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Subject: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998

		  Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 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: 3409

Welcome to new members:

	Robert A. Lotzer
	Olexa Horbachevsky
	Terry Knipschield
	Gary Walker
	Jim Toto
	Louis R. Miller
	David Han
	Robert A. Fouch
	Asher David Atchick
	Jacob Nathaniel Burks
	Dustin John Fanciullo
	F. Reese Shellman, Jr.
	Ed Morandi
	Harold Erbse
	Lawrence Howard
	Kim Kisbye
	Owen Reynolds
	John M. Barnett
	Paulo Parra
	Ron Bolson
	Terry Schroeder
	Toney A. Cassel
	Jamie Howton
	Marc Heeren
	Mark Shewman
	Theodore V. Kelley
	David Kohn
	L. Earl Joyner
	Dwayne J. Pryor
	Doron Grudo
	Brandon Gilliam
	Curtis Hatterman
	Ken Richards
	Neil Bell
	Juha Lankinen
	Grant Thompson
	Jack Driscoll
	A. Papadimitriou
	Paolo Destefanis
	Jeffrey Hass
	Larry L. Shaffer
	Alexander Axel Rolle
	Stuart V. Klarich
	John D. Bair
	Michael Frye
	Andreas Eck
	Jim Mcguire
	Adam Matthew Ormond
	Joseph M. Crable
	Cary L. Allard
	Fernand Flament
	Jeremy E. Alperin
	Craig Watkins
	Ted Brower
	Peter Mitchell
	Allen Raab
	David J. Cadenhead
	Mark Shelor
	John Beckstrom
	Ryan Bobel
	Ray Newton
	Robert Allen Fairbairn IV
	Hanna Hong
	Art Mandel
	Paul W. Burmeister
	Robert J. Levine
	Patrick Wallen
	Jeffrey M. Gilbert, Ph. D.
	Quinton Wells
	Ralph Destephano
	Peter Hendriks
	Art Mandel
	Joseph R. Schoeffler
	David Williams
	Thomas E. Winters
	George Wills Crook Jr.
	Eric Kahn
	Philip Schwartz
	Samuel Tobias Steinmetz
	Bruce M. Warren
	Tobi Payenberg
	Tom Rieschick
	Rodger M. Will
	Lorenzo Cappannari
	Steve Dayringer
	Clark Gietz
	Tim Weber
	Bruce A. Weisse
	Ike English
	Mark Conner
	Mario Guerrero
	Robert Kiernan
	Chuck Core
	Balraj Singh
	David Gerstel
	Nicholas T. Starin
	Patrick Bertsch
	Chuck Horvath
	Paul Weinstein
	Charlie Wilson
	Antonio Boccazzi
	Andrew C Wright
	Stuart Hutton
	John Keller
	Carlos A. Diaz-Rodriguez
	Larry Stanfield
	Hans Spiegl
	Mike Martindale
	Joe Spano
	Gregory Blank
	[Name Deleted by S.B.]
	Lou Sortman

[QUARTER MILLENIUM ISSUE] No, the Digest hasn't been published for 250
years, but it has made it to issue #250.  Many thanks to all members
who have made it possible!

The issues aren't coming out as frequently as they used to, due to
lack of time by Yr. Obdt. Moderator, who is no longer in grad school
and is thus obliged to be p^Hgainfully employed.  So it may take quite
some time to make it to PD #500 from here.  Hope y'all don't mind the

Anyway, for the last twenty months of the twentieth century, and for
as much of the twenty-first as we'll see,

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: ???????????????????? (Robert Barron)
Subject: posting from pipes page

The Toronto Pipe Club is hoping to hold its first Pipe Show sometime
in 1999 - perhaps May.

At this stage, I'm trying to assess how much interest is there from
pipemakers, collectors and dealers from the US and farther afield in
Canada. We plan just a small show (~20 tables) to begin, and would
like to know how many of those tables might be filled.

So my question for Pipes Digest subscribers is: if scheduling permits,
would you be interested in showing at the Toronto Pipe Show in 1999?

Also, if any clubs planning shows in '99 could let me know their show
dates we will slot our show in so as not to create a scheduling

Robert Barron
Club Coordinator.

[ You know, there ought to be some kind of centralized chalkboard
thingy, maybe on the web, where clubs could plan shows so they don't
conflict. If any enterprising Webmaster cares to take this project on,
I'm sure Steve Beaty would be glad to link it to the http://www.pipes.org
page.  Thanks for the announcement, and for your consideration! -S. ]

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From: Chris Hight <?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe convention

I have a flyer for the Deep South Classic Pipe and Cigar Smokers 
Convention in Charlotte, NC, May 30 & 31, 1998. It will be held at the 
Sheraton Airport Plaza Hotel, I-85 and Billy Graham Parkway.

Rooms are $79- 704-392-1200- mention Carolina Briar Friar's Pipe Show.

Call 704-523-8554 for more information.  

I think McCranies is involved too.

I am not involved but I'll see you there!

Christopher Hight

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From: Grant Porter <?????????????????????>
Subject: New Address for Pipe Digest

[ Administrativa deleted. -S. ]

Upadate on the South Florida Briar Brotherhood:

We have a new web page address: http://www.se.mediaone.net/~pipesman.

We contiune to meet the third Thursday of the Month at 8 pm at The
London Pub TOO in Margate, FL-(Fort Lauderdale) Us 441/St RD 7 and
Coconut Creek Blvd- Near the Video Ave. There is no charge to attend.

The club had a very successful one year meeting on March 19,1998 at our
new home, The London Pub Too. There were over 20 members there,
including several of the wives. We had a 'mini' pipe show and swap-
there were well over 100 pipes on display. There was some trading going
on too..Brother John talked me out of my naked lady meerscham pipe for 3
pipes a Charatan- Extra large dublin with serial number,a Sasieni 4
white dot , and a Tocak Shop Canadian...It was a good trade, mostly
because he really wanted that pipe.

The clubs newsletter is being changed to every two months now. We want
to have a little more time and hopefully produce a better more useful
newsletter. We welcome any submissions, photos too! Send to
????????????????????? or Mail to Grant Porter- President South Florida
Briar Brotherhood, P.O. Box 450967, Sunrise, FL 33345-0967.

We are working on building local membership. We just had our first local
shop come on board with a 15 percent discount for sales over $5.00. This
is a great step as it allows us to begin to have good benefits for club

Here in South Florida we are Smoking in Peace.

Brother Grant Porter
South Florida Briar Brotherhood

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From: Vicens Lozano <?????????????????>
Subject: New URL from Barcelona

Dear Steve.
This a new url from Barcelona Pipa Club (Spain).
Shopping, pipes, tobaccos,pipe-links, jazz....


Thanks. Vicen Lozano, president of Barcelona Pipa Club

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From: Nanosh Lucas <????????????????????>
Subject: [Fwd: Bjarne Pipe Dinner in San Francisco]

Pipe lovers,

Come see a pipe smoking demonstration at

Sherlock's Haven
275 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA

April 17th and 18th

Meet Bjarne Nielsen of Bjarne pipes, Denmark, and Tonni Nielsen, master
pipe carver.  

>From Friday through Sunday, April 17th - 19th, all Bjarne pipes will
be reduced 20%.

On Saturday night, April 18th, at 7:00 pm, Sherlock's Haven will be
hosting a pipe dinner honoring our guests Bjarne and Tonni -

All pipe fanciers are cordially invited to join us.  The cost of the
dinner is $50.00 per person, which includes tax, tip, and craft beer.

For reservations, call Marty of Jeff at Sherlock's


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From: MICHAEL GLUKLER <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Sad news

  I am saddened at the news, received yesterday, of the passing of Bob
Everett, my friend and fellow pipe maker. Bob lost a long battle with
a rare for of stomach cancer.  A few may remember the name Bob Everett
as the writer of an article on An Amateurs Guide to Pipe Carving that
was published in the North American Society of Pipe Collectors
newsletter and also Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine.

 Please join with me and sending our condolences to Bob's wife Marcie.

 Michael J. Glukler
 Instigator at Large for the Royal Canadian Mavens of Pipes

[ Please accept my condolences, and pass them along to Marcie
too. -S. ]

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From: "Charles Perry" <??????????????>
Subject: Malthouse Tobacco

I have been a reader/lurker for a while and now have a reason to write. 
Paul Daniel Terry is looking for The Malthouse tobacco.   Pipes and
Pleasures in Columbus, Ohio is now carrying this blend as of early March.

Great job on the digest!

Charles Perry, PE
eepe on #Pipes

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From: "Coran, Paul M" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998


I've been a pipe smoker since 1961 and, unhappily, some of my favorite
imported blends seemed to have disappeared from the market (e.g., Sweet
Chestnut & Parsons Pleasure).  Fortunately, I recently located an old
favorite, Presbyterian Mixture. Could your refer me to a tobacconist who
would have the largest selection of imported mixtures?  Much

                                               Paul Coran

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From: "Glenn Wilson" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipe


>> Hi I'm looking for someone that can give some info. on a pipe I have.
>> I was wondering if you may know someone?
>Well, if you can describe the pipe (especially maker's marks) I can
>post it... ~\U S.

Hi the pipe is 17inches long and the base is 2 in. wide,the stem is made of
silver,and the base is of hand carved stone,the bowl is 1 1/4
deep x 1 1/4 wide,there is no writing on it.the rest is hard to explain
so I sent a picture.
Thanks for your help
Glenn Wilson

[ JPEG picture deleted to keep the space reasonable; please mail Glenn
for a copy. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????????????????????????
Subject: Barling

     Hello Pipe Smokers,
     could anybody help me identify the age of the following Barling Pipe:
     B.BARLING & SONS,  written in one side, and
     T.V.F. 4035,   in the other !
     Kind Regards.
     Jose Carlos

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From: David Levine <????????????????????>
Subject: identify pipe

I have recently aquired a never smoked pipe that had been found in an attic
(along with several others).  It is a small pipe, straight stem, made in
London, with a white L stamped on the stem.  I was told it could possibly be
an old Savieni lightweight by one dealer, and that it was probably a second
of a company by another person (a Dunhill rep. visiting town).  Any other

David Levine 

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From: Russ Wigglesworth <????????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Digest - Preben Holmes


[ Administrativa deleted. -S. ]

I have a Preben Holmes which I picked up in the mid to late 70's. It is
still virgin. I am interested in determining a dollar value for it these
days. I sent it to a friend in Alexandria a few years ago and he tried to
sell it in his shop but didn't get any takers so I have it back. I have
looked through all the web info on the maker and such but don't find any
means of setting a price on it. I don't know if I want to sell it at this
time but I would like to know what it is worth. Perhaps some of our fellow
readers can help.

Thanks, and keep up the good work. The Page and the Digest are great!


Russ Wigglesworth - Program Administrator
Beer Judge Certification Program
PO Box 751271 - Petaluma CA 94975
707-769-0425 (h) 415-502-1070 (w)

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

I just purchased a Ben Wade Pipe (#S 100) from an estate auction.  
Does anyone know the history of this pipe and its current value?

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From: ????????????????? (Jim Murray)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Steve and Fellow Pipe Smokers,

I recently received a beautiful Danish Freehand pipe as a gift from a family 
friend, but it has few markings as to the brand or carver. The only stamping
is as follows:



Does the IIS mean anything?? It's a beautiful freehand and smokes like a
dream. I'd really like to knoe more about brand and/or carver if possible, so
if anyone out there has any ideas, I'd appreciate it.


Jim Murray

Visit my personal web page at the following address:

This is my own personal web page that offers cigar and pipe smokers
some great information about tobacco, building a wooden humidor, cigar
tasting notes, history of briar wood, links to other cigar and pipe
web sites and much more great information. You won't regret the

[ Recos for 2 web pages already in the Guide deleted. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????? (Eric W.)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hello all-
  I picked up a few pipes recently at an antique store and would like
some information on one of them.  It is a ROPP french made pipe.  The
pipe is not made of briar but of another wood.  The bowl and stem both
have bark on it.  At first when I bought it, I thought it had been
someone's homemade pipe, but then noticed the ROPP markings when I got
it home.  Could it be made of cherry wood?  Can I smoke it without
worrying about ruining it?  Thanks a lot for your answers.
  Eric W.

[ It probably is made of cherry wood; Ropp is widely known for making
cherrywood pipes. -S. ]

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From: "Graeme T. Steel" <?????????????????>

Dear Steve, Another great Pipes Digest. You really are providing us with 
a fantastic service and I, for one, are very grateful for all the effort 
you put in. Here are a few replies to various entries:  I am sure I am 
not alone in finding David Mann's decision to sell of his pipes a sad 
affair after he was told by a doctor never to smoke again. All of us 
dread a health problem which forbids smoking. But I wonder if he isn't 
reacting too hastily? Some members of the medical profession can just 
not countenance smoking and are not always objective about it. I would 
suggest that David gets a second opinion. I say this, because I know a 
friend, who after heart problems was told to give up a pipe, but he 
couldn't bring himself to do so and that was 14 years ago and he is 
still with us. Of course, David's case may be different, but before he 
gives up his beloved hobby for good, I would certainly be canvassing the 
opinion of more than one doctor. Jim Dunn is looking for those cheap 
plastic pipe rests which are alluding him. They are available from an 
excellent pipe shop in Sydney, Australia - Sol Levy's Tobacconist 
Extraordinaire. They take overseas orders. Visit their site at: 
http://www.sollevy.com.au/  David S. Chester finds it difficult to get 
life insurance as a pipe smoker. Has he considered not bothering? There 
are alternatives to life insurance, such as pension funds which convert 
into an endowment on death which do not require medicals. Justin Fullman 
is rightly concerned about proposed restrictions on the sale of tobacco 
in Mormon-controlled Utah. I would suggest that Justin moves state. If 
he would care to do so, he could come out to Indonesia where I live. The 
economy may be in collapse here, but at least smoking is commonplace. 
The WHO estimated that 80% of males smoke here. If he has dollars to 
live on, they will go far and he can at least buy Amphora Tobacco (made 
here under licence) which costs US$0.50 cents for a 50 grm pouch. I 
would be pleased to offer him temporary accommodation on arrival, 
gratis. I meet so many Americans who are literally fuming at the 
restrictions on their habit in the States. As the world appears to be 
closing in on us I can't help thinking that it would not be a bad idea 
for smokers to set up a sovereign state of their own, (somewhere on an 
idyllic uninhabited island, perhaps) which we could jointly purchase, 
where smoking is constitutionally allowed and available duty free to 
residents. I could provide a small sum of capital myself if there are 
any others interested. Did anyone read a most interesting article in the 
Electronic Telegraph (The London Daily Telegraph on-line) for 8th March? 
It reported that the WHO has just completed one of the most major 
studies into the alleged link between passive smoking and lung cancer. 
The findings of the report are an embarrassment for the WHO. It found no 
such link. Finally, I am looking to purchase a pink rubber, (latex like) 
pipe pouch which was available in the 70s and early 80s which is round 
in shape and has a clever interlocking closure. They were made in 
France. If anyone reading this has one or more that they would like to 
sell, I would be most interested. Thanks again, Steve, for another 
fantastic read. Best Wishes, Graeme T. Steel <?????????????????>

[ And for a good state for Justin Fullman to move to, see the
following. -S. ]

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From: "Berggren, Edward P" <????????????????>
Subject: Smoking in Florida

Hello, Steve,

It's been awhile since I chimed in with my 2 cents' worth, so I 
thought I'd take the time to share a most pleasant experience I had 

A couple of weeks ago I was in Orlando, FL for a conference held at 
the Marriott Orlando World Center--a very nice hotel (fortunately my 
company was paying the tab).  But what was most shocking to this poor 
California boy was the fact that on the tables adjacent to the chairs 
and couches were ashtrays!  Yes, you could sit there and smoke and if 
anybody minded, they sure didn't let on either verbally or by making 
faces.  I'll tell you, after being a pariah for the last several years 
sneaking a smoke out in the elements, it took me a couple of days to 
get used to the idea that I could simply sit down and light up.  I 
did, of course, try to stay away from those who were not smoking as I 
really do not want to offend anyone.

This hotel also had a really lovely bar called the Pagoda right off 
the lobby where you can sit in very comfortable chairs and loveseats, 
order a dram (or two or three) of your favorite libation (I like 
Scotch and they had at least a dozen pretty good single malts) and, 
yes, smoke.  They even sold cigars.  Except for some of the prices 
($6.50 for a couple fingers of 12 year old Macallan, for example), it 
was like dying and going to heaven.  Unfortunately, I didn't discover 
the bar until the last night I was there.  I understand the conference 
will be in the same hotel next year.  Believe me, I shall be spending 
more of my time in the comfort of the Pagoda.

While I'm here, I might as well chat a bit about several new pipes 
I've been able to acquire over the last few months.  I had read a few 
things about Paul Winslow pipes and discovered a nice example of his 
work at Liberty Tobacco in San Diego.  I wish I could describe it 
because it's so unusual in its carving and staining, but it would take 
too long.  The important thing (for me anyway) is that it smokes very 
well and is very lightweight for its size (a medium large I should 
say).  By the way, the folks at Liberty were very nice and even gave 
me a free tin of Ashton pipe tobacco (probably because I dropped a 
fair chunk of change into their till).  Lots and lots of cigars, a 
fair selection of pipes and tobaccos, places inside and out to sit and 
smoke--I look forward to returning there the next time I'm in San 

During Christmas I splurged a wee bit and bought a Stanwell 1997 Pipe 
of the Year from Bob Hamlin and a Christmas pipe from Mark Tinsky. 
 I've read so many glowing reports about Mark's pipes here in the 
Digest, that I finally took the plunge and bought one.  And I must say 
I agree with everything everyone has said.  It's a very nice pipe. 
 Lovely grain, well-balanced, and very pleasant to smoke.  I have no 
doubt that I'll be buying more.  The Stanwell was my second Pipe of 
the year, so I guess that means I now have the start of a collection. 
 I've been real pleased with the several Stanwells I've bought over 
the last two or three years and this one was no exception.

Well, this has gone on long enough, so I'll end here.  In spite of the 
nasty weather so much of the country is still experiencing, I noticed 
the scent of spring in the air this past weekend.  Soon we'll emerge 
from our homes and into the sunlight, pipes clenched firmly in our 
teeth, fragrant wreaths of smoke wafting upwards towards heaven. 


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From: Marcus <??????????????>
Subject: black cavendish

I just recieved PD 249 and thanx!! good as usual.  I have a question, I
tens to smoke black cavendish tobacco mostly ex Sail black cavendish,
Borkum Riff black (when I can find it)  and I have tried MAcbarens Gold  I
was just wondering what exactly is black cavendish?  is it concidered to be
a strong mixture? or is it a wussy blend?  I hope you can answer this for me.

In smoke, Marcus
And that's the bottom line!!

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From: Philip Burnard <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998

Thanks to all the people who sent me suggestions about how to keep 
tobacco.  Pipe-smokers are a helpful crowd of people.

Taken into account all of the various suggestions, this is what I 
did.  It may not work for everyone but I have found it to be just 

I brought a tupperware box that will hold about 10 tins or packets of 
tobacco (remember, in the UK, we buy them in 50g packages!).  I used 
a small piece of florist's oasis, soaked it in water for about 2 
hours and put it in a small plastic container, having bored holes in 
the lid of the container.  This acts as a portable humidifier. This 
then went inside the tupperware box.

I have found that this arrangement keeps the tobacco in opened tins 
and packets moist and it even stops cut plug drying out - a real test 
of any humidifying system. Inside one tin, in which I have quite a 
lot of Ogden's Best Brown Flake, I also put a Dutch 'pouch 
humidifier' - a small 'brick' which is first soaked and then put 
straight in the tin.  This was sent to me by a correspondent on this 
group.  This, in turn, makes sure that the Flake doesn't dry out.

All of this may sound a bit complicated but it means I have a 
self-contained and - from my wife's point of view - a tidy system for 
housing lots of odd tins and packets and for keeping all of these odd 
items in a smokable condition.  All in all, it seems to beat bits of 
potato and turnip. And, after two or three weeks, the oasis is still 
very damp and looks unlikely to need topping up very often.

Thanks, again, to everyone who sent suggestions and, if you are new 
to pipesmoking and wondering how to store your tobacco, this may be 
one way of doing it.

Regards to all,
Phil Burnard

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From: ??????????????????????? (John Giunta)
Subject: A member's name--same as mine!

Hello Steve,

This name among the new subscribers:

>         John M. Giunta

Ny name is John _P._ Giunta.  My father's family is from Sicily.  I
don't have knowledge of any distant relatives in this country, but there
are scores of Giuntas around.

Could you put me in touch with this gentleman?  I will respect all
resquests for privacy.  Maybe you could just forward this note to him
and see if he wishes to make contact.

Many thanks for your continued hard work on the Digest.

John Peter Giunta

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From: "Nanosh J. Lucas" <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998


I haven't contributed anything as a member of this group for some time.
As I was using telnet to scroll through my mail, I was wondering if
anyone had brought up the idea of putting the list on a Web-based bulletin
board system...

This message doesn't need to be posted, but if you decide to, consider the
second paragraph of this message as superfluous :-)


[ Well, of course there's http://www.pipes.org... Seriously, I'd rather keep
the PD as a digest than a BBS for a variety of reasons. -S. ]

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From: "David e Lilian" <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
Thank's for every information. The world of pipes is really fascinating.
I have a question about cigars, if I can. A friend of mine said that the
cigar was invented in South America, more specifically in Brazil. I doubted
it a little bit and we made a bet. So you are going to untie the bet.
Please, if you know, tell us this little historical information.
"Nosce te ipsum"
David e Lilian
[ I don't think anyone can really say where the cigar was invented,
but I believe that Christopher Columbus met cigar smokers in what is
now Cuba.  Immediately afterward, Mrs. Columbus banished the Native
Cubans to their garages. -S. ]

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

Sale! - Honduran Premium Don Jorge Cigars

Celaque Cigar Company, a manufacturer of Havano type cigars in the
western part of Honduras, wants to give you the opportunity of getting
its exclusive "Don Jorge" Cigars at a 30% discount of their market
prices.  This is a limited time offer so you better act soon.  We are
prepared to ship your order directly from the heart of Central America
as soon as we receive it.  International FedEx will make our
shipments, so you will not have to wait long.  Beside a small shipping
charge, there are no other costs to you.

Come to visit us at http://celaquecigar.com , we are waiting to hear
from you.

Note: Discounts will be calculated after you add items to your
shopping basket.

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From: Dan Wheeler - The American Legion <???????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998
I really like your newsletter, and I appreciate the time and effort
you put into assembling it -- so, I want to say, "Thanks."  I saw a
mention of a Pipe Dan catalog; whom does one call or write to obtain
same?  Also, do you have a list of email addresses for those who sell
estate pipes on the www?  Many thanks for any info you can provide. --
Dan Wheeler

[ See below re Pipe Dan; Dan Pipe is, AFAIK, still going.  The names
of several estate pipe dealers, are available in the Resource Guide at
http://www.pipes.org. -S. ]

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From: Ib Fagerlund <?????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest Resource Guide changes

Hello Steve,

Would You please change the following entrys in the
Pipes Digest Resource Guide?

*) The Nordic Smokers Guild
    Please add http://www.n-t.dk/
    Please change +45 42 89 44 02 into +45 45 89 44 02
    Please change +45 31 22 14 11 into +45 33 27 04 11
    Please change +45 31 22 41 50 into +45 33 27 01 31 (fax)

*) A & C Petersens Tobaksfabrik 
    Please add http://www.acptobak.dk/

*) Pipe Dan
    Please delete entry. Store has closed many years ago.

*) Center Of Danish Pipes
    Please delete entry. Store has new owner and new name now.

*) Gents Shop 
    Please delete entry. Store has closed.

WIth Kind Regards

[ Done; whew! Thank you for all the updates. -S. ]

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From: "The Shiffers" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998

thanks steve:  was a message regarding the affects of new federal interes
t in cig.smoking and pipe smoking.  especially pipe tobacco.  wanted to 
know what might not be in the popular media about taxes and content of 
the pipe tobacco i have been smoking for years.  if ex. surgen general 
kessler has tobacco regulated as a drug, what might happen?  do you know 
of someone who is up to speed on the issue?

[ later... -S. ]

hello: have been a pipe smoker for many years.  am worried about the
clinton adminstration's tobacco will do to the regulation and content
and processing of fine pipe tobacco.  don't want federal regulation of
pipe tobacco. don't want to have to eat fat free beef, decaf.  coffee,
sugar free soft drinks, ect.  cigs. may just be the first step.

[ Hey, it's OK as long as you don't inhale... -S. ]

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From: "Addiego, MIchael" <????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Ladies & Gentlemen

	The name of the tobacco is Escudo. It comes in little white tins
and is made by a company called Cope (Ireland). I enthusiastically
suggest you rush out and get some. It is thick, musty and you will love
me forever for suggesting it to you. Its hard to describe the flavor;
heavy and exotic (I know that isn't telling you very much).
	The name of the tobacco is Kentucky Bird. I forget who makes it
(some company located in Holland). It has a little colorful bird (the
state bird of Kentucky, aptly enough) on the package and it consists
partly of herbs (?). Whoa! The packages were on sale at a smoke shop
here in Long Island New York for $2. I couldn't resist. The package was
visually enticing.  I just hoped the contents therein would follow suit.
It did, it does! It is a very good tobacco with a good "sidestream"
aroma (I picked up that "sidestream" comment from the Professor's
webpage!!). It burns nice and cool.
	Hey I have a question. If I were to buy a used pipe, how would I
go about cleaning it? I mean, I don't know where that pipe has been!!

Smoke in peace, you pipe smoking brainiacs

Mike Addiego

This message may contain privileged and confidential information.
If you think, for any reason, that this message may have been
addressed to you in error, you must not disseminate, copy or
take any action in reliance on it, and we would ask you to
notify us immediately by return Email, telephone or facsimile.

Schroder & Co. Information Services
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[ Check out the alt.smokers.pipes FAQ (also on http://www.pipes.org) for a
how-to on cleaning pipes. HOWEVER, please read the following... -S. ]

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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Re: linkage


I had a most unpleasant experience today which I want to share, as a 
cautionary note.

There was recently an article in a well-known, generally excellent pipe 
publication advocating sweetening a pipe by filling the bowl with salt 
and grain alcohol (or other potable alcohol) and letting it sit for 5 

Now, I've always been an advocate of salting and alcoholing, but I've
only let the pipe sit overnight.  And, I've used only a dozen drops of
alcohol.  I tried the five-day treatment with a full bowl of alcohol
with one pipe.  Seemed fine.  Tried with a few.  Seemed fine.  Tried
with several of my treasures.

Thought they were OK.

They LOOKED fine to me, but upon smoking, two developed very nasty shank 
cracks.  I did have salt in the shank during the process and this may 
have been my downfall.  I theorize that the salt went into solution in 
the alcohol, penetrated the wood, and dried there.  Then, when the pipes 
were smoked, the moisture in the smoke was absorbed INTO THE WOOD by the 
salt, forcing it to expand and crack the shank.    

Now I don't know if I dare smoke the others which were so treated.  A 
friend suggested soaking the pipes in water to leach out the salt (some 
pipe-makers cure their blocks by boiling in oil...but that's before 
they're carved).

I don't know if it was the five-day soak, the full bowl of alcohol or the 
salt in the shank that did it, but I do want to warn potential users of 
this technique to be careful!  I'll NEVER be able to replace one of the 
pipes that cracked and although I'll probably send it to Jim Cooke to be 
banded, it'll always remind me  of my carelessness.  Please be careful . 
 . . it'll save you a lot of heartache. 

Rob Denholtz

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From: Russell Stutler <???????????????????>
Subject: Another Tokyo Pipe Smoker


I've been getting Pipes Digest for over a year now. It acrually was the
reason I bought a handheld computer so that I could read all the back
issues outside with my pipe.

I've been smoking a pipe (well, several pipes actually) for about 15 years
now. I'm another full bearded guy who works at a computer all day. I've
smoked aromatics exclusively until a few months ago, when my conversion to
English tobacco was swift and alarming. My present smoke is Pirate Kake. I
have thoroughly enjoyed every latakia blend I've tried including "Asuka"
which you can only get here, so I'm told.

Now I have several pouches of lonely aromatics plus 4 pouches of
Condor,three of them unopened. Interesting stuff, that Condor; anyone know
what's in it, what gives it that strong distinctive smell which my
colleagues hate so much? 

Anyway, the main reason I write is to see if there are any aromatic lovers
in Tokyo who would like to take these orphaned pouches under their wing,
perhaps in exchange for English blends they have rejected. Heck, I'd even
give them away (except for the unopened pouches of Condor, for which I
could probably get what I payed for them).

Next time all you pipe smokers in Tokyo get together in this smoker's
paradise, please let me know.

Russ Stutler
Art Director for Tokyo Weekender
Creator of Rice Ball Guy, "Super Hero In Tokyo" 
(The acronym is purely coincidental)

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From: marshwilson <??????????????????????>
Subject: Dunhill in bulk quantities


Boy, is my face 'red' from embarrassment!  I forgot to include the e-mail
address to the place where one may obtain Dunhill in bulk quantities.  Here
it is: http://www.tlcshop.com/pipe.htm#HouseBlend

I'm sure sorry about that to everyone.


[ No problem; I've placed it in the Guide. -S. ]

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From: "Favinil - Syncorp" <?????????????????????>

Montevideo, 13 de marzo de 1998

Mi nombre es  Mario Trujillo y consegui su direccion de correo 
electronico buscando informacion sobre unas 50 pipas que llegaron a 
mis manos, me gustar=EDa saber si Ud. me puede ayudar a conocer el valor 
de estas o conoce donde me pueda informar sobre las pipas.
A continuacion le detallo algunas caracter=EDsticas que pude observar 
en ellas.
BLUE PETER          522-667-725
CAPTAIN BLACK    820-8130
MINERVA                534
SHADOW                9529 (GBD)
POPULAR               94361 (GBD)
SPECIAL                653 (BBB)
Mi direccion de correo electronico es ?????????????????????
Desde ya muy agradecido.

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From: ??????????????????????????
Subject: Repair help sought

Dear Steve and fellow kapnismologists,
This is my first posting to the digest, so here's a little background:
I've been a pipe smoker for the last 24 years, and have worked several
times in the industry as a retail salesman and blender. I would like to
set right a tragedy that occurred to one of my favorite pipes 10 years
ago. I only own one Dunhill, a beautiful full bent billiard that I picked
up as an estate pipe 20 years ago. After a thorough cleaning (the previous
owner had been a user of Paladin Black Cherry) the pipe smoked marvelously
with english oriental blends. The pipe was marked on one side Dunhill,
London England, and the other side with the circled "A" and "Patented
America 1916". I know that to be a shape number and not a year. At any
rate, the original vulcanite mouthpiece cracked and broke at the lip after
several years use. Being a trusting soul, I sent the pipe to the repairman
we had used for several years, with good result. When I got the pipe back,
I was heartsick. The brute fitted an ugly lucite bit, and took wood (and
all the stamping) off the shank for the final fitting. Does some kind soul
know if Dunhill can restamp the pipe and fit it with a proper bit? I can
include the original bit to verify the pipe's provenance as a Dunhill. I
know it can never be the same, but I would like it restored as well as may
be done. Thanks for any help,

			Tom R. Schultz, Research Assistant
                    301F Townsend Hall, University of Missouri

			"Sir Walter Raleigh, name of worth, how
                         Sweet for thee to know/ King James, who
                         Never smoked on earth, is smoking down below!"

[ I could recommend Jim Cooke for the repair. He specializes in
restorations of this kind.  He's listed in the Resource Guide.  Mark
Tinsky also does first-rate repair work, but I don't know whether he
has Dunhill stamps (care to comment, Mark?)  And I'm sure I've omitted
at least several other craftsmen who would be worth a try... -S. ]

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From: Justin Fullmer <????????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998 -Reply

Hello steve and fellow puffers,

I was thinking that a cd of pipes digest would be really cool.  It could have
all of the back issues, the resource guide, and lots of pictures of pipes etc. 
I would gladly spend the money to get one.  

Smoke in peace,


[ Steve Beaty had put together a PD CD; don't know its current status.
You can contact him at ???????????????? -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????? (Jacob Burks)
Subject: French pipes, tobacco and tobacconists

Dear Moderator,

I will be traveling to Paris and Nice, France in June, 1998.  I am
interested in visiting some quality tobacco shops to buy some pipe tobacco
and possibly pick-up a new pipe.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you,
Jacob Burks


Jacob Burks

from sunny Florida where the ole Gators play!

[ The Resource Guide lists nine Parisian shops; none in Nice. -S. ]

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From: Marcia or Darryll Barksdale <????????????????>
Subject: Tobacco suggestions

Dear Steve,
Enjoyed my first issue of Pipes Digest and gathered more than a few
helpful hints.  I am a born again pipe smoker attempting to get back
into the flow of things again.  I smoked a pipe off and on for 20 years
but now want to give up the cigarettes completely and concentrate on the
pleasures of my pipe.  Have collected several good pipes but I am
finding it difficult to locate a tobacco that has a pleasant aroma and
no bite for the once again neophyte.  Used to smoke a blend made by my
late friend, Mel Horton of Shreveport, but he has passed away and no one
knows the recipe.  Mr. Jensen of New Orleans had a good starter blend
but he has retired.  Tried several local blends but to no avail.  Can
you suggest a few starter blends for a reformed cigarette smoker and how
I can obtain them?  I am a busy ED doc and do not have time to go
searching outside my region.  Any assistance would be appreciated.
Again, thank you for my first copy of PD.
Dr. B
Ocean Springs, MS

[ Can anyone offer Dr. B. a sampler by mail? -S. ]

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From: Paul Corning <?????????????>
Subject: Pipe Friendly Magazine

Hi Steve,

Happy St. Patrick's Day!...You know, they say you aren't really drunk
if you can lay on the floor without holding on to anything!  Anyhow,
kudos on the excellent Digest.  If it hadn't been for this site, I
would never have heard of Pipe Friendly Magazine.  I definitely
recommend Joel's publication to all who are interested in our hobby.
For example, the February issue had a delightful article written by a
gentleman who has been smoking Charatans since the 60's, and had
stopped at the Charatan factory on each pass through London.  The
article was filled with things I never knew about the company or the
pipes, and I have been collecting Charatans for 20 years!  Each issue
seems to be filled with great stuff that you just don't usually see in
print.  So, thanks for the tip on Pipe Friendly Magazine, and keep up
the great work on the Digest!  Slainte!


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From: Tony Berke <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Possible addition to guide

 Hello Steve,
    Well, its taken the better part of 3 1/2 months, but I'm just about
finished 'catching up' on the backlog of PD's - just have two left. I kind
of hate finishing as I always had some to look forward to when time would
permit. Its been very enjoyable going through the history of the group.
You Steves certainly have done a wonderful job keeping this group together
and how its grown! Lets hope it has many more years of life to it. Well,
I'm not sure that the digest guide isn't bursting at the seams, but I came
across a really good resource for buffing wheels, waxes and abrasive buffs
along with humidor parts and plans for building a humidor, so I thought
I'd pass it along. Got this info from our esteemed scribe, Bill Unger;
        The Beall Tool Co.
	541 Swans Road NE
	Newark, OH 43055
	Mon. thru Fri. 9 A.M - 5 P.M. EST
     They have a nice catalog and their prices seem reasonable to me,
especially considering the difficulty in finding some of the items they
stock. Hope every thing is going well for you and the rest of our pipemates.
	Tony (NASPC)

[ Thanks, Tony!  I used to get Beall's catalog; they have some neat
gizmos for making wooden screw threads too. Anyone for a "nuts &
bolts" pipe? -S. ]

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From: ????????????????? (Mark R. Mahan)
Subject: posting from pipes page

  Just wanted to drop you a line, to thank you for doing an excellent
job with the Pipe Digest. I look forward to receiving it every
month. I also wanted to add a tobacco shop to your resource guide, if
I may.
  Yesteryear Tobacconists
  200 West Monroe
  Carbondale, IL  62901
  Bruce and Patti Perschbacher, owners

  Again thank you , and keep up the good work. 
                                                     Mark R. Mahan
[ Done! -S. ]

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From: tim and vera <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

[ Administrativa deleted. -S. ]

Hello to all

As a newcomer, I am still trying to make my way through all of the
back issues of Pipe Digest (a task that I am finding will take me more
time than I at first anticipated); I did want to make my introduction
to the group.

I have been smoking a pipe off and on for about 12 years or so (on for
the past 6 years).  I remember being fascinated by pipes even as a
small child (the old Sherlock Holmes movies helped to fuel this fire
[Basil Rathbone, of course]).  I started during my brief stint at the
Tinder Box in Independence, Missouri.  I wasn't terribly impressed at
the time, but rather enjoyed the Partagas Maduro cigars then.  It was
while my first wife was pregnant with my first daughter (who's now
five) that I decided that I should switch to a pipe; it smelled nicer
and looked a bit more 'fatherly' to me.  I haven't looked back since,
and my collection has grown from one bent 'La Rocca' to well over 50
pipes including meerschaums, water pipe, briars of all shapes and
sizes and prices.  A good word of advice to any and all newcomers to
the pipe smoking realm.  Take the plunge and invest in a good pipe.
It doesn't have to be a Dunhill (which are over- rated AND
over-priced).  Get a good Italian pipe or a good Danish pipe.
Savinelli pipes have never let me down.  I have several.  It's good
briar, requires little break-in, smokes cool, and they are pretty
damned classy if I may say so.  Another favorite of mine is Ser
Jacopo.  I bought my first one on my honeymoon with my present wife
when we were in Bolzano, Italy.  Incredible pipe.  I have to force
myself to NOT smoke the thing.  Filters?  Get rid of 'em.  You're not
supposed to inhale anyway, plus they just act as a good place for tar,
nicotine, moisture, all that icky stuff to collect and provide for a
sour smoke.  Same thing with the Falcon pipes (and I know I'll get
some crap for this one).  The aluminum gets hot as you smoke and when
that happens, moisture begins to accumulate.  Plus, what's the point
in an interchangeable bowl?  All these fancy schmancy things to help
give you a drier, cooler smoke are nothing but a way to make a fast
buck.  Just smoke slowly, learn to pack correctly and relax with it.
No need to hurry; good things come to those that wait.

Anyway, I'm a classical musician (piano) and my mainstay is performing
(although I'm having a hard time finding places to perform over here).
So far, I haven't been to impressed with the pipe shops here, mainly
in the attitude towards customer service.  For example, when I first
came here, being used to our American pipe shops, I was used to having
loads of jars lined up just waiting for people to sample a bowl of
tobak.  I walked into the 'largest' pipe shop in York (not New, but
Old) and was looking at several different types and decided that I
would sample one.  The following conversation took place:

Owner:  Excuse me?
Me:  Yes?
Owner:  What do you think you're doing?
Me:  Pardon?
Owner:  What are you doing?
Me:  Sampling this, what's it look like?
Owner:  Looks like stealing to me.
Me:  What??!!
Owner:  You've got to pay for that first.
Me:  You're $#!++1^& me.
Owner:  No, I'm not.  You can't just dip into the jar.

Well, I went on to a) apologize and b) to explain that in the states
this was a common practice.  He was dumbfounded.  Needless to say, I
don't buy my tobak from him, but have it sent over FROM the states.
Even with the postage, it's still a fourth cheaper (sent in small
enough amounts to keep the tax man at bay).  So, for all you Americans
out there, just in case you come over here and decide to check out a
tobak at one of the local shops, unless you want your tour to also
include the local jail, I would strongly urge you to purchase the
stuff FIRST, while informing the tobaccanist that 'our' way of doing
it is not only more friendly (as pipe people are), but it would also
help them to keep customers.

Anyway, anybody who goes to Little Rock should check out the Pipe and
Tobacco Shop on University Drive.  Ask for Greg McGee.  He is always
helpful and very informed.  He is the one that I bought most of my
pipes from for almost two years.  A quote from the back of one of
their business cards that I'm sure all will appreciate:

Bad men want their women to be like Cigarettes--Slender and trim, all
in a row to be selected at will, set aflame, and when the flame has
subsided, discarded, only to select another.

The fastidious man wants his women to be like a Cigar--they are more
expensive, they make a better appearance, they last longer, for after
all, if the brand is good, they are seldom discarded but used to the

The good man wants his woman to be like his pipe--Something he becomes
attached to, knocks gently but lovingly and takes good care of always.

A man will give you a cigarette, offer you a cigar, but NEVER shares
his pipe!

Anybody care to share three things with me.  1.  WHAT is the appeal of
these English tobaccos?  I like Latakia straight (odd, I know), but I
don't do that very often.  The English blends always smell and taste
like.....well.  I don't get it.  2.  What is the deal with Dunhill
pipes?  The 'museum' in London, for those who haven't visited it yet,
was a complete disappointment to me and my wife.  Plus the shapes are
boring and the pipes over-priced (in my opinion, if you're going to
spend a small fortune on a pipe, it had better look like you spent a
small fortune on a pipe).  3.  Whatever happened to the Almond Liquer
sold by the Tinder Box (NOT the Amaretto; it's not the same).  We used
to sell it when I worked in Kansas City, but then our store
discontinued it.  I checked out their web site, but couldn't find it
listed.  THAT was my holy grail, and they took it from me.

Thanks to all.  Anybody who is in the know of who's who and what's what in
music on this side of the pond, write me if you think you can help.  

Tim Weston

[ Er... even in the U.S., where it's common practice, I think it's
always more polite to ask before taking a sample. The Pipe and Tobacco
Shop has received several good notices in past issues of the
Digest. Thanks for the message, and welcome! -S. ]

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From: Ted Brower <??????????????????>
Subject: membership

hi steve got the "pipe digest" and read it (all 78 pages).  well it is
really nice to see some one supporting smoker rights for a change.  i
sent a request to someone about a mouth stem for a buever garantie 38
but can find no answer any where maybe you can help.  i have the above
named pipe i recently bought and haven't put it down except to clean.
the pipe has a cracked stem that i would like to replace.  if any one
out there has any information on where i can get the parts for this
pipe it would be greatly appreciated.   Oh yea how much and how do i
get membership in you great orginization?

Ted sends  :)

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

[ 78 pages?  Wow, I had no idea! I usually just edit it in Emacs and
very seldom see hard copies. -S. ]

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From: rdbobel <???????????????????>
Subject: Subscription to the Pipes Digest

	I must confess, much of what I read on Mark Lathem's page is
dead-on. I came to pipe smoking from cigars, and [possible flame
deleted. -S.]  Nearly all of my professors smoke pipes (they are all
philosophers, as am I), and there is not one bad apple in the bunch.
Thank you.

					Ryan Bobel

[We like to think so too.  Although there was Josef Stalin... Thanks! -S. ] 

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

Three questions:
CHARRING LIGHT: If you get your bowl going on the first match, is it
OK to keep on smoking, skipping the charring light stage? 
PUTTING OFF CLEANINGS: I have a large number of pipes, smoke
infrequently, so each of my pipes goes a long time between smokes. Is
it OK not to clean them at once, if there is a long rest between
CHAR MARKS: Are charred marks on the bowl rim to be avoided, as a sign
of poor smoking technic? 

[ 1: I do it if the top is properly lit, but that doesn't happen every
time. 2: Generally yes, but it might be a good idea to run a cleaner
up the stem to absorb the pipe juice while it's still liquid rather
than letting it harden. 3: As a rule, yes, though getting some char on
the rim seems to be pretty much a fact of life. -S. ]

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From: Don Lehto <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998

The digest is great!  I'm trying to switch to a pipe
from smoking cigarettes and am wondering how successful
people have been at doing this.  I find that I am in the
habit of inhaling occassionally.  Is it possible to 
break the nicotine habit but still enjoy a pipe each day?


[ Having never been a habitual cigarette smoker, I can't answer. -S. ]

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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: FINE OLDE BRIARS Web Site

Hi Steve,

Well, Steve & I finally got it together (thanks to webmaster Jim Murray 
and image wizard Herb Leber) and have the FINE OLDE BRIARS web site up 
and running!!

We would greatly appreciate it if you would let your readers know that 
this new online source for estate and unsmoked pipes can be accessed at


Readers of the most recent issue of "Pipes & Tobaccos" will want to check 
out our nice selection of Connoisseurs.  We also have a number of 
UNSMOKED Clarence Mickels pieces and Randy's Wiley's "Captain Earle's" 
line.  These in addition to a wide selection of estate Dunhills, 
Charatans, Caminettos, Savinellis, etc., etc., etc.  

Now that you know where we (virtually) are, don't be a stranger!


Rob Denholtz

Our web site is now up and running.  Have a look at

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

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From: ??????????????????? (Maury M. Breecher)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hi all.  My problem is I bite through any pipe bit, vulcanite, lucite
etc.  Petersen type "miliary" bits with single hole on top last
longest. I've used the rubber "pacifiers" and they shred. I used to
have access to a fine old pipe repair craftsman who would manufacture
(not from the blanks but from the rod) lucite pipe stems with
ultra-thick bits.  Anyone out there like that? Other solutions? Can
Petersen pipe bitsbe ordered anywhere?  Thanks for the info. Maury
M. Breecher, Northport, AL

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

Does anyone know if and where one can get Esoterica Tobbaciana blends
in England, or better yet, in London?  Thanks a lot and keep up the
great work.  Larry

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From: "Graeme T. Steel" <?????????????????>
Subject: Tobacco Problem

Dear Steve,

An addition to my last submission to the next Digest.

I live in Indonesia and until recently I smoked the locally produced
"Amphora" tobacco made here under licence to Douwe Egberts of Holland.
Now, however, it has stopped being made and I am desperate! I live in a
land of tobacco and I can buy several varieties of tobacco in dried
bales of sun-cured and flue-cured tobaccos, very cheaply. But I don't
know how to process them into something palatable for the pipe. Can any
readers assist with advice on processing the tobacco into something
smokable? Many thanks. Graeme <?????????????????>

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From: ??????????????? (Stefano Toria)
Subject: Fungal Growths

"Graeme T. Steel" <?????????????????> wrote:

>I have found that decanting it into a glass fruit bottling jar (or
>"Mason Jar" for Americans) with a sponge stuck into the lid (avoiding
>contact with the tobacco) soaked in rum (the cheapest you can find) 
>the tobacco moist, does not encourage fungal growths (as do fruit or
>vegetable slices)

My way of keeping moist my tobacco is to put it in a glass jar with a
cork stopper, staple a piece of sponge cloth to the inside of the
stopper, and dampen the cloth every now and then.

I have two sets of such jars, one at the ground floor and one in the
basement. The one at the ground floor works perfectly. In the
basement, which is damper by itself, the tobacco has developed a thin
layer of mould.

Should I dump the whole lot, can I smoke it the way it is, or is there
a way to cure it?

[ Dump the lot. Once it gets moldy, it can't be saved. Sorry... -S. ]

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From: Tobi Payenberg <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Stummel

>From: ???????????????????

>>Steve, I would appreciate very much if you can send me a graphic of the 
>>pipes's parts or segments with the technical names

>[ I don't have a scan on hand; perhaps someone else there does?  If
>not, remind me in a couple of days and I'll scan something in. -S. ]

OoOPS has a very good page on the anatomy of a pipe at:

Happy puffing,

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                                       Brisbane Q4001, Australia
alternative email: ?????????????????????

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

Hello fellow pipers....I would first like to compliment this
information exchange medium....Well Done.  I have been a pipe smoker
for 15 years now, and I never tire of searching for pipes and pipe
related toys.  To my surprise I was presented with two Savinelli
Pipes, the first, a Savinelli #316, and second a Savinelli #804
Alligator.  Both are brand new, with outstanding craftmanship.  They
are both still unsmoked, as I am trying to find out how much these
pipes sell for.  Is there anyone who has this information.  If so
please let me know. My pipe collection consists of Yes, my first
Dr. Grabows, several GBD's, Several Petersons, a few Big Bens, the
Savinellis now, two Dunhills, and a dozen or so miscellaneous brands.
And of course the old reliable corncobs.  I generally smoke Mac Baren
Black Ambrosia, a very mild Aromatic tobacco.  Thank you, and I look
forward to hearing from the membership.

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


I'm just a beginning pipe smoker.  Got into cigars after my son was
born and my wife has been encouraging me towards something that smells
a little better.  I have really appreciated the basic how-to's listed
here at the Pipe's page and other links.  However, I have one problem.
I never seem to be able to finish all the tobacco in my pipe.
Invariably, I have a nice smoke going for 10- 15 min (I think it's
that long but I pretty much lose track of time while enjoying my pipe)
and then the pipe goes out.  When I tap out the ashes, the bottom
third of the pipe is always obviously unsmoked.  I would enjoy a
longer smoke.  The two options seem to be buy a larger pipe or learn
how to smoke the bowl all the way.  Pennypinching Scotsman that I am,
the second is my preference.

Thanks in advance for your advice,


[ Try tamping, shaking out the loose ash, then relighting. -S. ]

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From: Bill Maas (????????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page


After thirty years of smoking "correct" tobaccos--complex English blends; 
or pressed slabs of Middle-Belt Virginia, Xanthi, Djebel and, of course,
Perique; (hold all additives!)--I have mutinied.  My smoking room no longer
has the lusty, pungent aroma of an English men's club.  No, now it smells 
more like a...pastry shop.
I've gone aromatic!  (At least some of the time.)

My wife even complimented me on the new "bouquet."  But I did not make this
change for the benefit of others; I did it for me.  I just don't have what 
it takes to continue being a full-time tobacco connoisseur.
Latakia?  I recall the time, in my salad days, when I marched into a 
tobacconist and told him, "I wanna smoke just straight Latakia."  He rolled
his eyes.  Now...the legendary black weed from Northern Syria doesn't 
always move me.  And those luscious matured Virginias? why, some of them 
can lash my tongue like a sting-ray.

The trick is to find a quality aromatic (an oxymoron to some of you, I 
know), a blend that doesn't turn sour or rank half-way through, also one 
that contains good tobacco and smokes dry.  The tobacco reviews on Kevin 
Cook's great website helped steer me in the right direction.  He recommends
several such blends:  Georgetown Tobacco's "Night Owl; Quintessence #1; and
St. Germain Mixture No. 7.  I have tried the Night Owl and I like it! Plan
to sample more.  Thanks Kevin: (if you're reading this, I got some Condor.
Wow!  What a powerhouse.  Jury's not in, but I think I like it.)  

It could be the aging process--mine, not the tobaccos'.   Long ago, a 
dedicated pipeman, Ken, at Drucquer's Tobacco in Berkeley, told me his 
theory:  As men get older, their tastes grow sweeter.  They start enjoying
things like sherry and port and sweeter tobaccos, Cavendish etc.  Said he
had seen it time after time in long-term customers.

I am not giving up on the "right stuff," just lightening up.

Peace, love, and understanding  (Isn't that from an Elvis Costello song?)
Bill Maas 

[What's so funny about that? :-) -S. ]

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

I am interested in buying a corn cob pipe from the Missouri Meershaum Pipe
company that provided pipes to Gen Macarthur.  Does anyone know how I can
get in touch with this company?  They have a freehand model I am
interested in


Mike Vance

[ From the Guide: Missouri Meerschaum Company, P.O. Box 226,
Washington, MO 63090. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (Michael Stanley)
Subject: A&M Gazette and tobacco talk.

Hello Steve and group;
As I sit smoking a pipeful of Levin Sophisticate(I can because I ordered a
a handful of tins from Bob Hamlin to replentish my short supply)I was
wondering what is going to become of Neil Murray's A&M Gazette.personally
speaking,I enjoyed the heck out of it.I especially enjoyed the pipe related
fiction,wonderful writing IMHO.I don't know how many of this group
subscribed to A&M but I know Neil is on this list himself.If more
subscriptions are needed to continue that fine literary work,I would
encourage those of this group who don't suscribe aready to enquire about
doing just that.I don't have Neil's e-mail adress handy but I'm sure its in
the guide for this group.
    Speaking of fine tobcco as I was,I'm also sampling a tin I picked up at
the last NASPC swap(formerly The Ohio Pipe Collectors)I'm speaking about
the limited edition  blend done by McClelland for the event. A medium body
english called "Two Rivers".I would be curious to hear any comments on this
blend anyone may have.As for me,I really prefer a good, stoved Virginia or
a Virginia and Perique mixture or if I'm going to enjoy latakia,I lean
toward "Bombay Court" or Butera's "Blended Flake"(that is,of course,unless
someone wants to part with some Craven's "A"(Arcadia).This "Two Rivers"
seems to me anyway,to be too young yet.I'm going to keep the remaining tins
I have for afew more years and see if the flavors mellow and "marry" a bit.
     Anyway,I'm just worried that the hobby is going to lose a fine
publication if The A&M Gazette is gone.Hope it aint so.
                 Mike Stanley

[ Don't know what's up, but Neil's usually very busy with professional
activities, and may not have had time to put out a new A&M recently.
Neil, care to comment? -S. ]

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From: "McNeill, Thomas" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Bishop Greveling

Steve and fellow pipe smokers:

I was wondering if anyone has heard any news as to the health of Bishop
Jeron Greveling.  I haven't seen any posts from him since he recieved
the "Bishop" pipe a few months ago.  The last I had heard, his health
was failing after his stroke.  I was wondering if he was still with us.

tom mcneill
st. jude's childrens research hospital

[ Following your letter, I contacted Jeroen.  He's very ill, but is
still able to write. I've taken the liberty of including part of his
letter below for the benefit of other members. Please read. -S. ]

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From: Jeroen Greveling <?????????????????????????>
Subject: greetings

Dear Steve

[ Personal info deleted. -S. ]

I am so glad with the Digest every fourtnight, it is great tor read.
In the Netherlands we have a foundation which take care of the smokers 
and they hav asked me to become a member of the board so we can in 
public take care p.e. A doctor had refused to treat a patient who 
smokes, with the help of the foundation. the doctor gets a warning. The 
URL is: http://www.rokerbelangen.nl

Till so far if you don't mind,

Please let me know if you can read some Dutch I will sent more messages 
to you.

Please remember me in your prayers,



[ I will, Jeroen, and I hope other members will also.  I'm sorry that
I cannot read Dutch, but I hope that some other members who can will
contact you.

Thanks for the info on rokerbelangen; it's now in the Resource Guide.
The behavior of the doctor(s) in question is also the subject of the
Quote of the Week.  -S. ]

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Quote of the Week:

  "I will follow that methods of treatment which, according to my
  ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and
  abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. [...] With
  purity and with holyness I will pass my life and practice my
  art. [...] Into whatever houses I enter I will go into them for the
  benefit of the sick..."

					- The Hippocratic Oath

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998
  2. Subject: posting from pipes page
  3. Subject: Pipe convention
  4. Subject: New Address for Pipe Digest
  5. Subject: New URL from Barcelona
  6. Subject: [Fwd: Bjarne Pipe Dinner in San Francisco]
  7. Subject: Sad news
  8. Subject: Malthouse Tobacco
  9. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998
  10. Subject: Re: Pipe
  11. Subject: Barling
  12. Subject: identify pipe
  13. Subject: Digest - Preben Holmes
  14. Subject: posting from pipes page
  15. Subject: posting from pipes page
  16. Subject: posting from pipes page
  17. Subject: Smoking in Florida
  18. Subject: black cavendish
  19. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998
  20. Subject: A member's name--same as mine!
  21. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998
  22. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  23. Subject: posting from pipes page
  24. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998
  25. Subject: Pipes Digest Resource Guide changes
  26. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998
  27. Subject: Ladies & Gentlemen
  28. Subject: Re: linkage
  29. Subject: Another Tokyo Pipe Smoker
  30. Subject: Dunhill in bulk quantities
  31. Subject: Repair help sought
  32. Subject: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998 -Reply
  33. Subject: French pipes, tobacco and tobacconists
  34. Subject: Tobacco suggestions
  35. Subject: Pipe Friendly Magazine
  36. Subject: Possible addition to guide
  37. Subject: posting from pipes page
  38. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  39. Subject: membership
  40. Subject: Subscription to the Pipes Digest
  41. Subject: posting from pipes page
  42. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #249 -- March 9, 1998
  43. Subject: FINE OLDE BRIARS Web Site
  44. Subject: posting from pipes page
  45. Subject: posting from pipes page
  46. Subject: Tobacco Problem
  47. Subject: Fungal Growths
  48. Subject: Re: Stummel
  49. Subject: posting from pipes page
  50. Subject: posting from pipes page
  51. Subject: posting from pipes page
  52. Subject: posting from pipes page
  53. Subject: A&M Gazette and tobacco talk.
  54. Subject: Bishop Greveling
  55. Subject: greetings
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