Pearl and Main
Sts. in Buffalo, NY (only about 1/2 hr. away from N.F.): Bernstone's.  The
usual Bernstone's warning, though: they are _really, really_ punctual.  At
5 p.m. sharp, the metal doors close.  So get there early, M-F 9-5 (I
believe) and Sat. until (if I recall correctly) 2 pm. 

[I don't know if this is worth sending to the list, since the info. is 
probably in the directory.]

[ Yes it was, no it wasn't, and hey, those are MY square brackets!!! :-) -S. ] 


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From: Scott Steiner <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996

Hey Everybody...

As I sat through reading PD, I felt a compulsion to relay a few pipe 
stories myself to all the members out there.

First let me say that I just graduated from the University of 
California, Irvine, on June 15.  I was selected to deliver the 
commencement speech for our graduating class, a daunting task indeed.  In 
the weeks leading up to the big day, I spent many an evening preparing my 
speech and revising it.  Each time I did so, I was accompanied by my 
friend, the ever-present pipe.  I credit the contemplative state of mind 
it created with helping me to write a speech that proved successful and 
well-liked.  On the big day, I walked up to the podium and looked out at 
nearly 4000 people and wished very seriously that I'd tucked a pipe into 
my graduation robes.  Unfortunately, such preparedness would be 
uncharacteristic.  

I recently picked up a new straight-stemmed GBD and noticed, with some 
consternation, an small problem with the vulcanite stem.  When I 
purchased it, it was shiny, smooth, and black.  When I smoked it however, 
the top left edge of the stem has discolored into a dull brown. It has 
had no effect on the quality of the pipe, but it's unsightly.  Should I 
just have it buffed again?  

Another thing.  My fiance just bought a car, a Honda Civic DX.  Am I the 
only one who was surprised to learn that they are now making "non-smoking 
cars".  When the salesman told us that, I had to conceal my amusement.  
"Forget the side-impact airbags Charlie, let's make it a non-smoking car 
instead!"  Anyway, I just thought it was lame that they would make a car 
with no ashtray or cigarette lighter.  Even my non-smoking friends like 
the ashtray as a coin storage center.  Oh well...

I'd also like to thank, once again, my local tobacconist here, Orange 
County, Southern California, Jim Allison, at the Tobacco Barn in El Toro 
California.  I'll give the address next time if it's not in the Guide.  
When I was in Cambridge, England for two months last summer, I picked up 
a gorgeous Savinelli.  Surprisingly, the shank swelled ever so slightly in 
the next few months and consequently, the vulcanite stem kept falling 
out.  Despairingly, I went to Jim to ask if there was anything I could do 
for my precious pipe.  He announed that it was easily repaired, and for 
$10 did exactly that and replaced the tenon so that my savinelli is no 
longer a filter pipe (a good thing in my mind's eye).

Okay, one final thing, then I'll shut up.  I'm going to Hastings Law 
School in San Francisco in August.  Is there a general consensus on the 
quality of pipe stores in the area?   Thanks again to you all, and sorry 
if I blabbered too much!

Scott

[ Congrats on the graduation, Scott!  And the "non-smoking cars" can
always be converted with a quick trip to almost any auto supply shop.
BTW, this recalls to me the time NPR ballyhooed the execrable Chrysler
Neon as "the first car without an ashtray" (implied "whoopee!"), but
failed to note that it was also a car without a rear window defogger.
Go figure... -S. ]


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From: "Michael Gillman" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996

In pipe digest #219 ???????????????????????????? asked about Preben 
Holm, the man and the pipe.

[ Longish quote from John's article deleted. -S. ]

Information on Preben Holm may be found on Bob Hamlins PCCA homepage 
at http://ourworld.compuserve.com:80/homepages/rchpcca/homepage.htm

the name of the article is a Danish Pipemakers story.  It is 
excellent and will inform Mr. Alexander about the basics of the life 
of Preben Holm.  I have a few Preben Holm Ben Wades in my small 
collection and enjoy them quite a bit.

Mike
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The pipe, with solemn interposing puff, Makes half a sentence
at a time enough; The dozing sages drop the drowsy strain, 
Then pause, and puff and speak, and pause again.
William Cowper
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From: ????????????????????????????
Subject:       more information

                                                    Majid Bardeh
                                                    P.O.BOX 19615/396
                                                    TEHRAN 
                                                    IRAN
Dear Steve
     I want to know more about Pipe making and carving ,
     and which tobacco is best for Pipe.
     
     thank you
     
     Majid Bardeh


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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Carving kit 

Hello S - thanks for doing a great job.
This might be og general interess to PD readers.
I have also answered GS directly...   /Jesper

About pipe carving kits.

In PD 209 Mr George Sjostrom asked where to buy a carving kit.
Well, if you're in Europe then go to Denmark, to the peninsula
Jutland and the city of Randers. The FF Pipe shop there sells
kits for less than 15 USD including stem and the bowl already
made. However, I think they have had the same kits on stock
for several years and that the real price should be higher.

They also have some cheaper kits where youy have to make the
bowl yourself. If you are REALLY interested I could try to
arrange some mail order for you - e.mail me.

If any of you are in the neighbourhood (!) you ought to visit
the shop in Adelgade. Quite a lot af US senior citizens visit
Randers, so spread the word...

Sincerly,
Jesper Klith



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From: ???????????????????????? (Adam-HALPID Klyce)
Subject: Pipes Digest <Reading Material - A Book Review>

     To all,
     
     I am happy to have been able to re-subscribe to this wonderful forum. 
     I took leave of it for several months but in that time was able to 
     read a wonderful book by a fellow named Klien (last name  -  I am too 
     feeble to remember his first name <perhaps Richard, perhaps Kevin> at 
     the moment,) entitled "Cigarettes Are Sublime."
     
     Dr. Klein (he is the Ph.D. variety of Dr., not the the M.D.) is a 
     professor of French at Cornell University (I was given this book by my 
     best friend, and a student of Dr. Klein's) and decided to write his 
     book on smoking from a societal and cultural point of view. He tends 
     to frame his analysis of popular culture, with references to smoking, 
     in terms of some obscure French literature but many of his examples 
     are not (e.g. "Casablanca.")
     
     One point he argues is that it is precisely the cigarette's futility 
     that ensures its survival of the current anti-smoking culture. That, 
     had cigarettes any utility they would be much easier to fight, from a 
     variety of standpoints.
     
     Though he only touches breifly on pipes & cigars, it is clear that 
     many of the same mechanisms within our culture that apply to 
     cirgarettes apply to them.
     
     It is a wonderfully written, fascinating book which, in addition to 
     the cultural discussion, includes some history and allegory of smoking 
     figures. There is the anecdote of Sir Walter Ralleigh making & winning 
     wager that he could measure the weight of cigarette smoke - which he 
     did by weighing an unlit cigarette, then smoking it (all the while 
     carefully ashing on the balance) and then weighing the ash - 
     substracting the difference and voila! Also, the interesting technique 
     of the famous street photographer Henry Cartier Bresson using the time 
     it took him to smoke either a Gitane or a Galouises to determine his 
     night-time exposures (He used the Gitanes when it was slightly darker 
     out becuase they took longer to smoke.)
     
     He does fine work of laying out the historical signifigance of tobacco 
     to Troops during battles, to women during times of societal oppression 
     and to thinking, feeling human beings when they contemplate the 
     unbearable lightness of being. He asserts that while smoking, time is 
     suspended for the smoker - that each moment spent with smoke is a 
     moment spent with the congealed presence of life, or time and of 
     experience. That when you are in a room, smokig and talking with 
     friends, the smoke is the physical - meta-physical manifestation of 
     our aura and souls mixing in the air. Smoke is much, and much more 
     still than authors of "Anti-smoking" legislation will ever be able to 
     understand - its more than money, its more than prestige, it is 
     Sublime.
     
     Anyhow, I promised myself that I would recommend this book to readers 
     of this list when I returned and I have, and so I have.
     
     -Adam Klyce


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From: "A. W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Signal

In the July edition of the "Scientific American", page 99: Briefly
Noted the "Cigarette Papers". Several thousand pages of legal
documents from a tobacco company law firm found their way into the
public domain. The Cigarette Papers chronical the response of BAT
Industries and Brown & Williamson to the growing evidence that their
product kills. These papers are on-line at
"http://www.library.ucsf.edu/tobacco", in the Tobacco Control Archives
along with a lot of other material that will put the wind-up those
people dedicated to the enjoyment of tobacco. I think it would be
whimsical for the Pipes Web Site install a hyperlink to the Tobacco
Control Archives.

On a literary note, I can recommend the biography of Sax Rohmer,
"Master of Villainy" by Cay Van Ash and Elizabeth Sax Rohmer. Sax
Rohmer smoked a pipe; the frontispiece shows him with a Bulldog
clenched between his teeth. I borrowed my copy via Interlibrary Loan.

Andrew Donovan-Shead.

[ Possibly would be... Steve, can you get the Mr. Yuck symbol for the
icon somewhere? BTW, love their use of the word "control" as a synonym
for "persecution". -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: PD Enrolling

Good morning Steve!
I hope that my E-mail will arrive to you in a readable way,since
i'm using my corporate network and the message will have a long
way to do before you will read it.
I'm an italian pipe smoker who would be glad to share informations
and point of views on our common love for pipe,tobacco and related
items.
I have been smoking for 15 years and never stopped it.I have a lot
of pipes  English made (Dunhills ,Ashton,Sasieni) and also a lot
of pipes made by Italian firms (mainly Castello and Ser Jacopo).
Usually I smoke Classical English Mixtures because I deeply love
the Latakia flavours.In late months I discovered a tobacco that in
Italy is not imported (We have a monopoly dictatorship here in
matter of tobacco)but i realized that this marvelous Slice is made
in Denmark for the USA market:it calls Bengal Slices and it is
superbous.Isnt' it?
I would be glad if you would tell me how to be enrolled to Pipe
Digest .My name is Felice Mocci from Rome,Italy and my address is
EITA.TEIFEMO\MEMO.ERICSSON.SE
Regards and compliments for your work!

[ Thanks, Eita, and welcome!  Bengal Slices is, indeed, superb. -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: Tom Dunn

Hello Steve!
First of all,thanks for adding me to the subscription list.
I'd like to know something about Tom Dunn's Pipe Smokers
Ephemerids;I've written,time ago,to Tom Dunn asking how to receive
his pubblication that I've heard is a "must" for every pipe lover.
I had no response.Yesterdays,lookin' at your beautifull resource
list,I,maybe,found the reason.What does it mean the word
"Donation"? I am respectful with the correct behaviour and I will
"do the right thing".
An information for every Sasieni lover:here in Italy is possible
to find a number of Sasieni pipes unsmoked both straight grain
both sandblasted.In the shop where I bought the ones I own,I saw a
lot of Four dots and a lot of Two dots for a price below 200
dollars.If someone is interested I will post the address of the
shop in Turin.

Regards

[ "Donation" means a little money given to help a worthy cause.  Tom
sends out all those Ephemerii for free, and it costs him something to
print and mail them. So I try to help out by mailing him a check every
year. -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: Tobaccos

Hello Steve!
I verified that I wrote to Tom Dunn on May the 17th,and I believe
that I have to wait before rewriting again.Anyway,for the future,I
will follow your good advise.I'm puffing in my Four Dot Sasieni
and since it's lunchtime in my office I will tell you something
more about myself as usual for the new enlisted in the Digest.
I am 37 year old,married with a math teacher and with two kids .
My job is Marketing Coordinator in a Multi-National Telecom
Corporate and I began smoking Pipe when I was attending at the
University(a lot of years ago).Since then I never stopped and had
 a lot of journeys into the beautifull world of pipe and
tobaccos.What I found is that it is an infinite world with
infinite possibilities and it contributed to relax and soothe me
in every moment of my life(expecially in the difficult ones
when,being in the Operations,the stress and the hardness of the
job where quite overhelming indeed).
In all those years I created I little collection of very good
pipes Englishmade of course but also Italians ,due to the fact
that I have the luck of living in a Country in which pipe carvers
and factories are of excellent level.
Like most pipe smokers,I began with a Danish sweet Mixture (Sweet
Dublin Whiskey Flavoured) which had the quality to introduce me in
the pipe smoking life without huge difficulties.As time went by,my
preference changed ,having discovered in the mean time the
satisfaction English Mixtures can give,and now I have reached a
good "statu quo" smoking in daytime Danish mixtures (Larsen etc)
and reserving evening hours to the pleasures of Latakia.As I wrote
 to you lately ,I discovered in late months the Bengal Slices that
is,I suppose,a good trade-off between Danish and English Mixtures
and very satisfying indeed.Unfortunally it can't be found in Italy
and I have to ask the precious tinderboxes to someone who travels
to your country.That is, my reserves have to be centellinated like
a rare Beaujoles!
That's all for this time,have good puffes

Regards from Felice Mocci


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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: Castello Pipes

Hello Steve!
I would ask you an advise about a newbought Castello pipe.
Recently I bought a new Old Antiquary KKK Rhodesian and,having
lately bought only Dunhill and Ashton pipes (that require not much
care in the burn-in phase) made no care in the first three or four
times.I noticed that in this new pipe a lot of holes appeared and
sometimes i feel a burned wood smell.
In a few words I feared having burned my pipe (never
happened before!)
I decided however to keep on smoking this pipe using the following
technique:first of all using only that mixtures that give a not
fast burning like Three Nuns ,Slices and Curly cut in
general;further I tried to smoke the cooler I could reach always
making the best attention in order not overheat the bowl.
The result is that after a dozen of times it seems like a wound
being in the closing phase.It seems to me that the pipe is like a
living being.What can you say on this topic?Are there others
things I must do in order to continue in making a good cake?
Regarding the proposal of filing all the PD collection in a CD-ROM
 I agree to this proposal and let me know what kind of decision
will be taken;It must be considered,however,that an action of this
kind means also that must be foreseen a regular update system in
order to insert the new issues in the CD-ROM.
So,every year or six months a new CD-ROM must be released and this
is a cost that must be considered .
Let me know.

regards from F.Mocci

[ I've been offered access to a single-copy CD-ROM burner, at cost.
So updating every six months wouldn't be that much of a problem, I
hope! -S. ]


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From: Bijan Kafi <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Some experiences in choosing the right tobacco

Hi everybody!

I am new to this list and this posting is my first one. I am also new
to pipe smoking, have begun only a few weeks ago because I was sick
and tired of the stinky smell of cigarettes and wanted to smoke
something with more flavour and with alot more pleasure. Smoking
cigarettes was and ist to me like smoking yourself to death, and not
because you enjoy the whole act of lighting, smoking and smelling a
fine pipe. But I still wouldn't dare to call me a "real pipe smoker"
because I only smoke a few times a week.

I have also followed the Digest for some weeks now and would like to
pose some questions. Since I am from Germany, it would be a special
pleasure for me to talk to one or two pipe smokers from here
directly. I also don't know if we can buy the same sorts of tobacco
over here than you can in America or anywhere else. This came to my
mind because I wasn't able to find any of the tobaccos I tried yet in
any of the lists published on the WWW site.

I seem to be one of those who still love aromatic tobaccos. But this
is possibly due to the fact that I haven't tried a good natural one
yet. I have begun with a pretty strong "Avalon Mixture", blended with
red wine. It smells absolutely wonderful but is still pretty tough on
the tongue (Virginia Red). Now, I am trying "Indian Summer". The sign
on the pouch says it's "Indian Cut", but what exactly does this mean ?
It is of considerably darker colour than Avalon and seems to taste
ALOT smoother and less "tough" on the tongue. Maybe anyone could give
me some more information and tips on choosing a fine tobacco with an
aromatic flavour that is available here in Germany too ? (BTW, I live
in Heidelberg...) I can only remember all those strange names like
"German mixture", "Springwater" and so on...

Thanx alot in advance,
Sincerely,
Bijan Kafi

[ I have no idea what "Indian Cut" is, Bijan! -S. ]


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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: flyfishing

Hi Steve
This is in response to a posting about smoking and fishing in the  last
journal. Any other flyfishing pipe smokers out there?

Hi
I just started fly fishing this season. Apart from problems I m having with
knots and threading the hooks; I don t find any problems smoking and
fishing. Probably as I m a better smoker than fisherman.

I live in the Pocono s in Pa. Tho the waters are getting warmer there still
are trout out there to catch. Last night I stumbled up a beautiful stream
in Hickory Run State Park. Not a whole lot of room to cast but lots of
pretty clear pools and rapids. Managed to catch two on a Slight Drake and a
brown elk hair Caddis.I got all my flies out of the other things I "caught"
so it was a successful evening.

I smoke either a full bent large ball that I made years ago or a Ser Jacapo
large bent billiard filled w/ Mac Baren's Golden Extra. Both smoke well and
have a carved finish . They are balanced well enough to leave in my mouth
for hours. I m so used to a pipe hanging out of my mouth that I leave it in
long after it goes out.The Golden Extra burns well and dry enough that
after a couple of matches to light it burns down without further help.

All in all smoking a pipe while fishing greatly adds to the experience. For
as most of the time you don t catch fish; what could be better than smoking
in a gorgeous setting for pure personal pleasure ! Mark Tinsky

Mark Tinsky
HC-88 Box 223
30 Tall Oaks
Pocono Lake, PA. 18347
 web address:
 http://AmSmoke.com


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From: ????????????????? (Kerry S. Kilburn)
Subject: Queries from a new pipe smoker

Hi everyone:
A relative newcomer to the pipe-smoking realms, I, too enjoy PD and would be
interested in a CD-ROM.  In the meantime, I'm hoping for some words of wisdom.

I started on pipes about 2 months ago as part of a campaign to quit smoking
cigarettes.  Now that I've figured out what to do with the smoke (if I can't
inhale, what *do* I do with it??? was my first question), I really enjoy it.
I have two pipes -- a "regular-size" rough-finished Duncan (that's a
Peterson wannabe, right?) and a small, lightweight smooth-finished Bent Bob
-- both of which I really like, and am exploring different tobacco blends.
I can even keep both pipes lit for more than two minutes at a time -- so I
guess I'm making good progress on those fronts.

One problem I can't seem to get rid of is the pipes smoking awfully hot when
I draw at a rate that feels real comfortable and also keeps the pipes lit
for more than a few minutes.  They also both get pretty soggy as I approach
the last 1/3 or so of the bowl.  Any suggestions?   Also, will I ever get to
the point where I don't have to relight 3 times for each bowl???

I was also hoping someone could  point me in the direction of a more
thorough guide to tobaccos and blends than the one in the FAQ (I liked it,
but want more info).  I'm currently patronizing a very nice local
tobacconist and trying his "house" blends, which is quite fun, but would
like to be able to describe my likes and dislikes in terms of the different
elements of each (e.g. -- I've got a blend that I like pretty well now, but
it smokes a bit soggy and I'd like something with more of one of the
component flavors -- but I don't know what that flavor is!).  Hints?

Keep up the good work.

Kerry Kilburn

**************************************************************************
          "Caminante, no hay camino/Se hace camino al andar"
                                                  ------ Machado
?????????????????, at least for now                     

[ Just keep at it, Kerry. You'll eventually find the right combination
of pipe, tobacco, and humidification that will keep you lit without a
lot of matches. And re the sogginess, see the following. -S. ]


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From: "Frederick A. Larson" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996

There's a widespread misconception that the cause of the gurgle in the
bowl of some pipes is saliva. Individual pipesmokers might reach the
point of causing a pavlovian gurgle, but most of us have pipes that
smoke wet and others that smoke dry, same smoker, same saliva. I don't
think many of us are boiling spit. There's something else afoot.

It would be useful to hear from the scientists of this list about
their gurgle theories.  I'm not a scientist, but can start with four
points.

1. Water vapor is a byproduct of most free air combustion. Hold a cold
mirror near the flame of a bone-dry match's flame and you'll see
moisture condense.

2. There's some kind of construction or geometry issue here. I have a
long straightgrain James Upshall churchwarden; there's just no way my
dry mouth is contributing any significant moisture to the bowl, but it
wants to gurgle right off, even if weeks dry. Must have something to
do with the construction/geometry of the pipe.

3. Smoking very slowly seems to avoid gurgle in my wetest pipes, and
smoking fast can make my driest pipes moist. (This might be the same
point as #1. Smoking slowly may allow an equilibrium between moisture
creation and removal).

4. The obvious: moist, flavored or glycoled tobaccos smoke wetter. Straight, 
properly humidified (not dry or wet) unglycoled tobaccos are the driest.
-- 
Rick


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From: ????????????????
Subject: General Ramblings

Hello,  just thought I would drop a line.  Love the Digest.

On a personal note I have had some recent changes in my pipe 
lifestyle and I thought I would share them with the PD and see if 
anyone has any answers they might field.

My wife has recently gone on medication that has precluded her 
smoking again and in a show of support I am giving up my cigars and 
tobacco too.  Truth be told its not as hard  due to the fact I havent 
smoked a cigar since my daughter Fiona was born in April.  She lived 
only a short half hour and Daddy never got to pass out the cigars he 
had lovingly chosen for the occasion, until the reception after the 
Funeral.  

I just have not had the craveing for the taste of tobacco but I still 
can appreciate the aroma of smoke and leaf,  and as always my wife 
and I appreciate a good pipe, she collects churchwardens and I 
collect everything else!

I still feel the need to enjoy that knot of peace a pipe can give, but
no longer count tobacco as a option.  I have tried some of the Native
American traditional non-tobaco blends which are actually quite
unique.  I am wondering if any readers have heard of non tobacco
smoking options, excepting any of that illegal garbage that is not fit
to grace Pipe or body.  Any leads would be appreciated.  Please keep
in mind that I am a very traditon respecting smoker and do not puff
for the buzz or the taste alone, and I have great respect for the ways
of the Native traditions.

Hey, all you Dads, put the pipe  down and invite your kids in to  
help you clean your pipes.  Quality time, every second is worth it

Jeff


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From: Darrell Kitchell <???????????????????????>
Subject: Subscribe

I am very interested in HYGROMETERS.


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From: ?????????????????????????????????
Subject:  Pipe digest

* For Your Eyes Only **** High Priority **** Reply Requested When Convenient *
I greatly enjoy Pipe digest and was wodering if you could mail out hard
copies????
Thanx in smoke Marcus

[ Sorry, Marcus. Since each issue runs 15-30 printed pages, a dozen
hardcopies could easily equal a ream of paper. Then there would be the
logistical problems of handling and mailing them every couple of
weeks.  So Yr. Moderator reserves the right to be lazy and not mail
hardcopies of the Digest. Perhaps you could find a friend with net
access to help you?  -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????? (Clifford E. Wulfman)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996

Steve--

re: Brad Williams' query on reconstituting dried-out tabak: my local
tobacconist showed me a method that has worked very well for me: dampen a
largish bowl (preferably a wooden one) and pat it dry so that the inside of
the bowl is not dripping wet; then pour the dessicated tobacco into the
bowl and stir with your hands. The tobacco absorbs the water from the bowl
quickly and evenly, and it doesn't get overly wet.

Yours,
        Clifford Wulfman



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From: ????????????
Subject: comment from pipes page

Gentlemen:  I have been searching for two very specific cigars for my father
and have failed to surface them.  The one cigar is called San Angleo
(Website if any) and Don Imelio (Website if any)  In addition I am looking
for a company called "Cigar Snob" and cannot surface this Website or
distributor either.  Please, I would appreciate any assitance you could
provide to me.  It is very important.  Thank you for you time and
consideration.  Sincerely, Greg Black

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


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From: Thomas Doucet <???????????????????????????>

Steve and all;
	I bring terrible news from the war front.
	I am writing from Niagara Falls, Ontario. The greater Metro
Toronto Area ( the heart of downtown Toronto ) has banned ALL smoking as
of January 1 1997 in bars and restaurants. I'm not sure yet of all the
details but I'll post them as I get the full story. There are still some
conflicting reports. I do know that the bars will not have a separate
ventilation system - just no smoking at all. I think ( I'm not sure )
that the restaurants will follow suit.
	I haven't heard anything about tobacco restrictions.
	Maybe someone from Toronto could give us the real deal.
	Being the calm pipe smoker I am though, I'm used to being booted
outside while cigarette smokers smoke inside...but while I'm outside
I ask the cigar smokers for a light !:-)

                   Light a pipe for me, I'll be home in the morning.
                                               -Thomas

[ Anyone want to start a private smoking club in downtown Toronto?
I'll list any such organizations in the Guide. The password is
"Perique". -S. ]


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From: "John C. Loring" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Next two messages have scans

Warren Hughes wrote :
 
>> [quoting Loring] "we are splintered between
>>Compuserve, AOL, delayed message email services, and alt.smokers.pipes
>> when if all were combined together we would still be a modest volume
>> message base."
> 
> I don't quite understand the point you are making here, would you 
>offer  some clarification?

In terms of quality probably the best board by far is Compuserve (I'm 
not on it due to cost, so I'm not tooting my own horn) take a look at 
there pipe tobacco reviews and comparisons.  They are flat out 
outstanding, best thing I've seen in any media and for those of us with 
less discriminating pallets (including the undersigned) a textbook in 
what to try to look (actually taste & smell) for.  Further, it has the 
support of Bob Hamlim, while some might say, 'he's a dealer' the fact is 
that perhaps excepting the all too soon deceased Barry Levin (who was 
also a dealer) I can think of no one in recent years that has 
contributed more to the art and knowledge of pipes.  

It is simply a tragedy that the Compuserve postings are not forwarded to 
alt.smokers.pipes where they could be digested and discussed by a larger 
audience.

Somewhat similarly - in the email format there's OoOPs and Pipe Smokers 
Digest certainly valuable and worthwhile in and of themselves but 
wouldn't we all be the better for it if the emails as received by OoOPs 
and PSD were forwarded to alt.smokers.pipes.  In another format there's 
the pipe IRC, I have to take the time to figure out how to use it but in 
the interim and for all of us, wouldn't it be nice if someone could 
upload interesting segments.  And lastly, although too much to hope for 
there is Tom Dunn's The Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris, wouldn't it fantastic 
if mail to the Ephemeris was scanned, converted to ASCII and uploaded 
here!!  

If all of the above were not changed an iota but also channeled into 
alt.smokers.pipes this would truly be an outstanding board and perhaps 
the beginnings of a truly international pipe community.
    
PS.  For an example of an excellent board, that combines community, 
sharing of expertise at all levels, sharing of B/S opportunities and 
fairly heavy volume see the Pen board on AOL (in Collector's 
Corner/Other Collectibles or something like that).

-- 
                       John C. Loring
               700 Irving Park, Suite A-1   Chicago, IL  60613
               Voice (312) 935-3492       Fax (312) 871-8374
	       Email  <   ?????????????????????   >

[ Perhaps Compuserve would be willing to put up a Web page gatewaying
their board?  Then we could link it. And, BTW, the Ephemeris includes
pictures and typography that would lose a lot if stripped by a
scanner. -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????? (Daniel Merriman)
Subject: Re: Next two messages have scans

John, 
 
I appreciate the compliments on the reviews. For personal reasons that are
rather unusual but valid in my opinion, Bryan does not want to post on
a.s.p.  
 
Otherwise,  I share your desire for a "one place where we could all meet"
situation.  I am just getting started on #pipes, and there is a lot to
learn, but the core group (bubbamike, spiffyng, cook, etc.) are good
people, anxious to learn more about the things us (relative anyway,
measured by length of time in the hobby) oldtimers know, and willing to
help with this (to me, anyway) oftenr mysterious net shit. 
 
Warmest best wishes and kindest personal regards,  
 
Dan 
-- 
 
Daniel Merriman 
????????????????????????? 


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From: Mark Stern <??????????????????????>
Subject: PD nos.218-9

Steve-
I/m really enjoying PD.  Would like to offer a few comments and ask a few 
questions.
1.Re: Chuck Basso
  I'd like to know what they put in Royal Yacht too.  It's an enjpyable 
enough smoke until my stomach gets wind of the fact that I'm smoking it. 
My symptoms are different in that this blend sends me to the medicine 
cabinet for Mylanta or Tagamet.  So, Chuck, you're not alone.
  I remember Malaga pipies well and am surprised they're still around in 
Royal Oak, MI.  The founder used to boil his bowls in oil"way back when." 
I still have a few of these pipes--good smokers all.  The founder would 
stamp the words "Ras Kassa" on a particularly good piece.  I think tthis 
is Armenian but have no idea what it means.  Being a Miciganian, former 
president Gerald Ford smoked Malagas.  Oh for the days when a President 
could smoke in public.

2. I read a comment in PD218 about Lorenzo pipes.  My experience with 
them is that they were poorly made and a pain in the shank to break in. 
True they were inexpensive, but so were a couple of old Savinellis which 
are in one piece and smoke vey well.

3. Since reading of the potential, if not real, loss of Balkan Sobranie, 
I bout a couple of tins.  I hadn't smoked this in years.  The standby for 
me is My Mix.965 but I did enjoy the Balken S.

4. Perhaps the Danish readers could help me here:
   I picked up a beautiful piece of briar at a flea mkt.  It's tamped 
"Danmark" (get the spelling) the letters "D." and "E." are stamped in the 
shank as well. Can anyone identify?
I also found a nice straight grain (tight graining) made by "Nielson". My 
guess is that it's an early 70's or before vintage.  I wonder if this is 
any relation to Bjarn (or Bjorn)?
5. Note on Ben Wade: The "Original Smokers' Haven" in Columbus, Ohio made 
have a few of the Peben Holm era freehand left from a collection of 
unsmoked pieces they were able to get hold of.  They had a few of the 
Charatan era pipes as well.  

6. Does anyone out there have aline on bulk pipe cleaners?  I go through 
alot of extra absorbent and tapered.

Keep your tobacco lit.

Mark


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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: Fairly new cigar, pipe coffee shop in KC MO

Greetings all, 
 
I was visiting family in Kansas City over the 4th of July and ran across 
a fairly new shop: 
 
	Boardwalk Cigar & Coffee 
	6232 NW Barry Road 
	Kansas City, MO  64154 
 
	tel (816)587-0560 
 
The owner, Steve Crocker, was very pleasant and serves a good cup of 
coffee! Tables for coffee drinking and smoking!!!! 
 
He has been there a few months. The store is in the shopping complex 
where I-29 intersects NW Barry Road (Missouri 152 ?) and is in the square 
building facing the strip building. There is large walk-in humidor filled 
with cigars. He sells R Wiley pipes,I bought a freehand for $75 - it is 
a very nice pipe - a pipe stand and yet more pipe cleaners - gotta start 
getting them shipped in by the truck load. He also had some italian 
pipes, but I did not get name of the maker. Alos has a full range of 
accessories for pipe and cigar. He had some tobacco blends, but did not 
try any. Maybe when I go back later this year. 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark D. Weber   
OS/2 Warp - we were where you want to go today several years ago   


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From: "Frederick A. Larson" <????????????????????>
Subject: Weeping shank

My beloved Mastro de Paja has developed a weeping shank. Tiny but
messy droplets of tar appear on the outside of the pipe. Is there an
accepted method of repair? Love the pipe and hate to lose it.

-- 
Rick

[ Sounds like a crack may have opened up; I think the accepted repair
would be to put on a band. -S. ]


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From: ????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest CD rom

Steve,
  
     Just got PD#219, and enjoyed reading it, as usual.  Its great that such
a free form forum works, and noone charges for it to boot!

     I wanted to comment on the CD-rom idea.  We just put together a
commercial quality title at work and got 1000 copies of it made, so I thought
I might share my thoughts on what it would take to produce a CD for Pipes
Digest.  First question to ask is:  Will this CD be just an archive, or
should it have a colorful user interface?  Will it be just windows or mac, or
both?  If a user interface is desired, then this could easily be done in
Director, by Macromedia.  Pictures, video and sound bites could then be
included, if so desired.  An  archive search would also be possible, I think.
 I would willing to work on this for free in my spare time.  I have the
necessary tools and resources to program this up, and create CD masters.

     The actual commercial run of the CDs is another matter.  We got 1000
cd's, with 4-color, 4 page cover, cd tray card(the back of the jewel case),
jewel cases, and two color cd silk screen art for $2300(US).  This is pretty
much the minimum order and price.  In order to do this, we should make sure
that there are enough people willing to buy it just to cover this cost.  I
feel that the cd could be priced between $7-$12.  I state this without
knowing what it costs to ship a CD thru the mail.  If it is more than I am
guessing (~$1) then the price should go up slightly.  This would cover
shipping, shipping materials, a charity donation, take up the slack for
unsold CDs, and possibly leave a little change for the backer(s) to buy a
really nice pipe.  This cost could go down if it was felt that a jewel case
with artwork was unnecessary(maybe by $500-800).

     Steve, and others, what I would like to know, is how many people
actually would buy this, and what would everyone be willing to pay?  Like I
said, I will volunteer my labor, but we (the Pipes Digest community) need to
determine if it is economically feasible.  If we get beyond this stage, then
we can get down to details of format, content, and financial backing.  This
could be a really neat idea, let's see what the interest in it is.

Thanks
John Ayers

[ John, I guess I've gotten maybe 10-20 yesses on the CD-ROM, which
certainly wouldn't be enough to justify a volume run.  I've also
learned that there are _two_ cigar CD-ROMs on the market now, so our
product wouldn't be unique.  So my plan now is to first assemble a
CD-ROM with the Web page materials and some scans (keeping it simple),
and then accumulate orders and do a small run maybe every six months.

But perhaps Rick Hacker would be interested in putting out an Ultimate
Pipe/Cigar CD-ROM? If so, we could get fancier. -S. ]


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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Barclay Pipe & Tobacco

Steve, I'm sending you this item from the OPC July newsletter for the
subscribers' information and so you can add it to your resource guide.
 
BARCLAY TO OPEN SECOND STORE
 
Mick Ratliff and Pam Tufts, co-owners of Barclay Pipe & Tobacco in the Lane
Ave. Mall, Columbus, OH, have announced the opening of a second store, to
be called Barclay Tobacco & Cigars, at 2673 Federated Blvd. in the Service
Merchandise Plaza just off Sawmill Rd. between 161 and 270.  The new
Barclay will open in mid-July, with a grand opening blowout scheduled for
early August, featuring Tim West carving pipes on site.  The shop will
boast 1,500 square feet of retail space (two and a half times the space
available at Lane Ave.), with 300 square feet of enclosed humidor space
(four times the footage available at Lane Ave.) in two separate humidors.
It will also feature cigar storage lockers available for monthly rent.  I
visited the site while it was still bare to the walls, and it is a fine,
large store front with lots of easy parking.
 
Both Barclays will continue to carry the same full line of
merchandise--including estate pipes--that the original Barclay has been
noted for.  However, shoppers may find the Lane Ave. Barclay even more
convenient and accessible now because, in the future, all deliveries and
pricing of merchandise will take place at the new store, thus eliminating
the crowding that sometimes occurred at Lane Ave.  Both stores will be open
Mon.-Sat., 10:00- 9:00 and Sunday 10:00-6:00.  The knowledgeable Bob
Russell will manage the new Barclay, whose telephone number is 614-764-0300
and whose fax number is 614-764-0340.

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


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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Smoking and Wines

Steve, the OPC July newsletter is out, and from it I thought I'd share the
following piece by new OPC board member John Tolle. The newsletter is again
quite long (18 small-margin pages), and it features a complete list at time
of publication of all table renters and raffle prizes.  Both lists have
since grown and continue to grow.  It's going to be a great show, and we
invite everyone to try and make it.  As always, contact me for a
complimentary newsletter and membership form and/or a show flyer.
 
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PLEASURES OF WINE DRINKING AND PIPE SMOKING
 
Our secretary has requested that I contribute an article on the obvious
pleasures of wine drinking and pipe smoking.  Drawing on my past and
present activities as a wine consultant and consumer, I will briefly
outline my own preferences along with a guide to the wine types (varietals)
available.  Let me emphasize that, just as with tobaccos, the only thing
important is an individual's personal taste.  Drink what you like with what
you like to smoke, eat, etc.  Forget what others like if it does not suit
you.  An obvious example of this rule is the aforementioned secretary's
choice of tobacco versus my choice of tobacco.  (He does, however, have
impeccable taste in pipes.)  One last preface to this "guide" so that you
know my own background and biases.  I have recently returned to Columbus
from about two years on California's Central Coast, and I am delighted with
our weather. Now that you know I can lie, I can proceed with this with a
clear conscience.  [Ed: Written in the middle of May.]
 
I will deal mainly with California wines, with perhaps brief references to
other country's wines that are in some way comparable.  Although I believe
we make in many, many cases the finest wines in the world, I also
personally normally enjoy my pipes in the cooler weather or on cool
evenings in the warmer months.  Likewise, in many cases a red wine seems to
go slightly better with smoking a pipe--but certainly not all the time.  So
I will cover reds, whites, and roses and give some specific
recommendations.  But for each specific recommendation, I could also give
at least 10-20 others, so don't worry about trying to get the specific
wine.
 
Briefly, California wines are named for the type of grape used-- i.e., the
varietal.  For example, Merlot is a type of grape, so a Merlot wine is made
principally from this grape (over 75% as a minimum percentage in the wine).
There are a few "proprietary" labels or names of wines that usually use a
mixture of grapes, such as "Bill's Blend."  So you see, there is a lot in
common with the naming of tobaccos.
 
REDS   
 
Cabernet Sauvignon is considered the biggest, fullest, most robust wine.
So choose a full tobacco--for instance, a good English/Turkish blend such
as Lane's Crown Achievement.  Cabernet Sauvignon is dry and can have a wide
range of "flavors" consisting of herbs, flowers, and mint.  Great choices
would be from the wineries of Heitz (expensive), BV (nice and very
available), Robert Mondavi, and Iron Horse.
 
Merlot is a much softer wine on the palette than Cabernet Sauvignon.
Probably a better choice than Cabernet for most people.  It also would go
better with less-robust tobaccos of the mild to medium type.  Again, my
choice might be an English blend, such as Dunhill 965 or Germain's Margate.
Virginia lovers fill in their favorite.  Try a Chappellet Merlot from Napa
Valley if you can ever find it.  Otherwise, there are many available, such
as Alexander Valley.
 
Pinot Noir is the "feminine" soft wine in all the very best senses, a
description that I hope offends no one.  I personally consider it the
finest grape but also the hardest to find an excellent wine made from.  The
very best and most expensive wines in the world from Burgundy in France
come from this grape. Lovely, soft, beautiful bouquet of flowers and other
essences are there.  The best overall American Pinot Noirs come from the
north central coasts of California and Oregon.  Try a bottle of Qupe with a
fire and your favorite tobacco, perhaps one of the excellent blends from
McClelland, such as Bombay Court (English/Turkish/Latakia) or an aged
Virginia that has smoothed out--and dream.  Another good lower-price bottle
usually comes from Parducci.
 
Petite Sirah is a spicy red, one of my favorites.  Here again, Parducci
makes an excellent one for about $6.00--a definite best buy.  Qupe is
usually great but more expensive.  I just finished some Parducci last night
with Pembrook cognac flavored from Germain & Sons.
 
Napa Gamay or Gamay Beaujolais is a lighter, fruity fresh red that is
usually served slightly chilled.  It can have a bouquet of flowers or
berries and is a perfect "picnic" summer wine.  So enjoy it with a "summer"
tobacco, perhaps Dunhill's Early Morning.  Early Morning will also go well
with a chilled bottle of Berringer Beaujolais Noveau when it is first
released from the winery, usually in early autumn.
 
Zinfandel is perhaps my favorite California wine.  It is unique to
California.  The types vary widely from pale, light, nondescript to robust,
full, late-harvest desert wines that taste like Port.  But my favorites are
the spicy, minty flavored medium ones from Ridge, Ravenswood, and Caymus.
But don't pass up the widely available ones from Sutter Home and especially
Robert Mondavi, which every supermarket carries. One of my most memorable
pipe smoking experiences occurred recently when I smoked a bowl of Margate
in a giant old GBD Unique on a cool evening with a real fireplace going.
 
In the next newsletter, I'll briefly continue this coverage with whites and
roses.  But as a preview, and since it may even be warm (but raining) when
you are reading this, a chilled rose would be perfect with that summer
Virginia or English blend.  Try "Eye of the Toad"--a Pinot Noir Rose from
Toad Hollow Winery, run by Robin Williams' brother, Todd.  Nice and dry
with roses, etc. coming off its bouquet.  Actually, probably great on the
deck with a cigar of your choice!  Cheers. --John
Tolle

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


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From: Phil White <????????????????????>
Subject: Subscription

   Thanks very much for the subscription, I enjoyed it greatly.I would also
like to add a fine establishment to your list if your interested in posting
it. This business I visited very often prior to moving to Illinois.
It's,"The pipe and Tobacco Shop, 2908 S. University,Broadmoor Shopping
Center,Little Rock,Ar. 72204.Phone 501-562-PIPE. They have a fine selection
of pipes, cigars and gift items as well as gourmet coffee beans and other
items of interest. A very friendly place very willing to assist the novice
or veteran smoker.Northen-seas is an aromatic I still purchase from them by
mail order. They will gladly send a catalog to any interested party and mail
orders are welcome. It doesn't have the ambience of Georgetown Tobacco in DC
but the selection is comparable.

Thanks,
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From: Thomas Suhadolnik <??????????????????>
Subject: A New Cigar Store on the Net

Steve,

I don't know your policy about announcing new commercial WWW sites on your
mailing list but I thought I would try anyway.  

We just launched a commercial cigar site that you might be interested in.
Robert Langsam (the guy who publishes The Double Corona) finally has his own
site on the Web. His entire catalog, newsletters, cigar reviews and the like
can be found at this URL.  

http://www.cigar-heaven.com/

The catalog is kind of small but the last time I called he had over 100,000
cigars in his humidor; so if you order from him you are likely to be able to
get whatever is on the list.  He has online ordering and the site will be
secure by the end of August.

Thanks.

Tom Suhadolnik

[ Commercial announcements are fine, as long as they're brief,
tasteful, and not repeated too often (as yours was).  See the
introductory message sent to new members.  I've listed Robert's Web
page in the Guide, under "On-line Resources."  -S. ]


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From: Bruce Winkelman <????????????????????????>
Subject: High altitude, Bed and Breakfasts, expensive bowlful of tobacco

Hello Steve:  My wife and I recently returned from a very relaxing few 
days in Taos, NM.  I remember some comments in past issues re: bed and 
breakfasts and pipe-smoking acceptance and want to report that La Posada 
de Taos 309 Juanita Lane, Taos, NM 87571 800.645.4803 is quite pipe 
friendly to smoking in the garden area but not in the rooms proper 
(remember that you are a guest in their home).  Bill and Nancy Swan are 
the proprietors and very gracious hosts.  Highly recommended (even if you 
aren't a pipe smoker.) 

I noticed that I had more trouble keeping my pipe lit at Taos (elevation 
approx 6900 ft ASL)  Is this a reflection of the lower oxygen content at 
higher elevations or my poor technique?  Comments anyone?

Finally, my last bowlful of Dunbar in Taos was the most expensive ever.  My 
wife and I were relaxing in the garden with books and a pipe when she looked 
up and asked me to put out the pipe and go look at a ring she found 
attractive on our first window-shopping expedition in Taos Plaza. To 
make a long story short, I ended up buying the ring as an early 
25th anniversary present and went back to my 2/3 bowlful of Dunbar. I 
really savored that pipe!!  Any other Pipe Digest readers have 
experience with expensive bowlsful of tobacco?    

((Steve, this is meant as a submission to Pipe Digest.  Please advise 
on acceptability etc.))

 Bruce Winkelman Tulsa, OK   ????????????????????????  
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"The most beautiful and most profound  emotion we can experience is the 
sensation of the mystical.  It is the source of all true science.  He to 
whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt 
in awe, is as good as dead." --Albert Einstein
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[ Thanks for the info, Bruce! I've phoned La Posada and asked Nancy to
send me a brochure.  In the spirit of Prof. Einstein's quote, if
things work out, Jeanette and I are tentatively planning to be there
for a good view of Comet Hale-Bopp, which should be at perigee early
next spring.  (And since Taos is in the high desert and New Mexico is
a "dark-sky" area, the seeing should be much better than murky New
Jersey!)

Any interest in planning a Digestian rendezvous there at that time? -S. ]


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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996
  2. Subject: Smoke Shop in Taipei and Kaohsiong
  3. Subject: Re: Routing pipe racks
  4. Subject: Pipe Smoking Congresswoman
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996
  6. Subject: CIGARS: A Cigar Is -Never Merely- A Cigar - New URL
  7. Subject: A Pleasant Cigar Weekend
  8. Subject: smoking
  9. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996
  10. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996
  11. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996
  12. Subject: more information
  13. Subject: Carving kit
  14. Subject: Pipes Digest <Reading Material - A Book Review>
  15. Subject: Smoke Signal
  16. Subject: PD Enrolling
  17. Subject: Tom Dunn
  18. Subject: Tobaccos
  19. Subject: Castello Pipes
  20. Subject: Some experiences in choosing the right tobacco
  21. Subject: flyfishing
  22. Subject: Queries from a new pipe smoker
  23. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996
  24. Subject: General Ramblings
  25. Subject: Subscribe
  26. Subject: Pipe digest
  27. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996
  28. Subject: comment from pipes page
  29. Subject: Re: Next two messages have scans
  30. Subject: Re: Next two messages have scans
  31. Subject: PD nos.218-9
  32. Subject: Fairly new cigar, pipe coffee shop in KC MO
  33. Subject: Weeping shank
  34. Subject: Pipes Digest CD rom
  35. Subject: Barclay Pipe & Tobacco
  36. Subject: Pipe Smoking and Wines
  37. Subject: Subscription
  38. Subject: A New Cigar Store on the Net
  39. Subject: High altitude, Bed and Breakfasts, expensive bowlful of tobacco
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