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Subject: Pipes Digest #221 -- August 6, 1996

		  Pipes Digest #221 -- August 6, 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: 2378

Welcome to new members:

	Michael Almazan
	Eric Marzewski
	Doug Shaner
	Jayson D. Pankin
	David Geerinck
	Martin Gvardijancic
	Mary J. Didden
	Raymond D. Schuster
	Bruce Dunphy
	Steve F. Chinn
	Kevin Duane
	Len Cohen
	Lg Sorensen
	Jean-Marc Galand
	Darryl D. Lane
	Kevin C. Halaburda
	Kelly W. Tucker
	Josep Reig
	Richard F. Reveles
	Paul Gayan
	Chris Roberts
	Anders Malmquist Pip. RK.
	Milan S. Sturgis
	Alan Fox
	Michael Whitenton
	Walter Jauch
	Darryl Lassiter
	Brian Robert Merrell
	Lisa Newberry
	Rafael Campos
	Col. Brent Johnson
	Rob Earle
	Jennifer Ronquillo
	Paul A. VanDerWielen
	Aaren Lonks
	Merrell Chittenden
	Phil Peraino
	Shane Kiser
	Chris Clifford
	Steve Davis
	Patrick Kreutzer
	Lester Blair
	Bob Castiglione
	Joe Francomano
	George C. Webster
	Stephen Boyd Cox
	Glenn Hollingsworth
	John Edmonds
	Bryan P. Marlowe
	Chang Hsien-Chao
	Steve Lehman
	Richark Bohlen
	Mike Coppola
	Mike Coppola
	Rodney D. Mills
	Brother Buford
	William G. Dorroh III
	Jay Facciolo
	Walter D Koenig
	Darryll W. Barksdale
	Mike Stanley
	William A. McCutcheon Jr.
	Shawn Levy
	Mohan / Jagan Vasan
	Roger Hawley
	Steve Wright
	Morris Elmo Butler
	Jeffrey Jones
	Alex J. Boeglin
	Rick Mcbride
	Bill Sotack
	Gerald R Levesque
	Roland Hutyra
	Sam B. Kirby III
	Manuel Devora
	William R. Valentine
	Billy Braddock
	Cary M. Johnson
	John Hutchinson
	John Hensley
	Charles E. Larman
	Bill Kniering
	Thomas E. Greene
	Paul Middleton

Thanks to all for the kind messages about my father.

[MYSTERY] Those of a Sherlockian bent might have noticed something
special about the number of this issue!  In honor of the event, I've
scanned in an article from John Hall of the Northern Musgraves,
entitled "140 Different Varieties" -- a detailed report on the use of
tobacco in the Sherlock Holmes canon.  The original was sent to me by
Tom Dunn, editor of _The Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris_, and is a worthwhile
read for anyone contemplating a trip to the gas-lamps and moors.
Although it's too long to include in the Digest, Steve Beaty has given
it a berth on the Web page, http://www.pipes.org.  Or I can mail you a
copy if you don't have Web access.

[CD-ROM] The work is going along, though slowly at the moment.  I'd
like to include some pictures, and have therefore acquired a scanner
(and am attempting to get Photoshop installed, though that is having
some difficulty.)  Tom Dunn has given me permission to scan in
pictures from the _Ephemeris_.  If you have any pictures you'd like to
include (which are free of copyright encumberances), please mail them
to me.  (Snail address provided upon request -- I'd like to keep track
of whom that goes to.)

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Robert Daniel Victoria <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

I would like pipe digest 187, 200 issues, please.  I would also like to 
know how I might be able to contact someone about a wanted pipe.  
Further, is there a way to contact others in this area, SA, TX who enjoy 
pipe smoking?

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From: Vince Callaway <????????????????>
Subject: Re:Pipes Digest CD-ROM

I might be able to get sponsors for a pipes digest cd-rom.

One of my clients is a fairly famous mail-order wine shop, this would be
something that might interest him.

Another possibility would be Fuji Publishing, I am sure he would pay to
have his wine and cigar guides on the CD.

I would also pay to have my services listed.
Vince Callaway 
Washington Internet Services

[ Thanks, Vince!  Any listings relevant to the subject of the CD-ROM,
and donations to defray its cost, would be welcome.  Though I'd say it
will likely be some months before the first burn. -S. ]

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From: Duane Campbell <??????????????>
Subject: Millicent Fenwick

Steve says:

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

Which is, of course, correct. Additionally, she is the model for  
Congresswoman Lacye Davenport in Doonesbury.

Duane Campbell

In the beginning the Earth was without form and void.
Why didn't they leave well enough alone?

{Indeed, though I don't think Lacey ever smoked her pipe in the strip.
Somehow I doubt that the perpetrator of "Mr. Butts" would allow
that. -S. ]

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From: "Paul Baumgartel" <???????????????>
Subject: Swan Vestas

Dear Steve,

First, condolences on the loss of your father.

Next:  I have read a few references to Swan Vesta matches in PD.  I also 
noticed Dan Rather using one to light a cigar in a recent issue of 
Cigar Aficionado.  Now I'm curious:  can you or someone else familiar 
with these briefly explain just what it is that makes them so 
desirable?  And is there any way to get them these days?

Finally, I'd like to pass on a couple of personal recommendations, 
for what they're worth.  
  -  Of the several tobacco shops in Manhattan, I've found 
Barclay-Rex (42nd St., across from Grand Central) to be the most 
pleasant place to hang out and have a smoke.  The staff is 
refreshingly free of the kind of "attitude" that can be found at some 
of the other midtown establishments.  
  -  In New Haven, Conn., cigar-friendly establishments include 
Richter's on Chapel Street (great tap beer and single-malt Scotch 
selections), Elm City Brewing's Brew Pub restaurant at the brewery 
on Grand Avenue (a dozen or so freshly-brewed beers on tap at all 
times), and Scoozi's outdoor patio area, also on Chapel Street (good 
Italian food and wine).

Best wishes and good smoking to all.

Paul Baumgartel
Paul Baumgartel, Principal Consultant
Adept Computer Associates, Inc.
???????????????        (203) 735-3524

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From: Grant Porter <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: More Rookie Questions

Greetings Steve,

	Glad to see my CD-Rom idea went over well. I would be glad to help who
ever works on this idea. In fact I have many more ideas for it as well. Send
them my way.
	Question: Most pipes today come 'ready to smoke' ,is the term
'pre-char'?  What is the process they use to do this? I have seen
several pipes recently at my local store that are not ready to smoke,
what are the schools of thought on 'breaking in' pipes?
	Once again thanks for a wonderful DIgest- a true labor of
love. Smoke in Peace, my friend.

Grant Porter

[ I believe "pre-carbonized" is the term; a thin layer of carbon is
deposited on the inside of the bowl.  Some folks advocate wetting the
inside of the bowl or coating it with honey during break-in, but
personally I've never found that to be necessary.  And for other
issues on break-in, see the following two articles.  Thanks! -S. ]

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From: "John E. Kelso" <????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

From: John E. Kelso, San Jose, CA.

As a new guy to the group, I first want to say hello.  I'm so very glad 
to have found you, and have enjoyed reading the back issues of the 
Digest.  I'm a 30 year veteran pipe smoker, and have worked off-and-on 
part-time in pipe and tobacco shops (mostly for the fun of being around 
other folks who appreciate pipes, while incidentally picking up the 
spare change to buy an occasional fine pipe).  I have also been one of 
those who has sometimes lapsed into cigarette smoking (having picked-up 
the gasper habit while serving in the Army).  In a future contribution I 
will have a few words to say about my final successful effort to put 
aside the gaspers forever (well, some 12 years ago, anyway).  

When I look over my pipes, I notice that without any real conscious 
effort to do so, I have built a "collection" with some particular 
characteristics.  I have picked up mostly freehand pipes, and they seem 
to be predominantly Danish in origin.  There are a number of Ben Wades, 
several Preben Holms (rest their smoky souls), a few Baris, quite a long 
list of pieces from the catalog of Erik Nording's work,  and a couple of 
very special W.O. Larsens.  These Danish pipes are complimented with 
exceptions from other lands -- a favorite Mauro Armellini, a Butz 
Chaquin, and a truly wonderful freehand HW Custom straight-grain with a 
natural burl top that extends as an unbroken bridge over the whole bowl 
and across to the briar stem.  What do I smoke in these?  Well, I've had 
my flings with all types of tobacco, but for many years now, I have 
settled on straight (non-aromatic) cavendish tobacco (Amphora Regular, 
brown pouch, for example) which manages to feed my sweet tooth without 
giving me too much of the bitterness and tongue-bite that the heavily 
flavored cavendish blends do.  

Now that I've made my introductions, I'll jump right in and stretch your 
hospitality to the limits with an opinion piece, which may prove 
controversial,  on an aspect of our hobby about which I've collected my 
observations for many years.

Pipe smoking should be an enjoyable activity.  That it is not always so 
is an unfortunate fact.  Strangely, of all the things that conspire to 
take joy away from smoking a pipe, none has been so insidious, and none 
has caused so many smokers to puff away for so long at so many 
nasty-tasting pipes, as the one thing that pipe smokers have placed on 
their own heads:   the quest to build the perfect heel cake in briar 

The quest for the perfect heel cake has been the bane of many pipe 
smokers for generations. Laying down such a thing in one's pipes has 
been promoted as a necessary step in becoming an accomplished pipe 
smoker, as if it were our equivalent of  the medieval knight's quest for 
the Holy Grail.  Like unto the history of that ancient search for the 
mystical artifact, there are numerous smoker's claims to having seen the 
elusive heel cake, and even a few smokers who claim to have actually 
captured it themselves.  To these I say with all respect, "I much doubt 

First, a few words about cake in general.  The build-up over time along 
the walls of the pipe bowl of a layer of crystallized pure carbon is a 
serendipitous consequence of the physics of combustion in a pipe which 
savvy smokers put to good use.  When we allow that carbon build-up to 
take place and carefully trim it from time to time so that it remains 
even and goes far down into the bowl, we help preserve our briar pipes 
and improve the taste of them as well.  This carbon layer acts as a 
fire-wall between the burning tobacco and the wood of the pipe itself. 
When we smoke a pipe, we really don't want to be smoking the pipe  -  we 
want to be smoking tobacco.  A good layer of hard carbon prevents the 
briarwood from becoming involved in the combustion process.  A pipe with 
a good cake is well preserved from having the fire attack the integrity 
of the pipe itself, and the smoker is protected from smoking the wood 
and resins present in even a well-aged burl.  So a good, even, and deep, 
pure carbon cake is indeed something worth questing for.  But the myth 
of the heel cake takes a good thing to an unnecessary, nearly 
impossible, and undesirable extreme. 

In thirty years of smoking, observing smokers, and working with pipes in 
the repair facilities of tobacconists, I have never seen a true heel 
cake.  Upon examination of the pipes of smokers who have claimed to have 
achieved heel cake, I have invariably found in the heel one of two 
things:  either charred briar, or  -  not the same hard carbon casing 
which lines the vertical walls of the of the pipe's barrel  -  but a 
softer, almost rubbery mass of collected gunk.  This is not carbon cake 
in its proper sense at all, but is instead only a partially heat-cured 
collection of the hydrocarbon juices produced from burning tobacco. Such 
a mess contributes nothing to the smoking experience beyond bad odor and 
nasty taste.  The effort given to producing this false cake requires 
that the smoker endure the unpleasantness of finishing many otherwise 
enjoyable smokes with a gritty and bitter chaser.

The physics of combustion in a smoking pipe ought to be enough to 
demonstrate the impossibility of a smoker building a heel cake in his 
pipe in the same way it is built along the pipe's vertical wall.  The 
common advice for building heel cake is to smoke the tobacco all the way 
down to the (literally) bitter end.  The technique assumes that cake is 
made up of burned tobacco, but this is not the actual case.  The true 
cake which forms along the inside of the barrel is not tobacco, but 
crystallized carbon which only forms under very extreme conditions 
where, under intense heat, the vaporized products of combustion interact 
with moving air jets to produce carbon plasma which eventually 
sublimates against the relatively cool wall of the pipe into 
crystallized carbon.  The plasma and the hot gasses of combustion cool 
as they are drawn toward the bottom of the pipe.  For this same reaction 
to occur in the bottom, or heel, of the pipe would require that the 
smoker draw plasma and flame far out into the stem of the pipe.  
Friends, nobody does this without serious consequences.  We are smokers, 
not fire eaters.  So, anything that collects in the heel at or below the 
level of the stem hole is going to be chemically more like soft asphalt 
than it will be to the hard carbon cake we quest for.

The point I want to make is the one with which I began:  Pipe smoking 
should be an enjoyable activity.  Building the carbon cake on the 
vertical walls of your briar pipes is something to be done with 
reasonable care because the benefit is great.  But forget about the 
mythical heel cake.  A good cake tapers down to nothing right at the 
level at which the stem hole comes into the bowl.  Don't smoke below 
this level, and clean out the gunk which collects down there.  Absent 
the trials of the mythical quest, your level of frustration will come 
down, and your smoking enjoyment will go up.  

Peace,   JEK

[ Well, most of us _try_ not to be fire-eaters... -S. ]

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From: "Spencer M. Schein" <???????????????????>
Subject:       Re: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996

Hi Steve,

I just finished PD #220, and want to thank you again for providing 
this wonderful publication.

Bijan Kafi asked for recommendations of good aromatic tobaccos 
available in Germany.  Thanks to Frank Glenewinkel, who gets the PD 
in Germany, I've been able to sample a number of tobaccos available 
there.  Von Eicken has been producing tobacco in Germany since 1770, 
and imho offers excellent blends. I recently received a tin of von 
Eicken Tradition 225, and it is a wonderful aromatic, and quite 
unusual. The closest thing to it I've ever tried is Rose and Crown, 
by Stanwell. It has a wonderful aroma, almost a perfume, in the tin, 
but is not overly sweet.  And the quality of the tobacco is very 
high.  I've also liked the von Eicken Varinas Kanaster blend, but 
this may not be what Bijan is looking for, since it is not aromatic, 
and reminds me of a Virginia blend.

I also like Cellini Classico Reservo, which is also an excellent 
aromatic. While it is made in Italy, it is available in Germany. To 
quote from the pack, "A fragrant orange bouquet of delicately cool 
aromatic brillance guarantees superb smoking pleasure."  I find it 
interesting that the tobaccos in this mixture were grown in Tuscany 
and Umbria.  I was unaware that any tobacco was grown in Western 
Europe. Would any PD readers know how long this has been going on?

Two other German tobaccos I have enjoyed are Lotzbect Latakia 
Melange, which despite its name is NOT an English blend but a very 
nice aromatic, and Graf Luckner mixture.  These are widely available, 
being "kiosk" blends, their equivalent of our drugstore blends, but 
both are very good.

I would recommend that any German pipe smokers get a copy of the Dan 
Pipe catalog.  I have never seen anything to compare with the 
presentation, photography, selection and general quality this catalog 
in the USA.  Unfortunately (for me, but not for those who read 
German) it is printed in German. I think anyone who can order from it 
will find much to keep them happily smoking for ages.

On another topic - burnouts - which was mentioned more than once in 
PD #220,  I read some interesting information about it on Mark 
Tinsky's American Smoking Pipe home page 
Mark suggests never lighting a pipe you are breaking in with a 
lighter. It seems it may produce too hot a burn at the bottom of the 
uncaked bowl. As a matter of fact, he recommends always using 
matches.  I'd never heard of this connection between lighters and 
bowl burnout before.

Best wishes to you and all the PD subscribers,
Spencer Schein

[ I've never burned out a properly made pipe, but have noticed that
lighters tend to char the top of the bowl. -S. ]

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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: web site

Hi Steve
 Would yu post this blatantly commercial message for me. Thanx MT

After  a month or so of shuttling pipes to FLA. to be photographed and
learning how to use Adobe Photoshop to try to  make the "photos" resemble
the original pipes; I ve placed about 35 unique shapes on my web site for
your viewing pleasure. If you'd care to see them the address is in the
signature below. Thanx Mark Tinsky

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

[ Blatantly commercial msg posted, Mark.  Thanks! -S. ]

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From: Michael Hiranuma <????????????????>

Thanks, again, for another great edition of PD.  It's one of the few 
online newletters that I read completely through as soon as I get it.

Question:  Do you have any experience with the Kirsten pipes?  They seem 
like a unique design, including a removable moisture valve (like the 
spit valve of a trumpet), that promises a cool smoke.

[ Some people swear by Kirstens; personally, I own one, and it's not
one of my favorites.  Seems to burn hotter than advertised for
me. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Boswell, Philly Pipe Club et.al.

Hi Steve,
I haven't written in awhile but thought I'd say hello. Among my summer
activities was a recent visit to the Boswell pipeshop in Chambersburg PA. A
very hospitable J.M. Boswell took the time to show us around his operation
and talk about his business. The results of the visit, including pictures,(I
hope) should appear in an issue of Pipe Friendly later in the year. Of course
I picked up another of his wonderful pipes. Also of note, I wanted to let you
and everyone who might be interested that we are organizing a pipe club here
in Philadelphia. The inaugural meeting will be on Wednesday Sept 18 at the
Classical Guitar Store, 2038 Sansom Street in Philadelphia. For info call 215
567 2972. I'll keep you posted on our progress.
Smoke in Peace

[ Thanks, Ira! I've put the contact info in the Guide, assuming that
the name is the "Philly Pipe Club." Gee, I wish I'd had this when I
was a student at Penn... -S. ]

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From: David Cunningham <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996

On a recent camping trip to somewhere in Pennsylvania, my friend and I
broght along some Montecristo cigars for some late night smoking. First
off, we smoked an immense Primo Del Rey he had kept for a few months. It
was very light and grassy, and barely any smoke, but it was great. On the
trail to the lake aroun one in the morning, we found a nice spot to light
up. We smoked a $9.50 Montecristo cigar. OH, it was GREAT! It was creamy
and had a complexity of flavors and an imcomparable aroma. It took almost
an hour to smoke completely..... It was definitely worth it. It was the
best cigar I have ever had. My friend also brought along his cheap pipe
and pipe tobacco, and that wasn't too bad... But we have to get the good
stuff from Fader's......

The guitar-playing, cigar-smokin', poet said that...

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From: ?????????????????? (Dave Branch)
Subject: Tobacco Blends

        Comparing tobacco blends I noticed that alot have the same fruity
smell especialy the canned ones like MacBaren, Three Nuns, etc...  The
aromatic ones from the local tobacconist all have distinct aromas but  not
the canned ones. Is this the preservatives used or what?? I have most of
the MacBarens on hand and they all have this smell.  I feel that you must
like the aroma of the unsmoked tobacco before you can even think about
lighting up ( I also know that the pre- smoked aroma is nothing like the
smoked one ) .  My likes lean toward the vanilla blends. Can anyone help?

Thank You!

Dave Branch
Xenia, OH
E-Mail   < ?????????????????? >

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From: ??????????? (rob denholtz)
Subject: Tobacco sources

Steve,  I'd appreciate it if you'd include FINE OLDE BRIARS (at my email

        address and c/o Steve Abrams, PO Box 157, Woodstock, NY 12498) in
your listing of tobacco sources.  We are now offering a flake cut Scottish
blend (Highland Flake) and a full English (English Reserve).  Thanks

        Also John Loring (Chicago) gets some great older, discontinued
tobaccos.  He's at ??????????????????????


                                    Rob Denholtz

[ F.O.B. was already in the Guide, but I've updated the address, and
added John Loring. -S. ]

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From: David Geerinck <?????????????>
Subject: Address Change

	Just a quick note to say THANKS for adding me to your 
subscription list.  As soon as I received (and devoured) your most 
recent issue and FAQ, I quickly logged back on and went to retrieve 
copies of all of the earlier issues.  As a cigar smoker looking to begin 
enjoying the fruits of the briar (and hoping to gain the sanction of my 
new bride), I have found Pipes Digest to be a true gold mine of "real" 
information from "real people".  I'm only about half way through the all 
of the back issues, but I have already accummulated a greater width and 
breadth of pipe smoking knowledge that I could have ever hoped for.  I 
especially wanted to THANK YOU for all of your hard work in moderating 
this unruly bunch over the years.  I have enjoyed your wit and steady 
hand on the proverbial tiller down through the issues.  May we have many 
more years of your helpful hand at the keyboard.

THANKS & smoke in peace my friend!


[ Thank you, David!  And I hope to be here quite a while too! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????
Subject: Memories


I would like to thank you for your off-hand remark in digest #219 about how
to renew old tobacco.  My dads father was a pipe smoker for many years and
passed on shortly after I married (July  1973).  His pipe "stuff" was passed
on to my mothers father as he was also a pipe smoker.  When he left us I
inherited the collection.  I have had in my posession a tin foil bag of
tobacco that belonged to my dads father that was pretty dry and I thought was
useless, but I kept it around since it reminded me of him.  Every once in a
while I would open it and savor the smell for the memories it would bring.
 When you mentioned the tip about renewing old tobacco I decided to try it
I scrounged up one of my wife's tupperware and applied the remedy not sure if
it would work.  This was custom tobacco and at least 26 years old.  Lo and
behold  when I opened the top it it was like I had just purchased it.  Sweet
and moist.  I waited until the house was clear and filled up a bowl in my
favorite pipe and sat on the front porch and lit up.  What a beautiful
fragrance and taste, and the memories brought a tear to my eye.  After all
those years I could almost sense his presence.  
Thanks again for bringing back my Grandpa.

Pete Dion

PS:  To those who don't like the moniker " pipies" how about "Pipeologist".

[ Or "pipeist", or "kapnismologist"... blame (or praise) my wife for
"pipies"! She's the one who invented the term.  We're hoping to make
it to the CORPS show, so you can take her to task for the term there
-- or take me to task for relaying it here. -S. ]

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

    Years ago, in my beardless days, when I had difficulty controlling the
pitch of my voice, I joined-up, as they say and likely still do. We
bailed out of the troop-train at Cosford Halt, me and several hundred
other spotty-faced youths, apprentices to the Royal Air Force. We
harangued the army wallahs on the train and someone shouted: "Where the
Army goes pongoes." We thought this the height of wit for the army boys
were known by that collective noun -- pongo. It wasn't until much later
that I discovered that early writers used "pongo" to refer to the
large, anthropoid African ape -- the Chimpanzee or Gorilla -- much to
my further amusement. We were formed-up into a semblance of order, a
rag-tag bunch, and marched to our quarters in Fulton Block where we
were told to pick a bed and stow our kit. We were visited by a
middle-aged Flight Sergeant who took his pipe from his mouth to
pronounce: "Cleanliness is next to Godliness." And that we were to
perform our ablutions each day, and that we were to write home to mummy
and daddy each week because he didn't want to be receiving telephone
calls from anxious parents wanting to know what had become of their
precious son. His pipe was full-bent, something from Capp and Peterson
as I recall.

    One of my comrades-in-arms was Peter Brown, an ex-choirboy from
Farnborough. It was through him that I became acquainted with the
Staines Falcon. Now there are several kinds of falcon. Falcons can be
any of various hawks belonging to the avian family Falconidae. The
Maltese Falcon was a bird too, albeit made of lead much to the chagrin
of the Fat Man who I can still see hacking at it with his penknife.

    Lead was the material in which the Maltese Falcon was cast by Dashiell
Hammett: Aluminium is the material in which the Staines Falcon is cast
by Merton & Falcon. Behind the Maltese Falcon was a trail of
destruction, murder, and mayhem: Behind the Staines Falcon, a bouquet.
Embodied in the Maltese Falcon are greed and folly: In the Staines
Falcon are scientific principles and precision engineering needed to
produce a high-tech pipe design.

    Peter Brown had a bent Falcon pipe in which he smoked St. Bruno flake.
Falcon pipes have aluminum stems to cool the smoke, a humidome under
the bowl to condense moisture, a Lucite bit, and a detachable briar
bowl. Each bowl has a four-start thread so that the bowl can be
attached and detached from the stem with a quarter-turn. Five styles of
bowl are available: Standard, De luxe, Hunter, Classic, and Standard
Meerschaum-lined. There are standard pipes, de luxe pipes, Alco pipes,
and a range of other pipe-smoking accessories. If Falcons are not
available at your local tobacconist they can be ordered from Falcon's
mail order department five doors down from 84 Charing Cross Road at:

		G. Smith & Sons,
		74 Charing Cross Road,
		London, WC2H 0BG,
		England, G.B.

    Falcon pipes will appeal to engineering types and people who smoke
aromatic tobaccos. The aromatic tobacco smoker can have several bowls
on hand, one for each type of tobacco. Falcon pipes are rugged,
economical in their use of tobacco because it is possible to smoke down
to the last shred, and they are easy to clean. They need to be kept
clean otherwise they can smell rank. Myself, I have a bent standard and
a curved standard pipe with two or three bowls in which I smoke English
and Scottish blends as the mood takes me. Standard bowls are small,
ideal for a short smoke. Hyperboles are twice as large as the standard
bowl for a longer smoke. Also, there are dry rings that can be
installed in the humidome to absorb moisture. Falcon pipes do not
replace the traditional briar rather they compliment a pipe smoker's
collection and are ideal for the outdoors-man or -women and other persons

Andrew Donovan-Shead.

[ "Hyperboles", indeed! -S. ]

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From: Unknown commentor from the Web page
Subject: comment from pipes page

Someone was looking for a site containing hooka pipes. Try www.hempbc.com
It's quite informative :)

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From: Terence Ronson <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest

Dear Steve,

Wanted to let all PD readers know that the Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur has
recently opened, and in their lobby shop they have a fine selection of cigars
(Cubans etc.).

All the best.


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From: "Stefan Hansson" <???????????????>
Subject: Fine tobacco store in Stockholm

Hi Steve!

First of all i must thank you for PD! It is always a pleasure to read it
and smoking a good bowl!

I have a addition to your list of tobacco stores. This is for people
in/coming to Stockholm, Sweden. 

Brobergs Tobakshandel 
Sturegallerian 39, Stockholm
Tel 08-611 69 00

They have a very large collection of pipes and pipe tobacco. They also
have cigars including Davidoff and Cuban brands. Well worth a visit!

I am trying to stop smoking cigaretts and have found that pipe smoking is
the answer. I am now trying out some different blends and have found one
called Mac Baren Golden Blend wich i enjoyed a lot. I also tried out
Dunhill's Early morning pipe... but that tasted like smoking old garden

Smoke in peace!


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From: ????????????????????????????? (jkurdsju)
Subject: Old Friends, New Shoppes & Ben Wade

Greetings Steve,

A very special thanks for providing us all with this great resource.  Just 
when I thought that the hours of enjoyable reading and countless pieces of 
invaluable information it provides were enough I get an email from an old 
friend that I haven't seen in ages saying he ran across my name in the digest 
and wanted to know if it was the same Jake Kurdsjuk he grew up with - not that
the name is that common ;-) !  Well it seems that he too has taken to the 
pleasures of the leaf, cigars originally and is now taking up the pipe.  We're
about 100 miles apart but are looking to get together real soon to share a 
bowl or two since he occasionally has reason to travel towards my neck of the 

Speaking of my neck of the woods, God has finally graced me with a tobacco 
shoppe worth a lick that is within 20 minutes of my house. The Tinder Box has 
opened a store in Bethlehem, PA and it is well stocked and well staffed.  The 
spacious shop has a large humidor lining one wall with a great selection of 
cigars.  The display cases on the opposite wall contain various pipe and cigar
accessories plus a minor amount of the usual tobacco/gift shoppe 
paraphernalia, but not enough to be annoying.  The pipe selection behind and 
under the front counter is a little wanting (compared to the cigars) with 
Comoy's, Peterson and Ascorti representing the bulk of the higher grades, but 
the shoppe has only been open for a couple months and the proprietor, Joe 
Carroll, is more than willing to try and find something if your looking for 
it.  The feature attraction is the smoking lounge in the center of the store. 
Comfortable leather chairs and sofas are full on most evenings (every time 
I've been there), mostly cigar smokers but I did run into a pipie there once. 
It's so nice to have a place near by just to stop in and have a smoke and a 
chat.  The added bonus is that it is located in the same shopping center as 
the Home Depot giving this homeowner a great excuse to head in that direction 
- and the wife doesn't seem to have to nag me about those little things that 
need fixing around the house anymore!  For the resource guide:

		Tinder Box, Bethlehem Square Mall
		3926 Linden St., Bethlehem, PA 18017
		Phone: 610-882-9195 FAX: 610-882-9218

If anyone else out there lives in the area and is interested in meeting there 
for a bowl full, either once in a while or possibly on a regular basis, please
let me know.  

Before I go, just wanted to add that I finally added a Preben Holm Ben Wade to
my collection recently and am regretting the fact that I waited so long.  From
what the rest of you have been saying in the digest it may be a little more 
difficult to come across tham now.  Let's hope not too difficult.

-Jake Kurdsjuk

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From: ????????????? (kdoody)

Dear Steve,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the recent loss of your father.

Also on a happier note, I just returned from a conference in Boston that
wound up having some great pipe smoking side benefits.

The meeting was held at the Westin at Copley Place.  The organizers had
selected the Westin, in part, because of its liberal smoking policy, as the
meeting was international and the Europeans would expect to be able to
smoke.  Not only were the cigarette smokers able to smoke at coffee breaks
and in the bar, pipe smoking elicited not a single complaint.  Since I
didn't eat in the Hotel resaurants, I'm not sure what the policy is there.

I phoned Craig Tarler at Cornell & Diehl to order some tobacco, which he
next day courriered to me so I could take it with me to Canada (saves $$ in
customs and taxes when brought home under the personal exemption).  While on
the phone, he mentioned that I was near "one of the best tobacconists in the
world" and told me about Peretti's.

A pleasant walk to Park Square took me to an "old fashioned" pipe store,
with hundreds of pipes on the wall and in display cases, and a knowledgable
pipe smoking salesman.  Even the old practice of lining up choices on the
counter to narrow them down seemed quite in order.  Peretti's makes their
own pipes, as well as stocking a reasonable selection of quality brands.  I
finally selected a large 1/2 bent with a Dublin style bowl, straight to
flame grain on the sides, birdseye front and back, with no visible flaws,
for the very reasonable price of $50.00.  It is breaking in quite easily,
and smokes nicely.

All in all, the trip was a delight from a smoking perspective in these times
of anti-smoking sentiment and disappearing pipe shops.

Ken Doody

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From: Chuck Basso (????????????????????)
Subject: Meerschaum, PD #219

>>1.  Everyone knows that meerschaum translates to "sea-foam."  Why?  Due to
>>its low specific gravity (1-2 times the weight of water) and considerable
>>porosity, it will commonly float.  Romantic allusions aside, this seems the
>>most plausible of all the explanations I have seen for the name.

>Actually, in "Tobacco Leaves" (published in 1915 by Index Press), the
>author W.A. Brennan explains the origin of the name in the idea that
>the substance we call meerschaum was thought to be fossilized sea-foam
>(!) I don't have the book in front of me, but there are references to
>other publications that he cites as his sources. If you would like
>those references, send me e-mail.

Rereading my post, I see that I wasn't as clear as I could have been.  My
purpose was to suggest a mineralogical reason *why* the ancients thought
that it was fossilized foam.  Sorry for any confusion.


--Kurt Ackermann

Regards from "sunny" Toledo,
Chuck Basso, S.M.	Optical Mineralogist	Toledo, Ohio
DNRC Titles:  Tyrant of Ohio and
	      Obergruppenfuhrer of the Rust Belt Legion
"He smokes his pipe, allaying heart and mind
 And for tonight all injuries are healed."

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From: "Steve F. Chinn" <???????????????????>
Subject: mailing list

Hi, I have reciently started smoking a pipe. After admiring others and 
enjoying the aeroma I decided to try the taste.
I have started with a cheap corncob pipe loaded with cheap cherry flavored 
I plan on trying several different brands and types of tobaco to find the 
one that I like,and mabey I'll get another pipe to try that route.
I currently smoke menthol cigarettes and am getting tired of smoking an 
entire cigerette before I throw it away. I figured that I can get the same 
feeling out of a pipe as a cig.,not as much waste.

I would like to get in on your mailing list.

Steve Chinn
3791 Thornton Dr.
Cincinnati,OH 45236

I am a 25-year-old electrician,
father of a 4-year-old,and loving husband of 5 years.

Any input would be welcome.

Thank You, Steve Chinn

[ Input?  Since you're an electrician, would you prefer single or
3-phase? :-) Welcome! -S. ] 

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Pipes & Flyfishing

Hi Steve:

In the past couple of Digests,  Mark Tinsky has referred to his pipesmoking
experiences while flyfishing.  As a veteran flyfisherman, I have had my own

Any flyfisherman knows the difficulty of casting well when the wind is roily.
 The wind can hurl your flyline in a contrary direction to what you intend.
 For instance, I have had many occasions, casting into a headwind, when my
fly and leader were blown into a tree branch 30 feet overhead.  There are
techniques used to avoid this happening, but sometimes the terrain is not
conducive.  (For readers not acquainted with flyfishing, the "fly" is
propelled by the weight of the flyline, as the fly itself has a negligible
weight.  In spin casting, the weight of the lure/bait pulls the line out from
the rod.)

Once, while flyfishing, I decided to enjoy a bowl.  I pulled out an E. Andrew
canadian pipe that I purchased from Uhle's in Milwaukee.  I was alone on the
Moose River (near Moosehead Lake, here in Maine).  The fish weren't biting
particularly well, but I was inwardly placid as I puffed on a bowl of
Davidoff Oriental Mixture.  Rather suddenly, the weather changed.  The sky
looked threatening, and the wind became very gusty.  The current was quite
strong and the water level was nearly 4 feet, where I was fishing.  I slowly
worked my way shoreward, while continuing to cast.  The wind got ahold of my
flyline and hurled it into a massive spruce whose branches overhung the
river.  I gently tugged at my line, hoping to free it.  I stumbled over a
submerged rock and dropped me, my rod, and pipe into the churning river.  I
bobbed along in the current.  As I struggled to regain my footing, I noticed
my pipe downstream from me.  It was beyond reach, and then it disappeared

Fortunately, I retrieved my flyrod, still hooked onto the spruce.  By this
time, it was getting dark and a thunderstorm started.  I decided to call it a

Unfortunately, I got lost in the  black woods, heading back to the car.
 After a few hours of bushwhacking, I finally found the river again.  (It was
raining so hard, I could no longer hear the river while in the woods.)  I
walked upriver, falling flat on my face in the water several times, for about
a mile until I reached the bridge where I parked my  car.  

I never told my wife that I had purchased "another pipe" and so I didn't feel
obligated to tell her that I lost said pipe.  But from then on, I never
smoked a 1st quality pipe while flyfishing again.

James Lawson
Bangor, ME

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From: David Cunningham <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996

On a recent smoking experience, I smoked Balkan Sobranie No. 759 Luxury
Blend with a cheap pipe... It was still a very enjoyable smoking
experience..... When I smelled the pipe tobacco from the packet, it had a
weird burny, woody quality about it. When smoked, it was very nice.....
Any other suggestions for type of pipe tobaccos in considering my

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From: "Paul Frommeyer" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996 

In reply to your message of Sat, 13 Jul 1996 19:10:09 EDT:

I'm working my way through the latest Digest... :-) WRT Scott's message:

| From: Scott Steiner <???????????????????????>
| Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #219 -- June 30, 1996
| [ deletions ]
| 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!

Thought I'd ship this to the list as well, since it might be of interest to
others. This is scary-- 10 years on the Net, I can count the number of my
posts on the fingers of two hands, and now twice inside one month... I guess
it's true, tobacco really is a corrupting influence. ;-)

Anyway, for tobacconists in SF I've found Sherlock's Haven at 1 Embarcadero
Center to be an excellent source both of fine pipes and especially fine 
tobacco. My two favorite blends are from Sherlock's: King's Cross and Bar
of Gold. They are on the web at
and have a compleat tobacco list there (if there are any of Sherlocks' 
proprietors reading this, a hearty thanks for a truly fine establishment!).

Hoping this is of some use,

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

[ Indeed, we should be remiss in this issue if we didn't mention
Sherlock's Haven! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????????
Subject: Request for membership

Dear sirs I would like to get the pipe digest...I am the manager of The
Tinder Box in Winston-Salem, N.C. any info needed on this subject I will
try to help...my computer skills are new however. For the person who needed
help in Ireland...there are many places to buy a Peterson..their main shop
is in Grafton Street Dublin and their factory is in Sallynoggin outside
of Dublin, but not really open o the public. We of course sell their pipes
here in Winston-Salem, if his wife comes back empty handed....please tell him t
to note the huge peterson sign at the top of O'Connol Bridge and the
"Thinking Man" over the door in Grafton St. 100 years of pipe making!
Thanks for getting me on and would you be so kind as to let me know
you got this message...thanks again...Col. Brent Johnson

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From: ???????????????????????????
Subject: Re:  letter and membership

Thanks for sending list,etc. Can you add our store to your Resource
Guide? The Tinder Box, 3320 Silas Creek Pkwy. Suite 208, Winston-Salem,
N.C. 27103 USA...910-765-9511 and 1-800355-9511, owned by Ron Williams,
manager Brent Johnson....in business for 20 years. 500 pipes in stock...
Davidoff Apopinted Mercant...Dunhill Principle Pipe Dealer...Peterson
Principle Pipe Dealer...RTAD Member, etc.We stock most major brands as well
as Tinder Box products, conduct Smoking Classes at WFU and have Regular
smoking nights once a month at various clubs in and aroung Winston-Salem.
Many of the staff have been with us 15 to 20 years.I just thought a little
bio would be nice...hope this does not seen too much like an ad.Use what
you like and thanks for your info and help. It wull be nice to be included
with such grat shops as I see on your list.Thanks again...Brent Johnson

[ I'll put it in, Brent, but there are getting to be quite a few
Tinder Boxes in the Guide.  Does the chain have a Web page listing all
their retail stores? -S. ]

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From: Steve Beaty <?????????????????????????>
Subject: cool pipe web page

Steve and all,

        just found a cool web page at:


        check it out!

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

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From: ????????????????? (Wayne Baker)
Subject: Savinelli Autograph Filter

Hi Steve,

Great job on the digest. I would also be interested in a CD ROM format.  

I have a question.  I have a Savinelli Autograph 5.  When I purchased it
with it was a package of "filters" which look like long triangular pieces of
balsa wood.  The pipe shop where I purchased it didn't inform me about any
filters.  I have just been smoking it without.  Is there some hidden
compartment where this filter resides?  I can't find it unless the stem base
srews out of the bowl some how.  If anyone has an idea of how these filters
are used or if they should not be used or if they just don't belong with the
pipe I would appreciate the enlightenment.

I am also in search of the "best blend" tobacco.  I tend to lean towards
aromatics.  The closest source I have is a tinderbox.   Do the big pipe
shows tend to have vendors with samples to try?  Would that be my best
avenue to start searching?  I have contacted a couple of mail order vendors
for some samples(not free) but I end up paying 1/3 of the total cost in
shipping ect.  I have not found a pipe show that is close enough for me to
justify taking a weekend (mini vacation w/wife and 4 kids).  Bill Unger
advertises his clubs in Ohio.  That is as close to Iowa as I have seen.
There used to be one in Chicago.  Oh well that is also part of the fun of
this pastime!

Wayne C. Baker
Coordinator of Computer Technical Services
Grinnell College Computer Services

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From: ????????????????????? (Paul Parker)
Subject: Pipes

Dear Steve,
I am sorry that I have never joined your club but I have a friend that lets
me read the news now and then.
I would not have bothered you at all but I was passing a tobacconist in my
home town of Melbourne, Australia, and noticed something quite strange. A
Pipe Sale.
On further inspection, this store had BBB's from England at less than half
the price I bought mine for and a Peterson 2 times cheaper than I paid for
last week somewhere else.
I had to enquire.
The owner told me that an old pipe importer died leaving his niece with a
warehouse full of Pipes that she has no use for.
I bought a BBB Tasman for $20 and asked for a card.
The shop is called Benjamin's Fine Tobacco
The address is:
Shop 10
Strand Central
250 Elizabeth St
Melbourne  3000

Phone  61 3 9663 2879
Fax    61 3 9663 2181

I don't know if they have an Email address but it seems they have about
1000 pipes they are selling cheaply.
If think you members could use this info, fine.
Thought the information would be of help.

Paul Parker

[ Indeed; I won't list this in the Guide, since they are selling out
their stock, but it might well be worthwhile! -S. ]

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From: "E. John Graham" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Weeping Shank

Steve,  I read with pained empathy Rick Larson's question in PD#220 
regarding a weeping shank on his beloved Mastro de Paja.  I concur with 
your diagnosis that a crack has probably opened up on the shank.  You 
suggested that the accepted repair would be to put on a band.  Again, I 
concur.  However, allow me to propose an alternative solution -- 
install a bamboo shank.
I had a similar occurrence with a beloved Algerian briar which was the 
finest, coolest and driest smoking pipe in my collection.  I brought my 
beloved weeping Algerian to Ron at the Wharf in Beavercreek, Ohio.  I was 
disconsolate, but I was hoping for a miracle.
After inspecting the subject and considering various alternatives, Ron 
and I agreed that the pipe would be exceedingly handsome with a bamboo shank.  
We were absolutely right.  Not only is my beloved Algerian handsome with 
its new bamboo shank, but it smokes cooler and drier than ever.  
I have two other similar pipes in my collection that are currently undergoing 
bamboo transplants, despite the fact that they did not suffer from weeping 
I know that an extensive modification like adding a bamboo shank 
compromises the collectors value of these pipes and significantly changes 
the pipemaker's original intent and design.  But after all is said and done, 
they are now _my_ pipes.  Moreover, one bowlful of tobacco convinced me that 
the benefits were worth the risk of being called a Philistine by the purists.
Smoke in Peace,
John Graham
Yellow Springs, Ohio

"Walking on water wasn't built in a day."   Jack Kerouac

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From: Luiz Whately <?????????????????????>
Subject: pipes and tobaccos

				Sao Paulo, July 23, 1996

Dear Steve,

Maybe my last message didn't reach you as I have not received an answer 
to it yet, altough I saw my name in the new membership list.

I have had problems with my windows messaging software, and gave you my 
BBS service e-address instead, where it is very complicated to download 
any messages.
Please, send the next bulletin to my correct address as displayed below.

I must state once more how much I enjoy reading your page here in S. 
some 7 thousand miles away!!!
My favorite favorite pipes are in the Castello,Mastros, Savinelli 
Giubilee, Upshalls ( grade G) range.  I have inherited from my 
grandfather, some very good Dunhills from the forties and fifties, but I 
still by far, prefer the Italian brands: Castellos are the best!
Concerning tobaccos, I smoke Ogdens' Gold Block at daytime and "My 
Myxture 965" at night.  In fact, have never read a review or comment on 
the excellent "all time smoking" Gold Block.

Hope this one reaches you.  Nice puffs,

Luiz Whately

address: ?????????????????????

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From: "Jeff Ballard" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe & Cigar Shows  

Hi All,

I would like to hear from Pipe Digest mailing list subscribers about
their personal experiences at Pipe & Cigar Shows and special Cigar
Dinner events.  How many exhibitors...what sort of events...admission
charges, etc. ?  Anyone know of an upcoming show in the Southeast?

Email me at:       ?????????????????????



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From: ??????????????? (Michael R. Stanley)
Subject: The demise of ASP&ASC?

  Hello Steve and all who partake in pipe and cigar;
I'm really distressed at the huge number of idiotic posts to
alt.smokers.cigars and alt.smokers.pipes.Its begining to look like
alt.smokers.This is a tremendous shame.Lets hope it doesn't last too
long.Unfortunately it seems that one supposedly misplaced and misquoted
post involving something about killing all non-smokers has really drawn the
interest of the anti-smoking nazis.Now it would seem they are firmly
entrenched.Thankfully we still have this great forum to discuss matters of
the leaf.Perhaps if we ignore these idiots,they will tire and go back to
         Glad to have a safe haven...Michael Stanley

[ Fortunately, they seem to have done so, for the most part. The Net
being what it is, an unmoderated group is a perfect platform for such
trolls.  Just grit your teeth (around a favorite smoke) and ignore
'em. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (Michael R. Stanley)
Subject: A&C Peterson tobacco jars

Hello again.I wanted to keep this post seperate from my first post.Several
years back,I bought one of the Alfred&Christian Peterson(or is it
Petersen?)I just checked...its Petersen.limited edition tobacco jars.I got
mine from Barry Levin.It is the last in the series,1989.It came complete
with the ttwo 100gr tins of the limited reserve tobacco.Try as I might to
save a tin,I smoked it all.Very tasty.The only other jars of this sreies I
have seen are the ones shown in Sir R.C. Hacker's Ultimate Pipe Book.The
1989 is a six sided porelain jar with a wood top inlaid with a quarter
sized pewter(?) medalian.The motif is of American Indians and their
calumets.Does anyone have any of these jars.I'm interested in buying
another.Does anyone have any of these jars and will merely give a
description?If I remember correctly,Hacker's pictures end with the 1985 or
86 edition.
                 Michael Stanley

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From: George Libbey <????????????????????????????>
Subject: New address


I hope this is the right address to ask for a change of address from 
??????????????????????? to ?????????????????????  I have gone through 
several changes of e-mail address, always with some sort of forwarding, but 
I need to get to the real one that will be more or less permanent.

I have been reading the Digest for many months, and finally seem to have the 
time to write a bit.  It haas always been a pleasure, and I feel bad not 
having written before.  This will be short, but I hope I can send more in 
the future.  

I have been in Paul's Pipe Shop in Flint, Michigan, twice in the past month. 
The Guide says "rumored to be legendary," and the description fits.  It's 
well worth the 70 mile drive from Detroit, and probably worth 700 miles at 
least, since it really is a TOBACCO shop.  None of the Mall junk.  And a 
geat selection of pipes, tobaccos, and cigars, with all sorts of 
accessories.  Early in the month was the 68 cent sale, celebrating 68 years 
in business; buy one pipe at regular price, the second is 68 cents.  What a 
buy on two great-looking bulldogs, one of Algerian briar.

Flint will be the site of the IASPC meeting in October.  I will be sure to 
be there, and I hope to be able to put faces with many of the names I have 
been reading for the past months.

More later.

Smoke if peace.
George H. Libbey				

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From: "John C. Loring" <?????????????????????>
Subject: re:CDROM

> [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.


Just a note to let you know that I would be a subscriber.  Also if you 
run it at 6 months intervals consider including a compilation of 
alt.smokers.pipes messages and, if possible, the CompuServe base.  Given 
the room perhaps you could also include a 'want ad' or buy/sell area.
Another area that comes to mind would be scan contributions of old 
catalogues and leaflets - I seem to always be down in my basement 
digging through my pile of s___ in search of that two page flyer from 
twenty years ago that I dimly recall described some now obscure tobacco 
blend or pipe - hitting the "next" button on my CPU would be a lot 
easier.  I guess I chopped off the Hacker tag to your response above but 
that would be nice, if only because the book's lack of an index 
seriously limits its long term usefulness.  Thank heavens for the bound 
volume Ephemeris indexes - but still CD ROM search capabilities would be 
better, although it really would be a task to scan and convert to ASCII.

[ The second edition of the Hacker tag has an index, John.  And while
scanning brochures in would be a nice idea, I'll have to limit the
scope of the CD-ROM project somewhat, so it can be completed in among
the myriad details of job, home, etc. that keep clamoring for my
attention!  The "140 Varieties" article, for instance, took me three
hours to scan and convert; the photos will probably take a long time
to touch up, even with Photoshop. (BTW, any tips on doing this
efficiently would be welcome.) The technology is by no means
perfect. -S. ]

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From: Grant Porter <?????????????????????????>
Subject: CD-ROM

How is the CD-ROM project going? Hope it works out. Would love to see it.

I also have access to a single CD-ROM burnner, if you need help.

Grant Porter

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From: ????????????????
Subject: PD CD - has a ring to it, eh?

Steve, and all,
    Concerning the Pipes Digest CD, if we're only looking at a run of 15 -
30, we have a CD rom burner here that I can use.  Blanks cost about $5(US),
and then there'd be about 2-3 bucks for shipping.  

    I am definitely up for producing or helping to produce this CD.  If we
wanted to proceed we need to start pulling together an outline of the
project.  Let me know what you and everybody else thinks.

John Ayers

[ Thanks for the offer, John!  I'd appreciate any help on
organization. Perhaps we should put together a small mailing list on
the side, for the purpose. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????????? (Nick Turner)
Subject: Royal Yacht

Hello all.  I do have a comment about the mysterious bowel movments people
seem to be having with Royal Yacht and that is-not me.  I can't get enough.
I have smoked it pretty constantly for 2 years now ( I am only 19) and
haven't had a problem.  Maybe something in the pipe?  Some sort of gunk?
But if two different people have the problem ( as I suspect many more do as
well) then it is obviously the tobac.

Thanks Steve for such a great newsletter-it really makes my day to read a
good piece of work such as this!


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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: Caminetto Pipe

--- Ricevuto da   EITA.TEIFEMO  +39 6 72583627      96-07-31 11.38
  -: - - - - - - - - - - > --USERS IN VAX AND INTERNET --
Hello Steve and Pipsters!
I Have a question to submit to everyone could answer.
During my perpetual research for good pipes( to smoke first but
also to collect),it happened to me to find and buy an unsmoked
Caminetto with the tipical "moustache" on the stem painted Gold.
I knew that maybe it refers to the gold period of this firm since
in 1980 it splitted out and after refounded but with a
significative difference either in quality either in the
collecting value due to the fact that the team was not the
founding team.
This pipe is stamped with "Caminetto BUSINNES 108".
I tried to found something in Rick Hacker's Book but for
Caminettos there are not much informations.
Is anyone aware of this firm's story?

Regards from Felice Mocci

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: Revised Pipe Friendly site is up

Gentlemen & Ladies,

        The 'Official' (first generation) Pipe Friendly Web Site is now
opperational.  Please use it, contribute to it, and enjoy.   :->


Until later ... Smoke Well!

Joel Farr - PIPE FRIENDLY magazine
e-mail - ?????????????????????

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From: Craig Tarler <???????????>
Subject: Re:  PD, New Resource, I think


Just came across a new pipe repairer:

Bill Braddock
Bill's Pipe Repair
2909 SW 52nd Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
405 682 1558

I had an ancient Soren with a broken shank which he repaired so that 
you have to use a glass to see the joint. He's also done some other 
repairs and stem replacement. He's very good, quick and reasonable.

I have no connection other than as a satisfied customer.


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

[ Turns out I already had Bill's Pipe Repair in the Guide; see PD
#208.  But thanks for the updated address and phone. -S. ]

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From: Mark Lathem <??????????????????????>
Subject: I'm back!

Greetings Steve and PD Readers,

After a painfully long absence from this group (and a.s.p), I am happy
to report that my family and I are finally settled in at beautiful, 
sunny, Ft Irwin, CA.  For those of you who haven't heard of this garden 
spot, we are located 20 miles south of Death Valley National Monument 
and 45 miles north of the nearest town (Barstow, CA).  We get a 
whopping 3 inches of rain a year here, and summer highs hover around 
115 degrees or so.  Fortunately, we spent 4 years here--'86 to '90--so 
we knew what expect.

Since the nearest town is a long distance call away, I had given up any 
hope of finding an Internet service provider.  Fortunately, a good 
friend located a provider that offers 1-800 access for a *very* 
reasonable fee.  It's very good to be back.

My home page has also found a new home, thanks to my "baby" brother,
Home Depot's newest communications engineer:


It had lost something in the translation, but I think it's finally back 
up to speed now.  I added a couple of additional links and got rid of 
my personal pages section; the intent was not to snub others' pages, 
but Steve Beaty does a much better job of keeping track of these than I
possibly could.  I also added another Ephemeris exerpt, "The Black
Dudeen."  It's a terrific little poem, reminiscent of Kipling, that I
had somehow overlooked previously.

One bit of good news; on the day I arrived here I learned that I have 
been selected for promotion to Major (for those who may not know, I'm 
a US Army officer).  To celebrate, I've asked Mark Tinsky to make a 
special pipe for me:  a duplicate of the Randy Wiley pipe that is 
featured at the bottom of page 63 of the second edition of Hacker's 
book (the pipe in the foreground).  I had considered asking Jim Cooke 
to do the work--he did a phenomenal job with two other pipes over the 
past year or so--but, after seeing much of Mark's work on the web and 
after reading of his successful "two-bowl" model, I decided to ask Mark 
to do it instead.  I'll be sure to let the group know how it turns out 
(no pressure, Mark <BG>).

Again, it's great to be back, and if anyone knows of any shows in the 
Los Angeles/San Diego/San Bernadino/Las Vegas area any time in the 
coming months (unfortunately, I missed the July LA Show), *please* drop 
me a line.


Mark Lathem      

[ Congratulations on the major career advance, Mark! -S. ]

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From: Mark Lathem <??????????????????????>
Subject: Idle ramblings...


My protracted absence from the Internet gave me a great deal of time to 
ponder the great mysteries of life.  (My lovely wife, Teresa,
affectionately refers to this activity as "sitting on your butt.")
During this period I composed a number of short essays which will
someday be incorporated into my memoirs.  My decision to leave all the
proceeds from the sale of this future work to my heirs has done much to
assuage my guilt at spending all of their inheritance on pipes and
tobacco.  Below is a small sample of my writing; this subject has been 
previously addressed by others, but I felt that I had a thing or two to 

BTW, does anyone know of a foolproof (and I do mean *foolproof*) means
to remove one's tongue from one's cheek?



Before anyone gets their nose out of joint, let me say that there 
is absolutely *nothing* wrong with cigars.  I smoke cigars on
occasion, myself, and I enjoy them very much (honest).  I also have 
tremendous respect for any pastime that furthers the responsible 
use of fine tobacco.  Still, there are a number of reasons why pipes 
are unquestionably *better*.

Reason #1:  Variety.  The range of pipe tobaccos is phenomenal.  
Even discounting "aromatic" (artificially flavored) blends, the 
variety of pipe tobacco flavors is greater than that of cigars by a 
huge margin.  Ethereal subtleties of flavor aside, a cigar will always 
taste like a cigar.

Reason #2:  Pipes.  This reason, in and of itself, is  sufficient to 
forgo cigar smoking.  Pipes are *beautiful* things, nothing short of 
functional works of art.  For the price of dinner and a movie, you can 
purchase a lovely pipe that will bring you decades of pleasure.  For a 
few weeks salary, you can purchase a sculpture in briar that will make 
your cronies green with envy.  Collecting such marvelous things is a 
truly noble pursuit, and one can never have enough pipes.  Here's one 
hint:  when your spouse asks you, "Why do you need *all those* pipes?" 
it means that they have lost track of the actual number that you do 
own.  You are now free to purchase as many pipes as you choose.  Of 
course, turnabout is fair play; I'm reasonably certain that my wife has 
successfully used this same tactic with shoes...

Reason #3:  Paraphenalia.  What do all great hobbies have in common?  
*Gadgets.*  Cigar smokers have humidors, cutters, lighters, cases, and 
distinctive ashtrays.  Save cutters, pipe smokers have all of these 
things, plus cleaners, racks, tampers, reamers, pipe tools, shank 
brushes, etc.  And I thought fly fishing was fun.  Actually, I'm 
currently working on a design for a pipe-smoking vest...

Reason #4:  Skill.  Face it; you can give any Tom, Dick, or Jane off 
the street a cigar and a box of matches and he or she will manage to 
convert the cigar to ash with little difficulty.  Give the same person 
a pipe and the results will likely be quite different.  It takes 
*skill* to smoke a pipe.  To properly pack and smoke a bowl is an act 
of performance art.  Lesser men have been known to slink away in utter 
shame upon watching a skilled pipe smoker put his briar into action.

Reason #5:  Economy.  For the price of a single Cuban, I can purchase 
a two-week supply of the finest pipe tobacco in the world, and--for 
the time being--it's legal.  The money saved can then be immediately 
transformed into more pipes.  Anybody besides me see the inherent 
beauty in this system?  If so, could you please explain it to my wife?

Reason #6:  People.  Pipe smokers are the world's greatest folks--
brilliant, erudite, and kind.  Cigar smokers tend to be nice people, 
too, but you must admit that they also have some real stinkers in 
their ranks.  You should see some of the nasty e-mail I get...



Mark Lathem      

[ To the gazillions of cigarists about to take after me or Mark with a
pair of blunt clipping scissors...  opposing viewpoints will be
printed, as long as they're not _too_ pointed!  And don't forget that
Mark is now an Army major, and could possibly call for artillery
support... -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request


Download received.  Looking forward to reading.  I'm a Peterson pipe
collector & smoker of some 12+ years now, thought I've been smoking
pipes for almost 34 years off & on.  I also smoke Dunhills, although
I've tried many others, both free-hand and classic.  I have a few
meerschaums which I also like.  I don't smoke these very often as I
never seem to have the precious time to sit & really enjoy the ritual
with these (ha!).  I have about 200+ pipes in my collection, not
bragging - just facts, so I'm beginning to have problems with #1 -
where to display them, #2 - which one to smoke, #3 - when is my
collecting frenzy going to end - probably never & #4 - my wife's
concern that I'm purchasing too many - she says that I can now open a
small tobacco & pipe shop with library with all the tobacco & other
ephemera I have relating to my hobby.  But I still continue to enjoy.

My tobacco taste varies.  It depends on the time of day, what kind of
day it is/ was & what kind of mood I'm in.  Also certain seasons or
holidays call for certain blends.  However, I have found myself
leaning more toward the non-aromatic of late - Dunhill, Erinmore,
others.  I rarely buy over-the-counter tobacco other than Captain
Black - white.  I must say the selection here in my area is small.
I've begun mail-ordering for for some blends I can't purchase at the
local tobacconist.

It's a nice shop - Mall-type - the usual candy, coffee, gift shop, but
they do sell some good tobaccos & have a good selection of pipes.
Also, they will special order, though this can be rather slow.

I'm a member of T.U.C.O.P.S., Fellowship of the White Spot, Peterson's
Smoker's Guild, OOPS & the American Institute of Architects.

Well so much for the short intro.  Will send more later.

Wishes for good smoking to you & yours

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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Famous Pipe Smokers

Steve, on Friday, Aug. 2, our local paper ran a picture of Zapatista
leader Sucommander Marcos talking to Danielle Mitterand while smoking a
pipe.  The picture wasn't very good.  I wondered if anyone saw a better
one and could determine what kind of pipe Subcommander Marcos was smoking. 

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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Quote of the Week:

  'I have been guilty of several monographs.  They are all upon technical
  subjects.  Here, for example, is one "Upon the Distinction between the
  Ashes of the Various Tobaccos".  In it I enumerate a hundred andforty
  forms of cigar, cigarette, and pipe tobacco, with coloured plates
  illustrating the difference in the ash.  It is a point which is continually
  turning up in criminal trials, and which is sometimes of supreme
  importance as a clue.  If you can say definitely, for example, that some
  murder had been done by a man who was smoking an Indian lunkah, it
  obviously narrows your field of search.  To the trained eye there is as
  much difference between the black ash of a Trichinopoly and the white
  fluff of bird's-eye as there is between a cabbage and a potato.'

					Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
					_The Sign of the Four_
					(Spoken by Sherlock Holmes.
					 If someone can provide me the
					 monograph, I'll scan in the
					 plates for the CD-ROM!)

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #221 -- August 6, 1996
  2. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  3. Subject: Re:Pipes Digest CD-ROM
  4. Subject: Millicent Fenwick
  5. Subject: Swan Vestas
  6. Subject: Re: More Rookie Questions
  7. Subject: Pipes Digest
  8. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996
  9. Subject: web site
  10. Subject: Boswell, Philly Pipe Club et.al.
  11. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996
  12. Subject: Tobacco Blends
  13. Subject: Tobacco sources
  14. Subject: Address Change
  15. Subject: Memories
  16. Subject: Smoke Signal [PIPE]
  17. Subject: comment from pipes page
  18. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest
  19. Subject: Fine tobacco store in Stockholm
  20. Subject: Old Friends, New Shoppes & Ben Wade
  21. Subject: Meerschaum, PD #219
  22. Subject: mailing list
  23. Subject: Pipes & Flyfishing
  24. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996
  25. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #220 -- July 12, 1996
  26. Subject: Request for membership
  27. Subject: Re: letter and membership
  28. Subject: cool pipe web page
  29. Subject: Savinelli Autograph Filter
  30. Subject: Pipes
  31. Subject: Weeping Shank
  32. Subject: pipes and tobaccos
  33. Subject: Pipe & Cigar Shows
  34. Subject: The demise of ASP&ASC?
  35. Subject: A&C Peterson tobacco jars
  36. Subject: New address
  37. Subject: re:CDROM
  38. Subject: CD-ROM
  39. Subject: PD CD - has a ring to it, eh?
  40. Subject: Royal Yacht
  41. Subject: Caminetto Pipe
  42. Subject: Revised Pipe Friendly site is up
  43. Subject: Re: PD, New Resource, I think
  44. Subject: I'm back!
  45. Subject: Idle ramblings...
  46. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  47. Subject: Famous Pipe Smokers
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