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		Pipes Digest #227 -- November 15, 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: 2541

Welcome to new members:

	Kirk R. Newton
	Kenneth R. Seguin
	Matthew P. Grupp
	John Sielke
	Scott Dietrich
	Nathan Edward Spriegel
	Paul J. Fernandes
	Douglas Phillips
	Richard E. Pisasik
	Mark Passerrello
	Eric Zeiner
	Rory W. Goggin
	Rj Mccaffery
	Gerard C. Faucheux, Sr.
	Mark Covington
	Lloyd Rachor
	Robert Lefrancis
	John Farraro
	Bob Munn
	James Acaba
	Robert Fischer
	Robert Kinsler
	Randy Carroll
	Jason A. Catania
	William L. Gehring, Ph.D.
	Dwayne Lively
	Abhi Taranath
	Jorge Bermeo Garcia
	Don Tallman
	Allen Lloyd
	Dana Steeves
	Patrick M. Dunham
	Ramon G. Hannah, M. D.
	Greg Beams
	Joseph F. Amato,D. C.
	Wayne Fischer
	Karl Schroeder
	Henry M. Bruce
	James M. Soltmann
	Andy Harrell
	Yj Kim
	Denise Minard
	J. M. Komes
	F. G. Reutens
	Ben Christopher Jew
	Phillips Griffiths
	Daniel J. Riegler
	Tim Bender
	David E. Mize
	Yoav Stern
	Diana L. Philpot

[TRADITIONS] For almost two years now!  On November 21, let's get
together with our aficionado friends, light up something *really*
special, and tweak the twitching probosci of the Pleasure Police!  

It's the Second Annual

	  G R E A T   W O R L D W I D E   S M O K E - I N  !

The perfect riposte to the soi-disant "great" "American" Smoke-OUT!
Lessee, where did I put that can of Escudo...  

And whether you're there in person or in spirit,

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: ???????????????????????????? (Stephen B Bray)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996

Dear Steve,
       I would like to talk a little on the subject  of clay pipes. I have
heard people make reference to a unpleasant taste from smoking a clay .
This causes me some concern , as most my customers comment on  how much
they enjoy the taste of there favourite tobaccos when smoked in a clay
pipe. There may be a simple explanation for this . In the later part of the
19th century right up until today clay pipes were mass produced, using a
slip cast moulding method. This method entails pouring  a ceramic liquid
into a plaster mould. Pipes made in this method are very inexpensive, and
loose all the flavour enhancing characteristics of a good hand rolled clay
pipe . Clay pipes are capable of absorbing and dispersing a incredible
amount of liquid.  They are also as easy to clean, as throwing them on the
coals of a fire to burn clean any residues. Long clay's such as a tavern
pipes or church warden's , can cool smoke like nothing else. The only thing
I can say bad about them is they are very fragile and when you break a well
loved clay it can be quite heart breaking. Keep up the great work. Love the

Your most humble servant , Stephen Bray Pipemaker

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From: "David J. Berkman" <????????????????????>
Subject: Quality tobacco for beer pocket pipe smokers 

I am new to your newsletter and want you to know I look forward to reading
it. It seems
that I have really lost contact with friends and contacts in the pipe world
and your newsletter helps me to re-establish my relationship so missed over
the years. I still enjoy my old and trusty pipes. While I have several old
friends (e.g. pipes) that I have had for over twenty years, my problem now
is getting good tobacco and very affordable prices. 
I have been smoking pipes for many years and my interest has always been in
tobacco blends and experimenting with developing my own mixtures.
Unfortunately as a victim of downsizing, I have found it more difficult to
afford good blends and tobaccos for blending myself. As aresult, I have had
to put aside my taste for the best and settle ( and I mean settle) for
off-the-shelve pouches. As my period of unemployment progresses, I find
myself having to settle for those low cost junk tobaccos sold in plastic
bags under generic names. Boy, do I miss the real stuff.
Here's my question..... do any of your readers know how to get good tobacco
at very reasonable prices? I have tried using the Internet to find discount
tobacco dealers but have found that when you add postage and handling you
are right back to a price that isn't too attractive. I would like to buy
tobacco by the pound or more without paying for fancy containers or cans for
really good prices. I am also willing to purchase tobaccos and blend them
myself. Any ideas or suggestions? I am sure there are other pipe smokers out
there trying to get by and still enjoy quality blends.
I would appreciate your advice and help from your readers.

David J. Berkman
211 Corliss Drive
Moraga, CA 94556
email to ????????????????????

[ Well, It Just So Happens... See below for one kapnismologist's
solution. -S. ] 

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From: "William L. Gehring, Ph.D." <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Sure, I'll join ANY list devoted to "smoking pipes"

Retired college prof...
average collection of pipes, which I chew up daily...get new bits & start 
anew. Not really into 'exotic' blends -- because I am a 
recreation-smoker. Something to do!  So I buy a tin of Borkum, go to 
K-Mart & get 2-3 'Wonder Blends'. Why? Simple: It's $Big Buck$ for 14 oz 
of the FORMER, and $5.00 a bag for the LATTER.  I 'blend' them together 
(in a paper bag) and I'm off-and-puffing for another month!

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

This is a great page and has been of tremendous value to me
far as researching pipes goes.  I started smoking cigars 
and loved the calming effect they had but want top move on.
I learded a lot.  Almost seems like an art form rather than a 
hobby.  I and several members of my high school debate team
have begun to smoke pipes between rounds.  This info will
be very useful to all of us.  Thanks again and the page is
top notch.

     -Jonathan Dupuis

p.s. maybe after everyone gets used to the pipes I'll send a scan
of the team.  :)

[ Thanks!  Looking forward to the scan. -S. ]

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From: Meeler <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996

> Are you more free now than you were four years ago?

David Meeler			Department of Philosophy
Coterian #7249			University of California--Santa Barbara

[ But perhaps, I hope, more determined. -S. ]

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From: "Berggren, Edward P" <????????????????????????>
Subject: On Death, Taxes, and Tobacco

Hello, Steve,

I usually don't get too involved in the pro/con arguments regarding the   
regulation of tobacco that crop up frequently in the Digest, mainly   
because it's usually like preaching to the choir--*we* aren't the ones   
that need convincing.  However, a couple of remarks made over the last   
two issues have prompted me to respond.

First of all, I am a smoker.  I smoke 'em all-cigarettes during the day   
at work, pipes in the comfort of my living room, and cigars when the   
weather is nice.  I am not, as Jason Sarsany puts it, committing suicide   
every time I smoke a cigarette.  And quitting cigarettes never saved   
anybody's life.  I'm not a doctor, but I've read the statistics and guess   
what?  Everybody dies!!  Yes, that's right, smokers and non-smokers,   
vegetarians and meat-eaters, joggers and couch potatoes alike-we all die.   
 For some reason (that I certainly can't figure out), many of us facing   
the end of the 20th century have gotten it into our heads that modern   
medical science will somehow confer immortality upon us if only we would   
adopt a certain healthy lifestyle (no smoking, no alcohol, no fatty   
foods, plenty of exercise, etc.).  Unfortunately, that's just not true.   
 Everybody dies.

Now it's certainly possible (although by no means guaranteed) that by   
avoiding the no-nos a person could conceivably, statistically speaking,   
live longer.  Great!  That's just what I want-an extra 10 years to drool   
on myself in a geriatric hospital (and this after a lifetime of avoiding   
the great pleasures in life).  No thanks.  I will continue smoking until   
it or something else does me in-because something inevitably will, and I   
might as well enjoy myself in moderation until it does.

Whew, glad to get that off my chest.  Now on to important matters...

After smoking virtually nothing but aromatics for many years, thanks to   
the comments, reviews, and recommendations I came across in past issues   
of the Digest, about a year ago I got started on straight Virginia-based   
blends.  Most recently, I've been trying blends manufactured by Butera   
Pipe Company and Esoterica Tobacciana.  Some excellent smoking here.   
 Although these high-end blends can be a bit pricey ($8 to $10 for   
50-gram tins), they're still pretty cheap when compared to cigars.  I   
recommend these blends highly along with those manufactured by McClelland   
(both under its own label and the limited editions manufactured for Bob   
Hamlin's Pipe Collectors Club).  This is smoking at its finest.

Of course, fine tobacco deserves a fine pipe, so I've also splurged a bit   
and bought a couple of Italian pipes, also from Bob Hamlin.  The first is   
a medium-large squat bulldog made by Radice.  It's sandblasted on the   
bottom part of the bowl and smooth-grained on the top.  A very handsome   
pipe, it smokes good now and will smoke even better as time goes on.  The   
second is an Il Ceppo freehand.  This is a beautiful pipe with lovely   
grain.  It too smokes great.  My only complaint about this pipe is that   
the smoke holes in the shank and the stem don't exactly match up so I   
can't run a pipe cleaner all the way down while smoking.  I have this   
same problem with other bent pipes in my collection, so I've learned how   
to deal with it and don't let it spoil my enjoyment.  Now that autumn is   
here when pipe smoking is, in my opinion, at its best, I can look forward   
to pleasant evenings at home in my chair smoking fine tobacco in a fine   
pipe.  Ah-h-h.....

Thanks again, Steve, for all your efforts.


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From: ???????????????????????? (Adam-HALPID Klyce)
Subject: Breaking in a new pipe

     Hi All,
     This weekend I purchased a new pipe, from Denmark. Absolutely 
     beautiful wood.
     I took it, and a book I am reading, to a spot by the Bay to smoke and 
     read. I have lit a bowl in a brand new pipe maybe 4 times in my life, 
     and this time I was very conscious of the experience.
     First, this pipe had a pre-carbonized bowl. 
     Anyway,  after about a third of the tobacco was smoked I noticed two 
     things that upset me:
        1. The rim of the bowl was beginning to get shiny - wet - looking 
     and when I wiped it clean it seemed as if I was wiping off some of the 
     varnish, or finish as the case may be. After two more bowls the rim 
     looks "dull" and the finish definitely looks like it has been rubbed 
     off. (I wiped it with my finger and my finger was "stained" redddish 
     brown, the color of the pipe's wood, but also the color of tobacco 
     resin ?!?!!)
        2. The edge of the rim closes to the stem is ever-so slightly 
     getting burned. I paid very close attention to the wind and the flame 
     of my lighter and at no time did the flame touch that- or any other - 
     part of the rim the whole time I broke it in.
     My question is this: are these things normal? Is the process of 
     breaking in a new pipe synonymous with getting the rim dirty?
     Is there something I am missing and can pay better attention to from 
     now on?
     Thanks to all,

[ The excess stain is, I believe, fairly normal; I've noticed it
myself.  The charring of the rim is probably due to holding the match
or lighter so that the flame passes over the bowl edge as you draw.
Just hold it closer to the center of the bowl (though you want to
light the edges, too.) -S. ]

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From: "Justin Wiley" <?????????????????????????>
Subject:       Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996


Perhaps you all can help me out.  I was wondering if there is a way 
to make a homemade pipe sweetener?  Moreover, i was wondering when a 
sweetener is used.

All help is greatly appriciated.


Justin Wiley

                      "Subvert the dominant paradigm"
[ Everclear and a _small_ amount of honey or sugar might work.  I
haven't tried this myself, so caveat emptor! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????????? (Samuel P. Howard)
Subject: Pipes digest


Ummmm....I get a copy of the Pipes Digest from my roommate, but I don't
see anywhere in it the address for the list...

Anyway, if you could forward this to the list at large, I'd appreciate it...

I have read the last few issues of the Pipe Digest, and one thing that I
haven't found a good answer to is how to store the tobacco -- does it want
to be in a humidor like cigars do?  (at ~70% humidity, etc).  I am assuming
it would be a bad move to mix the different tobaccos and cigars because they
would probably stomp on each other...

As of yet, we have been getting the stuff in little zip-loc bags, and I
figured that was OK for storing, but wondered if they should all be stored
in another container (i.e. a humidor).


[ I don't think pipe tobacco is as finicky as cigars are.  If you dry
out cigars, they tend to unravel. Pipe tobacco can be re-humidified by
adding water, a little at a time.  Run your hand under the faucet and
let it drip on from your fingers. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: new to the list

          Hello Steve,

          I just finished reading the second issue of pipes digest
          that I have been sent and was prompted to write. It has only
          been about a month since I purchased my first pipe and began
          smoking "in ernest."  Back in undergraduate school I tried a
          calabash for a very short while. This, however, was a brief

          Originally, a friend and I went into a cigar shop out of
          curiosity more than anything else. She had just finished
          telling me a story about how Jacqueline Kennedy was
          introduced to cigars by her husband President John Kennedy.
          I thought I would try a couple and originally found a few of
          the more expensive brands, of course, to my liking. However,
          it seemed that every time we tried visiting another tobbaco
          shop we were treated in a rather arrogant manner. Perhaps
          they felt we were invading a male bastion.  Finally we found
          a small shop in a strip mall where the propritor and some of
          the other customers were friendly and helpful.  It was at
          this shop that I took up the pipe.  The owner helped me
          select a pipe (a meerschaum) and a mild tobbaco. I have
          since purchased a small Italian free form, a churchwarden
          and a Peterson second. I find I enjoy the taste of pipe
          tobbaco far more than cigars. Not to mention the fact that I
          would rapidly grow broke if I smoked the cigars I enjoy as
          much as my pipe.

          I have never seen another female pipe smoker (other than the
          friend I started with) although I am sure their must be a
          few.  I have read the thread about young pipe smokers with
          interest because it seems most of the pipe smokers I have
          met are all my dads age.  It also seems that there is almost
          no place anymore to sit back and enjoy a pipe. Is it just my
          individual experience or is there a dearth of female pipe
          smokers? Do you think the treatment we have gotten from so
          many shops is common treatment of women customers or did we
          just hit on some bad shops?

          I don't know if you have any other women on the list but I
          just wanted to speak up and introduce myself. On a last note
          I would like to try carving a pipe. I have purchased a
          "blank" or "kit" depending on what you choose to call them
          and would appreciate any advice.

                                           Julie Whitefeather

[ We do indeed have several other female pipe smokers on the list;
perhaps some will get in touch with you.  I also know of at least one
woman who isn't a Digest member, but who has been posting regularly to
alt.smokers.pipes for a couple of months.  A small, but select, group.
Mark Tinsky (above) sells pipe-carving kits; also see the Resource
Guide for Stemco/Pimo. Welcome!  -S. ]

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From: "Dr.John Hensley" <????????????????????>
Subject: Calabash

I was a pipe smoker for about 10 years and then quit.  Now that I'm in
my late forties, I again find that I enjoy a couple of bowls of Balkan
Sobranie #759 a day (wouldn't you know that they would wait until I
returned to pipe smoking to discontinue importing it).

My question, though, deals with Calabash pipes.  My teenaged children
gave me one for my birthday and I'd like to know more about them.  Of
course, this is the pipe that Sherlock Holmes is often depicted smoking,
but does the shape really go back to the nineteenth century?  What is
the white bowl made of?  Is it ceramic or is it meerschaum or something
else entirely?  Are there special things I need to know about taking
care of this kind of pipe?  Will the gourd body rot if it stays wet? 
Are there special things I need to know about smoking a Calabash?  And
insight on this kind of pipe would be welcome.

John Hensley
If you have one pipe, you're a pipe smoker.  If you have more than one
pipe you're probably a little eccentric.

[ Carl Ehwa has a fairly detailed discussion of the history of
calabash pipes in _The Book of Pipes and Tobacco._ In brief, he gives
the credit to Dutch explorers in mid-seventeenth century South Africa
for observing the natives smoking calabash "dacca" (hemp) pipes that
were "not unlike our modern calabashes, although they were not as
refined."  The pipes were finally refined in the early 1900s and
became popular in England, Europe, and the United States.

The bowls are indeed meerschaum, and I wouldn't worry about the gourd
rotting unless you kept it in a swamp or something. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: My compliments

My compliments to you & others who have helped to further the enjoyment of
pipe smoking by establishing a network for communication where all pipe
smokers an exchange ideas and expand our knowledge of what to me is a
facinating hobby which also offers many hours of enjoyment.  

Not only do you get to own a piece of art in the form of a pipe, be it briar,
meerschaum, clay or whatever. but the additional enjoyment of sampling the
different tobacco blends offered as well.  But let's not forget the excitment
of visiting a new tobacconist while on vacation & inspecting his shop in
anticipation of finding the ideal pipe for your collection.  The friendly
discussions often held at some of these establishments.

Also, the numerous publications, both past & present offer many hours of
reading.  I could go on & on, but I'm sure most have already discovered what
I just wrote.

I'm 50 years old as of this weekend.  I've been smoking pipe for over 30
years off & on.  I began by sneeking smokes from my dad's pipe.  He always
seemed to enjoyed it so much.  However, I still smoke a few cigarettes.  As
many others will tell you,  cigarettes are so #$%&* convenient when you're in
a hurry.

Thank goodness, in my town, pipe smokers are not frowned upon as much as they
are in other areas.  Many times I've received compliments for the aroma of my
tobacco.  I do practice good ettiquette when smoking, however.

My favorite pipes are Peterson & Dunhill.  Peterson's are great for the
money, but I find Dunhill's to be rather pricey; though still a good pipe.
 My favorite tobacco blend is Esoterica Penzance, although I have many others
which I smoke from time to time, both English & aromatic.

My wife is a non-smoker, so most of my pipe smoking, especilly the English
blends are restricted to my office at home.  I install an exhaust fan so as
to decrease some the smoke.  All this to keep peace (ha).  This goes to show
that compromises can be made.

In closing, again I say keep up the good work,
Thomas E. Greene AIA

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Nicophobia in the home

November 6, 1996

Dear Steve,

Let me begin by thanking you, and your readers, for permitting me to join
you.  I have just finished reading, with much pleasure, your most recent

In the way of a brief self-introduction, I am an attorney working on a
graduate degree in Taxation at the New York University School of Law.  I am
the father of three and husband of one (my high school sweetheart).  As a
child I recall following men smoking pipes for blocks at a time to enjoy the
fine smell of their tobaccos.  I began smoking a pipe, moderately, about
three years ago.  I own a Peterson and a GBD.  Though I have had a couple
other pipes, they have each now found their way into the hands of new

The reason for my post, as the subject line suggests, is that my wife greatly
fears the effects of smoking.  For this cause, I find myself having to smoke
during the day when I am away from home.  While in public, I have received
far more gracious comments for the pleasant aroma emitted by my pipe than I
had ever anticipated.  Unfortunately, by the time I am home the after affects
are, as is familiar to us all, a bit stale (naturally the best method of
handling this would be to refill my pipe).  In particular, my breath is
affected in a manner which is not readily squelched by any amount of mouth
wash.  My wife knows that I smoke, wishes that I did not, and rarely misses
an opportunity to call to my attention to the unseemly after effects when she
notices them.  This is a bit of a sticky subject in an otherwise beautiful

It really would be awful if it were to come to the point where I would
actually have to choose between my pipe and my wife.

All jesting aside.  Have you, or your readers, any suggestions concerning
both the practical matter of one's breath, and, even more importantly, a
manner of possibly "endearing" her to my hobby?  Or at the least, of making
her tolerant of it?  Her concern for my health has us some way from the happy
arrangement wherein she might actually find herself filling my pipe.

I thank you in advance for your consideration.


Matthew P. Grupp

[ If you smoke English blends, perhaps you could try some aromatic
ones.  Does anyone else have an approach that would allow Matthew to
keep both pipe and wife? -S. ]

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From: "Marc Reckinger" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: PD#225:Spencer M.Schein - Ser Jacopo Pipes

Hi Steve, hi all,

 Some months ago, I bought both Dan Pipe's pipes of the year 1996 - made by
Ser Jacopo; one of them being a silver spigot Rhodesian La Fuma (reddish
smooth finish).It's a nice straight grain pipe, looks well, smokes well and
cost DM 298 ($ 200). It's really a nice pipe, but it is - for me - a
'second'; it has some fills made of a red, shiny, well visible material.
So, this pipe demonstrates that Ser Jacopo (contrarily to Mark Tinsky's
experience - see 'musings from the workbench') also sells filled pipes. I
don't know if this is an exception, because this is my only smooth Ser

Smoke in peace,


[ Interesting, Marc!  Thanks! -S. ]

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From: "Marc Reckinger" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Help wanted: Stefano pipes

Hi Steve, hi all,

I have a problem: I own three pipes manufactured under the name  'Stefano'
and with a crown on the mouthpiece. I bought them all in one same shop, and
the shop owner wasn't able to give me details about those pipes, because he
bought them on a show or exhibition. As I always want to know all about
people who make or have made my pipes, I asked two experts (Sebastien
Canevet, Enzo Medici) wether they knew anything about that brand. They
couldn't find anything, but Sebastien told me it could be a little italian
brand. Does anybody know Stefano pipes; can you tell me something about the
manufactury, etc. ?

Thanks and smoke in peace,

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This message was sent by:
Marc Reckinger
from Beaufort/Luxembourg

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From: ?????????????????????????????????
Subject: French Pipes

Dear Steve,

I enjoy reading pipes digest and the current debate regarding the
restriction of sale of tobbaco in the US.  Back to my point, I enjoy
using French pipes and using fine english blended tobbaco such as
Dunhill and Escudo Navy Deluxe in Australia this very expensive at
around 20 australian dollars and and own RROP and Smoking Buzting
pipes.  Where I come fromm in Adelaide Australia there is fine
tobacconist called Tunney's Toboccanists Grote Street in Adelaide Ph
8237 5720 for all australian subscribers which sells american pipe
tobacco by weight.  I want to ask any subsriber what are the Best
Frencch Pipes to Bye

Cheers Tony Alvaro
email ????????????????????????????????? ar AARNet

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: 4 Squares

In PD #225 Mr. Porter asked:

<From: Grant Porter <72746.2516Ocompuserve.com>
<Subject: Looking for
<I have made about a million phone calls. I am looking for a tobacco
<called 4 Squares- Green by Dobies. Any one know of a source?

Well, Pipes Digest is better than 1,000,000 phone calls!!
I think that Dobie's 4 Squares is now made by A&C Petersen
in Denmark. They are in the resource guide somewhere and if you
contact them they can probably tell you who imports 4 Squares
to the US.

I think the Green is an 'English' mixture with Latakia. I have
tried the Blue (virginia + oriental) and the Red (ready rubbed
virginia). The both have a slight 'dusty' flavour that should
be typical for all their tobaccos.

Jesper Klith, Denmark

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From: ???????????????????? (Ron Miller)

Am enjoying the newsletters

can anyone recommend any flake tobaccos that are sweeter or of a higher
quality than PCCAs McClelland products? My favorites are Quantum, Beacon
and the Christmas offerings-I'm afraid if Bob Hamlin bows out of service I
would "freak out,"- as they say. In fact I have been waiting quite a while
for the latest mailing. Does anyone know what is happening with Bob and

Ron Miller

Internet Communications Of America

[ Bob is alive, well, and _very_ busy.  But his email should have
reached you by now! -S. ]

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From: ??????????? (rob denholtz)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996


        Just want to share a new discovery with fellow Digesters:

        I was just in new Haven and visited The Owl Shop for the first
time.  Although they had only 3 pre-smoked pipes (my main interest), I took
advantage of my visit to buy samples of their three English (house) Blends.
"Harkness Tower," which contains NO PERIQUE was absolutely superb and I
immediately ordered a pound.  Delicious, "leathery," full and mild.  Highly

        The pipe club serving the mid-Hudson area in upstate NY is finally
getting under way.  Although I was disappointed to receive no inquiries
following my announcement in PD, four or five of us are going to plod
ahead, have dinner together at a pipe-friendly restaurant in Poughkeepsie,
show off our favorite pipes, trade/sell, and share tobacco discoveries (I
will, of course be bringing some "Harkness Tower").  I'll send you news of
our fledgling organization in the future.

        (this paragraph may be omitted from publication) Again thanks for
letting me talk about FINE OLDE BRIARS in PD.  I've received over 30
requests for catalogs and have sold a dozen pipes as a direct result of
this exposure.  Your openness is greatly appreciated.

        Best regards,


Rob Denholtz
20 Clover Hill Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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From: Antti Kalliokoski <?????????????>
Subject: Delighted of new pipes

Hi Steve and all the other pipe lovers!

Steve, once again I must express my gratitude to you and the P.D.
You see, I have no personal friends with whom to share this hobby here in
Finland. Your work has opened totally new possibilities to get pipes and
friends through the Net. So, thank you very much for these years!

I have bought pipes mainly from three sources: firstly _Fine Old Briars_,
managed by Rob Denholtz.  Therefrom I bought a Savinelli Linea Piu smooth
bent and a Connoisseur smooth billiard (by Ed Burak).

The second source has been Mark Tinsky, _ American Smoking Pipe_. From there
I got a Dublin smooth, natural straight grain  and a half bent semi
smooth/rustic Dublin  (R-7). Both new made from well dried plateaux briar.

The third supplier from whom I have bought is Al Grosskopf in S.F. CA.  Al
also repairs and restaurates pipes, lighters etc. with love and care. From
him I got a Bonfiglioli smooth bent and a genuine Preben Holm Danish
freehand made in Copenhagen.

All of these pipes have been between 60 to 90 USD.

To those fellows, especially in Europe, who are hesitating with "to order or
not to order", I can warmly recommend these men. Rob Denholtz especially
with his used, but well cleaned and restaurated pipes and Mark Tinsky if you
are going to buy a brand new one or have your old pipe renovated. Mark even
makes a pipe just like one wants it to be!

I must say Craig Tarler in Cornell & Diehl is a wizard in blending
tobaccoes. Two latest acquaintances have been _Plantattion Evening_ and
_Pirate Kake_. The first resembles Oriental Silk but with Latakia and the
second has as much as 70% of Latakia in it. Vow!

I am in no relation to these firms but a happy customer. I just wrote this
to thank Steve plus all the others working on behalf of our brotherhood of
pipe lovers. Also I did write to encourage members especially in Europe to
take take advantage of the possibilities of the net.

Kuivat tuhkat! (Dry ashes in Finnish)

Antti Kalliokoski

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From: Doug Faries <"???????????????????"@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: Preben holm pipes

    Just found the pipe.org page.  I have an older Ben Wade and Monte 
Vista, which I think was a third line of pipes from Preben Holm. I just 
purchased two Preben Holm pipes.  Could you direct me to whomever would 
know the "hierarchy" of the Preben Holm line?  The two I just purchased 
were "Fancy Straight Grain" and a "Fancy 300".  I have seen a "Crown" at 
a pipe shop.  Please help me.

Doug Faries


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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: John Hayes

There is truth to the rumor:

>From: ?????????????????????????????
>Subject: comment from pipes page
>I understand that you may be dragging John Hayes into the Information Age.
>Internet is the wave of the future, and he needs the encouragement.
>[ Haven't heard about that one; has anyone else here?  -S. ]

I have been hassling him unmercifully and think he s finally going to
breakdown and buy a computer and get on line. So moved by my persentation ,
he immediately took a week off and went fishing in N. Carolina; and has
most likely forgotten completely about it! Giving him financial incentive
I've mentioned the possibilities of putting his store on line.  A
probability in the near future. Mark Tinsky

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

[ We'll definitely have a visit when it appears.  BTW, congrats on the
write-up in Pipe Friendly!  Saw it today, have yet to read it. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????? (John Paine)
Subject: Mark Tinsky's pipes, another encomium

Dear Steve,

        I want to compliment the pipe-making skill of Mark Tinsky and
recommend it to the group.  He has made me two pipes, one after my drawing
and another a variation of his own design.  Both show very fine handiwork.
His style reminds me strongly of the larger Butera pipes, and the smoking
characteristics of these pipes exceed those of the Buteras I've
tried--slow-burning, dry, tobacco flavors highlighted.  He is a pleasure to
work with--able to take an idea and go with it.  He's in the Guide, but for
quick reference, his email is:
??????????  His web address:  http://Am Smoke.com
        Compliments and thanks as always for the work you do on PD.

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From: ???????????????????????????? (Thomas A. Hendricks)
Subject: ...name-drops will hit me on my (Tils)head...


It has been much too long since I have written...rural life has its advantages,
and on-line accessibility is most certainly *not* one of them!

Anyway, here it is eleven months later, and the PD population has ballooned
quite a bit...the more the merrier, of course :-{)>

First, I would like to thank Mr. Thom France (wherever he may be) for the first
pipe I've ever gotten for my birthday (sheesh...I'm 23 mow...I suspect a good
chunk of our readers are younger than I am...)

Next, I would like to thank Mr. Bill Unger and everyone involved in making the
Ohio Pipe Show a wonderful, fun-filled experience.  In fact, I just reserved
two vacation days for next year's show!  Ohhh, yes...a special thanks to Mrs.
Gabrielle Sempf for graciously signing "her" copy of the A&M for me :-P

Finally, since I am no longer a part of the University (shhhh....) I really
shouldn't be using that word in the title of my club, which is fine with me,
since I am trying to alter the organization slightly, and, as always, I would
love to hear from any pipe smokers/ collectors in the Central Illinois area.

Thomas A. Hendricks
312 N. Western Ave  House D
P.O. Box 505
Minier, IL 61759-0505
(309) 392-3254

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From: Jason Alexander Catania <?????????????????????????>
Subject: New Member Introduction

Dear fellow smokers:

I have just recently joined the list and am already impressed with what
I've seen.

Please allow me to introduce myself.  I am a 25 year old seminarian
studying at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  I've
been smoking pipes only for about 7 months, and cigars for over 2 years.
My favorite cigars are Arturo Funete, especially the 858.  Unfortunately,
they are difficult to obtain (as I'm sure any cigar smokers out there
know), and I'd be interested in any suggestions for any cigars of similar
price and flavor.  I began smoking pipes at the suggestion of the father
of a friend of mine in Chicago, an older gentleman who has smoked pipes
regularly since he was 17.  He owns several hundred pipes!  At his
suggestion, I purchased my first pipe, a La Strada Ultima (bent stem) and
some Brindley's Mixture tobacco.  This is still my favorite tobacco; I
like the dry, woody flavor.  I've experimented with some aromatic blends,
but don't care for them.  Unfortunately, Brindley's is also hard to come
by.  Does anyone have any suggestions for similar blends?  I now owe 3
pipes, having purchased a Hilson Bolero and received another pipe (I can't
find the make and model) as a gift.

In additions to suggestions about tobacco blends, I'd be interested in
finding out about any bars, clubs, etc. in Washington that are pipe-cigar
friendly.  I recently visited the Capital Grille, but it's a little too
pricey for my budget.  I usually just smoke alone in my room at the
seminary, but would like to find a place where I can enjoy a bowl (and
perhaps a single-malt Scotch) in the presence of other pipe smokers.

One of the things I enjoy about pipe and cigar smoking is the
old-fashioned, politcally-incorrect image of this activity.  I am
politically quite conservative, and am increasingly iritated by the
efforts of the current adminstration to supress smoking.  While the main
target is obviosuly cigarettes, it can't be long before the
puritanical Health Police go after pipes and cigars as well.

At any rate, I'm glad there's a place in cyberspace for those of us who
enjoy fine tobacco products.  Happy Smoking!

Jason A. Catania
Washington, DC

[ Definitely check out the Capitol Area Pipe Smokers (CAPS), c/o
Dr. John Weinstein, NSS (703) 273-5737, ????????????????????????????? -S. ] 

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From: David Taylor <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Humidor construction

In response to Pipes Digest 226 inquiry from Norm Carpenter on making a humidor
or two...

What a wonderful time we now live in! Aside from the mad rush on my
favorite cigars, the ever elusive A. Fuente Double Chateau with a
Maduro wrapper, it appears that cigars and their accessories are
becoming main-stream items. We can now find humidors and accessories
on display at Nordstroms and gracing the covers of catalogs from
J. Petermans. For those of us who like to plane a board or two, there
are some wonderful resources now available for the creation of your
own humidor.

Popular Mechanics had a humidor in their December 1995 issue. The
plans were very easy to follow. I built a variation of this for my
first (practice) humidor. It helps if you have had some woodworking
experience, and a table saw.  The accuracy of my radial arm saw left
something to be desired. Popular mechanics had this article in their
Web Page, so you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home
to see it. (At least it was there last February) My only variation to
the plans was to leave the interior tray unfinished. Why on earth
would you add varnish to the Spanish Cedar tray? Yuk! No finish will
touch MY cigars, thank you very much!

Another recent article was found in the July/August 1996 copy of Today's
Woodworker. This humidor had brass inlays and a beautiful veneer top. The
magazine also has full sized plans of the details. Nice touch. I just borrowed
this issue from my local tobacconists, so I haven't read it all yet, but it
looks nice.

Yet another resource is a shop called Woodcraft Supply. There is one in
Bloomington Minnesota, 612/884-3634, and they carry Spanish Cedar. They also do
a mail order business from the headquarters. I don't know the number off hand,
but I will look for it. In a recent catalog they had Humidor Kits! All the
hardware and wood needed! 

 A year ago I couldn't find any resources on home-made humidors, and now they
are coming out of the Spanish Cedar woodwork. Try some of these, and let the
members of The Digest know how they worked. Good luck. (better make at least
two, they fill up very fast)

(One word of advice: use a dust collection system and a respirator mask when
cutting Spanish Cedar as the dust is VERY irritating and may cause severe

[ If you don't have the dust collector, wear a long-sleeved shirt and
vacuum up and shower afterward. I did this while working with red
cedar (for birdhouses), and had no problems with allergic reactions -S. ]

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Subject: comment from pipes page

Steve,  Nice job with the PD and Steve, Nice job with the WEPP site

Some readers were asking about making humidors.  I recently came
across some suppliers, one that I have at my finger tips.
The Christmas addition of "The Woodworkers Store" (800 279-4441)
has plans and hardware ($4.95, $89.95) and the humidity goodies.
They might be a good place to start.  Happy woodworking!

George W

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Cigarettes

  In PD #226 Mr. John Giunta had some thoughts about cigarettes
being 'lazy' and easy smokes. Well, I dont disagree (much) with
him but there are cigarettes and then there are cigarettes...
  I am a pipe smoker but also enjoys quite a lot of cigarettes;
hand rolled pure virginia, that is.  The taste is not far from
a good bowl of tobacco if you use the right tobacco. Thanks to
a web-friend in the US I have tried the 'Native American' rolling
tobacco which gives a very tasty smoke.
  About smoking: If you use the right paper and tobacco
you can leave the cigarette and after a few minutes the
fire has gone. This is only true if the tobacco and paper
does not contain chemicals to keep it burning like all
factory made cigs + a lot of rolling tobacco and -paper
do. The Rizzla paper sold in the US (and Denmark as well)
is OK but I have tried the same paper bought in Germany and
there was definitely added some chemicals to keep it burning.
  Another good rolling tobacco is the Danish 'Bali Shag' which
should also be available in the US. Clean, bright virginia
without chemicals.
  And I totally agree with Steve's comments to your letter:
all smokers should unite even though we don't agree about
what is the best smoke. BTW, with Mr. Giunta being a yoga
teacher: there's also a lot of 'Zen' in rolling 'the perfect

Jesper Klith, Denmark

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From: ???????????????????????? (Steve Masticola)
Subject: At The Dentist

[ Originally on alt.smokers.*. -S. ]

Yesterday I went to the dentist (Reba, Steinberg, and Dodd, in
Plainsboro, NJ) for a cleaning and check-up.  Matt Steinberg, my
regular dentist, was on vacation, co I got Michael Dodd for the
check-up instead.

The hygenist who cleaned my teeth noticed some stain, and asked if I
smoked cigarettes.  I replied, with some trepidation, "I drink coffee,
and smoke a pipe once in a while."

Dr. Dodd came in to give me the exam.  After some preliminary banter,
he asked "You smoke a pipe, maybe socially?"

Uh-oh, I thought.  Here it comes.  The Lecture.  Am I going to have to
change dentists?

"About one or two a day," I replied, hackles rising in preparation.



"Gives you something to do with that chewing urge that's not eating,"
he continued.  And went on to say that, even though he was not a
smoker, he liked going into smoke shops, looking over all the Manly
Stuff, and smelling the tobak.  I just sat there, a little

It was a _tremendous_ relief not to be treated like Typhoid Mary!
And, up to a point, actually accepted!

So, friends, if you're in Plainsboro and need a dentist, look up
Dr. Dodd. And

					Smoke in peace,

					~\U Steve.

P.S.  The final result was one deteriorated filling and one that
looked shaky.  And nothing else. :-)

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From: "Craig C. Tarler" <???????????>
Subject: Your dentist story


Loved your dentist story. here's another one for PD if you wish to use

Took my Sheltie to the pet parlor for a grooming today. When I picked
him up the lady said that they almost didn't want to give him a bath
because the tobacco smell was so wonderful. Looks like our entire family
is into the business!

Had another one this past summer. Was eating lunch with my family in a
restaurant when the hostess came up to me and said, "I can smell that
pipe all through the restaurant."  I thought, "Here it comes!" Not so,
She added, "It smells wonderful!" 

Sometimes you win a few, I guess.


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

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

Subject: Tobacco growing in Europe

>From today's newspaper (November 14):
The EC (i.e. 95% of Western Europe) supports tobacco growing with
1.2 billion USD annually where the anti-smoking lobby gets 18
million USD. There are 200,000 tobacco farmers, mainly in Italy,
Spain, and Greece, each growing 1 acre in average.

They get EC support according to quantity; not quality, causing the
farmers to produce low quality tobacco. This tobacco cannot be sold
the EC because of the poor quality and therefore is used for export
mainly to Eastern Europe and North Africa. The subsidies means that
the tobacco can be sold at dumping prices and probably smashing the
local markets.

This note just to show you how the EC sometimes woks.

Jesper Klith

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From: ??????????????????? (A P Griffiths)
Subject: snuff (nasal)

Searching fruitlessly for anything about nasal tobacco snuff on the Web, I
came across a message from someone enquiring about it, but with no e-mail
address to reply to.  It turned out to be in www.pipes.org, hence my
subscribing to the Digest. I doubt my extensive lore about the history and
varieties of snuff will be of much interest to pipe smokers (or indeed
anybody else).  However I should be happy to respond to any queries if
e-mailed.  For the present, in answer to the above mentioned enquirer:
I get my snuff by post from Wilson's & Co, (Sharrow), P.O.Box 32, Sharrow
Mills, Sheffield S11 8PL, U.K.,tel. 0114 2662677.  Established 1737.  About
70 varieties. (They also make 12 varieties once manufactured by the late
lamented Fribourg & Treyer which used to be in the Haymarket,London.)  Ask
for a brochure.
Smith's of Charing Cross Rd, London, est. about 1860, is in the Digest list
of retailers.  Frederick Tranter is at 5 Church Street, Abbey Green, Bath,
U.K.  Both also have an extensive range.
I just got back from 8 weeks in San Francisco, where I couldn't find any
decent snuff.  None at all in Holland, where the famous old shop with
`SNUIF' over the door has turned into a restaurant.  A lot of German snuff
is imported here, but all of it seems to be unsniffably mentholated.
Prof. A. Phillips Griffiths
6 Brockley Rd., West Bridgford 
Nottingham NG2 5JY  U.K.
Tel 0115 981 0319

[ I've taken the liberty of forwarding your letter to three members of
the Digest who have expressed an interest in snuff in past issues.
Thanks for the new Resource Guide listings! -S. ]

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Quote of the Week:

	I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark
	should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by 
	dry-rot.  I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me
	in magnificant glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.  The
	proper function of man is to live, not to exist.  I shall not
	waste my days in trying to prolong them.  I shall use my time.

					- Jack London

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996
  2. Subject: Quality tobacco for beer pocket pipe smokers
  3. Subject: Sure, I'll join ANY list devoted to "smoking pipes"
  4. Subject: comment from pipes page
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996
  6. Subject: On Death, Taxes, and Tobacco
  7. Subject: Breaking in a new pipe
  8. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996
  9. Subject: Pipes digest
  10. Subject: new to the list
  11. Subject: Calabash
  12. Subject: My compliments
  13. Subject: Nicophobia in the home
  14. Subject: Re: PD#225:Spencer M.Schein - Ser Jacopo Pipes
  15. Subject: Help wanted: Stefano pipes
  16. Subject: French Pipes
  17. Subject: 4 Squares
  18. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996
  19. Subject: Delighted of new pipes
  20. Subject: Preben holm pipes
  21. Subject: John Hayes
  22. Subject: Mark Tinsky's pipes, another encomium
  23. Subject: ...name-drops will hit me on my (Tils)head...
  24. Subject: New Member Introduction
  25. Subject: Humidor construction
  26. Subject: comment from pipes page
  27. Subject: Cigarettes
  28. Subject: At The Dentist
  29. Subject: Your dentist story
  30. Subject: Pipes Digest
  31. Subject: Tobacco growing in Europe
  32. Subject: snuff (nasal)
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