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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #255 -- September 9, 1998

		Pipes Digest #255 -- September 9, 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: 3491

Welcome to new members:

	Mike Shane
	Brandon Lee
	Ray Roewert
	Marcio Umberto Bragaglia
	Thom Utecht
	Douglas L. Owen
	David Sullivan
	Dan Rosenn
	Reverend Michael Fedor
	Lubomir Kolev
	Jeff Breckon
	Tom Harrigan
	Jesse P. Bellavance
	Scott Palmer
	Michael Kurt
	Ian Schier
	Antonio Gimenez
	Paul Rice
	Dan Scruggs
	Michael B Wright
	Arnold Ostrow
	Brian T. Tipton
	Peter Berg
	Lodovico Paroli
	William Beebe
	Earl Needham
	James Aune
	Richard Daniel Riley
	Slobby Robby
	David Puff Griffis
	Josef Pitsch
	Robert Kaplan
	Gonzalo Pedroso
	Dr Killman
	Neil E. Burke
	Lennie Weinrib
	Michael Hugh Dougherty
	Brian L. Honekman
	Al Marignani
	James Holland
	Jussi Palssa
	Benjamin Dover
	Dennis Carter
	Mair Hyman
	Steve Parsons
	Henning Esskuchen
	Johnathon Lee Foxx
	Richard Quintal
	Edward Connors
	John Zachary
	Bruce Heath
	Mark Wintersole
	Steve Wright
	Johan Melkersson
	Jerold C. Stevens
	Robert B. Shearer
	Jim Godron
	Larry Faulks
	Bernard Soll
	Robert W Bower
	Terry Goldman
	Karl Maftoum
	Jeff Kirvin
	Runar Berntsen
	Hans H. Siegrist
	Harry Culpan
	Walter Ponath
	Balaji N
	James I. Coder II
	Lee Isdell
	Jonathan Parsons
	Robert B. Shearer
	Jason Mcfarland
	Claude Wyss
	Joseph Nadzan

Now that we're through Hurricanes Bonnie, Danielle, Edward, and one
unnamed but very severe storm, and the trees have (mostly) been
cleared from the power lines, I think it's safe to fire up a S&R with
some Dunhill Nightcap and initiate the first ramblings of autumn...

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		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Michael Ward (???????????????????????????)
Subject: comment from pipes page

Steve, I am starting The Tulsa Pipe Smokers.  The following letter was
sent to the few people here in Tulsa that I have been able to find via
the PD.  If you will post this message maybe we can get a few more.
Anyone that is interested can e-mail me and I will get back to them


Thanks for your help and thanks for the Pipes Digest.

Dear fellow pipe smokers, Well, I have only been able to round up a
few of us so far, but I think that we should get together for our
first unofficial "meeting". I would like for this to happen some time
before the end of the year. This way we can get a jump on next year!

I will secure us a place to meet and I will get back to you all soon
with that info. If there are any evenings that are bad for any of you,
please let me know, ASAP.

Also, if anyone wants to bring a pipe smoking friend, please feel
free! I will wait until I get a response from each of you to set a
date, that way I will also know how many to expect. All you will need
to bring is a pipe or two, cleaners, lighter,tools, and tobacco. If
everyone will bring their favorite, we can sample each others.

Also, as an added incentive, I will bring an ounce of something
special to give away in a drawing! If this becomes a viable club, we
could officially form, and have dues and such, that way we could give
away great prizes, such as nice !  pipes (Dunhill, Savinelli, Etc.)
and accessories. Any comments will be taken and applied accordingly.
Since we are just forming, we can make this whatever we want
to. Awaiting your reply.


Michael Ward

[I'll put the Tulsa Pipe Smokers in the Resource Guide, Michael. Best
of luck, and please let us know how it goes! -S.]

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From: "Michael H. Davis" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Hello from Korea

Hello.  I've been recently stationed in Korea.  Life is fairly good here,
work is plentiful, and the family is well.  Thank goodness for the internet
which provides me this digest and my friends on #pipes.  Without them I
believe I would be in a veritable pipe desert.  I saw that there are several
pipe smokers in Japan and I know Graeme has a small group in Indonesia, but
was wondering if there are any other digest subscribers who have any
information on pipe smoking in Korea (specifically Seoul).  I would really
appreciate any information or leads they might have.

Thanks for a great publication and happy puffing.
PipeStem on #pipes dalnet

[The Korean contingent of the Digest membership is pretty small, too,
but perhaps there are some readers who'd like to get together. Good
luck! -S.]

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: New Website:  Pipe Magazine 

(You can consider the entire message administrivia if
you desire)

I Found a new website today:  Pipe Magazine, from the
Netherlands ... www.pipe-magazine.com

I've seen the printed version at a local tobacconist.
 While it appears to be advertiser supported
editorial, it is another source of 4 color glossy
info on our hobby.

The one unfortunate thing about this new website
appears to be bandwidth.  I am in a wide area network
of several local area networks.  The WAN connects to
the larger world with at least a T1 circuit (the
pipes.org homepage rarely takes more than 30 seconds
to load).  In spite of that, the Pipe Magazine
website loads at speeds I associate with a 2.4K modem.

Regards, John

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

[Again, thanks for the listing, John!  Pipe Magazine is already in the
Guide, but I didn't have the Web address. -S.]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: New York Pipe Show-September 12th


Just wanted to send a short note that you may want to pass along to your
readers of Pipe Digest.  

I will be attending the next NY Pipe Show on September 12th with a table full
of new Kaywoodie pipes.  I will have the traditional screw mounted (drinkless)
Kaywoodies and our recent issue of push bit Kaywoodies, called the Gold
Series.  For this show we made some limited edition Kaywoodie Handmades.  True
handmade pipes, some with plateau tops, some bridges and other uniquely shaped
pipes, all with push bit stems.  They will be stamped with the year and a
serial number.

Hope to see many of you there.

Bill Feuerbach
Vice President-Sales

S.M. Frank & Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 789
Peekskill, New York 10566

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From: "Lance  W. Lewis" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: pipe clubs


I have just one little question.  Does anyone know of a pipe club in
NorthWest Missouri?  If I can not find one I will try and start one.  Could
someone please send me some information on how to start them just incase I
don't find one.

Lance W. Lewis

Free web-based email, Forever, From anywhere!

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From: Doc and Mary Nevins <???????????????????????>
Subject: Falcon Pipes

Steve please post this in the next digest. I work for a local tobacco
shop in Tampa FL (Smoke and Snuff), recently while straightening up the
shop I came across some Falcon pipes. I remember from a previous Pipe
Digest that there are people out there looking for these pipes. We can
be reached at 813-282-8776. We also carry a full line of pipes,
tobaccos, and accesories and are located in the West Shore mall minutes
from the Tampa International Airport and Downtown Tampa. Please add us
to the resource list and thank you for an excellent publication


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From: "Michael H. Davis" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Hello from Korea

Hello.  I've been recently stationed in Korea.  Life is fairly good here,
work is plentiful, and the family is well.  Thank goodness for the internet
which provides me this digest and my friends on #pipes.  Without them I
believe I would be in a veritable pipe desert.  I saw that there are several
pipe smokers in Japan and I know Graeme has a small group in Indonesia, but
was wondering if there are any other digest subscribers who have any
information on pipe smoking in Korea (specifically Seoul).  I would really
appreciate any information or leads they might have.

Thanks for a great publication and happy puffing.
PipeStem on #pipes dalnet

[We have only one member with a .kr email address, but perhaps there
are some readers out there who would like to contact Mike, her or on
#pipes. Might be the beginnings of a club; who knows! -S.]

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From: Burrus Philip-G14175 <??????????????????????>
Subject: Philip Burrus - new e-mail address...


My current e-mail address is ??????????????????????
<mailto : ??????????????????????>  .

I am still affiliated with Concept IV, but I am trying to sell my stake
in the company, as I have had problems with my business partner. I would
be happy to put you in contact with a dealer if anyone is interested in
the CigarStor. The latest model holds over 50 churchills and retails for
under $35. 

Also, if anyone wants to buy 25% of a humidor company, let me know! ;-)

Philip Burrus

[Quoted message from PD #254 deleted. -S.]

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From: Jordi Inglada <??????????????????????????????>

Hi, this is my first posting to the list, so I will introduce
myself. I am from Barcelona (Spain) and I am doing my PhD in something
like Image Processing applied to Synthetic Aperture Radar, in Brest

I started smoking a pipe some weeks ago. My first one is a bent briar
that I don't know how to describe.I paid something like 1500 pesetas
(~ 10 USD) in Barcelona. I also bought some Amsterdamer. You can
imagine that my first smoke wasn't very pleasant. I didn't even know
that a pipe had to be broken in!! Then I talked to a friend of mine
who has been a pipe aficionado for something like 5 years and he gave
me some hints about how to proceed and pointed me to pipes.org. =20

The first thing I did then was to buy some Borkum Riff Cherry
Cavendish in order to see if I could sense the difference between it
and Amsterdamer (I was starting to think that smoking a pipe wasn't
for me). To my surprise, I really liked the taste and aroma of the
Cherry Cavendish. So I decided that I liked smoking a pipe, but that I
had to learn some more, so I went to my favourite book shop her where
I live (Brest, France) and bought a little book called "L'abecedaire
de la pipe". I has a historical introduction to pipes and then there's
a kind of glossary of the key words related to pipes and tobacco. At
the end of the book there's a list of the tobaccos which are available
here in France (there I found my Borkum Riff Cherry Cavendish and the

Reading the book, I felt like I needed to find a good local store
where I could buy another pipe and tobacco, so I went to the
ressources guide at pipes.org, but I only found things in Paris (650
km from here!!). I have only found two local stores where one can buy
a pipe, but there's no much choice. Last Saturday I went to one of
them and bought a pipe: a Chacom (French make from St. Claude)=3D 240
FF=3D37 USD. I also bought some tobacco: Borkum Riff Whiskey and Early
Morning Pipe from Dunhill. I have started to breake the pipe in with
the B.R. Whiskey and the Early Morning awaits in its can.

Now I am planning a trip to Valladolid (Spain) in september and I
would like to know if there is some pipe make or tobacco blend in
Spain that somebody can recommend.

Another thing I would like to know is if there exists a reference
(url, book,...) where I could find information on Calabash (sp?)
pipes. I don't know why, but they fascinate me.

Well, that's all for now. I hope I didn't annoy you too much. Thanks.
Jordi INGLADA                             
Departement ITI - ENST Bretagne          
BP 832 - 29285 Brest Cedex - FRANCE     
Tel. +33 (0)2 98 00 13 55 / 10 62                

"What we need is either less corruption, or more chance to participate in it."

[Hmmmm... don't know of a calabash book or web site offhand. -S.]

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

Does anyone know of a good pipe shop or pipemaker in Portugal?  I'll
be there later this summer.  Going to a good shop will be a needed
altenative to the vineyards.  Thanks, AJH.

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

Hi Steve, 

Now that I've carelessly and greedily smoked my
entire supply of Dunhill 36609,  I am looking for a replacement, since I 
won't be going back to London any time soon.  Any suggestions
would be much appreciated. It's a plain, thick-cut (plug-cut?), moist, dark
Virginia, I believe, and fairly strong. It could be compared to Condor with
no added flavor whatsoever, and the cut is coarser.  The smell in the empty
tin is very similar to Royal Yacht.  No suggestions for stoved Virginias,
please; so far, I don't like them and they're not a good match for 36609. 

On another note, I found an ounce and a half of (possibly)
30-year-old Middleton's Latakia in an old jar for five bucks in an 
antique mall, and I put a half teaspoon of water in
it and shook and stirred it and left it alone for a day or two, and now it
smokes great. Tastes like the ghost of Latakia past, which is a good thing,
I guess.  There's no doubt that it's well-aged.  It reminds me of Penzance,
but smokier and not as rich and sweet.  In another antique mall, I found a
can of Erinmore mixture, scotch-taped shut, looking about 60 years old, on a
shelf with a bunch of old rusty oily tools, for $5.00.  I could smell the
Erinmore through the paper can.  I left it on the shelf; it just didn't seem
appetizing, even though I like Erinmore.

I habitually haunt flea markets for estate pipes, and the other day I bought a 
4-pipe solid walnut rack, a Yello-Bole cake-reaming tool, a Kaywoodie
straight apple, a large, flat-bottom Savinelli deLuxe sandblast Canadian,
and a similar Genod smooth-finish Canadian, all for $10.75.  The stems on
the last two were heavily oxidized, but I found a technique that works
pretty well:  Get a wet rag and some Comet or Ajax powdered cleanser, and
scrub the beejeesus out of the stem until the oxidation disappears, then let
it dry, then rub beeswax on the stem and polish it with a dry cloth.  The
stems went from solid pond-scum yellow-green to jet black, and the beeswax
gave them a nice semi-gloss patina.  

I also saw 2 or three large Savinelli bents, for $15 each, at another
antique mall, but I didn't buy them because I prefer billiards, and they
were really pretty ugly pipes anyway, and I was broke.


[Other than that, was there any reason you didn't purchase the three
Savinellis? :-) Sounds like you're quite adept at finding bargains,
John! -S.]

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From: buddy liverman <????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #254 -- August 10, 1998

does anyone know of a pipe or cigar club in asheville nc.?
thanks buuddy have been a pipe smoker for 25 years thanks 

[I don't know how close Asheville is to Charlotte, but you might
contact the Carolina Briar Friars. Their address is in the Resource
Guide. -S. ]

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From: Richard Altesman <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #254 -- August 10, 1998

Having just returned to pipes after 12 years of self-imposed exile, I
have found many of my pipe stems to look like moonrocks- green
crystals with an extremely bitter taste. There are too many to try and
replace readily (and who knows someone talented enough to do the work
on the various stems, much less economically). Other than toothpaste,
which seems inadequate and won't help the insides, does any one have
any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Keep up the good work. Richard

[Many people have recommended the bleach treatment for severe stem
discoloration.  From MSFTMAN's letter in PD #175, soak the stems in
bleach for an hour, then polish them.  (You'll need to rinse them
thoroughly, too.) I haven't tried this personally, so I can't vouch
for the treatment. One of these days, I'll have to write up a short
compendium of pipe reconditioning treatments, if no one else has done
so already. -S.]

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From: "PAULO P. PARRA" <??????????????????????>
Subject: clening pipes

I missed the recipe for the alcool+salt method of cleaning
pipes.Please,could someone repeat it for me?Would wodka be ok for this?
thanks.If someone here in Brazil knows a tipe of tobaco similar to lata-
kia ,please let me know.
                         Let's keep on smoking

[Actually, Paulo, I believe there was a report in the most recent
Ephemeris that the salt treatment can cause cracks in stems.
Therefore, I don't think I should recommend it any longer.
Unfortunately, I don't have any good alternative treatment to
recommend, other than swabbing the pipe out with Everclear or a
similar concentrated grain alcohol. -S.]

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From: Jon David <?????????????????????????>
Subject: My first time writing to pipe digest

Hello...I am very happy to be a new subscriber to pipes digest. It is
great to have a place where pipe smokers can discuss a broad range of
matters with each other. 
I am somewhat new to pipe smoking and had some questions and thoughts
so here i go.  
About a month ago I went to Barclay-Rex and bought myself a
Peterson(July 4 edition).  It is a very nice pipe, but i should have
purchased a larger pipe.  Nonetheless, the shop was very nice, but
didn't have all that many pipes.  It had many expensive pipes, and
some cheaper ones.  I was curious to see if anybody knew of a shop in
NY(including the city)  That had a wide variety of pipes for about
$50.  I am really looking for a store that has all types of pipes
including meerschaum, briar, freehand, ect..
Lastly, i was wondering what people thought of Frog Morton, and
Rattray's Red Raparree tobacco. 
Thank you,
Jonathan D.
  Enjoy you Pipe & Tobacco!
Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com

[The Resource Guide has a lot of listings in NY, both in the City and
elsewhere. -S.]

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From: Jonathan <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Hello from yet another newbie


I'm a newcomer to pipe smoking.  I've taken it up primarily as a means of
ceasing cigarette smoking but have discovered that the pastime not only
ameliorates the effects of nicotine addiction but also makes me quite
cretinously happy.

My questions probably should be answered in the FAQ but aren't necessarily
addressed directly by that particular document.

Firstly, what's a good "beginner's" tobak.  I'm familiar with the idea of
Captain Black but it is not available here.  I've tried a number of blends
and like what I taste, in general, but have no idea what to really look
for.  I'm buying from local tobacconists and have discovered a liking for
Dunhill Black Aromatic (is that tres vulgar?  I have no idea - that is my
problem) but wish to branch out.

Secondly, how does one deal with the attention (wanted or unwanted) that
one gets 'cos one is wielding a smoking implement?  All I want to do is
smoke my pipe and enjoy it without answering scores of questions

Jonathan Elliott
Technical Officer
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tasmania
Ph. +61 3 6226 2060 Fax c/- +61 3 6226 7842

Dwn wth vwls!

[Snds lk y'v md gd strt wth th tbk, Jnthn; smk wht y lk! Abt th ttntn
y gt whl smkg, jst b ptnt nd nswr pltly. Hp ths hlps! -S.]

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From: Angie & Dave <????????????????????
Subject: old meerschaum

I'm looking for info on a meerschaum that appears to be rather
old. It's in a case marked C K genuine meerschaum on the inside. The
bowl is looks naturally dark colored. There is what was claimed to be
14 karat gold around both ends of the bowl. There are small gold stars
applied to the gold band. I will need to replace the stem also.


Dave Canny  

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From: Jon Borden <??????????????????>
Subject: A collectible pipe??

Hello.......You have an awesome page...I am a collector of many things,
but I did just recently pick up my first pipe. It looks rather old,
about 5 and 3/4 inches long, with a plastic mouthpiece that comes out if
you pull it. The barrel of the pipe is a rather smooth, dark wood, and
the highlight is signed silver fillagree going from the midsection of
the pipe all over the barrel to the top of the pipe. Around the
perimeter of the barrel, in silver, are dual designs of a jockey riding
a race horse. On the underside, the pipe is signed Silver in the silver
inlay wrapping described above. I have cleaned it up and it is really
stunning now.....Just wondering if you've come across anything of a
similar description.......?  Thanks very much !             Jon Borden

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

Hi this is the first time writing to the digest.  I am 19 years old
and really enjoy pipe smoking.  I guess I took pipe smoking after my
dad who is also a pipe smoker.  He taught me everything I needed to
know. Right now I have about 15 pipes in my collection.  Three of them
my dad gave me and the rest I bought.  I like smoking aromatic
tobaccos, because I like the smell and so does my girlfriend. She
bought me a nice pipe and a smoking jacket, and some tobacco for
christmas. I usually enjoy smoking my pipe while driving in the car,
but I also enjoy smoking a pipe while I am horseback riding.  It is
relaxing to be riding my horse and puffing on my briar.  Well gotta go
and keep up the good work.

[Well, I'm DOD #3210 and have a motorcycle named "Horse," but have yet
to attempt to smoke anything while mounted. Welcome! -S. ]

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

Our only local tobacconist recently closed his doors after being in
business for over 25 years.  The anti-smoking environment in Abilene,
Texas and the oil bust finally took its toll.  I was fortunate to buy
all of his pipe making equipment and supplies.  These supplies
included hundreds of vulcanite stems of every size and style one might
need.  The vast majority of these are still in stamped and numbered
bags as they were shipped by J. H. Lowe, Co.  Though I plan to spend
an increased amount of time making pipes as a hobby, I do not have a
need for this many stems.  I am willing to part with them for a very
reasonable price.  Contact Bill Calame at ?????????????????????? if
you are interested or would like more information.

Steve, thanks so much for this wonderful publication!  It is an
inspiration to my hobby.

Bill Calame 

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Lucite source

I'm searching for a seller of lucite rods to use in making my own stems for
tobacco pipes. Is it possible you could tell me where this material, as well
as perhaps vulcanite rods can be bought for stem making?  Some one must know,
but I have as yet been unable to find out myself. Thanks for any info you can
provide, Don

[See above; maybe Bill picked up some lucite rods. -S.]

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

Hello. I am a beginner in pipe smoking. My brother gave me a pipe
yesterday. It has the name SHADWICK on it.

Do you know something about my pipe? Its type is half-bent and the stem and
shank have a diamond shape.

Can you tell me more about my pipe? I need also some tips if I already do
not have a pipe tool for its maintenance.

I also have a Captain Black tobacco pack. What kind of tobacco is it?

I am very anxious to go home and starting with my pipe smoke !!!



["Who Made That Pipe" doesn't list a maker named Shadwick; it's
probably a second.  The shape might be termed "Rhodesian", if I'm
getting the right picture. Captain Black is a "drugstore" tobacco,
that could be classified as a heavy aromatic Cavendish. Try it, and
see if you like it! -S.]

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

Does anyone know if there was a line of Dunhill seconds known as
I ask this because I have a sandblast poker stamped
and I am aware that Dunhill called their sandblast "shell briar." 
If anyone out there could help, I would be much obliged.
--Tim Bender

[Again, no listing for Shellcrest in Wilczak and Colwell. -S.]

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From: ??????????????????? (Ian J Graves)
Subject: 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: ??????????????
Subject: comment from pipes page

i have a John Peel-Canadian sand blast - BB&S stamped on the bottom of the
shank - obviously a Barling second. around the late 60s early 70s.
another is an unbranded Canadian - with DH2 stamped on top of the shank,
and Imported Briar stamped on the bottom of the shank. American made?
the last is a large billiard, Chadhall Supreme stamped on the left side of
the shank - Algerian Briar stamped on the right side of the shank - and a
Fleur di Lis stamped on the left side of the bit.
the last two i don't have a clue as to what they are. but they do smoke
very well.
any comments would be very helpful.

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From: "Whitaker, Eric" <?????????????????>
Subject: reader who wants Balkan Sobranie Source

One of your readers wanted a new source of Balkan Sobranie Mixture. I
happen to really like and smoke this one, too!
Please let him know that the SAME mixture is still being produced by the
Alfred Sasieni Company of London, and is available in the United States
through the distributor Phillips and King, and possibly thru James B.
Russell imports also.
As far as I know, the tobacco is available in 200 gram tins for approx
$13.00 (retail 20.00), and  50 gram (Appro 2 ounces) pouches for about
$5. retail.
						Mr. Eric Whitaker
						Santa Maria, California

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From: Bill Taylor <?????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Yet more on "the pipe"

At the risk of becoming a bore, here is some additional information about
those unpopular pyrolitic graphite pipes variously known as Venturi, the
pipe, and THE SMOKE. I recently purchased my 35th (Thank you, Baker
Egerton, a member of PD who has been a real champion helping me collect
these critters.) and with it came an insert explaining its origins,
manufacturing process and supposed advantages. It is too lengthy to
reproduce here, but it will be found on my home page:


Anybody who wants to part with one they hate (and most pipe smokers do),
let me know. If it is unlike any I have, I would like to buy or trade for it.

Puff in peace.

Bill Taylor <?????????????????????????????????>
Kettering, OH (W 84=B010.285 N 39=B041.096)

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From: "Steve Chapleski" <??????????????????>
Subject: Help with corncob pipe making

My grandson and I are interested in making corncob pipes for a future
camping outing.  We made bamboo fishing rods not long ago.
Please point me in the general direction - if you know it.

Kind thanks,

[You could use the classical Huck Finn method: hollow out the corncob
with a penknife, fit a hollow dry milkweed stem to it, and puff away.
I did that a couple of times in my youth, and it seems to work. -S.]

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From: Don Dolfi <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipe Bits (for the resource guide)

Steve, Sorry for the long delay in responding, but I misplaced the address and
finally found it.  For Dr. Grabow pipes:  Sparta Industries, 1731 US
Highway 21
South, Sparta, NC 28675
Tel# 910-372-5521

They did a great job in repairing/replacing stems and at $5 a pop...can't
go wrong.


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From: "Pearson, Douglas R." <????????????????????>
Subject: Looking for tobacco . . .

Hi, Steve!

A quick thank you for the excellent newsletter that you moderate.
I've been smoking a pipe for over 20 yrs. now and am just now
finding out a lot that I should have known about!

Our local tobacco shop went out of business 4 - 5 years ago
and took with it my favorate blend.  I managed to do two things
correctly at that time:  1) stock up on my blend, and 2) get
the recipe!  My problem is twofold:  I don't really understand
the recipe, and where can I get these tobaccos?

The tobaccos I need are as follows:

Peter Stokkebye:  (who is, I understand, a major wholesale supplier)

"Petersen-Stovall #12"
"Petersen-Stovall #23"

And I've been led to believe that the above is the same as
World Tobac's:    (I have _no_ idea who "World Tobac" is!)

"Black Beauty", and
"Black & Burley"

In addition to the above two tobaccos, I need to know if the
following exist from Lane Limited:

"1Q", and

What I'm asking is:

1.  Do these four tobaccos exist and what are the most common
trade names for them (so I can inform a mail-order retailer)?

2.  Is there anyone who could sell me some of these by the pound?

3.  Can someone give me an intelligent description of the above
four tobaccos?  (Along the lines of "a stoved Virginia", etc.)

I'll watch here for replies or you can contact me direct at
?????????????????????  Many thanks in advance,

Doug Pearson
P.O. Box 913
Garden City, KS  67846

P.S.  Twenty years ago I bought a Ropp cherrywood pipe that
has a _very_ short stem and a bowl almost as large as my fist.
This is one of my coolest smoking pipes!  Does anyone have any
information on Ropp pipes?  Are they still in business?


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From: "Roland Lovatt" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Mountains...


Thanks for the great publication. I thought readers may be interested 
in a quote I picked out of a book - "Mountain Craft", by G.W.Young. Its 
on smoking & mountaineering:

"Smoking I believe to be a question for personal decision. A pipe 
makes a good temporary substitute for food, drink or sleep. It 
comforts many cold moments of waiting and makes a soothing counsellor 
in difficulties. Ability to smoke, and consequently to sustain his 
part in the effortless silence which characterizes the true 
comradeship of mountaineering, should be among the qualifications of 
any climbing companion."


Roland Lovatt

Roland Lovatt is currently conducting doctoral research for 
- The Economic and Social Research Council, on 
- "Technopoles: institutions and innovation in local technology 
   policy", at

- The Department of Town and Regional Planning
  The University of Sheffield
  S10 2TN

- Telephone: 0114 - 22 26913
- Email: ???????????????????????

[Thanks for the quote! -S.]   

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From: ??????????????????????
Subject: Re: Penzance

Just a submission for Pipes Digest .... and thanks for the sterling


Is there anyone out there who knows where Penzance can be purchased in
the U.K.?  Some time ago someone I barely knew in the U.S. sent me a
sample (what other hobby finds generosity in such abundance?) and I am
tired of trying to make it last!  It's wonderful!!  Anyone who can
answer this query will make a pipe-fiend a very happy man!

Mike Dales

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: How to ask questions in general

I have been smoking pipes for quite a while.  Made the usual mistakes in
Cheap pipe, packaged tobacco, tamped too tight.  For many years,  I have been
enjoying the pipe smoking primarily a tobacco I found at a little shop in
Charlottesville, VA.  Have begun wondering the smoking quality of the more
expensive pipes, compared to my Petersons.
Is there some  q & a or chat area for pipe smokers in your org that would be
the right place for this dialog?
Thanks a lot and I hope to make it to one of the mansfield meetings in the
near future.  Living up north (Peabody) and being on the road make it

Later,    Alan Minsky

[Probably the best places on the net for pipe chats are the
alt.smokers.pipes newsgroup, or the #pipes IRC channel (details on
http://www.muskingum.edu/~tbarkley/pipe.htm.) Unfortunately, my IRC
connections have dried up, so I haven't made it on in quite a
while. -S.] 

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

Greetings my fellow puffers,

I have recently moved to Wisconsin and I'm in need of some assistance
in finding a good pipe shop in the southwestern area of the state,
including Dubuque Iowa. Any help in this would be greatly
appreciated. Thank you.

[Don't know; the only Guide listings I have are Uhle's and Edward's,
both in Milwaukee, and David's Briar Shop and Tobacco Hut in Des
Moines. -S.]

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

I have several top quality pipes (Dunhills, Meershaums, etc) for sale
since giving up smoking.  Please e-mail me if you are interested in
discussing further.

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

I have the following pipes available for sale. The data is that
stamped on each pipe. 

1	Dunhill	Red Bark	6 806	ODA	F/T	Made In England
2	Dunhill	Chestnut	61091			Made In England
3	Dunhill	Red Bark	848	ODA	F/T   R/B Made In England
4	Dunhill	Shell	GLBS	F/T	AS	Made In England
5	Dunhill	Shell Briar	197	F/T	AS	Made In England
6	Dunhill	Bruyere	127		AA	Made In England
7	Dunhill	Root Briar	120	F/T	AR	Made In England
8	Dunhill	Chestnut	41341			Made In England
9	Dunhill	Shell Briar	LBS	F/T	AS	Made In England
10	Humbry	Briar	304			        M.I. Holland
11	Humbry	Briar	305			        M.I. Holland
12	Svendborg	Hand Made	                    Danish
13	Parker	Super	Bruyere			
14	Made In London, England
15	Sasieni	Two Dot	76			         London Made
16	Orlik					   Made in England
17	Made In London, England
18	Hand Made			    Logo: Snake swallowing bug or man
19	Chacom	Antique	125			Cthacom
20	Real Briar	Jumbo				
21	Carey	Magic Inch		Pat. 3267941		
22	Carey	Magic Inch		Pat. 3267941		
23	Chartan's	Belvedere	320DC			London, England
24	Ropp	Selecte	RO??VS17	Bre???g		
25	Stanwell Selected Briar 81	Regd No 969-43	  Hand Made in Denmark
26	Astleys	109 Jermyn St				          London
27	Stanwell Flame Grain	13 [Hair line crack]            Made in Denmark
28	Astleys	109 Jermyn St				            London
29	E. Wilke					                NYC
30	E. Wilke	Hand Cut			                NYC
31	Charatan's	Make	Belvedere	484DC          London, England
32	Charatan's	Make	Special	4402	               London, England
33	British Briar				       Manufactured in England
34	Thompson	Genuine Black	Meerschaum                  Gt Britain
35	The Fireside Pipe		                               France

I may be reached at ??????????????????????????

W. Barry Smith
Vice President, Marketing & Sales
VisionAire Corp.
Chesterfield, MO  63005
314-530-1007   ext 3175

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From: Earl Needham <???????????????>
Subject: Intro and Suggestion for that busybody secretary

	Thanks, Steve.

	Should I give a brief intro?  If so --  I smoked a pipe in college.  So
many start there, and I did, too.  However, I haven't smoked a pipe for
15-20 years.  I'm really missing it, so I think I'm going to go to Lubbock
either today or tomorrow and see if I can find a Kaywoodie for a reasonable
price.  I smoked several different brands, but the Kaywoodie was always my
favorite.  Sort of a "known item", I guess.


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

	I'm a ham radio operator, and I deal with much the same
problem, only with people who are absolutely SURE I am ruining their
TV reception.  One thing I've done to fight this type of bigotry is to
hang an antenna and not connect it.  First time someone calls or comes
over to complain, I show them the coax isn't even connected to the
antenna.  That usually shuts them up for a while.  Georg could use a
similar technique, although it would be hard for a few days.  Just do
everything as usual, but don't light up.  If that new secretary keeps
complaining, it seems to me that would be a clear indication that
she's just out to make trouble.

	Earl Needham
	Clovis, NM

[Interesting idea, Earl! Thanks! -S.]

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

can anyone tell me why types of wood, other than brier, cannot or
should not be used for pipe smoking?

[There are certain types of wood that are poisonous.  Cocobolo and
bubinga come to mind. Does anyone know of a list of dangerous wood? -S.]

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From: Earl Needham <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

At 07:06 AM 8/21/98 -0700, ??????????????? sent:
>Welcome to the Pipes Digest!

	OK, I got a question -- where can I find Spanish Ceder to
build a humidor with?

	I saw something really neat today -- a military ammo can lined
with cedar.  A fellow over in Lubbock markets these things for a
couple of hundred dollars each.  A bit too high for me, so I may try
building one myself. 


Earl Needham, KD5XB    mailto : ???????????????
Clovis, New Mexico	DM84 N34.403 W103.334

[There are quite a lot of woodworking mail-order houses that have
Spanish cedar, humidor kits, and parts. Gilmer and Woodcraft sell
Spanish cedar, and are both listed in the Guide. -S.]

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From: ?????????????????? (Wayne Lewis)
Subject: [Fwd: I come to bury Ceasar Salad]

[Culled from rec.humor.funny; possibly of ironic interest. -S. ]

Here's an actual press release from the Libertarian Pary.

California decriminalizes Caesar salad 
and Libertarian Party cheers "victory"

        WASHINGTON, DC -- California decriminalized the sale of Caesar
salad this week -- and it's not a moment too soon, the Libertarian
Party said today.

        "When you outlaw Caesar salad, only outlaws will eat Caesar
salad," noted the party's Director of Communications, Bill Winter.
"That's why, on the issue of Caesar salad, we Libertarians have always
been pro-legalization."

        Selling Caesar salad became a crime last year when California
legislators passed a new health law banning the sale of food that used
raw eggs as an ingredient. Unexpectedly, the law included Caesar salad,
which uses uncooked eggs in its unique dressing.

        Restaurant owners and fans of the popular salad were outraged.
The outcry convinced state legislators to file a new bill to cancel the
criminal status of Caesar salad -- and, presumably, end what might have
become a flourishing black market in contraband romaine lettuce, raw
eggs, and Parmesan cheese.

        The bill, signed into law by Governor Pete Wilson on Monday,
has Libertarians cheering -- but a little surprised.

        "We have to compliment California legislators for their rare
display of good sense," acknowledged Winter. "Although we're a bit
surprised that they were courageous enough to toss the Caesar salad law

        Libertarians had expected politicians to take a more timid,
gradual approach, said Winter, perhaps...

        * Implementing a five-day waiting period for Caesar salad, so
the government could do a medical background check for raw-egg

        * Legalizing only "medical Caesar salad" -- whereby people with
a vitamin deficiency could get a doctor's permission to buy a small
amount of Caesar salad for their own personal use.

        * Launching an anti-Caesar salad TV advertising blitz, perhaps
with a commercial showing a frying pan, and then showing a frying pan
with a raw egg in it. The voice-over could be: "This is your brain.
This is your brain on Caesar salad."

        * Allowing only adults, 21 and over, the right to buy Caesar
salad, on the grounds that it may be an adolescent's gateway-salad to
stronger stuff, like macaroni salad or three-bean salad.

        But Libertarians say they are delighted with the bold,
unexpected victory over the "Just Say No to Caesar Salad" lobby -- and
argue that it's a win for libertarianism and the American way of life.

        "We support the Constitutional right of every American to keep
and bear a Caesar salad -- or, rather, to eat and buy a Caesar salad,"
said Winter. "All joking aside, it's a setback for those political
eggheads who think they have the right to micromanage every aspect of
our lives -- down to the type of salad we buy in a restaurant.
Hopefully, politicians will learn to just lettuce alone."

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

Dear sirs i have acquired some genuine briar pipes from my father who lives
in england, can you tell me of anyone who can tell me how much they are
worth, or if there are any collectors or classifieds i can put them in ,i
also have some genuine old english country folk pipes(they are clay pipes,)
your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated thankyou tracey

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From: ????????????????????? (Lennie Weinrib)
Subject: Re: PIPES DIGEST!!!!!!!!!!! BACK ATCHA! LW


[I've taken the liberty of forwarding your letter to Craig Tarler, who
is a supremely nice guy.  Hope it helps!  By the way, just as a minor
point, it's considered good netiquette to use both upper and lower
case in postings. Welcome to the Digest! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Renovated Pipes for sale

Renovated Danish Pipes for sale.

Take a look at http://welcome.t0/pipesale


Flemming Romer

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: New pipe/cigar websites

Gentlemen (or should I bow and say Doctors Steve?),

Administrivia ... if these shops/sites have been
removed for cause, then this is obviously not for
publication ... also, Steve, it's ok to edit out that
DO YOU YAHOO tagline that rocketmail slaps on my
webail.  ... end of administrivia)

Two updates for the page and the resource guide. 
Although I live in Kansas City, I travel frequently
to Houston.  These shops are my personal favorites,
for friendliness, for knowledge of their product, and
for a place to settle back and contemplate great

Antique Pipe Shop
Website:  http://antiquepipe.cigar.com
Address:  6366 Richmond Ave
          Houston, TX
Phone:  800.925.2442
Email:  Not at this Time.
Hours:  9-9 M-S Central Time
If I want an estate pipe, this is the place.  There
are literally hundreds of quality estate pipes here,
and their new selection is just as good.  The
camraderie is always excellent, and the Friday and
Saturday night bull sessions go on long after the
official closing hour of the store :))

The Briar Shoppe 
Website:  http://briar-shoppe.cigar.com
Address:  2412 Times Blvd.
          Houston, TX 77005
Phone:  713.529.6347
Email:  Not Yet.
Hours:  10:00-7:00 M-F CST
        10:00-6:00 Sat.
Truly a traditional tobacconist, and some selected
excellent spirits to boot.  The pipe range is from
baskets to Il Ceppos, Ser Jacs and Dunhills.  There
are at least 30 blends in jars, and probably 20 more
in tins.  Of note to me, the Briar Shoppe is within
the shuttle radius of Astrodome and Texas Medical
Center hotels.

Both of these shops have large humidors.  I assume
their inventory is excellent because I know the
quality of the staff at both shops.  Caveat:  I am
not and never was a cigar smoker, so I do not know a
good cigar from Adam.

Both of you continue your tradition of information
excellence in matters tobacco.  Thanks for your
labors of love :)

Regards, John

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

[Thanks for the Guide listings, John! -S.]

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From: Marco Antonio Zanchini <????????????????????>
Subject: asthma and smoke

Is there anybody that knows how much pipe smoking can interact with a 
seasonal occurence of allergic asthma? I smoke the pipe as much as twice a 
day and especially during the cold season. I know that this shouldn't have 
much influence since I don't inhale the smoke, but just to play it safe I 
would like to know more precisely.
Thank you
Marco Antonio Zanchini

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From: Cezary Krysiak <??????????????????>
Subject: Pipes from Poland

Hello Steve !  I'd like to present you some of Polish pipe- makers. I
believe that Polish pipes will surprise you, not only with their high
quality, but also because they are very cheap. Most of Polish pipes
cost no more than 50 - 80 PLN, which is 15- 25 USD. Tell me, where can
I buy cheaper perfectly designed bruyere hand- made pipe. Well- all
Polish pipes are hand- made and it is quite difficult to find two
exactly the same pipes, even they are marked with the same catalog
number. But also other trees (like pear, cherry, birch, plum, beech
etc) give a good material for Polish masters of pipe- making. In
communism their private- owned factories had problems with import of
briar, so our masters developed a special process of drying and
curving other wood species. These pipes are very cheap, 10- 25 PLN (10
PLN= 3 USD= 2 boxes of "Marlboro"), but made with the same care and
mastery as the briar autographs (there are also beatiful pear- wood
autographs, of course). I think, smoking pear or cherry pipe will be a
delightful adventure even for a dedicated briar- lover. Currently, I'
m breaking- in a cherry wood Moby Dick (No 27, a gift from my friend
and outstanding pipe- maker Zbyszek "Mr Brog" Bednarczyk), and from
the very first puff I can enjoy a cool, sweet and mild smoke... It
never occurs when I break- in briar.  Well, a few words about our

Henryk Worobiec's pipes are almost legendary in Poland. "Worobcowki",
especially limited series or unique models made on individual orders,
are what each Polish pipe smoker is proud to own. Worobiec offers his
"rolls- royces" in a variety of shapes and sizes. His pipes are well
known of original design and high quality. Mr. Worobiec logo is a "W"
with a little spot above it, marked on the stem. His earlier models
were are signed with an inverted trapezoid with "W" inside. His pipes
are also signed with his name on the shank.

Ryszard Filar offers mostly classic shapes, finished smooth or
rusticated in short series. Good, friendly pipes for every day and
special occasions (his model No 43 is one of my favourite). Mr Filar's
marks his pipes with a ring with "F" inside and last name on the

Tadeusz Polinski and his wife Celina produce various classic, trusty
pipes. Massive and well balanced. A really good fellows.  Signed with
a "P" (styled like a spot and short line) and first and last name on
the shank.

Mr. Brog, owned by Zbigniew Bednarczyk, is the youngest company, but
it grown on a good ground of 90 years of tradition began by legendary
W. Svoboda. Zbyszek is a 33 years old, married, proud father of a 3
years old son (and a whole bunch of beatiful pipes). He offers a wide
range of wonderful briar pipes and surprisingly stable and ellegant
(and cheap !) pipes made of pear- wood, cherry- wood, ond other
unexpectated materials. I smoke every day and highly recommend his
mini- pipes No 49 (pear) and 50 (briar) !!! Also briar falcon No 25,
is one of my favourites. Mr. Brog's pipes are marked with a white ring
with a spot inside on the stem and company name on the bowl.

Bartlomiej Antoniewski is well known because of his famous in Poland
"portrait pipes", made on individual request and according to
customers needs.

Ryszard Kulpiski. This name means quality !!! Mr. Kulpiski is
specialized in original pipes, showing the highest skill and
artism. Except regular every day pipes (one of my favourite is his
model No 142), Mr. Kulpiski offers also beatifull decorative briar
pipes inspirated by meershaums and porcelain old pipes (can you
imagine ?). Kulpiski' s pipes are marked with the "K" on the stem
and last name on the shank.

Marek Parol's clay pipes are famous in Poland, althought they are
rarely available in our shops. Different sizes, classic shapes and
portrait pipes, unique and worth much more than you have to pay ! 

Is it interesting for  you ? I would like to write you more about
Polish pipes, pipe clubs in Poland and pipe shops. 
Smoke In Peace,
Czarek Krysiak
P. S. Thanks, Kevin !

[Indeed it is interesting, Czarek!  If you have addresses, phone
numbers, or other information on how to contact these makers, please
pass it along and I'll put it in the Guide. I've unfortunately had to
do bad things to Mr. Kulpiski's name in editing; hope he doesn't mind
too much! -S.]

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

Hello good people!  It's been a while since I posted to this valuable
digest, but I eagerly read each issue.  I'm writing to offer my
services to anyone who would like a website.  I have excellent HTML
skills, and can advise you about website hosting, graphics, etc.  The
cost?  PIPES!  I'm eager to swap pipes and/or tobacco for graphics or
web design.  I can set up an entire site, help you maintain, dress up,
or host a personal or commercial web page.  Check out my own site to
see what I can do: http://www.cowell-clay.com/Pipes/pipes.html.  Sorry
if this sounds like a commercial.  Hmmm...to bring it back to pipes, I
have a nice unsmoked Stanwell Zebrano, shape 203, for sale or trade.
Also, I'm looking for good large Ser Jocopo blasts....  Thanks good
hearts!  Cool weather is comin'!

[That's a deal that I hope some of our members will take advantage of!

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From: Carlo Maria Binni <???????????????>
Subject: new pipes shop/site

There is a new site where everyone can buy pipes:
what do you think about?

		Carlo Maria Binni
		  Via Cicale' 6
		 62100 Macerata
	  Tel / Fax +39 (0)733 235946

[I haven't seen the site yet, but I'll take a look when I'm dialed
in. Thanks! -S.]

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Quote of the Week:

      "Dominy emerged from Deubendorff the hero of the expedition to
      date. Deubendorff, with two creeks spitting boulders into it, is
      a long rapid for a Grand Canyon rapid -- about three hundred
      yards. From top to bottom, through it all, Dominy kept his cigar
      aglow. This feat was something like, say, a bumblebee's flying
      through a field of waving wheat at shock level and never once
      being touched. Dominy's shirt was soaked. His trousers were
      soaked. But all the way down the rapid the red glow of his cigar
      picked its way through the flying water from pocket to pocket of

					- John McPhee
					  _Encounters with the Archdruid_

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #255 -- September 9, 1998
  2. Subject: comment from pipes page
  3. Subject: Hello from Korea
  4. Subject: New Website: Pipe Magazine
  5. Subject: New York Pipe Show-September 12th
  6. Subject: pipe clubs
  7. Subject: Falcon Pipes
  8. Subject: Hello from Korea
  9. Subject: Philip Burrus - new e-mail address...
  10. Subject: posting from pipes page
  11. Subject: New posting
  12. Subject: Pipes Digest #254 -- August 10, 1998
  13. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #254 -- August 10, 1998
  14. Subject: clening pipes
  15. Subject: My first time writing to pipe digest
  16. Subject: Hello from yet another newbie
  17. Subject: old meerschaum
  18. Subject: A collectible pipe??
  19. Subject: posting from pipes page
  20. Subject: posting from pipes page
  21. Subject: Lucite source
  22. Subject: comment from pipes page
  23. Subject: comment from pipes page
  24. Subject: pipe question
  25. Subject: comment from pipes page
  26. Subject: reader who wants Balkan Sobranie Source
  27. Subject: Yet more on "the pipe"
  28. Subject: Help with corncob pipe making
  29. Subject: Re: Pipe Bits (for the resource guide)
  30. Subject: Looking for tobacco . . .
  31. Subject: Mountains...
  32. Subject: Re: Penzance
  33. Subject: How to ask questions in general
  34. Subject: posting from pipes page
  35. Subject: posting from pipes page
  36. Subject: posting from pipes page
  37. Subject: Intro and Suggestion for that busybody secretary
  38. Subject: comment from pipes page
  39. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  40. Subject: [Fwd: I come to bury Ceasar Salad]
  41. Subject: comment from pipes page
  42. Subject: Re: PIPES DIGEST!!!!!!!!!!! BACK ATCHA! LW
  43. Subject: Renovated Pipes for sale
  44. Subject: New pipe/cigar websites
  45. Subject: asthma and smoke
  46. Subject: Pipes from Poland
  47. Subject: posting from pipes page
  48. Subject: new pipes shop/site
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