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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #251 -- May 2, 1998

		   Pipes Digest #251 -- May 2, 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: 3382

Welcome to new members:

	Ric Farrah
	Amadeus De Koning
	Joshua Zumsteg
	Court Enay
	David H. Dotter
	Scott Wilson
	Davis Houdek
	R. Andrew Landrum
	Bj Cavill
	Rodney Mitchell
	John Sandin
	David Bartell
	Gordon Burgess-Parker
	Hubert Henneberger
	Michael O'Steen
	Scott Weatherhogge
	Paul Temple
	Richard Walz
	Jack Gillespie
	Naoaki Naka
	Chris Hodapp
	Gautam J. Khanna
	Jerry Kaplan

[ADMIN] There have been some technical problems with the Digest email
and web page over the last week or two, but Vince Callaway, the
Digest's benefactor at Washington Internet Services, has been
intercepting and dealing with them assiduously.  We now believe that
the technical stuff is stable enough to risk doing a mailing.  Maybe
the gigantic Savinelli that I just received from the RCMP (Royal
Canadian Mavens of Pipes) will help. Keep your fingers crossed and
your matches dry... ~\U S.

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Steve Beaty <????????????????????>
Subject: what's new...

Steve and all,

	well, Vince has moved us to a new web server, and with only a very few
hiccups, we're back better than ever.  i put a new search engine up that i
think will help everyone looking for information form the digests.  i've
also had the CD-ROM ready to go for awhile; i'm waiting for the ISBN number
now.  it seems everything does not move at the speed of light :-)  i'll
announce when people can get one...

	the semester is ending for me in a couple of weeks and i'll
have a chance to do some of the little tasks that i've had to ignore
for awhile.  i'm also looking for some work for the summer, so if
anyone needs some work done in the web, compiler/architecture, or
networking areas, give me a holler.


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

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From: "Dick Alexander" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998

Dear Steve 

Received #250 as usual all activity stopped until I had read each
entry.  I really appreciate all your hard work in getting this
information out to us.  After 15 years of trying to get someone to
start a pipe club in Arkansas, I finally decided to give it a try and
the Northeast Arkansas Pipe Puffers was launched with 2 members.  Now
two months later we have 5 members, have sent our application for
membership in the International, announced the first sanctioned PIPE
SMOKING CONTEST in the State of Arkansas.  Tobacco Plus, a new tobacco
store in Hardy, Arkansas has agreed to sponsor our club with a place
to meet, free coffee, and all the sample tobacco we care to smoke.  We
will hold our Pipe Smoking contest at 10:00a.m. on June 13th, 1998 at
the Tobacco Plus store in Hardy...We invite all pipe smokers to come
join us....first prize a Dunhill pipe.  Any suggestions on getting our
club moving will be appreciated.  I still have the belt buckle pipe
that was being sought a few P.D's back and also 4 or 5 thePipe for
sale.  Dick Alexander/////870-856-4100

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From: "bill unger" <???????????????????>
Subject: North American Society of Pipe Collectors

Steve, having just enjoyed another fine issue of the Digest, I 
realized it's time to send you another NASPC update.  First, exciting 
news about the newsletter.  The first issue of 1998 has been 
published, and we've taken a giant step forward by going to 
professional printing and layout.  The newsetter is 16 pages long, 
printed on 11 1/2 by 17 paper--a nice shade of non-glare yellow--with 
enough writing to take one through a good-sized bowl and a couple of 
hours of a pleasant evening.  Highlights include the ever-popular 
"Have Pipes, Will Travel" column by Steve Richey, reports from our 
Malaysian and Japanese correspondent/members, "The Origin of 
Pipe-Weed" as discovered in The Lord of the Rings by our president, 
John Tolle, two "Ask Mr. Pipe Answer Man" (aka Mark Tinsky) entries, 
"The Adventure of the Burl, Part One" by Canadian member Mike 
Glukler, and my ninth "Profile of American Pipe Makers," this one a 
4-pager, with picutres, profiling Ed Jurkiewicz of Milwaukee, who 
stamps his pipes E. Andrew.
	I'm really proud of our revamped newsletter and would like everyone 
to see a copy, after which I'm sure most everyone will consider that 
the $12 annual NASPC dues (pro-rated by the month for new members) 
is a great bargain.  However, I am going to have to change my policy 
of sending out free comp copies.  If even one-third of the Digest 
subscription list asked for one, I would be spending $550 on pastage. 
So I'll have to ask anyone who wants a copy to send $1 (cash or check 
made out to NASPC) to NASPC, Box 9642, Columbus OH 43209-9642.  It's 
worth it, believe me.  We currently stand at 300 members and would of 
course like to sign up a lot more.
	Now the swap/sell pipe show, which has become a major event in the 
last few years.  Scheduled for Aug. 29 in Columbus this year, it has 
room for 83 tables, of which 45 are already spoken for.  These 
include a wide mix of shops, pipe makers, various kinds of dealers, 
and lots of just plain folks with estate pipes and related items for 
sale and trade.  Mel Feldman of The Smoker in Albany NY, who perhaps 
has the largest inventory of estate pipes in the country, has taken 7 
tables.  Pipe makers Paul Bonaquisti, Sam Leanred, Steve and Roswitha 
Anderson, Tim West, Steve Weiner and Jim Seman have all taken tables. 
 We expect a sell out and another resoundingly successful event.  
Anyone wishing to receive a show flyer or a table rent form should 
send their request to me at ???????????????
	One other note.  This year, thanks to the efforts of John Tolle and 
David Field, we commissioned a club pipe--an Ashton Pebble Grain LX 
straight apple.  We sold 27 of the pipes, and the club purchased one 
more for inclusion in our $1 a ticket raffle at the show.  When the 
pipes arrived, we were greatly pleased by their quality.  In 
addition, in an act of outstanding generosity, Bill Taylor had 
included as a gift to the club the same pipe, minus the NASPC stamp, 
in a Sovereign, Ashton's highest smooth grade.  This is a truly fine 
pipe, and all who have seen it have lusted for it.  We have decided 
that the only fair thing to do is to give it to a member.  So, at 
3:00 PM on show day, we will draw from a bag containing the names of 
all NASPC members at that point and award the pipe to the lucky 
winner, who need not be present to win.
Bill Unger,
Secretary, North American Society of Pipe Collectors

If you have one pipe, you're a pipe smoker.  If you have two pipes,
you're a collector.

[Be glad to send in my dues, Bill, but how do I make out a $1 bill to
NASPC? :-) -S. ]

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: More tobacco news from the Wall Street Journal


Once again, the Wall Street Journal had a major league piece of
tobacco news: In the April 8 edition, there was an article in section
B.  Sara Lee, the baker, is going to unload Douwe Egberts (Amphora,
Drum, and other loose tobaccos) to Imperial Tobacco PLC.

The reason as stated in the article: Even though tobacco is very
profitable to Sara Lee, albeit invisible to its stockholders, it is
politically incorrect to hold on to tobacco manufacturing operations
these days.  The article even pointed out that the tobacco operations
of Sara Lee contributed more to the bottom line than the baking

Things get curiouser and curiouser, John

[Perhaps Sara Lee should have read the following... And what's
Congress gonna do about fatty pastries, anyway? :-/  -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????? (Stephen P. Smith)
Subject: [Fwd: Need info on smoking studies]

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

Thus spake Gary Saenz <???????????????????????????????>:

>My wife is concerned with my pipe smoking because of all the hype that
>she hears in the media. Can anyone give me some web addresses to some
>studies concerning second hand smoke? I remember someone talking about a
>study that just came out that nobody in the media will quote because it
>doesn't support their agenda.


This obnoxiously long URL will get you there.  I suggest you copy it
and paste it to your web browser.

Steve Smith

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-A portrait of the pipe smoker as a young man-

"taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the 
long cherry-wood pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was 
in a disputatious rather than a meditative mood" -- Dr. John H. Watson

[ I took the liberty of copying the article in its entirity, because
of its importance to the hobby and because of the possibility that it
might disappear before this issue came out. See below. I don't believe
any further comment is necessary. -S. ]

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From: "Electronic Telegraph", http://www.telegraph.co.uk, issue 1017, 
	8 March 1998.
Subject: Passive smoking doesn't cause cancer - official

	   Passive smoking doesn't cause cancer - official
	     By Victoria Macdonald, Health Correspondent

THE world's leading health organisation has withheld from publication
a study which shows that not only might there be no link between
passive smoking and lung cancer but that it could even have a
protective effect.

The astounding results are set to throw wide open the debate on
passive smoking health risks. The World Health Organisation, which
commissioned the 12-centre, seven-country European study has failed to
make the findings public, and has instead produced only a summary of
the results in an internal report.

Despite repeated approaches, nobody at the WHO headquarters in Geneva
would comment on the findings last week. At its International Agency
for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, which coordinated the study, a
spokesman would say only that the full report had been submitted to a
science journal and no publication date had been set.

The findings are certain to be an embarrassment to the WHO, which has
spent years and vast sums on anti-smoking and anti-tobacco
campaigns. The study is one of the largest ever to look at the link
between passive smoking - or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) - and
lung cancer, and had been eagerly awaited by medical experts and
campaigning groups.

Yet the scientists have found that there was no statistical evidence
that passive smoking caused lung cancer. The research compared 650
lung cancer patients with 1,542 healthy people. It looked at people
who were married to smokers, worked with smokers, both worked and were
married to smokers, and those who grew up with smokers.

The results are consistent with their being no additional risk for a
person living or working with a smoker and could be consistent with
passive smoke having a protective effect against lung cancer. The
summary, seen by The Telegraph, also states: "There was no association
between lung cancer risk and ETS exposure during childhood."

A spokesman for Action on Smoking and Health said the findings "seem
rather surprising given the evidence from other major reviews on the
subject which have shown a clear association between passive smoking
and a number of diseases." Roy Castle, the jazz musician and
television presenter who died from lung cancer in 1994, claimed that
he contracted the disease from years of inhaling smoke while
performing in pubs and clubs.

A report published in the British Medical Journal last October was
hailed by the anti-tobacco lobby as definitive proof when it claimed
that non-smokers living with smokers had a 25 per cent risk of
developing lung cancer. But yesterday, Dr Chris Proctor, head of
science for BAT Industries, the tobacco group, said the findings had
to be taken seriously. "If this study cannot find any statistically
valid risk you have to ask if there can be any risk at all.

"It confirms what we and many other scientists have long believed,
that while smoking in public may be annoying to some non-smokers, the
science does not show that being around a smoker is a lung-cancer
risk." The WHO study results come at a time when the British
Government has made clear its intention to crack down on smoking in
thousands of public places, including bars and restaurants.

The Government's own Scientific Committee on Smoking and Health is
also expected to report shortly - possibly in time for this
Wednesday's National No Smoking day - on the hazards of passive

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From: Mummert Werner Civ 786CES/CEU <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: used pipes

Dear Steve,

one of my friends plans to sell his multi thousand mark value pipe
collection. He owns many dunhills and other classical shaped pipes, most
from Germany, Denmark and England. 

Can you give me an idea what a typical buyer of used pipes expect?
Certainly all pipes are in a very good shape, but especially on the
mouthpiece you see that the pipe was smoked. Do you recommend to have
the mouthpieces replaced prior offering, or is it acceptbable if the
mouthpiece is 100% clean and new polished (with some little dentsfrom
the owners teeth). Also can you give me a shotgun estimate what to ask
for used pipes?

Thanks, Werner 

[That's an interesting question, and I'll defer to some of the dealers
on the list. Would it be better to replace an original stem, or leave
it the way it is? -S. ]

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From: Dave Sweet (????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Greetings all...Steve...

Ive been smoling pipe for about 3 years now, and my roomate says she
enjoys the aroma (aromatics), and even takes an occasional "puff".
She said she might like to join me sometime.  Does anyone out there
know of a good source of a line of "lady's" pipes?


Dave Sweet

[You lucky dawg... :-) "Ladies'" pipes have been introduced
periodically, but I don't know of anyone who's making them now.  Many
have had too-small bowls and lacquered finishes, leading to inferior
performance.  She'd be best off if she selected a pipe with moderate
bowl size and light weight; a trip to the tobacconist might be in
order. Best luck! -S. ]

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

  Just thought I'd share with you a couple of tips I picked up along
the way.  I had a "decent" Grabow that I liked to smoke because of
it's small size.  I could put it in my pocket with no problem.  The
only thing is that the stem got very loose from the shank and I
thought I was going to have to "junk" it.  I also had a corncob that
the stem was so tight, I thought I'd break it removing it from the
shank.  Well, I was told by someone that a loose stem could be fixed
by applying nail polish to it.  It worked!  It is now as tight as when
I bought it!  Also, I was told to rub a pencil over the stem (where it
fits into the shank) on the too tight cob.  That worked also!  The cob
stem is just right,now.
    Just thought I'd pass this along to someone else who might have
the same problems I did.

[Of course, don't put the pipe back together while the nail polish is
wet, or you'll never get it apart!  -S. ]

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From: "Thomas L. Foxall" <??????????????????>
Subject: Escudo


	I just finished reading the lastes PD and enjoyed it as always.  One
writer, Michael Addiego, wrote about Escudo but seems misinformed.  The
Escudo blend is back but it is no longer manufactured by Cope of
Ireland; it is manufactured by A&C Peterson of Denmark.  Peterson bought
the formula and the machinery to make this fine tobacco and it is sold
in a tin that is almost identical to the original Cope's Escudo.  I
purchased some by mail from a shop in England and it is an excellent
tobacco.  I don't know when it will be available (if ever) in America
but it is now available from Europe and I suggest that all those who
liked it, or who like a Virginia and Perique blend, give it a try.

Tom Foxall

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From: "Terry McCammon, PE" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998


Thank you for your sterling efforts on this newsgroup.  As all know Escudo
has not been manufactured for some time.  I have tried several of the
suggested replacements and they don't cut it.  I smoked Escudo for 20 years
and more and I am at a real loss.  I am considering approaching the
manufacturer, who is still in business with other blends, to see what the
minimum order would be for a run of Escudo.

Is any one interested?  I am collecting Escudo replacements in the hope of
finding something decent.  Please advise.

Terry McCammon, PE

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From: Brad Krones <??????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998

I have just checked out the web site 
http://www.tlcshop.com/pipe.htm#HouseBlend that was recommended in the last 
issue as a good place for bulk tobacco.  Marsh was right; they have a nice 
selection.  I do not know, however, if their server is secure for credit 
card orders?
Brad Krones

[Unless your browser indicates that you have entered a secure
document, the server is not secure. -S. ]

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From: "marcus matzick" <??????????????>
Subject: Erinmore Tobacco

I bought a pouch of Erimmore Mixture pipe tobacco, this tobacco does taste
good and I have been told it smells good as well, but I have one problem
with it.  It wont stay lit even while puffing it goes out!  What would cause
this?  I usually smoke Sail Black Cavendish  and don't have this problem,
plus here in Canada Erinmore costs about 3$ more a pouch, please help.  I am
including a picture of the pouch just so you know what tobacco I am
referring to .
Thank you and hope to here from you, Marcus
And thats the bottom line

[Are you smoking the flake type? If so, have you rubbed it out
thoroughly? -S. ] 

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From: Dan Wheeler - The American Legion <???????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998

In response to Tim Westin:  I've never had a Dunhill that didn't smoke 
exceptionally well after a couple of bowls of tobacco or less being 
fired up in it.  As to looking like it cost $500-$1,000, the understated 
elegance of a Dunhill says just that to everyone who knows pipes and 
tobaccos.  I find the traditional shapes to be much more utilitarian and 
handsome over the long haul -- just a personal opinion.  The pipes I 
turn to most often are the billiards, bents and apples.  Although I have 
one beautiful old Dunhill churchwarden which smokes so deliciously that 
I am often tempted to smoke it away from home.  While it is true that 
the Castellos, Upshalls, Caminettos, Savinellis, and most Danish pipes 
are a fine smoke -- and certainly more ostentacious than a classic 
Dunhill -- the Dunhills are still a sure bet, and they are classics.
As to the appeal of English tobaccos, I think it is a matter of taste 
and a matter of burning qualities.  Over time, the English seems to 
consistently remain satisfying without over-caking or souring one's 
pipe.  Sure, few other than cigar or fellow whiffers ever compliment you 
on the aroma, but the aroma is exquisite.  Over time, I would rather my 
den smell like "Nightcap" than "Cherry Blend."
Pipesmokers do disagree on blends (that's why there are thousands of 
them!), and we do disagree on pipe brands (and there are at least 100s 
of them), but we all agree that pipe smoking is a pasttime unequalled by 
any other.

In response to Paul Coran re large selection of pipe mixtures: try 
DANPIPE (listed in resource guide, I think).  It is a German firm in 
Hamburg with a large selection of various tobaccos, most of which I 
haven't tried (I like Dunhill "Nightcap").  I asked for its catalog and 
received one within two weeks -- big, 4-color job and another of cigars. 
 I placed an order with DANPIPE via email/internet, using credit card 
(about 178DM =3D $100) and received order within five days.  Might help. 
 By the way, he has Presb. Mixture.

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From: Dennis Finn <??????????????????>
Subject: Antique pipe collecting

            I am a pipe enthusiast with a specific interest in antique
smoking pipes. I have a collection that includes mostly European porcealin,
and German regimental pipes (circa 1850-1890). Can you help identify others
with similar interests? Also, I am interested in conventions, literature,
etc. Many thanks!

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From: "Roland Lovatt" <???????????????????????>
Subject: The Sweetening

Dear Steve,

Sorry to hear that the pressures of work are going to reduce the 
output of Pipes Digest - its great!

Although I read with concern the pipe-related damage allegedly caused 
by the pipe sweetening treatment, in the latest issue, I have found 
it to be of immense value on a number of occasions. I must admit that 
I have only dared use it in extreme circumstances, however...

A few years ago (1993) I bought a grand little pipe from a tobacconist in 
Hanley, England. At the time I was living at my parents - on holiday 
from University - and was forced to smoke outside (even though my 
dad is allowed to smoke roll-ups in the kitchen). Anyway, after 
leaving my new pipe on the side (in my bedroom) for a couple of days, 
I returned to find it full of a mysterious liquid. The liquid turned 
out to be 'Old Spice' after-shave. The pipe had been sabotaged!

My step-mother had poured a load of after-shave into the pipe, 
argueing that even in its 'unlit' state it was creating an 
objectionable smell. -God preserve us from ex-smokers (she used to smoke 

Despite all my best efforts, up until a few months ago, the pipe was 
useless. It tasted so bad when smoked that I was considering throwing it 
away. The after-shave had soaked thoroughly into the briar. However, 
following my discovery and subsequent use of the pipe-sweetening 
treatment, the pipe is once again a superb smoke. 

I am not sure how you get hold of totally pure alcohol in England 
(probably at a chemist), but I have found that Meths works just as well.

Thanks for the great service that 'Pipes Digest' provides.

Roland Lovatt

[Aftershave? BLEECH! 

Actually, the pressures of work reduced the PD output about five years
ago. I'm still holding at about one issue every three weeks, more or
less. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????? (John Giunta)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998

Dear Steve and interested others,
Congratulations on the publishing of the 250th issue of Pipes Digest. 
It is a service of inestimable value to us who love the lore of the pipe
and cigar.
Congratulations, also, on finishing grad school.  That is a triumph that
no one can dispute.  I finished my own Master of Arts in classical
guitar performance at the age of 47.  I don't know if I could have
finished it without 1) regular meditation, 2) the loving support of my
dear wife, Emily, and 3) an occasional bowlful of tobacco (blends with
both Latikia and Perique preferred).

When I finished my last academic course within the program, I bought
myself a very nice Preben Holm freeform briar in Washington, DC.

To anyone who is on the arduous road toward academic completion, I would
suggest that you always make a little time for yourself to reassess your
well-being--physically, mentally spiritually--and indulge your little
pleasures, not the least of which is a good, unrushed smoke.

Best to all,
John P. Giunta

[Indeed. For my M.S., I commissioned a large egg-shaped bent from Tim
West. For my Ph.D., I bought a Peterson Baskerville. Both are still in
regular use. Any further purchases will have to be done without a
corresponding degree. :-) -S. ]

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From: [Name Deleted by S.B.]
Subject: Urgent help !  My pipe is blocked !!

Dear Sir,

Thank you so much for the help & interest that the Pipes Digest has been 
thus far! Having smoked a pipe for only 3 years, and that from a totally 
non-smoking background, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading & learning. I 
wonder whether you could help me with a pressing question ?

 Among the several pipes that I have, I have the joy of owning 3 
Peterson pipes that smoke wonderfully well. However, one of them - 
probably my favourite of all - is causing me a problem. It is a squat 
Peterson's "Dublin", with "Highlander" etched just below the nickel 
band, and the reference G4 included. A heavy & substantial  pipe with a 
beautiful shine ! However, due to the fact that the Peterson has a 
graduated bore, and this particular pipe has it set at what to me at 
least is an odd angle, I find that I simply cannot clean it properly. 
Pipe cleaners don't get anywhere near it, and the airway is blocked, 
making it unsmokable. Help !!  How can I put it back into use as quickly 
as possible ?


[Name Deleted by S.B.]

[I replied in private email, but it's also worthwhile replying here

Find and buy a "Kleen Reem", which is the best heavy-duty reamer I've
ever come across.  It includes a long drill in the handle which is
useful for clearing seriously stubborn smoke holes, plus an expanding
steel-edged reamer that will remove overbuilt cake quickly and neatly.
Well worth the US$35 investment.

Have a look at http://www.portofcallcigars.com/accesories.htm under
"Pipe Accessories". In the bottom frame, item A "Senior Pipe Reamer"
is a Kleen Ream.  They must have changed the name. I don't know of any
other source.

A good pocket pipe tool would also be worth having, to prevent the
same thing from happening again. -S. ]

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From: BSilver658 <??????????????????>
Subject: nj pipers

Does anybody have any suggestions on where a Union County, NJ piper can go to
enjoy the atmosphere and company of others of the same ilk?  Any helpful
suggestions can be sent to me at:  ??????????????????      

Thanks, in advance.


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From: "Craig C. Tarler" <???????????>
Subject: [Fwd: C&D URL CHANGE]

To all who may be interested:

I have changed the url of my page to that in my signature. The page will
still be available through www.pipes.org, but they have been having some
computer problems and changing the page has been difficult. An updated
page is available at the new url.



<HREF = Http://www.hci.net/~cnd> "Cornell & Diehl" tobaccos
Last update: April 5, 1998

[Thanks for the update, Craig! -S.]

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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: dunhill  stamps

Sorry no stamps, exspecailly with out authorization from Dunhill. MT

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

[Thanks for the clarification. I overheard someone talking at a NYPC
show several years ago about having stamps, but I can't remember who
it was or whether it was the Dunhill stamp. -S.]

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From: "Lawrence Feng" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Greetings and others

Dear Steve and others,
Thank you for the digest. I have been receiving this since #238. It's 
really good. I learned a lot from you, and it's really help me improving 
the enjoyment of pipes smoking.
I quit the cigarette and start this hobby 6 years ago, but in our 
area--Taipei, Taiwan, there is a few shop could really understand pipes 
and tobacco. I learn all my knowledge through the internet, and it's 
really good.
I am a big fan of the Savinelli pipes, I own over 80 of them, new and 
estate, and 16 Autograph.
I really appreciated if anyone could share with me the knowledge of this 
brand, any information is welcome.
I saw a lot of article in the digest discussing the storage of the 
tobacco, I really don't know if I am lucky or not , living in this area 
with the humidity of 70 degrees or higher almost throughout the year, I 
own an electric humidor for storage of the pipes I own, but I don't 
really care about if my tobacco will become too dry, it will not.
And also, I would appreciate if anyone can tell me how to fix one of my 
loose stem. It's a BC, but with a metal tenon, so I can't use any of the 
suggested method I saw on the web.
Hope we will not waiting too long to receive the next digest.
Thanks and regards,
Lawrence Feng

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From: Jeroen Greveling <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Easter 1998

Dear Friends.

It is a very difficult Easter for me. We celebrate new life and in the
meantime I felt my health going down and become worser.

Tonight I hope D.V. to celebrate the Holy Liturgy of Easter-eve.
I hope to get new life so I cab really pray The Lord has risen!

Thanks for all your prayers and I wish you and you family a blessed Easter!

+hieronymus (jeroen) greveling, the Netherlands.

[Thank you, Jeroen, and we will continue to remember you when we talk
to the Person Upstairs. -S.]

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From: Apparanda Bopanna Apana <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998

Hello to all!
Does anybody have pipes from Astleys of Piccadilly? I would be greatful
for any info about how these pipes smoke as I am considering collecting
them. Thanks very much. Happy smoking.


A.B. Apana
Sherfield Hall
Northcourt Avenue
Reading RG2 7EY

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From: ?????????????? (John Sandin)
Subject: First posting

Hi Steve, 

This is my first posting, and I hope it isn't too long.  I am a computer
programmer, and have been smoking pipes very infrequently since age 17 (I am
now 40).  I Bought my first pipe, which says "Lafayette",made in France,
etc. from Fred Diebel's somewhere in the Kansas City metro area, and
although it's pretty ugly (laquered, fills, awkward shape and heavy weight)
it smokes fine these days. I started out with Borkum Riff and Amphora, then
began to buy Cavendish and Virginia tobaccos from the jars at Fred Diebel's,
and also a long clay pipe (broken within 2 years), but could never keep them
lighted. Even ran off the road into a ditch while out driving and smoking,
and miraculously survived. Found some old briar pipes abandoned in a
relative's garage (the smoker had died many years previously), but couldn't
keep those lit either.  Finally started rolling the tobacco in EZ-Widers,
tried to smoke that, then gave up in disgust.  Began smoking Kool Filters
(sorry to have to mention them) in 1978 at the University of Kansas, where I
was an art major, then graduated to Lucky Strike, Camel, Gauloises, Gitanes,
and Sherman's, and anything and everything else.  Took up cigars when I
spent a semester in graduate school in Tampa, FL, but also rolled my own
Prince Albert ciggies (as a child, I saw most of my uncles in the hills of
Eastern Kentucky do the same whenever our family drove from Kansas to
Kentucky to visit them).  Cigars tend to make my tongue sore, but I like
them, especially the one or two real Cubans I've had.  My favorite
easy-to-find (in 1982) cigar was Punch Largos Elegantes.  My tobacco pipes
went unused until I started smoking Prince Albert in them in '84, along with
tobacco taken from the butts of cigarettes (too lazy to buy a new pack).  

I stuck with cigarettes through thick and thin (usually a pack a week of
Marlboro or Winston, or Gauloises if I had had a windfall), quitting
occasionally, until two months ago, when my cigar-crazy brother-in-law came
to KC from Wichita and wanted to buy cigars and pipes, so I took him to
Diebel's on the Plaza (426 Ward Parkway, KC, MO), where he was pleased with
the selection of Meerschaums and "Irish Seconds" and bought one of each.
Got out the "Lafayette" and joined him.  I had bought 2 oz. of Dunhill 965
that day because I recognized an aroma (Latakia?) that I had noticed years
earlier in a bookstore.  I had asked everyone at the bookstore what it was,
and they said "some kind of tobacco", but a fellow in the walk-in humidor
that day at Diebels was emitting the same aroma from his pipe, and said it
was Dunhill 965.  I've been smoking pipes with great success since
discovering Pipes Digest, and have cut way back on cigarettes.  965 is my
favorite so far.   Also enjoy Nightcap. Recently tried Penzance (purchased
from Cigar & Tabac at 6898 W. 105th St., Overland Park, KS; great tobacco
selection), and it's really rich-tasting, a little mild but I'm starting to
really like it. I also smoke Royal Yacht when I want to really wake up.  It
seems to me that this blend has more nicotine than anything else I've tried,
except for straight Perique, which I can't handle for more than 10 minutes
and doesn't taste quite rich enough to me anyway.  I'm also trying Erinmore
Flake.  I guess I wanted something really fruity for a change, and it's not
as fruity as I expected. (Would anyone like to try it?  I have smoked only
two bowlfuls, and will trade the tin and tobacco for an equivalent quantity
of 965, Nightcap, Penzance, or whatever).

I recently tried straight Perique soaked in rum (in honor of Aleister
Crowley), and the hideous-tasting results made me gag, even though I like
the taste of Perique.  I soaked the Perique (from Cigar & Tabac) in Meyers's
Rum for two weeks, then drained it and let it dry to a smoking consistency,
but found that the rum had added no flavor whatsoever.  The tobacco also
seemed to have lost whatever richness it once had, leaving only a nasty,
stomach-churning smoke.  No, I didn't drink the rum afterwards.

My pipes are sort of cheap to mediocre:  The "Lafayette" pot ($15 new in
1975), a nice corncob ($4 at an antique mall, previously unsmoked), a GBD
"blank" Canadian ($35 new; not worth a damn; smokes hot), a "Rock-Root"
carved briar bent that's old and mutilated (free), and a "HIALEAH" "Algerian
Briar" billiard previously smoked maybe once, from an antique mall ($6), a
"Lloyds of London; made in London, England" barely-smoked sandblast billiard
from the same antique mall ($7).  I made a pipe rack from two scrap boards
and painted it grey. It works.

Can anybody tell me anything about either "Rock-Root" (the first word is
almost illegible) or "Lloyds of London", both of which seem to be pretty
good pipes?  Also, should I have just let the rum evaporate instead of
draining the tobacco?

Now hopefully I'll keep on smoking pipes, and I must thank you and your
members  for a great service.  


John Sandin

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From: "Bill HundleyIII" <???????????????????>
Subject: magazines

   I have been receiving The Pipe Digest for several months and enjoy it
tremendously for it's humor and info. Keep up the good work. I have another
question; I subscribe to "Pipes and Tobacco" which comes out quarterly.
This is an enjoyable magazine but every three months does not feed my need
for pipe and tobacco info. I also just became a member of the "Ephemeris"
but still the same problem. Is there a good publication, even quarterly,
that uses a different mailing quarter that does not coincide with the
others? I would like to get something every month or two.
   Thanks for any help you can be and thanks for the "Digest".

Bill Hundley  III

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From: buddy liverman <????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: subscription

thanks i apppreciate it what kind of pipe is your favorte and what 
kind of tobacco do you smoke have you ever tried mcclelland is it worth it 
do you recomend any good aromatics buddy 

[ Whichever one I'm smoking now; all varieties but I lean toward
C&D, MacBaren, McConnell, and Frog Morton; I can't remember trying
McClelland. -S. ]

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From: TOB308 <??????????????>
Subject: Looking For ?

Have been reading the digest for some time and  enormously enjoy it. Myself am
25 yr plus pipe smoker, and maybe cigars a little longer {way before they were
Now that I can afford within reason my pastimes, and only really filthy habit
next to old trucks and old Brit Motorcycles, I would like to fill a few holes
in my collection, about 250, all smokers, top shelf to the Irish Seconds that
were work pipes in the old days. I need a pointer on three things- Edmond
Pipes, { meershaum/marble, i beleive, not a bad smoke, good for tasing, like a
clay} out of Oregon? my adress is no good, are they vanished, and where did
maybe left over stock if any go? Looking for a few shapes. Second, Twice I've
had, and lost the second and gave away the first, a Butz-Choquin carved brier
skull. Love to find a new one. Last, also had and broke both Zenith semi bent,
Red Rangoon maybe was the model? . Any help from the group, would prefer new
but have no problem with estate, have quite a few in fact. Some day, mine will
probably be somebody else's estate pipe anyway!  Pardon spelling errors here
but kids and dog are having wrestling match right behind my head and it's
unnerving at best. Will take Labrador and pipe fpr walk in the dark to
conteplate the menaing of life. 

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From: "Dan Womack" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Tobacco Taste Test

Hi Steve,
I think I actually sent a message to the wrong Steve a few days ago. . .
Now I know I've got the the guy I talked with before.

As you may recall, I work for AllPoints Research, an independent marketing
research firm that occassionally does marketing research on tobacco

We are currently putting together a study that involves testing and
discussing some new pipe tobacco blends.  We will be going to four cities
and conducting small focus groups.  The cities are Philadelphia, Orlando,
San Diego and Milwaukee.  

We are still looking for people to participate in Philly, Orlando and San
Diego (Milwaukee is full).  We are, however, running out of time and need
to sign people up before the end of this week (5/1).  San Diego pipe
smokers can contact us as late as 5/6, but Philadelphia and Orlando will be
finished by then. 

Eligible participants will receive a sample product to test and will then
come to a two hour focus group to discuss the product, packaging, etc.  The
product is free and everyone who attends will receive $50.00 for their time
and opinions.  We do not sell or promote products.  This will strictly be
research meetings where opinions are sought.

Anyone interested can call our toll-free automated messaging system (24
hour service).  We will return calls and schedule those who are eligible
until we fill all our slots.  The number is 1-800-773-4871.  You can also
contact me via e-mail:  ??????????????????????????????  

Steve, if there is anything you can do to get this message in the hands of
the right people, I would appreciate it.  People generally have a great
time at these meetings and I don't think this will be an exception.

Dan Womack

I can also be reached directly at 1-800-535-3528 x1005.

[ I hope this isn't too late, Dan! -S. ]

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From: RSmith3131 <??????????????????>
Subject: Packar, Trento WBL

I recently came across a Packar 5" pipe with 1923 inlaid in silver on the
bowl, the band is also silver. There is a "U" between the 19 and the 23, It
has a case with the name Trento, Italian Briar on the inside. any information
would be greatly appreciated. ??????????????????

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From: Dan Wheeler - The American Legion <???????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998

I have two old pipes in cases.  Both are marked WDC.  One is an 
intricately carved meerschaum and is totally colored, although I suspect 
that it was made that way because of the evenness of the coloration.  It 
has an amber bit.  The other is briar with a silver cap around the rim 
of the bowl and silver between the shank and the bit.  Does anyone know 
anything about this company "WDC"?  -- Dan

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

My main smoke is something called Will Rogers Blend, but I can't seem
to find it around much lately. Does anyone know who make sit, where
its available and, while we're at it, what's in it? Thanks. rae

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					- Oscar Wilde
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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #251 -- May 2, 1998
  2. Subject: what's new...
  3. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998
  4. Subject: North American Society of Pipe Collectors
  5. Subject: More tobacco news from the Wall Street Journal
  6. Subject: [Fwd: Need info on smoking studies]
  7. Subject: Passive smoking doesn't cause cancer - official
  8. Subject: used pipes
  9. Subject: posting from pipes page
  10. Subject: posting from pipes page
  11. Subject: Escudo
  12. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998
  13. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998
  14. Subject: Erinmore Tobacco
  15. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998
  16. Subject: Antique pipe collecting
  17. Subject: The Sweetening
  18. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998
  19. Subject: Urgent help ! My pipe is blocked !!
  20. Subject: nj pipers
  21. Subject: [Fwd: C&D URL CHANGE]
  22. Subject: dunhill stamps
  23. Subject: Greetings and others
  24. Subject: Easter 1998
  25. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998
  26. Subject: First posting
  27. Subject: magazines
  28. Subject: Re: subscription
  29. Subject: Looking For ?
  30. Subject: Pipe Tobacco Taste Test
  31. Subject: Packar, Trento WBL
  32. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #250 -- April 5, 1998
  33. Subject: posting from pipes page
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