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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #240 -- August 4, 1997

		 Pipes Digest #240 -- August 4, 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: 3019

Welcome to new members:

	Jeremy A. Essensa
	Robert Lasso
	Dan Most
	Tim Johnson
	John Thickens
	Bobby L. Holland
	Robert Douglas
	Matt Mcadory
	Keld H. Pedersen
	Robert C. Wilkerson
	Mr. Martin Taylor
	Richard Witkowski
	David W. Johnson
	Ed Bojarczuk
	Cristian Miley
	Nicole Garozzo
	Rene Wilhardt
	Bruce Dunphy
	Donald Brewington
	Jim Mcclure
	Gregory H Laks
	Troy A. Kerwin
	Edward Morris
	Fred Langer
	Kim H. Carrell
	Leif Olav Jenssen
	Igor Procenko
	Jeff Perrella
	Serge S. Svetoff
	Michael Davis
	Frank Meister
	Franklin Lee
	Greg Linville
	Dr. Juergen Thurow
	Michael Blixt
	David D. Fast
	Henry T. S. Toy
	Rod Dufour
	Peter C. Hedeen
	Paul Rocco
	Craig Agule
	Matt Jones
	Jon D. Darcey
	Dave Wilson
	Michael J. Hanrahan
	Sheldon D. Duffy
	Emmett D. Butler
	Bob Granata
	Dan Knepper
	Larry M Matthews
	Helcio Gonzaga Alves Junior
	Bob Daniels
	Craig Corbridge Ligon Iii
	Chip Rose.
	D. Randal Holtzclaw
	Lawrence Eaton
	Mike Larson
	Jeffrey L. Dyer
	Greg Sopotnick
	Mats W Emblad
	Eugene L. Berman
	John Mullins
	Peter Moyer
	Serge Valentin
	Michael D. Carey
	Edward H. Costello
	Jim Skrydlak
	Jim Folger
	Rw Lanning
	Steven Kruczek
	Belman Guillermo
	Michael Gradel
	E Gibson
	Andrew Craxford
	Rob Thompson
	Michael Richter
	Michael Bonds
	Dale Adkins

[MILESTONES] Yes, folks, we finally made it past the 3000-member mark!
(Can the mailer handle it?)  If you're inclined toward celebration
today, please join me in lighting up something special as we peruse
the following...

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: lambing family <#?????????????????????>
Subject: Looking for equal rights.

Why is it all-right to smoke cigarettes in some restuarnts and bars,
but not pipes and cigars?  Recentlly a friend & I were at a
bar/rest. that I frequently visted and we were told that we had
against pipes, cigars & clove cigarettes (whatever they are) but it
was all right to smoke regular cigarettes.  Aren't they made of the
same materials more or less? Needless to say we left and have found a
new bar/rest. to spend our money at.  The new place even sells cigars.

Keep on smoking

[ And I'll bet that the new place doesn't water the booze, either! -S. ]

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From: Andrew Gnoza <?????????????????>
Subject: Excess pipes


Thank you for the latest issue.

I to must cut back on my pipe smoking for health reasons, it must be
something in the water.

I have two new Peterson's that I would like to pass on to new owners.

#1 is a Captain Pete #80 XL in smooth and #2 is a Peterson System -
standard #305 smooth. 

Both are new in the box, never smoked and I am asking $50 each for them.

Thank you

Andrew Gnoza

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From: ????????????? (Gregory Laks)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hand-carved Wooden Indian, circa 1920, For Sale approx. 38" tall,
depicted in a seated position with a pipe held in both hands.  There
is a crack running up the front of the carving, however, it does not
cause any structural problems and is, in my experiance, common in wood
carvings of this size.  Price $2300.00

respond to :
Gregory Laks
2700 Flintridge Dr
Charlotte, NC  28212
(704)  535-6791

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

while cleaning out an attic we discovered a pipe that has a pure sterling
silver bowl and some kind of wood elbow, we are still looking for the stem,
the cap (which is hinged) has a flower thing engraved around the top with a
little pawn lookin thing sticking up, a silver latch thing loops out and
latches the bowl shut, the cap has small holes that go around the base of
the cap, it looks like a pipe a king in the old ages would smoke, i mean im
so proud of the babe, im  wondering if i can find out some background on it,
the only thing resembling an emblem for a company is 4 markings around the
front upper base of the bowl, the first one is enclosed in a tiny rectangle
that reads CA, the next is in what looks like a ven diagram (ya know looks
like a mickey mouse head) and in the little circle things are 1 crown each,
so that'd make 3 little crowns enclosed in a mickey mouse head lookin thing,
the next emblem is another rectangle which the letters enclosed are M6, and
the the !

 last little emblem is a small circle with the letter M in it. ANY
information would be appreciated, like where to take it where to look
for the markings i mean anything i really lust to know!!!!!

Matt Warne
once again thanks!!!!

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From: ???????????????? (Faruk Ulay)
Subject: Thanks for the digest

Dear Mr. Masticola,

Thanks for bringing the pipe smoking crowd together. I am afraid, we are
not a crowd anymore but it is nice to know that somewhere in this vast
universe there are still a few souls smoking their hearts out and keeping
the flame going.

In this age of technology everything is changing so fast and so drasticaly
that soon the pipe smokers will be looked at as relics from the past. I
love the feel of the pipe in this age of plastic (how sad, the keyboard I
am using to type this letter and the casing of the screen and the CPU is
all made out of plastic) and realize that it is one of the few things still
being made by hand. I am 40 years old and used up close to 100 pipes.
Dunhills, Charatans, Comoys, Barlings, BCs, Chacoms, Savinellis, nameless
basket pipes. even the cheapest, machine made pipes have this certain
elegance which are long lost in our crazy world, so when smoking a pipe
just don't look at the smoke, but look at the beautiful shapes as well to
appreciate the tradition.

I have a BA degree in graphic design, masters degree in photography, so I
work on the design field to make the ends meets. Rest of the time (at
nights), I turn into Mr. Hide and write stories or add a few more pages to
my recent novel. If I am too tired during the day, I spend the night by
reading and listening to jazz or classical music. These are the best hours
of my day. I chain smoke (pipes, only pipes), and not during the day, but
at night I realize what a great pleasure a nicely lit pipe gives me. Yes,
it is a deadly pleasure, but a pleasure neverthless. It is also true that
smoking helps you to concentrate.

By the way, if anyone of the members is looking for an inexpensive, but a
top quality pipe, I suggest one of the most common makes: Chacom. Chacom is
the Ford T of the pipes, most of the brands fall short of what required to
get a good smoke from a pipe but any bowl with a GRAND LARGE name branded
on it is worth a try. I haven't come across any Grand Larges in the US yet.
If you locate any Grand Larges, send me a line as well and don't buy all of
them, I need to get a few for myself.

With best wishes,

Faruk Ulay

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From: "Ackerman,Kenneth V" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: smoking & health

As a member of the medical profession, and a pipesmoker of some 24
years, I feel compelled to defend myself when I read articles
essentially equating doctors with Nazis (last PD issue, item by E.
Fischman).  I agree that there is a kneejerk reaction among MD's to
eliminate all smoking from the planet.  Doctors do not learn to, nor are
they inclined to, separate various forms of tobacco usage.  On the other
hand, smokers, whether of a pipe, cigar, or cigarette, all seem to have
the opinion that smoking isn't harmful, or that there are no future
consequences of their actions, and ignore/berate the doctors just as
In point of fact: a)  inhaling tobacco smoke is harmful, period.  If you
have an exceptional gene pool you may get lucky and not get sick, but
most people will at least get chronic bronchitis and an unlucky few will
get heart disease or cancer; b) if you smoke cigars you have a moderate
risk of disease, more than pipesmokers but much less than cigarette
smokers; c) a primary pipesmoker, i.e. one who has not smoked
cigarettes, and doesn't inhale, has essentially a nonsmoker's risk of
the above maladies, altho an increased risk of lip/throat/tongue
cancers, the cure for which can be quite disfiguring; and finally  d) if
you already have heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure,
diabetes, or are markedly overweight than you have enough strikes
against you in terms of cardiovascular risk that it would be silly to
add smoking of any kind into the stew. The bottom line:  if you are
reasonably healthy, then smoking a pipe moderately (and without
inhaling) is probably safe enough (the oral cancer is mostly due to
chronic irritation of the hot jet of smoke against the lining of
the mouth and is avoided by not holding a pipe in the mouth for long
periods--people with loose fitting dentures get the same thing by the
constant rubbing of the denture against the palate).  Smoking cigars
daily is riskier, but an occasional cigar also should be OK.  Cigarettes
are NEVER okay.  And if you have another medical condition, better think
---------Ken Ackerman MD

[ Ken, for what it's worth, I find your comments entirely reasonable.
I wish we had more thoughtful MDs like you in this immoderate
world. -S. ]

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From: Tom McNeill <????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997

Hi all:  I've been reading PD for some time now and have am happy to  
see the warmth and concern pipe smokers have shown for one another in  
the case of the bishop, it makes me proud to be part of such a group.    
I remember reading the bishop's first post where he made mention of  
weakness in his hand(s) and jaw.  I'd like to ask for some  
clarification.  Bishop, when you stated that you had weakness in your  
hand.  Is this weakness of grip or weakness of support?  The reason I  
ask, is if it is weakness of grip, then a large Oom Paul inspired  
design might work.  If it is weakness of support, then a churchwarden  
(which has been suggested) would work well also.  I'd like to throw  
my two cents in, if the bishop is confined to a wheel chair, I'd  
reccomend a pipe be made with a handle on or near the stem where the  
bishop could, even without gripping, maintain some form of support on  
the pipe (kind of a circular hand hold that could support a pipe in a  
non-gripping hand).  As for accessories, a tamper and scraper with  
large easy to grip handles would probably be necessary and as for a  
lighter, Blazer makes two huge table top torch lighters that can be  
adjusted for pipes, mu only concern woudl be that these lighters burn  
independantly, they have to be turned off as well as on, should the  
bishop drop the lighter when it is on, it would be catastrophic.   
Well, that's my two-cents.  tom.

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From: ??????????????? (Tim Johnson)
Subject: Hedonism

Please sign me up to the list. I've always smoked a pipe, but now, since
I'v become disabled (physically challenged ha ha) I've chosen pipes and
pipe restoration as my hobby. I'm actively looking for how to info on
pipe restoration. After reading some of the posts I see the humor and
comraderie is quite high and I wish to join in. Regards  Tim

Tag lines are irrelevant. You will be assimilated.

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From: ???????????????? (Paul D. Higginbotham)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Kudos on the Digest.  I've been devouring it for 3 weeks now and
absolutely love it.

Please allow me to introduce myself.  I am a 26 (27 this month) year
old college graduate with a degree in Marketing currently working in
the Radio Broadcasting business.  I started smoking cigars when I was
in college before they became fashion accessories.  I still enjoy
them, but after seeing prices go up, quality go down a bit, and people
smoking them just to impress the boss I bailed out.

I only started smoking a pipe about a month ago and couldn't have done it
without the help of this digest and its readers/contributors.  I recently
celebrated my 1st wedding anniversary with a bowl of Sherlock's Choice.

Last week I took a moment to send a letter to my State Senator asking
him to rethink the Government attack on tobacco.  I recommend everyone
who is interested in keeping tobacco legal do the same before it's too
late.  I'll keep you posted on what, if any, reply I receive.

I only own one pipe but am looking to start a collection.  Anyone who
has some suggestions on some low to mid-priced pipes for a new smoker
please feel free to e-mail me.

Thanks.  Keep up the great work on the Digest!

Paul D. Higginbotham
"Long live Longbottom Leaf!"

[ Thank you for your support, and for writing your state senator! -S. ]

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From: Philip Burnard <?????????????????????>
Subject: Introduction: Note on Falcon Pipes

I have returned to pipe smoking after 20 years away.  I gave up all 
smoking about 15 years ago and its good to be back.

I currently have three Falcon pipes which I rotate.  These are not 
the most elegant of pipes but I have yet to find anything which can 
match them in terms of coolness.  They seem much better without the 
filters in the bottom.  Two other pipes I tried were Dr Plumb's.  
Although these are fairly cool, they still don't match up to the 
Falcons.  What are people's general views on Falcon pipes? I don't 
seem to read much about them.

Currently, I am trying a range of tobaccos.  Ones that I have like to 
date include Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe, Nightcap and London 
Mixtures.  I don't like My Mixture 965 and find that it has a 'soapy' 
taste.  I also like Rattray's Red Raparee and Black Mallory, also 
Revor and Four Square Green.  A favourite from 20 years ago is still 
Edgeworth ready rubbed.  Again, I don't read much about this tobacco. 
I can't get on with the English 'brown' tobaccos (St Bruno, Old 
Gowrie etc.).  But I have enjoyed experimenting with cut plug and 
twist tobaccos.  I suspect that I might well settle down with the 
Dunhill Range. Can other people recommend other tobaccos to try?

My other question is this: should I try other pipes or should I be happy to 
settle with my Falcons?

Philip Burnard
South Wales

[ I've never tried a Falcon.  And re other pipes, you should do
whatever makes you happy! -S. ]

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From: "E.J. Spee" <???????????????????????>
Subject: posting for Pipes Digest

Dear Steve and all,

A response to Bill Hammel's remarks on my question about a blend with
the highest latakia-content that's still smokeable.

Thanks Bill, for your suggestions! Of course I've tried Dunhill's
Nightcap (by the way: the name Nightcap I've always found an
understatement: a pipeful of Nightcap puts you definitely to sleep! On
the other hand: a pipeful of Dunhill's 'Early morning pipe' is quite a
way to kickstart your day...) but I didn't quite like it. It's a while
since I tried it, though so maybe it's time to get reacquainted. I'm
not sure if Rattray's is for sale in Holland but I will find out.

Until recently you couldn't by 'pure' unmixed tobacco's in Holland,
but I've heard that there is brand nowadays that does carry it. I will
certainly try to mix according to Bill's recipe: 50/50 latakia
perique. One question, Bill: you say you let your blend dry a bit
before smoking: can you give some clue to what 'a bit' is?


Eric Spee

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: show/sept

Can you give me any details about the OPC show Sept. 14?  Where?  
When? etc.
Jason Shepherd

[ Check the "events" page under www.pipes.org, Jason! -S. ]

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From: "Rice, MA Mark (6750)" <???????????????????>
Subject: FDA: the supposed authority to regulate nicotine

Steve, this press briefing might be too long for the digest, but you may
want to post it somewhere on the pipes.org site.... it's  your call.
This briefing discusses the regulation of nicotine by the FDA.  It isn't
in a short concise statement, but rather in a dialogue between
Shalala/Reed and the press.

Any line that starts with a "Q" is a question or comment from the
Whitehouse press pool (ABC, CBS, CNN, Washington Times, .... etc.).  The
rest.... well, you can read for yourself.

Mark Rice
1996 Delegate to the Republican National Convention, San Diego
???????????????????  or ???????????????????
Greenville, Texas

[ Mark, I'm going to edit most of it out, except for two exchanges
that I thought especially noteworthy. -S. ]

>Subject: 	1997-06-27 Briefing by Secretary Shalala and Bruce Reed
>                           THE WHITE HOUSE
>                    Office of the Press Secretary
>For Immediate Release                                      June 27, 1997     


>     Q  Are you enthusiastic about this or is this a heavy
>burden that you have to slog through?
>     SECRETARY SHALALA:  Let me tell you what I told my
>colleagues the night before last as we sat down for the five-hour kind
>of line-by-line review.  I said that when the President took the step
>on FDA regulations, I told them that this was a chance of a lifetime...


>     Q  Is there any polling taking place to determine the
>public attitude on this settlement?
>     SECRETARY SHALALA:  I don't know of any polling.  Do you
>know of any polling?  I'm sure that -- my guess is, because the issue
>is out there, that there may be some public polling by the big polling
>agencies, but I'm not doing any polling.  We know what the polls are
>and the public's attitude about children and tobacco.

[ Well, folks, there you have it. Imposing new Federal regulations on
us is "the chance of a lifetime," and "we know what the public's
attitude is" without actually taking the trouble to ask anyone.  (This
despite the widespread negative reaction to OSHA's attempt at a
de-facto prohibition; see Marvin Shanken's editorial in the current
issue of _Cigar Aficionado_ for more on that.)

"Whenever someone uses kids to grind an axe, expect a hit below the
belt." -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????? 
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997 (fwd)

I love this pipes digest, but I only smoke cigars and I have a bit of
trouble weeding through all the pipe-posts...anyone know of an email
server that caters to cigar smokers specifically?

[ I know of none in English; if anyone knows of an English-language
cigar digest, please let me know.  I try to preface the cigar articles
with the above emoticon, though. -S. ]

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From: "Charles F. Yetter II" <????????????>
Subject: A new Web Page

It was suggested on the #pipes channel of IRC (dalnet network) that I
contact you to add
our new web page to your list of links. The URL address is:


Come and take a look and leave some email to let us know how you like it.
With your permission I would like to add www.pipes.org to our list of links.

Thank you

Charles F. Yetter II

[ Of course, Charles! -S. ]

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From: "Michael C. Fortner" <?????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997

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

If anybody can send me this information, I would appreciate it as well.  I 
have a small Yello-Bole nosewarmer that the stem has cracked and I would 
like to replace it.  Thanks!

Michael C. Fortner     ?????????????????     http://www2.netdoor.com/~n0ybc
    President and Founder, M.O.O.C.H.   http://fujipub.com/mooch.html

Masquerading as a man with a reason, My charade is the event of the season,
    And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know.

[ You have but to ask! See below. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: kaywoodie

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


I would like to offer any assistance I can regarding Kaywoodie pipes and
the history of the company.  I know most of the interest among collectors
is in the older Kaywoodies.  We have many older catalogs dating back to
the 1940's and some from even earlier.  While not a complete collection,
it can help provide some information about a favorite Kaywoodie pipe.

As some of the readers in the group probably know, S.M. Frank & Co., Inc.,
manufacturers of Medico and at one time DeMuth pipes, purchased the
Kaywoodie and Yello-Bole companies in 1955.  All three pipe lines are
still manufactured by S.M. Frank at facilities in Peekskill, NY and Tampa,

A matter of interest, we are coming out with a new line of Kaywoodie pipes
called the "Gold Series".  There are 8 different finishes, all with either
rubber or lucite push bits.  These pipes will not have the "drinkless
screw attachment."

If anyone has specific questions about a favorite Kaywoodie, Yello-Bole or
Medico pipe, I will be glad to try and answer them, either to the group or
E-mail.  If your pipe is pictured in an older catalog, I can also have
copies sent to you.  
For anyone who is interested our address is:

Div. of S.M. Frank & Co., Inc.
1000 N. Division Street
P.O. Box 789
Peekskill, NY 10566


Bill Feuerbach
S.M. Frank & Co.

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

Hi Steve,
Thank you for my subscription to the Digest. I enjoy it immensely.
I tried Emailing you the details of the next N.Y. Pipe Show but my server
kept returnig my mesage. Louis Carbone suggest I do it in this way.
The New York Pipe Club is pleased to announce that the 3rd Semiannual Pipe
Swap will be held on Saturday, August 30th,1997 at the Ramada Hotel Newark
International Airport. Show hours are 10 am to 7 pm and admission is $5. 
I would like the chance to say hello to any of the Pipe Digest members who
come. Mine is the first table on the right when you enter the room. 
I hope you can include the show details in an upcoming digest and 
that I am not violating any rules by sending in the details in this way. 
Smoke in peace,

[ No problem, Sam!  The way the issues are running, though, there
might just baaaaarely be another one before the show. -S. ]

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From: "Paul Vandenbulcke" <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Greetings from Belgium


I have been subscribed to pipes digest for several months now and I like it
a lot. I'm a 26 years old independent developper of electronic circuits and
pipe and cigar smoker. As I work most of the time at home, I can smoke
pipes during my work (if I don't need my both hands). Mostly I smoke pipes,
but in public I prefer cigars because smoking pipes at my age isn't very
common here (and cigars demand less attention to smoke than pipes do).

The tobaccos talked about on the web are rarely available here (or I
haven't found any good store yet). The tobacco's which are available are
the ones of 'Douwe Egberts' : the different sorts of Amphora, the ones from
'Koninklijke Theodorus Niemeyer' from the Netherlands (Clan, Sail,
Voortrekker, Vier heren baai,..), some Danisch tobaccos (occasionally) like
Alsbo and some others.

When I compare prices, I have the impression that tobacco on its own is
cheaper here than in the USA. When I have to add costs for shipment, it's
too expensive to order from the USA. Are there any mail order companies
(wich of course sell tobacco) in Europe ?

In Belgium, there are some very small plantages wich deliver 'Wervikse
tabak' and 'Semois', these are very fine cut (like for cigarettes) and have
a very hard taste IMHO.

I have not the intention to be complete, so forgive me if I forget some
sorts. If some other Belgian would be reading this list, he (she) could
give me better adresses. I know some in Kortrijk where they are very
friendly, but don't know very much about tobacco. I saw in the resources
there aren't any Belgian stores yet. I saw there were some from the
Netherlands. They are more specialized in tobacco than here in Belgium,
because of their colonial past. 

I'm looking forward to a short holliday in august in Amsterdam where I
shurely will visit some stores listed in the resources.

At last I want to congratulate all of you who made this pipes-site become
such a extensive, easy-to-use site. 


	Paul Vandenbulcke.

Paul Vandenbulcke - P.V.S. Electronic Developments
Neerstraat 28, B-9636 Nederzwalm, Belgium
BTW:484.052.159 - H.R.Oud.:40.350
E-mail : ???????????????????????????????

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

Does anyone know the name of the "character" pipe often found in
pictures associated with Sherlock Holmes? Does anyone know where I
might be able to purchase one? Any info or links would be appreciated.

[ I believe you're referring to a "calabash".  "Pioneer" was one
manufacturer, but I think they're out of business now.  But many of
our mail-order and estate pipes dealers should be able to help. -S. ]

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From: Tom Kinnaird <???????????????>
Subject: Compliments to the Corncob

A few weeks ago, I was in town, and saw a display of corncob pipes. Back
about the time the earth's crust started to cool, I got a corncob pipe from
somewhere, in which I smoked cornsilk!!! (No money, and parents with very
narrow views on their six-year old offspring smoking!) More for fun than
anything else, I bought one. It cost me a whole two dollars, in comparison
to the ($Gag$) I've paid for my briars over the years. (Snob appeal!) Still
in the sprit of whattheheck, I packed the thing and lit it! It turned out
to be the dryest, coolest smoke I've had in a long-long time. I now own
seven cobs, and, with the exception of my ancient and treasured Charatan,
smoke nothing else.
	Maybe Dad was right; The old ways CAN be the best! Or, maybe
it's my Lady friend who is right; "I just ain't got no class atall!"
Keep your matches dry, your tobbacco lit, and your mind at peace. TOM

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From: "Bruce Winkelman" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Flea Market Pipes and new (for me!) tobacco find

Good morning!  Hope everyone's summer has been pleasant and smoke-filled. 
I'd like to take advantage of the pipe expertise represented by PD
subscribers and ask for some information on a couple of flea market pipes I
picked up about a month ago.
By the way, the gentleman that I purchased these pipes from had them
displayed on some old pipe racks and ashtrays.  He said he was really
trying to sell the racks and brought the pipes as second-thought "props". 
He started the day with eight pipes displayed on 4 racks. (I thought the
racks were _real_ tacky looking!) I bought the last 2 pipes and he still
had the 4 racks left at 3:30pm!! 

Anyway, if someone can give me a bit of insight on them, I'd appreciate the

Pipe #1 "Sandblast" bulldog shape, with a 1/8 curve stem (at least
according to my eye)---on the shank in script is "Three Star" followed by
"Rust", "624" and "Italy". The local pipe repair guy here at Ted's Pipe
Shoppe said he thought the 624 is a Savinelli shape number and Three Star
was likely a "store brand" or a private label line from either a tobacco
shop or other retailer that Savinelli supplied.  

Pipe #2   Pot bowl, smooth finish, straight tapered acrylic stem,  on the
left side of the shank in script the part I can make out looks like
"...llini", on the left side of the stem (stem toward me in the "smoking
position") is "F" and on the right side of the shank is "DELUXE"  I suspect
the script spells out Fellini but can't really tell.
I've never run across the name "Fellini" in my reading on pipe "brands" or

Both pipes smoke wonderfully after salt/alcohol treatment on the bowls,
(they were _real_ grungy), some general clean-up and some gentle stem
tightening at Ted's.  They both are becoming favorites (at least until my
next flea market finds).

On a recent business trip to Houston, I ran across a tobacco named "Wessex"
at the Antique Pipe Shoppe on Richmond Ave.  Bought a tin based on the
aroma of a sample provided and I must say I'm in love!  It's described on
the tin as "Toasted Cavendish, matured Virginia and broad leaf Carolina"
from Wessex Tobacco Co Ltd in London.  I find this mixture (at least for my
palate) to be wonderful.  The tins were on sale at this shop for "30% off"
so hope this doesn't reflect either an unpopular blend or currently
unavailable/no longer blended situation.  Now I wish I had bought a larger
quantity!!  Hope he still has some on my next Houston trip in October.  

Anyway, I'd appreciate any additional info on the pipes as to manufacturer,
age etc. if someone is so inclined to provide.

Thanks, again, Steve, for providing such a valuable service as Pipes

Bruce Winkelman, AA5CO,  Tulsa, OK   

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From: ?????????????
Subject: have you heard of...

Hope you can post this in the next issue of PD.
I saw an article in the newspaper about older folks who had come to second
careers later in life.  One of the persons profiled was a  former advertising
exec named Peter Evans who now make Civil War era smoking pipes. Does any one
know where an Evans pipe can be had? The one he is working on in the photo
that accompanied the article looked great

Best Regards,

Mark Passerrello

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From: Marcus Jacob (???????????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Dear Pipesmokers

Here comes my suggestion for everyone who wants to visit good old
Germany (and for all german pipesmokers, of course).  Don't miss to
the beautyful small town of Tabarz, if you want to see the work of the
very good pipemaker Mr. Hans Kallenberg.  Tabarz is located in the
middle-eastern region of Germany, in the state Thuringia.

I visited Mr. Kallenberg today together with my mother and father, we
were so impressed that we bought some of his pipes immediately.
(Fortunately, mom was impressed too, so she payed for the pipes ;)

But I was sorry to see, that the old man (he is about 70) does his
work alone, only his daughter helps sometimes. If he dies some day,
there is no one to continue the business !

But he said, he would be too old to educate a young trainee, I hope he
will change his mind early enough !

In his workshop you can see the making of his pipes and you can buy
them to very acceptable prices. At the few tobacconists that carry his
pipes, you would pay at least tree times more.

Additional he does repairs, good for folks like my father, he likes to
lose the stems.

If anyone got curious, here comes his address:

   Mr. Hans Kallenberg
   Waltershaeuser Strasse 22
   D-99891 Tabarz

   (In need of a native guide or further information, email me !)


Marcus Jacob

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Hello!

Dear Steve and fellow pipe smokers:

I've only received two issues of the Pipes Digest, but find it a great read,
full of great information and fellowship. I, too, have succumbed to the cigar
craze, but have been smoking a pipe (first love) since high school--about 24
years. My fear is that pipe smoking is on the verge of trendiness itself. I
direct fellow readers to an article in the New York Times Sunday magazine a
few weeks back that considered the cigar craze. The end of the timeline had
this note: "June 1997: the inflated prices and widespread shortages of
premium cigars have given birth to a trendy new vice: pipe smoking. Pipe
tobacco sales are expected to increase nearly 25 percent over the next year.
'Cigar smoking is like using a monochrome monitor, while pipe smoking is
using a 24-bit color card with a 17-inch monitor,' says the Organization of
Online Pipe Smokers."   Brace yourselves!

Dr. Mike Crosbie

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From: Tom Foxall <??????????????????>
Subject: questions

Dear Steve,

	Although I have purchased and read numerous books on pipes, cigars and
tobacco, including many that are now out of print, I have never seen a
really good glossary of terms or an encyclopedia of tobacco related
information.  Do you or any of the PD members know of such a resource?
	It would be helpful when one is trying to find, or remember, the
difference between a Virginia bright and a Virginia red tobacco, the way
in which a flue curred burley is made, or where latakia comes from these
days.  I recently saw an advertisement from Cornell and Diehl for a
English Cavendish.  Is this a contradiction in terms or does such a
tobacco exist?  If it does, what is it?
	I have heard of deertongue herb being used in pipe tobacco blends, does
anyone know of a blend that utilizes this herb?
	One last question, does anyone know the address for Faber, Coe & Greg?
	If any of the PD members are in New Hampshire this summer, there are
two tobacco shops they may find interesting. 
	Federal Cigar (formerly Federal Tobacco)
	Market Square
	Portsmouth, NH
	Gold Leaf Tobacconist
	920 Lafayette Road
	Seabrook, NH

Tom Foxall

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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)

Hi Steve
Just thought I d communicate some of my ramblings from the workbench. I ll
be In Newark again in August do maybe I'll see you there. MT Feel free to
edit for length!

Yesterday I received my semi-annual briar shipment. Customs has thought of
further obstacles to impede the flow of business this year! This shipment
had to pass an agriculture inspection before they would release it. How can
they inspect a product that they know nothing about? The answer , they
can't, so hold it they did! Fortunately I was able to convince them to let
it go by faxing them the story of my trip to Greece to buy briar wood.
Apparently, it was a good read and they let it go. Cost, $126.00. I guess
that was for reading my story. Just a bit of trivia.....
However ,I received 12 bags of briar, most of it consisting of medium
plateaux with a bag of MF 4-5 ( for Canadians ) and a bag of extra large
plateaux which is hard to get. It s safe in the warehouse and up on the
drying racks. It won't be possible to work for at least a year until it
dries and with any luck will sit for at least 3-5 years before I cut it.
I was contacted by another pipe maker who needed wood just after the wood
was shipped. I put in an order for him and tacked on a few more bags for
myself. One being a bag of R 2 3/4. This, hopefully, will provide some much
needed blocks for large bents like the hexagon calabash which I have
trouble finding blocks for at times. It will allow extra curing time for
pipes in the future also, a key ingredient to quick break in and good
smoking pipes. Surprisingly, the price of briar DID NOT go up this year and
has remained relatively consistent over the past decade. Possibly, the
Greek dinar is falling a lot faster than inflation. That s the only
explanation I can think of as it seems everything goes up. Horray for a
strong dollar! As this is the suppplier I've used for the last 20 years I
expect the quality to remain consistent.
The Summer is a time when I can concentrate on pipe making. This summer has
been no different and I've been turning out up to 6 pipes a day. Much
better than 6 pipes a week as is sometimes the norm during the busy winter
months when repairs come in at a high rate. Presently, my fiancee, Mary Ann
is doing the lion share of the repair work. I've slowly trained her over
the last 5 years and she does a beautiful job! She's got her own group of
retired gents from her local church who she's trained to do the polishing.
This year I hope to be able to continue making pipes during the repair
I've finished the first good proto-type of this years Christmas Pipe.Its
been sent off to John Hayes Tobacconist, who sponsers the shape for
approval or amendments. I hope to have a picture of it shortly. Its a bent
billiard with a generous bowl. Slightly tipped foward to distinguish it
from others. I like the pipe and feel it will be a good smoker. I hope John
This month saw the addition of a new American pipe maker, my son Glenn; age
eleven. He has fooled around in the shop for years with odd bits of wood
doing various kid projects. This summer he wanted to make a pipe. I made
him a pipe kit and turned him loose one day last week. The results were
surprisingly good! He made a small apple free form which was very
symetrical amd well crafted. He has an artistic bent which he must have
inherited , from his mother. At any rate I put the pipe up on my site and
it sold within 2 days. He's got a better track record than I do at this
point. Yesterday, he made his second one from a pipe kit. This one a
freehand which follows the grain quite well and presented different design
problems which he solved . I'm very proud of him and hope he will follow in
my footsteps insuring the continuing of this company into the next
Curt Rollar has gotten the sandblaster running again so I can now bring
back sandblasts which have been missing from production for almost a year.
Curt does a good job and its worth the wait to have him doing it again.
I've been working on new shapes lately. Trying to incorporate more diamond
shanks and oval shanks onto classical forms. I've also been experimenting
with flowing and curved shanks as opposed to just straight round ones. I
think they give the pipes a certain flair. I've also been very busy doing
your designs! I probably receive 5 special order requests a week for custom
shapes. I did an oversize version of the 1996 Christmas Pipe, possibly 25%
larger. The customer loved it and said, "Now make me a big one". I'm
working on that presently. I also received a request for a magnum bent
apple 3" in diameter. I had one block that this pipe would fit on. A
gorgeous strait grain at least 10 years old. I've shipped it to him, I hope
he likes it, if not I'll put it up on the web.
Another interesting order was to copy J. Chonowitz's panel horn pipe which
appears in the article on James Galaway in P&T magazine. It was a difficult
shape to learn as I've never done anything quite like it. I also
amalagamated two Jacapo Picta shapes into one pipe with good results. On
board is a Costello/ American copy to do. I want this bowl with this
shank........It certainly keeps one busy!!
Greg Sprinkle has been kind enough to offer a forum for my custom pipes. He
has put up a web page for American custom orders and the stories behind
them. If you have a pipe you'd like to show off contact
I"ve had visits from many pipe smokers this summer. One from Shigeho Okada,
of Japan, as he was touring the US. As well as from others more locally.
MaryAnn and I enjoy meeting those we corresponded with over the years!
As for public ventures:
I visited with the Philadelphia Pipe Club last month for a great evening of
pipe lore and smoking.
I will be attending the Newark Pipe Show Aug.31.
The C.O.R.P.S show in
Richmond in October
And the annual Christmas Pipe Show at John B Hayes
Tobacconist the first weekend in December, Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, Va 703
385 3033
I guess that's it for now; thanx to all for keeping us so busy! MT

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

[OOPS!  The power yooped just as I was writing the comments here --
maybe some higher authority was trying to edit for length!  Shigeo
also visited me, and we had a very enjoyable afternoon here.  BTW, if
you can lend me a photo of the 2-bowl, I'd be honored to put it on
Greg's page.  And I hope we can see you on the 31st! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????
Subject: New Pipe Smoker

Hi Steve
I obtained your document entitled "Pipe initialization and maintenance"
from a Tobacconist in Pretoria (Menlyn Park Shopping Centre) whilst I
was at a Conference in that city.  I found it most useful. Thank you.

I find that whilst smoking (I used to be a cigarette smoker) I salivate
quite a lot!  Has this to do with the tobacco?  Can you advise me?
Obviously we can obtain quite a large range of imported tobaccos in
South Africa and so any suggestions you make will be useful.


Bruce Rae  (?????????????????)

[ Wow -- that "initialization" page is making the rounds! It might be
that you need to slow down and take a few breaths, to dry your mouth
out, every now and then. -S. ]

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

I have a question.  My pipe is often gurgling. But my tobacco isn't
too moist.  I read FAQ that says aromatic tobacco tend to leave more
moisture.  So, I like aromatic tobacco. Is Gurgring my destiny?  If
you know non-gurgling aromatic tobacco, please tell me. (I smoke
Amphora, Borkumlif, and so on)

[ If it's not the tobacco, then it's likely that you're letting saliva
get into the stem.  Try keeping your mouth drier, or not holding the
stem between your teeth.  If all else fails, run a cleaner into the
pipe, without taking the stem off. -S. ]

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

want tobaco raritis

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From: ??????????????????????? (Mike Goodson)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hello, I'm a new reader here and have been catching up on your
"history" by reading the past digests. I've been a pipe smoker for
about three years sort of. I started like many of you, smoking a pipe
in college and after about three years, for some reason, gave it
up. I've started back now and am wondering why I ever quit!

If it is "kosher" I'd like to pose a question to the group and ask
that they reply to me at my e-mail address
"???????????????????????". I am in the process of putting together a
business plan in hopes of opening a pipe and tobacco shop. What I
would like to know is: 1) What do you like about your favorite tobacco
merchants and 2) What do you wish you could find at your favorite
tobacco merchant? Thank you in advance for any thoughtts that you
might like to share!

Until then,
Smoke 'em if you got 'em
Mike Goodson

[ My favorite merchants are well-stocked and will let me browse.  I
just wish I could fing Holt's like it used to be in 1977 -- cases and
cases of pipes, and staff that was helpful and courteous, and not
pushy. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????? (Alandp)
Subject: Smoking attitudes (for the Digest)

[ Linnea Brush's quote from PD #239 snipped for space. -S. ]

Hello Steve,

The above quote reminded me of something I heard on NPR not long ago,
it was one of those semi-tongue-in-cheek articles that Bob Garfield
does (regular NPR listeners are probably familiar with him).  It was
about his trip to France in which he contrasted their attitudes about
smoking with those of the U.S.  He said he went into a restaurant and
asked to sit in the non-smoking section.  "What is that?" he was
answered.  He explained that it was a part of the restaurant where
smoking was not allowed, and was told that there was no such thing.
Later on, he decided to fire up a cigar in public, so he approached
the nearest policeman and asked for a light.  The French policeman
immediately produced a lighter and lit up the cigar for him.  "I won't
get in trouble for this?" asked Garfield.  "For what?" said the
policeman.  "For smoking in public."  The policeman said no, of course
not.  Garfield then said, "You know, if I did this in the United
States, you could _shoot_ me for it?"  "Eh?" replied the policeman,
"Shoot you?"  "Yes," said Garfield, "just for smoking in public."  The
policeman must have then realized that Garfield was kidding him,
because he chuckled a little, and then said, "It is...French liberty!"

This is just my paraphrasing of the article, it ran several weeks ago
and I'm trying to recall it as best I can, but I throughly enjoyed it
and got a good laugh out of it.


Alan Peschke
Remove "_see.sig" from my email address when replying by email.

"And finally, when they got out their pipes and went serenely
puffing around, the very summit of glory was reached."

[ And I think that's a good note to end PD #240 on, Alan! -S. ]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #240 -- August 4, 1997
  2. Subject: Looking for equal rights.
  3. Subject: Excess pipes
  4. Subject: posting from pipes page
  5. Subject: comment from pipes page
  6. Subject: Thanks for the digest
  7. Subject: smoking & health
  8. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997
  9. Subject: Hedonism
  10. Subject: posting from pipes page
  11. Subject: Introduction: Note on Falcon Pipes
  12. Subject: posting for Pipes Digest
  13. Subject: show/sept
  14. Subject: FDA: the supposed authority to regulate nicotine
  15. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997 (fwd)
  16. Subject: A new Web Page
  17. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #239 -- July 13, 1997
  18. Subject: kaywoodie
  19. Subject: comment from pipes page
  20. Subject: Greetings from Belgium
  21. Subject: posting from pipes page
  22. Subject: Compliments to the Corncob
  23. Subject: Flea Market Pipes and new (for me!) tobacco find
  24. Subject: have you heard of...
  25. Subject: posting from pipes page
  26. Subject: Hello!
  27. Subject: questions
  28. Subject: New Pipe Smoker
  29. Subject: posting from pipes page
  30. Subject: posting from pipes page
  31. Subject: posting from pipes page
  32. Subject: Smoking attitudes (for the Digest)
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