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Subject: Pipes Digest #228 -- December 1, 1996

		Pipes Digest #228 -- December 1, 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: 2577

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
	Tonny
	Phillips Griffiths
	Daniel J. Riegler
	Tim Bender
	David E. Mize
	Yoav Stern
	Diana L. Philpot
	Roger Schuering
	Robert Louis Gallo
	Franklin L. Bowlby
	Jakob Rydberg
	John E. Arabie
	Barry Chambers
	Thomas Thayer
	Steven Alan Dupre
	D. R. Lacey, Md
	Michael Ward
	Tiziano Airoldi
	Jeffrey S. A. Runokivi
	Robert L. Lasso
	Mike Mcdaniel
	Paul Russell Cox
	Henry B. Cohen
	Gabe Foltz
	William R. Dell
	Mike Shew
	Joe Weiner
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	Nick Turner
	Paul Szabady
	Jim Holland

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Dr. David Kessler has resigned

[ Cribbed from alt.smokers.pipes. -S. ]

I just heard the news that Dr. David Kessler has resigned from the
FDA.  Now if we can just get rid of Henry Waxman of California.  I
only hope that the next head of the FDA smokes a pipe, but I guess
that's just a "Pipe Dream".  At any rate, I do hope that the next on
is more reasonable.

Good Smoking,
Tom

[ Other sources confirm Tom.  Further word has it that Kessler's
resignation came as the result of an investigation of "irregularities"
in his expense reporting.  Once I've got my little tin of Escudo
rehydrated, I'll happily light a bowl to his departure.  -S. ]


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From: Paul Szabady <#?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Smoking As An Art Form

Perfectly smoking a perfect pipeful of tobacco can be one of the 
greatest and most satisfying experiences one can have.  Alfred Dunhill 
didn't idly call his book "The Gentle Art of Smoking."  But like all 
arts, there is effort, experimentation, error, discouragement, growth, 
and learning as one moves through stages of beginner, apprentice, 
craftsman, and finally - an artist of pipe smoking.
   The perfect pipe -  An autumn evening. The wind rustling the trees.  
>From afar, a subtle smell of burning leaves.  You light a fire in the 
fireplace, watch out the window as the golden slanted light of the sun 
warms the room and illuminates the air. You light your pipe, watch the 
smoke rise and become transfixed in the shafts of light.  You pass the 
bowl of the pipe under your nose and smell ITS nose, a warm mellow aroma 
that evokes memories and reveries.  The feel of the pipe in your hand, 
its deep color, its pattern of grain bubbling up like some hidden secret 
signature of things.
   The pipe has smoked through its top third and now the combustion is 
easy and assured.  The smoked tobacco has baked and cured the tobacco 
under it in the pipe and now its flavor becomes richer, mellower and more 
concentrated.  You breathe slowly through your nose, pipe in mouth, 
puffing as slowly as possible because you know that there is a perfect 
temperature where the tobacco and pipe will yield all their aroma, all 
their taste, all their pleasure.  You find that ideal realm and the 
pleasure becomes more intense.  Your thoughts slow and then stop -all the 
distractions end: it's just you, the room, the fire, your pipe.  Time 
seems to stop, the pipe seems to smoke forever.  As Rimbaud once said: it 
seems like the pipe is smoking you!
    Not you're about 3/4 through the pipe.  Run a pipe cleaner into the 
shaft, remove and re-tamp.  Now you know why you smoke pressed-flake 
Virginias because now the pipe moves to its climax - a zone of aroma 
richness, mellowness and flavor that almost causes you to doubt that it 
can be possible.  Now you know why the Indians considered tobacco the 
path to the gods.  And it is a simple act, a gentle act - a skilled 
physical act, to be sure.  But it is mostly a mental act - an act of 
concentration, an act of awareness.
    True pipesmokers will recognize the experience; beginners and 
apprentices need to know that it is possible and is worth pursuing.  
Sometimes it comes out of the blue and you don't know how you did it. 
That is why the craft of pipesmoking is important.  It's frustrating to 
do it by accident and not to be able to do it at will.  In my 20 years of 
off/on pipe smoking I have been a beginner and apprentice many times, a 
craftsman erratically, but I have achieved that art enough times to know 
that it is worth pursuing.  Worth pursuing with a passion.  Tolkien once 
said that he loved waking up each morning because it meant another day  
of pipe smoking.

-Paul Szabady

[ A worthwhile note for beginner and expert alike, Paul! Thanks! -S. ]


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

Steve,

        Re David Bent's asking for information on Meerschaum restoration:
I have one that pipemaker Clarence Mickels restored and he did a great job

        Clarence Mickels
        321 Oswego
        Part Forest, IL 60466

        (708) 748-7293

        I would also like to take this opportunity to report on the first
meeting of the as-yet-unnamed pipe club serving pipe smokers/collectors in
the mid-Hudson Valley area.  After talking about doing it for a year, vast
throng of four of us got together for diner at Aloy's Garden Restaurant in
Poughkeepsie in the evening of November 15.  They had arranged for us to
have our own room in which we had drinks and a terrific Italian dinner.
Albert DiFalco was elected president.  The purpose of the club was
articulated as being a forum for pipemokers to gather to show off pipes,
share tobaccos, tell tall stories, trade & sell pipes, and to promulgate a
multi-directional flow of pipes 7 tobacco information among the
participants.  So, we did that.

        I brought along some Charatans, including two Supremes from a
collection I bouight this past week, as well as two exquisite Radices and
an unsmoked Peterson's Handmade which Mike Hagley had sent.  I also talked
about my new-found interest in SMALLER pipes (my appreciation on that score
has recently been raised by Andrew Marks...thanks, Andrew) and so brought
some lovely old BBB's and a small 3/4 bent Apple stamped "Selected English"
and "straight grain" (anyone know about the first stamping?).  I popped
open a vintage tin of "Four Monks" and also a Perique-free mild, full
English I just got from the Owl Shop in New Haven, "Harkness Tower"

        President DiFalco brought his perfect ring-blast Savinelli
Autograph and a beautiful, small, gold-banded Peterson...also some
Woodlands tobacco from Mel Felman's Smokerin Albany.  Howie Rothstein was
smoking his favorite Irish Seconds bent Papa and we spent some time trying
to determine why this pipe was a "second" with only three tiny pits.  A
beauty...growth rings prominent...excellent smoker.  Dick Duncan was kind
enough to share his stash of British Woods and we all moaned over that
exotic tobacco.

         We also discussed ways to attract new members.  This message was
one.  We will also be placing flyers in pipes shops and passing the word by
mouth.  [The day before the meeting, I had stopped at a red light and,
looking in my rear-view mirror, noticed a guy behind me smoking a pipe.  I
jumped out of the car and went back to give him my card and invite him to
call me for information about the forming club.  (Haven't heard from him
yet...hope he didn't think that was too bizzare.)]

        We went on to work out meeting dates and places for December
(breakfast) and January (dinner) meeting and talked about smoking contests,
outings to the pipe shops in NY City, and perhaps a club trip to one of the
Tuesday meetings of the NY Pipe Club.

        I'm sharing start-up information with Ira Stone in Philadelphia and
Grant Porter in Sunrise, Florida both of whom are trying to organize pipe
clubs, and I invite correspondence with any other fledgling club
organizers.

        Best regards,

        Rob Denholtz

Rob Denholtz
FINE OLDE BRIARS
20 Clover Hill Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

[ Thanks for the club update, Rob! And see below. -S. ]


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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 15, 1996

please advertise that we are trying to start a pipe club in south florida and
would welcome interested parties to contact me by e-mail.


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From: Bruce Harris <??????????????????>
Subject: 4 Squares Tobacco

Hi Steve!
     I just finished reading the latest PD. Thanks again! In it, Grant
Porter was inquiring about 4 Squares tobacco. JR (1-800-JRCIGAR) has them
listed in his catalog. I was unable to send Grant a message directly, so you
might want to pass this info on to him. 
     Best, Bruce.


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From: "Robert O. Everett" <?????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

Hi Steve and all my pipe smoking friends,
This is just a note in response to the request from Julie Whitefeather in
the latest P.D. for info on pipe making.  Julie, my friend and the Sec'y of
the pipe club of which I am a member, a fine gent named Bill Unger talked
me into writing an article on pipe making for the amateur which was printed
in our club newsletter.  After receiving a few good remarks from fellow
club members, the article was subsequently reprinted here in the Pipes
Digest.  If you are interested in a how-to article slanted toward the
starting pipemaker, you will find it in P.D. #214 in the archives.  Allow
me to suggest that if you heve even the slightest interest in learning how
to make your own pipes, let nothing stand in your way.  This is just about
the neatest hobby one could imagine, especially for one who loves to smoke
pipes.  I don't sell my pipes, but just give them to my friends or smoke
them myself.  The gratitude received from a good pipe smoking friend upon
receipt of one of my hand made pipes exceeds any monetary reward I could
ever wish for.  Go for it - you'll never be sorry you did.
Regards to all,
Bob

[ One of these days, when the shell scripts are safe in their beds and
I have some spare time, I'll do some more carving myself! -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????????????? (Elliott Evans)
Subject: Re: Cigarettes

Jesper Klith, of Denmark, writes:
> Another good rolling tobacco is the Danish 'Bali Shag' which should
> also be available in the US. Clean, bright virginia without chemicals.

My favorite cigarette rolling tobacco is "Three Castles", also a
bright Virginian. Does anyone know its purity? 

Also, does anybody else who buys this feel silly about buying
Virginian tobacco that has been shipped to England for processing, and
is then being sold back to us Americans at a premium? Didn't we fight
a war about this? =^>

--
Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans		????????????????
Omniview, Inc.				(412) 788 - 9492 x115


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From: "Joe 'Tangled Fingers' Reid" <?????????????>
Subject: Pipe shops in Italy

This is my first posting to PD, I've been reading off and on for about
a year and am getting into my pipes more and more every day  Though I
can't give up the quick and dirty cigarettes, I smoke Nat Sherman
cigarettes which I really like (Virginia Circles, very nice clean
cigarette).

I'm going to be in Sienna, Flornece, and Rome over Christmas.  I was
wondering if anyone could reccommend pipe shops to visit in those
cities?

Thanks for the digest Steve, and the web pages look great.

-- 
Joe Reid, KE4FPN         '76 BMW 2002, '95 HONDA VF750C          ?????????????
                    DoD#: 1356, AMA#: 345791, BMWCCA#: 120934
                    Wardrobe Impaired Professional Malcontent
                           http://www.mal.com/~jreid

[ Pipes Digest #214 and the Guide list several shops in Italy. Are
there any others that aren't listed? -S. ]


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From: Robin Newberry <????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 15, 1996

Steve,

I live in a small college town (pop. 11,000 or so) surrounded by other small
towns (pops. even less), we do not have a pipe shop in town or even nearby
(the closest real tabacconist is easily a 45 minute drive away.) The wife
(also a pipe smoker) and I were  considering opening a _small_ pipe /
tobacco shop (no walk in humidor, no enormous display cases filled with
statues of wizards, etc.), but we have no idea where to begin. Can you, or
any of the PD readers, give us some helpful advice?

Robin Newberry
1966 Sedan "Gretchen"
????????????????????????

"My employer disavows any knowledge of my actions, 
disputes my existence, and refuses to say 'hi' when 
we pass in the hall."

[ I mailed Robin and recommended that he contact the RTDA.  Can anyone
else offer further advice?  And, re the disclaimer, there are days
when I know the feeling. :-( -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????? (Paul Hernaus)
Subject: Introduction

Hello Steve,

I think it's time to introduce myself after more than a year of
lurking.  I'm a 27 year old computer science student at Eindhoven
University of Technology, a pipe smoker for about 3 years. But it's
only since my subscription to your mailing list that I've become
more serious about it.

The first time I smoked a pipe was when I was 7 or 8 years old. I
have a 16 year older brother who was in the navy at the time. I
and some cousins were going through my brother's belongings when
he was away for a couple of months and we found a pipe and some
tobacco. I immediately decided to light it. The funny thing is that
I didn't taste a thing, but that my father, who was in another room
smelled it almost immediately and came to my room. He was pretty
mad and told me: "Ik rijt je de kop uit!" (translation: I'll rip
your head of). He was bluffing.

Then, about 16 years later, I had a teacher in university who smoked
a pipe. I liked its smell so much that I decided to buy a pipe
myself. But I never really came to like it. I only smoked a pipe
once a month or so. Then I subscribed to the PD and read about
English tobaccos and decided to try some Dunhill Early Morning
Pipe. Since that time I really got to like pipe smoking. The only
problem was that there isn't much choice in English tobaccos here
in Eindhoven. The PD came with a solution again:  mail order tobacco.
I ordered a trial pack from C&D. Delicious. So, thank you Steve
and all other contributors for all the valuable information I got
from you.

Rook ze,
Paul.

[ You're quite welcome, Paul! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????????? (Adam-HALPID Klyce)
Subject: Life in the slow lane...

     Fellow Pipe Digesters,
     
     I am currently in the middle of a ground war with my wife over the 
     boundaries my pipe smoking must adhere to. I would like nothing more 
     than to be able to sit in the living room, listen to old jazz records 
     (the bulk of my vinyl collection), smoke my pipe and read. My wife 
     would like nothing less...
     
     What this means for me is that I must go out into the public domain 
     whenever I want to smoke - something I dread mostly because I hate the 
     "public" and partially because it means I have to decide where to go.
     
     There are not that many places to really relax and enjoy smoking; my 
     local tobacco shop, The Piedmont Tobacconist (17 Glen Avenue, Oakland, 
     CA  94611 (510) 652 - 7473) though not very large and unfortunately 
     closed during the hours I most need it, is one.
     
     While in public I have noticed two things; people generally object 
     less to pipe smoke than to any other type of smoke, and bars seem to 
     think the opposite is true. I am often stupefied by the "No Pipe 
     Smoking" signs behind bars crowded with cigarette smokers. I was 
     recently told by the manager of this wonderful French cafe that 
     "People often complain about the pipe smoke, so you should smoke 
     outside." This, despite the fact that no sooner had I wandered outside 
     to smoke my pipe was I followed by someone who simply wanted to say 
     they liked the way it smelled !!?!??
     
     Life goes on and while it does I will keep wearing bow ties, listening 
     to records, smoking my pipes, drinking tea and ordering hamburgers in 
     restaurants known for their fois gras.. damn the mechanical pencils...
     
     One thing is for sure, though, and that is I can't wait for this cigar 
         craze to die. Nothing bothers me more than getting that cokeyed 
     grin or the expression of camraderie from obvious yuppies while I am 
     walking down      the street with a Partagas 150 billowing smoke. I 
     went to check out this   new cigar lounge (the title, cigar lounge, 
     makes me cringe) named of all   pretentious things, Fume'. It is only 
     a block from Union Square, San       Francisco which should give you 
     some hint as to its target audience (Union Square, for those who don't 
     know, is lined with Tiffanies, Gucci, Bullock & Jones, Saks 5th 
     Avenue, Nieman Marcus, Macy's, and the one good store -    Bang & 
     Olefson Stereos.)
     
     Anyway, after walking into "Fume'" I took one look at the prices and   
         decided to check out the liquor store across the street - just to 
     make     sure. And, as I had suspected, $14 for a Nat Sherman "Gotham 
     500" is just  way too much. Besides that the food was overpriced and 
     the only other      people in the place were these "just stepped out 
     of a Johnny Walker        advertisement" twentysomethings with Tag 
     Huer watches and Nautica ties. 
     
     The point, oh yeah - there was one you know, is that as far as it 
     seems to go "I would rather sit on a pumkin and have it all to myself 
     than share a  velvet cushion" as the saying goes. That is to say, if 
     fitting in as a twenty-four year old pipe smoker requires dressing 
     like a clown, acting like the court jester and playing the fool I'd 
     rather make my appearance as the crotchety old man... (we all need 
     role models.)
     
     Enjoy,
     
     Adam.


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From: "S. M. S." <???????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 15, 1996

Steve,

Have received your fine publication for a number of months, and although I
usually agree with most of what you post in the newsletter, I am sorry to
see that you allowed the following to make the pages, let alone to seem to
condone this by stating you were looking forward to the scan.

This letter states that a <high school debating team> is currently smoking
pipes between rounds.  This means that the students must be between the ages
of 14 and 18.  At least in Ohio, it is ILLEGAL for anyone under the age of
21 to purchase tobacco.

We are here to promote the enjoyment of pipes and tobacco, but only the
LEGAL enjoyment and consumption of the product.  I would hope we do not
encourage the ILLEGAL consumption of the product, which only serves to have
the Pleasure Police come down on us for promoting underage smoking.

Susan M. Sansenbaugher
???????????????????

[ This is a delicate issue.  I re-read the original article, but
didn't note that the authors had claimed to be underage, or to have
purchased tobacco for themselves.  Other circumstances are also
possible.  Also, I do not know where the debate team hails from, and
am not a lawyer, so I don't know what laws apply in their case.

You are correct that it is official Digest policy not to condone
illegal actions.  Therefore, if the debate team has violated the law
to prepare the scan, then the Digest will not publish it.  If they
send it, I request that the submitter attach a note avowing that he
has not violated the law by purchasing tobacco underage.

Members are cautioned, once again, not to submit anything to the
Digest that they would not wish to have shouted from the rooftops. I
try to look for this kind of thing, but stuff occasionally gets by me.

I apologize for any difficulty my comments may have caused. -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Anthropological research

I hope you gentlemen reading this will help me with some research
by answering 3 simple questions:

1) In which side of your mouth do you usually carry your pipe?
   (LEFT, MIDDLE or RIGHT)
2) Are you lefthanded or righthanded?  (LEFT or RIGHT)
3) To which side do you 'carry' as your tailor probably asked you
   at your first visit to him.  (LEFT or RIGHT)

The answers can be very short like this (my data) LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT.
Jokes about straight and bent stems etc. will not be appreciated!!

When I have sufficient material I'll work on some statistics and
publish the results here in PD.

Sincerly,
Jesper Klith,
Denmark

[ Please respond directly to Jesper. -S. ]


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From: candyval <????????????????????>
Subject: cigar box collectors

     I have some cigar boxes for sale.  I would be interested in
correspondence to that effect.


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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: Four Square

Hi Steve and fellow smokers,
On PD225 I read a call for info on the Four Square Green Mixture
and on PD227 a Danish fellow gives an answer to the call.
I would give a little contribute to this query saying that Four
Square Green is one of the best English Mixtures with Latakia that
are imported in Italy;it is not expensive and is a good
alternative to the two Balkan Sobranie that in Italy are still
distributed.These three mixtures plus the Caledonian 466 Mixture
(a Danish one) are the only smokable Latakia mixtures available
here in Italy;these simple infos may be completed by the awareness
of what is happening to these mixtures on a world scale.
Years ago, Latakia blends were well-known and smoked by a great
number of people in every part of the globe and a they were
produced by a great number of firms.Naturally the main producers
were the British (great firms or little firms or local
tobaccoonists).As time went by we faced two kind of fenomena:
1)Some UK great firms began to be in trouble to maintain the same
quality standards for these blends both for costs reasons both for
the year-to-year changing in tobacco harvests and also because
smoker's taste has been somewhat changed towards a sweeter kind of
tobacco.The result was that some great tobaccos were discontinued
some others has been changed in the formula (in order to meet the
different demand) and others decided to have their own mixtures
made by other firms.Balkan Sobranie,for example,decided to reduce
costs by eliminating the tins and using the pouch plus modifying
the cut (I noticed it is thinner than in the past) but it is still
a great tobacco.Other firms,unfortunally,make such changes that
the final result is unsatisfying with a loss in market shares.
2)The Danish firms learned how to do English Latakia Mixtures in a
perfect way in some case marrying the tradition with the classical
sweet Danish tobacco(i.e. Bengal Slices) in other cases
manufacturing such good blends one could think they are produced
in the Victorian England.
An example is the Olsen firm that produces an esquisite Nr.7000 My
Own Mixture that is a really perfect smoke or the Nr.9001 that is
excellent.
It is obvious that good U.K.mixtures still exist ,expecially
handblended from local tobaccoonists,but it is a little more
difficult to obtain them.
To mention some good mixtures avalaible in the continental
Europe(but not in Italy) we have the following:Fox's Banker's
Mixture,Fox's Campanile Mixture,almost all the Rattray's
mixtures,Simmon's Down the Road Mixture and so on.
So,as you see,not everything is lost!

Best Regards
Felice Mocci


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From: ????????????? (Danny L Kraakman)
Subject: Female PipeSmokers(Re:Pipes Digest #226)

> I have never seen another female pipe smoker (other than the
>friend I started with) although I am sure their must be a few.

This reminds me of a television program a couple of years ago: It was a
program in wich writers talked about 20 minutes with the host on their
(new) book.
That evening there was a american woman who smoked a pipe during the talk
on her book. This was found so unusual by the public, that people buying
her book asked for "the book of that pipe-smoking female writer from
television" !
So if you want to sell books: smoke a pipe....

--
                                             Danny  L Kraakman
                                             A m s t e r d a m


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From: ?????????????
Subject: Intro

Dear Fellow Members:

Greetings! Thought I'd take a few and introduce myself.  Im thirty two
and have been puffing seriously for just three months.  I'd had the
occasional cigar before,put never liked them as much as the pipe. The
tobacco gene skipped a generation in my family-both my grandfathers
smoked,and I can remember my paternal Gramps rolling his own cigs with
a pipe tobacco called Cutty Sark that came in a brown paper carton. Of
course my parents are rabid anti-smokers who where quite dismayed when
my sister started sneaking smokes in the girls room in high
school. Now that I've joined the opposition so to speak their not
pleased,although my mother admits that though she wishes I didn't
smoke, "it sure does smell good" -when's the last time anyone ever
said that about a cigarette?  Both my wife and mother in law are
smokers so I get lots of support from that side. I can smoke in any
room of the house! My late father in law had a fine collection of
meerschaums that unfortunately for me were sold at a garage sale
shortly after hiss passing.  Some lucky dogs must still be thanking
the good fortune that allowed him to snag the entire collection,with
walnut rack, for less than $100!!

I'm a slave in an office by day,an try to make time for my avocations
of acting,singing and writing.  I have a small reputation as a
performer around town(mostly Shakespeare and Gilbert& Sullivan) and
have been lucky enough to get a sweet gig as theatre columnist for a
local newspaper.  Other interests include bonsai,ethics cooking and
mountain biking.  Im probably not the first guy who was induced to
take up the pipe by two people-his wife and Sherlock Holmes.  I was
working my way through the casebook of the great detective when my
wife Jacque noticed the Paget illustration on the front cover,of the
great detective with a straight stem briar clenched in his teeth,and
remarked that I would look good with a pipe. ( I believe she has a bit
of a professor fetish going-she also encourages me to wear corduroy
trousers and tweed jackets with elbow patches) Any way,it wasn't long
before I went from hounding her to quit to dragging her along to the
smoke shop.  Still trying out different tobak blends,and tend to favor
aromatics.  My pipe collection is only seven items at this time,all
bents,with an even mix of brand new and estate models. Cant say I have
a favorite yet,though I prefer Petersons and similar type big,bent
pipes.  I'm lucky to live in a town(Columbus,Ohio)that has several
fine smoke shops and some very talented pipe makers.  My S&R wood
craft is a real beauty and I intend to acquire several more of S&R's
great looking,great smoking pipes.

Enough of that,right? Time for some questions:

 I prefer smoking aromatics,but it takes a really strongly flavored
mix for me to get any hint of flavor in my mouth-I just taste
smoke. It has been suggested that it takes time to develop a palette
for the subtle flavor Does that sound right to any one?  I was a
little disappointed when I got my new Peterson home and discovered two
plainly visible fills on the bowl that I swear where not there at the
store.  Any clue on the method used to keep me from noticing them
until the pipe was bought,paid for and smoked?

Thats enough for now  I think..

Cheers

Mark Passerrello
????????????

[ I can probably tell you about the fills.  They're usually pretty
well covered with stain, and some of the stain rubbed off as you
handled the pipe. -S. ]


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From: "Justin Brown" <??????????????>
Subject: Enjoying the Bottom of the bowl...

A little about me before I ask my question (hopefully to ease the
humiliation of my asking)....

I'm 22, and I have been smoking pipes for about a year now.  I own three: A
Savinelli, a BBS, and a Comoy's Royal Guard.  I, too, am a convert from the
cigar crowd, although I still enjoy a good cigar occasionally.

Now for my question.  As the subject of this message suggests, I am having
a very difficult time enjoying the last half of the bowl.  The first half
is wonderful, but then it starts tasting ... well, pretty bad.  So I think
I've smoked it all.  But when I empty the pipe, there is still a half a
bowl of nice brown tobacco.  Is the solution as simple as letting it burn
out half way through and emptying the top half?  It doesn't seem like this
is the "right" way.  But what do I know after a year...right?

I've enjoyed reading PD and look forward to the next "issue."

Justin Brown
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From: "DANIEL A. EDWARDS" <??????????????????????????>
Subject:       Stem discoloration

Steve,
     Ihave been a subscriber for about a year now and must compliment 
you on the fine job done on this publication.  I first got to 
subscribe as a cigar smoker and linked to the page that way but after 
reading a couple of issues it peaked my intrest in reintroducing 
myself to the pleasures of pipe smoking.  About 20 years ago I was an 
avid pipe smoker and collector but my intrest wained and I gave most 
of my collection to friends, however I retained a few of my 
favorites, mostly GBD's and one double walled ceramic with a painted 
windmill on the bowl.  Well enough of the prattle.  To my question.  
I seem to remember an issue that mentioned a restorative process for 
stems but can't seem to find it in my back issues.  Is there any way 
to remove the brown discoloration from the stems of my black stemed 
pipes?  They were stored in a closet for 20 years and when 
rediscovered the stems are rather unsightly.  Can you or any of the 
readers help?

Stay in Peace and tranquility.  Keep those matches dry?
Daniel A. Edwards
Manager, Work Control
Facilities Maintenance Services
Rutgers, The State University of N.J.
908-932-8151
Fax 908-932-8625

[ Buff the outside of the stem with non-gel (white) toothpaste.  The
abrasives should gently remove the discoloration. Then rinse. -S. ]


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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: Ceramic pipe info

I received this inquery. if anyone can help I m sure she d appreciate it.
The only pipemaker I could think of is Lepetier, but I don t have his
address. Thanx MT

I'm a Bethany College art therapy student on the search for information
on making ceramic tobacco pipes. (I live in a community that is kind of
choking to a person of my age and curiosity.) I have an intrest in
learning how to make pipes and I would like to do a project on the
designs of older culture's designs in pipe making (Irish). Would you
have any information that could be of use to me? Jessica Crane
????????????????????????????

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

[ I've sent Jessica some information on clay pipes from the Resource
Guide; can anyone else be of help? -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????????????? (Neil Murray)
Subject: Hi

Ok, got the issue printed, have to fold and staple now.  There is a full
page on the lighter and on the email addresses.  Should work out just
fine.  You should see you copy in a week or so, with the holiday, i will
either get them all stuffed into envelopes faster, or much slower, who
knows!

Got a great article on the Ohio Pipe Club in this issue, really great
and the photos are very clear.  Should please everyone!  Great photo of
Bill Unger and Regis Mc.  The December issue will have the photos from
the IAPSC pipe smoking contest, great photos.  I'm going to get a flat
bed scanner the mustek 800sp which should give me much better photo
input.  

I have been thinking about the idea of putting the gazette on a web site
instead of on paper.  That would allow full color without the burden of
offset printing.  Instead of subscriptions then it would require
advertsing support.  Its an idea, don't know what impact that would have
for readers, perhaps a combination of printed for those who want to
subscribe and on-line for the computer folks.  Sounds like a lot of
additional work, somehow.  :)

I like the pipes web page.

I have a post office box now also, would you update the resource guide?
its P.O. Box 930401, Wixom, MI, 48393

Have a good holiday!  Neil

[ Address updated.  See the [BLATANT PLUG] above for a good Web
site. :-) Looking forward, as always, to the next Gazette! -S. ]


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From: "DAVID A. CASTRO" <????????????????>
Subject: Boswell Pipes

	Mornin there Steve,

Hey, you have got to check out a new internet site I found.  They sell J.M. 
Boswell's pipes.  Steve, I've been smoking Boswell's pipes for years...it is 
my favorate pipe and a SWEET SMOKE.  He makes them by hand, freehand that is, 
with greek briar.  Besides, I met J.M. once and he is a hell of a craftsmen.  
His Church Wardon Pipe is great.  I did try to smoke it in church one day, but 
got kicked out.  So much for loving your neighbor.  Oh...Davidus Cigars & 
Pipes sells them (www.daviduscigars.com) or 
1-(888) HABANA1...check them out! Have you heard of Boswell before?

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[ Yes; I have two Boswells, bought for a pittance at the NYPC show a
couple of years back.  Both have thin walls or thin spots.  Boswell
tends to leave flat spots on his Danish freehands; I noticed this on
another freehand.  If this is deliberate, I'd appreciate it if someone
could explain the reason for it.

Thanks for the Guide update! -S. ]


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From: Steve Masticola (??????????????????)
Subject: Oslo, Norway

The Winter 1997 issue of _Pipes and Tobaccos_ has an article devoted
to a nice-sounding little tobacco museum in the headquarters of the
Tiedemann's tobacco company in Oslo.  The museum is prevented from
publicizing itself by Norwegian law, and the address was not printed
in the article.  If one of our Norwegian members could send in the
museum's contact information for the Guide, (and if doing so won't get
anyone in trouble), I'd appreciate it!

				Smoke in peace,
				~\U Steve.


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Quote of the Week:

	"I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm
	and objective judgment in all human affairs."

					- Albert Einstein

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #228 -- December 1, 1996
  2. Subject: Dr. David Kessler has resigned
  3. Subject: Pipe Smoking As An Art Form
  4. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 2, 1996
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 15, 1996
  6. Subject: 4 Squares Tobacco
  7. Subject: Pipes Digest
  8. Subject: Re: Cigarettes
  9. Subject: Pipe shops in Italy
  10. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 15, 1996
  11. Subject: Introduction
  12. Subject: Life in the slow lane...
  13. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #226 -- November 15, 1996
  14. Subject: Anthropological research
  15. Subject: cigar box collectors
  16. Subject: Four Square
  17. Subject: Female PipeSmokers(Re:Pipes Digest #226)
  18. Subject: Intro
  19. Subject: Enjoying the Bottom of the bowl...
  20. Subject: Stem discoloration
  21. Subject: Ceramic pipe info
  22. Subject: Hi
  23. Subject: Boswell Pipes
  24. Subject: Oslo, Norway
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