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Subject: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999

		Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
   Copyright (C) 1999 by Stephen P. Masticola. All rights reserved.
	       Commercial use of any part of contents,
	      including email addresses, is prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 3615

Welcome to new members:

	Bill Heffernan
	Jeff Anderson
	Ken Barker
	J. D. Byers
	Pawel Filipczak
	Phillip L. Holmes
	Jeff Greer
	Francis Lok
	Robert Page
	John Mark Medley
	Rick Anderson
	Tim Owen
	Michael Salley
	Michael Clow
	John C. Gourd
	Kuniyasu Kaizuka
	John Read
	Lucius R. Weatehrsby
	Ian Augustus
	Anthony Lynn Mccallie
	David Arthur Levine
	Jim Vigotty
	James Mckellips
	Ron Maxey
	Roger P. Ott
	John Alexander
	Chris Charles
	Petur Tyrfingsson
	Raymond Hochstetler
	Joe Ragan
	Dennis L. Ficken
	Cameron C. Lynch
	Fred Whittle
	Daniel Scott Valyou
	Arjan Moraal
	Josh Zumsteg
	Curtis R. Lambert Jr.
	Martin Janiak
	Scott Collins
	Benjamin Tucker Geislinger
	Francisco J. M. Simoes
	Derek M. Lehman
	Alexander Jacques
	Paolo Lorini
	Bud Ecton
	Joe Randeen
	Michael J. Lee
	Bill Thorne
	Bill Thorne
	Jason LaLonde
	Sharon Corbin
	S. Peltonen
	Michael J. Mceachin
	Greg Woods
	Todd Mcconnell
	Cindy Marie Malbaff Johnson
	Daniel L. Noce
	John Worsley Simpson
	Michael Andrew Garris
	George A. Falinski
	Christian Brady
	Bradford Cervenak
	????????????????????????? Org
	Stefan Paege
	Linda Georgio
	Steve Mehler
	Martin Scheele
	Jerry Daniels
	Benjamin Alexander
	Budd Willis
	Fred E. Wahls
	Al Maloney
	Wade Weingart
	Christopher Rok
	Steve Lutzker
	Terry Davey
	Alfredo M. Rubio
	Kai Lan
	Bob Nolin
	Peter Sims
	Joe Crews
	Daniel C. Kennedy
	Craig Henry
	Fredrik Nilsson
	Charles Hatfield
	William J Todd
	Tarver Szwejkowski
	Rich Klein
	Roger Smith
	J. E. Shelton
	Ronald J. Elersich
	John Lipe
	Jack Treppa
	Larry Kustra
	B. Keith Toney
	Jeff Miller,Sr
	Jon Robert Anderson
	Maurice E. Craig
	Robert Grandmaison
	Christopher M. Carden
	Mike Mcvicker
	Mike Mcvicker
	Scott Weatherhogge
	Nick Kulack
	David A Brown
	Michael Alamo
	Kerry Koppes
	Ian Simmons
	Mike Thompson

[SPAM] Sorry this has to be the first thing this year, but...

I've received a complaint of spamming by FF Piber in Denmark.  Steve
Beaty and I independently followed up on this, and it turned out to
our surprise that the involved party was Jesper Klith.

Since Mr. Klith is well-known around the net pipe hangouts, so we were
most surprised at this turn of events. After several further email
exchanges, it seems that the incident was just a matter of excessive
enthusiasm, combined with not knowing the rules of net.commerce.
(Mr. Klith sent in a posting to that effect, which somehow didn't make
it into the submissions. Probably technical glitches or moderator
error. But I'll swear he did send it. But because it's been lost for
whatever reason, I've also decided not to print the original

>From this further correspondence, Steve B. and I believe that
Mr. Klith has been convinced that spam is not welcome and not to
repeat the incident.  Therefore, I'm going to refrain from my usual
war dance on spammers and extend the benefit of the doubt in this

As always, though, sending spam and unsolicited commercial email is a
violation of explicit Digest commercial-use policy -- and posting an
article (here or elsewhere) does *not* constitute a solicitation for

The Pipes Digest spam policy is sent to every new member, and is
available on the web site or by request through email.

[ON TO MORE PLEASANT THINGS] But, to make up for it, the club news (as
usual) goes first, including some good news from England.  And here's
hoping you had a pleasant holiday, and that you'll enjoy the
next-to-last year in the millenium! :-)

				Smoke in peace,
				~\U Steve.

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: The Pipe Club of Bridlington

>From Clive Humm
e-mail ??????????????????????

Just to let you know that the Pipe Club of Bridlington now has a web-site. 
It's a small club, somewhere in the north of England, but they have a great
site - well worth a quick look.  You can find them here:

Happy pipesmoking!


Click on this link to view my website!

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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: setting up a pipe club

Colonel Panic of Portland - and anyone else who is interested in setting up
a pipe club, could do worse than to contact The Hon. Sec & Treasurer of the
Pipe Club of London, Mr. Peter C. Wiseman, who recently wrote some notes on
this very subject at the request of The Pipesmokers' Council. (A UK Trade
Association).  Recipients will find Peter's prose - and outlook - strictly
"old world", but none the worse for that.  As Peter has been active within
the Pipe Club of London for more than a quarter of a century, he knows more
than most about how to organise a successful club.

Peter is not yet on the 'net, although we hope to drag him, kicking and
screaming, into the 20th century whilst there is still some of it left. 
For the moment, however, communication must be by post.  Potential pipe
club founders should write to :

Peter C. Wiseman
40 Crescent Drive
Petts Wood
Kent BR5 1BD

I hope this helps.

Happy pipesmoking!


Click on this link to view my website!

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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your help in publicizing the HUDSON VALLEY PIPE CLUB.  Sadly, 
our regular meeting place, The Quail Country Inn, has closed.  We are 
still meeting every month, however, locations will change month-by-month, 
so it is best for prospective members to contact me.  Rob Denholtz, 
??????????????,  (914) 462-2495.

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

P.S.   Have a look at our website at www.ulster.net/~den.
       The latest update was on December 17th..

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From: Marco Antonio Zanchini <????????????????????>
Subject: Season greetings

Hi fellows, I would like to wish U all a Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year.  While I' am at it I would like to ask U if U can
unsubscribe me from the list.  Thank you very much for the pleasant
time U offered me while reading your digests.

Marco Antonio Zanchini

[Done, Marco. Thanks for being with us, and a Happy New Year! -S.]

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

Can anyone tell me where I can obtain BRILON filters.  Please email me.
Thanks a bunch.

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From: "Alexander Leonard M. Theberge" <?????????????????????>
Subject: ?????????????????????


While I am studying in New York, I am a native of Wasington D.C. I was
wondering where John B. Hayes is. I will be returning to D.C. for winter
break and would love to visit this tobacconist. Thanks,
		-Alex Theberge

[David DiCarlo's message to PD #258 deleted. -S.]

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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Milleville pipes

>From Clive Humm
e-mail ??????????????????????

Just to add my bit to what John Aidlin had to say about Milleville. Great
pipes, reasonably priced - and John Marshall is one of the nicest
pipemakers you could wish to meet.  What's more, his stall in Picadilly is
very conveniently situated, being within walking distance of the Dunhill
shop, Astley's, JJ Fox and Davidoff.  

happy pipesmoking!


Click on this link to view my website!

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From:??????????????????? (Cameron Brown)
Subject: posting from pipes page

I've been a loyal three castles man for 8 years.
Now they stop selling it in the usa, or from
what I hear. If someone has any info on three
castles please e-mail me.  I've found a substitute
in case anyone is interested. Export A-mild is the
same cut but not even close to the taste of three
castles'. Please help out a loyal fan!!!!!

                          -Cameron Brown
reach me at ????????????????????????

                 PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????

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From: Peter Melchior <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 --

Steve Masticola wrote:

[Administrativa deleted. -S.]

A little about me (52, married, 2 daughters)

About 20 years ago I was a regular pipe-smoker, but gradually I
changed the pipe for cigars and sigarettes. At that time I smoked 
about 10-15 bowls a day. 

About a year ago I got fed up with those cigarettes, and quitted smoking
from one day to the other.
After a while, when I was taking a look at my (modest abt 45) 
pipe collection, I decided to take up the pipe-smoking hobby again, not
in a habitual way, but in a more conscius manner.
So I won't smoke in my car, office, work; only 2-3 bowls around dinner
time and evening.

I had a little trouble to figure out what my favorit tobacco was going
to be, because my old favorit, Mc Baren Plumcake, didn't taste good
anymore. After some experiments I came out with the following:

1) Mc Baren Black Ambrosia, and
2) Avalon Mixture by A&C Petersen, Also from Denmark.

I can't choose between them, but Avalon is gaining.

About my pipes: 

As (I guess) any pipesmoker, there are pipes rarely smoked, and the
"top 5" which in my case are:

1) A very cheap quarterbent Bullseye, by Bimalt (London)
2) A even cheaper Bullseye, also by Bimalt
3) A Chacom
4) A Petersons Meerschaum
5) The "Lindberg" Rodesian, of which I emailed you before.

These are my first 5 favorites. There is a "second 5" but I wont bother 
you with de descriptions; they are all "Big Bens", Dutch made, and one 
Butz Choquin.

In the past year I only bought one pipe, at a tobacconist in a small
He has a rather large pipe-collection, which is laying there for I guess
about 30 years, never having the price-tags changed. You'll won't find 
a Dunhill I Guess ;-(
After Christmas sales, when it is a little more slow in his shop,
I'm gonna pay him a visit, and examine all the stuff he has, and take
every pipe I like. Not to ripp him off, but he's going to be a pensioner
pretty soon. And I hate to see those pipes vanish.

I live in The Netherlands, where pipe-smoking isn't very popular.
If I look into my DBASE-Rolodex, I find only one pipesmoker in a 
400+ Database. Pipesmoking countries in Europe are, as far as I know,
Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Great Brittain, and France, not in that

I enjoy reading the PD. I read other mailinglists as well, but PD is
my favorite, because the moderate amount of traffic. All messages are
topic, with very little pollution. This one thing very important to 
keep a list "readable", and you really do a great job.

If you think this message adds something worthwhile to PD, feel free.

Peacefull Puffing from The Netherlands,

Peter Melchior,

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From: "Jason" <??????????????????>
Subject: ban tobacco?

Hello. I am currently doing a research project against all of the
reasons why we should NOT ban tobacco exports to Russia. First off, do
you believe that banning tobacco exports to Russia would be a
substantial change in our foreign policy toward Russia? I personally
do NOT believe that it is, seeing as how it is only one of the many
products we export. If it is not to much trouble, i would greatly
appreciate an explanation on why you think it is or is NOT. Second, it
also would be a great honor if you could email me an explanation of
some of the many reasons why banning tobacco exports to Russia would
be bad and dangerous. I personally believe other countries would fill
in, there would be smuggling, etc. But i REALLY need a qualified group
such as yours to explain your position. If you could do this small
thing for me, I WOULD BE ETERNALLY GREATFUL. I thank you in advance
and really hope to get a response.

Jason McDonald

[Here's a non-obvious one. Little known fact: the U.S. steel industry
is dependent on the metal vanadium, and Russia holds a world
monopoly. They sold to us throughout the cold war. If the current
government were to ban tobacco sales to Russia, it would be
entertaining to see what would happen when the Russians retaliated by
banning vanadium sales to the United States!  -S.]

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

I peeked under the Christmas tree and saw that my wife has purchased
for me a beautiful Capitello 1/2 bent billiard in rusticated finish.
Although I have been nice most of the year (as opposed to naughty!), I
fear that status may chance as I am most tempted to sneak down and
light up a bowl before the Special Day!  This is a maker that I am not
familiar with; does anyone have any information about this Italian

Thanks in advance,
John Read
Atlanta, Ga

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From: "Stephen H. Aidlin" <????????????????>

Many years ago, when I first started smoking in College, Lane sold
Mixture 1020.

They stopped making it several years ago.

I would love to have the reciepe to blend my own or have a tobacconist
make it up for me.

It was very sweet and chocolatey (YES!!, it was very aromatic).

Can anyone help me on this?

Steve Aidlin

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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Uli from Germany

Hi, Steve,

I never cease to be amazed by this internet thingy.  As I surmised, Uli is
already here in the UK.  I know, because he picked up your message whilst
over here, and then made contact with me.  He plans several visits next
year, so I have asked him to let me know the dates, so I can inform him
about Pipe Club of London events.

Just thought you'd like to know.

Happy pipesmoking!


Click on this link to view my website!

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Re:  dunhill nightcap

been enjoying the digest....but im in a rut...though i like this rut..a few
months ago at my favorite smoke shop i was intoduced to dunhill nightcap...now
i refuse to smoke anything else ...what a smoke!!! 

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From: ??????????????? (Dan Dawson)
Subject: posting from pipes page


Once again thankyou for the fantastic work you do on the Pipes
Digest!! Each edition is a pleasure to read and a wealth of
information on pipes and tobacco.  Just a couple of questions for the
brotherhood AND sisterhood.  I'm moving to Hawaii soon, Oahu to be
more precise and am wondering if anybody knows of a good tobacco shop
on the island?  Secondly, as I write this I am smoking a bowl of #10
Downing Street.  I have tried it before and did not care for it at all
but have found that now I thoroughly enjoy this tobacco.  Very smooth,
almost creamy, no bite, great taste!  Is this similar to the Craven
mixture, aka the famous Arcadia mixture of Dr. Watson's younger days?
If it is even remotley similar I understand all the hoopla.

Long live Pipes Digest.
Dan Dawson

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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998


I response to this posting in PD #258, I checked Tom Colwell's books and 
found the following:

Highland Series    BBB  England
Highlander         Altamira/Brittiana          USA - England
Highlands    Bonnie Briar England

[Letter from ?????????????????????? in PD #258 deleted. -S.]

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

P.S.   Have a look at our website at www.ulster.net/~den.
       The latest update was on December 17th..

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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998


Re this posting, I've two thoughts:

One thing NOT to do is to heat the tenon and push it down on a hard 
surface to expand it.  This often results in the expansion of the END of 
the tenon, without improving the fit of the the whole piece.  then you'll 
get a stem which rocks in it mortise.  Completely unsatisfactory!

Thanks to Rob DiStasio, I have a better solution.  Apply a small amount 
of bee's wax to the tenon and replace the stem into the pipe.  This will 
give a smooth, secure fit.  When you smoke the pipe, the warmth softens 
the wax allowing some to be absorbed into the mortise.  The wood swells 
slightly and fit lasts for a long time.  I fixed a Jim Cooke bent 
billiard this way 6 months ago and it's been problem-free every since.

[Letter from John McLaren in PD #257 deleted. -S.]

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

P.S.   Have a look at our website at www.ulster.net/~den.
       The latest update was on December 17th..

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

Would like to find a source for DR GRABOW (viking) on line or mail order.

Inexpensive but great smoke but harder and harderto find.

Would appreciate and help in locating distributer or retailer.

Thanks in advance.

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From: Dave Sweet <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998

Greetings All!  Hope you all had a Great Christmas and New Year. (and
you got that special new pipe you had your eye on!)

I have a simple query.  Where can I find a distributor/retailer of pipe
tobacco cigarettes? (Spring Water, etc...)

Dave (????????????????)

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From: "kurt L pankratz" <?????????????????????>
Subject: request for help


i tried unsuccessfully to open the poor richard's tobacco shop web site =
you mentioned in your letter. could you  tell me what their email =
address is?
or forward my message to them that i am trying to contact them.  =


thank you.

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From: ???????????????????????? (Michael J. McEachin)
Subject: posting from pipes page

I am searching for the tobacco supplier who used to sell to Mr. Snow
Jamison, owner of Tabacco Village, in Smyrna Ga.(metro Atlanta) in the
late 70's &early80's. Snow had the best blends I have ever smoked and
the most extensive pipe collection.I am currently smoking Dunhill
Early morning & Sail Green but have yet to find the quality I think I
remember getting from Tabacco Village. I have enjoyed finding the web
site and hope to post some useful comments in the future, Thanks.
Michael J. McEachin

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

Hello Steve and List,

I have a briar Peterson, with a meerschaum (kapmeer) inner layer, appr
1/8 of an inch thick.  This pipe needs sweetening, but I haven't the
foggiest idee how to handle this. I don't like to use a reamer, cause
of the material beeing rather soft and easely damaged.

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From: ???????????????? (Lorenzo Muan)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Dear Steve and fellow PD readers,

Happy New Year to all of you.

Unfortunately, this is not a message of praise or advice, nor a
question. I am posting the following to warn you about what has
recently happened to me:

As I live in Italy, where the pipes are great but the choice of
tobacco is quite unsatisfactory, every time a friend goes to the US I
give him a nice order of Frog Morton, Esoterica Tobacciana and similar
mixtures that I love. Along with this I asked a friend to get me a
couple of Dunhill Montecruz cigars (also unavailable in Italy) for my

What happened? Well, as usual the tinned tobacco was fine, but the
three (yes, three out of three )cigars were completely dry and one was
actually full of holes and insect ridden!

Needless to say, I just dumped them in the trash because I can't be
bothered to send them back by mail or wait until the next time I have
someone coming to the US.

It's the first time that this has happened, but it's also the first
time that a young Italian girl who hardly speaks English, and of
course without any knowledge of cigars, has done me this favour.

I just hope that the shop assistants didn't figure they could rip her
off and that nothing would happen.

The shop which gave rise to this unpleasant situation was Barclay-Rex
at 42nd St., New York, NY.

It would be interesting to hear an explanation from them, if anyone
involved reads the PD.

Thanks again for the service and mostly good news we usually get with
every PD issue.

Happy puffs,
Lorenzo Muan

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From: "Peter Dion" <???????????????>
Subject: Stem polishing


I been with the digest now since 1995 and I really used the information you
provide to enhance my pipe smoking.  It really has been a joy to read. 
Thanks for all the hard work.  I have a question,  what kind of polish do
you use on a vulcanite stem to remove the green color.  I have a Peterson
and I need to spruce it up.  Again my thanks for doing all the "work". 
Smoke in Peace.

Pete Dion

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Demise of Agricultural and Mechanical Gazette?

[Administrativa deleted. -S.]

Happy New Year Steve!

There was a thread over the holidays implying that
Neil Murray has stopped publishing the Agricultural
and Mechanical Gazette. [And just when I was
convincing the checkbook keeper to let me subscribe
to a periodical or two :-( ]

Since PD is a crossroads of email and snail mail,
maybe you can contact Neil for the community, or else
offer us your knowledge of truth.

Happy puffing, John 

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From: "Alfredo M. Rubio" <??????????????????>
Subject: mouthpieces and subscribe mailgroup 

I want to subscribe me to pipes mailgroup.
I for little time am making pipes of briar by hand (single with dremel, file
and sandpaper).
I have a great problem with the obtaining of mouthpieces (stem) for my
pipes. Could send me an address email of Stenco-Pimo, in order to ask if you
could send mouthpieces to Spain.
Pardon for my English.
Cordial greetings
Alfredo M. Rubio
Oviedo - Spain

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: re: PD#258

Here in the mid-Atlantic, it's a snowy/freezing-rainy Friday night,
good for not going anywhere; I'm a bachelor for the weekend.  Which
means it's the perfect evening to finally peruse issue #258 with the
leisure it is due, but which the holidaze have not previously allowed. 
And it has made for a very entertaining companion, I must say! A couple
exhanges in particular caught my attention so that I have to throw my 2
cents worth in...

	Alexander Theberge wonders what kind of music pipe smokers listen to to
enhance their enjoyment of the briar. I find pipe smoking, as a
passtime, to be both relaxing and intellectually stimulating.  As a
result, I favor music that is either soothing or else mentally
stimulating.  So-called new-age "space" music fills the former bill for
me; Joni Mitchell is a good example of the latter.  I realize my choices
are not everyone's cup of tea (or bowl of Perique???); I'm sure there
are others out there who find it relaxing to listen to Gansta Rap, or
who get a good cerebral workout from speed-metal.  More power to
them--my musical tastes are not objectively any "better" than theirs. 
And preferences are rarely absolutes--at the moment I'm listening to
"Evita" (the premiere American recording), which is certainly not
calming, and I'm not prepared to argue whether it goes better with an
aromatic than an English!
	Ultimately, what to listen to is whatever is pleasurable to you and
increases your enjoyment of the moment.

	Second, Martin Goldring asks about those who enjoy dual membership in
the fraternities of motorcycles and pipes (pardon my sexist choice of
word).  Is it my imagination, pure coincidence, or some rule no one told
me about, that pipe-bikers must ride Beemers?
	 FWIW, I've never even tried to smoke & ride simultaneously, despite
having a big windscreen to hide behind. I've always found a pinch
between cheek and gum to be far more practical--not that spitting at
speed doesn't present its own challenges, with or without a full-face

Steve Johnson
Alexandria, VA
'84 Gold Wing
'96 Gold Wing

[Clive Humm, who has been especially prolific this issue, has more to
say on that, too! -S.]

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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes & Bikes

>From Clive Humm
e-mail ??????????????????????


I once managed to insert the stem of a Peterson up under the chin bar of a
full-face helmet and smoke it whilst riding my 1964 Royal Enfield
Continental GT.  But the Enfield does have clip-ons and a flyscreen, so I
was able to get the pipe out of the breeze.  And as I was riding escort to
a wheelchair marathon at the time, I didn't achieve bowl-burning velocity!

Happy pipesmoking!


Click on this link to view my website!

[Well done, regardless! -S.]

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From: ??????????????????????????? (Mike H.)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Happy new year all. I hope your hollidays were good. Thank you to the
fellow captain black smoker for e-mailing me back as to how one could
make coctact with John B. Hayes while in the DC area over
hollidays. That was a beautiful coincidence that he posted a mailing
Touting Mr. Hayes as a Tobaconist prior to a holliday in which my wife
and I would be going back to visit her parents in the DC area.I was
mildly dissapointed that we would not be able to visit this
toboccanist on our visit to the east coast. I was truly looking
forward to this voyage to a real pipe shop because we live in a very
secluded area, and the closest shop is one hour away. They are very
good for cigars and some pipe tobacco, but have a limmited
selection. The visit was a great deal of fun, and it was very nice to
see all of my in laws again. Despite the ammount of fun we had, I
still could not help but think how nice it would have been if we could
have all been together for a puff of good tobacco for new years
eve. The strong and rampid anti-tobacco sentiment in the family
prevented this however.

We do have a new pipe afficianado in our family despite the
anti-tobacco sentiment. For a Christmass present I carved my brother
in law a beautiful free hand out of prime plateaux briar. It was a
gorgous streight grain that stood on it's own, with a bent stem
complete with a silver collar ring and pollished bowl interior. It was
buffed with carnuba wax, and the bit was so bright you would think
that it was carved from grade A Onnyx. My mouth waters to think of
it. Apperently so did his dog's. Not only did she appreciate the pipe,
but she also chose to make a fiew changes of her own. The bit was
drasticly shortened and the silver collar ring was immidiately
discarded. She reworked the stummel to give it a more rounded
appearence, and she also decided that the pipe did not need to stand
up on it's own any more either. I am not sure how the pipe smokes now
due to the fact that her new design did not require a stem with a
mortise to accomodate a bit, but it is nice to know that there is some
one in the family with whom I can sit down and discuss the hobby of
pipe carving with.
I have heard that gord and meerschaum (sp) calabash pipes are no
longer being made, or are no longer available. I am interested in
finding out if this is true. Does any body know this for sure? Please
e-mail me and let me know.

in conclusion I would like to announce my new found love for
Peterson's Irish whiskey! This stuff is delicious. I am sure my
brother in law's dog would back me up on this. It smokes nice and
cool.(no tongue bite). It also burns nice. It delivers an adequite
doce of niccotine as well.

Mike H.

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Chacom

Mr. Masticola:

Do you happen to know if Chacom still makes that deep red stain Canadian
with a white/yellow (probably fake ivory) band?  I looked for a Chacom
site, but couldn't find it.  

I've had Chacom's in the past and have been somewhat pleased--OK, but
not a Dunhill/Peterson/Castello!!  Nevertheless, I recently brought a
Chacom of mine back from the dead and was rather pleased--a Chacom
Virgin, lumberman (or extra long Canadian) and a single piece of wood,
not one of those lumbermans pieced together.  

Thanks for your time.

Prof. Dan C. Williamson

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From: ????????????????? (Al Maloney)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hi Steve, I've enjoyed visiting Pipes.org and reading the digest for
quite some time but have never posted. Typing with one finger and no
spell checking is daunting! Aw, well..here goes:

 I started smoking a pipe in 1949 and it's allure has never
 dimmed. From the almost infinite variety of pipes to choose from (or
 long for), to my never ending search for the "perfect tobacco", it's
 more than just smoking, it's a hobby and a pastime.

 I have, at present, around fifty pipes that I am quite happy with. I
 smoke them all. Among my favorites are three from Mark Tinsky's
 American Pipe Smoking Co. and eight that I have carved myself. I may
 put these on my web page some day, if I ever get it done.

 I've acquired, over the years, other "keepers" from Savinelli,
 Sasini, Comoy, Peterson, Nording, Bari, etc. You get the picture,
 darn good pipes..all in the medium price range. Good smokers,all. I
 learned my lesson early that the low end pipes seldom give the bliss
 we all strive for and the really high priced pipes....well, I wish I
 could, but I balk at paying over $150 for a pipe ( and I haven't done
 that often!)

Tobacco, there's the rub and there's the fun. I dare not recommend
any particular blend or mixture to anyone. I do have a couple of "Old
Faithfuls" that I fall back on but, in general, tobacco is as elusive
as the smoke it generates. What I prefer, you may detest, what I am
smoking today may not be what I smoke tomorrow. I must confess here: I
am mainly an aromatic man and trying to get over feeling quilty about
it. I know, English blends with lots of latakia or uncased americans
are what the "true" pipe smokers use. I have tried,Lord, I have
tried. I could retire on the price of tobacco blends I have
tossed. (Oops, I am retired)! I even went through a period of blending
my own w ith no decent results.

 I know there are lots more out there like myself, always trying to
 find "The Perfect Smoke". I haven't found mine yet but I sure am
 enjoying the search!

 I will leave you with this one absolute: mix a blend you don't care
 for with another you don't like and you'll have a whole lot of
 tobacco that you really won't like! Aw heck, you'll do it anyway..we
 all do.

                                                    Good Smoking,
                                                      Al Maloney   

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

This is not an article; it's a question.

I'm looking for pipe-smokers resources in Canada with web pages. (Govt
taxation has forced our good suppliers out of business.)

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From: "Jim Moyes" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Newbie Question(s)

Hi There

I have been trying to move over to a pipe (from cigarettes) for a few months 
now but cannot seem to find a suitable tobacco. I have mainly tried the middle 
of the road brands but they all seem to make my mouth very hot, and gives me 
slight indigestion.
I live in a "New Town" so there is not a lot, none actually, of dedicated 
tobacco outlets so the I have been trying the well known brands which are on 
most cigarette retailers shelves.
Can I call on the assembled knowledge for suggestions as to the correct method 
of filling as I sometimes get it too tight, then too loose, which really is 
putting me off the whole idea.
Should I clean my pipe after it has been smoked to the bottom or can it just be 
Sorry for my lack of knowledge as to the art of pipe smoking.

Talk Soon

Jim Moyes
Photographer - Livingston
West Lothian - Scotland

mailto : ?????????????????????

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From: (no address given)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Dear Alexander Theberge,

I'm a new pipe smoker (I contributed the article "Why I Smoke a Pipe"
in #258) and a classical music fan. Bach and Handel would seem to be
excellent music to smoke by, and perhaps also early period music
performed by Sequentia, the Tallis Scholars, or the Anonymous 4.

But I have to admit that I prefer to smoke my pipe in silence. Most of
my life is taken up with all kinds of noise and busyness, and so
silence and the serenity of pipe smoking seem to be natural allies.


Jeff Culbreath
Sacramento, California

[A peaceful and contemplative approach, indeed. -S.]

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Quote of the Week:

  "For three weeks Facher and Cheeseman and their assistants
   questioned the families closely about more than five hundred
   brand-name household products [...] To Schlictmann, the strategy
   behind this exhaustive list was obvious. These five hundred 
   items all allegedly contained a known or suspected carcinogen.
   Peanut butter, for example, ranked high on the list, right up with
   cigarettes. The reason: all peanut butter contains trace amounts of
   aflotoxin B1, a natural but potent liver carcinogen produced by a
   common peanut mold."

				  Jonathan Harr
				  _A Civil Action_ 

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  2. Subject: The Pipe Club of Bridlington
  3. Subject: setting up a pipe club
  4. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998
  5. Subject: Season greetings
  6. Subject: posting from pipes page
  7. Subject: ?????????????????????
  8. Subject: Milleville pipes
  9. Subject: posting from pipes page
  10. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 --
  11. Subject: ban tobacco?
  12. Subject: posting from pipes page
  13. Subject: SEARCHING FOR LANE 1020
  14. Subject: Uli from Germany
  15. Subject: Re: dunhill nightcap
  16. Subject: posting from pipes page
  17. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998
  18. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998
  19. Subject: posting from pipes page
  20. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998
  21. Subject: request for help
  22. Subject: posting from pipes page
  23. Subject: posting from pipes page
  24. Subject: posting from pipes page
  25. Subject: Stem polishing
  26. Subject: Demise of Agricultural and Mechanical Gazette?
  27. Subject: mouthpieces and subscribe mailgroup
  28. Subject: re: PD#258
  29. Subject: Pipes & Bikes
  30. Subject: posting from pipes page
  31. Subject: Chacom
  32. Subject: posting from pipes page
  33. Subject: posting from pipes page
  34. Subject: Newbie Question(s)
  35. Subject: posting from pipes page
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