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Subject: Pipes Digest #247 -- January 26, 1998

		Pipes Digest #247 -- January 26, 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: 3299

Welcome to new members:

	Ray Eddy
	Steve Brill
	Matt Briscoe
	Dick Driscoll
	John Hedgcock
	R. N. Browning Jr.
	Alberto Esteban
	Stephen Janson
	Ed Mitchell
	Jonathan Pippin
	Matthew M. Price
	Kenneth Lee
	Steve Wetzel
	Dlugovitzky Gabi
	Kendall Swanson
	Terry Corcoran
	Bo Ekstedt
	Allan Hope
	Dick Ryan
	Rick Sakane
	Stefan Wunsch
	Christer Ankersjo
	Darren J. Mercier
	Allen Hall
	Miguel A. Contreras
	James Christain Bullmaster
	Robert J. Garza
	Mark A Moehring
	Scott Bryson
	Rick Johnston
	Christopher S. Capps
	Philippe Derule
	Jerry Brodkey
	Bruce B. Bartolotta
	Michael Sloan
	Adriaan Roeleveld
	J. L. Young
	E. Glenn Brooks
	Reinholt Teichgraber
	William L. Satnan
	Alfredo Ramos
	Dan Sussman
	Rick Scibetta
	Gregory T. Helding
	Jim Hemmerly
	Neo Druid
	David e Lilian
	Henrik Husman
	Hugo Quintana
	Dave Loewer
	Corey Sims
	Ike Chapman
	Michael W. Addiego
	Eric Kahler
	John Power
	Chuck Vanevenhoven
	Allen Lawton
	Jeff Endrulat
	Mark Greenberg
	Danny Keith
	Todd Quessenberry
	Perry B. Fulton
	Bill Staney
	David Haskins
	John P. Zuba
	Michael Randolph
	Craig R. Schwartau
	Eric Windmoller
	Richard Ault
	Marwan Ahmed El-Kordy
	Larry Shuman
	Larry Gallamore
	Paolo Del Signore
	Alan Siegel
	Dana Steeves
	Edward Perry
	Frank Fortunato
	Phil Robins
	Robert W. Coon
	Robert L. Lasso
	Jason Harvey
	Chad Moore
	John C. Loring
	Chicken Manson
	Holly Siegel
	Robert Bruce Carroll MD
	John MCCluskey
	Patrick Buchholz
	Mike Jeansonne
	Isaac Lewis
	Anthony A. Diplacito
	Chris Crovo
	William Burton Henry Mendel
	Ken Dawe
	Stephen Edward Haymond
	Tim Ripperger
	Donald E Seatter
	John D. Wilson
	James T. Bouler
	Andrew C Wright
	Michael Spencer
	Aaron M Taubman
	Jay Campbell
	Jim Stephen Boullosa
	Nicholas Roper
	Max Habeck
	Nik Taylor
	Anthony F. Leroy
	Raymundo Pin
	Andy Wetherill
	Ken Langford
	Billy W. Briggs, III
	Elijah Underhill
	Adam Parfrey
	Tom Colley
	Dr. Christopher Hight
	Bill Riley a.k.a. Zonker

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From:  Carl Bradley <?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Club Forming (S. Atlanta Area

Just wanted to drop everyone on the ng a line--we are trying  to start a
pipe club on the Southside of Atlanta.  We already have a meeting place;
Lighthouse Tobacco on Highway 42 in Stockbridge.  Please drop me a line
if you are interested, and I will keep you informed as to first meeting,

Carl Bradley

[ Please let us have the permanent contact info for the Guide. Best
luck, Carl! And see below. -S. ]

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From: Michael <garbled email address>
Subject: posting from pipes page

Just wanted to pass on a new tobacco shop for the Resource Guide.
It is Lighthouse Tobacco and they are located at:
6055 North Henry Blvd
Suite F
Stockbridge, GA 30281
(770) 507-2777

They are realy friendly there and the prices are the best on the Southside
of Atlanta (IMHO), which is why they have become my regular store.  They are
eving going to host a Pipe club that several people here are trying to get 

Hope this helps


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From: Steve Beaty <????????????????????>
Subject: Colorado Area Pipe Smokers


        a handful of us pipe smokers in Colorado have formed an emailing
list and will be meeting on a monthly basis at the Stogie Club:


which is a really nice place on East Colfax (-: yes, there are nice places
on East Colfax :-)  any pipe smokers in Colorado who would like to be on
the list, send me your email address and i'll put you on the list.


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

[ Excellent, Steve! In the Guide it goes. -S. ]

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From: John Tolle <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998


I thought that I would add to what Bill Unger said in the last issue of PD
about the great growth of our NASPC membership over the last year and
half, approximately 340 members by the end of 1997! Also it gives me a
chance to reply to many people that have asked me how the GBD book that I
am writing is coming. Without committing to a specific date, it is going
quite well and hopefully sometime in 1998. So, I renew my previously
request for anyone that may have photos etc that may be useful (of GBDs)
to be sure to contact me soon. Also, as many of you know, my particular
interest in collecting is GBD Uniques, if anyone has any they are
interested in trading/selling. Thanks for everything and have a great


John Tolle
President, North American Society of Pipe Collectors

[ Excellent, John! NASPC is becoming a phenomenon. -S. ]

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From: MICHAEL GLUKLER <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Club's new name


  I would like to announce the name change of the Canadian Briar
Brothers pipe club. Our new name is the Royal Canadian Mavens of
Pipes.  This name was chosen by our membership, and was suggested by
member Steve Masticola.  We make this change as we are now a group of
89, that are not just brothers, but we also have now gained a few
sisters. Also in our membership is Stephen Bray, the master clay pipe
maker, from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.  Our postal address remains the
same as does our e-mail address. We will also continue to publish
"Latakia Clouds", our newsletter. For info on our group, please feel
free to contact me at ?????????????????????????

 Please add this announcement in the next Pipes Digest.

 Thanks very much.

Now as for an Ashton Magnum. HMMMM I don't belive I have any just
laying around, but if I do come accross one, I'll surely let you
know.<GG> I guess we'll all have to go out and buy red coats with
shiney brass buttons.

 MIke Glukler

[ Every RCMP member should be armed with shiny brass buttons and a
fully loaded Ashton Magnum in his or her holster. It says so in the
rule book, doesn't it? -S. ]

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

Been an avid Pipe Smoker for nearly 14 years and certainly enjoy Pipes
Digest.  Need a little assistance!  Does anyone know of a "Pipe
Smokers Club" in the greater Pittsburgh, PA vicinity?  Seem to be a
diary full of "Cigar Clubs" but, for obvious reasons, that doesn't
fill the bill.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks - Ron

[ That's a hole in the Resource Guide, Ron. I hope we can plug it
someday soon. -S. ]

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From: Don1225 <???????????????>
Subject: Courtesy payment

Dear Steve

First, I would like to thank you for your time and effort to your publication.
It says something about the whole brotherhood (personhhod?) of pipesmokers.
It is becoming an oddity for people to be so giving.

Speaking of giving, is it proper for us to reimburse you for all you give us.
Should we show our appreciation by sending some money.  Please forgive me if I
am being crass but I am new to your publication and do not know the protocall.

Thanks again for the nice reading .

Don Vincenti

P.S.  A friend and I were thinking of starting a pipe club in the Fresno Ca.
area.  Any words of wisdom.?

[ Don, if you can get the Fresno club going, that'd be reward
enough. The Digest costs me practically nothing to put out. As far as
getting it started, I'd say just line up a meeting place and time and
publicize it (here, in alt.smokers.pipes, and with local tobacconists
and smoking clubs).  Perhaps some of the club officers on the list
could offer other advice to you.  -S. ]

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From: Kenneth Johnston <????????????????????????????>
Subject: collectibletibles

This computer has me confused. 
Please bear with me.
On the weekend I came across some  very nice looking pipes at an antique
store. I am an Cuban cigar  man myself but I also am a collector of
bottles and things.
There was a group of pipes (used) that looked very interesting.There was
one from France(Algerian briar) and one from Holland  and a couple from
Italy. The latter two were cigar shaped with the bowl in the end.



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From: Apparanda Bopanna Apana <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

Re. Craven.
In PD # 245, I had said that various types of Craven were available at
drug stores. Not so. A mailing from Clive Humm of the Pipe Club of London
informs me that the 'real' Craven is that made by Murray Son & Co of
Northern Ireland and is available in round tins with a lavender coloured
label. A Happy New year to everybody. May your pipes draw well.

[ Indeed, the next letter confirms this. -S. ]

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From: Philip Burnard <?????????????????????>
Subject: The Craven tobacco debate

Just a note to say that (in the UK at least) there is a big 
difference between the Craven packet tobaccos sold in supermarkets 
and 'Craven Mixture'. The later comes in an 'original' tin with the 
quote from J.M. Barrie about this being the tobacco for 'great men' - 
whatever that means. This, tinned, version of Craven Mixture is, in 
my view, far superior to the- cheaper - packet varieties and made, I 
think, by different companies.

I would recommend Craven Mixture.  Until I found this, my favourite 
was Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe but I think this one is the best of 
the lot.

Best wishes,

[ I'm sure Mr. Barrie meant exactly what he said. ;-) -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????????? (Hanjo Iwanowitsch)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

Dear Steve:

> For the second question, the Ephemeris lists several European
> pipe magazines: [...] I hope these addresses are OK! I've
> placed them in the Guide.

For Germany you could add a magazine called "Pipe Club":

Pipe Club
Postfach 3120
D-55021 Mainz
Telephon +49 6131 1440
Telefaksimile + 49 6131 144415

Kind regards:
Hanjo Iwanowitsch, Kiel, Germany.

[ Done, and thanks! -S. ]

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From: "Gordon Padwick" <??????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

Thanks again for Pipes Digest. I always enjoy reading it.

I notice that one of your correspondents refers to Venturi pipes. I bought
three of these some 20 years ago. Two have disappeared, but one remains -
the blue one. It must have cost me all of $10, but it's my favorite. Where
is the company that made Venturis? I'd love to buy several more.

On the subject of tobacco, there's nothing to beat a straight Black
Cavendish. Buy it at your local discount store. I get mine at Thrifty or
Savon drug stores for about $10 a 12-ounce package. That's real tobacco. It
tastes good to me and smells good to other people. I frequently get comments
from people (particularly ladies) about how much they like the smell of my
tobacco. Even the checkout people at the drugstore sniff the package and
tells me they like the smell.

You don't have to spend a fortune for a fancy pipe, and you certainly
shouldn't pay for specialty tobaccos. Get a good basic pipe and some real
real tobacco. Enjoy.


[ Confession Time: On my desk, right behind my CORPS cup full of
matchbooks is a wicker basket containing smallish pouches of tobacco,
one of which is some Captain Black I bought at a drugstore about six
months ago.  Still smoke it occasionally, and may do so again when
this bowl of Golden Extra hits bottom. Plus I never have to worry
about it drying out... -S. ]

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From: Pipemanjon <??????????????????>
Subject: The Venturi Co. and  "The Pipe"

It was interesting to see the questions and comments regarding the Venturi Co
and "The Pipe"  in PD #245 and #246.
As even a casual student of pipes and pipe smoking knows, there have been many
"improvements" in pipe construction and pipe design introduced over the last
hundred and fifty years, all claiming to do what a briar pipe does, only
better.  "The Pipe" is one of the more recent examples of this.

As John Perkowski noted, "The Pipe" first came on the market in the 1960's.  I
believe they first hit the market about a year or so after the first Surgeon
General's Report on Smoking and Health.  They were heavily advertised, mostly
in men's magazines, and they were available in drug stores and department
stores and even some quality pipe and tobacco shops carried them.  They were
available in about six shapes, one color (black) and one finish (smooth)  They
were moderately priced for the 60's, about $12.00 to $15.00.

Advertising for "The Pipe" relied on two things, Pyrolitic Graphite, which had
been developed for the space program, and the alleged health benefits of "The
The inner bowl of the pipes was made of Pyrolitic Graphite, a material  which
can take very high temperatures without itself burning, cracking or sustaining
any other damage.  Because of those properties, "The Pipe" offered its users
more complete combustion of tobacco and its components, tars and nicotine.
Because something like 99.6 % of the tobacco would be completely burned in the
bowl, the reasoning went, then obviously that meant that less of the tars and
other dangerous substances  reached the smoker's mouth and lips.

The inner bowl was made of pyrolitic graphite, however, that was then encased
in a 
tough but slightly pliable plastic.  The stem was also some sort of plastic,
tough but slightly pliable.  I bought mine when I was about 20 or 21 and
really just getting involved with pipe smoking in a serious way.  

The strengths of "The Pipe" were:
1) It needed no breaking in.  You could pack the bowl full  the first smoke if
you wanted.
2) It never needed a rest to dry out.
3) Cleaning it was very easy.  The maker advised using warm soapy water.
4) The graphite bowl did not affect the taste of the smoke.  
5) The bowl never needed reaming or scraping.  No substance on earth adheres
to the     pyrolitic graphite.
6) "The Pipe" was close to indestructible.

For its weaknesses, see strengths above.

"The Pipe" was a strictly functional, utilitarian object.  You could take it
anywhere, and subject it to all sorts of mistreatment.  The inner bowl did not
crack, burn out, gouge or break.  It also did not cake, or mature in any way.
It delivered an adequate smoke, provided you didn't pack your tobacco too
tight, or smoke too fast, both of which could overheat your pipe in a hurry.
(When "The Pipe" got hot, it was really hot.)  It did not season or change in
any way, the way a briar or meerschaum pipe does.  It was  always the same, no
matter how much or how little use it got.  In short, there was no real
relationship between a man and his pipe, as "The Pipe" had no personality of
its own.  

"The Pipe" was around for quite a while, and was followed by "The Smoke",
which was "The Pipe" in bright colors.  "The Smoke" came out in the later
60's, after the "Peacock Revolution" changed mens clothing styles so
radically.  It too was popular for a while.  Ironically, it may have been
success that killed the company.  (Along with changing social attitudes.)
After all, you could smoke "The Pipe" all day, every day if you wanted to and
never rest it.  No one would ever need more than one.

I kept mine for several years, smoking it less and less as my briar pipe
collection grew, each of them developing its own distinct personality and
taste.  One night I packed "The Pipe" and started smoking while I was doing
some writing.  After a few minutes, I adjusted the paper with the same hand
that had handled my pipe.  I noticed black smudges on the paper, then saw that
my hand was covered with black smudges and that there were smeared
fingerprints and palm prints on the bowl where I had touched it. Though the
inner bowl was nearly indestructible, apparently the plastic of the outer bowl
had a limited life span and had begun breaking down.  It wasn't exactly a
meltdown, but I definitely felt that the plastic had reached  the end of its
That was the end of "The Pipe" for me, and soon after that I noticed that they
had disappeared from stores.  It would be interesting to know if any of your
readers still have any of them, and still smoke them, or if they all
encountered an endin similar to mine.

[ Wonder if anyone's ever tried to make a pipe out of Space Shuttle
tile material? No dark smudges, and it'd _never_ get hot. Ever see the
demo of someone picking up a glowing cube of the stuff, straight out
of the kiln, with bare fingers? -S. ]

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From: Billie Taylor <?????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Give me your hot-smoking "the pipe"

Hi, Steve and pipe smokers everywhere;

I just recently signed on Pipe Digest and enjoy reading the issues. I am
especially impressed with the knowledge of the participants.
Particularly, John Perkowski's comments on "the pipe" and "the smoke"
from Venturi. Someone else observed that these pipes were said to smoke
hot. I have owned two of "the pipe" for thirty years and would buy more
if I could find them. Mine don't smoke particularly hot if I use a
medium chop not-too-moist traditional English blend and don't rush the
smoke. Now if I use a coarse chop, moist, aromatic blend and pull hard
through-out the smoke they get as hot as a firecracker and my tongue
feels like a cat's backside after it sits on a stove burner. But then
again,  most briars and even some meerschaums do the same thing when
smoked that way. 

The advantages of the graphite pipes (or as they were called
way-back-when in the marketing hype "the newest space-age product") are
many. Let me name a few:
1) they are indestructable. You can drop, crush, run over them with your
car - anything- and they don't break.
2) they are easy to clean. They don't cake well which means that you
always taste the tobacco, not the flavor of the cake. Just wipe out the
bowl every few smokes with a paper towel, use a pipe cleaner after every
smoke, and let sit unsmoked with a pipe cleaner through the stem and
shank for a couple of days after a week of heavy use and keep on
puffin'. I've never tried the dishwasher - never needed to - but
wouldn't be afraid to if it were necessary.
3) you can use them in winter weather without fear of cracking the bowl
	a) moving outdoors from a heated location while it is lit or 
	b) lighting it after it has been sitting in a cold car or backpack for
4) you can let them go out and resume your smoke at will. They never get
a burn-out point as briars are inclined to do.

I like my briars and meerschaums just fine for smoking at home, but
these graphite pipes are the best carrying pipes I own.

If this paean of praise doesn't convince anyone who doesn't like the one
they have - get in touch with me. I'll buy it in a heart-beat. And if
anyone comes across one in a garage or estate sale or flea market I'll
be happy to reimburse the price plus shipping charges. I would really
like to have a few more of these odd critters. 

Keep up the good work.
Bill Taylor <?????????????????????????????????>
Kettering, OH (W 84.2	N 39.7)

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

Morning folks, nice seeing you again.
   Well here we are all survivors of the Winter Holidays. How did you do?
Anyone with new pipes to break in?

   Don't know what happened with my earler post, but I haven't seen anyone
answer the problem I put forth. Which was: What can be done when your
mustach turns that tobacco yellow? Is their some kind of shampoo or product
that will keep my white/gray mustach from turning? Trimming helps some, 
but doesn't get it all as I do smoke cigerettes. My email address is:
                      Happy (smoking) Trails

[ Haven't heard any reply on your question, Alton. I'm personally
working on breaking in a nice Tinsky Christmas pipe; it's been through
my rotation about twice so far. -S. ]

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From: "Richard E. Byer" <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

> Christopher B. O'Hara (????????????????) wrote:
> 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
> journal).

I checked it out.  Actually, it isn't all that comprehensive.  It
seems to rely on the tobacconists to e-mail a listing and agree to be
listed.  As an example, the Virginia listings (as of 1/4/98) did not
include John B. Hayes Tobacconists in Fairfax, the entire Tobacco Barn
chain, Georgetown Tobacco in Tysons Corner or that new store in
Sterling, VA (I think it's called Sims - I haven't been there yet).


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From: Miguel Imbiriba <??????????????????????>
Subject: how to make good pipes?

Dear Mr. Masticola,

My name is Miguel Imbiriba, I'm professional illustrator and wood
sculptor and of course a pipe smoker. I'm really thinking about to work
with pipes but I'm quite isolated here and I have no idea how to start.
I think that you could give me some informations about schools or places
where someone can learn how to make good pipes. I live in Bel=E9m-do-Par=E1
a big city in the Amazon Forest with a lot of different kinds of woods,
so I'm thinking about make some experiences with different materials and
If you have any information, please send me a e-mail
to :                                     "??????????????????????"
Thank you very much for your attention.
                                   Miguel A. de Lalor Imbiriba Jr.

[ Your best bet might be to contact Stemco-Pimo, which is listed in
the Guide.  Good luck! -S. ]

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From: Jennifer Lindblad <??????????????????>
Subject: pipe stem cleaning

Greetings Steve, and fans of PD,

In the last issue of PD, someone asked about removing the corrosion (and
smell) from a vulcanite pipe stem.  In my readings, one expert recommended a
24-hour soak in olive oil, and another recommended polishing with fine
sandpaper.  I found that the olive oil didn't work at all, but that the
polishing worked MUCH BETTER when there was plenty of olive oil on the stem.
So, now I polish with sandpaper and olive oil, which I apply with a paper
towel as I'm polishing.  One also removes the shine, by the way, but I
suppose that some sort of buffing would bring back the shine after using
this JENNIFER METHOD for pipe stem cleaning.  Good luck!

[ Thanks for the advice, Jennifer!  I'm guessing that you use very
fine emery paper for the polishing. -S. ]

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From: "Evan Williams" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

Do any of you good readers know who makes "L.L. Bean" pipes?  I picked up a
couple in a salvage store recently.
 Evan Williams  ??????????????????????

[PD #198 had an article from Craig Tarler, who informed us that the
Bean pipes were made by Sparta. -S. ]

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From: Paul Simmons <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

I bought a 50g tin of Balkan Sobranie #910 (i think that's the number)
"with choicest cigar leaf" yesterday (Jan. 4), for $9.10 Canadian. I can't
recall the name of the store, but it is a nice tobacconist's on St.
Catherine's, in Montreal, Quebec.  The store has a green awning which reads
"tabac" and boasts an excellent selection of pipes, cigars and tobaccos. 
American readers might want to take the drive (a couple of hours from
northern NY or Vermont) just for the Balkan Sobranie and the Cuban cigars.
     Anyway, the point is that there is at least some Balkan Sobranie out
there, and it is worth the search.  I had a bowl last night, and it was
awesome.  Nice cigar aroma and flavour, with a blend of natural tobacco
notes (no heavy aromatic flavorings) to round it out.  Beautiful.	
	Incidentally, any pipe smokers in the Ottawa area interested in
chilling over a bowl of fine tobacco (especially younger ones - I'm 21) 
should e-mail me.


P.S.  Kudos to all Steves on the excellent jobs they are doing.
Paul Simmons                                    "If I had to do it all
Physics III, Carleton University                   again, I would have
http://chat.carleton.ca/~psimmons/index.htm           been a plumber."
Email address: ?????????????????????????              -Albert Einstein

[ On behalf of the entire S.P.C.A., thanks! -S. ]

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From: Spada Enrico <??????????????????????>
Subject: Four Square

A few months ago I bought a pack of "Four Square" tobacco, by 50g,
manufactured by Dobie's, in Denmark. So, I can't smoke it !!.
When I light it up, always, after little time it get off. And also, it
became hard, and with my "pigino" I can't push it down the bowl. How can
I do ?. The taste is beautiful, but I can't smoke it really...
I think it is too wet, but also after drying it get off by few time.

Help me please, and Smoke in Peace.

Davide Spada


[ Sounds like it needs to be rubbed out. Taks a pinch in the palm of
your hand and roll it around with your thumb until it's broken up a
little. -S. ]

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From: Russell Clay <????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

Hi Steve!

Here's something that may (or may not) help Roger Batista, who posted
in PD # 246 (Jan 3 98):

[ Article on Balkan Sobranie deleted. -S. ]

While looking at a Web site put up by The Tobacco Supermarket
(Atlanta, GA), I found they offer a product called Balkan Sasieni in a
pocket pouch.  They note this product "formerly known as Balkan
Sobrani."  The pouch sells for $6.25 and can be ordered from this
vendor.  Here is The Tobacco Supermarket's URL for this page:

I don't know if this is truly the Sobrani that Roger wants, but I
thought it might be worth mentioning.

This is my first post to PD, and so of course I also have a couple of

1.  How often should one use liquid "sweetener" to clean a pipe?
2.  If I run across old pipes in garage sales or junk shops, how can I
quickly tell if they are worth buying, especially considering that I
may not be able to try the pipe.  I don't want to buy junk, but I am
convinced that there are many old and wonderful pipes just laying
around, unknown and unvalued.  Can anybody give me a quick, simple way
to evaluate a "yard-sale" pipe? 

Thanks much!   ~Russell Clay

[ I never use sweetener any more myself; my pipes get a cleaning with
Everclear every two smokes.  For a quick, simple evaluation: look for
fills, signs of damage, and manufacturing defects.  Sometimes you get
lucky, though; I picked up a much-abused Comoy Blue Riband for a song
at the NYPC show once, and got Mark Tinsky to fix it up a
little. It'll never go to a show, but it's a nice pipe. -S. ]

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From: Tim Rieker <???????????????????????>
Subject: HELP

I have been smoking a pipe off and on for about five years now  and never
get a good flavour at all.  I keep trying it for a while get frustrated with
it and give it away and then start up again.  I use a Peterson pipe and pack
it according to literature I have read and use good quality tobacco but I am
not getting the results that I know should be getting.  I have looked up
articles on the net and put these into practice with little improvement.  I
do no know what I am doing wrong and was wondering if there was any tips
anyone could give me and if others have had similliar trouble.  Much
Tim Rieker.

Tim Rieker      ???????????????????????

[ Possibly the Peterson could stand a good cleaning, especially the
goo trap. Try using Q-tips and some Everclear or sweetner; repeat
until it comes out relatively clean. Then again, some Petersons just
don't smoke well; I have a little one that always gets hot. And on the
same subject... -S. ]

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From: Spada Davide <??????????????????????>
Subject: goo

	Dear Steve,
can you explain me what is goo ?
I've searched it in my dictionary, but I could not find there.
bst rgd,

Davide Spada

[ "Goo" means anything sticky and unpleasant, like the liquid that
collects in pipes when you don't clean them. -S. ]

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

We have just opened a new online cigar store that offers a large
selection and an easy-to-use search program.  Come visit Commonwealth
Cigar today at http://www.commcigar.com/ and let us know what you

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From: Robert Day <??????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998

Hi Steve
In reply to the thread about "turbo" lighters by David R Lundgren, Elliot 
Evans, I followed one of the links on the Pipes.org site...Mario's Swiss 
site and then to www.pipeshop.com where there is a very comprehensive list 
of butane Jet flame lighters.
Here in the UK we can buy simple models for ?3.00 or so from petrol station 
kiosks although there are much better quality ones available from most good 
A word of warning though, the metal catalytic coil is, in my experience, a 
fairly short lived component and the lighter is best treated as a 
disposable item...I usually have 3 or 4 on the go at any one time!
Thank you for your superb work on this digest. It really is a rewarding 
Best wishes and Happy New Year.


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From: Robert Eshman <????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Questions

Great page. I have a couple questions. 
1. My favorite pipe is my first. I bought it (used) about 10 years ago
at Ed's Tinder Box. It reads "KonigsWahl" on the stem. Can't find any
info about it. Do you know anything?

2. Is there a source for fine antique pipe racks? Most of the new stuff
looks cheap and tacky.

3. I've read that in the  WWII period many fine pipes were made of
California briar. Is this true, what were they and is it possible to
find any for sale today?

Thanks for a great page.

[ No listing for KonigsWahl in Wilczak and Colwell, Rob. For the
racks, as It Just So Happens... -S. ]

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From: "Craig C. Tarler" <???????????>
Subject: Pipe Racks for Oversized Pipes


At the Raleigh show, we displayed a prototype of a pipe rack for
oversize pipes made by Keene Bridgeman who took second place in the
recent P&T pipe carving contest. He can make them any size out of any
wood, although he prefers teak. His telephone is 714-831-2627, email is
???????????????????? The reception was excellent. A picture will appear
in P&T and Keene can send a picture email.

To my knowledge, nobody is making such a piperack, so this is a much
needed breakthrough in a way.



http://www.pipes.org/candd.html for Cornell & Diehl Tobaccos
Last update: January 4, 1998

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From: Genesis General Contracting <??????????????????>
Subject: remodel

Dear Steve,

        I read your note in PD with interest. I am a residential
builder/remodeler in Central Colorado and a fellow pipe enthusiast,
recently returned to the art after a 20-year hiatus. Grand to be back! 

        I understand the cumbersome characteristics of trying to
balance pipe, pouch, tamper, etc., while also trying to pound
nails--that's a primary reason for my having given it all up so long
ago. As aging continues my priorities on appreciating the truly fine
and valuable things of life have become more keen. I LIKE pipes! Very,
very relaxing, rewarding, and fulfilling. I can not agree strongly
enough with your comments about the meditative value of a well-tamped,
slow burning, smooth tasting bowl smoked over a vexing problem or a
satisfactory solution.

        Anyway, if you'd like to chat about pipes or your project,
feel free to contact me at the above e-mail. My name's Bob. Obviously,
word pictures are a dismal substitute for a blueprint and any advice
would be strictly non-binding, but if I can help, let me know.


R.E. Gleason
Genesis General Contracting
Salida CO

[ Thanks for the offer! I'm doing a tricky little bit of framing
around a plumbing column (all kinds of funny compound angles) and may
very well take you up on that. May your nails never bend and your pipe
never gurgle! -S. ]

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From: Tony Berke <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Iwan Ries & interesting books

Hi Steve and fellow pipemates:
	Happy  and Healthy New Year to all.
	Just wanted to pass along some info. on Iwan Ries & Co. a friend
and I decided to pool an order to this long established Chicago
tobacconist. I decided to try some of their China Black series of Three
Star tobaks. While I'm usually 95% an English blend smoker. Thought what
the hey, and ordered a couple of sample pouches of the Vanilla burley,
(they had a 2 fer 1 sale going that was unadvertised, so we ended up with
4 pouches for the price of 2). I must tell you that I was very impressed
with the flavor and mildness of this blend. It smoked cool and dry right
down to the bottom of the bowl with no dottle at all. It has a hint of
vanilla flavoring when unlit, but was undetectable to me while smoking -
best of all my wife, a non-smoker thought "it didn't smell bad", which is
high praise indeed from this lady. We sent for about $125 dollars of
merchandise, and the shipping only came to $4.40. We got the package
within 3 business days, which was a nice plus too. A very nice change of
pace smoke this one.
	Also thought I saw someone mention a book on cigar labels in the
last PD. Well, I picked up the book a couple of weeks ago at a book store
here in town for under 15 dollars, its a coffee table sized volume filled
with color photos of old cigar box labels, how to get into collecting and
some fascinating info on the history of lithography. Really a nice addition
to the smokers library, especially for the price. Another book I found and
bought, (this one only slightly smaller than the first, and priced right
at 10 bucks), is called SMOKE - Cigars, Cigarettes, Pipes and other
Combustibles, by K.M. Kuntz. Although the chapters are rather short, and
Chapter 3 on pipes only really touches on the subject, it is chocked full
of very interesting photographs of celebrities, movie stills and general
history of smoking written by someone with a seemingly open mind on the
subject matter. Both are highly recommended.
	Tony Berke - North American Society of Pipe Collectors

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From: Adam Parfrey <???????????????????>
Subject: subscribe

I'd like to subscribe to your mailing list.

Is there any information on snuff (the nasal kind) that passes through
your pages?


Adam Parfrey

[ Well, as it Just So Happens... -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????
Subject: nasal snuff website

I have had some interesting responses from pipesmokers about snuff.  One or
two might be interested in my (unique) website:
Unique because there is absolutely nothing else on the web about snuff
except for a few URLs in PIPES
Best Wishes

from	Emeritus Professor A. Phillips Griffiths
	6, Brockley Rd., West Bridgford,
	Nottingham NG2 5JY                   U.K.
	Tel. 0115 981 0319

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From: Allan Hope <??????????????????>
Subject: Buffalo Area Pipe Shops

Does anyone know of a pipe shop or tobacconist with a good selection of
pipes & pipe tobacco in or around Buffalo NY?

Thanks for an excellent publication and your help.

I'm a new subscriber so forgive me if I've sent this request to the wrong

Allan Hope <???????????????????????>

[ There was a very positive note about Bernstone's in PD #220. Corner
of Pearl and Main Streets. -S. ]

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From: "Jacqueline M. Ganiere" <?????????????????????????????????>
Subject: antique pipe book

A friend is interested in obtaining a copy of the book listed on your
website entitled "A Complete Guide to Collecting Antique Pipes".  He has
tried Barnes and Noble, and local bookstores.  None of them have the
book even listed as available to order.  I've tried locating the
publisher, but can only assume that they are no longer in existence.  Is
there a source, or a copy available for purchase somewhere?  We have yet
to try used book dealers.
We would both appreciate any guidance you could give us.  Thanks so much
for your help.  Even though this is the first time I've seen your
website, from a non-smoker, it's quite appealing.
I must tell you, I much prefer him smoking pipes to cigars!  

Again, many thanks.

[ Contact the author! Ben Rapaport at Antiquarian Tobacciana, 11505
Turnbridge Lane, Reston, VA 22094-1220, (703) 435-8113. -S. ]

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

Looking for Ser Jacopo Pipes; Smooth finishes L2; L3 or higher grade
Will pay a fair price if the piece fits my collection


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

I am looking for pre-smoked DON CARLOS, ARDOR, and SER JACOPO
pipes.Prefer larger, non-standard shapes, wide mouthpieces, and carved
finishes.  Also interested in VERY large Danish Freehands.

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From: "Andrew J. Gnoza, III" <?????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes for sale

January 13, 1998


I have a few pipes to sell. Would you please put a note in the next Pipes
Digest" for me?
Thank you

> Both are Peterson System Standard Briars in Smooth Finish
> Factory fresh in boxes - never smoked
> #315 extra large for $50 - plus COD and shipping in USA
> #307 extra large for $50 - plus COD and shipping in USA
> e mail me if interested in these pipes.

> Andrew Gnoza
> Lillian, Alabama
> ?????????????????

Andrew  Gnoza

If it's not stuck and it's supposed to be - Duct Tape it!
If it's stuck and it's not supposed to be - WD-40 it!

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


Collection of Charatans-all unsmoked, large bowls-approx. 1960

5 Charartan Supremes
  1 Square bowl
  1 Free form
  1 Bulldog style
  1 Large bowl, flat bottom, long stem
  1 Large bowl, flat bottom, short stem

3 Charatan Special

1 Charatan Selected

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

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From: Charles Myers <?????????????????????????>

	Fellow Pipe Digest readers:

	I have a Dunhill pipe for sale.  It is, I believe, thirty yeas old
and is UNsmoked.  The nomenclature on the pipe reads:  MADE IN ENGLAND8
(the 8 is the same size as the D) next to that is a "4" inside a circle
with a capital"R" next to it.  On the other side of the shank there is:
56F/T and DUNHILL ROOT BRIAR, beneath which is a "D" This is a beautiful
full bent, and as I said unsmoked. It comes in a nice black silk Dunhill
sock with gold writing. I am looking for offers in the $300.00 range.  I
can be reached by e-mail at ?????????????????????????? or by phone during
the day at 717 291-3843 and evenings at 717 569-4185.

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From: "Michael Shaw" <?????????????????>
Subject: meershaum pipes

I actually wasn't interested in subscribing to pipes digest.  The
reason I was browsing around is that I have some very high quality
meershaum pipes I bought while in Turkey.

I'm trying to find someone interested in buying them....any


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From: "Andrew J. Gnoza, III" <?????????????????>
Subject: Do you know?

NML Pipes Direct (http://www.pipesmoker.com/default.htm)

Phone numbers and e mail address have ALL been disconnected.

Have you heard anything about them closing their operation - they sold
estate pipes.


Andy Gnoza

[ NML is definitely out of business. -S. ]

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From: "Addiego, MIchael" <????????????????????????????????>
Subject: The pipe tobacco brand

Dear Sirs,

	I wonder if anyone out there knows the name of the pipe tobacco
which comes in a cream colored package with the drawing of a fisherman
with a pipe in his mouth. I know that this brand comes from Holland but
have not seen it in sometime. I'm sure someone out there must know.

Michael Addiego

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From: "Andrew J. Gnoza, III" <?????????????????>
Subject: Info for PD

December 1997

When KLM announced their 1997/98 low season special package to Holland in
the fall of 1997 we didn't hesitate to book our trip. Through March 31,
1998 KLM is offering a package that includes round trip airfare from North
America to Amsterdam and 3 nights accomodations in an Amsterdam 5 star
hotel. Package prices start at $539 per person from northeast USA cities.
Our package price from Florida was $639.  Considering the posted room rate
for the Hotel Pulitzer where we stayed was $228 to $288 a night the package
price is an exceptional deal.

A day trip to Delft, only an hour away from Amsterdam is worthwhile. Known
as the prettiest little town in Holland there are a number of thigs to do:
just walking around the streets, antique shopping and a trip to the De
Porceleyne Fles pottery showroom and shop will keep you busy for the day.
At the pottery shop, where they make the famous Delft Blue, bargains are
numerous on the mark down and clearance tables.  A large pipe tobacco jar
was had for $14, and it's a numbered limited edition. The same jar was seen
at several shops throughout Holland selling for $56. The shop is a short 15
minute walk from the center of town and is located at 196 Rotterdamseweg.
If you are in the market to buy some Delft pottery the prices in Amsterdam
stores are lower, except on the noted closeout and specials at the factory.
We found the Delft Christmas ornaments in Amsterdam even lower that the
duty free stores at Schipol airport. The restaurant Spijshuis de Dis on the
square at 36 Beestenmarkt offers up traditional Dutch dishes. Homemade
mushroom soup and Grandmother's pork filet with vegetables were delicious.
Dinner for 2 was $34, the restaurant is closed 
on Wednesdays.

Andrew Gnoza, III
Travel Consultant
Solid Gold Travel

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From: Anthony Berke <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: David Jones

	Hi Steve,
	Just wondering if you or any of the group have an email address
for David Jones of Regency Pipes? Thanks. Tony, (on my sons account)

[ Sorry, Tony, I have no information on either David Jones or Regency
Pipes. -S. ] 

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From: Chad Moore <?????????????????>
Subject: Pipes

   I just bought a pipe over the christmas season because my wife has
been begging me to do this than smake a cigar from time to time.  So now
I am looking to find out more about this intellectual pursuit! I have
smoked several bowls of wonderful tobacco and I enjoy it but I need to
get better at it or I feel i may get frustrated.

[ Just give it some time, Chad. After a while, it'll become second
nature. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????????
Subject: Belt buckle pipes

Karen Michael.in answer to your question in #246...I have one from the
70's belonged to my son (got him suspended for 3 days) 870-856-4100 .

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From: "ESTEBAN GONZALEZ, ALBERTO" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Making pipes

 Hi! I'm a student from Spain. I've been smoking pipes for some time,
and now I would like to know how to make one. Does somebody knows about
Internet sites where I could get information ?

 If someone knows how to make a pipe, please E-mail me. My adress is :

 Alberto Esteban, ??????????????????????

 Have great smokes.

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From: Paul A. Carder <????????????????????>
 nobody <?????????????????>
Subject: posting from pipes page

I've been a subscriber to the Digest for a while now and thought it
was about time that I sent my first post. I was just looking at the
pipes web page and was elated to see that Jon's Pipe Shop in Champaign
,Illinois has a new page. It's my favorite shop! It's a 60 mile drive
for me, but I go over there every chance I get. It's not in a big city
or in a famous location, but you won't find a better selection of new
and estate pipes. A very friendly, knowledgable, and patient staff. In
fact I'm now smoking a wonderful Taylor Made full bent that I got
there about a year ago. Love Latakia? Try their Smoking
Mixture. Patrick is a skilled blender and will pull out box after box
if your looking for an estate Charatan, one of his favorites. Ask
Michael to show you some Estate Dunhills and he will talk a leg off of
you. He knows as much as anyone about this line. They also have about
any tinned or pouched tobaccos you could want. They mailed my wife a
1973 Dunhill Bruyere shape 251 Fish Tail size 3 bowl billiard for my
suprise Christmas present. The web site is small now, but give them a
call and they will be glad to mail you anything you want. Just tell
them that the guy with the hot peppers on his checks sent ya!  And now
for for a couple of questions.  To smoke, or not to smoke, that is the
question! Early this past fall, I purchased an unsmoked pretransition
Barling saddle bit pot 234 EL. Another purchase at Jon's. What do you
think? should I? Question #2. I do a good job cleaning cleaning my
pipes after every smoke, but what can I do to remove the tar that
accumalates on the rim? It's kind of unsightly. One last thing. If
there is anyone over in Great Britian that would be interested in
being a pipe tobacco exchanging pen pal, please let me know. I think
it would be a lot of funm Regards, Paul A. Carder

[ Your best bet on removing rim tar is probably to buff it off. -S. ]

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From: "Addiego, MIchael" <????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Shops in the Long Island area

Dear Sirs,

	I wonder if you could point me in the right direction of
tobacconists who specialize in pipes. Cigars are all the rage (I smoke
them as well) but find pipe smoking relaxes me in a totally different
way. I appreciate your help in advance and its great to be a part of the

Michael Addiego
Melville, New York

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notify us immediately by return Email, telephone or facsimile.

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[ The only listing I have for Long Island, oddly enough, is for
Trinity East in Rockville Centre.  Please see the Resource
Guide. Somehow, I thought I'd have more. -S. ]

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From: Kent Kingston <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Unfriendly Pipe Places

Greetings from Nebraska,
I was very angered tonight when I took my wife out to get a drink and
something to eat.  We stopped at a nice bar and grill, Goldbergs, in
Omaha. After ordering a scotch and water from the waitress I asked her if
I could smoke.  She replied that the entire establishment was for smoking.
I took out my pipe and filled it with a bowl of "Pure Comfort" from Ted's
Tobacco.  While waiting for my drinks, the bartender yells, from behind
the bar, that pipes and cigars are not allowed.  I was shocked.
Everywhere the eye could see people were smoking cigarettes but I was
being asked to put out my briar.  My wife and I immediately
left and went to a pipe friendly establishment to spend our money.

I would like to see pipe and cigar smokers create a black list of
eating establishments and bars that allow smoking except for pipes and
cigars.  Hopefully all pipe and cigar smokers would then boycott these
places.  I would like all the people in eastern Nebraska to know of three
such places that I have found in the Omaha Metro area.  I am sure there is
more. I look forward to hearing from people as where not to spend my

	"The Black List"
	Imperial Palace - Omaha
	Goldbergs	- Omaha
	El Bee's Cafe	- Omaha

Kent Kingston

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From: "mark bernosky" <????????????????????>

      Well let me start by telling you how much I have enjoyed your past
articles, and just sitting back, and lighting up a fresh bowl and reading
thru the latest edition of Pipe Digest. The main reason I am writing to you
is to help a former reader find "Old Dominion" pipe tobacco, from you PD#214
a Brett A. Thomas. This is my favorite and I only know of one place to get
it The store is "The Tobacco Barrel" , located at the"The Court and the
plaza at King of Prussia" in King of Prussia, Pa. Their phone number is
(610)-265-4544, it is a little expensive at about $26 per lb. but it is
worth every penny.
    I look forward to more issues of Pipe Digest and hope that I have been
of some help.

[ Oddly enough, I've been in that shop a couple of times.  I used to
live in King of Prussia around 1978. -S. ]

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From: "Andrew J. Gnoza, III" <?????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Shows - 1998

Does anyone maintain a list of pipe shows for 1998?

I would like to attend one this year.


Andy Gnoza

[ Our estimable Webmaster, Steve Beaty, maintains such a list at
http://www.pipes.org. -S. ]

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From: "Eric Windmoller" <????????????????????>

Hey Steve,
   Like the mailing list so far.  Can you give me any info. on BARI pipes? 
My wife bought me one for Christmas and I love it.   Also, for anyone that
wants to try some superb custom blend tobacco- try the E J Kutter web site.
 They are the nicest people you ever want to deal with, and I have used
them for a while now and have not been disappointed.   Thanks for the time.
   Eric Windmoller

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

Dear Fellow Smokers,

I am looking for any information on how much I should expect to spend,
and where to find a Peterson System Standard #317.  I have no problem
with pre-smoked pipes, provided they are in good condition, and would
prefer my holy grail to come in the gorgeous brown finnish it wears on
the cover of Pipes & Tobaccos magazine's Summer 1997 issue.  Thanks
for your help, David

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From: "Eric Windmoller" <????????????????????>

	As I was lighting up a Dr. Grabow one night and checking back
issues of Pipes Digest, I used the search key to look up Dr. Grabow.
I was kind of disappointed when I read some of the articles that came
back.  Most made a reference of how Dr. Grabow's were the first pipe
they tried- but then they added quickly (something to the extent of) "
I've moved on to much better things-you won't find any more `cheap
pipes' like those in my collection,anymore".  It seems like our
"hobby" is being influenced by more expensive pipes and tobacco than
ever before.  I'll tell you why I smoke Dr. Grabow pipes (I have
four).  I am not the type of pipe smoker that only smokes sitting in
my easy chair with a good book, in front of a roaring fire.  I am an
outdoorsman that brings his pipe everywhere.  If I'm
fishing,hunting,backpacking,working etc. I have my pipe.  If I lose
one- OH,WELL!  I'm out about $10.00.  If I really liked the pipe- I'm
off to Wal-Mart to buy another one. Tobacco is the same thing with me.
Every two or three months, I will order some custom blend from off the
Internet and the rest of the time I smoke Carter Hall, Velvet, or
Prince Albert.  All of these tobaccos burn just fine (Prince Albert
even burns better than some custom blends).  Now don't get me wrong, I
have a nice Meerschaum and a beautiful Bari freehand and love smoking
them.  But in my line of work and with my other hobbies, I need
Dr. Grabow pipes.  I'm sure there are more people out there that feel
the same way as me-- How about we start a Dr.  Grabow fan club?  feel
free to E-Mail me at ????????????????????
                             *****Long live the good Doctor!*****
                                                 Eric W.   

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From: "M. Wesley Holland" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Lane Crown Achievement.

A  friend recently bought me 2 ounces of Lane Crown Achievement. 
It is blend composed of  Virginia, Mahalla, Dubac and Mountain Leaf Latakia.

As a smoker of Latakia blends for longer than I care to mention <G> he
wanted my opinion as he is switching  over to English blends from Virginia
based blends and found this tobacco quite enjoyable.

My regular everyday smoke is Nightcap and at other times Penzance, Margate
and Frog Morton and several other McClelland Latakia blends along with C&D
Pirate Kake.

Well now you have some Idea of my taste.  Crown Achievement is in my
humble  opinion very good indeed.  It is what I would call a medium English
blend that is very tasty.  This is the best Lane tobacco I have ever smoked.

So if you like English blends and you don't want to break the bank it seems
to be a good blend indeed both in taste and price.

Just an observation..I have no interests in Lane other than I enjoy this

Regards to all,
M. Wesley Holland Ph.D retired
P.O. Box 90471
Columbia, SC 29290-1471 
Fax: (803) 776-7326
E-mail: ???????????????????????
The only really decent thing to do behind a person's back is pat it. 

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From: Tim Bender (?????????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Well, here's another communique from the sole member of the
Tallahassee Pipe Club...  It's a fine April day here, which is odd
considering that it's January. Damn Florida weather...  A couple hours
ago, in the flea market at the Student Union here at FSU (every
Wednesday) I came upon a bag of 5 pipes for $5. A couple were pretty
miserable, namely a Canadian with a badly damaged bowl rim (but after
an hour or two with my Exacto knife, once I find it, will take off the
first centimeter of the bowl and make it a decent middle-of-the-night
insomniac wandering pipe) and a leather-covered pipe with the leather
coming off (the stem, though, fits on a pipe that I got sight-unseen
with a broken stem. In fact, it fits almost perfectly.) However, there
is a decent no-name billiard, an author (I think that's the shape
name) with a screw-in stem and illegible brand marking, and, making
the whole thing worth it, an only slightly worn Kaywoodie Relief Grain
billiard, shape # 67 (the number is stamped on the bottom) with the
drinkless attachment and a screw-in vulcanite stem. I actually like
the drinkless attachment; after purchasing the pipes, I cleaned up the
Kaywoodie, including the removal of a horrendous amount of cake, and
schlepped to a nearby coffeehouse, where I filled it up with what I
call "Old Whateley's Mixture." (H.P. Lovecraft fans will get the
reference immediately; the 50-50 mix of Dunhill 965 and crushed Parodi
cigars certainly has a mephitic, tarry odor...) Usually this tobak is
a really wet smoke, only tolerable with a glass of water, but I was
able to smoke it with coffee without keeling over. Of course, it's
been about 3 months since I last smoked this stuff, so it may also
have mellowed with age, but who knows.  Also, I would like to express
extreme praise for Irish Seconds. I purchased a huge full-bent one
around Xmastime, and it has become my favorite pipe. The natural
finish darkens a little with each smoke, and the cake is building up
quite nicely. This is the first pipe I've ever smoked all the way to
the bottom without dottle, just ash. Considering that I can get nearly
my whole thumb into the bowl, that's an accomplishment. (I've been
smoking Rattray's 3 Noggins in it. Pure ambrosia if you like that sort
of thing. To paraphrase the great philosopher Homer Simpson, "Mmm,
Latakia.")  Anyway, that's all that's been going on in the pipe world

--Tim Bender

[ Whatley's, huh?  I think I'll pass. Iok-Sotot neblod zin, and all
that... -S. ]

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

please rate the dunhill non-aromatics (in your opinion) i really like
the c&d tugglehall which is supposed to be a duplicate of 965. do you
think that tobacco will really improve if you age it for months?
years? thanks, gene

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From: Jamie Loveless (?????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

To the pipe mailing list members,

     I recently was given a wooden pipe cabinet (for lack of
knoledgableterm0 with various smoking items inside.  I know nothing
about values of any of these items and would like to get some expert
opinions on them.  The list is as follows:

     Pipe cabinet three feet tall with two blue cobalt glass trays,
made by Griffith of Muncie Indiana.

     Two pipes (frank medico) and (Olde London).

     various pipe cleaners and brushes. (silver)
     Dixie Mix tobacco tin. 

     Any reply would help considerably and be much appreciated.


                                     JAMIE LOVELESS

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

I'm looking for the mailing address, E-Mail address, telephone number,
FAX number etc for E.A. Carey pipes.  Their wed site is and has been
under construction.  Any help wourl be appreciated.  Thanks in
advance.  E-Mail ?????????????????????

[ From the Guide: Carey's Smokeshop, 7245 Whipple Avenue NW, North
Canton, OH 44720 1-800-99-BRIAR. -S. ]

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From: Scott Bartley <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

Hello there Steve!

After probably two years of lurking I thought it was about time to write to
the group.  I am sitting here enjoying my first bowlfull in a new Mastro de
Paja.  It is half bent with a cross between a Pot and an Oom-Paul.  It is
the brother to a pipe I have had in my collection for a couple of years.  I
bought it today from Marty Pulvers at Sherlock's Haven in San Francisco.  I
have been shopping there for pipes for almost as long as I have been
smoking a pipe (16 years More or less, following them from location to
location).  It has always been a great shop and Marty is a wealth of
information about pipes.

As the years have gone by, my taste in pipes has escalated in quality (I
bought my second pipe there years ago and still have it, an estate
Charatan, although I'm afraid right now it is at the far end of the pipe
rack).  My current pipe passion is the Ser Jacopo Picta Series.  Marty has
sold me three from the set so far..... 

Back to my reason for the post.  I have had a Mastro de Paja for a couple
of years which has become my hands down favorite (the brother to the one I
am smoking now).  Recently I discovered It had developed a small crack
where the bowl meets the shank.  It seems to not be getting any bigger and
hasn't effected the smoking qualitys of the pipe but it bothered me from a
visual standpoint.  I took it down to Marty and gave him the directive to
find another one just like it.  I am pleased to say that after three weeks
of looking Marty came up with not one, but three candidates for me to
choose from.  I selected the one I am currently smoking, and of course it
isn't the same.....(why would I think that any two pipes whould smoke
exactly the same...) but it is damn close and so far seems to be a
wonderfull pipe.

The whole point of this diatribe is to let everyone know what a great shop
Sherlock's Haven is.  I highly recommend that any pipe smokers in the Bay
Area who havn't been there put it high on their list, and for anyone who is
visiting the City, put it on the "Must See" list along with the GG Bridge
and Chinatown!  All for now.

S. Bartley

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Quote of the Week:

   TAKE NOTE: As you are aware, prohibition on smoking began on January
   the first. Here at the Occidental Grill, we intend to fully comply
   with this new regulation. If you choose to ignore the ban on the
   enjoyment of tobacco products at the Occidental Grill, we regret this,
   and to protect the furnishings and flooring, you will be given an

				- Fax from the Occidental Grill
				  San Francisco, California
				  January 7, 1998

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #247 -- January 26, 1998
  2. Subject: Pipe Club Forming (S. Atlanta Area
  3. Subject: posting from pipes page
  4. Subject: Colorado Area Pipe Smokers
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  6. Subject: Re: Club's new name
  7. Subject: posting from pipes page
  8. Subject: Courtesy payment
  9. Subject: collectibletibles
  10. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  11. Subject: The Craven tobacco debate
  12. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  13. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  14. Subject: The Venturi Co. and "The Pipe"
  15. Subject: Give me your hot-smoking "the pipe"
  16. Subject: posting from pipes page
  17. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  18. Subject: how to make good pipes?
  19. Subject: pipe stem cleaning
  20. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  21. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  22. Subject: Four Square
  23. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  24. Subject: HELP
  25. Subject: goo
  26. Subject: posting from pipes page
  27. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #246 -- January 3, 1998
  28. Subject: Pipe Questions
  29. Subject: Pipe Racks for Oversized Pipes
  30. Subject: remodel
  31. Subject: Iwan Ries & interesting books
  32. Subject: subscribe
  33. Subject: nasal snuff website
  34. Subject: Buffalo Area Pipe Shops
  35. Subject: antique pipe book
  36. Subject: posting from pipes page
  37. Subject: posting from pipes page
  38. Subject: Re: Pipes for sale
  39. Subject: posting from pipes page
  40. Subject: meershaum pipes
  41. Subject: Do you know?
  42. Subject: The pipe tobacco brand
  43. Subject: Info for PD
  44. Subject: David Jones
  45. Subject: Pipes
  46. Subject: Belt buckle pipes
  47. Subject: Making pipes
  48. Subject: posting from pipes page
  49. Subject: Pipe Shops in the Long Island area
  50. Subject: Unfriendly Pipe Places
  51. Subject: Pipe Shows - 1998
  52. Subject: posting from pipes page
  53. Subject: Lane Crown Achievement.
  54. Subject: posting from pipes page
  55. Subject: posting from pipes page
  56. Subject: posting from pipes page
  57. Subject: posting from pipes page
  58. Subject: Pipes Digest
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