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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #254 -- August 10, 1998

		 Pipes Digest #254 -- August 10, 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: 3494

Welcome to new members:

	Mik Nemeth
	Mario Guerrero
	Sean Bridgen
	Jamus Coppinger
	Greg Richards
	Cory Zito
	Enrique Dick
	Aldous Serafin
	Steven M. Meyer
	Charles C. Scott
	Jim Grimes
	Jerod Halvor Opsal
	Benjamin Jack Ashley Bond Dick
	Hein Venter
	Olgierd Langer
	Chris Endres
	Steve Northup
	Jim Moyes
	Luis Alberto Inzunza Solano
	George C. Targonski
	Matthew Anger
	Tom Rieschick
	Thomas Chambers
	James Bradley Campbell
	Paul L. Marciano
	Andrew Ingram
	Frank Di Vincenzo
	David Murray
	Theodore James Tobacconist
	Jeremy Witt
	Jeffrey Chace
	Bill Mueller
	Rick Higgins
	Lance T. Bressler
	Monte J. Hansen
	Rodolfo Arce
	Josep Ma Serlavos
	Jack Dupy Jr.
	Aaron D. Nowland
	Derik Stone
	Chris Benz
	Lawrence L. Seager
	Paul Zeissler
	Peter Moyer
	Charles P. Crawford
	R Oparil
	Matt Nelson
	Dave Gray
	Andrea Berselli
	Robert Peterson
	Joaquin Aldas
	Thomas Baake
	Renato Da Silva Pereira
	Eric Anderson
	Mike Goodson
	Tom Page
	Kefaloukos Georgios
	Richard Todd Braley
	Michael George
	Dr. Neil Sol
	Peter Melchior
	Scott Weatherhogge
	Greg Corbin
	Darrin Preuss
	James T. Vastano
	Marco Antonio Zanchini
	Terry Hagley
	Andrew Ogura
	H A Dorfman
	Robert Grundulis
	Jerry Hyman
	Richard M. Saccocio
	Jay Wells
	Jonathan Elliott
	Marco Antonio Salgado
	Martin Reid Quinton
	Thomas H. Gieck
	John J. Karwin
	Jordi Inglada
	Mark Glover
	Rick Johnson
	Guvvala Reddy
	Paul Slavin
	Mr. Dimitar Kuzmanov
	Jonathan David
	James J. Lin
	Pradeep Anand
	Patrick Morton

A shorter than average issue this time.  I've gotten through the edits
on one moderate-sized Bjarne.  And, for the first time in many issues,
the circulation has declined slightly.  It must be the summer
doldrums.  But it's a good time to repair to the hammock with a fave
briar and the latest Ephemeris... hope to see you there. -S.

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			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Russell Stutler <?????????????????????>
Subject: Tokyo Pipe Smokers

Hey Tokyo pipe smokers, let's get together next month (September). Some of us
got together a few months back, and had a great time, but I know there are
more PD members here in Tokyo, and it would be great if more of us could get
together for a laid back time of smoking (and eating or drinking if you engage
in such habits). Please e-mail me with your best dates in September, and I'll
try to coordinate our schedules. Steve, you are invited to come too, if you
happen to be in the neighborhood:)

Russ Stutler
Art Director for the Tokyo Weekender <http://www.weekender.co.jp>
Creator of Rice Ball Guy <http://www2.gol.com/users/stutler>

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From: "M. el Kouni, Ph.D." <?????????????????????>
Subject: Alcohol for pipe cleaning

In your reply to Mr. Frank Hoffman in the last digest you implied that
higher proof alcohol is better for pipe cleaning and sweetening. I have to
warn my fellow pipers that alcohols (ethanol) higher than 95% is toxic as it
contains petroleum distills and other toxic organic components. Such high
percent alcohol is not for human consumption and is used mainly for tissue
fixation in histology studies.

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From: ???????????????????????
Subject: PD #253- alcohol

Our esteemed moderator noted:
> Robert Allen reported in PD #249 that Everclear was available in
> California, but only in a lower proof number than the usual 198.

190 is the customary highest proof of food grade alcohol, as it's
the limit to which alcohol can be distilled, and further reductions
require expensive, and occasionally toxic, complications. 

Technical aside: Alcohol and water are 'azeotropic' at 190 proof
(roughly 95% alcohol), meaning the percent alcohol in the vapor is
the same as the percent alcohol in the mixture. Further concentrations
are expensive and highly unstable, as alcohol eagerly sucks water
out of the air.

Everclear and its ilk are 190 in Oregon, so I presume they'll be the
same concentration in the free state of California.

This is fresh in my mind because I've been experimenting with liqueurs.
Which raises the only slightly off topic question, what sort of liqueur
would go well with tobacco? Nothing too acid or peppery (so much for my
toxic limoncella), maybe a rum base, lightly spiced (or herbed?),
slightly sweet with honey?

A slightly more on topic question. I used to have a torpedo shaped pipe
(bowl facing forwards) with a perforated metal cover, which I found
suitable for smoking while motorcycling. I've lost it, does anybody
know where one might be had, and is anyone else silly enough to do that?

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em,


Martin Golding    | In a democracy,
DoD #0236         |    government is the weapon of the masses.
???????????????????????   Portland, OR

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From: "Elliott C. Evans" <[email protected]>
Subject: Regarding Alcohol & Computers

They don't generally mix, but please allow me to mix them as subjects.

>[ 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. ]

Note that you may not find Everclear on the shelf, even if the store
carries it. In some stores, they don't even have it behind the counter,
they keep it stashed in the manager's office. You must ask for it, and
unless you look at least 40 years old they will probably ask for ID,
and possibly even have you sign an affidavit card for good measure
(depending on state liquor laws, of course).

You'd think they were selling tobacco or something. =^>

Rich C. of Bklyn NY wrote:
>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.

Not that I would advocate spending company time on personal stuff (oh
no; not me), but it is possible to save the digest as text using most
mail programs. You can then load this text into WordPerfect.

One of the things I like about computers is that they make my work
(writing) look exactly like my goofing off.

Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans                    [email protected]

[And speaking of Kalifornia... -S.]

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From: Dr Georg Retzlaff <?????????????????????>
Subject: Some Comments

Something upbeat: my wife and I spent a few weeks in Scotland earlier
this year. What a relief to be able to smoke anywhere you go: in
people's homes, airports, restaurants, theatre lounges. They seem to
look funny at you if you don't smoke!
The bad news: only two tobacco stores exist in all of Edinburgh. The one
I went to (off Princes Street) was a nightmare: two ladies who had no
idea of what tobacco is stood there, eyeing me with an air of thinly
disguised suspicion when I asked to take a whiff of some of their
tobaccos. Talk about unfriendly! Then came the sticker shock: eleven
pound Sterling for 6 lousy ounces of tobacco! They tax the living
daylight out of you.
Back in the USA: at least the stuff is inexpensive and my tobacconist is
a real entrepreneur who likes her customers and succeeds in satisfying
them (Smoking Lamp, Charleston, on East Bay Street. And yes: they still
have the old Indian outside!)
But that brings me to some other issues:
1. We have a new secretary here at the college who comes from California
and pretends to be able to sniff my tobacco through the whole building.
When she passes my office she demonstratively clears her throat faking
some sort of asthma attack. Although our building is "smoke free" I have
been smoking here for years (the college president is a pipe smoker, and
I have seniority, that helps). But, having said that, we pipe smokers
are friendly people and tend to eschew controversy. So I always keep my
door closed. To no avail. I then applied insulation tape along the door
frame and at the door's bottom to prevent the smoke from escaping. But
it did (so she said). Then I bought a whole assortment of room
fresheners, dangling above me near the return vent. No doing.
Then I invested in an air purifier, strongest model. She can still smell
it! Obviously, the smoke goes through the air exchange system which is
connected to other rooms. What on earth can I do? Does anyone know how
to solve this problem? (The secretary actually may resign soon, but
then, who'll be next?) Unfortunately, this is one of these modern
buildings with no windows to open, everything is climatized, closed
system. Maybe there is an engineer out there who can help me solve this
problem  At the present, I simply cannot envision a future as a college
professor, sitting in my office  n o t  smoking.
2. Another thing: although I have been a pipe smoker for 26 years now,
it is only since about 1993 that the inside of my upper and lower front
teeth become blackened. Twice annually the dentist gets it off and they
are as new. In spite of my using the right toothpaste, the stuff comes
back in a few weeks. Is there a method to keep it off permanently?
Amazingly, the dentist doesn't even know (non-smoker, as he is).
Thanks for the great digest and the fun reading
Greetings to all

[Bsically, Georg, there is no cure for your secretary. She, like all
the ewww-ewww-there's-smoking crowd, could smell your pipe through
three kiloparsecs of pure neutronium, before you even had it lit.
And, since the windows don't open, defenestration is unfortunately not
an option. -S. ]

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From: Dr Georg Retzlaff <?????????????????????>
Subject: German Pipe

Dear Laile,
Best thing would be to send me a close-up photo of the inscription on
your pipe. I can understand some of the words, but it is clear that some
are misread by you (e.g. "Goff mituns" is actually "Gott Mit Uns" = God
(is,be) with us".
"Relv Jmmel" must be misspelled. As it reads now, it means nothing
The next line:" ZumAnd a.m. Dienstz" means: in commemoration of my
The next few words are unintelligible again. Then comes "Grossherzogtum
Hessen" Grand Duchy of Hesse (central West Germany). If I saw the whole thing I
could give you the full meaning. It looks as though this was a gift to
someone at the end of his military service in Hesse. More after I see
the picture. Mail to Dr. Georg Retzlaff 232 Midway Street, Bamberg, SC

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From: Brian Pruitt <?????????????????????>
Subject: Still having trouble

I hate to bother again in asking this but could you run this again.  I
am still a newbie smoker.  I still try once in a while to smoke a pipe
but still cannot get the hang of it.  If there is someone in the
Henderson, KY or Evansville, IN area nearby that can help me, please
e-mail me.  And Lyndon if you read this, I lost your e-mail address and
was hoping I can meet with you again.

Brian Pruitt

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From: Philip Burnard <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998

Dear Steve,
I read Tarek Manadily's article about Moretti pipes with interest.  I 
recently bought one from Clive Humm of the London Pipe Club.  Its a 
near-straight grained churchwarden and its a beautiful pipe. The 
price was very reasonable for such a quality pipe and I would 
recommend that anyone looking for a really good-looking and 
good-to-smoke pipe consider a Moretti. 

Philip Burnard, Cardiff, Wales, UK

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From: "DAVID R. LUNDGREN" <????????????????????>
Subject: Thanks

Greetings all...

I just want to say a quick thanks to all who responded to my query about
my Tangnyikan pipe.  I got a lot of good info and interesting
background.  Thanks again.

Dave Lundgren

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From: "Tim" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998

As a follow up-- aircraft drill bits should be available from almost any
good hardware store (they may have to order) known as "extension bits" . A
couple of telephone calls should locate them. In Wichita, Kansas  there's a
place called "The Yard" that sells all types of tools for the aircraft
industry. In Atlanta, try "Clinton's Tool Sales, on Virginia Ave. Or just go
to the local newsstand and find a copy of "Trade-A-Plane". There are bunches
of tool companies that advertise in that.
Good luck!

ps. I suspect your mailing list look like a big city phone book by now, keep
up the great work.. t

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From: MN <??????????????>
Subject: Response to question in Pipes Digest #253

Dear Steve:

In response to the reader who asked about Tracy Mincer pipes, here's the
scoop.  Tracy Mincer was an Indianapolis based pipemaker dating back to
at least the 1940s.  My father and uncles smoked them in the '50s and
'60s, and they were very popular among serious pipe smokers.  I know
fellow smokers who wouldn't trade their Mincers for Dunhills.

Recently, the Pipe Puffer in Indianapolis purchased the Tracy Mincer
company.  And while they unfortunately do not plan to produce any new
pipes, they have a very nice selection of the last ones made.  Many are
very old briar and smoke like a dream.  I think if you called Tony or
Bill at (317) 846-7473, they would send you one. (By the way, at $25.00
to $35.00 each, they are a steal!)  Let me know if you try one and how
you like it.

- Marty Newman (??????????????)

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From: Jesper Klith <??????????????????????????>
Subject: BBB

Hello Steve,

Referring to PD253 about BBB. They're still in business and a few pipes
can be seen at http://www.wwi.dk/priv/karlmoller/ff   From what I've
heard, they now have joined with Orlik in the pipe production. However,
only a few BBBs are worth buying now IMO when looking at price/quality.

Regards, Jesper

[Thanks for the correction, Jesper! -S.]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Rejoining the pipes mailing list.

Hello Steve,

Well after a couple of years away from the list and pipe smoking in general
I have in the past week rejoined both the joys of reading the pipe digest 
(which is amazingly large from what I remeber) and the joy of smoking pipes.

I am now located in Kenosha, WI (any Kenosha/Racine pipe smokers out there?)
and am working for SUPERVALU (yes, I get yelled at if that is not in all caps)
doing systems administration work for a large loyalty marketing database.

I picked up a couple of cheaper Savinelli's (Low end but smoke well),
some Virginia, and of course some Dunhill Nightcap.  I now wish I had never
stopped in the first place! (college and being broke will do it every time)

I wish you and all the pipe digest best regards, and look forward to many
nights spend corresponding about this fantastic relaxing hobby.

*  Cory Zito   *    Email: ????????????????                         *
*  AA9GB       *    Whether Unix(tm) is outdated or not, there is   *
*  Musician    *    no travesty worse than pissing off the soul     *
*  SysAdmin    *    possesing the root password!                    *

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From: Spada Davide <????????????????>

Recently I bought a new pipe from a "tabacconist shop" located in
Peschiera del Garda (VR-Italy). On the stem and on the box it's write
"GJGJ collection-Italia".
I have never heard this factory before now, and altought it is a quite
good pipe, I ask you if you can give me some information about that.
thanks and smoke in peace. 
bst rgd

Davide Spada

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From: Philip Burnard <?????????????????????>
Subject: TimWest Orginal

Dear Steve,
I turned up an old article from the newsgroup in which you described 
taking delivery of a TimWest Original.  As an ardent churchwarden 
smoker (I only smoke churchwardens), I wonder if you can e-mail me an 
address or - even better - an e-mail address of somewhere that I 
could purchase one of these.  I doubt that they are available in the 

Thanks and also, thanks for the newsgroup.


===========================================Dr Philip Burnard, 
Vice Dean,
School of Nursing Studies
University of Wales College of Medicine,
Heath Park, Cardiff, 
Wales, UK
Phone and fax: 01222-743738

[ From the Resource Guide: Tim West, 1588 Grayling Court, Columbus, OH
43235, (614) 761-3465. So far, no one's reported an email address for
him. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: FS...Pipes and Tobaccos

I just put up a web page that has some pipes and tobaccos for sale or trade at


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From: "Anger, Matthew M." <????????????????>
Subject: clay pipes

My experience with clay pipes:

I first tried a briar pipe back in 1989, and made further sporadic attempts
over the years without much luck.  I did somewhat better with a Dr. Grabow,
but when I tried my first clay pipe earlier this year (a replica "church
warden" purchased at Colonial Williamsburg) I was finally off to a blazing
start.  I enjoy clays from an aesthetic and historical point of view, but
also find them pleasurable to smoke.  It's purely subjective, but I think
the smoke provided is "purer," since clay does not burn, and also clays tend
to stay lit longer than briars.  Nor is there any agonizing breaking-in
process.  Recently I purchased some replica English clays provided by the
Sheffield Exchange (http://www.sheffieldexchange.com/). They are a wholesale
dealer but I was able to request their items through a local tobacconist.
If there are any other clay aficianados out there, I'd very much like to
hear their comments, experiences, knowledge of clay pipes, etc.

Matt Anger

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

I was reading Pipes Digest a month or so ago, and came across a
posting from Steve Bray, a pipe maker who specializes in Clay
pipes. Since the price seemed relatively inexpensive, I decided to try
a couple of them. I ordered two, complete with the special cedar
box. They arrived at my doorstep, very carefully wrapped. With great
anticipation I open each to find some beautifully crafted pipes. ( I
ordered the 16 inch churchwarden) Since they have arrived these pipes
have become my main method of smoking. I had planned on giving away
the second as a xmas gift, but I like it so much I may end up buying
another for my friend. To make it short, an excellent product and
would highly recommend these pipes. The web page can be found at

Happy Smokes

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From: ?????????????????? (John Alan 'Sir Twist' Belli)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998

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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
> mind.
> 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?

I started with one of those pipes 6 years ago, smoking
half-and-half. I eventually started swiping some of my father's
pipes, since he doesn't use them, having given up pipes in favor
of cigars. I have five generic pipes sitting here on my desk,
plus one big Peterson that he gave me for Christmas one year,
which was unsmoked (He was "saving" it, but switched to cigars
before he got around to smoke it). That corn cob eventually
burned out in the bottom (the glue got soft), but I think it's
actually still around here somewhere.

As for the flavorless smoke, that's probably due to the Captain
Black, more than anything else. I tried a half-pouch of the blue
stuff once, but threw the rest out the day I realized I was
smoking like mad, and getting nothing but a burnt tongue out of
it. Try something, /anything/ else. I can say that the
aforementioned half-and-half is smokable,  as are Sir Walter
Raleigh and Prince Albert. Much better would be for you to go to
some kind of tobacco shop and sniff around there. Just about
anything in a tin should be more than smokable, but you might
want to try the house blends, if there are any. I tend to smoke
the stronger stuff, like Balkan Sasieni and St. Bruno, and stay
away from the gooier stuff.

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From: "Louis F. Carbone" <?????????????????>
Subject: College Point, NY

Hello !,

In reponse to your question in Issue #253 regarding the location of
College Point NY please note that it is located in the City of New York,
Borough of Queens, to be exact.  That would be north-central Queens just
to the left (west) of Flushing wich should show up on most maps.  It is
just south of the Bronx and borders the East River.  

It is not near the Adirondacks !

Hope this nails it down a bit for you.

Happy Smoking !


[Thanks, Louis!  I always thought that an address on 120th St. was
numbered a bit high for an upstate hamlet, so that explains some
things.  By the way, Tom reported in the last issue of TPSE (just out)
that he's getting a computer, so we may just see him here, or on
alt.smokers.pipes or #pipes, one of these days! -S. ]

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From: "Chace, Jeff" <?????????????????>
Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

	Just a note.  The following no longer exists.  But there is
still a Diebels (verrrrrry nice store) on the Country Club Plaza in
Kansas City, Missouri.  

> Diebels					(Pipes Digest #169)
> Crown Center Shopping Center
> Kansas City, MO

[Thanks!  If you have a full address, I'll put the listing in the
Guide. -S. ]

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Closure of a tobacconist

Steve, with sadness, you need to remove Boardwalk
Cigar and Coffee from the Resource Guide.  He closed
his doors on 1 August 1998.

The only good news in this was his going away sale. 
The discounts were up to 40% ... He made me a deal I
absolutely could not refuse on three signature Wileys
:-( for him, :-) for me.

Happy puffing to all, John

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

[ A bad year for Kansas City... -S.]

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

I am 38 year old pipe and cigar smoker from Springfield IL.As an
oficial member of the tobacco industry i am indead happy to see you
all out on the net doing the pipe thing.The more you proactive you are
the more reason there is to beleave that the pipe will continue to be
avaleble to the people who want to smoke them.I mentioned that I am in
the tobacco bis,I have worked in tobacco shops for 12+ years and have
smoked a pipe since i was 16.It has been a love hate relationship
since the start,but as that were it has lasted threw thick and thin.I
say love hate for a variaty of reasons,When I was a boy i got no
respect. I cant tell You how many times i heard- "You cant smoke a
pipe you are to young for that." Then as i got a few years on me that
changed to-"You cant smoke that around me you must be trying to kill
us all you #$%^%%$&&^**&" or somthing like that.The day will come i am
afraid if we dont stand and despite our natural tendensys to be mellow
we will no longer be able t!  o smoke at all,for now i would say be
courteus and polite with yopur smoke and dont let your gard down.

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

Hello all puffers!

I am a tobacconist in Edmonton, Canada, and came across some
interesting aquisitions for anyone into "vintage" (aged... old... same
thing) tins of tobacco.  I have a tin of Capstan medium navy cut, I'd
say at least 10 yrs old and have on good authority that it is a
Smmmmmoooooth smoke, also a very interesting tin from Alfred &
Christian Petersen called TOBAK premier grand cru. It's date is
1988-11-01 but I can't be sure that it's all good because the
packaging is like a 100g tin of del monte fruit (the pull up
top). Amazing what you can find in the basement! If anyone is
interested, mail me.


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From: "Robert C. Williams" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: sale of pipe collection

I would like to sell a modest collection of pipes and ask for your
suggestions as to how to go about it.

There are:
13 Dunhill's, some never used.
3 Charatans
3 Astleys
3 Stanwell
1 Savinelli
Misc. others

All are in good to excellent condition none younger than 15 years.

Thanks and best regards,
Bob Williams

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From: "Jack Dupy Jr" <???????????????>
Subject: molina and others

Hello fellow pipe puffers. After just joining the digest and after reading
some past articals,I ran across
a pipe by the name of molina from thompson cigar in # 246. I have one of
these it is white with a clear
bit with a red,white,and green ring. The pipe is a good smoker a little
warm but not bad. I have 2 pipes labeled Italy that you could warm the
inside of a small car with and the molina is much better then that. I also
have a Bari which is one of my favorites. I ran across a couple of people
who asked about them, but i found no answer. I would also like to know were
these come from and a internet sight as
to where i can find another and do they have a home page. Two of my best
pipes will be a Sherlock
Holmes and Dr. Watson pair they are Meerschaum pipes and these kind are by
far my favorite kind of pipes. I also ran across a DrGrabow artical. I
would have to agree that these are by far the best pipes
for hunting, fishing which i do a lot of. When camping i always take one of
my favorites for that evening
camp fire. Well if any body as any info on bari and would like to e-mail
feel free. Keep up the good
work and happy smoking to all.        Jack  ???????????????  

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From: "Craig C. Tarler" <???????????>
Subject: New Store in New Hampshire


 I know you have a lot of members in Canada. The Village Tobacconist,
Miracle Mile Plaza, Lebanon, NH, has just set in a bunch of C&D blends
and will be adding to the variety.  This is on the route, or not far
from it, that our Canadian brothers take coming into the eastern US.
Fellow running the shop is Gordon Tanner and he's quite knowledgable
besides being a "trip".



<HREF = Http://www.hci.net/~cnd> "Cornell & Diehl" tobaccos
Last update: July 12, 1998

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From: "Graeme T. Steel" <?????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998

Dear Steve, You've done it again - another excellent Digest! Manuel Maya and
Amadeus de Koning ask for any recommendations for a good mail order firm.
Well, IMO one of the best and most comprehensive for tobaccos and pipes is
DAN PIPE in Hamburg, Germany. They have a website contact (www.danpipe.com )
but to see what they have on offer their amazingly beautiful and huge
catalogue will be sent out upon request (I gather they hope you'll order
something eventually to defray their huge costs for producing the catalogue)
and it is a sight for sore eyes in countries where tobaccos and pipes are
not easily come by. They are friendly and helpful and prices in DM seem
reasonable. Unfortunately the catalogue is in German, but it's fairly easy
to decipher the essential information and they'll sort out your order in
English by e-mail.  Phillip E. White recommends Carl Ehwa's "The Book of
Pipes and Tobaccos" and I heartily concur. It is full of very sound advice
and beautifully written and illustrated. Why hasn't it ever been reprinted?
I personally prefer it to Hacker's books.  One beautiful book on the pipe
which is not only a fantastically illustrated coffee table book, but also
includes a useful text is "The Illustrated History of the Pipe" by Alexis
Liebaert and Alain Maya (London, 1994). The illustrations are simply
mouth-watering. I've seen nothing like them anywhere. I believe it is still
available directly from the publishers, although its pricey. The address is
Harold Starke Publishers, Ltd., Pixey Green, Stradbroke, Eye, Suffolk IP21
5NG, England. Another favourite of mine is George Herment's "The Pipe"
(Simon and Schuster, NY, 1955 and later editions) which is not just a
curiosity piece, although it is that as well, but full of sane thinking on
the subject, written by an educated and erudite man. (Ben Rapaport often has
it and Ehwa's book for sale second-hand. He is an excellent source of
second-hand pipe books and ephemera for those who don't know of him. Send
him $1 to receive his list: 11505 Turnbridge Lane, Reston, VA 20194-1220,
USA). Among other things, Herment is considered a little eccentric in
arguing that pipes should be stored in their racks with the bowl uppermost.
I've noticed recently in several old films I've seen on video , for example,
"Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948, Cary Grant, Melvyn Douglas) and
"Dick Tracy, Detective" (1945, Morgan Conway) that this seems to have been a
popular way of keeping pipes in a rack in the 'forties. I think most people
today store the stem up, but I wonder if any Digest readers have views on
this? By the way, "Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House" has more pipe scenes
in it than any film I think I've ever seen. Those two actors are constantly
smoking their pipes and looking for the tobacco tin. It's a treat!  Oh, I
hear that Stokkebye have bought the Orlik tobacco range, and also Three
Nuns - I do hope they won't meddle with these tried and tested formulas. I
was pleased to see that Mac Baren tobaccos have put an attractive site on
the web (www.mac-baren.com )  There are actually very few tobacco house
sites on the web, plenty of smokers reviews of tobaccos they have smoked,
but not many official tobacco manufacturers sites. I personally like to know
about the company that produces my tobacco, its historical origins, their
range and descriptions of their products. I hope others will follow Mac
Baren's example. Well thanks again, Steve for the Digest and the chance to
read other pipe smokers views and the chance to air one's own . Graeme T.
Steel. ?????????????????

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From: Steve Beaty <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Philip Burrus

At 01:41 PM 7/28/98 -0400, you wrote:
>I'm looking for the email address of Philip Burrus.  He sells the cheap
>CigarStor humidor and is listed in the guide as the vice president of
>Concept IV.  The email address in the guide is not a valid one and I
>wanted to know the new one.  The reason I believe that there is a new
>one is because he says there is a new email address in the followinf

	the address from that message is: ????????????????????????

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

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From: ?????????????? (by way of Steve Beaty <????????????????????>)
Subject: Are there any pipe or cigar clubs in Eastern Massachusetts?

Dear Pipes Web Page:

            Having a long-time lover of both pipes and cigars (of the
large-to-enormous in physical size, especially!) I am getting to the
age where I've got to start meeting other people who are pipe and
cigar lovers like we are...perhaps even female lovers of briars and
"churchills"...and I would like to know of any Eastern
Massachusetts/Boston area pipe or cigar clubs of any kind.

            If anyone there at the Pipes Web Page can "clue me in",
please Email me at:


            I could use all the help I can get in finding any existing
pipe or cigar clubs in the Boston or Eastern Massachusetts area-I just
hope there are some clubs in my vicinity to consider joining up with!

Yours sincerely,

Dave Plahn

[ Definitely check out the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club,  Mansfield, MA
Steve Wyman (?????????????????????). -S. ]

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

dierbare Vrienden,

Na de euforie van dindsdagavaond en wonsdag jl. kwam de "man met de
hamer" en zorgde ervoor me duidelijk te maken dat er nog meer dingen
spelen. de complicatie van de vernauwing op nekniveau belemmert bijna
alles.  Het plaatsen van pomp is gelukt , dus vol goede moed op weg.

bedankt voor al Uw steun, vrienschap en gebed!

de komende dagen zal ik wat frequenter weer on-line zijn



It looks like a miracle, Tuesdag evenong en Wednesday, but the "man
with the big hammer" appaers en kickt ne down (the complication of my
neck cervical)

The pump works, so yhank you for all your support, wthin a several
days I be more on-line


[Jeroen, many thanks for your message, and I'm now sure that there are
still miracles in the world! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????? (Dimitar Kuzmanov)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Dear Sirs,

I am trying to develop new business like selling in Bulgaria smoking
pipes & smoking tobacco for pipes. Thus I need basic and commercial
information, business contacts, etc. This business is quite new for
our country and I hope to be succsesfull as well if properly
developed.  Kind regards,

Dimex TMB Co., Ltd.
12 Anton Naidenov Str.
1700 Sofia, Bulgaria

Dimitar Kuzmanov, 
Chief Executive

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From: Unknown
Subject: posting from pipes page

    I have  a new found pleasure in pipe smoking seeing as to how I had quit
for several years, one of the main reasons this may be, is that perhaps I 
have a great sense of pride smoking my own pipes, ones that I have crafted.
Here is a stimulating thought, in crafting your own pipes think of how the
bowl affects the cake, then try using other substances for bowl materials.
I have recently crafted a bowl of apple wood and while breaking it in I 
could already taste the difference, (I have no clue as to how long it will 
last but it is a wonderful feeling and taste).

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

Yo all

I subscribed with PD issue #244 and as with the high phoneprices in Austria
(i live in Salzburg and therefore my spelling and everything else done in
english wouldn't be what it could be) i lost my phoneline somewhere with
issue #250. Now i only can get myself PD when it's allready in the
backissues. But iam still reading - no doubt.

[Administrativa deleted. -S. ]

I would like to answer a few questions from PD #253 if i may:

- Amadeus the Koning: Does anyone have a certain type of pipe that they
would recommend for a

First of all: buy ONLY pipes which are looking and feeling good to you.
Don't get hooked on that "small pipes for small faces only" thing. If you
like to smoke big pipes with a small face just do it (wearing such pipes in
public is quite another thing :o)).
Second i think there are no special beginner pipes at all but it is said to
use pipes with much wood through the entire bowl because they don't heat up
to easy. Then easy and classic designs (maybe not too big cause in the
beginning you probably won't have the breath to smoke over a long time)
would be a good bet simply because there are proofed over ages. And last
but most importend (even for the risk i will get lynched) try to obtain a
filter pipe - they will allouwe you to handle the moisture of your smoke
much, much better then those without and your tounge bite will be thankfull
as well (and later, when smoking comes second nature to you, with a filter
pipe you will allways have the choice to smoke with or without a filter -
with filterless pipes you won't). But if you do so only use 9mm charocal or
meerschaum filters (try both to see which will taste better to you) all
others won't be practical.

- Lou Miller: Sweetening a Calabash (I think Chad King's question would fit
in there properly as well)

Try to use a verry fine graded sandpaper to scrap out the bowl ... but keep
care to not srcap the meerschaum itself. For the hole in the bottom i take
a woodstem and wrapp it with the same sandpaper. For the pumpkin part i
used a toothbrush and if the stem is made of vulcanite or any other propper
material you still could use alcohol for it (but as said never for the
meerschaum parts) alltogether this works pretty good for me and now my
calabash still smokes as sweet as it should be.

- James L. Cook: No taste with Corn Cob

A while ago as i bought my last Corn Cob i noticed the same phenomenon it
seems that the glue with which the stem is attached in the bowl somehow
neutralizes the taste of my tobacco. But a few smokes later (when the glue
melted down or burned out) it tastes as good as my other Corn Cobs.
And if this really was your first smoke out of a pipe it is said that one
will take some time to develop a taste for tobacco, your mouth maybe just
needs a little training. If this is the matter just be patient.

- Dave Cazden: Adresses of european pipe makers

So far i have discovered the following ones:

Rainer Barbi
Dorfstrasse 5a
21502 Worth
04152 / 82932

Karl-Heinz Joura
Schnoor 8
28195 Bremen
04121 / 328660

Reiner Design
Lettow-Vorbeck-Strasse 19
32257 B=FCnde
05223 / 14311

G=E9rard Prungnaud (Clay pipes)
Rue Cantonar
30700 St-Quentin-La-Poterie

Patrice S=E9bilo (Morta pipes=20

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

This is my first posting to the pipes pages.  A superb job
is most certainly being done!
I am wondering if anyone can tell me what has happened to
Peterson's web pages that came out of Ireland?  Have they
dropped off the web, or is it that my server simply no
longer has access to them?

Do love to pack in some Penzance or Margate, light up and 
sit back and enjoy these digest pages.  Thank you for all the
valuable info that passes through these pages.
John Keller

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From: ??????????????? (Bob Grosz)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Greetings from beautiful, downtown Finksburg, MD.

Even though I've been a subscriber for a while, this is the first time
for a posting.

I've been an admirer of the Costello Hawkbill ever since I first saw
one at The C.O.R.P.'s show in Richmond, VA, a couple of years ago.  I
really want one (bad).

Just finished looking at Bob Hamlin's page where he lists a group of
Hawkbill's, however at prices ranging from $300+ to almost $500
(each), well, that's a little rich for my poor old (re)tired blood.

I guess the bottom line is, does anyone out there in never-never land
have a "smoked" one they'd be willing to part with??

If so, give me a shot at the e-mail address shown.

Steve, you guys please keep up the good work.  You've a grand
publication that's certainly looked forward to by many.

Bob Grosz - Finksburg, MD.

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From: Marcus Matzick <??????????????>
Subject: stained stems

How can I remove those ugly oxidation stains from my pipe stems?
And that's the bottom line!

[Buff the stem with white toothpaste, or use white diamond abrasive
and a buffing wheel. If you go the buffing wheel approach, go
lightly. -S. ] 

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From: Bruce Harris <????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

Hi Steve,
    I am searching for a copy of Barry Levin's mailer from April, 1992.
Can any of the readers help me out? Thanks very much.
Bruce Harris

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Quote of the Week:

        "Wool, rope, cloth, old pipes
         Gone warped in the service
         And the one herb of Tobacco,
         The herb of grace, the censer weed
         Of blue whorls, finger traced curves
         The touch of sight how strange and marvellous
         To any blind man pierced through his opaque,
         When concrete objects grow."

					-Ivor Gurney
					 "The Dearness of Common Things"

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #254 -- August 10, 1998
  2. Subject: Tokyo Pipe Smokers
  3. Subject: Alcohol for pipe cleaning
  4. Subject: PD #253- alcohol
  5. Subject: Regarding Alcohol & Computers
  6. Subject: Some Comments
  7. Subject: German Pipe
  8. Subject: Still having trouble
  9. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998
  10. Subject: Thanks
  11. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998
  12. Subject: Response to question in Pipes Digest #253
  13. Subject: BBB
  14. Subject: Rejoining the pipes mailing list.
  15. Subject: GJGJ COLLECTION
  16. Subject: TimWest Orginal
  17. Subject: FS...Pipes and Tobaccos
  18. Subject: clay pipes
  19. Subject: posting from pipes page
  20. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998
  21. Subject: College Point, NY
  22. Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  23. Subject: Closure of a tobacconist
  24. Subject: posting from pipes page
  25. Subject: posting from pipes page
  26. Subject: sale of pipe collection
  27. Subject: molina and others
  28. Subject: New Store in New Hampshire
  29. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #253 -- July 13, 1998
  30. Subject: Re: Philip Burrus
  31. Subject: Are there any pipe or cigar clubs in Eastern Massachusetts?
  32. Subject: weer thuis be back home again
  33. Subject: posting from pipes page
  34. Subject: posting from pipes page
  35. Subject: comment from pipes page
  36. Subject: posting from pipes page
  37. Subject: posting from pipes page
  38. Subject: stained stems
  39. Subject: Pipes Digest
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