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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

		 Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
   Copyright (C) 1998 by Stephen P. Masticola. All rights reserved.
	       Commercial use of any part of contents,
	      including email addresses, is prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 3221

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From: John (????????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

In confirming what Burt Wolder said about the Craven mixture being synonymous
with the Arcadia Mixture, I quote: "To J.J. Carreras, Tobacconist. 18 January
1897.  Dear Sir, In answer to your letter, it is your Craven Mixture - and no
other - that I call Arcadia in My Lady Nicotine.  I see no objection to your
announcing this if you want to do so.  Yours truly, J.M. Barrie.  Copies of My
Lady Nicotine are still available email ???????????????????? if you would like
a copy.


[ See the next letter for further news on Craven's. I'm attempting to revive a
small sample of C&D's Craven analogue that I received years ago. -S. ]

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From: Apparanda Bopanna Apana <???????????????????????>
Subject: PD # 245

Thanks very much for PD 245 which I received to-day. My day has been made
because of a lovely Ser Jacopo which arrived in this morning's post and
because of PD. A word to those of you visiting London or Reading. Reading
is very close to London and I would recommend a visit to M. Shave at
Harris Arcade, Friar Street in Reading. The service a superb and there is
a wide range of loose tobaccos at hand. There is also a very nice display
of Petersons, Parkers, Charatans, and GBDs. 
	For those of you who are interested in cigar labels, I saw a book
on cigar label art at Michael Pordes books at Charing Cross, London, the
other day. It's in the display window.
	Finally, there was a message from Mr Burt Wolder re. Craven. Yes,
it is back on the shelves. Surprisingly, though many tobacconists do not
seem to stock it, the high street stores do. One can purchase 25g packets
of Craven Mild, Craven Flake, and Craven mixture.
	Lastly, if any pipe smokers are visiting Reading and feel like a
chat, do get in touch with me. Merry Chrismas to all and all good wishes
for a great 1998.

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From: Roger Batista (???????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Dear Steve,

Several months ago I picked up a 50g/1 3/4 oz. pouch of "Balkan Sobranie
No.959" and loved the smoke. The pipe/tobacco store had about 10 of these
pouches and sure enough they ran out. The last couple of them seems as if air
might have somehow entered the pouch and the tobacco was very brittle not to
mention that it did not have the same aroma that the earlier ones had.

I asked him if he was planning on getting any more and he told me if I
understood him correctly, that the company that owns Macanudo's brought out
the importer James B. Russels, Inc. and they did not think there was much of a
market for the "Balkan Sobranie No. 959" so they are not going to carry or
import it. However they will continue to import the "Original Formula Balkan
Sasieni" which comes in a white pouch and also in a tin.

I would appreciate any info in this matter as I have tried other English
blends, but none come close to the "Balkan Sobranie". The "Sasieni" is nice,
but not the same. Does anyone know anything about this and is it still
possible to get "Balkan Sobranie No 959"?  I live on Long Island in the New
York area. Any help would be appreciated from you or possibly other


Roger Batista

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

Can anyone tell me if the Balkan Sobranie mixture that contained cigar
leaf is still available?  If so, where? I came in a yellow tin

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From: Francisco Gutierrez (????????????????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hello !
I am very interesting in the pipes of pyrolita. Would anybody tell my
something about it ?. 
Where may I find it ?.
Thank you very much,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Francisco Gutierrez
E-mail: ????????????????????????????

[ I believe you mean "pyrolitic graphite." General opinion seems to be
that they smoke hot. Also see the letter below. -S. ]

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Administrivia and Venturi pipes

[ Administrativa deleted. Please let me know if it's not straightened
out yet.  -S. ]

Now, on Venturi pipes... back in the Sixties Venturi
was the manufacturer or marketer of The Pipe and The
Smoke, both of which were high-density graphite pipes
(The bowls were black, and the pipes color was a
paint of some form).  They were advertised as being
diswasher safe.  I also remember seeing them back
when smoking was still socially acceptable, as mens
accessories in the Sears Christmas catalog.

Hope that helps, John

Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com

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From: JCALEXJR <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #245 -- December 14, 1997

Hello.  Does anyone know of a pipe smoking club in the middle Tennessee area (
Nashville)?  Also, are there more good shops besides, Tobacco Road at Harding
Mall, the Arcade Smoke shop, Elliston Place and the 2 branches of Uptowns?  I
would think that the area could support another quality shop, perhaps in the
south east part of Nashville.  Thanks for a great publication.   


[ There are quite a few shops in Tennessee, notably Fred Stoker &
Sons, which I've seen mentioned quite a bit.  Can't really say about
the geography, though. Check the Resource Guide. -S. ]

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From: Elliott Evans <[email protected]>

David R. Lundgren in "New pipe lighter" wrote:
> identified only as "Turbos". [...] It produces a sharp hot conical
> flame not unlike a small torch.  [...] The unfortunate part is, there's
> absolutely no identifying info on it... no idea who makes it. 

I don't know who makes the "Turbos" (though I've seen them before),
but they are similar in action to the Colibri "Quantum" line.

> I don't know physics behind the turbo principle

There's a small metal coil positioned in the gas jet. The coil
transmits heat down into the butane stream, heating it so that it will
burn more completely. Thus, a smaller amount of butane, emitted at
higher pressure, burns hotter and better than a normal lighter.

Tony Berke in "Returned mail: Ambiguous address (fwd)" wrote:
> I tried to get in touch with the person who
> had the P.D. Zippo lighters a few months ago 
> to see if MAYBE there was still one available.

Sorry, the lighters are long gone.

Steve wrote, in response:
> Sorry, Tony, he's dropped off of our radar, too.

That's funny, I still get the digest...

> If anyone knows where he is, please drop us a line.

Ooh! Ooh! I know!

Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans		[email protected]

[ You must be getting the Digest from the arpalists reflector or
something... In any case, please let me know if you have problems
receiving the Digest. -S. ]

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From: Brad Krones <??????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #245 -- December 14, 1997

In responding to the postings about pipe lighters, perhaps it is fair to 
ask: "How can you beat a Zippo?"  As to pipes, I recently got a Peterson 
Killarney Full Bent; it is heaven.  It features a really thick stem, shank, 
and bowl.
Best wishes to all,
Brad Krones

[ In answer to your question, it's difficult, but a 20-ounce (0.6 kg)
Vaughan wood-handled framing hammer can be used effectively to beat a
Zippo.  (Well, ya asked...)  See the following. -S. ]

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From: Steve Masticola (??????????????????)
Subject: Roughing It

I don't believe I've mentioned this in the PD, but I'm attempting to
renovate the upstairs of our house, which has been vacant probably for
decades.  This is while holding a full-time job as a computer nerd and
engaging in hobbies like the Digest, so the work is, shall we say, not
getting done at breakneck speed.

The past two winters were spent in demolition (the dirtiest job I've
ever done in my life!) and collar ties (1995-96) and reinforcing some
joists, some of which were butchered by a plumber generations ago, and
one of which was being munched by powder-post beetles (1996-97). That
dang floor was the worst -- a solid month of crawling on my belly in
the joists and manipulating 20-foot hunks of two-by-six* in a 20-foot
wide attic, without smashing windows, all in subfreezing weather. It
came perilously close to killing my enthusiasm for the project.

Over Christmas vacation, however, I reactivated the reno and things
have been looking up.  I framed two knee walls and a partition wall
including converging pocket doors.  It's getting exciting, and fun!
And I'm developing a healthy respect for the people who do this sort
of thing for a living; it ain't easy, physically or mentally.

In any case, I've found that, for certain parts of the work, a good
briar is as indispensible a tool as a level or a tape measure.  I
don't like to smoke when I'm doing heavy exercise, because this leads
to getting buzzed more than I'd like, and the pipe can be a nuisance
to handle.  But when I need to plan out a piece of work, I've noticed
that lighting up a bowl will often get me unstuck.  It just helps
things go a little smoother.

For rough carpentry, I highly recommend cool-burning, low-maintenance
pipes, including large Petersons, Kirstens, and no-name store brands,
particularly those with heavy stems.  Latakia is of great value, as is
a good butane lighter.  Fragile or valuable pipes are not recommended
for this sort of thing.

So I was just wondering... are there any other amateur (or pro)
carpenters out there who have experienced the same phenomenon?

				Measure twice and smoke in peace,
				~\U Steve.

* Before you ask, the original joists were true two-by-sixes, so I had
to do it.  And I've got a permit.

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From: ???????????????????????????? (BILL YATER)
Subject: [PIPE] Pipe Manufacturers and Quality

[Administrativa deleted. -S. ]

     Steves (all of you),
     I subscribe to several pipe/cigar catalogs (Nat Sherman, Thompson). 
     These are primarily cigar catalogs, but they have the occasional pipe. 
     However, I'm not terribly familiar with the manufacturers, and the 
     ones I recognize are somewhat questionable.
     For example, the January 1998 issue of the Thompson Cigar catalog 
     features a pair of pipes (straight or bent) from Chacom (a well-known 
     and respected brand), but in a hideous tan-yellow  with green 
     variegation. They also feature a pair (straight or oom paul) of Big 
     Ben black sandblasts, and a pair (1/2 bent and full bent) of Molina 
     pipes, charcoal grey with a black-and-white bit. Likewise, the 
     December 1997 edition features a couple of pipes (an "Acapulco" 
     tortoise shell bent and a "Graffiti" red and black variegated 1/2 
     bent) from Yves Grenard of St. Claude.
     A few questions: 
     -   I have no doubt as to the quality of the Chacom, but why would 
     such a well-respected company make a pipe with such a tacky 
     appearance? (I'm not kidding here, folks. It looks like something you 
     cough up after a bad lung infection.) Has the company changed their 
     marketing focus to target the younger smoker who wishes to make a more 
     conspicuous point of his/her pipe smoking?
     -   What is the quality of Big Ben these days? I have heard good 
     things about their earlier workmanship, but recall hearing or reading 
     somewhere that their pipes aren't up to their reputed standards. Were 
     they bought by someone?
     -   As for the rest of these manufacturers (Molina, Yves Grenard), has 
     anyone heard of them, or tried their products? I have seen Molina's 
     products in Thompson's before, and they have always looked very 
     attractive. I am probably going to buy myself a pipe as a belated 
     holiday gift, and want to make sure I am buying more than just a 
     pretty face. 
     Nat Sherman also features pipes made in St. Claude, so I imagine they 
     are from the same manufacturer as the Yves Grenard featured in 
     Thompson's. Nat's "500" pipes are very nice looking, with beautiful 
     graining, and a price tag about 4 or 5 times that in Thompson's.
     Finally, does anyone have the name / address / phone number / e-mail / 
     Web site of a mail order company that features mostly pipes? As much 
     fun as it is to look through all the cigars in Thompson's and Nat 
     Sherman's, I am not now, nor do I plan on becoming, a cigar smoker. I 
     have to wade through pages and pages just to find the two or three (or 
     less) pipes in each catalog. Right now, I use "Pipes and Tobacco" 
     magazine as a sort of catalog, but after the first month, I've 
     memorized every one.
     From a fragrant fog,
     Bill Yater
     The government can have my pipe...
     when they pry it from my cold, dead lips!

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From: Russ Oechslin <?????????????????????>
Subject: Goo-Gone!

  The last two editions PD (Thanks for keeping this thing going) have had
questions about label adhesive on pipes -- specifically getting the goo off.
  There's a product on the market -- one of several, actually -- that's made
to do the job neatly. The product I know best is Goo-Gone. While I'm not a
chemist, I believe it is a sitrus oil -- not juice. And it works very well.
'Bet a guy (or gal) could squeeze a not-too-used orange peel and get the
same stuff.
  The Goo-Gone works well on any hard surface. Though I'd be careful of it
on unfinished wood (briar).
  (Aren't stick-on labels kinda low-class anyway?)

[ On pipes, certainly.  There are many other ways to mark the price of
a pipe that don't leave gunk on it. -S. ]

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From: Deepdiver <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Kriswill

Hi, can someone help me find a pipe tobacco by the name of Kriswill that
I used to smoke.

Thank you,

Walid Waked

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From: Jim Kampa <???????????????>
Subject: Charatan's


Would you please answer a couple questions, if possible?

Who "owns" Charatan?

Do you know where Charatan's are made?

J. L. (Jim) Kampa, Buyer Code:  4605
Phone: 313-323-9254
Fax: 313-390-4591

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

I would like to know the addres of pipe makers of some brands such as:
Charatan, Mayfair, Barlling, Orlik.


[ The "gosmokeshop.com" web page might be a reasonable starting
point. See below. -S. ]

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From: Christopher B. O'Hara (????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Dear Steve:

I have been enjoying the Digest for several issues now, and have to
commend you for editing and producing an insightful roundup of pipe
commentary. I distribute it around the office, and it has met with a
great deal of enthusiasm.

At any rate, I would like to bring PipeSmoke Magazine to your readers
attention. As you know PipeSmoke is a supplement to Smoke
Magazine. Basically, what we've done is take all of our pipe editorial
and stick it in it's own magazine. So far, I think it's doing quite
well, and has a lot of entertaining stuff in it. While geared for the
less "hardcore" pipe smoker, there is one section that may of
particular interest to the Pipes Digest crowd.

The Publisher of PipeSmoke, Alan Schwartz (the owner of the Wessex
family of pipe tobacco, by the way) writes a column called Maven's
Choice which reviews about four different pipe tobaccos an issue. Even
if you've smoked 'em all, it sure is interesting to get a fresh
perspective from a guy who has probably smoked more kinds of pipe
tobacco than anyone else I know.

Check out PipeSmoke at your local pipe shop or call (212) 391-2060 to
subscribe (for now, it comes with Smoke -- sorry, non-cigar
smokers). Also, get ready for our new internet site "pipesmoke.com".

Another note of interest: Another new website I put into place,
"http://gocigars.net" would be useful to your readers: It is a
comprehensive listing of all the smokeshops in the world. It can be
accessed at te above URL address or through "gosmokeshop.com", the
official website of Smokeshop Magazine (our retail tobacco trade

Fire the Briar,

Christopher B. O'Hara
Vice President, Lockwood Publications

[ Many thanks for these resources, Christopher! I've placed them in
the Guide, at what I hope will be appropriate places.  And the
following might be of interest to you. -S. ]

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From: Jack Tompkins <?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Smokers Web Ring

Hi Steve,

First let me thank you for a fine Pipe Publication.  I have been a reader
for a long time but have never written but I enjoy every issue.
I would like to tell you and all of your readers about a Web Ring that
I have formed for Pipe Smoking related Web Pages.   For those who
don't know what a Web Ring is, it is a tool where people can register
their web pages.  A lot of the rings deal with a specific subject matter,
in this case Pipe Smoking.  A person can enter the ring from any
member site and be able to go from site to site with out jumping out
to check a URL.  

The name of the ring is The PipeSmoke Ring and anyone can register
their pages at http://www.primenet.com/~tompkins/Pipes/pipes.html.
The pages that are registered are checked to make sure they are in
fact Pipe Smoking related before they are fully accepted.
Currently I have 18 sites registered and would like to see it grow
to be bigger than the Cigar Ring which at the last time I checked
was at 54 sites.

Thanks Again

		      --=*( Jack Tompkins )*=--
		  --=*( ?????????????????????  )*=--
    --=*( bigjack on IRC #pipes on a dal.net server near you.)*=--
    --=*( And my home page http://www.primenet.com/~tompkins.)*=--
     --=*( And Ring Master of the Web Ring "PipeSmoke Ring" )*=--
   --=*(at http://www.primenet.com/~tompkins/Pipes/pipes.html )*=--
 "I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it."

[ Thanks, Jack!  Steve Beaty, our intrepid Webmaster, has placed the
Digest web page on the ring. -S. ]

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From: Rick Byer (????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Because of comments about the Capital Area Pipe Smokers (CAPS) club pipe and 
our meetings on alt.smokers.pipes and in the Digest, several people have asked 
me about our next meeting and the availability of the club pipe.  So I have 
been bugging our esteemed leader, George Riddle, to arrange for next year's 
meeting dates with the restaurant that is gracious enough to let us use their 
meeting room from time to time and serve us, uh, food.  At long last, the 
1998 schedule has been set.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 21 (they are almost always on 
Wednesdays -- I guess that's George's day off), at 7:30pm at Mama's Italian 
Restaurant on Route 50 in Fairfax, Virginia.  Among the attraction for this 
next meeting will be a salmon (or alternatively, salmon) dinner, a Nording 
cigar smoking contest and Hawaiian Shirt Night.  (I'll leave that to your 
imagination.)  Also, we still have about a dozen smooth and a dozen sandblast 
club pipes left for sale.  George promised the restaurantuer that we 
would buy at least 25 salmon dinners, so please come, or else the club 
is going to have to buy a lot of fish.

The other 1998 dates (all so far at 7:30pm at Mama's) will be 2/24, 4/1, 
5/13, 6/24, 8/12, 9/23, 11/4 and 12/2.

Rick Byer

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From: "David L. Martin" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Club In Atlanta


Would you post this message in your next Pipe Digest, and feel free to
edit it as necessary.  If anyone has any interest in forming a pipe
smoker's club in the Atlanta area, please email me.  It seems our state has
surrounding clubs, but nothing in the Peach State. Thanks!

David Martin
Atlanta, GA

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From: "Vallyn" <???????????????>
Subject: pipe and tobacco presenters

Hi Steve:
I live near Santa Fe, New Mexico and am a member of a local smoking club
called the Diogenes Club, which is affiliated with Santa Fe Cigar.  I
would like to propose some ideas to the owner and board of the Diogenes
Club for potential guest presenters on the subject of pipes and pipe
tobacco.  Such areas of interest could be pipes and smoking, pipe
making, repair and maintenance, and pipe tobacco.  Are there people out
there that visit smoking clubs around the U.S. to share their knowledge
of the above subjects for free or a small nominal fee to promote their
business or area of interest?  Any help would be appreciated, since the
paramount focus of the club is cigars and I would like more info on

Thanks for the great job on the digest and I always look forward to a
new one and really appreciate the website as the definitive resource for
pipes and tobacco.

Happy holidays to all!
Robert L. Lasso			e-mail: ???????????????    AND

[I've been to Santa Fe Cigar, as I've mentioned here, and it's a
wonderful little shop. I hope that some speakers will be able to make
it to Santa Fe.  It's a great place for a vacation, too!  And, if
they're into B&Bs, I highly recommend La Posada de Chimayo as a base
of operations. -S. ]

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From: ALowe94933 <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #245 -- December 14, 1997

Hi Steve 
Thanks very much for the digest 245.
Really interesting, found some one on there living just over the mountain from
me (about12 miles)
once again thanks

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From: matt Robinson <???????????????????????>
Subject: Location of Pipe

Dear Steve,

I have a a Dunhill pipe case which originally held 2 Dunhill Bruyere 
pipes. One was striaght and the other was a bent. The bent is missing. A 
gentlemen on the internet dated the remaining pipe as made in 1928. The 
nomenclature on the pipe was as follows:
A	Dunhill		inter tube 36
	London		Pat No 116989/178(the # 8 should be underlined)

In the case itself the previous owner had marked in pen the #36 in the 
area of thebowl of the stright pipe and the #56 is in the area of the 
bent. I assume that I am looking for a 1928 Bent (smooth) in the shape of 
#56. I could sure use some help in locating this pipe for purchase. I am 
new to pipe colleection and I appreciate any assistance that you might be 
able to give. Thank You.

Phone Number (318)388-6886
Fax Number   (318)330-9040
E-Mail       ????????????????????

Johnny Robinson

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From: Spada Enrico <??????????????????????>
Subject: Savinelli's pipe

Hello everybody and sorry for my english.
I'm DAVIDE SPADA, from Milan, place where Savinelli's shop live. I would
tell aboud his pipe. They are fantastic, I've bought a Savinelli
673KS-porto cervo- last month, and since the first "smoked" the taste
was wonderful and full of smell. I will hope you woult bought a
Savinelli's in the future, and try a italian's pipe. Very Very Good.
Thanks for the time, and also sorry for my poor english. BST RGD.
Davide Spada- ??????????????????????

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

Some thoughts on Radice: Some years ago (Not sure how many, but over
10 anyway.) I bought a new Radice Clear; a beautiful straight grain
billiard, tapered stem.  I tried breaking it in using the tobacco I
normally smoke (Virginia) and having a hard time, switched to a mild
Burley.  That failed and I tried Early Morning Pipe.  After 25 - 30
bowls, I gave up.  Swore up and down the damned thing was made of
iron, fitted out to look like briar.  It was like sucking on a
blowtorch and was bitter as brimstone.  I traded it and silently
wished the fellow better luck than I'd had.  I promised myself I'd
never own another one.  Well.... You know how it goes with old pipe
smokers.  Promises are made to be broken, especially when we come
across a pipe " you can't live without".  Several months ago, I was in
one of my favorite shops and spotted this pencil shank Canadian
(straight grain) sandblast and asked to see it.  Damn!!! A Radice Silk
Cut.  I told the owner to put it back and looked at some others, but
my eye kept wandering back to the Radice.  It was calling to
me.... making promises of easy break-in, soft patina with use, and
many compliments by other pipe smokers.  We all know what happened,
	That evening at home, I wiped the stem inside and out with
Everclear, ran a pipe cleaner with a bit of dark Rum through the stem,
and filled the bowl with McClelland's Virginia Woods.  I fired up and
after gently puffing a while, I decided it was a bit hot but not much
more than normal for a new pipe.  I sipped gently at the tobacco over
a period of three hours, and took it all the way to the bottom without
experiencing the firestorm I had fearfully expected.  I ran a pipe
cleaner through it and set it aside for a day.  Over ten days or so, I
suspect I put 12 bowls through it and by then it was like an old
friend that had joined other old friends in my pipe rack. Now, I find
myself reaching for it when relaxing in the evening over a cup of
	There are some differences between my earlier experience and
the one just described.  First is the tobacco.  McClelland's Virginia
Woods is a softer and broader cut Virginia blend than what I had tried
before.  Second was my approach.  I took my time, determined to let
the pipe break in on its own schedule and not mine.  The combination
of those two made all the difference.  Three weeks ago, I was in
another shop and noticed a beautiful straight stem, sandblasted
billiard, with a briar-bamboo stem and asked to see it.  As I took it
in my hand, I thought, "Yep, Radice.  Ah hell.... here we go again!!!"
I'm smoking it now and just had to share this with Pipes Digest, the
best of the best on the web.  Regis McCafferty, Co-founder, past
President, current Board member, North American Society of Pipe

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From: Steve Pickard (??????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

I just got a Calabash pipe for Christmas and the stem
on it smells like burnt rubber. Is there anyway to get
rid of the smell?  Thanks for your response.

Steve Pickard

[ I know that there was some discussion of this on alt.smokers.pipes,
and that some people recommended polishing the stem. Any other recos? -S. ]

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From: CMURTHA <???????????????????>
Subject: pipes digest letter

dear steve:
in pipes digest #232, glenn weller asks a question regarding hairline
cracks in the bowl of his new pipe.  It`s the last post in #232.  I`m
looking for the reply to his question, but I cant find it. If you can
direct me to it, I`d appreciate it, as I am having similar problems.

[ The question was never answered, at least not in the Digest. Since
it's a new pipe, I'd suggest contacting the manufacturer for a
replacement.  As far as I know, cracks in the bowl cannot be mended,
though perhaps someone else has found a cure. -S. ]

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From: Spada Enrico <??????????????????????>
Subject: two questions

Hello everybody and happy new year!
I've got two questions for you:
1. I don't understand what address should I use mailing you.
2. I'm searching for a magazine edited in Europe dealing with pipes,
tobaccos and all this fantastic world. 
Can you help me? I remember that I live in Milan (Italy)

Hy, and smoke in peace.

Davide Spada

[ "???????????????" and "??????????????????" will both reach me at the
Digest. For the second question, the Ephemeris lists several European
pipe magazines:

Pipe (The Worldwide Pipe Smoker's Magazine)
P.O. Box 394
1440 AJ Purmerend

Amici della Pipa
Casella Postale
10734 Roma

Revue des Tabacs
18 Rue Saint-Fiacre
75002 Paris

Richard Thiron
Truweelstraat 111
B-1900 Sint-Niklaas
Tel: 03/777.32.98
Fax: 03/766.50.62 

The Nordic Smokers Guild
President Leif Slot
Ellekrattet 18
DK-2950 Vedbaek
+45 42 89 44 02
+45 31 22 14 11
+45 31 22 41 50 (fax)

I hope these addresses are OK! I've placed them in the Guide. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (Stefano Toria)
Subject: Homemade humidor

>re Rob Anderson:
>Second, can anyone recommend a humidor for pipe tobacco (and where to get

I found some quite inexpensive and good-looking blue glass jars at a
local store; they are the kind you expect to use to store spices in,
and they come with large apertures and cork lids. I cut several pieces
of sponge cloth the size of the inside of a lid, and stapled the
sponge on the bottom of each lid.

Every other time I open a jar I keep the sponge under running water
for a while, then shove the lid back into its place. It has worked
perfectly so far, and the jars make a pretty show on the mantelpiece,
next to the pipe rack.

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From: "Craig A. Cooper" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: resource guide listing

Dear Steve,

Please enter my shop in your resource guide.  it is:
Village Smoke Shop,  8989 E. Via Linda, #111, Scottsdale, AZ  85258
(602) 314-9898

Many Thanks,

Craig A. Cooper

[ Done. -S. ]

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

I apologize this is not a comment, but a question. I have been a pipe smoker
for about 35 years. About 25 years ago I found what was to me the perfect
tobacco. It was called Black and White from Briar Route out of Dewitt, New
York. About 15 years ago they went out of business. Since then I have been
trying to find out more about them or if they possibly moved and are still in
business. The tobacco in question was described as a "blend of toasted
cavendish and whiskey flavored Virginia. Can you provide any info to assist in
my search? Thank you in advance for your efforts.

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

I suspect this make is a second of some English maker, but I don't know which
one it might be. Have you ever heard of an "Academy Award" London pipe? The
shape is an apple in a smooth finish, relatively poor grain, but a good smoke
nonetheless. Any thoughts?

["Who Made that Pipe?" by Wilczak and Colwell lists "Academy Award" with two
makers: Academy Award Products in the U.S. in 1946, and by Oppenheimer/Comoy's
in England.  So it's probably a Comoy second. -S. ]

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From: Martin M. Salinas (??????????????????????)
Subject: comment from pipes page

Help requested,
I use to receive tobacco via UPS from Briar Route, Inc., 102 Headson Drive,
Dewitt, New York, 13214 (312)445-4060.  I believe the company went
out-of-business.  I have tried to obtain information from the Dewitt
Chamber of Commerce but to no avail.  I wou

ld like to contact the owner(s) to see if I can still obtain a brand of
tobacco they sold under the name "Her Favorite".  Your help would be
appreciated.  Thanks in advance  -- Martin M. Salinas, RR#1, Box #271 Mill
Hall, Pa. 17751  (717)726-6000         

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

I am planning to buy a KEYSER pipe,good quality with a steel compartment
for the oil to drip in etc.They seem to be in the same category as Peterson
and Savinelli, pricewise as well. I dont see it in your list and I wondered
if you could get more info on it and maybe put it on your web page.

Michael Visagie.

[I'll pass along any info and links that we receive. -S. ]

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

diving one the rivers here in n. fla. i found a small green glazed pottery ,
monkey head pipe, with no stem, how about some info. thanks, chop

[ Difficult. It could be anything from a pre-Columbian artifact to a pot pipe
that somebody ditched in the river. Your best bet might be to take it to the
archeology department of the nearest large university. -S. ]

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

Hi! Great page!  I recently found my dream pipe, only problem is that it was on
the cover of Pipes & Tobaccos magazine summer 1997 issue.  It's a small bowled,
curved stem Peterson, being smoked by a jazz saxophonist whose name I forget.
Any information anyone might on this pipe, or where I might be able to obtain
one like it would be much appreciated Thanks!  -David Spritzler,

[It just so happens that I have that issue handy. The jazz saxophonist's name
is Kenny Blake.  You might try contacting Peterson (address in the Resource
Guide) and ask for a full-line catalog and match it against the picture. -S. ]

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From: Karen Michael <????????????????????????>

Do you happen to know where I could find a belt buckle tobacco pipe? I would
appreciate it if you would write me back. Thanks!

[ This is a totally new one on me! -S. ]

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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>

Steve and All Loyal Digest Readers,

I've been out of touch for a while (the North American Society of Pipe
Collectors seems to be consuming more and more of my life), but, on behalf
of the club, I wanted to wish all pipe smokers everywhere a most happy and
prosperous new year and to bring you up to date a bit on NASPC.  We had a
most successful swap\sell pipe show at the end of Sept., disrupted not too
much by the last-minute scheduling of the Rolling Stones into Ohio Stadium
across the street from our hotel.  It's the old when you sleep next to an
elephant problem, and in order to avoid getting crushed in the future, we
have moved next year's show up to a firm date of August 29.  Future shows
will be held in August before students come back to Ohio State and the
football season starts and also to distance ourselves from the very fine
C.O.R.P.S. show in Richmond, always held on Columbus Day weekend.  This is
a great show run by great people, and it has bothered me in the past that
our trying to hold a show sometime in Sept., while working around the OSU
home games, might put us close to this show and put in a bind people who
might like to attend both shows.  So we've moved our show up, and now all
we have to worry about is staying clear of the RTDA extravaganza.  

NASPC ends the year with 340 members and continues to grow.  We have
sufficient funds to produce our show and keep publishing our increasingly
large newsletter, so dues remain at $12 a year.  In order to return some
of our success to the members, we will be holding a small membership
raffle.  Everyone who is a member on Jan. 16 after I pick up the mail will
be in the running to win a beautiful Paul Bonaquisti or Sam Learned pipe
or a Colibri pipe lighter.  I talked Paul and Sam into selling the club a
pipe at the Richmond show, and each furnished a pipe that any pipe smoker
would be proud to own.  Also, through the efforts of our president, John
Tolle, NASPC will be offering members a 1998 club pipe--an Ashton LX
Pebblegrain apple for the bargain price of $250.  These pipes will not be
numbered, but they will contain all the regular Ashton stampings plus an
NASPC stamp.  All orders for the club pipe must be received by Jan. 30.

More details of these offers, plus a show report and pictures by Regis
McCafferty, can be found in our Dec. newsletter, of which I will mail a
comp copy to anyone who sends a mailing address to me at ??????????????? 
Or, if you know you want to join, send your $12 check to NASPC at P.O. Box
9642, Columbus OH 43209-9642, and I will mail you a copy with your receipt
and membership card, and you will be included in the raffle.  We're
shooting for 400 members early in 98, and I expect the newsletter to
continue to be large and filled with good news and articles and reports on
pipe smoking from around the world.

If you've got one pipe, you're a pipe smoker.  If you've got more than
one, you're a pipe collector.
Bill Unger
Secretary, North American Society of Pipe Collectors

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From: Tim Walker <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Reqest info

Can you provide any info about the Carolina Briar Friar?

Tim Walker

[ From the Ephemeris: Carolina Briar Friars, P.O. Box 11942, Charlotte, NC
28220. -S. ]

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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #245 -- December 14, 1997

>[ Done, on both counts.  I've listed the Hudson Valley Pipe Club in
>the Resource Guide. -S. ]

Thanks a bunch, Steve.

BTW, I'm having trouble getting Claris Emailer to send out a bulk 
emailing to announce a 20% off sale on left-overs from the FINE OLDE 
BRIARS Nov 97 catalog.  Would it be proper to ask you to announce the 
sale in PD?  Would be another remarkable service and one greatly 



With best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year . . . .

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

[ Certainly!  Contact Rob for a list of the sale pipes. -S. ]

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Quote of the Week:

        There's nothing like Nickyteen, me boys,
        Be it pipes or snipes or cigars;
        So be it sure that a bloke
        Has plenty to smoke,
        If you want him to fight your wars.

					- Robert Service
					"The Black Dundeen"

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  2. Subject: posting from pipes page
  3. Subject: PD # 245
  4. Subject: posting from pipes page
  5. Subject: posting from pipes page
  6. Subject: posting from pipes page
  7. Subject: Administrivia and Venturi pipes
  8. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #245 -- December 14, 1997
  9. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #245 -- December 14, 1997
  10. Subject: Roughing It
  11. Subject: [PIPE] Pipe Manufacturers and Quality
  12. Subject: Goo-Gone!
  13. Subject: Kriswill
  14. Subject: Charatan's
  15. Subject: comment from pipes page
  16. Subject: posting from pipes page
  17. Subject: Pipe Smokers Web Ring
  18. Subject: posting from pipes page
  19. Subject: Pipe Club In Atlanta
  20. Subject: pipe and tobacco presenters
  21. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #245 -- December 14, 1997
  22. Subject: Location of Pipe
  23. Subject: Savinelli's pipe
  24. Subject: posting from pipes page
  25. Subject: posting from pipes page
  26. Subject: pipes digest letter
  27. Subject: two questions
  28. Subject: Homemade humidor
  29. Subject: resource guide listing
  30. Subject: comment from pipes page
  31. Subject: comment from pipes page
  32. Subject: comment from pipes page
  33. Subject: comment from pipes page
  34. Subject: comment from pipes page
  35. Subject: comment from pipes page
  36. Subject: Reqest info
  37. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #245 -- December 14, 1997
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