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Subject: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998

		  Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 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: 3498

Welcome to new members:

	Robert Capaccio
	Augusto Parascenzo
	Rich Calcaterra
	Dan Aleksandrowicz
	John Wilbur
	Alan Steenson
	Guido N. Vacano
	Joe N. Smith
	Marcel Torok
	Ray Chambers
	Dave Schubert
	Carlo Maria Binni
	Isaac Jaramillo
	R. Scott Trosper
	Rejean Arseneault
	Gunther Strieck
	Vladimir V. Chekmarev
	Robert Mestre
	Matthew Scheff
	Arthur L. Seegers
	John H. Ball, III
	Michael Shoaf
	Matthew Howard Bishop
	Charles Tsai
	Robert Sherburne
	Jason C. Helmick
	Amy Collazo
	Edwin Monney
	Richard Snooks
	Matthew Taylor
	Charles Johnston III
	Paul Silvestri
	Kirill Pataki
	Bill Newby
	William M. Hayworth
	Edwin R Luxenberg
	Phil Legault
	Richard Rachlin
	Dr Richard
	Jamie Lewis
	Kevin James Robertson
	John B. Mclaren
	Russel L. Mahon
	Daniel Schneider
	Daniel James Loyd
	Daniele Elia
	Michael E. Daniels
	David Pate
	Adrian D. Pantoja
	Adam L. Pringle
	Beverley Eyre
	Stephen M. H. Lawrence
	Kenneth W. Hoffmann
	Jim Rutledge
	Sam Handlang
	Tom Dailey
	Harry Massey
	Nelson A. Ossorio
	Nassos Dimitrelis
	Andrej L Mirsky
	William & Dana Blair
	Steve Jenkins
	Greg Deiss
	Richard R. Bunbury
	Robert M. Flemen Jr.
	Robert A. Lewis
	Craig Jordan
	Artie Owens
	Michael Akerman
	H. R. Crampton
	Richard Crisafulli
	Glenn Kerfoot
	James Swafford
	Robbie Mungo
	Mark Flowers
	Hor-Soon Foo
	Mark Friedman
	Eric Sanford
	Marshall Campbell
	Walther Adler
	Scotty Fitzgerald
	Jim Hruby
	Jay Harp
	Jerry L. Handkins
	Bob Mcallister
	Jesus Fdez Lanzos
	John Alexander
	Dmitry Zworykin
	Shawn Vlad
	Robert H. Ruggley
	Houston Smith
	Carl W. Midkiff
	Thom Mcdonald
	Richard Hughes
	Jack Atwell
	Mana Guha
	John D. Schatzberg
	Gerald M Kimmel
	Spiros Prepis
	Joshua Patterson
	Graham Wright
	A. Clement
	Furlong Luis
	Thomas Weller
	Gregoire Mercier
	Jim Dix
	Jim Varnon
	Doug Patterson
	James I. Coder II
	Josh Johnston
	Darrel Cohen
	William Briggs
	Ralf Zeigermann
	Harlan Woodring
	Scott Curtis
	Kirby J. Pringle
	Rob Van Wees
	Cezary Krysiak
	Gerwin Pol
	Lloyd Heeger
	Edward A. Morgan
	Jim Petta
	Gerald W Froehlich
	Mike Ahmadi

It's a warm summer night here. The sun is just down, the screen door
to my home office is open, and I've just lit a straight sandblast GBD
full of a C&D aromatic.  The silence of the evening is only broken by
the whir of the fan -- and the snarl of the neighbor's bug zapper --
and the fire siren -- oh, well, I guess it isn't very quiet yet. But
sit with us, by the glow of the screen (in lieu of a campfire) as we
light up and tell tall tales of tobacciana...

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: "Douglas A. Pitts" <GTE/??????????????>
Subject: Pipe club in Fresno, Calif.


I just wanted to let you know that there is a new pipe club that has 
started in Fresno, Calif.  The name of the pipe club is "Hardwick's Pipe 
Club".  We meet on the third Sunday of each month at 6:00 p.m.  We also 
have a mailing once a month, for paid members (the dues are $15.00 per 
calander year).  We will be having some of the pipe and tobacco reps. 
coming to our meetings.

We currently have 90 names on our list with 25 paid members (we started 
the club in March 1998).  Paid members are given a 5% discount on pipes, 
pipe items and tinned tobaccos at Hardwick's Briar Shoppe, Manchester 
Center, Fresno, CA (209) 228-1389.

If anyone is interested in the club, please call Hardwick's Briar Shoppe 
or come by and let us know.  If not in the area feel free to e-mail me at 

I would also like more information on other pipe clubs.

Thanks for Pipes Digest,

Douglas A. Pitts

[ As always, thanks for the club info! -S. ]

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From: "Dick Alexander" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #252 -- June 2, 1998

Dear Steve:     Just received #252....thanks again!!!     Would like to
suggest a new
tobacco store and Pipe Smokers Club for adding to your resource list:
             Northeast Arkansas Pipe Puffers
             Rt. 2 Box 297-C
             Hardy, Ar. 72542
The club meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the
store in Hardy, Ar.     Tobacco-Plus
                                Highland Square Shopping Center
                                 Rt. 2  Box 166-11
                                Hardy, Ar. 72542
                                 Ph. 870-856-4433
                                James Morris, Owner

Mr. Morris has been instrumental in starting the club.   Not only has he
provided the group
a place to meet, but he has helped to defray the expenses of advertising,
fees, and is backing the Pipe Club in conducting the first IAPSC sanctioned
PIPE SMOKING CONTEST  June 13th at 10:00 am            Dick   

[Later... -S. ]

Steve, just a brief report on the Northeast Arkansas Pipe
Puffers.....we now have 12 members, held our first Pipe Smoking
Contest , our winner was Frank Lashway with a record of 59 min and 42
sec.  The Contest was held at the Tobacco Plus store in Hardy,
Arkansas.  We meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00a.m at
Tobacco Plus......We invite any and all Pipe Smokers to come join us.
Dick Does anyone know of a pipe maker named Tracy Mincer from
Indianapolis, In.  Or Claude L. Stuart........would like to have a
Mincer pipe!

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From: Sam Barnett <????????????????????>
Subject: The next N.Y. Pipe Show

Hi Steve:

Thanks for the latest PD which I enjoyed reading, as I always do.

I have been unable to access your pipes web page for more than a
month. I keep getting a page that says " It Worked" and content can
now be added. If you have a new address I'd like to know what it is.

The last show we put on was the best one ever. Attendence was triple
any previous show. I believe that this was in a large prt due to
getting the shows details available to the electronic pipe community,
so it is most upsetting that I cannot reach your web page.

The next show is scheduled to be held on Sept. 12, 1998
at the Newark Airport Ramada Hotel as usual. We are having much more
commercial exhibitor interest than in the past. CAO meerschaum and
Lane Ltd. are among those who have expressed a desire to have tables
at the Sept. show. I think it might be the best and most diverse we
have ever put on.

I hope that this message is an acceptable method of communicating with
you and tht news of our show can be include in the next digest and on
your events calander. 

Thanks fo everything,
Sam Barnett

[ Sure thing, Sam!  Sorry about the trouble you've been having with
the web page; I can't explain it. The page has been working finr for
me. -S. ]

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From: "bill unger" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Digest Submission

	Steve, a little update on the North American Society of Pipe 
Collectors and our Aug. 29 show.  NASPC now stands at 384 members and 
growing.  I expect to reach 400 soon.  I recently published a 
full-sized bonus issue of the newsletter, which means there will be 
at least 5 issues this year.  Dues remain pro-rated at $1 a month for 
new members, but anyone joining for the regular $12 rate receives all 
issues.  I'm amassing a tremendous amount of good and interesting 
copy for upcoming issues.  Anyone who is skeptical can still send me 
$1 for a comp copy to peruse.
	Our show is sold out at 84 tables, and we're looking forward to a 
seriously great time.  We've achieved a great mix of U.S. pipe 
makers, distributors, shops, and just plain folks with lots of estate 
pipes available.  Admission is free, of course, and it looks like 
we're going to have an impressive array of pipe-related product to 
give away in our raffle, including a large number of high-quality 
pipes.  And of course we'll be holding the member-only drawing for 
the Ashton Sovreign during the show.  It's a don't-miss for anyone 
who can possibly make it.
	Anyone who needs information about the club or the show can contact 
me at ?????????????? or 614-252-2904.  Happy smoking and collecting.
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. 

[ NASPC is getting positively _huge_, Bill! -S. ]

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From: "Graeme T. Steel" <?????????????????>
Subject: For Next Pipes Digest

Dear Steve, Great to receive the new Pipes Digest. Lots of things of
interest. Living in Indonesia as I do, pipe smokers will know the recent
problems we have had here, so it is a sign of some improvement that we are
able to hold a long postponed meeting of the Surabaya Pipe Club - the first
since the fall of President Soeharto. I hope my adopted country can now get
back to normal! David R. Lundgren asks about the make of his meerschaum
pipe. I think he is referring to a "Kiko" pipe made in Tanganika (now
Tanzania) which has an elephant or rhinoceros motif. I have one and it
smokes well. They were quite well-known in England in the early 1980s and
distributed there, but I don't know if they are still made. I very much
enjoyed John Ridgway's quotation of Victor Cesarini's autobiography. It
reminded me of how civilized London was in those days - even in my more
recent memory: smoking sections on the upper level of London buses and half
of every cinema auditorium dedicated to smokers. I never go to the cinema
now because it's too long to sit without smoking my pipe - and modern films
are rubbish anyway - all special effects, method acting and no story. For
those who can absorb even more pipe discussion than Pipes Digest, A.S.P. and
the Pipes Web Page can offer, I'd recommend Ron's Pipe and Pouch
Co-Operative which has a digest too,  which anyone can subscribe to. I find
it a very good adjunct to what else is available. Inquire to ??????????????
The subject of health and pipe smoking always comes up at least once in
every Pipes Digest, but I don't mind at all. I would rather be well-informed
than ignorant. A source of pictorial information on cancer risks can be had
at http://iumeded.med.iupui.edu/tobacco/leuko.htm  It seems from what
reading I have done that we are most at risk from oral cancers, but even
then one has to be very unlucky to succumb. I occasionally check out this
site and compare the pics to my mouth to  make sure I have nothing quite
like it. Warning: the pics are rather graphic if you are squeamish. I
recently e-mailed the Savinelli pipe site to ask if they could identify a
Savinelli pipe I was given some years ago. How reassuring it is to  get a
big company taking the trouble to reply in detail to my inquiry, and what's
more, for Mr Servile himself to reply in person. What a friendly fraternity
we belong to! Best Wishes, Graeme ?????????????????

[Many thanks for the note, and for the additional Net resources,
Graeme! -S.]

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

Are there any pipe-smoking Orthodontists or braces-wearing pipe
smokers out there? I have been told I will be starting at least three
years of Braces wearing in the fall, and want to know how this will
affect my Pipe smoking (my Ortho says minimally; I'm not so sure!)
Please e-mail with any info. Thanks!

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

dear Steve

Thanks for getting PD, it is a light in all darkness of this moment. I
must have a morphine pump in my backbone I hope that I can go to the
hospital next week because the quality of life is not so good.  Please
rember me


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From: Jeroen Greveling <?????????????????????????>
Subject: helaas weer thuis         back home again

Lieve vrienden,

Een tegenvaller, helaas geen operatie vandaag. De bedoelde pomp bleek
niet eenhandig te bedienen vanwege veiligheidsmechanismen.  Er moey nu
gewacht worden op een ander systeem en met de vakantie van de arts
erbij gaan er 5 weken overheen alvorens ik geholpen kan worden, de
datom is nu 28 juli a.s. om 13.30u

Het heeft me meer aangegrepen dan ik gedacht heb.  mocht ik deze
komende week een afspraak met U hebben dan wil ik die bij deze
annuleren.  Als de emoties wat gezakt zijn neem ik opnieuw contact op.

+jeroen (hieronymus)greveling


Dear Friends,

I am bak home again. There is a problem with that pump, I cannot
handle it with one hand, because of security-systems.  Now I must wait
for another system 2 weeks and together with the doctor's holliday the
plan is the 28th of July at 13.30u

I was not easy to make that discision.

+hieronymus (jeroen)greveling

[We are thinking of you, Jeroen, and hope that it goes better for you
on the 28th and improves the quality of your life.  Please write
anytime. -S.]

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From: ??????????????????????????????
Subject: Recent Newsletter...

     Steve -
     First of all, let me congratulate you on the success and quality of 
     this forum. Each issue is informative, entertaining and enjoyable. 
     In reading this last issue, however, I found one comment of yours that 
     disturbed me :
     [Apparently, nope -- but you can take a personal stand. Just refuse to 
     ever voluntarily support any organization which persecutes you. There 
     are plenty of worthwhile charities that haven't appointed themselves 
     our moral guardians. -S.]
     This was in response to a reader who had brought up the topic of the 
     American Cancer Society stating that they are against cigar smoking 
     and his pondering as to when/how they were going to come out against 
     Let me preface my response by saying that I am a moderate-frequency 
     cigar smoker and a on-again/off-again pipe smoker. I enjoy both, in 
     moderation. Also, I am in no way affiliated with the American Cancer 
     Society (or any charity organization for that matter).
     I am not sure that I agree with your stance on the American Cancer 
     Society "persecuting" us, as moderate smokers. Smoking, in general, is 
     not good for the human body. I think you agree with me on that point. 
     We are adults who know the risks and make our informed choices.
     Cancer is the epidemic of the 20th century, I have more than one 
     relative and friend who has succumbed to the effects of this deadly 
     disease. Personally, I appreciate all that the American Cancer Society 
     has done for society in terms of awareness (especially with kids), 
     cancer research and advancement of treatments. 
     You need to keep in mind that the American Cancer Society does more 
     than campaign for people to stop smoking, they help people with all 
     types of cancer (many of who have never smoked *anything* in their 
     The "big picture" is that the American Cancer Society does more than 
     push for people to stop smoking, I don't think it's fair to make a 
     statement like yours that paints with such a broad brush.
     Just my $.02...
     Scott Gergen

[ It can reasonably be argued that the ETS flap was an organized
attempt to demonize smokers, and that ACS was a very active
participant.  Regardless of the good they have undoubtedly done, the
ACS has no business in acting as an accessory to organized
persecution. -S. ]

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From: Frank Hoffman <????????????????????>
Subject: request for help and information

Dear Steve, 

Can you? Will you? please help me?  I'm finally gambitted: I'd like to try
the alcohol cleaning method on my pipes.  The last article in one of the
pipe magazines finally convinced me.  

The idea of putting salt and alcohol in a pipe, letting it stand for four
or five days, and ending up with a clean pipe appeals to me.  I can easily
see myself cleaning a dozen pipes at a time.  

Now, my problem: do you know where I can get grain alcohol in San Diego or
in California?  You mentioned "Everclear" in something I read on the web;
can you tell me how to obtain it?  

I appreciate your work with the "Pipe Digest;" I am one of your lurkers, at
least until now.  

Thanks for you help, and for the web-zine.  

Best regards,  

Frank Hoffman

[ Robert Allen reported in PD #249 that Everclear was available in
California, but only in a lower proof number than the usual 198. The
full strength isn't available yet.  If you can get some Bacardi 151
rum, it might be a reasonable substitute. -S. ]

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From: Amadeus de Koning <?????????????????>
Subject: Pipecleaning Treatment Caution

Hello all,

I am eightteen, dutch, and have smoked a pipe for only two months. I
started pipesmoking because it is different. I dislike cigarettes
especially because most people smoke them as an addiction. They have no
pleasing aroma at all. I appreciate cigars, though a lot are too strong for
my taste. In my opinion, the current 'cigar-trend' is causing a lot of good
cigars to be merely burned up as part of the fashion-hype. The people that
smoke them often don't really appreciate them. They pretend however, to be
very knowledgeable about the in's and out's of the fine tobacco industry.
This especially showed once when at a party there were reconstituted
(paper) cigars going round and someone in all seriousness and pompous
intelligence asked 'Is that a cuban?'.

In the pipe-groups and in pipe-postings, however, I have seen that
pipesmokers are a thoughtful bunch, and not much given to boasting about
their great knowledge of the subject. I have found pipesmoking to be much
harder than smoking cigars, but in the end, it is much more rewarding. When
viewing the page of 'Famous Pipesmokers' one can't help but feel a little
proud of the tradition and heritage a pipesmoker supports.

My other interests are philosophy, computers, thinking and reading. I study
information science. My goal at the moment is to become a thoughtful and
balanced, though not boring person.    

Just a note about 'The Professors Pipe Cleaning Treatment'. 

I live in Thailand and it is hard to acquire good fine tobacco and smoking
equipment here. It seems a lot of the pipes here have NYLON stems. Please
remember to remove the nylon stem before treatment and don't let it come
into contact with the alcohol. My stem turned all brittle and when I tried
to gently remove the stem from the shank after the treatment, it broke. Now
I'm saving for a new pipe, sniff. :-(

Does anyone have good experiences with certain tobacconist mail-order
companies that they could tell me about? Also any information about
different blends of tobacco would be appreciated, especially accurate
descriptions of their tastes. 

Does anyone have a certain type of pipe that they would recommend for a
beginner like me? Anything to watch for when buying?

Amadeus de Koning

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From: Me <????????????????????????????>
Subject: quick question

to whomever,
I recently became a pipe smoker and have a question about meerschaum pipes.
 I have read that you should clean wood pipes with grain alcohol, my
question is:  Is it okay to clean meerschaum pipes with grain alcohol also?
 What are some helpful hints and tricks when it comes to maintaining your
meerschaum?  Thanks so much for your help on my question!!!
					Chad King			

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Sweetening a calabash?

Dear Steve,
Thanks from a new subscriber for a great newsletter.  I finally got the
archive file uncompressed, and have been greatly enjoying going through the
back issues.  As an ex-resident of Champaign, IL, I was pleased to see several
honorable mentions of Jon's Pipe Shop on Green St.  They were (are) always
pleasant to deal with.  Their Sable aromatic mixture is a favorite of mine.

My question - How does one sweeten a calabash?  The one I have starts out
nicely, but tends to develop a nasty taste as it gets warm.  As an experiment,
I tried gently to remove the bowl insert.  To my surprise it came off rather
easily, exposing a fine accumulation of gunk inside the gourd.  (To my relief,
the bowl also snaps back in place easily, with a reassuring click.)  I presume
it is this gunk which is imparting its own flavor to the smoke as it warms up.
How can I get rid of it?  Would the salt/alcohol treatment to the gourd be
beneficial?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Another question - Is Sail tobak still available in the U.S.?  One used to see
it in grocery/drug stores everywhere.  I cut my pipe-teeth on Sail Yellow
Label, and would like to see if it's as nice as I remember.

Thanks again for a great Digest.

Lou Miller

[ Don't use the salt-alcohol treatment on the calabsh, Lou; it'll
destroy the gourd.  Instead, I'd probably try to get as much of the
gunk out by hand, with a small spoon or similar tool. Anyone know some
good calabash cleaning techniques? -S. ]

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From: "Tim" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Cleaning a "Blocked Bore"

Bill Taylor mentioned using a wire coat hanger that had been clipped off
using cutters. It may be easier to use an aircraft drill bit. They are
available in many different sizes. With care, almost any length stem could
be reamed out using a 12" bit.  I would think a #30 bit (slightly larger
than 1/8") would do the trick.


[ Where do you get aircraft drill bits?  (I know, in an aircraft...) -S. ]

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

Dear Steve, 

In my last posting, I was too hard on a certain tobacco and a certain pipe.
The tobacco is Erinmore Flake, which has really grown on me (so I take back
my offer to trade the tin).  The pipe is my GBD "blank" second Canadian,
which has also grown on me, and only smokes hot in a brisk Kansas wind (duh).

My wife and I just returned from a trip to the UK, where I did a little
rooting around for tobacco.  First, I found Condor and fell in love with it.
It's available at many tobacco counters in the UK.  Tobacco is expensive
over there, cigarettes particularly ($6.00 US per pack).  Condor averaged
about $4.25 US for a half-size pouch.  I found a regular-sized pouch of
Balkan Sobranie (the black-and white package) at a tobacconist in Chester,
just north of Wales, for about $8.85 US.  Balkan Sobranie seems to be
scarcer than Condor.  Really good stuff.  Later, I saw both of these
tobaccos for considerably less (if purchased in 10-pack bundles) at the
Gatwick Airport duty-free shopping area.  

In London, I went to Dunhill's on Duke St. near Piccadilly Circus, shopping
list in hand, thanks to some blessed soul who reviewed a bunch of their
London store's tobaccos in Pipes Digest.  There is a floor of men's
clothing, a floor containing a Dunhill's museum, and a floor with all their
tobacco products.  There are a lot of jars containing unblended tobaccos
like Perique, Virginia, etc.  Their blends are for sale in 50 gram tins,
which are stored in drawers underneath heavy-duty steel-lidded compartments
containing the blends in bags for inspection, sniffing, etc.  I sniffed a
bunch of them, and Apertif won the sniff test.  I wasn't disappointed when I
smoked it two days later.  It seems to have all the qualities I like about
965, taken to a more intense level.  I also got a tin of Mixture #36609.
It's just a dark, thick cut tobacco, no Latakia, with a plain, rich flavor
and no controversial room odor.  I smoke it in my office at work, where its
nice aroma seems to offend nobody. These two tins of tobacco cost me about
$14.50 US apiece.  Oh well.  Dunhill's has a rather intimidating atmosphere;
you feel like you're buying jewelry, and your purchase is handed to you in a
black bag with a drawstring.  There is also a small but cushy smoking lounge
with nice big leather chairs next to a walk-in humidor, which I didn't enter.

There is a big ledger book in Dunhill's containing customers' blends.  You
are supposed to ask for assistance if you want to look through it.  I
couldn't decipher the formulas (if that's what they were).  Several Royal
Family members are in the book.  I thought Aleister Crowley might also be in
there, because 
he used to live a couple of blocks away, but I forgot to ask. The museum was
a sort of a disappointment.  Lots of pipes for sale upstairs, way beyond my

Keep up the good work.


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From: "Manuel Mapa" <????????????????????>
Subject: (No Subject)

Hi there!

I need some help.  Where I live you can hardly find good tobacco, so I
have to rely on ordering from outside of my country.  Would you know a
web site from where I can securely order on-line and that ships

I looked at pipes.org but had difficulty finding one.  Would you have
any recommendation?


[ Unfortunately, I can't recommend a specific web site, because that
would be unfair to all the good dealers whom I didn't recommend. I'd
suggest trying a small order from a secure site.  Or perhaps members
could write in with their own favorites. -S. ]

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From: "Craig C. Tarler" <???????????>
Subject: C&D NOTICE: Murphy Took Over During Our Vacation

To all who may have emailed us between June 26 and July 6:

My ISP (who has been really good to date) failed to RTFB and assured me
he could send an automatic answer to all email saying that I would
respond upon my return from vacation. The automatic answer went out, but
it also erased the email!!!

My apologies to all who may think they have orders in the house. They
ain't here!! Please email me again or call me at 800 433 0080 and we'll
get the ball rolling.

This is such a mess that it may have been Murphy's boss, that 
[Expletive deleted. -S.], who did the dirty deed.



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

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From: ??????????????? (Tim Johnson)
Subject: Tobacco by the Bushel

Hello Steve and all my pipe brothers (and sisters). May your smoke be
cool and your pipe dry. I would like to buy about a bushel (not
rhetorical) of budget pipe tobacco of low bite and high vanilla. Does
anyone out there know where I could make such a purchase. Tobacco in my
state, Washington, is taxed higher than up. This is a retail

The Universe is an Observer Managed Concept. How's your conceptual
management today?.............8=FE Tim

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

I'm looking for corn cob pipes at discount prices for bulk sale.  If
anyone could help Ide appreciate it. 

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From: Nobody <??????????????????????>
Subject: posting from pipes page

Dear Steve, 
	I really look forward to the Pipe Digest every month.  I have
learned much from you and all the people who contribute to it.   
	Now I would like to let everyone know that Central Florida has
its own small but growing pipe club (CFPC  in the Orlando metro area).
We meet at a local shop called "The Tobacco Merchant" the last
Thursday of every month.  If any are interested in attending, drop me
a line and I'll fill you in on the particulars.    
	Gene Higgins, the owner of the shop, is a pleasure to talk to
and due business with.  Since he has received his Beer and Wine
license I can now smoke my pipe there and have a something delicious
to drink at the same time too.  Please enter his shop in the resource

		The Tobacco Merchant
		1877 W. State Road 434
		Longwood, Fl  32750
		Phone (407) 767-0050

	I would also like to voice my recommendation regarding Stephen
Bray's clay pipes from "Olde World Clay Pipes".  I have bought two
from him so far.  One for my brother and one for me.  They were both
perfect and they smoked wonderfully right from the start.  Stephen is
a true craftsman and he is a pleasure to talk too and do business
	Once again, thank you for the Pipe Digest.  Take care and
smoke in peace. 

Don Hockman Jr.

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From: Don Dolfi <??????????????>
Subject: Pipe Bits

Gentlemen, I enjoyed reviewing your site...nice job.  I have a problem
perhaps someone can give me a direction.  I have many Dr. Grabow pipes
(what can I say), but most of the bits are chewed through.  Do you know
where I can get bits?

Also, one of my favorites is called "the pipe", made with a carbon bowl,
that too has no bit...problem with that one is, it's a screw in standard
filter bit, instead of the push in type of my Grabows....I'll really be
impressed if someone can lead me to a bit for this pipe.

Thanks for your consideration.  Don Dolfi

[Have a look in the Resource Guide under "Repairs and Custom Carving."
There are several pipesmiths there who could probably help you with
the stem replacements. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????? (Matthew W. Sidner)
Subject: A few questions

Fellow Pipe Smokers/Lovers,

I have been a subscriber to the Pipe Digest for some short time now, and up
until now have had little or no time to post. Anyway, I am a 20yr old pipe
smoker (only been smoking pipes for 2 years now), and have taken a great
interest in all of the valuable information provided by the Pipe Digest and
WWW.PIPES.ORG! I have a meerschaum (sp?) that was my very first pipe. Not too
long ago, during the heat spell here in Ohio, the stem bent. Well, being the
"I can fix it" that I am, tried to rebend the stem (it was still hot). During
my abuse, the lucite stem split along the right side in the bend. It is a truly
cheap pipe, but it is my very first, and I occasionally find the time to smoke
it. Does anyone know of a repair person who could fix something like this,
without breaking the bank?

Ok, on to more about me. My current tobacco blend is Black Captain
(BCA), yea, from reading this digest I know that I've just become a
target, and my current mainstay of pipes is Peterson. I do own one
Dunhill, which is a very good pipe, but wouldn't buy another if my
life depended on it. The remainder of my collection are a few
Savinelli's and an Ardor. Fortunately, my wife has no problems with my
pipe smoking. Prior to meeting her I was almost always a cigarette
man, but then started smoking the pipe more often. After some time,
probably a month or so, we both found a blend that both of us could
stand.  We got married two months ago (April 24) and she got me two
pipes for our wedding (we decided to exchange vows and gifts :) )! She
got me an Aldo Velani Trio and a Dunhill Grp 4 Shell. The Aldo Velani
(and also my Peterson evening pipe) are in our wedding photos on my
website. (www.geocities.com/paris/rue/8291) If any of you would care
to stop in and take a look, please sign our guestbook and wish us the
best in marraige. Please keep the guestbook enties clean, she would be
awful upset with me (not to mention I told her what a good group of
people pipe smokers are). And by the way, does anyone know of a
Saseini web site?

Thanks for all the assistance,
Matthew W. Sidner

[I'll have a look at the site when I bring PPP up again. Best of luck
in your new life, Matthew; sounds like you both chose well! :-) -S. ] 

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From: "Antoine de Carne" <???????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #252 -- June 2, 1998

To : Dave Lundgren
This pipe with the little white Rhino is a Kiko, I have a couple  of them,
meerschaum lined and they are not bad and were reasonably priced. Now I do
not know if they are still manufactured as mine are ten to twelve years old.
They are (or were) made in Tanzania.
Hope to have been of some help
Antoine de Carne

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From: "Graeme T. Steel" <?????????????????>
Subject: For Next Pipes Digest

Dear Steve, Great to receive the new Pipes Digest. Lots of things of
interest. Living in Indonesia as I do, pipe smokers will know the recent
problems we have had here, so it is a sign of some improvement that we are
able to hold a long postponed meeting of the Surabaya Pipe Club - the first
since the fall of President Soeharto. I hope my adopted country can now get
back to normal! David R. Lundgren asks about the make of his meerschaum
pipe. I think he is referring to a "Kiko" pipe made in Tanganika (now
Tanzania) which has an elephant or rhinoceros motif. I have one and it
smokes well. They were quite well-known in England in the early 1980s and
distributed there, but I don't know if they are still made. I very much
enjoyed John Ridgway's quotation of Victor Cesarini's autobiography. It
reminded me of how civilized London was in those days - even in my more
recent memory: smoking sections on the upper level of London buses and half
of every cinema auditorium dedicated to smokers. I never go to the cinema
now because it's too long to sit without smoking my pipe - and modern films
are rubbish anyway - all special effects, method acting and no story. For
those who can absorb even more pipe discussion than Pipes Digest, A.S.P. and
the Pipes Web Page can offer, I'd recommend Ron's Pipe and Pouch
Co-Operative which has a digest too,  which anyone can subscribe to. I find
it a very good adjunct to what else is available. Inquire to ??????????????
The subject of health and pipe smoking always comes up at least once in
every Pipes Digest, but I don't mind at all. I would rather be well-informed
than ignorant. A source of pictorial information on cancer risks can be had
at http://iumeded.med.iupui.edu/tobacco/leuko.htm  It seems from what
reading I have done that we are most at risk from oral cancers, but even
then one has to be very unlucky to succumb. I occasionally check out this
site and compare the pics to my mouth to  make sure I have nothing quite
like it. Warning: the pics are rather graphic if you are squeamish. I
recently e-mailed the Savinelli pipe site to ask if they could identify a
Savinelli pipe I was given some years ago. How reassuring it is to  get a
big company taking the trouble to reply in detail to my inquiry, and what's
more, for Mr Servile himself to reply in person. What a friendly fraternity
we belong to! Best Wishes, Graeme ?????????????????

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From: Dr Georg Retzlaff <?????????????????????>
Subject: Tanzanian Pipes

Dear David,
 I read your Pipe Digest remarks with great interest. My wife and I
lived and worked in Tanzania from 1987-91 (Daressalaam). TANganyika
merged with ZANzibar after independence from Britain to form Tanzania
(uneasy relationship to this day).
I bought many Tanzanian pipes while there. Tanzania is, next to Turkey,
the only place where Meerschaum has been discovered. A German company
was exploiting the mineral near Mt. Kilimanjaro for many years. A whole
range of pipes were made with it, either block or lining types. They
have the word "kiko" (Kiswahili for "pipe") stamped on them and a
rhino). Tanzanian Meerschaum is of, reputedly, much poorer quality than
the Turkish kind: it's brittle and soft. Tanzanian woodpipes are no
good: they look nice but have all the same kind of intertwining African
faces carved on them. The wood is definitely not briar. Just around the
time we left Tanzania, the company (located in Arusha, next to Mt.
Kilimanjaro) was transferred to Tanzanian hands and management and that
was the end: the usual corruption ruined the company. Fewer and fewer
pipes were produced, of increasingly inferior quality. The last I heard
was that the company went under (same thing happened with Tanzanian wine
production, started by German monks who produced some fine stuff until
the company was nationalized and all was ruined).
I own about 12 Tanzanian pipes: calabashes, bulldogs, straights, bents:
all in all very Europeanish styles that sell on the Tourist market.
"Real" Tanzanians do not smoke pipes but prefer cigarettes or "banghi"
So, whatever pipe you own: hold on to it. It'll be rare by now, unless
the Tanzanians begins mass producing again sometime in the future.
I'm holding on to an old pack of Tanzanian pipe tobacco (Sweet Nut), the
most vicious weed I have ever burnt. Don't know how I could have done it
for all these years out there. Guess I was desperate.

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From: Mike Shoaf <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: David R. Lundgren - My Newest

The KILLMANJARO you mentioned is indeed an African pipe.  It is probably
about 35 years old, and is made of an african wood such as perhaps
ironwood or ubenga.  I purchased mine in Chapel Hill, NC when in college
in 1964, and it has been a faithful friend over the years.  It is a
large pipe in black sandblast finish, and, like yours is meerschaum
lined.  Unfortunately I do not know if they are still being imported. 
Consider yourself fortunate to have made such a find.

I have recently returned to pipe smoking, and am both amazed and
sorrowed by the passing of many good pipe brands.  Does anyone know what
happened to KRISWILL (aka Kriscon) pipes?  These were made in Denmark in
the late 60's.  They were full sized, with extremely thin bits.  I am
looking for one to replace one which departed to worlds unknown many
years ago.

I am also looking for information about a tobacco company called World
Tabac, Ltd.  They had two delightful blends called "Irish Aromatic" and
"Danish Fruitcake."  I'm also looking for a cavendish blend called
TOKAY, maker unknown. 

Any assistance would be appreciated.

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

Hi Gang,

Finally got hooked up and am on line.  I have been reading the digest
from my computer at work, however I got tired of clicking on either
Word Perfect or some other job related program every time somebody
walked past my work station.

Any how, Ihave been a pipe smoker for about 26 years [ I'm 46 years
old] and favor English Blends.  I enjoy Dunhill and used to enjoy
Balkan Sobranie.

Any of the readers familiar with DON-LOU Pipes of Brooklyn,NY?  I have
been trying to find fellow owners of those pipes.  This pipemaker made
many pipes of the exotic woods, ie, Rosewood, Maples, Oaks and others.
Drop a response if you are familiar with his work.

Thanks Steve, for the opportunity to join the ranks of pipesters,

Go smoke a pipe,   Regards............ Rich C.  Bklyn NY

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

I am a Maltese pipe smoker living in Geneva, Switzerland.
Among my collection are some Maltese pipes I inherited from my dad.
I visit Malta regularly and always pick up one or two pipes whenever I
I would be grateful for any information on Maltese pipes. Are they
considered good quality or collectible by the pipe-smoking fraternity?
Many thanks,
John de Giorgio

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From: "James L. Cook" <??????????????????>
Subject: First time Pipe Smoker

I experienced my first pipe tonight and it created some questions in my
First off the pipe is one on the cheap corn cob types with a filter and
the tobacco is Captain Black, which smelled decent to me.  Both were
recommended to a beginner since they are cheap and easy to find.
My first concern is that I didn't really experience a taste.  Mainly I
just got smoke.  Could this be due to the tobacco, the filter, or am I
just expecting to much of a flavor?
    While I was cruising the internet, I also came upon many sales of
Aldo Velani pipes.  Are they a decent pipe.  I am considering getting
one, even though I am a new to the pipe world, since the retails were
$130, but the sale was for around $30-40.
    My other question is how do you make smoke rings?

I would greatly appreciate any thoughts you could give me.

James Cook

[(a) Maybe you were smoking the corncob rather than the tobak! (b)
I've never owned a Velani, but many people consider them a very good
pipe. (c) Make a perfectly round O with your lips and gently push the
smoke out with your tongue. It'll take some practice. -S. ]

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From: Jim McClure <???????????????????>
Subject: Green River Tobacco

Steve, This is in response to Joe Reynolds posting on the Digest
as to the meaning of "green river" tobacco. Green River tobacco
refers to a type of burley tobacco grown only in the Green River region
of Kentucky. This burley is probably the best burley used in 
tobacco blends. It is an air-cured burley that has a distinctive
taste and smell from other burleys. Hope this answers Joe's question.
Sincerely, Jim McClure, Lexington, Kentucky

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From: Tarek Manadily <???????????????????>
Subject: Italian pipe makers: part 2

Dear Steve:

Thank you so much for all your invaluable efforts.  Also, a big
thank-you for having published my first article on the Don Carlos pipes.

As promised, here is the second of a series of articles on the Italian
pipes makers.  All the information provided here is obtained first hand
from the pipe makers.  I'm fortunate enough to know most of the Italian
pipe makers, famous and less so, personally.

I would be always happy to receive feedback as well as answer questions
from any of our fellow pipe smokers and collectors.

May your pipes never fail to make smoke,


The Moretti Pipes: An Italian Success Story

Historical background

The tradition of making pipes by hand in Recanati, Italy, dates back to
the 1850s.  Later, in the 1900s, there was already a flourishing pipe
making establishment called "Hully Briars", which at that time employ
about 40 workers.  Later still, Mr.  Igino Moretti and his wife joined
Hully Briars, when the business was at its peak of prosperity, employing
50 people.

While half of the overall pipe production of Hully Briar was destined to
a third party, the other half was sold under the name "BEP-SON", which
is a combination of the first syllables of the owners' names: Beppe and

Soon after that, Mr.  Moretti became the principal Hully Briars pipe
maker, but, unfortunately, the company had to close down.  After having
passed a railway job contest, Mr.  Moretti had to choose between driving
trains and making pipes!  The latter was the final choice, and
consequently, Mr.  Moretti founded "Moretti Recanati" in April 1968.

During his first years, and while continuing to make pipes for others,
Mr.  Moretti started producing the first hand made pipes carrying the
name "Moretti".  These pipes gradually became the integral part of Mr
Moretti's overall production.

Today, Marco Biagini, Mr.  Moretti's son-in-law, continues to produce
the Moretti pipes based on the teachings and tradition of the founder.
Mr.  Biagini produces approximately 1,000 carefully hand made Moretti
pipes a year.  These pipes are not sold to importers or tobacconists but
directly to pipe smokers.  Marco spends most of the summer season
promoting and selling the pipes he has produced during the other three
seasons of the year.

For the pipe smoking world traveler, the Moretti pipes are still made in
the small town of Recanati, in the Marche region of Italy.  In fact, the
Moretti pipes are produced in a workshop located across the street from
the house where the famous Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi was born.

The Moretti pipes today

Very few pipe smokers outside Italy have heard of the Moretti pipes.
That is not because they are not first quality pipes; it is simply
because the second-generation maker of the Moretti pipe, Mr.  Marco
Biagini, has always preferred to deal directly with pipe smokers (by
mail order or at pipe Italian shows), a great advantage according to
him.  This way he can obtain invaluable feedback from his faithful
clients who are scattered around the world and come from all walks of

Each Moretti pipe is meticulously made by hand using  Calabrian briar,
seasoned for 10-15 years.  Unlike most of the hand made pipes available
these days, a Moretti pipe is made completely be hand, with almost no
elaborate machine work.  The process is rewarding as much as it is
demanding.  One of the most important features that distinguishes
Moretti pipes is the fact that they are all smooth natural finish.
Marco simply discards any piece of briar which demonstrates too many
sandpits or cracks; normally such pieces would be sandblasted or
rusticated (carved) by other pipe makers.  This does not mean that the
Moretti pipes are sold for high prices.  Surprisingly, an entry price
for a smooth natural finish Moretti pipe would be less than most
sandblasted/rusticated pipes available from other pipe makers nowadays.
However, Mr.  Biagini also produces unique straight-grain pipes that
would be a great source of pride for both the maker and the lucky pipe
smoker and collector who owns it.  Mr.  Biagini seems to be happy with
his pipe making philosophy, which is unlikely to change after 30 years
of professional, artistic and financial satisfaction.
PS:  Marco Biagini has only recently agreed to let Clive Humm of the UK
(and the Pipe Club of London) distribute the Moretti pipes via Clive's
mailer and wesbite, along with other first class hand-made pipes.  If
you're interested, here's a link:

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

Hi Steve and fellow members:

As a way of introduction, I am 43 years old and have been smoking a
pipe off and on for almost 20 years.  I have to admit I have been
lurking for the past few months reading with interest the articles and
comments here in the digest.  I have a question that perhaps those of
you more knowledgable than me can answer.  My first "real" briar
purchased ( I think in 1979) was a Comoy bent bulldog, smooth finish
pipe.  I still have it and it smokes beautifully.  Most of the pipe
has turned from a golden to a dark brown color due to many years of
smoking.  However, there is a large oval shaped spot that has never
darkened and because the spot is so well defined, it is very obvious
to the naked eye.  This area extends almost the entire height of the
bowl, therefore it is hard to explain that it is due to a pattern of
partially smoking a bowl of tobacco.  Also, this spot has absolutely
no visible grain pattern as opposed to the rest of the pipe which is
nicely grained.  Could this be due to lack of grain in that area of
the pipe or is it possibly due to a poor job of staining or finishing
the pipe?  This is more a curiosity to me than anything else, as I
have never seen another pipe with this type of coloring abnormality.
Even though it looks strange, it has given me years of faithful

Also, I am looking for a Peterson Mark Twain pipe to add to my
collection if anyone knows of one.

Best to all 
Bill Taylor

[It may well be a problem in the finish.  Something may have gotten on
that part of the pipe that prevented the stain from penetrating. -S. ]

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From: Jennifer Eyre <?????????????>
Subject: Thanks

Thanks for your page. I've been smoking a pipe for years, but just
reading your site I realize how little I know.

One funny thing. I went to high school in North Andover MA. In your
resource page you mention "Cigars of Andover" and mention that the
town is very hostile.  I started smoking when I went to school there,
and I've never known a place with more committed pipe smokers than my
high school in North Andover.  Oh well.

Beverley Eyre

[ Good to hear from one of the sorority, Beverly! And see the next
article... -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: posting of Dave Sweet (lady's pipes)

 Dear Steve,

I agree to you,that she should use real pipes. Here in germany I met
some girls smoking pipe and none of them smoked lady's pipes. One of
them even owned some big freehand pipes.

One girl, that had been studying with told me a story, that had
happend to her :

She visited a pub in a little village in the Black Forrest with her
boyfriend.  After she took out her pipe and lit it, they were urged to
leave the pub, because she had been smoking pipe (and wearing trousers
too).  This happened about 20 years ago, and I don't know if it were
the same today, but I think that there are still some of those


* A pure Malt and a pipe or a cigar go together well
*   Smoke in Peace

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From: ??????????????????? (Michael Daniels)
Subject: posting from pipes page

hi! i would like to know if there is anyone that has smoke and enjoyed
the cookie jar brand pipe tobacco?  i have seen it in my local tobacco
store but no one seems to have any idea what's in it much less what it
tastes like and i'd hate to buy a large amount of it without getting
some sort of comment on it's quality taste etc.  like the gentleman in
issue #170 i also have a sweet tooth, not to mention a severe weekness
for chocolate and would like some suggestions as to tobaccos with this
sort of taste.

Thank You
Michael Daniels from Hawaii

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From: Tom Schultz <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Moving on

Dear Steve, 
As always, thanks for a marvelous job on the digest. To catch everyone up,
I was able to find an antique mouthpiece for my 1916 Dunhill. With a new
tenon installed, it fit as though it had been cut for the pipe. What a pity
I can't have the original stamping redone...
At any rate, I'm writing to let you know of a change of address. I will be
leaving the University of Missouri at the end of June, so this e-mail won't
be valid. Please resubscribe me at 

I'll talk to you later friends. In the meantime, I have a house to sell, so
I can buy another one in Lawrence Kansas. Any of you digest members in
Lawrence? I'd love to hear from you. I'm going to be doing a master's in
German at KU starting this Fall. Talk atcha L8R,

                                                         Tom "Doc" Schultz,


[ Change noted, Tom, and best of luck in your new address! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Pipe Digest submission

Great job on the Pipe Digest. It is so good to see that it continues to gain
new members in an age of anti-smoking crusades.

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Peter Stokkebye of Stokkebye Tobacco at
Moore's Tobacco Shop (123 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL  61832). Mr. Stokkebye
flew in from Denmark to Chicago and rode the 3+ hours to Danville to give his
slide show to a packed house. It's amazing how small a tobacco shop becomes
with 20 pipe smokers in it!  Anyway, it was a great presentation and we saw
slides of how different tobaccos were made, etc.  If anyone has such an event
in their area, it would be worth seeing it.

Karl R. Witsman

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest

Hi, would like to be part of Pipe activity on Web. Am interested in Pipes
assuming reasonable mailing costs subscription rate.

I'm working on a book abouth WDC the William Demuth Company. I note that they
bought a factory from another company which was located at College Point NY
( Where Tom Dunn mails from) Is this near NYC or up in the Adirondacks?
I could not find College Point in the encyclopedia on the New York map.

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From: Phillip E. White (???????????????????)
Subject: posting from pipes page

   For those of you just starting out I thought I would share a
favorite book that has loads of information on the hitory of pipes as
well as tips for the experienced pipe smoker as well as the new
smoker(choice of pipes, tobacco, etc. it,s fine book but a bit hard to
find."The Book of Pipes and Tobacco" by Carl Ehwa Jr.This book was
published in 1974 by Random press . The ISBN number is
0-394-47000-1. Also, the illustrations are fantastic.  I read it over
several times a year just for the shear pleasure. Mr Ehwa was a real
expert if there ever was one.
 I also ran across some fine tobacco from a small shop in nashville,
IN. the tobacco is called Autumn Leaves and has a wonderful aroma and
taste. If your interested call The Men's Toy Shop at 812-988-6590.
With best of regards, Phillip E. White ???????????????????

[ The Ehwa book is one of my favorites too. -S. ]

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


I am looking for a resource book on the early trade pipes used in the United
States, the primarily clay types.  If you know of one, be it historical or a
collectors guide with prices type, or both, please let me know.  Thank you.

Later - Don

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

My second posting to the PD this one much shorter than the last (I hope). 
Thanks to you, and the wonderful group you have formed, Pipe Smoking will 
continue to be an art of the past survived.

I recently bought an estate pipe at one of my favorite pipe and cigar shops. 
The owner was selling a collection for the widow of a pipeman.  The owner
told me there wasn't much money in estate pipes and the average price of 
the pipes from the collection were about $5.00 each. (?!?!)  The collection 
included Stanwell, Comoy, Pederson, Savenelli and Irish seconds, mainly all
straights a few bents and the one I bought which to me is anonymous.  It is
a straight apple or billiard ( I can never remember the difference without 
a chart to compare with.)  The Pipe:
Straight, leather encased from top of bowl to end of stem.  On the leather
is stamped "Genuine Block Meerschaum", the bit is a metal screw in, and has
the design of a howling dog looking animal with a big jaw, thick body and 
what appear to be small legs.  At first look I thought of a sqealing pig.  
The top of the bowl is shiny black, the union between screw and thread 
looks like wood, light tan colored.  My question to you and the PD crew is:
                        What did I buy?

Thankyou Steve and fellow Pipe Smokers.  May your pipe be warm in the hand,
cool in your mouth, and pleasing to all. --V

---------- address ----------

[ A Mack Truck pipe, perhaps? You have _me_ stumped... -S. ]

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From: Vicens Lozano <?????????????????>
Subject: New Pipe Magazine

Hi Steve:

"Novedades de la Pipa y el Tabaco" is a new on-line pipe & tobacco
Is changed weekly and is free and amusing.


There is also the new web-page  "Smoke Free Area ? " is a very special
newsletter from Barcelona Pipa Club about Smoking Rights and the reply
to Clinton's cigar.


Dont forget the special "Pipesmoker's world shopping guide"....


You'll find it all in the Barcelona Pipa Club-Web.


Best regards and pleasant smoking.

Vicens Lozano.

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From: "bill unger" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Web Page

Steve, I am now the proud proprieter of perhaps the most primitive 
web page ever created, but it does list all the many refurbished 
pipes I have for sale or trade at http://web.jadeinc.com/ungerpipes.  
If this letter is appropriate for the Digest, I'd appreciate your 
printing it.
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. 

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

You were kind enough to recently place me on your mailing list as a
newly returned long time pipe smoker. Congratulations on a terrific
job on the internet I thought I noticed a posting in one of your old
digests about my former favorite tobbaconist, Connoisseur, claiming
they merely sold McBarrens (?) bulk tobacco (and expensively at
that). I did a search of your digests to go back and confirm if I saw
this correctly and couldn't find it via search..Frankly, I've always
been greatly pleased by the shop and Ed Burak, and would hate to
perpetuate a false rumor, since I think they deserve better.


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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes and related businessess

Hi Steve.. I've been subscribing for a long time (2+ years) and I've
kept my mouth shut for a long time.

I'd like to get into the pipe business and I just thought I'd get your
take on the whole thing, plus, I'm having a very hard time finding the
names/addresses of pipemakers in Europe.  Short of just flying over
there, do you know of any way to get this info ?

Dave Cazden

[Names are easy; just cruise the back issues of the Digest.  Addresses
are a bit tougher. Perhaps the Ephemeris back-issue reprints could
help; they have extensive cross-references. -S. ]

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From: Cezary Krysiak <??????????????????>
Subject: Digest

Dear Steve,
I am a member of a new- born Correspondence Pipe Club of Poland (founded
two months ago). Our Club is a member of the Polish Council of Pipe
Clubs. We are planning to bring out our monthly bulletin (members'
letters on pipe and tobacco topics). As I found in the Digest some
exciting articles I wish to share with my collegues, I would like to ask
you for Your permission on publishing them (in Polish, not many Poles
speak, or rather read, English) in our bulletin. It is free of charge,
does not include any commercials and is available only for members.
Thanking You in advance,
Best greetings,
Czarek Krysiak
Warsaw, 30 06 98

[ With pleasure, Czarek! -S. ]

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From: "Darrell Black, DVM" <????????????????????>
Subject: GBD straight grain

I have a GBD # 133, straight grain, billiard design, light colored, 
UNSMOKED. Probably 1960's vintage. The pipe stem is tapered & has a 
Greenish tarnish. If I were to find someone that wanted the pipe, what 
would be a fair asking price?
Thank you, Darrell

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From: ?????????????? (Mana Guha)
Subject: posting from pipes page

I have been reading the Digest for a few weeks with avid interest. I
recently converted to pipe smoking from cigarettes and am loving every
minute of it. 
In this connection I have a few questions to ask: 
1) I like to smoke more than a few bowls a day, yet I have four
pipes. I have read that optimally one should allow approx. 48 hours 
for a briar to 'rest'. Will my pipes be substantially damaged if I
cannot presently afford this luxury? 
2) My most recent acquisition is a Calabresi. Can you tell me a little
about it? My favourite is a Peterson. I also have a 'Churchwarden'
which is in my inexperienced opinion excellent.
3) Why should lacquered pipes be avoided?
I would also like to complement Steve on the wonderful job he is doing
on maintaining the digest. To him I say, Keep up the excellent
work. If I can be of assistance,  please do not hesitate to ask.
Thanks and regards,
Mana Guha 

[ (1) They won't be damaged, but they might become sour and require a
thorough cleaning. (2) Sorry, I don't know. (3) The lacquer prevents
the briar from "breathing" and transferring heat efficiently; it also
wears off eventually, and is generally considered to be less
attractive than a stain and wax finish. Enjoy! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????
Subject: Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris


Is the Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris still being published by Tom Dunn,
or someone else, and if so, do you have an email address or URL
from which I could inquire regarding a subscription?




 Patrick Stickler * ??????????????????????? * www.infospring.com       

[ Very much so! From the Resource Guide: Tom Dunn, The Pipe Smoker's
Ephemeris, 20-37 120th St., College Point, NY 11356.  It's free, but
be sure to do the right thing and send a little donation to defray the
costs. -S. ]

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From: babau <????????????????>
Subject: Charred tongue

Hi, Steve

Whenever i try to soften my contact with princess nicotine, i play it's 
the breath of a perverted grasshopper flowing through the mouthpiece. 
NicotYoga. I'm trying to transit from red M cowboy's homeland brand to 
pipes, i'll be 53 this year. My father smoked same M, dyed just under 
his 70's. M is a bad initial for a cigarretes' name in old Brazil. M as 
in <Morte>, <Matar> (death, kill). It's amazing that madison ave. dared 
to invent this K (cool) brand name - so close to neighbor <Kill>. Bah, 
madison avenues! Bah, cigarretes!). Well, i'm in love with the 
gourmandise of pipe smoking, except for that same "roof bite" Dan 
Wheeler was complaining about at your last digest - what's happening, 
dear pipe gurus? Will i be forced to quit my now loved pipes? I smoke 
mostly mixtures (Mac Baren's Scottish Blend, 965). I suppose they smoke 
hot, although not as hot as Plumcake. Also, i use 6 Dinky pipes, from 
Dr.Plumb - i like those midget pipes, but having such short stems... 
i'm affraid we have here another reason for my barbecued roof. Any kind 


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From: "Joel A. Walberg" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest request

Well, since the newsletter didn't indicate where to send articles, I am
sending it to you.

Does anyone else have a Vauen (German) pipe?  I picked up mine while I was
living in Germany.  It is a fantastic smoke (Their 1997 pipe of the year)
and I believe the company is based out of Nuremburg.  However, I have been
unable to find a U.S.A. dealer.  Does anyone know of one?

Joel A. Walberg


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From: webbs <???????????????????>
Subject: searching

 Hi, I am looking for some information on a German walking stick
pipe....ceramic bowl with words      Relv Jmmel           Goff Mituns
writing on back        ZumAnd   a.m.
                               Dienstz a ct % Comp
                               Juftr. Repy. Grossherzo o.m.
                               {3 Grosserz, Hess.}No. 117
                               Mainz,   1904-06
sure would appreciate any info or any possible webpages i could
              thanx, Laile

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From: JASON LUIS CONTE <??????????????????????????>
Subject: BBB Pipe

To whom it may concern, 

My name is Jason and I could use some advise on the purchase of a BBB
pipe from circa 1940. It is in good condition and is being
auctioned. I would like to buy it for personal use but I don't know
what a fair bid would be and how high I should bid.  Please advise.

Thank you 


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From: marcus <??????????????>
Subject: BBB pipe

What are BBB pipes I bought a used one- a bent with BBB on the stem and
Made in London England on the bowl

[ BBB stands for "Best British Briar." I believe the company went out
of business in the 1950s. -S. ]

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From: Richard Hughes <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Old Meerschaum Pipe - Comments Please?

Dear Pipe Smokers,

I have just aquired an old Meerschaum pipe and I would like your opion on
my aquisition!

It is a smooth bowled meerschaum with amber mouthpiece, in its own
hard redy/brown leather case lined with grey brushed velvet.

It has beautifull solid silver mountings on the rim of the bowl and
where the stem joins the bowl very nicely engraved, It is hallmarked
'Birmingham 1912', with a makers mark of 'HH' set in a triangle.  On
the silver mounting of the stem it also has 'Pipe made in Austria' set
in an oval.

Inside the case it has an oval label with the following 'Guarenteed
Vice Regal Genuine Meerschaum' With 'Made in Austria' gold embossed on
the outside together with gold embossed edging.

Your opinions of what you think of it, its value in todays market, and
any advice on how to care and look after it, not forgetting the best
way to 'smoke and enjoy it to its fullest potential' would be very
much appreciated.

Best regards,


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

Greetings everyone!  Would anyone be interested in trading an
equivalent amount of any of the Troost blends for one pouch each of
Alsbo Gold, Saint Claude and Radfords Old Scotch?  Thanks in advance.


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From: ??????????????????? (Ian J Graves)
Subject: ALBANNAICH: pipe question


My name is Ian Graves, and I have just recently began smoking a pipe. I
have some questions that I was hoping you might be able to help me with.

I have a pipe that I got from my grandmother-in-law's father's estate. It
has either a ceramic or porcelaine bowl that seperates from an elbow that
is made of the same material. I have been told that this elbow is meant
to hold water which cools the smoke. The elbow has a cork ring where the
bowl is inserted and is attatched to the stem which is made out of a
hollowed out branch (birch wood, I think.) The mouth piece is made fom
some hard, black material and is round, not flat like other pipes I have
seen. The bowl is topped with a flip lid with decorative venting holes
and has two lengths of cord with beads on the end hanging from the back.
I would say that this pipe is at least 50 - 75 years old and is very
handsome and comfortable to hold in the mouth. I guess my questions would
revolve around how to smoke this pipe, or even "should" I smoke this
pipe. I have read your "how to" piece on pipe smoking along with some
others I have come across and have found them very helpful. One area I
have concerns about regarding my pipe is building up a carbon layer
within the bowl. The insides of this bowl seem to be unfinished, unlike
the outside, but are still smooth. Is it possible to build up a layer of
carbon on a surface such as this? 

I would eventually like to begin smoking this pipe, even if just on
special occassions, and would appreciate any info., tips, or whatever
input you can offer me.

Thank You in Advance,

Ian Graves 

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From: THOMAS J BIESELIN <???????????????????>
Subject: Help me I.D. pipe

I have a student pipe, porcelain bowl, depicting two soldiers
w/muskets apparently arresting or breaking into peasants home.  Name
on pipe is Lesitinsky Kovar.  Can anyone identify this pipe or advise
where I can go to get info. E-mail to ????????????????????  Thank you
in advance for any assistance.

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From: Drobert25 <?????????????????>
Subject: Red Clay Pipe

Would like to know if anyone can identify this pipe as Indian or other..

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From: victoria saenz-grimm <???????????????????>
Subject: pipe rack

Im interested in finding a pipe rack for at least 6 that has a jar and
drawer for accessories.  New or used.  Used would be cheaper.  Any
ideas?  Frank       ????????????????

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From: [Member requested anonymity. -S.]
Subject: My Lady Nicotine

Hi all!

        After seeing John O'Bryan's notice for selling the reprinted My Lady
Nicotine, I thought I would give it a try.  I sent off my check, and shortly
thereafter I recieved the book.  Oh what joy it has brought!  I must
complement Mr. O'Bryan on a fine job of reprinting this book.  The price is
excellent (10.99 + 3.00 s/h for priority mail) and is certainly one of the
most entertaining books that I own.  I highly recomend getting this book,
and as for the price, it cannot be beat!

        As an aside, I have no monetary intrest in Mr. O'Bryan or his
company; I am just a very satisfied customer and thought I would share my
experiances with the group.  

Happy Puffing!

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

I smoke pipes since i was in the university. Now i am improving my way
of smoking and lopking after informations about types of pipes and

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From: JakGilespi <??????????????????>
Subject: Pipes!!!

I am not sure to whom this is going so............

To whom it may concern:

I have recently "stumbled" upon your page and I love it!  Every pipe smoker
should be told!  The message must get out!  It is by far the best I have seen.
Thank you (whoever) for all the hard work.

I have a question regarding Peterson pipes.  Specifically, their System
"second."  I believe they go under the name "Erica."  Do you have any idea
where one might find them?  I have e-mailed Peterson of Dublin, and haven't
gotten anything back yet.  I bought a Peterson System 312 last Christmas and
have enjoyed it very much.  It is my favorite pipe.  So if you could help me
out, I would appreciate it.


Jack Gillespie
Norman, OK 

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From: David Mazurik <????????????????> 
Subject: Meerschaum Pipe Collection for sale

	I have a collection of unsmoked Meerschaum pipes.  The longest is
approximately 1 foot in length.  I am looking to sell these pipes but can't
seem to find a way to fairly evaluate them.  All 10 pipes are in a
custom-fitted case that came with the pipes.  I imagine you might get a lot
of requests like this, but I would sincerely appreciate any assistance you
could lend.  If you, or any of your associates would like to buy these
pipes, pleases let me know.  Thanks       David Mazurik

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

Five excellent estate pipes for sale: 3ea Upshall sandblasts, 1ea
Radici, and 1ea Tinsky.  All in excellent condition.  200.00 takes

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From: Phillip <?????????????????????>
Subject: I have a pipe

You don't know me and I don't know you but I have a pipe that my
Grandfather tilled up in his garden about 50 years ago.  It is not made
of wood, it is some kind of molded material but we don't know what it
is.  It has a picture of Goerge Washington on it.  This may be of no
intrest to you what-so-ever but we think it is interesting.  It may be
worthless but if you would like to see the pipe or tell me it is nothing
you can e-mail me or  call at [Incomplete phone number deleted. -S.]
during business hours M-F. 

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From: BriarMan <??????????????>
Subject: Help contacting a Pipes Digest subscriber

Hello there Steve.
It looks like pipes.org just doesn't like me...  :(
E-mail to you bounced again.  Hope this reaches you.
The reason for this e-mail is to request help in contacting Pipes Digest
subscriber Mark Peterson (Article 200.023).  I share his interest in
large / magnum pipes, but his e-mail address has been obscured in the
Pipes Digest back issues (I know, a necessary anti-spam measure).
Would you be able to provide me with his e-mail address?
Although I am not a Digest subscriber, I do very much enjoy scanning the
back issues, and wish to express my gratitude for your efforts on behalf
of pipe hobbyists everywhere.  Keep up the good work!
And, of course... enjoy your pipe!

-- John Lawlor  :-{?
   BriarMan on DalNet IRC #pipes

[His address is ????????????????????????????????????  Hope the
bouncing situation has been cleared up; our estimable host, Vince
Callaway, has taken the bug to task! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????? (Jerry Froehlich)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hi my name is Jerry.I am looking for information on arlington
pipes,that were made in virgina.Also looking for any arlington
pipes,If any available Email information to ?????????????????

?????????????????                    Jerry Froehlich

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From: "M. el Kouni, Ph.D." <?????????????????????>
Subject: Dunhill Book

After much anticipation, the book entitled "The Dunhill Briar Pipe - the
patent years and after" by John C. Loring is finally available. I read my
copy with great delight and enthusiasm. It is indeed the first book devoted
to the history of the Dunhill pipe and a study of the Dunhill pipe
generally. It is also a dating guide. It is a very valuable addition  to the
literature on pipes and pipe smoking. The price: $17.95 (+ $1.47 domestic &
$2.05 international shipping) and it is available from the author
John C. Loring  at 700 West Irving Park, Suite A-1, Chicago, Illinois 60613.
email: ??????????????????????

[Thanks!  I'm sure this will be popular. -S. ]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998
  2. Subject: Pipe club in Fresno, Calif.
  3. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #252 -- June 2, 1998
  4. Subject: The next N.Y. Pipe Show
  5. Subject: Digest Submission
  6. Subject: For Next Pipes Digest
  7. Subject: posting from pipes page
  8. Subject: greetings
  9. Subject: helaas weer thuis back home again
  10. Subject: Recent Newsletter...
  11. Subject: request for help and information
  12. Subject: Pipecleaning Treatment Caution
  13. Subject: quick question
  14. Subject: Sweetening a calabash?
  15. Subject: Cleaning a "Blocked Bore"
  16. Subject: New posting
  17. Subject: (No Subject)
  18. Subject: C&D NOTICE: Murphy Took Over During Our Vacation
  19. Subject: Tobacco by the Bushel
  20. Subject: posting from pipes page
  21. Subject: posting from pipes page
  22. Subject: Pipe Bits
  23. Subject: A few questions
  24. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #252 -- June 2, 1998
  25. Subject: For Next Pipes Digest
  26. Subject: Tanzanian Pipes
  27. Subject: Re: David R. Lundgren - My Newest
  28. Subject: posting from pipes page
  29. Subject: posting from pipes page
  30. Subject: First time Pipe Smoker
  31. Subject: Green River Tobacco
  32. Subject: Italian pipe makers: part 2
  33. Subject: posting from pipes page
  34. Subject: Thanks
  35. Subject: posting of Dave Sweet (lady's pipes)
  36. Subject: posting from pipes page
  37. Subject: Moving on
  38. Subject: Pipe Digest submission
  39. Subject: Pipes Digest
  40. Subject: posting from pipes page
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