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Subject: Pipes Digest #243 -- October 19, 1997

		Pipes Digest #243 -- October 19, 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: 3085

Welcome to new members:

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Halloween is also coming on October 31.  November 4 is Election Day in
many places in the U.S.  Many feel that the proximity of the two
events is not a coincidence.  Regardless of what you believe about
this, please don't forget to vote for your freedom.


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			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: letters, we get letters...

Steve and all,

	i get questions from the www.pipes.org page that i simply do not
know the answer to, so i'm turning to the collective intelligence here.  if
you know the answer to these questions, please write these folks back about
them.  if you are reading this on the web page and the email addresses are
blanked out, write me the question number and your answer and i'll make
sure it gets delivered.  thanks much!

[ I'll toss in the answers I can here! -S. ]

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From: Willaim Brink <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: requesting information

steve:
i was reading a number of you reviews and found them to be most interesting.
can you explain something for me, when we talk about tosted cavendish what
is that?  i find the tobacco in a number of different blends, running the
full range from english to aromatics.  i think what i'am asking how do we
get tosted cavendish.
any info would be helpful.
thanks
bill

[ Ehwa is silent on this one. -S. ]

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From: Lee Gernes <?????????????????>
Subject: Dr. Grabow ...

Hello,

Where can I find out information about Dr. Grabow pipes?
Who is Dr. Grabow and history behind his pipe success?

Thanks
--
Lee Gernes
?????????????????

[ Wilczak & Colwell list two makers for Dr. Grabow: Linkman Pipes in
the U.S. (formerly Linkman), and Oppenheimer in England.  We've also
had information that Sparta Industries now makes Grabows; they'd be
worth a check.  See PD #201. -S. ]


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---------- address ----------
???????????????
---------- comment ----------

Really enjoy your on line site. Lots and lots of great info. What can you tell
me about an old line of pipes known as "Lee" pipes. I beleive they were on the
order of the Kaywoodie and had designation of "3-sstar", "4-star" etc, I
assumn
dependent on the quality. Would be interested in your comments.  Bob Grosz,
Finksburg, Md.

[ Again, Wilczak & Colwell lists "Lee" by Lee, "Lee Series" by Gefapip,
and "Lee's" by Ben Wade. -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
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concerning message #189.015
i have hookah's wich are imported from egypt .
very beautiful items .
i can send a scanned image of available models to whomever has requested
info .
thank you
R.J. Hampton

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---------- address ----------
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---------- comment ----------
We are looking for a Meerschaum Corncob Pipe. Do you have or can you point us
in the right direction?
Thanks......Jean

[ "Missouri Meerschaum" is a synonym for a corncob, and also a company
that makes most of the corncobs sold worldwide, I think. See the
Resource Guide for their address. -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
??????????????????
---------- comment ----------
Dear Sir or Madam,

I'm looking for the name of a pipe store near Manchester Vermont that
sells new and used pipes. I would appreciate if you can help
me. Thanks and Regards.

[ Vermont is teeming with pipemakers and sellers, including Alfred
Baier and Stemco-Pimo in Manchester. Check the Resource Guide. -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
???????????????
---------- comment ----------
I want to thank you for your comments and suggestions about pipe smoking!!  I
especially was thankful for the "lighting" section as I was having trouble
getting the hang of it this last evening (my first attempt).  Also, I was
wondering if you could recommend some other blends of tobacco, since I live
near a nice tobacconist...in Roanoke,VA...Milan Bros?  They have a custom
blend
desk there...Also, if someone could explain briefly the differences between
all
of these tabacs...ex. Virginian, Burley, etc.??
Thanks Again!

Kevin Donohue

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---------- address ----------
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I would surely like to find a color image of a painting entitled "Edict of
William the Testy Against Tobacco" by George Boughton.  I believe the original
may belong to the New York Public Library.  A black-and-white reproduction
appears on pp. 50-51 of Carl Ehwa, Jr., THE BOOK OF PIPES & TOBACCO (New York:
Random House, 1974.
I'd even buy a full-scale printed reproduction if I could find someone to sell
it to me.
Thanks.
J. P. Harrison

[ Ehwa only has the B&W image. -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
????????????????
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I have a jpg of a mid-1940's Barling TVF sterling ferruled military
push-bit billiard. It has never been smoked and in its original box,
pouch, and tissue paper.

Also, I worked with Steve Johnson at Wilke in the 70's and early 80's.
Wouldn't mind saying Hi.

LAD

[ Steve, ya got yer ears on? -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
??????????????????
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Great page! I "waste" way to much time with it. Can you help me with
something? What is the true description of a rhodesian. Am I wrong in
thinking a very large squat bulldog with a tapered stem.(diamond shank?)
Need I add that I am looking for one or a bull moose(round stem?) with
a dark and rough finish. I want one with a really massive bowel.
Thanks for the great page. David

[ I believe Mark Tinsky already commented on this one in
############################## alt.smokers.pipes. -S. ]

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I salivate excessively (continuously) while I smoke my pipe. 
This is embarassing and takes away considerably from the
pleasure of smoking.  I can't smoke in public because I must
be able to spit every few draws.  If I try to swallow I
get nauseated.  Have you run across any solution for this problem?

Thanks --
Dan Hansen
(???????????????)

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---------- address ----------
????????????????
---------- comment ----------
What is the name of the company that sells and makes Clove Cigaretts? Where do
they sell these? Thanks, I would appriciate your help!

[ I believe Nat Sherman might. See the Guide for their address. -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
??????????????????????
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Abez-vous une traduction fran=E7aise ou c'est seulement en anglais je
n'est pas rien vu sur votre site qui resemblait au fran=E7ais sauf sur
la pr=E9sentation pour aller au site

Merci Michel Montpetit

[ Sorry, there's no French translation of the Web site. I hope I
understood the question correctly. -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
??????????????????
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Hello,
I used to have the address of the BBB pipe manufacturer in England. The other
day a friend asked me for that address. I turned the house upside-down but
without luck. I've used several search engines on the WWW and just finished a
key-word search of your archieved digests. Still no luck.

Would you please just send me a short message with BBB's mailing address, if
you have it available? This friend has what appears to be an antique
meerschaum
made by BBB and wants to learn more about his pipe.

Thanks for any trouble you may go to.  Also, I found your site on one of my
searches. Instead of looking for BBB's address I ended up reading pipe mail
and
following your pretty terrific links. At about $5 per hour connection time
here, that's high praise, indeed <g>.

Take care; I'll be back to your site.

Regards,
Fred Startz
(Now living in) Jakarta Indonesia

[ I believe BBB has been out of business for decades. Last reference I
have is that Hollco-Rohr owned the brand name in 1986. -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
??????????????????????
---------- comment ----------
Query:
For many years, I smoked a Dunhill blend, A11000, available only through the
New York store. Do you have any idea what the blend was and how it was
flavored? The staff there either did not know or didn't want to tell me!
Thanks
in advance for your reply.

David Sack

[ Have you tried writing to the world headquarters in London? -S. ]

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From: lewis simpkins <?????????????????>
Subject: pipe

Yes:                                                             
      I'm looking for a crooked stem falcon pipe either the crome      
      stem or the hunter model. If you have these in stalk would you   
      please Email me or send me imformation where I can order please. 
                  My address is Dee Simpkins                           
                                HCR 75 box 4060                        
                                Wellington Ky. 40387    Thank you

[ See the Resource Guide, and also Rob Denholz's letter below. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????
Subject: pipes

hello,
My name is Todd Corrigan and I would like to know where I can find a guide to
collecting old and uusual pipes. I have found a few that I would like to
purchase however I have held off until I can learn more about the value and
whether these pipes are still being made today. The style I am most
interested in is the wood and clay three piece pipes from Germany and Czech.
I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.  thanks. Todd
??????????????

[ Ben Rapaport's "Guide to Collecting Antique Pipes" would be a good
start. See the Resource Guide for Ben's address. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 1997 22:13:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Falcon Pipes

Interested in buying Falcon pipes,
Rich Maier
112 N. Aldine
Park Ridge, IL 60068

[ See letter #16 above. -S. ]

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---------- address ----------
???????????????????
---------- comment ----------
Happened upon your site when conducting a search for a type of ashtray (for
cigarettes) named Snuf-A-Dore.  Ever heard of them?  They are two pieces, a
funnel-shaped lid with three notches for cigarettes and a base which the butts
fall into after extinguishing the cigarette.  I worked for the Bell System
years ago and they were standard isssue for all smokers.  I'm wondering if the
company who marketed them is still around.  Any help you can provide would be
appreciated.  Thanks.

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---------- address ----------
??????????????????
---------- comment ----------
Please give me your thoughts on pipe sweatners

Also the best type of pipe reamer?

How to really clean and sweaten a pipe

Thank you.

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

[ #define OGDEN_NASH

I'll leave this one for Bill Thacker.  (If it's one he'd care to
tacker.) -S. ]


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From: den <???????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997

>From: AH Entezari <??????????????????>
>Subject: Hi
>
>Dear Steve,
>I shall appreciate if you post this note for the fellow pipe lovers. I
>have been using a falcon pipe for some years and I feel i need to get a
>new bowl for that. Is any place where I can order?? or I need to get a
>new pipe. please email me at ??????????????????
>Thank you
>
>[John Eels had some Falcon bowls at the last NYPC show.
>Unfortunately, I don't have his contact info. -S.]

Steve, note the following:

Eells, John			
11513 Poplar Ridge Rd.		 
Richmond, Va. 23236		
(h)(804) 794-3173			
(w)         751-1932
?????????????????

Rob Denholtz
FINE OLDE BRIARS
20 Clover Hill Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(914) 462-0751

[ Thanks, Rob, and for John Eells' address! So why the heck ain't he
on this group if he's got email? :-) -S. ]


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

Steve and the Company (isn't that a classy handle, cribbed of course 
from Andrew)-

I just tried the Professor's Pipe Sweetener method in my Brebbia
and Nording Signature.  Worked great, but...   Now my Nording bubbles 
like a hookah!  I'm smoking the same tobak as I was before, if
anything slightly _drier_ before lighting.  My Brebbia's never
behaved better.  I've had the Nording for five years and never had 
anything like this happen, but I've always cleaned by mechanical means.
The only thing I can think of that might affect it is that there was
a little moisture and salt inside the bowl when I'd scooped/tapped
the stuff out.  I _gently_ wiped it with a swab of toilet paper
(very gauche, I'm sure) which came out with some tar on it.
I let the pipe sit for a couple days to finish drying.
Perhaps I disturbed the heel cake?  I tried rebuilding the heel 
cake by smoking 1/3 of a bowl a couple times (its bowl is about 
2.5 inches deep); this lasts me upwards of 45 min with at most 
two relights (it's hard to get a good initial light with my Zippo
and matches are out as I smoke outside) so I'm pretty sure I'm 
not smoking too fast: also the bowl only feels warm, not hot.  I spit
whenever I feel the need (rarely) because I'm outside.  
Any suggestions?

Smoke in Peace,
Kevin W. Olson

[ I doubt that the heel cake had anything to do with it, Kevin.  More
likely is that there's a trapped piece of salt or tobacco. If it has a
trap or a wide smoke hole, try cleaning them with Q-tips. -S. ]


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

I'd like to ask any pipe-smoker who has qualifications in chemistry to
send in a description of the differences between the various alcohols
used to clean pipe bowls.  Specifically: How do isopropyl and "grain"
alcohol differ?  How do the differences relate to their use for
removing "tar" and oils from the cake?  Should meerschaum be treated
with either, or any kind of, alcohol?  Finally, "The Professor's" pipe
sweetening method calls for filling the bowl with salt, and then
adding alcohol, waiting for the alcohol to evaporate, then removing
the dirty salt.  Is this, theoretically, any different from simply
filling the bowl with alcohol?  Please feel free to respond in a
verbose and technical way, adding as many tanjents as desired, until
all these, and many other, questions are addressed.  Good information
from an expert is desirable and precious!

[ "Grain" alcohol is ethyl alcohol, the same kind that's in beer,
wine, and Laphroaig. Isopropyl is "rubbing" alcohol, and isn't
intended for human consumption.  Since you'll be putting the pipe in
your mouth, grain alcohol is clearly the solvent of choice. 

Re the salt, I believe it acts as an ionic solvent and also provides
something to soak up the dissolved tar. But I'm not a professional
chemist, so this advice should be taken with a grain of salt. -S. ]


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From: MICHAEL GLUKLER <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Canadian Briar Brothers

        Steve;

  I would like to welcome both Vince and yourself to the Canadian Briar
Brothers. Many of us have been and are subscribers to the Pipes Digest. As
of today we are a group of 62 members from across Canada, the U.S.A.,
Italy, Japan, and England.

 At our last meeting we linked up via telephone with the South Florida
Briar Brotherhood. It was the first time, we believe, a cross border,
international, joint pipe club meeting has taken place. In the near future
we are going to attempt a four city pipe club link up, as some CBB members
in Calgary Alberta, and Toronto, Ontario get organized.

 Currently we meet on the third thursday evening at the Jolly Taxpayer Pub
in Vancouver, at about 7pmish. All pipe smokers are welcome to attend a
gathering.  
 If you would like further information on the Canadian Briar Brothers, we
may be reached via the post at

 Canadian Briar Brothers
 406 Bruneau Place
 Aldergrove, B.C.
 V4M 3K9

 Or via e-mail at ??????????????????????????

 Regards
 Mike Glukler
 Instigator at Large for the Canadian Briar Brothers

 P.S. The September issue of Latakia Clouds has been mailed, to you both,
and all other CBB members.  

[ Michael, thanks very much, and my apologies for confusing you with
an innocent bystander in the last issue! :-) See below. I've received
the issue of "Latakia Clouds" and have enjoyed it greatly. -S. ]


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From: Chet <?????????????????>
Subject: British Columbia

Hi Steve,

Out of sheer curiosity, how did I become linked in Pipe Digest 242 to
British Columbia?  I mean, I always wanted to visit the area, but as far as
I know, I don't have any connection with the place.

Of course, there could be another Chet Gottfried, but I haven't come across
the person yet.

However, if I'm truly the person referred to, perhaps someone is willing to
send me tickets and accommodation for visiting B.C.? :)

Yours in confusion (i.e., business as usual),
   --Chet

Look Out! <http://www.asb.com/usr/chet/>

[ Chet, I misread a mail file containing some correspondence I'd had
with Mike Glukler, the Instigator at Large for the Canadian Briar
Brothers.  For one reason or another, I'd also had a letter from you
in that file, and I grabbed your name without checking. My
apologies. -S. ] 


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

Last issue I asked if there was a pipe web ring out there, and the
question came up of what is a web ring in the first place.  Therefore,
I went to the cigar web ring home page and copied this information on
what a web ring is:

"A web ring is exactly what it sounds like it is... a ring on the web!
Each page on the ring has links to a main index and also to its
neighbors on the ring. You can move around the ring in either
direction and if you go far enough you'll come back to where you
started. "

It is a great way to surf different sites on the same subject without
having to use a search engine.  Maybe we should see about starting up
a pipe web ring of our own.

Michael 


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Web Rings

Steve-

I read this posting in the Pipes Digest and thought I'd throw my 2 cents in

> From: Michael (?????????????????)
> Subject: posting from pipes page
>
> I know that there is now a Cigar Web Ring up and running (my
> cigar/pipe pages are part of it), but is there a Pipe Web Ring out
> there?
>
> Michael
>
> [I've never heard of one, but what's a Web Ring? -S.]

I ran across a web ring a while back, and upon investigating I found that a
group of Web pages/sites with a common interest would put links to the others
on a mutually arranged "ring" of links. Usually a moderating site would be
involved in mapping the organization and be the top of the ring. If you
logged in to any of the sites on the ring, constantly going to the "next"
site would bring you to the top of the ring site. I believe each site only
needed a previous and a next link, with an optional top of ring link.

The ring I spoke of was done by C=64 enthusiasts, since many of my computer
club's members are C=64 users, I checked it out.

Hope this helps-
Dale
??????????????????

[ It does; thanks!  Not sure the level of interest there would be in a
pipes web ring; Steve Beaty does a fine job with his "web star", for
want of a better term. -S. ]


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From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: probationary links on www.pipes.org

Steve and all,

	i just did a sweep through all the links on the www.pipes.org
page, and 25 of them to be bad.  i put those on a page at: 

	http://www.pipes.org/Probation.html

and will remove them from there in a month or so.  if anyone knows where
the pages have moved to, please let me know.  thanks!

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


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From: ???????????????????? (Michael Gillman)
Subject: New keeper of the a.s.p FAQ is Mark Lathem

Steve,

Just thought that I'd let you know that Mark Lathem has taken over the
a.s.p FAQ.  I've kept the FAQ since Sami had to give it up and I don't
feel that I've been able to give sufficient time and effort to the
document.  Mark is a heck of a nice guy.  I have no doubt that he will
do a great job as keeper.  He should have a new version of the FAQ out
shortly.

As to a.s.p, I'd like to ask folks to think before they post.  Read
the FAQ, and remember, even though there is no cop on the corner,
altnet and usenet are not places to do what you want without
consideration of others.  Usenet and Altnet are able to exist because
we conform to conventions that make posting to and reading a group
informative, educational and fun.  When we forget that we live in a
cooperative society and decide that we can act without restraint, we
undermine our freedom to post and hasten the day when someone else
will decide who can post and what shall be posted.

One of the metaphors used for Usenet is community.  A community does
not come together without a certain amount of strife.  Differing
visions need to clash so that a common vision can come forth.  During
those time of chaos we need to accept that even though we may disagree
we can still work together.  And we need to use these hard time to
strengthen our relationships. 

I can't tell you how many people I've had the pleasure to meet online,
we have not always agreed, but all of them have helped form a
community that is accepting and nurturing of my individual growth and
of our hobby.  When I get the occasion to meet some of these folks in
person, I am stuck by the diversity of our community in interests,
financial status, occupation, religion, and race.  Yet we all have a
love of fine tobacco and pipes. 

Thanks Steve and Steve for your work with the Digest and the web page
in helping to cement our online community together.  Thanks also to
Mark Lathem for being a rock, solid and supportive.  And thanks to all
the posters who have helped grow a.s.p from a group with a few posts a
day, when I first started reading it, to one with many now.   The
names have changed, posters come and go and return when able, but all
have shaped the pipe smoking community.

I hope that I haven't been to long winded or maudlin in this message,
if so forgive me.

Mike
_________________________________________________
|Sublime tobacco! which from east to west       |
|Cheers the tar's labor or the Turkman's rest   |
| Lord Byron:The Island                         |
|_______________________________________________|

[ And Mike, thanks to you, Sami, and Mark for keeping the a.s.p. FAQ
in fine shape! -S. ]


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Subject: Request for Posting
From: Ed Faerman <??????????????????>
 
We appreciate your linking our page to the world famous Pipes Web Page.
We are glad to be part of the 20th century.
 
I have forwarded scanned images of our brochure, (pages 1 through 4). 
If you can incorporate this, please do.  If this is not appropriate,
then no problem.
 
Thanks for all your fine work,
Ed Faerman / South Florida Briar Brotherhood

[ Ed, thanks for your brochure images.  Do you have them on your site
already? If so, I'd be glad to publish the URL here, which might save
some memory and maintenance. -S. ]


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

If any subscribers live near or in Tallahassee, FL, and are
sort-o-interested in forming a club of sorts, E-mail me at
????????????????????? or ??????????????????????? Proposed meeting
place/time would probably be either Landis Green (an expanse of grass
on campus) or Epitome (a pretentious but smoker-friendly coffeehouse.)
on Fridays or Saturdays.

[ I don't think that Tallahassee is near enough to the South Florida
Briar Brotherhood for clubbing activities, but it might also be worth
a shot.  In any case, good luck, and let us know how it goes! -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: The Balkan Saga, Part Two

Well, I didn't get the Sobranie. First, I was divested of $30 by the
guy who took my wallet to the lost-&-found desk. Second, I ran out of
Erinmore Flake.  (Yes, I smoke Erinmore. I read the a.s.p. posts that
are archived on the pipe page, and would like to mention that when
smoked _slowly_ the stuff's great; when smoked too fast, it sucks.)

So, after having rebudgeted to cover both my loss _and_ the purchase
of about $30 worth of Balkan, I reluctantly got the Erinmore. The lady
at the tobacconist, a fellow college student and unusually
knowledgable, was sort of wroth with me for making that decision,
before I produced my Savinelli Whitehall full- bent and explained the
incredible staying power of Erinmore and how I doubted Sobranie would
taste right in a pipe previously devoted to the only product I've ever
seen that is made in Northern Ireland.

[Well, maybe I shouldn't give up on the Erinmore, then. -S. ]


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From: ????????????????? (Wayne Baker)
Subject: Engberg's Bigger Bite

Hi Steve,

I would like to offer a suggestion to Steve Engberg  on his "bite"
situation.  I would suggest trying a whistle band.  This is a thick rubber
band that goes around the bit of a coache's or referee's whistle.  It allows
you to hold the whistle in your mouth and speak at the same time(with
practice).  I use one when training my hunting dog.  They can be purchased
at sporting goods stores in either the coaches supply area or dog trianing
area.  I have not tried this but I bet it would work.  I would think you
could move the band to which ever pipe you need it on.  It would be pretty
enexpensive test.

On another note.  Have you seen the PBS series "collector road show" or
something to that sort.  A guy tours the country looking at collections of
memorbilia and hobbies.   Last one I saw he had a segment on a Betty Boop
collection(boring).  Another was on WWII swords(fairly interesting).  I
think it would be great if they did one on pipes.  I have heard of Ben
Rappaport being the authority on antique or collecctiable pipes.  I am sure
you know of others.  Do you know of any other TV programs that have or might
look at our hobby in this capacity?

Good work on the digest Steve.  I appreciate you dedication to our hobby.

Thanks,
Wayne Baker
?????????????????
  
Wayne C. Baker
Coordinator of Computer Technical Services
Grinnell College Computer Services

[ There's a rubber gadget for pipes similar to the "whistle band" you
describe. Most tobacconists should have them.  Re PBS: It's a nice
thought, but I don't think their charter allows them to show anything
positive about tobacco. -S. ]


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From: Rick Welch <??????????????>

Steve --

Someone asked in the Sept. 20th PD about a pipe from FRIBOURG & TREYER -
London..... I remember visiting the F & B shop, some 20 years ago, near
Picadilly CIrcus in the heart of London... This was my first trip to
London, and I was enamoured by the atmosphere at F & B; it was a lovely,
richly decorated place... Sadly, it (like many of the old-style
pipe/tobaccco shops in London) is long gone..... The only spots in London
(IMHO) that still carry some of that charm in London today are Astley's
(Picadilly Arcade), Benson & Hedges (Old Bond Street), and Shervington's
(High Holborn).

Puff, Puff...

Rick Welch


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: [PIPES] A Tale of Two Tobacconists

Here in Indianapolis, there is a tobacconist called the Pipe Puffer. Two of
them, actually: one on the south side of town, and one on the north side. I
have visited them both, and have had quite different experiences.

Pipe Puffer South
2306 E. County Line Road
(317) 881-2957

    I have visited this store a few times. It is on a very busy street,
right across from a mall, and as such, probably gets a lot of "mall rats"
coming in. The first day I walked in (the day before the 4th of July
weekend), I was dressed casually (denim shirt, jeans, and boots), but
otherwise looked respectable. My first thought was, "For a place calling
itself the Pipe Puffer, they sure do have a lot of cigar stuff" (Nothing
against cigars, I was just expecting more of a pipe-oriented atmosphere)
    The proprietor was talking at the end of the counter with one of his
"cronies" (in quotes because I am guessing). He didn't seem in any great
hurry to help me, but I did notice him eyeing me somewhat suspiciously,
like I was going to grab something and run out the door. When he finally
noticed me, I asked him to show me a few pipes. Rather than letting me look
at several at once for comparison, he handed them to me one at a time.
    While looking at the pipes, I mentioned that I had only been smoking a
pipe for a month or so. I was hoping for some of the often-mentioned
benevolent advice from the kindly shopkeeper to the naive newcomer. What I
got instead was a contemptuous look and a recommendation to look at some of
the less-expensive pipes. I would up buying an Irish Seconds bent and a few
ounces of tobacco.
    While waiting for my credit card to clear, I happened to look at a
lacquered humidor. I even had the audacity to open the humidor. As soon as
I closed it, the owner was there, wiping off my fingerprints with a white
rag and shooting me a look of "how dare you put your dirty hands on my
nice, shiny humidor."
  Despite all that, I have gone back there a few more times for tobacco,
but I do not plan to buy any more pipes from that store. It seems to me
that it is more of a showroom for people who know exactly what they want
and don't need a lot of small talk.

Pipe Puffer North
1740 E. 86th Street
(317) 846-PIPE

This is the store I mentioned in an earlier message that used to be in the
Fashion Mall. It's new location is off to the side of a strip mall. This
time, I walked in on my way to work, in a suit and tie. Immediately, I felt
more welcome. Rather than the bright, fluorescent fixtures of the south
side shop, this one was softly lit, with warm earth tone accents. The owner
was a slow-moving elderly gentleman, but he encouraged me to look around.
    I was immediately drawn to a large plastic tub of pipes, hand-crafted
by a local artisan. Normally $60-70, these were on sale for $25-35. I
didn't look in depth (I was on a tight budget, and just wanted tobacco),
but there were some nice ones. Other than that, their pipe selection was
somewhat smaller than the southside, but they were in an open case or open
boxes on the counter, inviting the public to pick them up and look at them.
Again, but for lack of money, a few of those would be mine right now.
    Toward the back of the store, there were some fellows smoking cigars.
There were businessmen who looked like they were here on their lunch hour,
discussing the weighty topics of the day ("How could the Colts blow a
26-point lead" and "How much work will this project need before we can tell
the client they were wrong"). This was just that sort of place, where you
could escape from work for a while and enjoy a nice cigar.
    After a few minutes of smelling the jars (BTW, they had loose Early
Morning and loose 965), I picked out that day's selection. The owner
weighed it, actually giving me a little more than I was paying for. As I
paid, we made some small talk about the weather, and I glanced at the
impressive selection of smoking memorabilia behind the register. I walked
out, resolved that when I have the money, I will be returning to work on my
pipe collection.

    There you have it. Two shops with the same name, with pretty much the
same merchandise. One I'll probably never shop at again, and the other I'll
go out of my way to give my money. It goes to show you that you can't judge
a chain of stores from one bad experience, and that not all mall
tobacconists are bad. Each store has its own character.
    The facts that I visited the first store around a holiday weekend,
dressed in less-than-Wall-Street attire, should be no excuse for poor
service, covertly rude behavior, or a dim view of the customer. As soon as
he heard I was a new smoker, he should have been all over me with
assistance. I probably would have walked out with two pipes, a few
different kinds of tobacco, a pipe pouch, pipe tool, pipe cleaner, and
maybe even a pipe rack and humidor. As it is now, I doubt I'll visit his
store again.

    Please note: I do not profess to be the be-all and end-all of Hoosier
pipe smokers. I'm just one guy who wanted to record some observations. If
your experiences are different than mine, please feel free to disagree. I
don't have it in for the owner of the southside Pipe Puffer. I was just
trying to illustrate that first impressions matter, and that the stores are
there to serve the customer, not vice versa.

Bill Yater

The last words of Socrates -- "I drank WHAT!?"

[ Thanks for the study in contrasts, Bill! And, as another of my
Liebowitticisms says, "Drink up, Socrates, it's all natural." -S. ]



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From: "Paul Vandenbulcke" <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Problem with 'Royal Dutch' pipe

Hello colleagues pipesmokers,

on my last hollidays, my wife and I went to Amsterdam. I bought two
pipes : a Royal Dutch and a Big-Ben. I have
some problems with the Royal Dutch.

Firstly,  the layer of 'cement' inside the bowl isn't regular, it
shows a
protuberance witch is annoying when cleaning the bowl. I haven't done
anything to improve it. It has become better by smoking it because
there is a carbonlayer around now. 

Secondly the stem wasn't polished quite well. I had to redo the job.

The most ennoying thing is the fact that it colours the hands. After
smoking the pipe, my hand (at least some fingers) are red (it's a
brown pipe). Is there something I can do about it ?

Despite this bad luck, we had a wonderful time and I found a lot of
tobaccos I had never seen before here in Belgium (maybe I don't know
the right places yet).

Greetings,

		Paul Vandenbulcke.

Paul Vandenbulcke - P.V.S. Electronic Developments
Neerstraat 28, B-9636 Nederzwalm, Belgium
Tel/fax:+32(0)55/49.60.12-GSM:+32(0)75/34.65.86
BTW:484.052.159 - H.R.Oud.:40.350
E-mail : ???????????????????????????????


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From: ?????????????????????????????????????????
Subject: Problem/Contribution

Item Subject: cc:Mail Text
     Dear Steve,
     
[Administrativa deleted; I checked your address and it's in the
mailing list all right. -S. ]
     
     On the contribution side of this message, I have a personal way to 
     clean/polish dirty/oxidized pipe stems which I would like to share 
     with all of you. I use this method on my Dunhills, but please TRY with 
     less expensive ones you have just to be sure that the material you 
     have (it must be THIN) will not harm the pipe stems. I had this simple 
     idea after cleaning a water filter I use in my home, and I thought it 
     might work with the stems:
     
     The basic process is to polish the stems with refined sugar (sweetner 
     works better) or refined salt. Take the stem off and HUMIDIFY the stem 
     region you want to clean (I use my own saliva to do that because it is 
     more dense than pure water, but that will work) and you do NOT have to 
     wash it; then put a little portion of REFINED (thin) sugar or salt on 
     it and start polishing using a soft clothe. The sugar will dissolve. 
     Put a little more and continue polishing until you are satisfied with 
     the result. That is all ! It is cheap and effective ! Even small 
     surface marks will be reduced !
     
     Finally, I would like to discover if there are any other Brazilian 
     members in this group ! If so, please drop me a note !
     
     Thank you and keep smoking.
     
     Jose Carlos
     ??????????????

[The non-gel (white) kind of toothpaste might also do the job. -S. ]


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From: Ron Renken <?????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997 (Re-Send)

> Hello fellow pipers..

Two things, ONE-

    I have seen in a local bar several German pipes, consisting of
three parts, a bent mouthpiece, a long wooden tube, and a ceramic
bowl.  Most times the bowl is decorated with pictures, some have King
Ferdinand, does anyone know where I might locate pipes of this type??

Two- My sister and me are having a competition on web page hits,
currently she is beating me by 400 hits..can you ALL please help me by
htting my page??THANKS!

http://mtco.com/~chiefron/ron.htm


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From: "Lech Kowalewski" <??????????????????????>
Subject: a source of briar 

Dear Steve,

I am looking for a source of briar wood (EBAUCHONS) in Europe. I need
10,000 blocks. Could you help me ?

rgds./Lech Kowalewski

e-mail: ??????????????????????

[ Ten thousand briar ebauchons is a _big_ order!  It might be worth
some further research and a trip to a supplier.  Seghiere In Maremma
(Italy), owned by Fanis Cresci, is one ("My Visit to a Briar Sawmill,"
PS&TT, Jan/Feb/Mar 1987).  There are bound to be others. -S. ]


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From: No address given
Subject: comment from pipes page

Great website!!  Believe it or not, I have found a deposit of meerschaum
here in the U.S.
 I would like to contact pipe carvers to see if they are interested in
obtaining my meerschaum. I am currently out West (where the meerschaum is),
 so you do not have a direct way of reaching me. However, my permanent
address is : Lee Reisberg,  633 Franklin Ave. #188, Nutley, New Jersey 07110
I am using a Internet terminal at a local library to contact you today.
Please write to me with any help you can provide.
Thanks very much !!

Lee Reisberg


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

Hi! how are you.we are a pipes and tobacco wholeesaler,if you have good 
pipes or good tobacco ,please give me some information.we are live in 
Taiwan .Republic of China fax:8864-2623721 e-mail:????????????????????
best regards! thank you. 


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From: Kent Kingston <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Bargin Finds

Thanks for the great reading.  I look forward to each issue of Pipes
Digest.  I just wanted to write and let you know of a couple great finds I
got for under $25.00.  I always look for old estate pipes.  I recently
found a Daviddoff, that looked liked it had only been smoked once, for
$12.50.  I immediately took it to the shop in Omaha that sells Daviddoffs
and they couldn't believe it.  The matte finish was still blonde and the
mouth piece had no marks at all.  What a great smoke!

The same guy sold me a Peterson, I am smoking it now, for $8.00.  I did
feel somewhat guilty at getting these two beautiful pipes for such a low
price.  But hey, that is what makes America a great place to live!

Kent Kingston
Assistant Principal/AD
Ashland-Greenwood MS/HS
1842 Furnas Street
Ashland, NE  68003

(402)  944-2114 voice
(402)  944-2116 fax
E-Mail to :  ????????????????????????????


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From: Chuck McKinney <???????????????????>
Subject: Uni-code

>[TECHNICAL] Up to now, I've been limiting the format of the Digest
>mailings to USASCII only, but am considering allowing postings in full
>Unicode as well.  The up-side of Unicode is that it allows the use of
>a lot of non-English characters that don't currently get printed; the
>down-side is that not everyone might have a reader that can make sense
>of these characters.  Does anyone here have any strong opinions, one
>way or another, about making this move?

Regarding the above, what type of reader (name of said reader) would be
needed in order to read Pipes Digest if this change is made? Why would
anyone want to use non-English characters anyway? Do you mean graphics?
If so that answers the previous question. My daddy used to say, "If it
ain't broke, don't fix it." :)

               __ Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness.
   When you turn yourself into a sheep, you will meet a wolf nearby!

[ I guess it does, Chuck.  People use everything from "eel" and the
UCB "mail" program to Netscape Communicator to read their mail, and
I'd rather not lock anyone out. But we should keep up with the times,
so I'll probably go to Unicode when _everyone_ can handle it. -S. ]


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From: Tony Casciato <??????????????????????>
Subject: [Pipes] Update

Hi Steve,

I attended my first pipe show ever, the C.O.R.P.S. show in Richmond, VA. As
I expected it was fantastic. My first order of business was to locate Mark
Tinsky and introduce myself. I already had three of his pipes. He
remembered the pipes, even to the point of remembering that I had purchased
one as a retirement present to myself. As I looked over the selection of
pipes on display I picked up a beautiful natural finish pipe. He said,
"That's this years Christmas pipe; I just finished it." So I bought it,
thus continuing what will become a Tinsky Christmas pipe tradition for
myself (I already have the 1996 Christmas pipe). Mark is a very outgoing
personable gent. I very much enjoyed meeting him. As you can guess, I think
he makes wonderful pipes.

I next wandered over to the C&D table and met Craig & Patty Tarlar. I had
talked with and done business with each of them on the phone over the past
year. They too are great folks. I sampled several of the tobaccos available
at their "Pipe Filling Station" and bought several different varieties.
Both Craig and Patty can talk at length on the merits of the various kinds
of tobaccos, theirs or others. 

I had to watch the amount of money spent because I bought a new
Harley-Davidson motorcycle last month and my wife asked me to take it easy
at the pipe show. What could I say, I already had the motorcycle.

But I couldn't resist a Don Carlos pipe, a sort of a cross between a bent
stem Doublin and a freehand with a beautiful smooth finish. I also had to
buy several of Bob Hamlin's PCCA special reserve tins of tobacco and a tin
of McClelland's Frog Morton. But that was my limit. Believe me, it was not
easy to pass up many other pipes and tobaccos.

Many thanks to the members of the C.O.R.P.S. for putting on an outstanding
show. I met several of them and a more enthusuastiv group would be hard to
find. I also met several members of the North American Society of Pipe
Collectors (formerly the Ohio Pipe Smokers) of which I am a member. All in
all, it was a great social event as well as a feast for the eyes and nasal
senses. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

I drove up from Virginia Beach, VA for the day. It was my first trip of any
length on the new motorcycle and that was also a great experience. I had
taken a 2000 mile round trip on a motorscooter back in 1966 but this was
much different. I have almost twenty years riding Vespa motor scooters, but
 had wanted a Harley ever since my mother forbid it when I was sixteen (46
years ago). Mom will be ninety next month and she is not thrilled at all
with my new toy!

Yesterday I filled the Don Carlos pipe with a bowl of Frog Morton and spent
a relaxing afternoon on the back porch watching the birds and feeling good
with the world. Can anything beat relaxing with a pipe? I seriously doubt
it. I am saving the Tinsky Christmas pipe for a relaxing Christmas
afternoon smoke.

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

[ Both the CORPS and the NASPC show sound like they were very
worthwhile.  Maybe next year things will leave me free enough for a
multi-day trip. -S. ]


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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: NASPC Pipe Show (Columbus, OH)

Steve,      The North American Society of Pipe Collectors show in Columbus,
Ohio yesterday (09/27/97) was terrific with hundreds attending.  I'm a happy
camper because I had been searching for a Castello #65 carved and Chuck Rio
was happy to provide me with presmoked one.  Had to have a new Castello too
and Bob Hamlin provided a large store (as usual) to select from. I also found
a couple of other pipes I "couldn't live without".    We sold out all tables
(90) and had only two no-shows, Nikos Levin being one.  We've tried
unsuccessfully to contact him for 6 - 8 weeks with no result.  Many stories
there, but as a club, we don't want to get in the middle of that one.  
                 We rented the entire ballroom at Holiday Inn Lane Avenue and
could have put more tables in, but wanted wide aisles so there was room to
move or stop and chat.  We held drawings every hour beginning at 10:AM with
the final drawings for 15 pipes shortly after 4:PM.  The only drawback was
the scheduling of a Rolling Stines concert across the street for Saturday
evening, which created a bit of a parking problem later in the day.  In spite
of that, I think everyone had a good time.  On the Friday evening before the
show, we had a hospitality room with free food, cheeses, soft drinks, beer
and wine.  It became a real gathering place for discussions, showing off
favorite pipes, and sharing tobacco.  Lots of fun.  We'll have a full report
in out newsletter.  Keep up the great work.  Regis McCafferty, NASPC Board
Member.  ???????????????

[ Any foot trade from the Stones concert? -S. ]


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From: den <???????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997 (Re-Send)

Hi Steve,

Missed you in Columbus.  Was a FINE show, wonderful accommodations, great 
displays, friendly, warm people.  Finally met Bill Unger who was a 
gracious host, and Frank Burla who is an incredible fund of information, 
freely shared, and several old friends from Chicago, Rex, Clarence, Chuck 
Rio, and others.  It was also fun watching the craziness accompanying the 
Rolling Stones concert across the street Saturday evening.  The trip was 
good for business, too.  

Steve Weiner was there with some terrific pipes (he's doing such 
beautiful work).  My partner, Steve Abrams bought a carved horn from 
Steve W., which reminded me of a Butera both in appearance and in quality 
of workmanship (not surprisingly, as Steve did some work with Mike a few 
years ago).  I bought a beautiful smooth bent from Clarence Mickels and 
we finally agreed my giving him an Ashton silver spigot, another pipe and 
some cash for a fabulous Ed Burak Conoisseur freehand bulldog (unsmoked) 
I'd been covetting since the NY show.   Clarence's work is getting better 
and better; he's taking more artistic risks, with great results.  I 
understand he will be featured in the next sisue of P&T (along with an 
artical on Ed Burak).   I also picked up a lovely, graceful carved Larsen 
Super, and a pre-Republic Peterson Sterling, shape #999, Rhodesian.

I'm hot on pre-Republic Peterson's now and WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE 
HEARING FROM ANY DIGESTERS WHO HAVE ONE OR MORE FOR SALE!!  Also, still 
buying most of the Connoisseurs offerred to me.

The new FINE OLDE BRIARS catalog will be published late Oct.-early Nov.  
Additions to our mailing list are always welcome.

Best reagrds,

Rob Denholtz

Rob Denholtz
FINE OLDE BRIARS
20 Clover Hill Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(914) 462-0751


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From: ?????????????
Subject: Nikos Levin Pipes

I notice that in your current listing of pipe resources Nikos Levin's NML
Pipes Direct is included. But is this still a working business? I placed a
phone order in July for his introductory pipe offer. I've never recived it.
E-mail is no longer answered. Mail is not responded to. Phone and Fax lines
are disconnected. I am more than puzzled. Nikos has good name in the business
so first, I'm disappointed. But also it would be quite sad to see NML go
under. Do you know what's happening? And should NML remain on you resource
list?

Thanks

Rafe Martin

[ Given Regis McCafferty's letter above, and yours, and other things,
I'd have to conclude at this point that NML is out of business.  If I
haven't received word to the contrary from Nikos Levin by next issue,
I'll do as you suggest. -S. ]


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From: "Michael McConkey" <??????????????????????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997 (Re-Send)

I have a pipe tool which I forgot to offer with the several pipes which are 
now placed with new owners (and good homes for each one).  Its a GBD tool
with 
that stamp still on the black plastic cover.  It *tamps* down the tobacco
with 
one end, has a long and slightly curved pic (point is not sharp) and a blade 
which scraps and cuts.  Its in a wooden handle, the utensils are stainless 
steel.  The wood appears to be rose wood.  This tool is the right size for a 
sports coat pocket. It is clear and distinguished looking.  Yes, it needs a 
home.  Mikey

??????????????????????????????


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From: FABRICIO VISCARDI <???????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997 (Re-Send)

Hello friends:

My name is Fabricio Viscardi. I'm 22 and a moderate pipe smoker for 4 
years...

I like aromatics, like Captain Black gold/light, Borkumm Riff cherry,
Prince Albert's light vanilla ...

There is one great tobacco that I recommend for friend's that like 
aromatics...It's called AVALON MIXTURE, it's a Danish tobacco , very
fragrant and aromatic , blended with red wine...very good one...

well, thanxx 4 all and smoke in peace!
Fabricio


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From: Brian Pruitt <?????????????????????>
Subject: Letter to all

I've tried to smoke a pipe a few days ago and was unsuccessful.  It only
made me sick.  Which I figured that I did not do it rught.  I was
wondering if there were anybody in or near the Henderson, KY or
Evansville, IN area who could show me how to do it right.  I would like
to thank all who reply.

Brian Pruitt
?????????????????????


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From: ??????????????????? (Michael Gradel)
Subject: comment from pipes page

Excellant article!  I wonder if you could help with advice on the following:

I have, amongst others, a Peterson System Standard XL315.  Having recently
educated myself a bit more about pipes in general and my collection, I've
noticed two putty spots on this briar.  I paid a premium price for this
pipe and suspect the manager of the store who sold it to me not to be very
helpful.  Is there any recourse you are aware of that would assist me in
rectifying this "tainted" briar?  Perhaps I'm making to bog a deal out of
the situation, I don't know.  

At any rate I would appreciate anything you would care to share with me.

Thanks in advance,

Michael Gradel

[ As far as I know, there is no way to repair a fill.  About all you
could conceivably do is pick it out, which would leave the dent that
was originally filled.  Or write Kapp & Peterson themselves; their
address is listed in the Resource Guide.  But Petersons are known to
contain a lot of fills; inspect them carefully, regardless of the
asking price. -S. ]


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From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: Re: comment from pipes page

Michael,

At 08:26 AM 9/3/97 -0700, you wrote:
>---------- address ----------
>???????????????
>---------- comment ----------
>Hello, Steve and Steve!
>
>Thanks (as usual) for all your effort on these pages.  One of my daily
habits is
>to peruse the recent postings to a.s.p. (I don't have ready access to the
news-
>group directly).  I appreciate your putting those postings onto a page
that I can
>read, but they seem to go onto the list in a peculiar order.  Is this normal?
>I would expect them to be in chronological order, but such does not seem
to be 
>the case...  Is that a bug or a plan?
>
>Thanks again for all your work!

	well, i don't know whether it's a bug or a plan :-) they are
put in the order that they are received by the local news system.
this is no particular order at all as news servers that are 'closer'
will post news faster than those 'further away'.  i could sort them by
subject or date or whatever.  a problem with doing any of these is
that users couldn't just go to the bottom and find the articles they
haven't looked at, so i've kept it as it is.

Steve Beaty                                           Assistant Professor
Metro State of Denver                                     ???????????????
VOX: (303) 556-5321                                          Science 225A
FAX: (303) 556-5381                         http://clem.mscd.edu/~beatys/


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From: ??????????????????? (Wes Burton)
Subject: comment from pipes page

My name is Wes Burton and I am just looking for some information. I am
interested in how amber pipe stems and cigar holders were manufactured in
the 1920's and before. Were all of them carved or were some also molded
from molten amber. 
If you have any information on this process or know where I could go to find 
it would be much appreciated. Thanks. Wes Burton


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

I have been a pipe smoker for about a year. I'm 32 years old. Over the last
12 months, I've bought the following tobaccos:

Gold Burley Premium Blend
Toasted Cavendish Premium Blend
Captain Black Royal Blue Label
English Pride (Newsshop)
Vanilla Twist (Newsshop, and my first tobacco)
Tradewinds (Newsshop)
White Mountain (Newsshop)
Whiskey Cavendish (Newsshop)
Cherry Cavendish Premium Blend

I'm trying to get an idea of the types of tobacco used to make each of
these blends. Some of them (those other than the Newsshop blends) are
"drugstore tobaccos," but they still taste good and smoke
well. Anything you can tell me about these tobaccos to enlighten me
would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Brian Donnelly
Manchester, NH


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

This message is for John E. Schneider of El Paso, TX.  I was reading
your article regarding the lack of tobacconists in the El Paso area. I
must agree with you.  My wife and I lived in EP for 3 years before
moving to the Kansas City area last year.  Anyway, back to the
original reason for this e-mail.  In Las Cruces, there is a great
little shop in the Holiday Inn called Lucas tobacco.  He is a pretty
cool guy, and also he will give you a 50c tour of pipe smoking.  He
has many great blends, and he will sm oke a bowl with you if you care
to stay long enough.  As for the one shop in EP, I'll bet that it is
the one off Mesa, by Erin's, if not, then there is your second shop of
EP (unfortunately, it is overpriced and not a large selection is
available.  We are heading back to EP in November, and after eating at
CHOPES, I plan on firing up a bowl.  Talk with you later, if you get
this e-mail.  Also, thanks to whoever is ensuring that this message is
forwarded. thanks.


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

Hi:

Help!!!   I have an antique 6 foot tall cherry wood 
(or mahogany) humidor that has the "Uppman" family name and the
"Uppman" logo carved on the inside. It is touted to be the
founder, Mr. Uppman's, persoanl humidor. Where would I go to get
this authenticated and then sold?  Is there even a market for it?

Thanks for your help. I was told if you could not help, no one could.

Denise 


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

last year i purchased a cheap pipe, found that i quite enjoyed it, but
now am looking for something better. i find that i like to read while
i smoke my pipe, but that i have to clench my straight stem pipe
firmly in my teeth, not relaxing. i have heard that curved stems are
better for this, but i drool like a teething infant.  is a straight
stem better for me?  what should i look for in a pipe, how do i
determine quality? how do i pack the tobacco so it will stay lit?
please advise with whatever help you can.  best regards garnet
  
ps do you know of a decent tobacco shop in the edmonton alberta canada
region. regards garnet

[ Try a curved stem pipe and see how you like it.  For your other
questions, Mark Lathem's FAQ would likely be of help. Enjoy! -S. ]


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

I am looking for a picture, preferably in black and white, of a Nun smoking
a cigar or a pipe.  If you have any in your archives or know where I might
be able to go to find one, I would greatly appreciate it.  Thanks,
Chris Cotner


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From: ???????????????
Subject: Hayim Pinhas

Hi - 
My Mom will be going to Turkey in a couple of weeks and needs to get in touch
with Hayim Pinhas about a certain pipe.  Would you have his address or phone
number?  Thank you.
Cindy


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From: "Dave Tainer" <???????????????????????>
Subject: DIY pipe stands...

Hi, Steve and fellow Brothers of the Briar,

I haven't written anything to the list since I inquired if anybody knew about 
the Peterson Factory in Dublin and about acquiring some seconds for cheap.
As 
it turns out, my wife just bought me brand new Peterson from a tobacconist 
just around the corner from the factory, for more than it costs here, but, 
hey, it's from Ireland.

I've also, since last year, made one of my own pipes by buying a block of 
briar from a local wood shop.  I make my own furniture and just wanted to
give 
it a try.  To my (and my wife's) surprise, the result was excellent.  I'm 
still breaking it in, but it's a wonderful smoke.  Now that I have three 
pipes, I need a stand.  Does anybody out there have some plans for making a 
pipe stand?  I can always wing it (like I did with the pipe--I've never
carved 
anything in all my years of woodworking!), but I would like to see some 
samples of what is already out there.

Thanks,
Dave Tainer
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From: "Matt 'Brother Buford' Martin" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe smoking, etc.

A big hello to all fellow pipe smokers!

I've never posted to the digest before, as I've never really had anything
I wanted to relate.  However, now I have something to talk about, and
there's at least one question in here somewhere.

I am currently a sophmore at the University of Richmond, majoring in
computer science.  I've always had a love for computers however
frustrating they can be, and I have found that a pipe is an excellent way
to relieve tension during those late-night programming sessions.  And
tension and/or massive confusion can really build up, especially when you
try to keep a Linux server such as mine up and running in light of recent
hacking (or better put, cracking) attacks.  One of which was directed at
my server... but that's another story entirely.

I started smoking a pipe over a year ago, with the purchase of a drugstore
corncob and Sir Walter Raleigh tobacco.  I had always loved the smell of
cherry tobacco smoke that filled my grandmother's house whenever my great
uncle Oscar came to visit.  He passed away a while back (God rest his
soul), and I really believe that he was the reason I began to smoke
a pipe in the first place.  After experimenting with several drugstore
brands (most of which I cannot say I like now as my tastes have changed),
I decided to purchase a Dr. Grabow.  I thoroughly enjoyed smoking this
pipe, and I finally decided to buy a better pipe.  I recently bought a
meerschaum-lined briar and, just a short while later, a large bent Irish
Seconds from the local tobacconist.  I still smoke the Dr. Grabow, but the
Irish Seconds is by far my favorite pipe of the three.  I don't espically
have a liking for English blends (Dunhill Nightcap comes to mind), but I
have found that the "house blend" aromatics that the Tobacco House, Ltd.
here in Richmond sells are excellent.  I especially like their "Manassas"
and "Statesman" blends, somewhat fruity (peach brandy I think) and vanilla
flavored, respectively.  I also like sweeter blends with lots of Virginia.
I have somewhat of a sweet-tooth, and I think it shows in my choice of
tobacco!

I do have a question, though...  The meerschaum lined pipe I mentioned has
formed a crack in the lining entirely circling the bowl about 3/4 down.
Will this affect the quality of the smoke, and will continued smoking of
the pipe damage the bowl any more?

Thanks for any info, and thanks for the forum to express these thoughts!
Good luck on the digest and happy smoking!

 --=[ Brother Buford ]=--                  Proud #SkAS# Member    
  ---------=()=---------               Skuld Appreciation Society   
___________________________________________________________________
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm
        not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein

[ The crack might eventually cause a burn-out.  But I doubt that it
can be repaired. -S. ]


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From: Michael McConkey <??????????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe tool needs a home

Could you please post this into Pipe Digest?  TIA

I have a pipe tool which I forgot to offer with the several pipes
which are now placed with new owners (and good homes for each one).
Its a GBD tool with that stamp still on the black plastic cover.  It
*tamps* down the tobacco with one end, has a long and slightly curved
pic (point is not sharp) and a blade which scraps and cuts.  Its in a
wooden handle, the utensils are stainless steel.  The wood appears to
be rose wood.  This tool is the right size for a sports coat
pocket. It is clear and distinguished looking.  Yes, it needs a home.
Mikey

??????????????????????????????

[ I have one of these, and it is a _nice_ tool. -S. ]


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

Greetings fellow pipe lovers, I go back and forth between pipes and
cigars. I enjoy the fine points of both and enjoy both of them for
different reasons. I have a pipe question for the experts. My wife
would love to enjoy a pipe but can't keep one lit. I think we've
narrowed it down to her taking small puffs on the pipe. She's a tiny
woman and doesn't want to constantly puff to keep it lit. Any
suggestions? Should she try a certain size bowl? A certain type of
tobacco? Any help would be a great help. I'd really like to sit on the
back porch and enjoy a bowl with her.  Gary Saenz


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

I've just started smoking tobacco on a hookah and I need to find a
place that sells the right kind of tobacco.  Does anybody know of a
place that will ship hookah tobacco or of any stores that will sell it
in either the Philadelphia area or Virginia?

-chris


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From: Larry Lucht <???????????????????>
Subject: Cellini Pipes

What can you tell me about Cellini Original pipes ? Where were they
made? Are they still being made ? Are they anything special ? Any info
will be appreciated. Thanks-

Larry


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

Dear Steve, Here is a contribution for the next delectable Pipes
Digest. It is a response to the submission of Arata Naito who was
asking about Fribourg and Treyer of London. "In reply to your request
for information on Fribourg & Treyer I can offer the following. The
firm was established in 1751 by a Swiss, Peter Fribourg at 35
Haymarket, London and was in business at this address until the early
1980s, when the holders of the lease in this prestigious part of
London, upped the rent by some huge amount and forced the closure of a
business which had the longest record of trading in the same premises
for Britain. This scant regard for history and the traditions of
shopkeeping, did little for the reputation of London Jewish propert
owners. The firm was an 18th century business entirely intact with its
ancient paraphanalia and uniquely designed bow-windowed shop front,
unchanged since the the day of opening in 1751. The shops fittings
were auctioned off. The firm of Fribourg and Treyer were styled
"Tobacconists and Purveyors of Foreign Snuff to their late majesties,
The Kings of Hanover and Belgium, Their Late Royal Highnesses, The
Dukes of Sussex, Cambridge and Duchess of Kent."  The ledgers of the
firm were preserved from 1764 and listed many notable customers of the
day. The firm's crest consisted of a Snuff Rasp and Crown. They were
famous for snuff and offered their own blends with such names as "High
Dry Toast", "Princes" and "Dr James Robertson Justice's Mixture" (made
up for the British character actor). The firm also offered a range of
pipes, but I do not know, in answer to your question, whether they
were made by the firm itself. It was rather a sideline for them. They
also produced a small exclusive range of pipe tobaccos. I bought two
pipes from them in 1981 which bear the marking "<F&T>
University". They cost about GBP15 at that time. The firm is now gone
and the shame of it was that the premises remained in a closed state
for many years, while the lease-holders sat !  waiting for the
property to appr eciate further. It was a disgrace that the City of
London did not intervene to prevent the closure. The manager of the
business I believe had worked in the firm all his working life and he
had a remarkable knowledge of the snuff and tobacco trade. The
Fribourg and Treyer snuffs continue to be made and are distributed by
G. smith & Sons, 74 Charring Cross Road, London WC2G OBG, London."


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From: ????????????????
Subject: No Subject

Ex-collector has superior collection 300+ pipes for sale ????????????????


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

Hello All,

I am a newby to this mailing list and have only recently begun to
smoke my pipes again after a decade or so allowing them to languish in
various drawers and closets. The tobacco blends I like tend toward
sweet aromatics and seem to use a lot of black Cavendish. Here's the
rub: I have yet to find either an "all day" blend or one I really
LOVE. (Not that they are necessarily mutually exclusive) I know next
to nothing about the ingredient tobaccos used in blending so I cannot
intelligently tell a tobacconist what I want. What I would like is to
find a place on the internet from which I can order an ounce or so of
a variety of unblended ingredient tobaccos I can smoke and then
develop a mail/internet -order relationship to develop a few blends to
my taste.  Failing that, the location of a good walk-in tobacconist in
Manhattan, NY with whom I can develop a similar relationship would be
appreciated.

Thanks to any who reply
Pleasant smoking to all,

J. Slaydon
Brooklyn, NY
(????????????????????)


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

Well, I had another paying gig last night, and I set off for the tobacconist
this morning, to get a Fuente Opus X. However, as I made my way from the 
door to the walk-in humidor, I noticed the same old tin of Balkan Sobranie 
#759 Luxury Blend on the shelf that I had perviously failed to purchase!
I bought it in short order, and outside the mall, packed up my Peterson and
walked back to campus (about 45 min.) smoking rather than take the bus. The
bowl lasted me the whole 45 min; and not only do I smoke faster when walking,
but it was a windy day! I look forward to a very long and leisurely smoke 
down at the coffeehouse this evening!
Smelling the tobacco upon opening the 200 gram tin was a nearly religious
experience... Judging from the layer of dust on the lid, it was aged well,
if only by the Forces of Evil that make a wimpy vanilla-flavored cavendish
the store's top seller... The tobacco is very dark, the lightest strands 
being a rich medium brown and the darkest being that wonderful shiny black 
that heralds Latakia.
Excuse me while I run from the FSU Music Library computer lab down to the 
comfortable couches of the local coffeehouse's smoking area; I can't bear
talking about it while not smoking it... 


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From: "Marcus Jacob" <????????????????????>
Subject: article for PD / suggestion for art gallery

Dear Pipe-Lovers

Some time ago, I wrote about my visit at a local one-man-enterprise
pipemaker, Mr. H. Kallenberg. Meanwhile I have scanned in some photos of
his pipes, you can view / download them at
http://www.edvz.sbg.ac.at/~cbergler/galerie/kallenberg/ (Thanks Christian).
Soon I'll write a travelog and make some more photos, not only of pipes but
also of his wonderful old-fashioned workshop (some machines look as if they
are there right from the beginning in 1919).

If someone is interested in his pipes, ask me for models and prices
(????????????????????).

Happy smoking

Marcus Jacob


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From: "M. el Kouni, Ph.D." <?????????????????????>
Subject: Who made that pipe?

I have just received the new booklet "Who made that Pipe?" by Herbert M.
Wilczak and Thomas Colwell Jr. I enjoyed going through this booklet
tremendously. It is a must reference for those who want to identify
their old woods. The booklet is an alphabetical directory of the names
of briar pipe made in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as their
makers and countries of origin. It is quite inexpensive ($18.25 + $2.50
H&S) for the effort that went into gathering the information it
contains. It has over 7,700 entries. It would have been wonderful if it
also contained information on the current status of the makers listed. I
hope that this information will be included in a future edition.
You can purchase this directory directly from Mr. Colwell Jr., 325
Germonds Road, West Nyack, NY, 10994. 

[ Indeed; I've referenced it a couple of times in this issue. A
must-have reference for the collector, or for anyone trying to field
questions! :-) -S. ]


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From: "Marcus Jacob" <????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe friendly places in Gaithersburg MD

My Dear Pipesmokers

Next year I'll leave my good old Germany for a half-year work in
Gaithersburg, MD. So I'm interested in some pipe-friendly places, e.g.
tobacco shops or bars, where I can enjoy my pipe in peace without
anti-smoking zealots. Maybe there is even a pipe-club in Gaithersburg or
around. What about the laws in Maryland, can I walk outside with a pipe
between my teeth without the fear of a policeman popping suddently out of
the dark and blowing my head off ? ;-)

And now for something completely different: 

A new commercial pipe link: http://www.danpipe.com 

That's the link of Dan Pipe, Hamburg, Germany, one of, or even the largest
German mail-order pipe-, tobacco- and cigar-shop. Their new catalog has
just arrived here, 160 pages full of pipes of the best-known German,
Danish, English or Italian pipemakers. They also offer a lot of known
tobacco-blends, from Balkan Sobranie, tinned Dunhills, many Danish blends
to Amphora and Borkum Riff. But they have also an own
tobacco-manufacturing, D.T.M. with an immense variety, light to full
strenght English blends as well as aromatics in all flavors, from light
vanilla-casing to the "put hot water on it and you get an exotic
tea"-types. For the home-blenders they offer pure Virginias, Latakias etc
too.

Keep smoking,

Marcus Jacob

[ They've got SOBRANIE? Expect a deluge! -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: though this might interest you

i came across this scanning the Reuters news wire.  Thought you might be
interested.

BUDAPEST, Oct 4 (Reuter) - Italians left Budapest's Ludwig arts museum in a
cloud of smoke on Saturday after winning both first and second places in the
World Team Pipe Smoking Championship. 

Contestants could light their pipes, each filled with three grams of tobacco,
only once and had to smoke it as long as they could. 

The champions, Corsellini Club won the trophy with the three most successful
team members smoking for a total seven hours, 17 minutes and 12 seconds. 

Silver medallists Cerea Club managed only five hours 53 minutes and 19
seconds, slightly ahead the Swiss Oberwallis Pfeifen Club who finished with
five hours, 45 minutes and 10 seconds. 

Host Hungary drew consolation for not being in the first three from Zsolt
Zsakai's individual feat of keeping his pipe burning for the longest time,
two hours, 38 minutes and 16 seconds, although it was still well below Dane
Jesper Bo Petersen's record set earlier this year at three hours 15 minutes
and 37 seconds. 

Security guards kept checking the fire alarm system of the museum in
Budapest's royal castle during the championship but the system seemed able to
distinguish between the smoke of a fire and the thick blue clouds of tobacco
smoke which filled the hall. 

The contestants, dressed in the colourful suits of their clubs, not only
regarded their smoke as harmless but said for them it represented relaxation,
silence and even philosophy. 

``If a hero of one of my films ever smokes a pipe, he will (inevitably) be a
philosopher,'' said Miklos Jancso, one of Hungary's most renowned film
directors and a patron of the championship -- himself holding a pipe. 

Richard Kitching from London said he was a little sad that he could only
smoke his pipe for 52 minutes before it went out, but remained serene. 

``Smoking a pipe is just pure pleasure,'' he said. ``And it's a big
friendship club.'' 

14:54 10-04-97

[ Thanks for the reprint! I'm glad that such things are still possible
somewhere in the world. See the Quote of the Week, below. -S. ]


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Quote of the Week:

    The anti-smoking zealots essentially want to shut the industry. Trial
    lawyers see the tobacco companies as a huge pot of gold.  Politicians
    see them as fabulous punching bags. The press portrays the story as a
    struggle of good and evil, barely questioning anti-smoking
    rhetoric. Hardly anyone in this informal coalition of intolerance even
    senses that freedom is an issue.

					Robert J. Samuelson
					Editorial, Washington Post
					April 23 1997; Page A21.
					http://www.forces-cdn.com/012l-042.htm


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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #243 -- October 19, 1997
  2. Subject: letters, we get letters...
  3. Subject: requesting information
  4. Subject: Dr. Grabow ...
  5. Subject: pipe
  6. Subject: pipes
  7. Subject: Falcon Pipes
  8. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997
  9. Subject: posting from pipes page
  10. Subject: posting from pipes page
  11. Subject: Canadian Briar Brothers
  12. Subject: British Columbia
  13. Subject: posting from pipes page
  14. Subject: Web Rings
  15. Subject: probationary links on www.pipes.org
  16. Subject: New keeper of the a.s.p FAQ is Mark Lathem
  17. Subject: Request for Posting
  18. Subject: posting from pipes page
  19. Subject: The Balkan Saga, Part Two
  20. Subject: Engberg's Bigger Bite
  21. Subject: [PIPES] A Tale of Two Tobacconists
  22. Subject: Problem with 'Royal Dutch' pipe
  23. Subject: Problem/Contribution
  24. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997 (Re-Send)
  25. Subject: a source of briar
  26. Subject: comment from pipes page
  27. Subject: posting from pipes page
  28. Subject: Bargin Finds
  29. Subject: Uni-code
  30. Subject: [Pipes] Update
  31. Subject: Re: NASPC Pipe Show (Columbus, OH)
  32. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997 (Re-Send)
  33. Subject: Nikos Levin Pipes
  34. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997 (Re-Send)
  35. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #242 -- September 20, 1997 (Re-Send)
  36. Subject: Letter to all
  37. Subject: comment from pipes page
  38. Subject: Re: comment from pipes page
  39. Subject: comment from pipes page
  40. Subject: comment from pipes page
  41. Subject: comment from pipes page
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  44. Subject: comment from pipes page
  45. Subject: Hayim Pinhas
  46. Subject: DIY pipe stands...
  47. Subject: Pipe smoking, etc.
  48. Subject: Pipe tool needs a home
  49. Subject: posting from pipes page
  50. Subject: posting from pipes page
  51. Subject: Cellini Pipes
  52. Subject: posting from pipes page
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  55. Subject: posting from pipes page
  56. Subject: article for PD / suggestion for art gallery
  57. Subject: Who made that pipe?
  58. Subject: Pipe friendly places in Gaithersburg MD
  59. Subject: though this might interest you
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