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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #229 -- December 20, 1996

		Pipes Digest #229 -- December 20, 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: 2626

Welcome to new members:

	Andrew Marovich
	Mike B.
	Jeffrey Harrison
	Jed Best
	Howard Fredericks
	Peter Raimondo
	Herb Dye
	David Hill
	Paul Malone
	Rebecca Berkowitz
	Richard Nootebos
	Sean Nagel
	Michael J. Koehler
	Burt Wolder
	Zarko Mavric
	Rusty Jones
	Jack Moore
	Thadius Day, Jr.
	Evan Williams
	Radim Belohlavek
	Michael A. Doherty
	Ted Wagner
	Dave Doherty
	J. T. Montgomery
	Harry T. Freis
	Kevin Newman
	Paul Malone
	Rusty Robeson
	Tom Thiel
	Douglas J. Early
	Jeff Breckon
	Runar Berntsen
	Matthew Davis
	Allan Metz
	John Wardle
	Jay Phoenix
	The Rev. Albert J. Keeney
	Marcus Jacob
	Chuck Evans
	Anthony Potts
	Rafael Sainz
	Robb Frank
	Karol Tarka
	Amy Harwood
	Henk Moed
	Jiri Novak
	Peter J. Lange
	Mr. Jeffrey Demann
	Hamid Hajibashi
	Jim Kelley
	Craig Junceau
	Steven Rule
	Dennis Post
	Joseph Stewart
	Steven Rule
	Allan Nicholson
	Cyril Timko
	Rick Bowen
	William Johnson
	Hamid Hajibashi
	Michael Holbrook
	Guy Dubec
	William Johnson
	Robin D. Roberts
	Doug Williams
	Darryl V. Harris
	Roger Nick
	Jon Fine
	Kent J. Carlson
	Orion Thomas Adcock
	William Bootz
	David E. Collier
	Richard Krauthmmer
	Jeff Dipalma
	Bill Brown
	Michael S. Dugger
	Dave Faige
	Michael Holbrook
	Bryan Mullins

On this, the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere,
join us as we find a suitably Clausian clay (or did Santa dabble in
the occasional stogie, too?) and settle down for a long Winter's
relaxation.  And with this issue of the Digest, which includes a
Dickensian mystery, a purloined pickelhaube, and the first piece in
several years from our prodigal puffer, Bill Thacker...

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: John Johnston <????????????????????>
Subject: New Pipe club

Hi Steve,

As always I enjoy reading the digest and all the good info and tips. I'm
writting today to ask if you could let everyone know that we've started a
new pipe club in North Pole Alaska called Santas Smoker's. Our home page is
located at "http://www.fairnet.org/Agencies/Santa/pipes.html".

Thanks for all your efforts and energy.

John Johnston
Executive Director	
FairNet - Fairbanks Alaska Community Network

"Vol-un-teer-ism. The theory, act, or practice of being a volunteer or of
using volunteers in Community Service work. To give, or offer to give on
one's own free will."

[ Just in time for the holidays, Joe! Thanks! -S. ]

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From: ??????????? (den)
Subject: Fwd: Charity (fwd)

to all my pipe-puffing friends,

The Houghton-Mifflin publishing Co. is giving books to children's
hospitals; how many books they give depends on how many emails they
receive from people around the world.  For every 25 emails they
receive, they give one book--it seems like a great way to help a good

All you have to do is email ??????????????? Hope you can spare the
seconds...and let your friends know. So far they only have 3, 400
messages...last year they reached 23,000.

Again, the address is ?????????????? (Share The Spirit Campaign)

Info is also available at:

Seemed like this was worth sharing, Best regards for a happy and
healthy holiday season,

Rob Denholtz
20 Clover Hill Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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From: Elliott Evans <[email protected]>
Subject: Custom Pipe Lighter Design Ordering Information

Since nobody objected to the design, the design is going to be:

          )           (         
         (  The        )  
          ) Internet  (
         (  Pipes      )
          ) Mailgroup (
         (             )
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Based on the 42 responses I received before the deadline, the lighter
is going to be:

        Pipe Lighter (unanimous)
        Black Matte (27 votes)
        Color (28 votes)
        Three Color (21 votes)

Three color design has the smoke and ash in gray, the lettering in
green, and the pipe & cigar in brown.

Based on this decision, the price will probably be:

        $15.91 (cost of black matte pipe lighter)
        $  .55 (shipping from the distributor to me)
        $ 1.01 (shipping in the US from me to you)
        $  .40 (one padded envelope)
If fewer than 50 people order, we'll have to eat the $45 service
charge, which will add ~$1 to each lighter. Please keep this in mind.

Please send me email with the following:

        * The number of lighters you would like

        * Your mailing address

Send no money yet! On January 2, I will make the order with the
distributor and send you all email with the final price. Six to eight
weeks later I will get the lighters from the distributor and send out
email again, requesting payment.

Note to non-US residents: You will have to pay more for shipping,

Note to Steve: Please post this to the digest as well, to see if
there's anybody interested now that the design is final.

--                                                                ,-------.
Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans                                        / @P!SU! |

[ Sorry I missed the note at the end originally, Eeyore. Consider it
posted! -S. ]

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From: Steve Beaty <?????????????????????????>
Subject: web page update

Steve and all,

        just a quick update on the goings-on on the web page:

        1) 'tis the Christmas season, and so there are two pictures that
reflect this.  the banner image is from Enzo Medici and above the digest
articles is the Mark Tinsky Christmas pipe.
        2) there is a new page at http://www.pipes.org/what_you_need.html
that talks about what a person needs to get started in this fine hobby of
ours.  it was created in the hopes that novices can know what to look for
when they walk into a store for the first time.

        that's all for today, live well,

Steve Beaty                                                   ???????????????
Creator and maintainer:                                  http://www.pipes.org

[ Thanks for the update, and for your time and energy as Webmaster. It
shows! -S. ]

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From: James Parkinson <?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Club

Hi Steve:
        Enjoy the digest much. I was wondering if there are people in the San
Diego, CA area who either have a pipe club going or are interested in
starting one. I am! I tried posting to ASP to get something going and
got one reply from a nice fellow pipe smoker in L.A., not exactly around
the corner.
        Thanks for all your work on the Digest and any help that can be
provided concerning the whereabouts of a pipe club.


[ James, I'd definitely suggest contacting Steve Johnson
(????????????????) or Jerry Lustig at (818) 882-6216.  Both are with
the Southwest Pipe and Cigar League, which is mostly based in LA, but
I'm sure they'd be glad to help.  The -S. ]

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From: Tony Casciato <??????????????????????>
Subject: [Pipes] Mark Tinsky Pipes


After reading several reviews in Pipes Digest and Pipe Friendly Magazine and
perusing the American Smoking Pipe Company web site, I finally ordered Mark
Tinsky's 1996 Christmas Pipe in a natural finish.  The pipe arrived three
days later and it is as good looking as I had hoped.  I waited until the
relaxed four day Thanksgiving weekend to try it out.  It was worth the wait;
it smoked great right from the first bowl.  This was an early Christmas
present to myself.  

New subject - does anyone know what happened to the Iwan Ries web site
www.iwanries.com? I can no longer find it there and there is no pointer to a
new location.

        Tony Casciato            ??????????????????????
           Hang in there...   You can outlast them...

[ I ordered one, myself, but am holding off until Christmas
Day. Apparently you're not alone in having trouble with Iwan Ries' web
site; see Rob Anderson's letter later. -S. ]

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From: Kevin C Halaburda <?????????????????????>
Subject: "underage" pipe smoking

Hello Steve,

	In the latest issue of Pipes Digest I just received in my mailbox,
I read a mail addressed to you from ??????????????????? . Susan
Sansenbaugher (I think that's the right spelling) stated that since a
person in high school must be between the ages of 14 and 18 (falsehood
#1), it is illegal what they are doing, because at least in Ohio, tobacco
purchase is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age (falsehood #2). Maybe
you've gotten similar letters like this one. I certainly hope I'm not the
only one who caught this, since her writing was terribly flawed.

	Firstly, four people I know entered high school when they were 13
years of age. No, this is not important and rather irrelevant, but they
have late birthdays in December, and were all 13 entering school in late
August. And, the fact she posted this first piece of bogus info and based
a conclusion on it is poor logic. Secondly, I myself live in "The heart of
it all" in Ohio, and I've been buying pipe (and other kinds of) tobacco
since the day I turned *18* years of age. Not 21, but 18. Legally. Matter
of fact, I have the priviledge to buy not only tobacco, but also long
rifles, a whole array of anything considered 'adult' entertainment
materials, and almost anything limited to adults. 'Adult' status in Ohio
is reached at the age of 18 years. On the day of my 18th birthday, I was
able to purchase all of this, enter into legal contracts, even join the
armed services of the US, but what I still cannot do is have a beer.
Alcohol, unfortunately, is one of the few select items that is limited to
those over the completely arbitrary age of 21 years. 

	What I'm getting at, Steve, is that Susan should have become
familiar with the age at which persons are legally permitted to purchase
tobacco products before sending such a mail to you. As a matter of fact, I
cannot think of ANY state, or even any country, that requires a person to
be 21 or older to purchase tobacco products (please fill me in if I'm
wrong). I'm only 20 now, and unless some law is passed before I buy a tin
of MacBaren's down the street in a half hour, I will still be within the
bounds of the law. Sure, when I buy a pipe, a pack of smokes, or a stogie,
I get 'carded' almost every time, and I am well aware that I fall into the
age group and fit the stereotype that buys the 'pipes for tobacco use
only'. No, I don't buy those things, but I would not be reluctant to do
so, as it is my legal right. I have no real problem with this, and I CAN
agree with her, and say that I'd never buy tobacco for anyone under age,
and I don't support that kind of thing, either.  Still, it would have been
best if she had at least looked up some figures or asked around before
jumping all over what you posted.

	And no, you don't have to put this in the digest, as I don't want
to create a big conflict, and it really isn't THAT big of a deal. I just
wanted you to know that she shouldn't have blamed you for her faulty data. 

kevin halaburda


[ That's one of the things I meant when I said, "other circumstances
are also possible."  Hope you don't mind my reprinting your letter
here. -S. ]

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From: "Louis F. Carbone" <?????????????????>
Subject: The Next NY Pipe Club Pipe Show

Hi Steve,
How are you today ?  I just wanted to let you know, if you hadn't heard
already, on behalf of Sam Barnett and Rich Esserman, that the next NY
Pipe Club Pipe Show will be on Saturday March 8th, 1997 at the Ramada
Hotel Newark Int'l. Airport.  There will be an in-formal get together
the night before at 8pm.  I'll be looking forward to it.  Perhaps you
can post the message to the next digest.

Also, Sam has asked if I could find out if there might be some reason
why he has been unable to access the Digest over Compuserve.  Any ideas?  
Hope to speak to you soon, thanks.

Louis F. Carbone

[ Consider it posted, Louis!  And no, I don't have any idea why the
Digest isn't appearing on Compuserve. -S. ]

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From: Rob Anderson <?????????????????>
Subject: A newbies praises & questions

I know everyone says it, but I have to add my thanks to Steve for all his 
efforts in maintaining this list for the benefit of pipe smokers 
everywhere. I know I've benefitted from it as so many others must have.

I'd also like to publicly thank all those who responded privately to my 
post a couple of issues ago. The single biggest help I received was when 
someone suggested I just remove the twisted metal "filter" from my bent 
Tsuge - what a huge difference! No more gurgling and sour taste as I 
smoke past half the bowl. I really feel as though I'm getting something 
out of it now.

I've been trying to get all of the back issues of PD, both from the FTP 
site and web page, but it's been a slow process due to international 
conjestion, I believe. I normally access at night here in Japan which is 
the daytime in the States, so the server is probably busier at that time. 
(I'd love to see more of the PD back issues on the FTP server as I seem 
to have better luck there - hint, hint.)

Anyway, my point is that beginners like myself can find lots of 
information in the back issues that is truly helpful. Unlike a lot of 
mailing lists on the net, PD doesn't suffer (much) from the timeliness 
problem. Pipe smoking is still pipe smoking, now or in the past. Besides, 
there are loads of interesting stories and anecdotes that are well worth 

My queries this issue:

First, has anyone had any luck contacting Iwan Ries' web site? I've been 
trying on and off now for a couple of weeks and continually get a "no DNS 
entry" for it. I wonder if it's just my provider...

Second, can anyone recommend a humidor for pipe tobacco (and where to get 
them)? Here's what I'm after - something that holds about 4-5 oz. maximum 
(I'm a light smoker) and looks nice enough to put out on my bookshelf. If 
you have Hacker's Ultimate Pipe Book 2nd Ed., there are some photos of 
ones that I think look good: pages 72, 105, and the porcelain one on 195. 
Any help here would be appreciated.

May you always have understanding friends, enough matches, and good 

Rob Anderson <?????????????????>
Shizuoka-ken, Japan

[ I could suggest trying the Web over a weekend, or perhaps there's a
time of day when it's not too busy in either the U.S. or Japan.  The
Digest used to be available on an FTP site (maintained by Richard
Geller), but it looks like it's out of commission for good. Mail to
Richard has been bouncing with "User unknown." -S. ]

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From: Regis McCafferty (???????????????)
Subject: comment from pipes page

     What a delightful way to spend an hour or so in the evening, puffing
away at a large Ferndown or Dunhill packed with my favorite Virginia.
Pipes Digest was a sparkling discovery for me several weeks ago and I find
myself coming back every other day.  For novice smokers or old hacks like
myself with
thirty years or more puffing and collecting, I heartily recommend it.
There's always something new to learn or information to share about tobaccos
not tried.  Thank yoy for taking the time and effort to do this.
Sincerely,   Regis McCafferty, President, Ohio Pipe Collectors.

[ Regis, I'd like to thank _you_ for the fine job the OPC has been
doing! And also to offer Bill another chance to plug (sic) the
club, next. -S. ]

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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: David Jones--Pipe Maker

Steve and the Ever-Increasing Band of Faithful Subscribers
As we enter the last month of 1996, it's time for me, with your indulgence,
to plug the Ohio Pipe Collectors again.  We currently stand just 7
dues-paying members short of 200--a goal I would very much like to achieve.
Dues are still only $12 per year, pro-rated by the month for new members,
which means anyone can join now for the rest of this year and 1997 and
receive the last newsletter of this year, which will appear soon, and the 4
1997 issues.  Plus, I will also send a copy of the Oct. issue--the biggest
one yet.  That issue contains a great article (if I do say so myself) on
Mark Tinsky, Curt Rollar and the American Pipe Smoking Co., which I'm
afraid is too long to send to the Digest. It also contains the following
profile of American pipe maker David Jones--a fine pipe maker and a
fascinating individual, whom I had the very great pleasure of meeting after
the article was published.  I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I
enjoyed working on it.
Many of you already know something about the pipes of David Jones because
Steve Richey has been singing David's praises ever since he won a David
Jones Regency (donated by Mike Spicer) in our show raffle last year--a win
that has, I believe, led to several more purchases.  I'm very pleased to
present this conducted-by-mail interview with David so that you can learn
something about the extremely interesting man behind the pipes as well as
more about the pipes themselves.
I'm 57 years old and work as a Senior Buyer with a Government Prime
Contractor in Texarkana, TX.  This means that I'm responsible for procuring
specially designed metal components from job shops all over the U.S.  I've
been with this company for 32 years.  Brenda, my wife, is a successful
realtor, and we have two sons and two grandchildren.  I work four days a
week at my regular job and make pipes the other three days.
My father was a carpenter and a farmer, and he taught me early the value
and importance of hard work.  I've always loved working with wood.  As a
boy of 14, I studied taxidermy, and I enjoyed carving the mounts and bases
for the birds and animals I mounted. During the 1970s and '80s, I was an
accomplished wood carver.  I specialized in hand-carved and hand-painted
realistic waterfowl decoys.  The pay wasn't very good because of the time
needed to complete a piece, but it was a labor of love, and money was not
the objective.  But carving decoys became boring and creatively stifling
because realistic bird carving requires that you copy exactly what nature
has already created.  I do still carve caricatures when I can find the
At 13, I taught myself to play the guitar.  During the '60s and '70s, I
played lead guitar for David Houston, Bob Luman, Cal Smith and Tony Douglas
when these performers came to town.  I've played guitar on three 45s for
regional artists here.  I mostly play electric guitar, and my favorite
instrument is a Gretsch Country Gentleman that I purchased new in 1963.  I
played Rock 'n Roll in the '50s and '60s.  I guess I prefer playing
country, but I enjoy all types of music.  I've done some singing with bands
I've played with, but I've never attempted to write songs.  Today I collect
vintage guitars and still find some time to play.
Over 20 years ago, I learned bonsai--the Japanese art of artistically
training miniature trees.  It remains my favorite hobby.  My back yard
contains a growing/display area with some 51 trees, most of which I have
developed and trained over the years. They require daily care in the
growing season.
As a boy growing up in Texas, in the summer I tended a country store my
father owned.  One elderly gentleman would walk to the store for his
tobacco.  He'd enter with his pipe going, and I've never forgotten the
aroma of that pipe and the way he'd tamp, fondle, light and just enjoy it.
I was 13, and that really impressed me.  At 14, I obtained an old pipe.  I
remember having two pipes but don't remember how or where I got them.  My
dad wouldn't have approved, so I kept them in a hollow log in a forest on
our property, along with a can of very dry Prince Albert.  (Today my
favorite tobacco is a medium to heavy Oriental blend such as Balkan
Sobranie 759 or Dunhill 965, although I also enjoy some of the wonderful
McClelland Virginia mixtures.)  I enjoyed smoking those pipes whenever I
could find the time.  When I left home at 19 to join the Army, one of the
first things I did was buy a good pipe--a Kaywoodie Prime Grain.
Thus began a lifelong love affair with pipes.  I've collected and smoked
high-grade briars for 35 years now.  I have about 130 pipes in my
collection, and I regularly smoke Upshall, Charatan, Barling and Dunhill,
but mostly I smoke my own rejects.  I prefer Canadians and billiards.
In the 1960s, I obtained a couple of low-grade briar blocks and attempted
to make my first pipe.  But I didn't have the time, skills, tools or money
to pursue pipe making at the time.  Making a living for a growing family
came before all else, so I put my desire to make pipes on hold.
In 1986, while visiting a small local pipe shop owned by a friend, I
spotted a copy of the Pipe Collectors International magazine.  It was his
only copy, but he insisted that I take it. At home, I read it cover to
cover and discovered that there were many sources for first-quality
plateaux briar.  The timing was right, and my desire to make pipes was
rekindled.  I had the resources, the time (the children were grown), the
skills and the means to get what I needed to try my hand at pipe making.
I started slowly, with the goal of making a few pipes to see if I could do
it.  In 1986 and 1987, I made about 30 pipes, all hand carved with knives.
I attended a PCI show in 1988, found out how much I didn't know, and filled
in some of the blanks.  I'm especially grateful to Jim DePrey and J.M.
Boswell for freely sharing their knowledge with me.  In 1989, I attended
the PCI show in Philadelphia.  I sold seven pipes at that show and came
away determined to see where this could go.  I decided to get serious about
pipe making.
Within two months of that show, I'd converted a three-car garage into an
air-conditioned shop (a necessity in Texas).  I purchased a lathe, some
tools and equipment that I'd located, and a full bag of first-quality
plateaux briar.  I was in the pipe business. The pipes began to sell
immediately, and they continue to do well today.  In 1992, I built a
separate 20 X 30 foot shop specifically designed for and dedicated to pipe
making.  It is fully insulated, with heating and air conditioning, dust
control and lots of natural light.
In the past eight years, I have experimented with all sorts of shapes and
finishes--some of them really weird.  However, during the past five years,
most of my work has conformed to traditional shapes.  They are my favorite
shapes, and they seem to sell better than the freehands.  All my pipes are
hand made one at a time, which makes it unlikely that any exact duplicates
exist in the pipes I've made.  I guess I've been most influenced by the
early Charatans.  The Charatan was always my personal favorite.
I'm just about totally self-taught.  I'm sure that some of my methods are
crude and labor intensive, but they work for me.  I have no idea how other
pipe makers perform most of the specific operations necessary to make a
fine pipe.
I'm particular about the briar I use.  I buy the finest I can obtain and
reject a good percentage of that.  In 1993, I spent a lot of money
searching for a better grade of wood.  I bought Corsican from two sources
and a batch of Moroccan at premium prices.  The overall yield from this
briar was no better than the extra- quality plateaux I use regularly.  Most
of my wood is Extra Quality Grecian, and all of it is plateaux cut.  I
still have about 90 blocks of old Algerian plateaux.
I bought heavily in briar in the early years so that I can maintain a solid
six-year supply, and I only use briar that is five or six years old,
meaning that it has been in my care for five or six years, where it ages
and cures under the proper conditions.  For at least two years before I
work the briar, it has been stored in my climate-controlled shop.  So I'm
always working with well-seasoned briar.  My pipes have a reputation for
breaking in easy and smoking cool and dry.  I believe that the time and
care that I give the briar and my careful carving methods are responsible
for the positive responses I receive.
Pipe making remains a part-time venture for me.  I'm currently making 110
to 130 pipes a year, a total that will not change significantly until I
retire, probably not before I'm 62.  From 1990-94, I averaged 150 or so
pipes a year, but I wasn't able to continue that pace on a part-time basis.
My grading system is simple and straightforward, and I haven't changed it
since I started.  It starts with a hand-carved (rustic) finish that I stain
black, light tan, or medium brown. I create this finish by hand with three
or four tools that I designed and made.  Suggested retail on these pipes is
The rustic finish is followed by five smooth grades, which grow lighter in
color as the grades progress to the high end.  All my smooth grades are
grade marked as follows, with their suggested retail prices: S for
Standard, with a walnut stain ($185); E for Excellent, with a tan stain
($210); P for Premier, with a natural finish ($250); PP for Premier Elite,
with a natural finish ($300); PPP for Premier Ultra, with a natural finish
($425).  All my grades are also available in Extra Large, Colossal and
custom made-to-order pieces.  "Natural finish" means a very light stain to
provide contrast between the soft and hard fibers of the wood. Some of my
pipes have a natural grain contrast that needs no stain.  All of my pipes
are carnauba waxed.
Every pipe I've made is stamped with my signature and the words "HANDMADE"
and "USA."  As of May, 1996, I dropped the REGENCY stamp, which appears on
all previous pipes.  This was a marketing name I chose at the beginning
because I felt that my name was too hopelessly common to stamp on a pipe.
However, the calls and correspondence that I receive refer to my work as
"David Jones pipes," and I kind of like the sound of that.  Maybe it's
because I've heard it so much that I've gotten used to it.  The final
Regency pipe I produced is numbered 61082.
Every pipe I make is given a serial number, which contains a date code.
The first digit in the number represents the year and the following number
is the exact sequentially numbered pipe since I made my first one.  For
example, number 5975 would have been made in 1995 and would be the 975th
pipe that I've made.  In the year 2000, I'll probably use an alphabetical
character to designate the year.  My stem logo is a 5/32-inch round
mother-of-pearl dot. These dots are produced for use on fretted musical
instruments, like guitars, as fingerboard position markers.
I sell wholesale to tobacco shops.  My warranty means what it says.  I
guarantee each of my pipes for one year against burn-out and will replace
it with a pipe of similar quality at no charge. I believe I have replaced
some six pipes out of 1100 or so shipped.  Some of these were questionable,
but the customer really is always right.
If I have a philosophy of pipe making, it is simply to always try to make
the current pipe a little better than the last one.  I'm an apprentice to
my own standards, and I almost never measure up. I don't use shape charts
because each of my pipes really is totally hand made, and I personally
perform each operation on each pipe, from design to final buff.  I try to
take the best advantage of the unique grain in each block I select to
design a pipe.
The following shops carry David Jones pipes. Briar Patch: Sacramento, CA
Briar Shoppe: Houston, TX  Briar Rose Tobacco Shop: Carson, CA  Canyon
Smoke Shop: Buena Park, CA Carmel Pipe Shop: Carmel, CA  Claremont Tobacco:
Claremont, CA Ford & Haig Tobacconist: Scottsdale, AZ  Grant's Smoke Shop:
San Francisco, CA  Mission Pipe Shop: San Jose, CA  Palm Desert Tobacco:
Palm Desert, CA  Piedmont Tobacconist: Oakland, CA  Poor Richard's Pipe &
Tobacco: San Bernardino, CA  Sherlock's Haven: San Francisco, CA  Stag
Tobacconist: Colorado Springs, CO  Ted's Pipe Shop: Tulsa, OK  Tinder Box:
Columbus, OH  Tinder Box: Citrus Heights, CA  Tinder Box: Bellvue, WA
Tinder Box: Tacoma, WA  Tinder Box: Tukwila, WA

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

[ Good luck making the 200 mark, Bill! -S. ]

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From: Joe Bowman <?????????????????????????>
Subject: new bent stem pipe

Hello Steve and all fellow pipe smokers!

First a brief introduction. I'm 28 years old and have been smoking a pipe
off and on for about six years. I've been a pipe smoker wanna-be since the age
of 12. A friend's father was a pipe smoker and I always loved the smell.

I bought my first pipe (likely at K-mart or the like) while at university
but gave up in resignation and would throw it all away.

I got e-mail access in 1994 and soon found out about Pipe Digest.  So I've
been an avid pipe smoker since January 1995.  I smoke only aromatics. I tried
a couple Englishes and found them NOT to my liking.

Now to my question:

I own three pipes. My newest is my first bent stem pipe. It smokes well, but
I find the bottom very soggy.  I asked a pipe smoking friend about this and
he said it's because it's new but the first two pipes didn't have this problem.

Is it something to do with the fact that it's a bent stem pipe? What could I
be doing wrong?

Thanks for you help.

By the way, if there's anyone else out there from Montreal or surrounding area,
and would be interested in forming a club, let me know!!
Joe Bowman                   Home:   (514) 362-1092
Technical Editor             Office: (514) 855-5001 ext 6285
Bombardier Inc. Canadair     E-mail: ?????????????????????????
Amphibious Aircraft Divsion
Montreal, Quebec, Canada             

[ Re the soggy pipe, it's not likely that it's wet just because it's
new.  If the same tobacco smokes OK in other pipes, it's not a
humidification problem either.  I'd suspect some design flaw that's
either trapping moisture or encouraging excess saliva to accumulate.

Perhaps Blatter & Blatter would also be interested in helping to form
a club in Montreal?  Please let us know of further developments! -S. ]

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From: "Tim Bender" <???????????????????????>
Subject: submission to digest

     My name is Tim Bender, and I am a new subscriber to Pipes Digest. I began
smoking pipes about 2 months ago. Since my 18th birthday this July, I had been
a cigar smoker. One fateful day, however, I went to the mall to buy a Good
Cigar at the tobacconist's, having saved a decent amount of cash for that
purpose. (I am an impecunious college student.) On an impulse, however, I
bought a cheap corncob and some Borkum Riff instead of a Montecruz. I
immediately vowed never again to touch a cigar. By now, I have acquired two
briars (a Dr. Grabow {oy vey} and an anonymous one marked "Imported Briar,"
both bent) and a meerschaum. (For some reason, my relatives have been sending
me a whole lot of spending money lately. I put it to good use.) I also have
started using better tobacco; the Smoke 'n' Snuff (the local tobacconist) #10
blend is good.
   I am sending this letter because I wish to find out more about my
meerschaum. This is how I found it: I was at an antique store in Sarasota, FL,
looking for records. In a display case, I saw a meerschaum, in the classic
turk's head shape. I asked if I could take a closer look at it, and found it to
be a beauty. Imagine my surprise when I saw the pricetag to proclaim that it
cost $15.99!!! I immediately started looking for things wrong with it (A friend
of mine owns a meerschaum and had told me what to look for.) Most surprisingly,
I noticed NOTHING! I bought it; it smokes much better than either of my briars.
The pipe came in a soft cloth bag marked:
       David P. Ehrlich Co.
       Pipe makers since 1868 (? this is in small print)
       Meerschaum and briar
       Boston, Mass. 
Can you tell me anything about the company?
    On another note, I very strongly support your stand against the "Pleasure
Police." To quote T. H. White, "I am an anarchist, like any other sensible
person," and in my eyes the recent stand of the government on smoking (among
other things) is deplorable. Keep up the good work-- the recent Great American
Smoke-In was an excellent idea. 
           Happy smoking,
               Tim Bender :{?> (goateed piper, not unlike yours truly)

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.    

Get Your *Web-Based* Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com

[ Thanks for the reminder about the Great Worldwide Smoke-In!  I spent
it in "A Little Taste of Cuba" in Princeton, enjoying a couple of good
cigars and some interesting conversation with two people of whom the
Pleasure Police would have doubtless disapproved.  And Ehrlich is a
world-class tobacconists' shop on Boston Common; 32 Tremont Street,
Boston, Massachusetts 02108, 617-227-1720. -S. ]

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From: "MARK LETTERI" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Permission

Hi, Steve,

You're doing an admirable job on _Pipes Digest_!

Please see the short attachment -- it's a submission from the second most
recent _PD_. I wouldn't mind using it as an example in the critical
reasoning course that I'll be teaching next semester. But I don't know the
copyright details. Please advise.


f   -----------------------------------------------~
r   Mark Letteri
o  <??????????????????????????>
m -----------------------------------------------~

[ Ed Berggren's letter from Digest #226 deleted.  Please feel free to
use it, as long as it's OK with Ed.  The copyright is mainly there to
discourage spamming and other forms of harassment. Thanks! -S. ]

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From: "Craig A. Zottola" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: pipe smoking


I receive your pipe digest, because I am a new smoker of cigars.  I enjoy 
this pastime and I am learning more and more about it.  However, I also 
am intrigued about pipe smoking.  One of the largest questions I have 
(and perhaps most ignorant) is....Do pipe smokers inhale the smoke?  I 
assume that they smoke just like a cigar smoker would, however, I'm not 
sure.  I did print out a copy of your Pipes FAQ and it has alot of great 
information for a "newbie".  Thanks for the help on the question.

Craig A. Zottola
Citibank, N.A.
Corporate Financial Control
e-mail:  ??????????????????????????

[ Some do inhale, but most do not. -S. ]

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From: Jostein Rolstad <????????????????>
Subject: Oslo, Norway

Hello Steve and fellow pipesmokers!

There you see what advertising restrictions can do. I've lived in Oslo
most of my life, and had no idea that Tiedemann has a tobacco museum. But
after seeing your mail, I took a couple of telephone calls to check this
up. The contact information is as follows:

JL Tiedemann's tobakks fabrikk
PB. 6086 Etterstad
0601 OSLO
tlf: + 47 22 08 10 00
fax: + 47 22 08 13 62

You would have to call them first before you visit them.

The telephone number is for the reception at Tiedemann. There you should
say that you are interested in visitting the museum, and they should be
able to put you over to the right person. 

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*                   Jostein Rolstad                    *        
*               email: ????????????????                *  
*             http://www.unik.no/~josteinr             * 
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[ Thanks for the help! It also shows what the Net can do to support
freedom of speech. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Anthropology

I would like to repeat my research from PD226 since I need more than
the 20 answers I have received until now. Maybe I was a bit too subtle
with question 3, I was referring to people's more 'private parts'.
The only conclusion until now is that some readers have a sense of
humour AND that it probably is a bad idea to invest in the tailor
FROM PD 226: I hope you gentlemen reading this will help me with
my research by answering 3 simple questions:

1) In which side of your mouth do you usually carry your pipe?
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.

Jesper Klith,

[ Great, Jesper!  I don't know about the "carrying" part,
though. -S. ]

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From: "James T. Dunne" <????????????????>
Subject:  PIPE - Need Help Identifying Pipe

Greetings, fellow pipies! (G)

Recently, I rescued a beautiful danish freehand from the depths of a
grungy box at a local flea market.  Some loving care, not to mention a
serious session with my polishing wheel to strip off the sludge,
revealed a gorgeous straight grain, and a wonderful finish that just
about glows.  It was minus a stem, which has since been remedied
courtesy of Steve at the Malaga Pipe Company.  (An interesting note -
the stem cost about 4 times as much as I paid for the pipe!  And,
that's not a comment on Steve's repair pricing - he's quite

Anyway, I'd like some help on identifying this beautiful piece.  If
possible, I'd like to know manufacturer, and approximate date of
manufacture.  Beyond that, any other information would be welcome.
The pipe is a 1/8 bent (almost a straight), and fairly large.  The
bowl, which has a typical plateau top, measures 3" from top to base.
The shank is 2 1/2" long and is an unusual wide rectangular shape, and
measures 15/16" across the top (from one side of the shank to the
other).  The following information is stamped on the bottom of the

                        HAND MADE

                        TOBAK'S VIKING


Any information anyone can provide on this wonderful pipe would be
greatly appreciated.  I tried a post on alt.smokers.pipes, with no
luck.  But then, we're obviously a more knowledgeable group here (G).


							Jim Dunne
*"The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the    |  James T. Dunne, CCP, CNA  *
* philosopher, and shuts up the mouths of the   |  Sterling Heights, MI      *
* foolish; it generates a style of conversation |  ????????????????          *
* contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent and     |                            * 
* unaffected." - William Makepeace Thackeray    |  ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U   *
* "We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers - thieves  *
*  planting flags, murderers carrying crosses.  Let us at last praise the    *
*  colonizers of dreams."   -  Peter S. Beagle                               *

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

     Please share with the members that I have a Peterson Sherlock Holmes
pipe rack for sale or trade. I am looking for Dunhills, old Sasienis, or old

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From: ?????????????????????????????
Subject: English Mxt

--- Ricevuto da   EITA.TEIFEMO  +39 6 72583627      96-12-09 14.57
Hi William,
Yes,I know that Rattrays are now made in Germany but I think that
it is not important who blends them but how it does it.I think
that these blends are still a good smoke although I am now curious
of what degree of wonderful smoke they were when You smoked them
twenty years ago.The same thing,as You know,happened to Balkan
Sobranie that changed in almost everything but the quality that,I
think,remains quite high.
You will have noticed that in my mail to PD I intentionally
neglected a famous firm that in the past was one of most beloved
by us.This firm has outsourced to another firm the blending of the
mixtures.Nevertheless ,in this case the result was such that I
don't buy this tobacco anymore.It is not only a complete different
series of mixtures but ,worst,it is no more smokable.Maybe the old
ones are available only in their London shop,but for the rest of
the world market it is a bare loss.Sadly I continue to buy their
excellent pipes and lighters using them on other firm's tobacco.
The final sense of this discussion is that the culture and making
of English Mixtures is,for several reasons,changed from a
regional-wide culture to a world-wide one and in this change we
lost something.
Hoping that the trend could be reversed I will open a can of Black
Mallory and puffing in my pipe give to you and all fellow pipe
smokers the best wishes for the coming holidays.

Felice Mocci

  -: - - - - - - - - - - > --USERS IN VAX AND INTERNET --
  -: - - - - - - - - - - > --USERS IN VAX AND INTERNET --

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

Hey Steve,

First, I want to thank you for all the work you put into the digest.  I have
only been receiving it for a few months now, but I have learned very much.  

Let me introduce myself...

I am a 21 year old student at Cleveland State University in Cleveland,
Ohio with a major in Electrical Engineering. I have been smoking a
pipe for the past year during which my collection has grown
steadily...I am up to 13 pipes.  Included is a Peterson Kilarney, a
Turkish Meershaum, Big Ben, Comoy, Stanwell, Paronelli, and some

By the way...  I know it was a long time ago (October), but the
C.O.R.P.S. pipe show in Richmond, VA was great.  The people there were
very friendly.

Now to the point...  I responded to David Castro's comment on Boswell

"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."

As soon as I read it, I called and ordered a maple stained church
warden.  In fact, I ordered it on December 5 and got it today
(December 6)...how's that for service!  David was right, it smokes
great and looks even better.  Thanks David.

Thanks again for the digest...

Have a smoke on me,
Mark Osowski  

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From: Jerry Daniels <??????????????????>
Subject: RTDA


I've seen you mention it a couple of times. What IS the RTDA?

Jerry Daniels

[ The Retail Tobacco Dealers' Association, a trade organization.  107
East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202; tel: (410) 547-6996; fax:
(410) 727-7533. -S. ]

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From: Lowell Barton (?????????????????????)
Subject: comment from pipes page

You talk about a DFW pipe smokers club....Do you know if 
there is a local club in the Dallas area for Cigar smokers?

Lowell Barton

[ I have no personal knowledge of a Dallas cigar club, but perhaps
another member does. -S. ]

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From: Hamid Hajibashi <???????????????????????>
Subject: Questoin: Looking for a good cigar to flavor by alchol

I recently enjoyed a new type of cigar that was aged in Cognac and was
very pleased with the effect. I have recently bought the material to
perform such things on my own cigars instead of paying double for the
cigar. I am in search of a good cheap cigar that would be right for
this. I need a cigar that is not too spicy because it could interfere
with the flavor of the alcohol.  I would like to have something
chocolaty or nutty that is not way too strong and will leave room for
the absorbtion of the alchol aroma. I would appreciate any suggestion
you might have in this....

E-mail me at : ???????????????????????????


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From: ???????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #228 -- December 1, 1996

          Hi.I know this is a plug,& I know this is a pipe digest.But I have 
a new job as manager,for a company,Simply Cigars.The company is from 
Illinois.I manage a kiosk in Cambridge,MA.We're in the Cambridgeside 
Galleria,across from the Lotus building,& The Royal Sonesta Hotel.
         We sell some t-shirts,lighters,cutters,piercers,& many cigars & 
humidors.Please post this,if you could.Thanks,Alex Floyd.

               Simply Cigars
               100 Cambridgeside Galleria,Level # 1,
               Cambridge,MA 02141

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

Hi Steve and Fellows,
I think that one of the fascinating aspects of our Hobby is the
possibility of scanning several countries in order to improve the
knowledge on tobacco-related items from everywhere.
The most interesting results are achieved when one meets tobaccos
or blends which are very peculiar of some particular
Countries. With reference to this,lately it happened to me that a
friend,back from Ireland,gave me a lot of strange envelopes
seeming more chokolats or cakes than tobacco.In effect,this is
tobacco and its name is "Plug Tobacco".In Italy it is a kind of
smoking absolutely unknown and I was quite impressed both by the
package both by the smoking features of these brands.They look
like little bricks that are well moisted and futhermore they keep
themselves moist for a long time.They are easy to carry because
the dimensions are those of a bubble-gum package and ,what is
best,it is an excellent smoking.I tried the following:
-Condor Plug
-Mick McQuaid Plug
-Spillane's Garryowen Plug
-Potomac Plug
-Warrior's Plug
All of these are similar in taste and smoke even being different
one from each other in flavour and little things;the taste is of
pure tobacco and the burning,when learned how to manage it,is long
and fresh.A very good tobacco.The friend who purchased it said
that it is a traditional Irish Tobacco kind and the Irish use not
only to smoke but also to chew it when they want.
Unfortunally it seems that it is not available outside of EIRE and
I will ot have the chance of smoking that on a regular basis.
W.Hacker in his book relates on the manufacturing of this tobacco
and I suppose that in USA it is not so unknown.
Is someone aware of this kind of plugs in the States?
I would be glad to have more infos on the issue.

regards from Felice Mocci

[ I've seen it for sale, maybe in the Finck catalog, but I forget
where now. -S. ]

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From: Mark Lathem <?????????????????>
Subject: Great Moments in Pipe Smoking

In recent weeks folks have been contributing their ideas of ideal pipe
smoking moments to a.s.p.  Here's mine, sans brandy and Vivaldi <g>...

As kids, my friends and I would spend many summer nights camping.
Lacking sleeping bags, tents, freeze-dried shrimp scampi and other 
such high-tech outdoor accessories, we would lug a pile of 
quilts, a ridiculously heavy tarpaulin, and most of the prime parts of
a fair-sized pig into the wilderness.  (On one occasion we left the
pig at home, electing instead to carry fishing rods.  I'll share the 
"fish stew" story some day, but for now it's still too painful...)
Invariably, it would begin to rain, and we would spend the evening in
the cramped shelter of the tarp, puffing away on "borrowed" cigars or
cigarettes, or on our homemade corncob pipes stuffed with Dad's tobak.

As some of you know, I'm a US Army officer, and my current job often
finds me alone in my HMMWV (the proper abbreviation for the celebrity
station wagon known as the "Hummer").  Before departing for the field
last week I tossed a corncob pipe (included as a joke with the beautiful 
pipe cabinet my father made for me for Christmas) and a pouch of Sir
Walter Raleigh (which Joel Farr had sent to me to scan for a woman who
is constructing a web page memorial to her father, who was a pipe
smoker).  Upon arriving in the field I received a weather report which
predicted rain--a rare event here in the Mojave.  Since my HMMWV has
no top, I rigged my heavy-duty 14' X 17' tarp and prepared to weather
out the storm.

Shortly after sunset the rain began.  With nothing else to do, I dug out
the pipe and the tobacco and lit up.  About five minutes into the
smoke I was overwhelmed by an incredible feeling of deja vu.  The sound
of the rain, the rough cob against my palm, the smells of wet tarp and
Sir Walter Raleigh (the very brand I had often liberated from my father)
in that tiny space transported me back 25 years to those wonderful days 
of my childhood.  I literally laughed out loud and realized that it just 
doesn't get any better than this...

Mark Lathem      

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From: ??????????????????????????????
Subject: pipe making

Hi Steve:

Thanks for all the great info on pipes in Pipes Digest.  My present query is
about Stemco-Pimo, Inc.  They seemed to have disappeared or gone out of
business.  In past literature they are mentioned as THE source for all the
supplies, tooling and info about making pipes.  do you have any current info on
them??  If not, who is an alternate source other than American Smoking Pipes??
Keep up the GREAT work!!!  As a new pipe smoker, I am thrilled to have access
to the Digest.

You can respond to this e-mail address or my home e-mail address:

Robert L. Lasso

[ The latest info I have is: Stemco-Pimo, Inc., Butternut Lane,
P.O. Box 2043, Manchester Center, VT 05255, (802) 362-3371,
???????????????????  Please let me know if this needs to be
updated. -S. ]

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From: "Bill Thacker" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes in Flight

My, what a flattering welcome home!  I feel like the prodigal son!

And it's mighty nice to be back, let me say.  I'm quite pleased to 
see how well the Pipes Digest has done in my absence (and let's have
a big hand for our host:  the Baron of Burl, the Count of Calabashes,
the Duke of Dunhill, the most Puissant Puffer of Public-domain 
Pipedom, Mr. Steve Masticola!) 

As veteran readers of this list may recall, I dabble in the scholarly
pursuit of pipe history.  Specifically, I preserve some of the most
obscure pipe-lore, bits of which I've been able to share in this 

Recently, life presented me with a rare opportunity to investigate 
the pre-history of pipes first-hand.  I was offered a position with
a team undertaking a new archaeological excavation of Roman ruins!  I
had to accept on rather short notice (hence my sudden and unexplained
disappearance from this group), and I have just recently returned to
set my findings to paper.  

It will take years to catalog everything we've learned from this dig,
but I can say already that our findings will shake the very 
foundations of our understanding of the history of pipes.  Indeed, 
our new discoveries lead inexorably to the conclusion that pipes were
the defining factor in the history of western civilization!  

But alas!  all that must wait for another day.  As my way of saying
"Hello" again to the Digest, let me share with you another 
anecdote on the pivotal role of pipes in aviation history.  

As an observant reader mentioned in the last digest, I long ago 
recounted the heroic fight for the skies of Europe in WWII. The 
British pilots, burning high-octane Latakia in their aptly-named 
Spitfires, grappling with the Germans in their cool-smoking 
Messerschaums... those were the glory days of Pipewar. After the war,
the fast, new butane-fired jet pipes burst onto the scene, followed
soon by computer control, smoke-by-wire systems, carbon-carbon 
composite stems... and soon, the human factor disappeared from this
modern, piezo-electric war.  

As aviation buffs will attest, the most influential person in modern
aviation is Kelly Johnson, chief design engineer for Lockheed.  What
the buffs may not know is that Johnson was an avid pipe smoker, and
his penchant for strong tobacco led to the most advanced aircraft 
ever built.  

Lockheed had contracted to provide a new high-altitude reconaissance
plane for the air force, and Johnson had the engineer's equivalent to
writer's block.  As lead engineer, he was constantly bombarded with
questions and problems; even his office offered no refuge from phone
calls and meetings.  But the final straw was when his boss gave up
cigarettes and ordered a "No Smoking" policy throughout the building.
Johnson refused to comply: and his boss knew he couldn't fire Kelly.

So they moved Johnson and his team to a small shed to the rear of the
main Lockheed building.  Here he could retreat from the interruptions
and concentrate on his design work... and most importantly, he could
smoke his pipe in peace.  And smoke he did!  The shed was soon filled
with pall of pipe-borne pleasure, but the acrid smell of Johnson's
prized Turkish blends was enough to drive the faint-of-heart away at
first whiff.  When visitors inquired about the smokey little shack,
tour guides would just laugh and say, "Oh, that's where The Skunk

You all know the rest.  Lockheed produced the U-2, which provided 
aerial surveillance of Russian tobacco harvests for many years.  Next
came the SR-71, the fastest plane ever built, able to fly from New 
York to Los Angeles in less time than it took to smoke a single bowl.

My sources within the defense and tobacco industries tell me that 
Lockheed's Skunk Works is currently working on improved stealth 
technology to produce a Stealth Pipe. This technological marvel will
be constructed of the latest composites, shaped to virtually 
eliminate its radar signature.  Special emissions control also make
it invisible in the infrared and olfactory spectra.  Whereas a 
regular pipe can be detected by an anti-smoking zealot from up to
200 feet away, a Stealth Pipe is said to be virtually undetectable 
at more than six feet.  It also features first-strike capability:  
that is, it will always light on the first match.  

In an age of growing anti-smoking sentiment, such technology may
prove invaluable!

Well, that's all for now!  I've got to get back to my next epic, 
"The Pipes of Rome."

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Bill Thacker  		  Lucent Technologies    Network Wireless Systems
???????????????????????      (614) 860-5294               Columbus, Ohio       
          "Giving money and power to government is like giving 
	 whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - P.J. O'Rourke

[Bill, it may not be cause and effect, but in addition to the skunk
works, space exploration seemed a lot more fruitful in the days when
the engineers could keep their trusty pipes by their sides.  The days
when cigars signaled the successful completion of a mission.  These
were the bold explorers who launched Explorer, Telstar, Tiros, Ranger,
Surveyor, Lunar Orbiter, Pioneer, Voyager, Viking, Mercury,
Gemini... and Apollo. One small smoke for (a) man, one giant leap for

Since NASA has exiled the pipes to the parking lot and the cigars to
the cars, what have we had?  The Challenger disaster... Hubble's
warped mirror... Galileo's stuck antenna... Mars Observer's exploding
hypergolics... the neverending redesign of Space Station Freedom, or
Alpha, or Mir...

Coincidence?  We rather think not.  Whatever.  Good to have you back,
Bill! -S. ]

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

I've been smoking pipes that I hand carved and drilled for @ 15 years and
have finally found fellow pipers on the internet.  Glad to have found you.

I was actually cruising to find a source for Ben Wade stems and would
greatly appreciate a source for my personal use.

I have also been making pipe tools shaped like small samari swords for some
time.  They have been for my own use and  creative knack, but, working full
time for Merrill Lynch, I am surrounded by Asian-Americans who have begged
me to make and sell them designed as their family swords.   I've been
thinking of adding a page to my website once I can get digital pictures of
them.  Do you think there is a market for them, hand turned without
machinery?  Would appreciate your advice.

In the meantime, if you could direct me to a Ben Wade stem source, I would
be grateful.  And, of course, if you're interested in Art, please check out
my website.  Creating sites is a sideline.  We're at:



Ron Oster, Managing Partner
Art Technologies, Ltd

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From: Anthony Amorteguy <???????????>
Subject: Locate a pipe's former owner

I inherited a pipe from my grandfather. He picked it up in Germany in WWII.
I don't know if he stole it from a house or bought it off someone but I'm
fairly sure it was a WWI era pipe.

Anyway, I think whoever is a descendant of the original owner would want to
see it or get it back.

It's not in my possession at this time or I'd give you a detailed
description of it. I am going to my mother's at Christmas and will pick it
up. I am basically wondering if it is possible for some one to help me
locate the owner's descendants.

The pipe is about 16 long and has an ivory bowl with a helmet covering the
bowl (a kaiser helmet with one of those points on top) on the bowl there
are names inscribed, one name is the name of the person the pipe was
presented to, below that their are names inscribed of the soldiers in his

When I get the pipe later this month I'll email the names. But, do you
think you could help? I live in California, USA so it would be hard for me
to get much info from Germany.

Anyway, let me know if you can help.


[ Perhaps the inscribed names could be used to track it, but it'd be a
_job_.  Can anyone help? -S. ]

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From: Gordo <??????????????????????????>
Subject: happy jacks

has anyone heard, or done business with happy jacks in laconia NH
please reply to ????????????????????? thanks


[ They're not in the Guide, Gordo. -S. ]

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From: "Justin A. Payne" <????????????????????>
Subject: (no subject)

Dear Steve, 
I FINALLY got my pipe smoking started. It is the BEST thing I have done 
yet! It is a VERY wonderful hobby. I write this as I smoke a bowlful.
If it wasn't for Pipe Digest, I would never have started.Enjoy those 

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From: ????????????????????????????? (Chris Reinhart)
Subject: Re: A Broseley (fwd)

       I subscribe to a Dickens list and the following was on it the other
day.  Can anyone help this fellow out?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 1996 15:42:42 -0100
From: Charles Dickens <????????????????????>
To : Charles Dickens Forum <????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: A Broseley

It's been suggested to me that, somewhere, CD uses the term,
a "Broseley," to signify the long-stemmed clay tobacco pipe,
usually known as a "churchwarden," provided to people
in inns and taverns, calling for pipe and tobacco.  Broseley
is a village in the Potteries region of Staffordshire, where there
was a kiln producing such pipes.  This is being recommissioned,
and opened as an industrial museum.  The organisers have contacted
me with this suggestion, and are keen to establish a Dickens

I suspect they may be wrong.  I've checked the usual reference
books without success.  Nor is it to be found in such an obvious
place as "A Plated Article."  My voices tell me it may be in
one of the _HW_ or _AYR_ articles, not by Dickens, but supposed
to be so, or in something Charley wrote, post 1870.  I notice
there are several pieces on tobacco in _AYR_, but I've not had
time to check them yet.

Has anyone come across this usage, in CD's own works, or in
associated works?

David Parker, The Dickens House Museum, London

Charles Dickens

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Quote of the Week:

	The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, 
	And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

					Clement Clarke Moore
					("A Visit from St. Nicholas")

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #229 -- December 20, 1996
  2. Subject: New Pipe club
  3. Subject: Fwd: Charity (fwd)
  4. Subject: Custom Pipe Lighter Design Ordering Information
  5. Subject: web page update
  6. Subject: Pipe Club
  7. Subject: [Pipes] Mark Tinsky Pipes
  8. Subject: "underage" pipe smoking
  9. Subject: The Next NY Pipe Club Pipe Show
  10. Subject: A newbies praises & questions
  11. Subject: comment from pipes page
  12. Subject: David Jones--Pipe Maker
  13. Subject: new bent stem pipe
  14. Subject: submission to digest
  15. Subject: Permission
  16. Subject: pipe smoking
  17. Subject: Oslo, Norway
  18. Subject: Anthropology
  19. Subject: PIPE - Need Help Identifying Pipe
  20. Subject: PD
  21. Subject: English Mxt
  22. Subject: comment from pipes page
  23. Subject: RTDA
  24. Subject: comment from pipes page
  25. Subject: Questoin: Looking for a good cigar to flavor by alchol
  26. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #228 -- December 1, 1996
  27. Subject: Plug Tobaccos
  28. Subject: Great Moments in Pipe Smoking
  29. Subject: pipe making
  30. Subject: Pipes in Flight
  31. Subject: comment from pipes page
  32. Subject: Locate a pipe's former owner
  33. Subject: happy jacks
  34. Subject: (no subject)
  35. Subject: Re: A Broseley (fwd)
  36. Subject: Re: A Broseley
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