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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #223 -- September 13, 1996

	       Pipes Digest #223 -- September 13, 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: 2448

Welcome to new members:

	David A. Castro
	Denis Burger
	Antonio Frattolillo
	Christopher Bruce Hilbert
	Tom Herz
	Blake Mclane
	Sergio Battiboia
	William Stewart
	Dennis Grey
	Jack Harlacker
	Robert Plummer
	Danny L Kraakman
	Curt Seefeldt
	Troy Lambert
	Keith Waddell
	Steve Gould
	Michael G. Florez
	Will Hoddinott
	Steve Short
	Edgar Ang
	Floyd Holland
	Richard Baird
	Leong-Sun Yeap
	John Holt Sutherland III
	John Zimmerman
	Greg Baur
	Jason R. Jones
	Robert A. Cole
	Richard Hoenes
	Craig E. Stewart
	Scott Burns
	Andrew C. Baker
	Howard Minsky
	Thomas Steinert
	Tim Harrington
	Matt Christison
	John V. Nelson MD
	Brother Buford
	Stefan Goettlich
	Randy X4dow
	Rob Pluta
	Matthew D. Dybwad
	Johnnie Lim Keng Hong
	Gary Edmondson
	Paul Kendall
	Doc Will
	Kevin Phifer
	Reginald Lee
	Mike Spurgeon
	Erik Wijtmans
	Martin Freidel
	Brad Quillen
	Peter Rhein
	Ken Koch
	Timothy Whitfield
	Russell V. Moore
	Dwight A. Weaver
	Domenico Gallina
	Don Strong
	Gerald Radack
	Dr. David G. Terpenning
	Meykens Wim
	Javier Errando Ricol
	Dominique Lale Castain
	Michael Kwiatkowski
	Barry Ong
	Paul Lowe
	Michael D. Slate
	John Hager
	Bob Holcepl
	William C. Vohs
	Erik V. Ranta
	Catherine Long
	Toren Smith
	Rene' T. Schexnaildre
	Peter Johnson
	Kevin Cochrane
	Alan Thornton
	David Durham
	Scott M. Hartzell
	Stephen M. Polakoff
	Gus Callaway
	Lazar Ivanov Yanackiev

[ADMIN] In this issue, in response to popular demand, I'm going to try
to group the mostly-cigar-oriented articles together.

[ LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ] Following the last issue, I learned that the
FDA currently does not plan to restrict mail-order tobacco sales.
This was noted in their web page
(http://www.fda.gov/opacom/campaigns/tobacco/execrule.html) after the
last Digest went out. See my article later titled, "FDA executive
ruling" for the full text.

But lest anyone think we're out of the woods yet, I heard an FDA
official say that they planned to "go slow at first" with the
regulations. So stay tuned...

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: "John Nelson" <???????????????????????>
Subject: SIGN ME UP!!


This is a pleasure to see that sombody has the guts to make a web sight
like yours.  In todays society, to many liberal thinking individuals are
trying to take away all freedoms of self-expression and pleasure.  Please
note that I am not approving of selfish on the part of others, but that I
am stating we as Americans have developed this great nation under the
principal of individuality.  We must not forget that we all are Americans
because we or are forgoers choose to be!  WE left of countries to come to a
greater nation to stave of prejiduice of different beliefs!!  We as pipe
smokers, cigar smokers and every other type of tobacco user, must stick
together to let every other American know that we have "OUR" rights as

I have been in the Medical community for many years, and as of date, I have
not seen one medical finding that relates second hand smoke to conclusively
cause greater chances of lung cancer.  Yes, this may be my opinion, but we
as Americans are entitled to an opinion.  Many of the people that I work
with have this conclusion as well.  There are many other things out there
killing people.  Yes, many have not been proven as well, but is that any
reason to target tobacco usage?  

Please keep up the grat wook, and please put me on your mailing list for
pipe digest.    My e-mail address follows.

Thank you in advance, and keep up the fight

John V. Nelson, MD


[ John, it was a pleasure to receive your letter.  We have several
other medical men (and women?) on the group, proving that we have
compatriots in the community of doctors.  But, in fairness, I must
point out that Steve Beaty is our illustrious and colorful
Webmaster. In any case, welcome! -S. ]

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From: Mark Lathem <??????????????????????>
Subject: PD Archives

The remarkably talented and longsuffering Steve Beaty wrote:

>Steve and all,
>        i sent Tom Dunn a paper copy of the digests up through #220.  it
>included a permuted index, subject index, and From: index.  he sent a very
>nice letter back, thanking me for printing it out for him and for everyone
>who has contributed to the digests.  the printout was about 1025 pages long!

I'm glad someone did this for Tom.  I've sent out a few individual hard
copies (including one to Tom), and several electronic copies of the complete
PD archive to folks who have requested them.  Perhaps Steve B. would like to
print and bind a few paper copies for those of us who would like to peruse
the Digest in our recliners <G>.

For those who are interested, issues #1-222 of Pipes Digest total nearly 1
million words.  I think we all owe the honorable Mr. Masticola a heartfelt
thanks for his labor of love.

On a different note, does anyone know of a source for the "old" Swan Vestas?
My supply is getting rather low, and panic is beginning to set in...

Mark Lathem      

[ No, but IMHO the Diamond matches are just as good as the Swans used
to be. And -- a million words! Whoa! -S. ]

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From: David Cunningham <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996

Hello again. I just was wondering if anyone could tell me if there were
any goo tobacco shops in Frostburg, Maryland and Salisbury, Maryland.

I love reading Pipes digest...... I have just recently smoking pipes and
it is an enjoyable experience. I have smoked a Danish Cavendish blend...
the aroma is great!

[ It's a goo thing I don't pick on typos :-) Thanks! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????????????????????
Subject: Government "Safety" Patrol

       What bothers me the most about the new tobacco legislation is that 
     the government is trying to project the image that it actually cares 
     about the health of its citizens.  For example the automobile 
     emissions laws in my state (Connecticut) don't apply to diesel 
     engines.  And older cars are exempt as well.  In other words, only 
     new, clean burning cars are subject to emissions regulations!  Driving 
     through town on a crowded summer day means inhaling massive amounts of 
     diesel fumes, burnt oil and gasoline, then suffering headaches and 
     nausea.  I can smoke a calabash full of tobacco with no ill effects, 
     so why is tobacco being targeted first?
       If the government really cared about the health of its citizens they 
     would target health risks that people are exposed to against their 
     will, not the ones that they choose to be exposed to.  I choose to 
     smoke, but I do not wish to inhale diesel fumes, pesticides, and other 
     toxic chemicals in the environment, as I get no pleasure from it.
       Government safety regulations are more about votes and dollars than 
     protecting health! 
     Dylan Gladstone

[ Also noteworthy: even after all the meta-analysis baloney, the EPA's
risk number for environmental tobacco smoke was lower than that for
electromagnetic fields, about which they have decided to do nothing.
I guess the power companies and truckers aren't the Designated Bad
Guys this year. -S. ]

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

Dear Steve,

Let me add my appreciation of your work on PD to the many others already
published.  As a pipe smoker (started at age 15, stopped for a while in my
mid-20's, now at 43 an everyday enthusiast), small-time pipe collector and
lover of fine tobacco, PD is always a pleasure to read and sometimes source
of just the information I am seeking.

I am also an appreciator and small-time collector of acoustic guitars,
specifically small-bodied Gibsons.  I am more a looker than a regular buyer,
so I subscribe to monthly listings, like mini-catalogs, from a few of the
vintage guitar dealers.  Even if I don't buy a guitar every month, I am
delighted to pay the $12.00 or $15.00 a year to get the mailings every month,
increase my knowledge of the market and enjoy!

You probably can guess what I'm getting at!  I might buy an estate pipe once
in a while, but I would be happy to pay a fee to receive mailings from the
various mail-order dealers every month.  The vintage music dealers do it as a
straight subscription - no refunds if you buy something - no problem if you
don't.  Wouldn't this be a good way for estate pipe dealers to offset some of
their mailing/productions costs while giving folks like me the opportunity to
buy a pipe once in a while while enjoying and appreciating their mailings
every month?  What do you think?

Best regards, Jerry Posner, West Stockbridge, MA

[ I don't know, but as long as the estate pipe dealers send around
photos for free, I doubt that such a system will go into place anytime
soon. And I'm sure that they'd be glad to keep you on their mailing
lists if you drop them a line, even if you don't buy anything for a
while. -S. ]

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From: Antti Kalliokoski <?????????????>
Subject: Greetings from Lapland

[ Apologies for assasinating the punctuation, Antti! If the =E4 and
=F6 marks will show up decently on your reader, I'll leave them in the
next time. -S. ]

Hi Steve and all pipe smoking friends in the Net!

Here comes the promised account of my hiking trip in Lapland in July -
August -96. This time I had at home taped everywhere little pieces of paper
reminding me to take the needed pound of tobacco (C & D's #414) with me in
the backpack. This I had learned from the unhappy hike I formerly did
without the main storage of tobacco (I wrote about this in PD a couple of
years ago under the title "A Pipe Smoker's Agony in the Wilderness")

I flew 2.5 hours with an ATR-72 turboprop from Helsinki to Enonteki,
Lapland. The plane did an intermediate landing in Kittil, a couple of
hundred kms south from Enonteki.

After enjoying a social evening with local friends in the hotel bar
with lots of beer and booze and talk about how was the winter for
reindeer, etc.  I drove in a taxi who distributed mail to every house
up to the Norwegian border and customs some 60 kms to the little Sami
village Nkkl situating about 10 miles east from the main road and 15
miles south of the Norwegian border. I gave this taxidriver friend 50
FIM (about 10 USD), lifted up my backpack and started my hike.

I climbed up a little fell and wandered to a small lake (they are called
"lompolo" in the north), made my camp, cooked some coffee, eat some air
dried reindeer meat and puffed enjoyingly a couple of bowlfulls of C & D's
#414 in one of the six Savinellis I carried with me in the backpack. Then
later in the evening I took four nice whitefish out of the lompolo with an
artificial fly, fried three of them and laid one in a little salt to have it
to-morrow rawsalted ("graavi").

This way I spent a week, every day moving some 5 to 10 miles, fishing,
drinking lots of black coffee, eating mysli and fish and puffing pipe until
the accident occurred.

I was coming down from a fell and was in the midst of damp small birch
growing area with uneven soil with hummocks and holes everywhere. Usually I
don't walk while looking around the way to go but this time I was careless
and stepped on the edge of one of those holes twisting the ankle and at the
same time falling in the hole. Moments of terrific pain. My backpack's irons
had hit my head adding the agony.

After some time I dared to move and noticed I could stand on my feet
somewhat. Made a staff from a birch and started slowly my way to the river.
It took several hours before I could put my feet in cold water and wade
cross the river. I had still go down the river to get a a proper camping
place. Could rig up my tent, fetch troublesomely some water, get the boot
somehow of my feet and lay down in the tent a make some coffee and light my

I knew some day somebody will come, because this river luckily happens to be
about the only probable place to see some people here. It was only a
question when!

Well, it took almost four days this time. During those days it was
almost impossible to move at all. I took some photos during that time
of my ankle's changing colours and condition.  I had three pills of
pain-killers, but didn't use any of them waiting the aching get worse
and wanting to see my condition.

I invented a handy way to pee, did it into a sealable plastic bag of 4
liters. This way I was freed from the difficult crawling from and back into
the tent. There was a myriad of every possible type of mosquitoes and every
time one crawls back to tent there comes a million of them in clothes and
through the open zipper. Now I had to crawl out from the tent practically
just for fetching water from the river.

Then suddenly a voice was heard outside the tent uttering in Finnish "Terve"
(Hi!). Seldomly has the voice of a human being sounded that nice to me!
There was two Finnish students on their hiking and fishing trip having come
to their planned utmost camping place.

The guys stayed two days fly-fishing before they hiked back to the nearest
village. Their getting there took two days and the in the third came the
rescue crew from the fire-station of Enonteki. At first they drove me an
hour in a little boat with a small outboard motor, then some five hours
laying on my back in a sledge with long runners of at least 15 ft under it,
pulled by a six wheeled terrain vehicle (in Finnish "mnkij"). After
getting to a proper road then in ambulance to hospital some 80 miles south,
x-rays and foot taped and then by taxi back to Enonteki. A week in the
hotel waiting for my scheduled flight south. Much beer, #414 and chat with
the local reindeer men again.

As I left I had 20 lbs of deepfrozen reindeer meat and 5 lbs trout donated
by the local people to carry with me in a huge brown carboard box.
My ankle is still tightly taped in a bandage. It is a lot better now, only
going up and down the stairs is a little difficult. It doesn't hurt so much
any more :)

This time I had enough tobacco with me. To lay a week listening one's
leg aching in a tent with no tobacco to fill the pipe with would
indeed have meant a perfect hell on earth for me.  As I came home
there already was a shipment of Cornell & Diehl's #416 already
waiting.  BTW, Craig wrote that the name of this blend is "Plantation
Evening". So this new mixture was not named as an "Oriental blend for
those who do not like oriental blends". I must agree with the opinion
in the preceding PD, this new blend with 20% Latakia, 20% Perique, 30%
Turkish and 30% VA ribbon is really a winner and killer. Try it!

Dry ashes!
-Antti (?????????????)

[Sorry to hear about your accident, Antti.  Reminds me of the time I
hiked about 40 km with a bum knee... or the time I walked on a broken
leg for a week while thinking it was just sprained... 

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: The Search

Dear Steve,
	Like many pipe smokers, I am always searching for good 
tobacconists when I travel. In the spirit of this ongoing ritual, I 
would like to tell you about my latest find. I was recently in New 
Orleans on business. I spent some of my free time exploring the French 
Quarter, a wonderful, exciting place. I was looking for the well known 
resturant, Antoines on St Louis St when I came across a small cigar 
shop called The Epitome. I found a nice sellection of cigars, and more 
importantly, a selection of pipe tobacco mixed only in this store. For 
any one interested, The Epitome is on St Louis St just off Bourbon St. 
It is worth the journey.

			Smoke in peace,
				Bruce Norville

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Tuscano Cigars

Hi, Steve
In issue 222, Felice Mocci lamented the lack of publicity about Tuscano 
Cigars in the United States.  In fact, there are several brands of these 
readily available in the States. They are called Tuscani or Italian 
style, and are generally put in the same catagory as dry-cured cigars.  
They are sold in many large variety and drug stores, and JR sells the 
following brands mail-order: Pedroni, Parodi, Avanti, and DeNobili. Some 
people think they are an acquired taste, but I enjoy them.  By the way, I 
believe that the Parodi and Avanti cigars are made in the U.S., while the 
Pedroni are Swiss.
-Ray Bromley
aka the pipe nerd (????????????????)

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From: "Paul Saunders" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Sammar's Inquiry on Cigar "Specks"


Mold is hard to mistake on cigars in a humidor.  Just like on food, 
the mold takes on the appearance of green, fuzzy spots.  There is a 
special solution you put in your credo which prevents mold which you can 
get at any cigar shop.  The name escapes me at the moment, but it is 
by a company based in Atlanta.  

Also, the specks may be just that, specks -- natural coloration in 
the wrapper of the cigar.

Paul Saunders
University of Florida

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From: runner1 <?????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996

Just a quick note on a GREAT new Cigar shop in Kansas City..

Boardwalk Cigar and Coffee 
I-29 and Barry Rd.
Sorry I don't hve the phone number or the real address, but it's easy to 
find in Boardwalk Square. Just look on the back. AND it's handy to the 
airport.. I'll get the real address and phone and post the whole thing..

Regards, Tim

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From: ??????????????
Subject: Pleas send me information

To whom it may concern,
               I would apperitate it if you would send me some information on
your products.  Also I am looking for information on Whole sale Cigars and
imported cigares.  If you have any information on this iI would apperiated if
you would send it to me with other info.
                       Thank you for your cooroparation and help.

                                              Yours Truely,
                                            Joe Mazza

Here is my address on the net,http://ww ALO.net/~Rain GD/.(This is my
daughters Em\Mail name) Or mail me the info. to
                 Joe Mazza
               25 Ashland Place
              North Brunswick,NJ
                                           Thanks agian!

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From: Terence Ronson <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Cigar Store

Whilst on a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, I discovered what can only be
called an Oasis for Cigar Aficianado's.

Havana Club
P1, Prestige Floor, Level 4
Lot 10 Shopping Centre
50 Jalan Sultan ISmail
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: (603) 2455 996
Fax:  603 244 2676

The place is run by two very nice ladies, Lilian Kang - Boutique Manager, and
Fozia her assistant.

They are open 10am-8pm Monday - Saturday and 11am - 7pm Sunday.

They carry a wide range of Cubans & Dominican's to include Nat
Sherman. The only word of caution is the local 100% tobacco tax.

You can certainly have a pleasant smoke there amongst the cigar
memorabilia whilst your 'signicant other' shops in comfort.



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From: David Cunningham <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996

I have been smoking cigars for about 10 months. I started out with the
cheaper stuff and have matured into the 100% tobacco which is truly
enjoyable anytime. My favorites have been the H. Upmann demi-tasse
(although it can be extremely rough at times), Don Diego (the lonsdale is,
in my opinion, almost like incense -- a densy heavy smoke), the Montecruz
(great anytime), Las Cabrillas (which had a light aroma, very earthy),
Canaria D'Oro (which had a grassy, earthy aroma -- very soothing), The
Montecristo #2 (the best cigar tried, it is creamy and very heavy), Primo
Del Rey (a very light, grassy, woody aroma -- also very pleasing), and
Punch Royal Corona (had a slight bite at times, but still pleasing with a
slightly overpowering aroma).

Recently, in the last few months, I picked up an inexpensive pipe ($20, I
think) and have been lighting that up with Black Flake and Danish
Cavendish pipe tobaccos. The pipe is definitely a lot more pleasing and
more aromatic, and not as rought as some cigars. The only problem is
keeping it lit, which is probably a problem encountered by many new pipe
smokers. The guy at my local tobacco store showed me a lot about it, but
when it was finally time for me to light it, I could never keep it lit. My
question is, how should I pack it? And a wooden match is probably better
for pipe lighting, right? 

Usually, I light up the pipe on late night walks (away from my parents)
and enjoy it walking or outside the driveway when the wind is not blowing
too hard, so I can therefore enjoy the aroma. I enjoy reading the digest
and hope that it continues to grow and prosper, in the light that more
people will become interested in smoking fine tobacco every now and then.

Smoke in peace....

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From: ???????????????????????? (Adam-HALPID Klyce)
Subject: The Anti-Anti smoking posts...

     The other day I was watching Court TV. I witnessed the most
     recent case in which a man succesfully sued a Tobacco Co.
     for damages done to him through smoking. All the while, I 
     was thinking to myself "This guy, and all other like him,
     who file these ridiculous lawsuits, always trying to make
     someone else bear responsibility for their actions, really
     piss me off."
     Then I went to Berkeley for Pizza at Blondie's on Telegraph Ave.
     In the restaurant they have a display of old print ads. for
     cigarettes. Some of them are for Camel, Lucky Strike and other
     brands. I marveled at how in one of the ads. the copy read
     "Lucky Strike! The brand 6 out of 7 doctors recommend as being
     smooth on your throat," and in another the ad. featured a singer
     and the copy touted the fact that she smoked such&such brand
     because the smoke was "smooth" and refreshing, that particular
     ad. also mentioned that her throat was insured for $25,000.
     Anyway, it all got me to thinking that this man who was suing
     the cigarette company was of age when these ads., and more like
     them, were current. No wonder he didn't think twice about 
     smoking cigarettes - everyone did! Even doctors smoked and they
     endorsed certain brands as well! And it made me think about
     the murmurs of documentation that many cigarette companies
     had known by then that not only was nicotine addictive, but
     that smoking was bad for you. If they knew all of this, and
     I am not saying that that they knew, only "what if?,"
     then they had damn well better be held responsible for the
     people harmed by using their products. Caveat Emptor stopped
     being a product liability precedent a long time ago and I 
     fear the day it becomes one again.
     Well, it brings me to my point. In all of the anti-anti-smoking
     legislation rumbling that goes on in this list I sometimes
     get the feeling that most of the readers somehow feel sorry
     for these cigarette company giants - as if the majority of 
     their problems aren't self-induced.
     Also, many of these companies, if they were shut down tomorrow
     in this country,  would still be selling billions of packs, 
     weekly, in other countries. I was recently in Costa Rica and 
     I watched the kids buying packs of Marlboro "Reds" for the
     equivalent of 50 cents a pack, Marlboro billboards were the
     most common type (after Coca Cola.)
     So, when I hear that legislation is coming that may ban the
     use of billboards advertising cigarettes near schools, I am 
     glad. When I hear that the advertising community is upset that
     they are losing the privilege of lying to this country's 
     children - I laugh. But I don't take any of it too seriously
     and neither should any of you. The truth is that money talks
     and bullshit walks in the U.S.A., and the speed with which
     each do their task doubles, at least, in an election year.
     I realize, all too well, that what we all fear is the day we
     are no longer allowed to buy and use cigars, pipe tobacco or
     some of the higher end cigarettes. This is a genuine fear and
     I don't mean to mock it. But, I would sacrifice my right to 
     smoke if it would keep my daughter or son from smoking
     cigarettes. Maybe some of you are not - but there has got to be
     a happy medium.
     Of course, mis-information and dis-information campaigns; the
     likes of wich every side involved in this debate resort to, 
     are harmful in the end. The line that gets crossed by the 
     majority when trying to govern a minority is never clean.
     Just my two cents, sorry if I ruffle any feathers but I have a 
     really hard time having any pity for the cigarette companies, 
     the advertising industry, our idiotic politicians and the people
     who support all of them.
     P.S. If I did manage to piss you off, think about how it feels
     the next time you want to post your polticial views to a few
     thousand people... There is a reason why it isn't polite, or
     appropriate, to talk about certain things in "mixed" company.

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From: Steve Beaty <?????????????????????????>
Subject: web page on books and magazines

Steve and all,

        i've started a web page on pipe and cigar print resources.  check it
out at:


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

[ I have, and have sent in a couple of scans of book covers too. Many
felicitations, O gracious Webmaster! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????????
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996

Just a quick note to readers, we are back from the RTDA and will soon
have many new pipes. As there seems to be so much interest insieni,
everyone might be interested to know that there will be a new Balkin
tobacco out  with the Sasieni name on the can. Like t d Balkin Sobranie.
Also Sasieni pipes were made just for Tinder Box shops for a number of
years and could confuse collectors. We had "one dots" through "eight
dots" made by Parker/Hardcastle. Also there were many basket pipes
made with no name by P/H, that were Sasieni. Thank you. Col Johnson

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From: Terry Lehman <???????????????>
Subject: C&D #416, Pipes Digest

Dear pipe friends;

I've been "lurking" in Pipes Digest for the past year or so, and wish to
thank Steve and all of you contributors for the many hours of pleasure
you've given me sharing your exploits. I'm 42, married, 2 kids, and have
been a pipe smoker off and on for 18 years.(16 pipes in collection, mostly

I also want  to verify the report issued by Jeffrey M. Poulin in the Digest
#222 concerning C&D #416. Craig sent a sample in my last order which I took
with me on a Canadian fishing trip two weeks ago. On the second day of
fishing, I filled a bowl with #416 for fun and found it to be truly
delightful (He calls it Plantation Evening). The mix proves to be a nice
change from my normal blend of C&D #813 Professor and it really went well
with a bottle of Labatts' ale. It's quite a chore to run the boat, smoke my
pipe, drink a cold one,  pull in an occasional fish, bait hooks, and
untangle lines. Sounds alot like the recent reports on fly fishing, but no,
I didn't drop my pipe in the water...

I've only recently become a customer of C&D's and I've got to say their
products and services are first rate. Many thanks Craig! It's really nice to
find a good mail order source for tobacco as all the good pipe shops in
central Iowa are gone now and we must contend with stores that sell pipes in
spite of their main lines of glass do-dads, clay figureheads, John Wayne
portraits, $100.00 cigar cutters, etc. I went to the Tinderbox at the mall a
while back, and would you believe they only had 1 bag of tapered pipe
cleaners on hand?

Who buys all that other stuff, anyway?

Smoke in Peace,
Terry Lehman

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Sixten Ivarsson

In case this could be interesting to the readers: A month
ago I saw a Danish tv-programme about pipe carving and it
turns out that Sixten is still at work - and now with his
granddaughter Nanna Ivarsson (BTW a good looking woman in
her early twenties.

Sixten can't see very well anymore but he was still doing
some of the "rougher" work and letting Nanna finish the
pipes. And of course she learned from him all the time so
we have an upcoming lady here! Her own designs were very
beautiful, up to Sixten's standards.
Unfortunately I didn't get the programme on video tape...

Jesper Klith, Denmark

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From: Steve Masticola (????????????????????????)
Subject: FDA executive ruling

>From the page http://www.fda.gov/opacom/campaigns/tobacco/execrule.html

e. Mail Order Sales and Redemption of Coupons 

The proposed rule would have prohibited the use of mail-order sales
and mail-order redemption of coupons because there is no reliable way
to verify the consumer's age. At the time FDA issued the proposed
rule, the standard industry practice simply required the consumer to
provide a birth date or check a box to signify that he or she was of
legal age.

The agency received many comments on this provision. Opponents argued
that young people do not buy cigarettes through the mail because they
do not have checks or credit cards with which to pay for them. Many
adults stated that they prefer mail-order sales because the products
are unavailable in stores or are less expensive. Others said mail
order sales serve those in rural or isolated areas, and that the rule
would eliminate the principal or sole source of tobacco for those

After reviewing the comments, FDA decided to allow mail order sales of
tobacco products. There is little or no evidence to show that young
people use mail order sales to any significant degree.  However, the
agency is concerned that children and adolescents may turn to mail
order sales if access to tobacco products is denied in other
ways. Therefore, FDA will monitor mail order sales to ensure that they
do not provide young people with a mechanism for purchasing cigarettes
and smokeless tobacco.

Mail-order redemption of coupons for free cigarettes or discounted
cigarettes will not be permitted on the basis that the agency did
receive evidence that young people were able to obtain free samples in
this manner. Evidence from the attorney general of Massachusetts
showed that as part of an operation conducted by his office, 30 young
people mailed in coupons for free samples of smokeless
tobacco. Virtually all of them received their free samples in the

Contrary to the concerns expressed by a number of adults, this
provision does not prevent adults from receiving coupons through the
mail as long as they redeem the coupons in person where a sales clerk
can verify the customer's age.

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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: A story

Hi Steve
Here s a little story I posted  to ASP. If you like it and cosider it
suitable for publication in your journal please feel free. It s entitled. "
Oil Curing Briar- A fairy tale( of sorts)

Back in the hey day of the 1920's Dunhill pipes  were begining to take off.
MAster Alfred was fit to be tied. It seemed he had only planned  production
for x number of pipes and he was selling them at the rate of 2x. What to
You see they had run thru their air cured wood that had sat for 5 years.

Being a realist Mr. Dunhill decided to cut corners a bit. He instructed his
foreman to start cutting  into next years wood which had been let sitting 4
years. I don t think it will make all that much difference he thought.
Maybe this years great sales were a bit of a fluke and we ll order more
green wet wood and over the next 5 years we ll catch up .
Fortunately , or unfortunately for Mr. Dunhill, the next years of sales
were better and better and he had to keep cutting into his  air curing
times in order to meet demand.

And one day, his foreman came to him and said," Mr. Dunhill, all we have
left is wet wood!"

Any simpleton knows you cant sell pipes made of wet wood. This is wood that
has come from the briar cutters that has been boiled for 24 hours or so to
remove the sap  from the briar burls.

"What are we going to do Capt? The warp engines are about...." ( OOps wrong
story. I kind of imagine the foreman sounding like  a latter day Scotty
form Star Trek.)

So he says" MR. Dunhill, what are we going to do, we re all out of dry wood? "

Mr Dunhill thought a moment, as he was a very creative man, and said,"
we'll force it to dry quicker!"

The ever innovate Scotty, I mean foreman went back to the factory  and
tried many means of heat to dry the wood. Most with terrible results as
force dried woods tend to crack horribly. It wasn t working out so well
until one day MR D came to the factory and uttered these fatefull words. "
If we could only lubricate the wood so it wouldn t crack so horribly  our
problems would be solved."

The ever resourceful foreman took him literally and soaked the burls in hot
oil before heating them. This solved the problem as the briar hardly
cracked at all!

" What do you think they 'll smoke like, Mr. D", inquired the foreman?

"I think it will be ok", he said. " Just think anytime they come up with a
new strange meat, everyone thinks it tastes like chicken. I think our
problems are solved......."
Mark Tinsky

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

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From: Thomas Doucet <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Questions...

	Hello Steve and all...
I recently bought an excellent pipe. It is made by BIG BEN.
First question:
This is the first pipe I've owned that has a pre-carbonized bowl.
All my other `regular' bowled pipes smoke fine in terms of how hot the
outside bowl temperature gets. The Big Ben gets so hot though, I can't
hold it. 
I burn the same tobac in this pipe as all the others and I'm not
a Hoover on the bit.
Comments ? Physics explanations ?

Second question:
Does anybody have any info on this excellent pipe or maker(s)/maufacture?

Last question:
Does anyone have info on a tobacco company called Planta Pipe Point ?
I think they are German. They make a wicked` Golden Irish Coffe Mixture'
and `Old French Cognac Mixture'.
On the inside of the tin it is written thus:

Golden Irish Coffee Mixture
Weich und aromatish. Er schmeckt wie er duftet: Nach reifem Tabak,
sehr fein nach Kaffee altem irischen Whisky.
2 weitere Geschmacksrichtungen

I bought the last couple tins at a shop, but they said they probably
won't be getting anymore. There is no address on it.
Get this...the top of the tins have indentations for you to rest your pipe
in. Simply amazing stuff this is !
Does the scope of this amazing digest reach someone who can help ?

That's all for now...


[Well, I've smoked some precarbonized pipes, and I don't think that
the precarbonization is the cause of the hot bowl.  Heat for me is
more often a function of how the pipe is packed and
puffed. Paradoxically, I sometimes notice that pipes get hot if they
aren't lit well enough! Other opinions?  -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Slow smoking

The Danish Championship was held in Copenhagen in March 1996
with 355 participants. The tobacco was 3 grammes of Sweet Dublin
smoked in a Stanwell type Dublin sandblast.

Winner, men:   2:08:41 - Carlo Waaentz
Winner, women: 1:58:40 - Sussi Jensen
Winner, team:  4:57:55 - Sydsjaellands Pibelaug

The results were not up to the usual standard maybe because
the Stanwell has a conical bowl instead of a straight as
described in 'Piber & Tobak' nr. 72, May 1996.
This is only an unofficial summary from one of your readers.

Jesper Klith, Denmark

[ Thanks, Jesper! -S. ]

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From: Stefano Toria <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Savinelli Autograph Filter

Hello Steve and all the others. I was going through one of the recent issues
of the Digest when I saw this:

????????????????? (Wayne Baker) says:

>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 have two Savinellis, both of which I bought at one of their shops here in
Italy. Their (patented, I believe) so-called "balsa system" consists of a
set of pieces of balsa wood, shaped in triangular-based prisms, which are
meant to be pushed into the tenon which, if you happen to look closely, has
an exceptionally large aperture.

The balsa is supposed to absorb most of the gurgle and much of the tar; to
this purpose it is meant to be changed every two-three smokes. I have tried
both with and without the piece of balsa but I cannot say I see much
difference, except that the gurgle is indeed reduced by being absorbed by
the wood.

I have even tried to place a filter in another pipe, after drilling a wider
hole in the stem. It was a very cheap "basket" pipe (tobacconists and pipe
retailers here in Italy have a habit of selling slightly defective pipes -
usually those with a couple of fills - at a lower price, putting them in a
basket and pricing them usually about 20-25,000 Lit which is roughly US$
15.-). The gurgle did improve, so I believe you might only be concerned if
this Savinelli should suffer of this problem.



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From: "Frederico C. de Figueiredo" <????????????????????????????????>


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From: "Michael H. Sparks" <?????????????????>
Subject: PD Resource Guide


As always, enjoy the work and effort you put into your "passion". Thanks
for everything.

I would like to send to you for inclusion into the Resource Guide the
name of a tobacco shop that I did not notice in the most recent edition.
Without further ado...

Carrousel Tobacco Shoppe
8001 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
Phone: (513) 821-5350

Their card reads thusly: Tobacconists to the Queen City
						 Suppliers of Smoker's Needs
						 Tobacco Blenders

They carry a nice variety of pipes (new and estate) and a wide selection
of tobaccos. Like most good shops, you are welcome to come in and load
up a sample. They also sell a nice variey of cigars. But beware! Seating
in the shop can sometimes be something of a problem. It is quite popular
among the cigar smokers. All in all, a friendly shop.

I don't believe that they have a catalog but they will ship purchases. 

Keep up the good work and smoke 'em if you got 'em. 

Mike Sparks

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From: "Vincent L. Boyer, PhD" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996

RE: Medico Address

P.O. Box 789
Peerskill, NY 10566

Good Luck

Vincent L. Boyer, PhD

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From: "MNR. CJ CONRADIE" <??????????????????????>

Hi Steve

I am a 22-year old student and have been smoking pipe for the last 4 
I would really like to get in touch with some younger pipe smoking 
What interests me in particular is stories of how other people 
started to smoke pipe in public while young, and also stories of how 
they let their parents know of their smoking habit.   (I am now at 
that uncomfortable point! - any tips will be most welcome!)

I still find it difficult to smoke with confidence in public - 
probably because of my age.   Can anyone help me on this?

Some of my friends (younger + older) are now keen on starting up pipe 
smoking.   Can you tell me what age is traditionally seen as a good 
age for young men to start?

Thanks you and pleasant smoking!

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From: "David M. Bent" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: General Info and Hello!

        Hello everyone!
I'm new to the internet and recently found your mailgroup. I'm impressed and
delighted with what I've seen and read so far. Any information on pipes and
tobacco are of an interest to me. One might say I am obsessed with it. A
worthy obsession I think.
A little background history, perhaps, is in order. I am nearly thirty years
old and I have smoked a pipe for eleven of those years. I tried a cigarette
in high school and didn't understand the fascination. My maternal
grandfather however always smoked a pipe and we lived upstairs from him and
one of my earliest memories is the aroma of tobacco.

My preferences in tobacco have not progressed much in eleven years I'm
afraid to say. I started with the drugstore blends have tried smokeshop
blends and have found very few I could smoke regularly and enjoy. The two
blends that I smoke regularly are Edgeworth and Edwards Pipes and Tobacco's
blend Scottish Moor. Incidentally, Edgeworth is the same blend that my
aforementioned grandfather smoked. Perhaps that's why I like it. I arrived
at it's selection without any exact knowledge of my grandfathers preference.
Genetic maybe? I'm not adverse of course to trying something new.

My selection of pipes has more than made up for my single minded taste in
tobacco. I guess you could call me a collector of sorts. I collect any pipe
that catches my eye and taste. For me, each pipe I own has it's own story to
tell about what was going on in my life when I bought it, who it reminds me
of and so on. I have one pipe of my grandfathers the only one left that I
know of. It's a Willard if anyone's ever heard of that brand and it still
gives a good smoke.

My other reason for writing is that I just bought the oddest pipe I've ever
seen. A man at a flea market here in central Florida had an entire box of
these pipes that according to the literature I swiped from him dates it
about 1947. Has anyone ever heard of a MelloPure Pipe? The whole thing comes
apart bowl screws out and theres a metal screw like 'condenser' that removes
moisture. The whole pipe is metal with radiator like fins all around with a
briar bowl. My model is the "Silvery Sheen Sportster" however according to
the pamphlet they made a briar one as well. I smoked the one I bought (Two
Bucks, but it looks so damned odd. A Star Trek pipe if I ever saw one) and
it was okay. I'd appreciate it if anyone else has ever heard of one and can
tell me if they've smoked one.

I've rambled on long enough and I still have a few old Pipe Digests to read
so I'll light a bowl and enjoy. 

                                                                David M. Bent

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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From: Bijan Kafi <??????????????????????????>
Subject: AW: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996

Hi everybody!

I'd just like to say comment what Steve said about the new tobacco
laws being implemented in America these days.

We all know that smoking a pipe differs alot from smoking a
cigarette. Most cigarette smokers will probably agree to being called
"addicts" to the drug "nicotine". And we know that serious pipe
smokers generally do not like to be compared with people who smoke
cigarettes simply because there's alot behind the simple act of
lighting a pipe or lighting a cigarette. Pipe smokers do enjoy a fine
pipe filled with an extraordinary tobacco. I guess most of you
(including me) could easily distinguish at least a dozen different
sorts of tobaccos just by their smell or taste. And who cigarette
smoker could say that of himself ?

As I said, smoking a pipe is much more than just the simple act of
"lighting some tobacco" and blowing the smoke into the air. I am sure
you all will agree that smoking a pipe has much more style and
elegancy than smoking a cigarette, or, let's exaggerate a little:
giving in to the addiction by smoking forty cigarettes or even more

Surely the new American laws will make mail-ordering a little more
difficult.  But, please remember that there are alot of teenagers or
even younger ones out there who do not feel like we do about
smoking. Teenager who can buy cigarettes at each and every shop around
the corner and smoke themselves to death over years without even
knowing about the risks must be protected! I am sure you all know
about the huge profits most tobacco companies are making by ruining
peoples health. This can't go on - especially not if anybody is making
money on the expense of somebody else health, especially those who are
too yound and too inexperienced to know.

I enjoy about one or two pipes a day. It is huge fun for me and has
always been a wonderful pastime. Prohibiting the sale of any tobacco
at all because it is a drug is nonsense. For example, nobody would
ever dare to prohibit the sale of alcohol! But we all have to do
something about the real problems that do exist.  I know about the
risks smoking poses to my health. I try to minimize them by not
smoking too much and by smoking with much "consciousness". But smoking
a pipe is also so much pleasure and fun for me, that I simply do not
want to give it up just because anybody is telling me it's "not
healthy". What way of having pleasure would then be healthy in this
world ? None!

And now enjoy your pipe with pleasure and stay safe!

Sincerely yours Bijan

[Well, Bijan, alcohol prohibition has been tried.  Although it was an
awful flop (as related in the Quote of the Week), it might not keep
the FDA from trying it again sometime. -S. ]

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From: Tim Sweeney <?????????????????????>
Subject: Good smoke weekend

I have been lurking around the digest for quite awhile now, throwing
in the occasional comment and answering what reader questions I can
via e-mail.  Well, I had one of those weekends that needs to be

It started when a good friend from So. California came up to So. Lake
Tahoe for a week of vacation.  My family and I live in Reno, so we
drove down friday night, armed with a bottle of Amontillado and
several bottles of Chimay Grande Reserve ale.

My freind Helmut (another faithful "Digester") had a tin of Esoterica
Pembroke.  What a smoke!  So very rich and smooth.  I have a fabulous
Randy Wiley pipe, a "right hander" that I quite lovingly refer to as
the "Trashcan".  This is due to the massive bowl size.  Anyone who
does not have a Wiley should try and find one.  This pipe I have is a
real beauty.

We sat on the deck of helmut's cabin, overlooking Lake Tahoe, enjoying
the Chimay and Pembroke.  It was one of the best bowls of tobacco I
have had in quite some time.

On Tuesday of the following week, I had to fly to Los Angeles for a
business meeting.  My partner picked me up at the airport and we
headed for Schatze's in Santa Monica.  What a resturant!  We sat at
the bar and had their chicken pizza and calamarie, and then enjoyed
stolie and soda and a fantastic Padron Aniversario cigar.  Any
restaurant that has a humidor with a stogie selection like Schatze's
would be okay with me, but coupled with excellent food and very
friendly service, this is tops.  If anybody is in the area, I would
definitely stop in for a smoke.  They have an excellent selection of
single malts and ports also. We did not sample any, but it was still
nearly a hundred degrees outside, and stolie and soda sounded much

Well, that is it.  Thanks for the work on the Digest, and if anyone
out there is in the vicinity of downtown Santa Monica, a trip to
Schatze's would be well worth the time.

Tim Sweeney

(p.s. No, I don't know Arnold Schwarzenegger, nor did we see him..... TMS)

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From: Bruce Harris <??????????????????>
Subject: PD 222

     In regard to Adamm Ferrier's question (PD 222) about Skallorna tobacco,
I used to smoke it in the early 1970's. It was considered a "drugstore"
tobacco. I remember it being very mellow and pleasant smelling. I wish I
could still find it. Does anyone else remember Skallorna? I have an ad for
Skallorna which appeared in PLAYBOY magazine in the 1970's. It shows a
Robert Redford type smoking a Danish freehand pipe. The tobacco is described
as a mild cavendish mixture imported from Denmark. I seem to remember the 1
3/4 oz. packet was gold in color. 
     I just got back from the Labor Day New York pipe show. Another great
event! I picked up 2 pipes, a Caminetto and a Dunhill. In addition, I
purchased a sealed 7 oz. tin of Holiday pipe mixture from the 1970's. I will
save it for a special occasion.
     If anyone is interested, I have a complete set of CIGAR AFICIONADO
magazines for sale or trade.

[ Really? I was at that show! Wound up with my first Dunhill, a nice
Sasieni Oom Paul, and a Savinelli churchwarden which somehow still
hasn't been inaugurated.  And had some embarrasing moments with a
Nimrod lighter. :-( -S. ]

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From: Michel Vandekeere <??????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Making Nowadays

Dear Steve,

As a reader and member of the Pipes Digest mailing list, I would like
to seize the opportunity to thank you for the outstanding editorial
work done for the sake of us all, avid information-seeker pipe
smokers. Simply thank's a lot.  Hereby is an information that might
interest other readers. I have posted it on alt.smokers.pipes this
day.  Please feel free to use it as you like.  Best regards.

Michel Vandekeere

Post to alt.smokers.pipes

First in French (as a tribute to french pipemaking):

A ceux d'entre vous qu'un brin de nostalgie n'effraie pas, je suggere
une petite visite a Saint Claude (Jura) via l'excellent serveur de
cartes postales anciennes gere par mediasys.

Adresse Web: http://www.mediasys.fr:1091/pages/sommaire.html
1) indiquer comme numero de departement le 39 (Jura) ou
alternativement(pour les forts en geo), selectionner directement le
Jura sur la carte 
2) selectionner dans la liste des communes : Saint Claude
3) selectionner dans la liste des cartes postales disponibles, celles
qui ont trait au monde des pipes. 

Pour les gens presses, aller directement E0 l'adresse suivante:
Avertissement: ce recueil de 80.000 cartes postales anciennes risque
fort de vous retenir un bout de temps. Allez-y quand vous avez du
temps libre. Il y a plein de tresors a y decouvrir, pour les fumeurs
de pipes et pour les autres.

Then in English:

To those of you who are not afraid by a bit nostalgia, I would suggest
to pay a short visit to Saint Claude (Jura, France) thanks to the
wonderfull server of ancient post cards set by mediasys.  Web Adress:


1) type number 39 in the box "numero de departement" (I don't expect
you can select directly Jura on the map, but if you can, well, you
surely went there sometimes, I would guess)
2) select Saint Claude in the list of placenames
3) select those postcards relative to pipes and pipemaking (yes, titles are
in french but a pipe is a pipe isn't it)
For hurried people, go directly to
Warning: this site hosts some 80.000 ancient postcards and I'm afraid
you will be charmed by all  the treasures to be found there.So be sure
to have enough time to enjoy this delicious scent of nostalgia.

Michel Vandekeere

[Michel, even though my French is barely good enough to be called
horrible, the postcards are a welcome sight. Thanks! -S. ]

[ And also in the carving spirit... -S. ]

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

Dear Steve,

After experiencing my inauguration of a series of pipe-making workshops, this
summer, I'm convinced that deep inside many pipe smokers, there's a pipe carve
r struggling to get out.

If you recall, this past Spring I announced that I would give the workshops
during the months of July and August in the "beautiful green mountains of

I'm pleased to report that it was an immensley enjoyable experience for me
and the folks who attended judging from the pleased and proud expressions on
their faces as they departed, pipe in hand that they had completed

I initially conceived the idea of offering pipe-making workshops after
noticing the surprising number of my PIMO customers that ordered pre-bored
briar blocks that they finished at home. And we were in a position to
accommodate the attendees in our home for the two-day period, thanks to my
wife Ginny, who had run a bed and breakfast operation for a number of years
in our house to which my workshop is attached. So it seemed like a natural

The offer even included the spouse's of the attendees at no additional cost
since our home is located in one of the most beautiful regions of Vermont at
the foot of the Green Mountains close to numerous cultural and recreational

In any event, the workshops went as follows:
Each attendee was provided with a package containing a brief description of
briar wood and its characteristics, a step by step diagram of briar boring
procedures and illustrations of typical standard and free-form shapes.

Day one consisted of design and layout of the proposed pipe; selection of an
appropriate Grecian plateau briar block; boring the tobacco and draft holes;
selection of an appropriate stem; trimming the stem's tenon to fit the shank
mortise; bandsawing excess briar; beginning the shaping of the stummel and
shank with a power sander.

Day two included finishing the shaping of the bowl and shank with hand
tools;sanding the stummel, shank and stem with a series of successively finer
sandpapers; applying a stain; buffing overall with tripole compund; applying
canauba wax and then a final buffing with a flannel buffing disk.

Prior to the actual hands-on work, each attendee was offered the choice of
design, ie; standard or free-form shape.

In addition I made a similarly shaped pipe concurrently so they could observe
and follow my procedures, step by step.

One of my pupils, Steve Gutz from Harvard, MA opted for a huge Canadian with
an extra long shank and we were both amazed on how well it turned out.

Another novice carver, Jim Martins, from Storrs, CT fashioned a beautiful
free-form pipe that would do credit to a master Danish pipe maker.

But the big surprise was the couple, Ralph and Lucille Ledone who flew in for
the workshops from Appleton, Wisc. In this instance, it was Lucille who had
signed up for the course. But Ralph decided to take a crack at it too. And to
our amazement, he turned out a  fabulous free-form, while Lucille crafted an
elegant, long stemmed beauty of a lady's pipe.

All in all, it was a delightful experience. So much so, that we intend to
offer an encore next summer

(Note: Al Baier can be contacted by e-mail at ?????????????????? or by
calling 802 362-3371)

[Sounds like a great way to spend a late summer weekend, Al! BTW, if
your wife's B&B is pipe friendly, I'd like to include it in the
Guide.  -S.]

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Subject: comment from pipes page

hi my name is cathy and i am a scrimshander [that is i do scrimshaw on bone
and ivory i am looking for samething else i can scrimshaw on and some come
up with the idea  that i maybe able to use meerschaum but i don't know where
to go to get some can you help me? i well be at a show for the nixt 6 day so
i wellanswer you next week thank you for any help.do you know of anyone else
how is doing what i wantto do ?

[Sorry, Cathy, I don't have your return address so I can't reply
directly.  But Stemco/Pimo, in the Guide, may be a source of
block meerschaum for you.  Are there any others? -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????? (David Mevis)
Subject: Pipe FAQ

In your FAQ I agreed whole heartedly with the following paragraph:

"If you like smoking a pipe, why not get another? Or several? Most 
pipe smokers have some kind of a collection, since we like variety, 
and because pipes smoke better if they're given time to rest 
between smokes. I have about 25, but I've been building my 
collection for about 15 years. Make sure you've gotten to know the 
last pipe before you buy the next one, so you don't wind up with a 
lot of new, unsmoked pipes. It's OK to make mistakes; hardly anyone 
likes every pipe they buy."

The only things that I would add after so twenty-odd years (gee... 
has it been that long...!?!?) of pipe smoking is:

A. A serious smoker SHOULD have approximately 7-10 pipes to rotate 
and allow the others to 'rest'.  They tend to smoke better, in my 
humble opinion, if smoked for a day or two at most then allowed to 
rest after cleaning for about a week...  This is easy if you have 
several quality pipes (petersons, personally) as i'm sure you have 

B. For those pipes you buy but just can't seem to find a liking to 
smoke.... hang on to them and use them for "give-a-ways" to friends 
who desire to learn the fine art of the pipe.  I have given away 
pipes that I've paid $50-$100 for simply because I just didn't like 
the smoke.  Rather than let them sit in my rack (and take valuable 
Peterson space) I present them to friends who want to learn the 
art.  The pipes appreciate the use, (i'm certain), and my friends 
definately appreciate it.  (Beside that, it makes me look 
incredibly magnanimous.)

Enjoyed the FAQ......

					318.479.0831 - FAX

[ A welcome suggestion!   And Christmas _is_ coming up... Perhaps some
of our members would like to participate in a "Mystery Exchange" of
some sort!  If so, just write in. -S. ]

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From: "S. M. S." <???????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996

Dear Steve,

There was a piece in the Sept 2 issue of "Time" magazine stating that
anti-smoking legislation has recently turned to regulating <outdoor>
smoking.  In various parts of the country it is now illegal to either light
up near publicly used buildings or on public (usually municipal parks)
grounds.  Fines range up to $500 for violators.

Soon it will be illegal to smoke in your own house if you have a child
(child endangering), a pet (animal endangering), etc.  

If you think this is a new trend, think again.  I remember an insurance
company I worked for many years ago where the District Manager made
disparaging remarks to one of the agents about his weight at an office
meeting (he was very overweight, but he sold enough insurance to stay in the
game).  This was in the early 80's.  

Business believes it has the right to monitor all aspects of employees lives
as it affects employee performance, and ultimately, profit.  We no longer
live for ourselves but for the employer - are we ultimately allowing
ourselves to become slaves?

Personally I do not wish to "live longer" if living longer means I have to
live my whole life according to someone elses rules. 

S.M. Sansenbaugher

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From: "Terry W. Jones" <??????????????>
Subject: Pipes news & Questions

Dear Steve & all, 

I've noticed that many people write in about their favorite tobacco 
shops.  There are two that I would like to recommend.  The first one is:

	The Tobacco Basket
	266 West Main Street
	Abingdon, Virginia  24210
	1-540-676-CIGR (2447)

This shop is owned by Frank & Nancy Markwalter.  Frank has blended 
several of his own blends as well as selling some bulk blends.  One of 
his blends is called "Franks Passion".  It is in the top five aromatics 
I have ever smoked.  If you are traveling on Interstate 81, the shop is 
two blocks off of it.  Take the middle Abingdon exit (there are three.)
By the way for all of you home brewers, they also sell brewing equipment 
and supplies.

The other shop is:

	Tobacco Road
	325 Clinchfield Street
	Kingsport, Tennessee  37660

The gentleman who owns this shop is knowledgeable and carrys a good 
selection.  Wayne has created some of his own blends as well as selling 
several bulk blends.  I especially like his blends: Mixture #13, Mixture 
#20, And Mixture #21.  All three of these are his own creations and are 

I have been smoking aromatics since the early '80s and have just tried 
some English blends in the last four months.  They taste wonderful.  
There is nothing like a good stout Latakia blend (IMHO).  I have read 
several people's comments in P.D. about aged tobaccos.  They have all 
commented about aging tinned tobaccoes.  Has any one tried aging bulk 
tobaccoes like Cornell & Diehls.  I love them.  I would sure like to 
hear some of the experienced people's comments on this.

Two or three issues back a gentleman made a comment about some tobbaco 
making his throat hurt or burn and ask if Virginia was the cause.  It 
has been my experience that some blends with Burley in them cause this 
to happen to me.  Just thought I would stick my $0.02 worth in on the 

One more comment and I will hush.  In reading the back issues, I noticed 
several people commenting about having a tasting every month and then 
people commenting on the monthly or weekly tobacco.  I sure would like 
to read more experienced smokers comments on tobaccoes that are sold 
nation wide.  This would help me in choosing new blends to try.  For 
example: Balkan Sombranie has been mentioned more over the years than 
any other tobacco, yet I have never read anyones description of it.  It 
is not sold locally, and I would like to read comments about it before I 
mail-order some.

As always, Thanks for the wonderful job, Steve.

Earl J. Starbuck, Sr

[Earl, it may be too late for the Sobranie.  Several readers have
commented in recent issues that it may soon be discontinued. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: pipes

I guess it has been a while since I submitted anything to the digest.  I 
am now "back" to my pipes.  I have been a pipe smoker for the past 30 
years.  For the past 3, very little pipes, mainly cigars.  Good cigars 
are getting too expensive and scarce.  I find myself enjoying my pipes 
more than ever.  

WRT tobacco, I find myself settled down around "North Sea", and 
"Chartwell" from Tinderbox, and "Losantiville" from Strauss Tobacco in 
Cincinnati.  (I bought a bent calabash (briar, Armellini) from them while 
on a business trip, which started me back into my pipes).

WRT: Pipes---what a summer, picked up at local flea markets, a castello 
"Sea rock briar", a Ben Wade "spiral", and 3 Charatan makes, (Special, 
select-stratight grain, and a relief Canadian).  The first two for about 
$25 each, and the charatans for $5 each.  It was a good summer at the 
flea markets.  At these prices, who wants to buy a new pipe.

TPSE---What can I say, got vol. II and the latest mailings.  Tom keeps 
doing an excellent job.

PD Archives--I am in the process of downloading the PD archives and 
reading them.  I would wholey suport a CD rom version of PD and other 
pipe lore.

That's it for now.

OOPS, forgot to mention, that as of Sept 1, 1996 the Century III mall 
went totally smoke free.  Up till now, they at least had designated 
smoking areas.  So much for their interests in their customers.  I guess 
the only store that I will do business with there will be the Tinder 
Box.  (I wonder why they are in a smoke-free mall?).


Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn'

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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: OPC Newsletter Subscriptions

Scientists have not yet announced its discovery, but it is clear (to me,
after much personal experience) that a gene must exist-- I'll call it the
"joining gene"--that makes it impossible for people to join organizations.
They just can't do.  To help these organizationally impaired souls, we have
decided to offer the Ohio Pipe Collectors newsletter--"The Pipe Rack"--on a
subscription basis at the bargain rate of only $10 a year ($2.50 an issue).
To make the deal even more inviting, receive the last two issues of 1996
and all of 1997 for only $12 by sending your check to Ohio Pipe Collectors,
P.O. Box 9462, Columbus, OH 43209. (Of course, we still eagerly seek new
members at only $12 per year, pro-rated for new members.)
The Oct. newsletter will feature major pieces on Mark Tinsky, Curt Rollar
and the American Smoking Pipe Co. (a very long piece) and on Texas pipe
maker David Jones.  Every issue will continue to be as exciting and filled
with significant information as I can make

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: Lim Keng Hong <???????????????????????>
Subject: Weber's book on Pipe Digest

I would like to order Weber's book on Weber's guide to pipes and pipe 

How could I order one through the net ?

Johnnie Lim

[ Weber's book hasn't been published in over 30 years.  Your best bet
would be to go to With Pipe And Book, or a book search service.  Or --
dang, someboody _was_ selling out-of-print tobacco books through the
net, and now I can't remember who it was! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????? (John Paine)
Subject: Pipes/Tobacco in Lexington, Louisville, KY

Request to all:  Shops you can recommend in Lexington and Louisville?  I
find only Schwab's in Lexington and zilch in Louisville in the Guide (April
ed.), though I may have missed something.  Thanks, John

[ It's the same for the current Guide, John.  Sorry... -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????? (russell & tasha)
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

In response to a request by one of our fellow subscribers, and for your own
files in case the question comes up again, the adress of Medico is:

P.O. box 789
Peekskill, NY 10566

You are most welcome.

                                        Smoke in Peace
                                                Russell  :-P

[ Thanks! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996 

Greetings All.

I am new to the world of pipes and I just wanted to let everyone know
that this page is wonderful.  Also, I wanted to put in a plug for
Connolly's Smoke Shop in Chinchilla, PA (717) 587-3751. Jon Connoly is
as fine a man as ever smoked a pipe. He has a wonderful selection of
pipes, including some Boswell customs and some very nice cigars.

It was through Conolly's that I was reunited with an old friend who
had moved to Florida six years ago. I was in the smoke shop purchasing
some tobacco and a new briar when some on clapped me on the shoulder
and I turn around to see my good friend Mike. Needless to say we
caught up with each other over a few bowls of Connoly's Beryl blend at
the local pub. I guess there is always something good to be found in
the smoke shop.

I am an avid back packer and fly fisherman. Since I can barely
navigate the Appalachian Trail and smoke at the same time I am in awe
of those of you who can smoke and throw a fly.  Any how, if anyone is
in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area on a visit, or lives here I
encourage them to stop by Connoly's or e-mail me ????????????????

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From: "Blair T. Hinson" <????????????????????>
Subject: Love the digest!

I hope this is the correct address to submit to the PD. I have never 
written before, but let me say I thoroughly enjoy reading the letters 
and articles in the PD. I have gotten much good information, and 
always have even more questions. I am still a novice to this pipe 
smoking, only having done it for about a year. I don't know all of the 
proper names for the types of tobacco or types of pipes, but I am 
learning. The FAQ you have was good primer, but my purpose in writing 
is twofold. First, I wanted to ask if you might recommend some good 
books or reading material on pipes and pipe tobacco.

Second, I am not a paid sponsor, so I hope this will pass. I simply 
wanted to alert pipe and cigar smokers in the Greenville/Upstate area 
of South Carolina who might not already know that Boda Pipes in 
McAlister Square Mall, Greenville, SC is moving to a new location 
within the mall. They will have an even bigger line and a new, larger 
humidor. It is worth checking out. The people are great, and it is a 
family-owned shop. They will definately take the time to help.

Thanks, and keep up the great work. Smoke in peace, all.
Blair Hinson
Clemson, SC

[ Thanks, Blair!  I have an address for Boda on Main St. in Pickens,
SC; is this out of date, or is the Greenville store a second shop? -S. ]

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From: S.  Paul Jung, Jr.
Subject: Clay pipe books

[I met Mr. Jung at the NYPC show on Labor Day weekend. Since he is
providing a unique resource of information on clay pipes, I promised
him that I'd scan in his flyer and reproduce it here.  So, without
further ado... -S. ]


John Taber and John Taber Jr. - "Two New England Clay Tobacco
Pipemakers - A Family History and Illustrated Catalogue." S.  Paul
Jung, Jr. Privately published, limited printing.  This important
monograph discusses the history of two of the earliest American clay
pipe manufacturers, covering the years 1840-1912.  Their influence on
other clay pipe industries is discussed, comparing similarly designed
pipes from Ohio and Virginia.  Illustrated are 116 different clay pipe
mold. styles, production materials, and molds, made at five dated
manufacturing sites.  Pipes are illustrated actual size. 120 pp., 2
figures, 29 plates, 8 1/2" by 11" softbound. $37.00 postpaid.

1882 New Hampshire Auction Poster Reprint - "Assignees' Sale of the
John Taber Pipe Mill".  Printed original size: 16" by 20".  Sent
rolled in mailing tube. $6.50 postpaid.


"American Clay Pipe Works, Inc., c. 1915-1920", Brooklyn, New York,
with added company history.  Clay tobacco pipes manufactured by this
firm are illustrated on 20 pages of halftones, 6" x 9",
softbound. $5.00 postpaid.

"George Zorn & Company Fifth Edition Catalogue of Pipes and Smokers
Articles", c.1892, 160 pages, 9" x 11" on acid free paper.  Fully
illustrated.  Softbound.  Presents a fascinating window on the smoking
world of the 1890's: clay pipes, pipes of many different kinds of
woods, meerschaum pipes, cigar accessories, matches, etc.  Probably
the most comprehensive wholesale tobacconist catalogue printed. $42.50

"Kaldenberg & Son Mfrs of Genuine Meerschaum Pipes, 1868" with added
company history. 19 pages, 8 1/2" x 11" on acid free paper.
Softbound.  Kaldenberg was the first meerschaum pipe manufacturer in
the U.S. This catalogue may be the earliest to illustrate meerschaum
pipe styles made in the U.S. $8.00 postpaid.

Order from, and checks payable, to S. Paul Jung Jr.; P.O. Box 817; Bel
Air, MD 21014.

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Quotes of the Week:

  Tobacco is a dirty weed,
  I like it.
  It satisfies no normal need,
  I like it.
  It makes you thin, it makes you lean,
  it takes the hair right off your bean.
  It's the worst damn stuff I've ever seen.
  I like it.
	                        -- Graham L. Hemminger
		                   (Penn State Froth 1915)

  Prohibition is an awful flop.
  We like it.
  It can't stop what it's meant to stop.
  We like it.
  It's left a trail of graft and slime,
  it don't prohibit worth a dime,
  it's filled our land with vice and crime.
  Nevertheless, we're for it.
				-- newspaperman Franklin P. Adams, 1931
				   (in the New York World, following
				    release of the report of the
				    Wickersham Commission. Thanks to Matt
				    Elrod for the quotes.)

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #223 -- September 13, 1996
  2. Subject: SIGN ME UP!!
  3. Subject: PD Archives
  4. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996
  5. Subject: Government "Safety" Patrol
  6. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest
  7. Subject: Greetings from Lapland
  8. Subject: The Search
  9. Subject: Tuscano Cigars
  10. Subject: Re: Sammar's Inquiry on Cigar "Specks"
  11. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996
  12. Subject: Pleas send me information
  13. Subject: Cigar Store
  14. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996
  15. Subject: The Anti-Anti smoking posts...
  16. Subject: web page on books and magazines
  17. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996
  18. Subject: C&D #416, Pipes Digest
  19. Subject: Sixten Ivarsson
  20. Subject: FDA executive ruling
  21. Subject: A story
  22. Subject: Questions...
  23. Subject: Slow smoking
  24. Subject: Re: Savinelli Autograph Filter
  25. Subject: PD Resource Guide
  26. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996
  27. Subject: YOUNGER SMOKERS
  28. Subject: General Info and Hello!
  29. Subject: AW: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996
  30. Subject: Good smoke weekend
  31. Subject: PD 222
  32. Subject: Pipes Making Nowadays
  34. Subject: comment from pipes page
  35. Subject: Pipe FAQ
  36. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996
  37. Subject: Pipes news & Questions
  38. Subject: pipes
  39. Subject: OPC Newsletter Subscriptions
  40. Subject: Weber's book on Pipe Digest
  41. Subject: Pipes/Tobacco in Lexington, Louisville, KY
  42. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  43. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #222 -- August 25, 1996
  44. Subject: Love the digest!
  45. Subject: Clay pipe books
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