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Subject: Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997

		  Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997
   Copyright (C) 1997 by Stephen P. Masticola. All rights reserved.
	       Commercial use of any part of contents,
	      including email addresses, is prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 2991

Welcome to new members:

	Zack Zeman
	Marty Ness
	James Theron Wilson, Esq.
	L. A. Anderson
	Rossignoli Juan
	Kosta T. Napoli
	Bob Pelletier
	Vance Moore
	Wayne Hamilton
	Thomas Foxall
	Ronald Toet
	Joseph E. Gerulsky
	Michael J. Cousins III
	Sascha Grefkes
	Dave Eaton
	Mathias Brandstetter
	Thomas Vaterrodt
	Geert A.M. Derkse
	Johnny Eades
	Larry Burdick
	David Hicks
	Jim Buckley
	John F. Collins
	John D. Mowad
	Sven Vahlne
	Timothy E. Weakley
	Corbett Allen
	Dr. Ned H. Benson
	Ewan Mackie
	Stephen Smith
	Sid Downey
	James Lincoln
	Matt Maynard
	Matthew J. Norton
	Lawrence Feng
	Thorsten Nicolay
	C. Ray Mullins
	Daniel S. Wheeler
	Nat Gladding
	Shu Castle
	Rev. Wayne B. Anderson
	Steven S. Gross
	Eric M. Storms
	Harry I. Stevens, Jr.
	Joerg Eichelberger
	Peter Lum
	James H. Kelley
	Glenn Perkins
	Martin Broendum
	Stefano Rigatelli
	Calvin S. Lampert
	Colin Kratz
	Bernard N. Charles
	Dean Galbraith
	Niall Young
	Gregory Hickman
	C. Thomas Payne
	Werner Mummert
	Paul Gourley
	Steve Messina
	Gregg Medwid
	Stu Mcgregor
	Frederick M. Germain
	D. A. Wild
	Walter Evans
	Alberto Brignone
	Arata Naito
	Dan Shea
	Earl Jacob Starbuck Sr.
	George D. Milton
	Tony Oliver
	Rhys Hands
	Steve Davies
	Charles Blasi
	Mark A. Johnson
	Ken Stewart
	Dennis P. Grey
	Randall P. Pisechko
	John W. Millard
	Giulio Massa
	Paul Pugh
	Todd A. Marshall
	Charlie Armstrong

[ADMIN] Many folks didn't get PD #238, which went out on June 18.
This was due to the fact that a phone line went down at Washington
Internet Services as the issue was being sent.  If you'd like a copy
of PD #238, please let me know.  (They're also available on the web
site, but with email addresses stripped to foil spamsters.)

My apologies for the longer-than-average gap between issues; it was
due solely to my forgetting when I'd sent out the last one!
Hopefully, we'll revert to our usual 3-week schedule from this issue

[LIGHTERS] Elliott has a few more PD lighters available; I have two
(one for use, one for safekeeping), and they do look mighty fine, even
after some months of wear and tear in my pocket!  See the immediately
following article for details.

Several important legislative heads-ups -- please read further.  And
remember what's written on our masthead:

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: ???????????????? (Elliott C.  Evans)
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #238 -- June 18, 1997

I still have six (6) of the Pipes Digest custom zippo pipe lighters left.

The lighter features a three color design based on the ASCII graphics of
the digest's signature. The lighter has a matte black finish, and Zippo's
special pipe chimney. 

If you would like one, please send me email at [email protected]

Elliott C. Evans

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From: Mark Lathem <?????????????????>

J.T. Cooke has asked me to make it known that he has been forced to sever
all business ties with Nikos Levin and NML Pipes Direct.  JT&D Cooke is no
longer refurbishing estate pipes for NML Pipes Direct.


Mark Lathem      

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From: MICHAEL GLUKLER <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Rant


 It has been brought to my attention, that my earlier rant, may have
offended. It may have also called
into questions someones reputation. 

 I would firstly, like to apologize to Mr. Mark Lathem. I did not intend to
challenge your honour, as someone who speaks the truth. 

 As I have been told by another very reputable source. this is just the tip
of the iceberg. As I wrote back, it was an iceberg that sunk the Titanic. I
hope this is not the beginning, of the end for either business, or
something that will damage this hobby. 

 It does trouble me that we are not able to figure out better methods to
solve problems, than as we have in recent events. I guess the old stereo
type, pensive, restrained pipe smoker, has gone. 

 Mike Glukler


 Steve, you may post this, apology portion or whole. Either way, you think
is best.

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From: "Steven McPeak" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: BuffleHead Shop

While out surfing one day I came across the Bufflehead Shop.  They 
advertise their own blends, named after NA wild ducks.  I was curious 
if anyone has tried their tobaccos?  They are located in Shawnee 
Mission, KS.

According to their site 'Our initial offerings of high quality Virginia,
English style and aromatic blends are manufactured for us by the
McClelland Tobacco Company ... long regarded as the finest blending
house in the United States. Their commitment to quality guarantees your
satisfaction in every bowlful of our exclusive blends.'

Here's the address for the curious

Steven McPeak
Check Out Whats NEW!

[ I've listed them in the Guide under "Mail order"; if you can send me
their street address I'll include that as well. -S. ]

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From: Emilio Fischman <???????????????????????>
Subject: Alas, no longer a smoker!

Dear formerly fellow smokers,

	Alas, farewell and goodbye!  I no longer deserve to be counted
among you: because I am a diabetic I have been forbidden my dear pipes
and my cigars: supposedly the smoke constricts blood vessels and makes
blood circulation, which already is not very good in diabetics, even
more difficult.

	The prohibition comes from doctors and nurses, whom I would
not hesitate to ignore, but is further "enforced" by my wife, whose
injunctions are much less easy to put aside :-(

	I have much enjoyed this list, but I think in the near future
I'll unsubscribe: it is too frustrating.

	If anybody wants to send condolences, or, better yet, articles
or references to articles in learned medical journals stating that the
hysteria against tobacco is just hogwash (don't I wish...) and that
the benefits of tobacco far outweigh its drawbacks (if any), please
write to me at ???????????????????????

	It is sad to see that medical professionals no longer even
think about the issue: their reactions are totally knee-jerk and
automatic, maybe they don't even realize the differences between pipes
and cigarettes; as soon as they hear that dreaded word "tobacco" their
minds totally close.

	I wish you all good luck and happy smoking.

Emilio Fischman

[ Emilio, please come back if your doctor gets reasonable! -S. ]

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From: William Serad <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Quote of the week

Dear Steve-

Re. quite of the week:  I thought Winnie was fond of Royal Jamaicas.

Best regards

[ This is regarding last issue's quote, in which I claimed that
Winston Churchill was a Havana cigar smoker.  For corroboration, see
The Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris, Summer 83 -- Spring 84 p. 50 and
Winter-Autumn 1990 p. 34.  I didn't find the source that I had
remembered, but this should be enough to confirm that Sir Winston
enjoyed Havanas.  Of course, it is entirely possible that he liked
Jamaicas, too!

Related Churchillian note: Although he was reputed to be a heavy
smoker and drinker, this is not the case.  His cigar was often unlit,
and a glass of watery whiskey would last him a long time.  See the
Ephemeris again.  Like many of us, he apparently believed that
moderation was the key in the enjoyment of adult pleasures.

And many thanks to Tom Dunn! -S. ]

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From: Chris Reinhart <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Geo. Burns Quote

       I found a quote the other day that I enjoyed and wanted to share.
It's from George Burns.
Here it is:  "Happiness?  A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman -- or
a bad woman.  It depends on how much happiness you can handle."

Chris M. Reinhart
Collection Development Services
Auraria Library
University of Colorado at Denver
1100 Lawrence St
Denver, CO  80204-2095
(303) 556-3684
fax: (303) 556-2623

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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe News from NASPC

Steve, now that Vol. V, No. 2 of The Pipe Collector (the newsletter of the
North American Society of Pipe Collectors) has been mailed, I thought I'd
let you and all your readers know what's been happening with us--and to
make my usual pitch for members, of course.

We now stand at 245 dues-paying members, and I think this newsletter is a
strong one.  It contains in its 16 pages an interview with Peter
Stokkebye, a report on the W.O. Larsen pipe company; an interview with J.
Jones of Hermit Tobacco concerning J's Captain Earle tobacco line and the
Captain Earle pipes being produced by Randy Wiley; a piece on alternative
woods for smoking pipes during WW II; an interview with Rich Esserman on
the magnum pipes he collects; the transcript of Rich's speech at the
Chicago show on collecting pipes; and the usual array of short news pieces
and reports from our foreign correspondents.  Our Sept. Newsletter will
contain at least two more profiles in my series Profiles of American Pipe

Our Sept. 27 swap/sell pipe show (no cigars; we're purists) is looking
good.  We will have around 85 tables available, of which we've already
rented about 40, including a good mix of shops, pipe makers, and
individuals with estate pipes and accessories of all sorts.  We've added a
hospitality suite this year that will be open from Friday afternoon late
into the night, and we expect an even better time than last year, which
was great.

We continue to recruit members, of course.  Dues are 1$ a month for new
members, so you can join now for 7$ and receive the June, Sept. and Dec.
newsletters as well as helping to support the show.  For those who are
organizationally challenged, subscriptions are available at $10 a year or
$2.50  for each 1997 issue you want to receive.  Make checks out to NASPC,
P.O. Box 9642, Columbus, OH 43209-9642.

We urge everyone who can to consider attending our show.  There will be
thousands of new and estate pipes available in every size, shape and price
range, as well as dozens of knowledgeable individuals who love nothing
more than to talk pipes and tobaccos.  A wonderful time is guaranteed to
all, and our $1 a ticket raffle will be giving away a lot of great stuff,
including some wonderful pipes.  E-mail at ?????????????? if you want a
show flyer, a table rent form, a membership form or any further
information about the club.

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, North American Society of Pipe Collectors

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From: "Cody S. Alderson" <????????????>
Subject: Suggestion For Handicapped Gentleman's Pipe

I just started reading more of Pipes Digest even though I have
subscribed for awhile. However, I have forgotten how to post directly to
the Digest so I emailed you this suggestion.

	Why not make a tabletop pipe out of a slab of marble (for
weight) and a good block of briar. Add a stainless steel stem to hold
a quality tubing and mouthpiece. Finish it with a dowel rod that can
hold the mouthpiece.  The dowel rod can be fixed to a wheelchair or
possibly be manipulated by the gentleman if designed correctly.
	Accessories could include scoops with specially designed
handles for loading the bowl, a lighting instrument that could be
manipulated easier by the gentleman, and another scoop to empty the
	If I knew the limitations that he has as well as his
abilities, I could come up with a workable design. Also, I'll put up
twenty bucks towards the design and will work with anyone else serious
about completing this project.
	Tubing for tabletop pipes need not be auto parts type
rubber. Surgical grade tubing would not impart any taste to the
	Email me if you or anyone else wants to make such a pipe.

[ Jeroen, would this help? -S. ]

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From: "Don S. Johnson" <???????????????????????>
Subject: pipe for bishop

G'Day Steve:

Reading about "the bishop's" plight of not being able to hold a pipe reminds 
me of a gadget sold many years ago by Wally Frank. Perhaps it's still 
available, or a member has one to contribute/sell or someone could make one 
for him.  Anyway, the device is a briar bowl with a broad base, designed to 
sit on a table. The mouthpiece is attached via a flexible "hookah-like" tube. 
The gadget's original intent was to allow safe pipe smoking in bed but it 
sounds ideal for the bishop.

 Don S. Johnson
 PC Presentations Productions
 The On-Line "How-To" Guide of Windows Graphics and Desktop Video

[ We've already suggested this to Bishop Greveling. The hose,
unfortunately, gets grotty and would be difficult to clean.  Thanks,
anyway!  -S. ]

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From: Terry Hagley <????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes page update-new items


        I've updated the web page, with a nice selection of pipe racks, and
several pipes, including a nice Dunhill.  


Terry Hagley
135 Sunbury Road
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601-3008

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From: Bill Hammel <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

  Dear Steve and all,

  I've been reading PD since issue 231 with great pleasure.  Thank you to
  Steve for the obvious labor of love.  I've learned a number of interesting
  and useful things.  I'd like to do more of an introduction but am still
  recuperating from neck surgery (long story of fraud by my own insurance
  company) and can't stay at keyboard too long right now.  More at a later
  time.  Just a few notes for now and a news item sent by a friend.

  I was really surprised at the number of people who said they had started
  smoking a pipe in their teens.  I was about 17-18, and always thought I
  was odd man out on that.

  Regarding E. J. Spee's asking about blends with high latakia content:
  (there will at least 100 answers all the same on the first choice)
  Dunhill's Nightcap, which seems to be approximately 50% latakia.
  I hapeen to like this very much.  Another candidate is Ratttray's
  Black Mallory, which is interesting if nothing else.  It has higher
  notes and can have a touch of bite, but it certainly is interesting
  and different.

  An interesting alternative that I
  smoke is simply a home made mixture of latakia/perique 50/50.
  Sherlock Holmes as well as JR are good sources of both latakia and
  perique.  Although JR sells these by mail only in 5 lb orders, I have
  stopped at the big JR place here in NC just off Route 77, south of
  Statesville at intersection of with Route 40, and been able to buy
  however much I want of either.  BTW, the people at JR were on every
  occasion, kind, courteous, helpful and knowledgible in all matters
  of tobacco, knowing what was going on in the industry.  They always
  seem to have the time and desire to talk and be helpful.  The prices
  I also find good and reasonable.  No, I've no financial connection
  there :-).

  I've tried modifying the above 50/50 mixture with other additions
  but never really been satisfied with the results.  If anybody has
  a suggestion there I'd certainly like to hear it.

  For some reason that I don't understand (preservation or use in blending
  maybe) both latakia and perique when bought straight tend to be a bit
  on the wet side.  After mixing, I allow the tobaccos to dry a bit.
  I find that in their wet state the mixture quite unsmokable.

  A friend sent a collection of wacked out news articles among which

  TOKYO (Reuter) - Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, an admitted
  heavy smoker, was sued Friday by five anti-smokers who said his habit
  violated the country's constitution.
  A lawsuit filed in the District Court in Nagoya, about 100 miles from Tokyo,
  demanded $950 in damages and that Hashimoto give up smoking while leader of
  the country.  The suit quoted Hashimoto as saying since becoming prime
  minister: "Taxes on cigarettes are big revenue sources for the central and
  local governments. I will smoke as much as possible, while watching my
  health, and avoid imposing a burden on the medical insurance system budget." 
  The five said the remark caused them mental anguish and violated an article
  of the constitution, which guarantees Japanese a healthy life. They said
  Hashimoto, as prime minister, was obliged to uphold the constitution.
  The suit said his remarks about smoking violated Article 25 of the
  Constitution, which says: "All people shall have the right to maintain the
  minimum standards of wholesome and cultured living." A spokesman for the
  prime minister was not immediately available for comment.  >>>

  Like many other things so insane that "they couldn't happen here", it most
  certainly can.  We have more that our share of fascists as it is.
  This idiocy would seem to have taken over the whole
  allegedly civilized world using data (not information) to support their
  claim on other peoples' lives.  Maybe we'll have to start a pipe smokers
  Should anybody write, I'm not ignoring you.  It's back to the hospital
  for a week.

  My best to all.

  -- Bill

Bill Hammel ?????????????????????????

"The right to be left alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom" -
     Justice William O. Douglas
Esse Quam Videri - De Recta Non Tolerandum Sunt
Eppur Se Muove - Futuaris Non Irresus Ridebis -- G. Galilei

Web Page: http://graham.main.nc.us/~bhammel

[ For those who have never read Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here,"
I would highly recommend it.  It's one of those rare books that every
generation should read; even after sixty years, it still has much to
say.  And, although I don't know the exact details of the Japanese
constitution, any governmental guarantee of "a healthy life" is bound to
come with a price attached.  

And see below for _our_ side of the story! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (Brush)
Subject: Interesting letter

Hi Steve,

I have another interesting item for you -- on our side, for a change.
Today's issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine included the following
letter, responding to a letter that appeared earlier in the Times:

"Kudos to letter-writer Michael Abrams for taking the health Nazis to task
(`Vigilant Nonsmokers,' June 1). It goes without saying that smoking is not
especially healthy and can be terribly addictive in some people. Worse, as
I have reported in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry, the physical
addicition arises from much more than nicotine.

"But the claim that tobacco is our major environmental health risk is
transparently hysterical. A trip to France or Japan will reveal a
population of heavy smokers who live as long as vigilant nonsmokers.
Exaggerating the risk of smoking only makes it more difficult to convince
young people that they shouldn't start smoking, just as the hyperbolic film
`Reefer Madness' discredited any legitimate claim of risks for marijuana."

--Allen D. Allen
Director of Research
CytoDyn of New Mexico, Inc.

He is obviously referring to cigarettes, but it was nice to read something
balanced in the Times for a change. Because of his pedigree, I hope people
will start examining this whole tobacco thing with a bit more reason.

But something tells me I'm being naive.

I don't know what the current Internet copyright policies are, relative to
reprinting an already-published letter in the Digest. If you think it's
appropriate, go ahead. Otherwise, I thought you would be interested in
comments that appear in some of our nation's larger newspapers.

I finally found a box of Padron 3000s, which I am currently enjoying. If
you're in the right place at the right time, it pays off!

I'm sure I'll be in touch again soon.

Linnea Brush


"Ai, que a partida esta divartida, mas tenho que distilar meu vinho."

[ Excellent, Linnea!  If more people wrote rebuttals like this, the
antis would realize that they do have some grass-roots opposition. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page

What's this nonsense about the FDA having the 
option to ban nicotine in the year 2009?


[ You mean their authority to create yet another black market and open
yet another failed front in the doomed drug war, with 25% of the
U.S. population on the opposing side?  The silliness and immaturity of
the Prohibitionists, and their ignorance of fundamental human nature,
never cease to amamze me.  Believe it or not, folks, there's now
actually a thriving U.S. black market in illegal _toilets_, due only to
government restrictions that have eliminated (sic) johns that work

Seriously, if anyone can supply the actual details on the status of this
thing, we'd appreciate it.  -S. ]

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From: "Eric F. Kahler" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Doing my part

Hi all,

In the spirit with which the digest begins,

	"Help Stop Prohibition  --
	Keep Tobacco Legal
	Call  --  Write  --  Vote
	Then, smoke in peace."

I'm sending this to the digest after posting it to alt.smokers.pipes for those 
pipesters who do not or cannot frequent that newsgroup.

For those interested in keeping our gentle art alive, you can find your 
Senators' email addresses (organized by state) at the following URL:


I'm posting this after receiving a reply from Senator Lautenberg (no
reply from Toricelli as of yet).  I emailed him to voice my concerns
about the current "anti-tobacco" political climate and about my
interests in our hobby, after hearing that he had been appointed the
"Anti-Tobacco Leader of the Official Senate Tobacco Task Force."  His
reply, though brief, did seem genuine; that is, non-automated.

It was a very simple task to perform:  click on an email address in a web page 
and type a few lines.  Perhaps, if enough of us did the same, such action in 
numbers might have a positive effect.

Best Regards to All,

Eric F. Kahler

[ Sadly, Eric, please see the following. I'm glad that you're working to
stop prohibition, but I feel that trying to change Lautenberg's attitude
will be a waste of time.  -S. ]

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From: Steve Masticola <????????????????????????>
Subject: Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Proposes Prohibition

>From Lautenberg's Web page, http://www.senate.gov/~lautenberg/sm6-3.htm:
  "(Washington, D.C.) To fight the threat that second-hand smoke poses
  to the public, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), joined by Senator
  Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep.  Henry Waxman (D-CA), today introduced
  "The Smoke-Free Environment Act of 1997" to ban smoking on
  international flights and in all public and private buildings in which
  more than 10 people regularly enter."
This means _your home_, folks, if you live in an apartment.  Frank
Lautenberg is right up there with Waxman, Koop, and Kessler. He is
*not* our friend.
~\U S.

[ I'd originally posted this on alt.smokers.pipes. Someone from England
replied to me that a stunt like Lautenberg's had been tried in France.
The result was that restaurant and bar owners treated the law with the
contempt it deserved -- they posted signs saying "Nonsmokers are welcome
too!"  (It appears that I've lost that reply, if the original sender can
re-send it, I'd appreciate it!) -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page

Ich suche einen erfahrenen Pfeinraucher oder Pfeifenmacher, der mir so schnell
wie moeglich Informationen ueber die verwendeten Holzarten oder Metallarten 
geben kann.Wir haben ein Projekt laufen, indessen Rahmen wir eine Pfeife her-
stellen sollen. Also, wer AHnung hat sendet bitte die Infos an:


[Rough translation, given my cruddy German: I think he's got a project
in mind for a pipe carver or metal worker, and needs help as soon as
possible. -S. ]

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

Steve, Just wanted to say that I enjoy every issue of PD. This e-mail address
will not appear on the list as I use my ISP address for it. I send many msgs
thru my AOL account because it allows me to compose them offline.  Anyway, I
wanted to tell everyone about a great find I made the otherday. I found a
very wooden pipe rest a flea market. It will hold two pipes side by side and
is a nice light wood with excellent grains. The sides are carved nicely  and
it looks really nice. The best part was the price $1.00. Can't beat those
flea market bargins. The two young ladies selling it probably had no idea
what it was worth or what the owner paid for it originally. I've price single
pipe rests w/ out the nice grain or carving at any where from $15 to $30. 
Keep up the great work, the digest is great.
Chuck Mankin

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From: "John C. Loring" <?????????????????????>
Subject: re  PD# 238 What happened to Dunhill tobaccos via 1980?

Kiyoshi Muramatsu wrote:
>> I used to enjoy Dunhill pipe tobaccos (My Mixture 965, Standard Mix.,
Nightcap, etc.) untill around 1980 when suddenly the taste of all
Dunhill tobaccos changed without notice nor explanation. Since then, I
tried everything available here in Japan and have not found till today
anything which has the full aroma and taste of Dunhill tobaccos of good
old days.  Is there anyone who can tell me what happened to the Dunhill
tobaccos around 1980? <<

What happened was that Dunhill farmed out the manufacture of it's widely
distributed blends to other manufacturers.  Tins prior to that farm out
had labels imprinted either "Blended By Alfred Dunhill"  or
"Manufactured and Blended in England By Alfred Dunhill" which language
was dropped with the farm out.  It is my belief that the blend recipes
did _not_ change dramatically with the farm out but rather that the new
manufacturers eliminated the aging of the tobaccos prior to and after
blending (farm out tins from the '80s are now quite smokable). 
Subsequently, there was also the substitution  of nonSyrian Latakia when
Syrian production ceased which is another problem altogether.

As for finding substitutes, with one exception there's nothing in terms
of English manufacturers (let me add that that includes the Germain
Esoterica blends which represent a blending tradition quite different
from what was Dunhill's).  The one English exception is Dunhill's Duke
Street London retail store which carries about 50 of the old 'My
Mixture' blends no longer part of the widely distributed Dunhill branded
line.  Reportedly, these blends are the product of a single individual
in London and in any event evidence remarkable blending talent.  The
Duke Street store will ship these 50 gr 'coin twist' tins to the US for
about $14 a tin delivered or about what they cost in London (shipping
cost is off set by not having to pay the VAT).  While these Duke Street
'My Mixture' tins are significantly more expensive then the widely
available Dunhill branded tins, they are also significantly better.

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From: Tom Foxall <??????????????????>


	I have been a pipe and cigar smoker for over 30 years (never
cigarettes) and although I did not smoke much for a while, I have
recently taken up my pipes again.  I have some older Comoy's that I love
but Comoy no longer makes such a pipe.  I also smoke Peterson's,
Savenelli, Sasieni, and a number of pipes from Mark Tinsky. I am a
university professor of cellular biology and physiology and do research
in the area of cardiovascular disease (I see no conflict here) and
regret that I cannot smoke my pipe at work any longer.  One benefit of
smoking that has been documented in a number of publications is that it
helps you concentrate.  Perhaps this is part of the attraction of pipe
smoking for scholars. 
	Getting back to my pipes and again buying tobacco, I have noticed many
old brands and blends are gone or changed.  The great Cope's Escudo is
gone and even Balkan Sobranie is no longer available. I remember when SB
came in a sealed tin can with a tine lit that had a built in can opener
in its inner lid.  In reading PD I noticed comments about changes in
Three Nuns and Rattray's mixtures.  I purchased some Three Nuns the
other day and did not notice any change; did I just get an older can? 
When did the change take place and what was the change?  How and when
did Rattray's change?
	I have never owned a Barling's pipe and wanted to purchase one, but I
have read in PD about a transition period and lower quality pipes now
being produced.  What was the change?
	Since so many pipesmokers enjoyed Escudo, I wonder if we couldn't lobby
the manufacturer to again produce this wonderful blend; perhaps some
economic incentive to the company would help; like letters from many
potential customers.
	I enjoy reading PD, keep up the good work.
Tom Foxall

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From: "Herb Dershowitz" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Visit with Mark Tinsky

The weekend of June 14th. I was in Jim Thorpe Pa. mountain biking with
my girlfriend and 2 other friends.  I had emailed Mark if I might stop
and visit, since he lives about 1/2 north of Jim Thorpe.  He was most
gracious and welcomed me to stop by.  I was greeted by his wife Maryann
and son Eric.  Mark was not at home yet, so wife and son entertained me
with their lizard and turtle collection.  They have a beautiful home
surrounded by trees and deer.  We watched a deer come into their
backyard and feed.  Watched a hummingbird in flight.  Quiet alien to
somebody from New York City.  When Mark arrived he made us feel as if
we've known each other forever.  Very friendly and personable.  He took
us into his hallowed hall, his workshop.  Many woodworking machines, and
blocks of briar.  Hard to believe that when you see the briar in natural
form, it could be turned into a work of art.  Mark asked if we would
like to see him make a pipe.  Tough decision, would I like to sleep with
Uma Thurman? (sorry if that offends anybody) It was fascinating watching
an expert at work.  He makes it look so easy.  Within a 1/2 hour he
produced a beautiful billiard shaped pipe.  My girlfriend whispers to
me, why don't you buy it.  As if I wouldn't, having just watched it
being made in front of me.
I'll have it some time next week after Maryann finishes polishing,
sanding and staining it.  Mark says her job is much tougher than his. 
Also while there, Maryann replaced the stem on a Finn pipe I brought
along.  This will be my third Tinsky, and because I watched it being
made it will be one of the prizes of my pipe collection.  Mark Tinsky is
a gentleman, a pleasure to watch work and to meet.
 Herb Dershowitz   @:-)   ????????????????????? 
   "Though self employed, my opinions do not
          reflect those of my employer"
                  ---  __o                        
                 --- _-\<,_   
                --- (_)/ (_)            

[ Your girlfriend has _very_ good sense! -S. ]

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From: David Ross <?????????????????????>
Subject: Introduction letter

Hello Steve M, Steve B and fellow readers:

I have been subscribing to your outstanding PD for six months, and 
thoroughly enjoy it.  I guess this is my long overdue introduction to 
you and my fellow readers and pipe enthusiasts.

About five years ago I stopped smoking cigarettes, and along with them 
went my pipes and cigars.  I had to break all ties with tobacco to stop 
smoking cigarettes.  They were a major contradiction in my life as I was 
and am still very active.  I am a devoted bicyclist, both on the 
mountain and road. I competed even as a smoker, and knew my days with 
cigarettes were numbered.     

Every time I mentioned selling a few of my pipes, my wife put up a fuss. 
Though she rarely takes a puff on the pipes, she usually enjoys the 
aroma and has always admired the collection.  Well, instead of selling 
the pipes, I found myself purchasing some tobacco last September.  I am 
now a very happy pipe smoker, with an occasional cigar thrown in (what 
in the world happened to cigar prices?!?) and have no intention of 
returning to cigarettes.

I have a pretty nice collection of 25 or so pipes.  My favorites seem to 
lean to Italian briars including Castello, Ser Jacapo, Savenelli, Radice 
and Becker (I have a nice older rusticated Becker).  I also have a nice 
Dunhill, a few Tilsheads, a Charatan, and an assortment of excellent 
smoking pipes from France.  All in all, I think long term when I 
purchase a pipe, and only acquire a few each year.

Since September, I have become acquainted with several stores which I 
must mention here.  I learned of the first in Pipes & Tobaccos magazine, 
which I picked up at Gus' Smoke Shop in Sherman Oaks, CA. I consider 
this store, along with the Cigar Warehouse, to be two of the finest 
shops in the San Fernando Valley.  I do admit that I have not visited 
all of the local shops, but plan on getting around to them all 

In P&T, I read about McCrainie's in Charlotte.  It turned out that one 
of my co-workers was going to Charlotte several weeks after I read the 
article, and I had him pick up some of their Red Ribbon for me.  They 
included a catalog and I have since found their selection of tobaccos to 
be outstanding, matching their service. I intend to purchase a pipe or 
two from them, as well as personally visiting that shop and meeting 
Trend and Todd McCrainie some day.

I learned of Pulver's Prior Briars, and Sherlock's Haven (the same shop)
through the Pipes Digest.  I was recently in San Francisco on business 
and stopped in to peruse the briars.  The service and selection of pipes 
was excellent.  Though the pipes offered on the Internet are not 
available in the store, the estate selection was terrific. Temptation 
was too great, and what the heck, my birthday was right around the 
corner, so I picked-up two estate pipes: a very nice handcarved 
Savenelli and a Castello.  I probably would have added more if I had not 
run out of time.  And their prices were very reasonable, at least by the 
standards I am used to in the Los Angeles area...the total for both 
pipes was about $150.  

One note for future shoppers at Sherlocks...ask to see the high-end 
estate pipes since they are not on display.  As a matter-of-fact, ask 
about any pipe you might be interested in.  I told Martin that I had a 
Christmas pipe by American Pipe which keeps getting better and better,  
and he showed me several more of their pipes.  Another surprise came 
when I told him that I would one day be acquiring a pipe by Tonino 
Jacono, and he pulled out about 10 of his pipes! 

I travel quite a bit and I always check out the Resource Guide to see if 
there are any recommended shops in the city I'll be in.  You do a great 
job with the Digest...thanks a lot.  

Best Regards,

David Ross
Burbank, CA

[ Your wife, likewise, has _very_ good sense! -S. ]

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From: "Jerry Daniels" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Good pipe shop near Austin


RE: a good tobacco/pipe shop in the Austin, TX, area.

The Hill Country Humidor in San Marcos, TX (30 minutes south of Austin on
I-35) is an excellent shop (IMHO). It's right on the square and has all the
atmosphere you'd expect in a Hill Country-type shop.

"Rob" Robinson is the proprietor and he is an endless source of atmosphere
(hot air?) in and of himself. Jeff (a poly-sci PhD) is the manager. Plenty
of space to sit down, smoke and visit--even a church pew! Great choice of
pipes, tobacco, accessories and antique tobacconist items.

Check it out when you get back to the Austin area.


Jerry Daniels

[ Send me an address, and I'll list it in the Guide! -S. ]

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From: Pete Mohr <????????????????>
Subject: Looking for info

Hello from Charlotte, NC

I have a number of pipes that I know nothing about
and am looking for someone to help me learn something
about them. I scanned them and stuck them up on a web
page. I'd really appreciate it if you'd take  a look and tell
me what you think.


Thanks .....pete mohr

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From: AP Barnard <?????????????????>
Subject: Want to suscribe

I'm a keen pipe smoker. My present favourites are my Savinelli,
Petersons, Keyser and a home made pipe made by a pipe maker in

Because I stay in South Africa, its easier for me to pay by Visa card,
but I dont seem to find any pipe dealer on the Web who can help me.

If you know of any such dealer, please let my get the address

Dr Andre Barnard

[ Most of the dealers in the Resource Guide will take Visa cards.
Warning about sending card numbers over the net: Unless you and the
dealer have encryption or secure-credit-card software, it's very easy to
steal them. -S. ]

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From: "Charles P. Ziegler" <??????????????????????>
Subject: "Should Smokers Switch to Pipes and Cigars?"


You might care to alert the "Pipes Digest" readership to an article in
today's "The Times" (London) entitled "Should Smokers Switch to Pipes and
Cigars?" (the answer is a qualified "yes).  You can access the article in
today's edition of "The Times" at its web site
(http://www.sunday-times.co.uk).  I hope that you find the article
interesting and useful.  I also appreciate the excellent work that you do
for "Pipes Digest"!


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page

I have a question for everybody out there: How many pipes are too many?
Right now I have 8 pipes, four I bought new (2 each briar and corncob)
and four that I got used.  I find myself drooling over used and new
pipes on the Internet and at the tobacco shop, yet my Spousal Overunit
looks at me like I grew a second and third head right there before her
eyes.  Have I gone overboard, or am I just getting started.  Your
opinions are appreciated.


[ When you can't get into your front door because of the pipes, it's too
many. -S. ]

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From: nobody <?????????????????>
Subject: ??????????????????????

Hello!  My name is Arata Naito, student of Nagasaki University faculty
of fishery. I major oceanography.  I like pipe smoking very much and I
want to share pleasure of pipe smoking with you.  Let's enjoy talking
about smoking. Regards.

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From: Rob Denholtz <???????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #237 -- May 27, 1997


I'd like to see if any readers can come up with information on the Bronx 
pipemaker (now deceased) Joe Gregorio and I'd also like to have to 
opportunity to purchase some of his pipes.  We've had three come through 
FINE OLDE BRIARS in the past couple of years...all three beautifully 
designed and wonderful dry, cool, 
smoke-it-all-the-way-down-to-white-ash-in-the-bottom.  He is said to have 
used the greatest wood in the world (but, of course, that's said about 
just about everybody).  I did keep one of his pipes (am smoking it as I 
write to you)...a Danish freehand style with tight, TIGHT straight grain 
and plateau rim and end of shank (there MUST be a word for the "end of 
the shank," anybody know it?), absolutely exquisite.  I WANT MORE!!

Best regards,

Rob Denholtz
20 Clover Hill Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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From: Rob Denholtz <???????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #237 -- May 27, 1997

Whoa!!  I cannot take the hit on this one.  I left the show to attend a 
wrestling tournament with my son in Philadelphia before that can was 
unveiled.  The actual chain of events was as follows:  Harold Suretsky 
bought that tin from someone and invited by partner Steve Abrams to open 
it and have a bowl.  If Harold did not spread it around, I assume it was 
because he had to take out a second mortgage on his house to buy it.  I 
did manage to get a bowlful a month later; Harold generously sent me a 
pinch when we consumed a FINE OLDE BRAIRS pipe deal.  It was tasty but, 
if the truth be known, a little on the harsh side; too long in the tin 
perhaps, but I appreciated having the experience with this legendary 

>[ Sealed, tinned pipe tobacco can last at least decades.  Rob Denholz
>demonstrated this at the last NYPC show, on a can of 1920s vintage
>Rattrays.  However, he did not respond to the pleading eyes of myself
>and Chris Esser. :-) -S. ]

Rob Denholtz
20 Clover Hill Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

[ OK, Rob, I hereby abrogate and apologize for any aspersions and
allegations aforementionedly avowed. And, BTW, we hope you'll keep on
sending Real (tm) photos with your brochures!  Other dealers have tried
color copiers, and they just don't show off the pipes as well as photos
do. -S. ]

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From: "Michael McConkey" <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #237 -- May 27, 1997

I have 6 pipes.  All about 30 years old.  3 briars and 3 THE PIPE models.  I 
can no longer us tobacco and must send these to individuals who will 
appreciate them. 


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From: ????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page

Need information on how to contact yello-bole pipes to try and get some
repair parts for pipes.  Anyone who can help please contact
?????????????????  Thanks

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	"As with any adult pleasure, moderation is the key."

				- Grant Porter

				 ("Smoke Signals," the official
				  publication of the South Florida
				  Briar Brotherhood, July 1997. IMO,
				  this one should be hung up in every
				  smoke shop and bar in the country.)   

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997
  2. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #238 -- June 18, 1997
  4. Subject: Rant
  5. Subject: BuffleHead Shop
  6. Subject: Alas, no longer a smoker!
  7. Subject: Quote of the week
  8. Subject: Geo. Burns Quote
  9. Subject: Pipe News from NASPC
  10. Subject: Suggestion For Handicapped Gentleman's Pipe
  11. Subject: pipe for bishop
  12. Subject: Pipes page update-new items
  13. Subject: Pipes Digest
  14. Subject: Interesting letter
  15. Subject: posting from pipes page
  16. Subject: Doing my part
  17. Subject: Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Proposes Prohibition
  18. Subject: posting from pipes page
  19. Subject: Pipes Digest
  20. Subject: re PD# 238 What happened to Dunhill tobaccos via 1980?
  21. Subject: Visit with Mark Tinsky
  22. Subject: Introduction letter
  23. Subject: Good pipe shop near Austin
  24. Subject: Looking for info
  25. Subject: Want to suscribe
  26. Subject: "Should Smokers Switch to Pipes and Cigars?"
  27. Subject: posting from pipes page
  28. Subject: ??????????????????????
  29. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #237 -- May 27, 1997
  30. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #237 -- May 27, 1997
  31. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #237 -- May 27, 1997
  32. Subject: posting from pipes page
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