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Subject: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999

		Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 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: 3669

Welcome to new members:

	Tom von Trott
	Bjarni Olafsson
	Maurice O'Grady
	Janne Saksala
	Anthony J. Kaiser Jr
	Robert Link
	Omar Green
	Benno Rosenthal
	Bruce Anhalt
	Jos^[,Ai^[(B Joaqu^[,Am^[(BN Fern^[,Aa^[(BNdez
	Leonardo Teles
	Steven S. Gross
	John Couchot
	Jim Beggans
	Darryl Tardy
	Chris Poplin
	Yvette Jernudd
	Charles W. Blanchard
	Mike Gervais
	Aaron Regner
	Yehuwdiy Dillon.
	Jose De Anchieta
	Scott Swan
	B. T. Martin
	Asher D. Atchick
	Joseph P. Mullin, Jr.
	Yonus A. Siddiqui
	David Richardson
	Todd Lake
	Fernando P^[,Ai^[(BRez V^[,Ai^[(BLez
	Erik Martensen
	Tom James
	Imre Kabai
	Dan Ginter
	Jeff Rosenfeld
	Kent Krepps
	John McCluskey
	Walt Everly
	James W. Campbell
	John K. Heck
	Lee Carroll
	Steve Goetz
	Anthony M. Saliba
	Jeff Buck
	Luis B. Perez
	John Proakis
	Jon Anderson
	Anthony O'Malley
	Ken Wolman
	Dario Romano
	Martin E. Gaing
	Randall Pike
	Michael Davis
	Tony Nicolson
	Tom Nolan
	Stephen K. Jones
	George Panagiotakopoulos
	Jason Covener
	Amy Kanski
	Gordon Ervin
	J. D. Perron
	Francesco Dufour
	Aaron Munn
	Stanislav Matysek
	Dave Pierce
	C. Rebillot
	Nuno Guerreiro
	Manfred W. Resag
	David M Unser
	Gino Mastro
	Ronald D. Butler
	L. J. Bosco
	Christopher N. Ciccone
	David Wade
	Martin Corn
	Sam Howells.
	Steve Martin
	Paul Brittan
	Grant W. Armstrong
	Paul J. Thompson
	Jean-Fran^[,Ag^[(BOis Becker
	Leah Jewel Alexander
	Mitch Reifel
	Richard Jones
	Andre Vossen
	Friedemann Scholze
	Greg Hampton
	John G. Scheppers
	Daniel Pienaar
	Rob Grass
	Lyndon Morgan
	Sue Blake
	Jim Mc Cormick
	David Settle
	Nathan W. Stumpf
	Charles T. O'Toole
	Robert L Baker
	David Spaw
	Louis Jeffrey
	Borge Evensen
	Guido Linckens
	Stephen W. Gissendaner
	Mark Kelsey
	Leslie James Cordonnier
	James K. Palmer
	Steve Thomas
	Allan Nicholson
	George Smith
	John Burke
	David Parker
	Shane T. Knerl
	Steve Pollo
	Reginald Sykes
	Loma Chen
	David Silver

[ILLNESS] Craig Tarler of Cornell and Diehl is recovering from a
triple bypass that he underwent mid-month. He seems to be doing well;
reports are that he converted the surgeon to pipe smoking on the way
to the operating room.  But he probably could still use a little peace
and quiet; I know Patty could!  So please don't nag him about any late
Cross-eyed Cricket shipments. (OTOH, where the heck is that Flower of
the Steppes? :-)

Craig, please get well soon, and from all of us,

			     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: "Dick Alexander" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Northeast Arkansas Pipe Puffer's Club

Just a brief report....N.A.P.P.C. is still growing...slowly but surely.   
We started last May with 2 members and now have 24.    We meet on the 2nd
Saturday of each month 10:00 a.m. at the Tobacco  Plus store in the
Highland Square Shopping Center...Highland, Arkansas.    We invite any and
all interested persons to come visit/join us.    Our Pipe Smoking contest
will be the second Saturday of June 1999...phone 870-856-4433 or
870-856-4100 for information.     Dick  

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From: "Horvath, Chuck" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999

Hey Steve,

Just wanted to drop a line to tell you thanks for sending out
such a quality and informative periodical for us folks who 
are truly "Brothers of the Briar"......

Currently I'm the NAPS (Nashville Association of Pipes Smokers)
President and have a charter membership of about 85 faithful
pipes smokers.  Monthly we convene on the Second Tuesday
of each Month at The Sherlock Holmes Pub @ 6:30 where we
indulge in our favorite stein of Guinness or whatever salivates
your palette.  After ordering we then pack our favorite pipe 
with whatever blend either brought to the table by oneself
or presented by some of the numerous Pipe & Tobacco Stores
in town.

I've been smoking a pipe for about 8 years and can remember
the day I started not knowing a thing about it. My Grandfather
and Father both smoked a pipe and to this day have never asked 
them a single question on the "how to's" of Pipe Smoking.

One reference that helped me tremendously through the early years
was Carl Hackers Ultimate Pipe Smoking Book.  To this day I still pick
it up and re-read chapters that in the beginning may not have made
as much sense as they do now.  I highly recommend this book for
beginning Pipe Smokers, a good reference and starting point.

Over the years I've collected a number of pipes.  In my collection
today I have just over 60.  They range from the higher grades of 
SBang, Jes Chonowitsch, Paul Ilstead, Ingo Garbe, Jorn Larsen, 
W.O. Larsen, some DR Dunhill's, Julius Vesz, Barling, Barbi and 
Ser Jacopo's. On the lower to medium grades I smoke Peterson's, 
Charatans, Castello, Don Carlos, Ferndowns, Nording, Mastro de Paja,
Bonaquisti, JT Cooke, Butz Chacom and Ardors. All are smoked 
regularly and have enjoyed each by the fireplace or reading a Sherlock
Holmes mystery.  I tend to be a English kind of guy and lean towards
Latakia's, Perique, Orientals, Cased and Pressed Virginias. Smoke lots
of Esoterica's Penzance, Margate and Pembroke, but smoke the McClelland,
Ashton, Dunhill, Davidoff, Butera's Royal Vintage, Cornell & Diehl, CAO 
Blend of Old Ironsides, Wessex Tradition and Timm's London Blend 250 & 1000
just to name a few.  

As many of us try to find the tobacco we can call our
signature blend, it's a great time to be a "Brother of the Briar"

Keep up the great articles and as you always say, "Smoke in Peace"

Chuck Horvath

Some of my Pipe Links worth checking out.....


[Thanks for the note Chuck; I had no idea that Nashville was a hotbed
of pipe activity!  I've taken the liberty of including your name and
email address in the Guide for NAPS. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????
Subject: First Pipe Club Meeting

Just wanted to let you know that we are having our first pipe club meeting in
the Memphis/Mid-South Area Monday, February 8, 1999 at 7:30 pm.  Any new
members to Pipe Digest who live in the area and are interested please feel
free to attend.  My home phone is (901) 757-9718 or email me at ??????????????
Thanks for your help in getting out my message of trying to start a pipe club
in the Memphis area.  Keep up the good work with the Digest as it is a most
valuable resource for fellow pipe smokers!

Marty Quinton 

[Gee, we're getting a _lot_ of club news from Tenessee this issue!
Unfortunately, this issue is going out waaaaaay late for your first
meeting; hope it was a success! -S. ]

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From: "Douglas A. Pitts" <??????????????>
Subject: Pipe Show


I would like to know if you have or know where to get any information on 
putting on a Pipe Show.  We at the Fresno Pipe Club are trying to find 
out as much information as we can about this.

Any help?,

Douglas A. Pitts
President, Fresno Pipe Club

[Perhaps... see two letters ahead! -S. ]

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

I am looking for any information anyone has out there to help me set up a 
pipe club in the Canton, Georgia area.  I haven't been able to locate
anything or anyone that has attempted to do so in this area.
Is there anyone out there that can offer any good ideas/warnings?
Thank you for your time.

[As I say so often here... see the next letter! -S.]

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

Oh my!  Never, ever underestimate the power of the 'net - and PD, of

In the last issue, I posted the information the Peter Wiseman, Hon Sec and
treasurer of the Pipe Club of London, has published some notes on the
formation of a pipe club.  

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was not able to
tell Peter that I had done this until a few days after the event  You can
guess what happened - he was deluged with requests!.  This causes him some
small inconvenience and cost as he has to trot down to the corner shop to
have his notes photocopied - the document runs to 15 pages.

Despite this, Peter is still very willing to make these notes available -
but here is the deal.  The notes will be supplied free of charge to members
of the Pipe Club of London.  (Membership is available to all pipesmokers,
anywhere in the world.  Only about 50% of our members live in the UK). 
Non-members can still request a copy of these notes, but a charge of US$20
will be made.  This covers the cost of photocopying, postage and the bank
charges levied on us for changing dollars into pounds.

Applications for membership of the Pipe Club of London, of a copy of
Peter's notes (or both) should be made in writing to :
Peter C. Wiseman,
Hon Sec & Treasurer
The Pipe Club of London
40 Crescent Drive
Petts Wood
Kent BR5 1BD

I deeply regret any inconvenience I may have caused.


Click on this link to view my website.

[Clive, you and Peter Wiseman are both real gentlemen. -S. ]

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

Dear Steve, Just a quick note to tell you about a new Internet pipe
club (yes, another!) for Australians, New Zealanders and Australasians
(or anyone interested in the pipe scene in this region). It's on the
Yahoo Club site and the URL is:
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/australianpipesmokers?s I do hope readers
of the Digest will come along and visit us. Best Wishes, Graeme
(Founder Member)

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From: "Ad van Bever" <?????????????????>
Subject: Re: MacBaren Club

Dear pipe smokers,

Recently I have enlisted on the MacBaren Club. It is a free service to Pipe
Smokers. They give out a magazine and have a ordering system for pipes. This
is the good part.
On the web site there is an offer to enjoy the Great Outdoors! Smoke your
pipe and enjoy the view!
All wonderfull, but......!

What they offer is a DEER-HUNTING trip. It is called" with pipe and rifle in
Scotland". I am stunned to learn that they associate pipe smoking with
hunting. I am a liberal guy (being from Holland) and I feel that everyone
should do the things he wants to do.
But a hunting trip is not the first thing which comes to mind when I think
of pipe smoking.

It is strange that a factory that makes damn good pipe tobacco is promoting
hunting. I have sent them a copy of this mail and I am anxious to learn
their views.


Ad van Bever
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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From: ????????????????
Subject: A Contest for Pipe Smokers!

Setve & All You Pipe Smokers,

Mr. Paul's Pipes and PIPE FRIENDLY magazine are cosponsoring a 'Name
the Tobacco Contest!' Open to everyone who enjoys the pleasures of a
good smoke. 

No Purchase necessary!!!

FREE tobacco samples!!!

More than 30 prizes - Including exquisitely carved briar pipes,
delicately blended high quality pipe tobaccos, and some of the best
printed materials you'll find on our hobby. 

For details on getting a free tobacco sample, follow the link or reply
by email (with your name & snail mail address) 


Thank you for your attention and Good luck! Joel Farr - Pipe Friendly magazine

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From: Danielle Guillot <????????????????????????>
Subject: looking for tabacco brand & shop

I'm going to travel in south africa and i wish to know where i could find
tobacco in Capetown
D guillot from paris

[Nothing in Cape Town, but I have listings for Pretoria and
Johannesburg.  See  http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html. -S. ]

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From: "Alfredo M. Rubio" <??????????????????>
Subject: I don't find mouthpieces. 

Hello Steve Masticola:
Pardon if I am sending the question to the mistaken address.
I am making briar pipes by hand. I have already made eight.
I don't find mouthpieces.
Does somebody know where I can buy mouthpieces of Lucita or Vulcanita, in
some place of Europe?
Thank you and greetings:
Alfredo M. Rubio
Oviedo - Espan~a

[There are several resources listed in the Resource Guide, under
"Repairs and Custom Carving." See http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html.
-S. ]

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From: Todd Moucha <????????????????????>
Subject: Old Pipe


I have a tabacco pipe from the 1800's.  It is in need of repair.  The
piece between the the bowl and the long tube (an elbow) is missing.  Do
you know of any tabacco shop that repairs old pipes.

The bowl has a copper lid that is hinged to the bowl.  Also there is a
deer, grass and trees painted on the bowl.

Todd E. Moucha
???????????????????? or ????????????????????????

[Don't know about antiques, but see the Resource Guide, under
"Repairs and Custom Carving." http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html.
-S. ]

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

I Have resently Changed from smoking cigareets to a pipe ,I have accuired
several pipesfrom garage sales,and would like to know if it is posable to
get new stems ? P.S I took your sajestion with a corn cob and like it just
fine .
and thanks for the info.

[Yes; see the Resource Guide at
http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html under "Repairs and Custom
Carving." -S.]

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From: "Gordon Padwick" <??????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999


I really appreciate all the effort you put into Pipes Digest. However
it seems to consist of a lot of comments and questions, but few
responses. Can't you set it up with threads so that people can answer,
and see, answers to questions?

I inherited the pipe-smoking habit from my father. He was appalled at
tobacco taxes, so grew and cured his own. Unfortunately he's not alive
any more, so I can't ask him how he did it. Now I'm retired and should
have the time available, I'm thinking about how I might be able to
grow and cure my own pipe tobacco. Sounds like a good way to avoid the
outlandish taxes the Federal and state governments are planning to

My requirements are, I think, quite simple because I prefer Black
Cavendish - the inexpensive tobacco you can can buy from drug
stores. Strange as it may seem to some pipe smokers, I prefer the
simple tobacco to the blends that tobacco stores offer.

Can anyone offer sources of information about growing tobacco plants,
about harvesting the leaves, about curing them, and about preparing
the cured leaves for smoking?

If anyone has suggestions, I suggest you post them to Pipes Digest, so
that everyone can see them. Otherwise, respond to me at


[I usually try to at least group common topics together. Last issue, I
must admit that I was in rather too much of a hurry to put it
together, and probably this showed.  Beware The Hurry
Sickness... -S. ]

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From: Jack Atwell <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999

  hi every one i need an answer to a question i smoke aromatics and i
buy house blends from different tobacconists they are usually very
good the question is .......is there a well known maker of tobacco
that produces aromatic tobacco? mc cellend frog morton rattrays??  as
far as i know these companys produce only straight and or english
blends thanks for any help .please email me if anyone has any ideas

[A lot of blenders produce aromatics. I daresay C&D is well known, and
about half of their blends are aromatics.  -S. ]

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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Cleaning Vulcanite stems

I hate hard work!.  I also hate spending money. I tried Dunhill and
Savenelli stem restoring polish and they worked well - but they were hard
work and very expensive.  So here is my personal method for restoring
vulcanite stems, which may appeal to other lazy tightwads.

First, I use a non-abrasive kitchen cleaning gunk - the brand I use is
called "Shiny Sinks" and is widely available in UK supermarkets, although I
suspect that any other brand of "creme" cleanser will work just as well. 
One 500cc bottle costs about 2 UK pounds and will last forever (providing
your wife doesn't start using it on the sinks).  I find it best to use a
fairly harsh cloth - a bit of old denim is just about right.  With light,
easy rubbing you will restore the stem to a serviceable black semi-matt
shine and remove most, perhaps all, of the white oxidisation. Really crusty
stems may need another application.

To get the stem really shiny, the second step is to visit you handy car
accessory shop and buy a can of colour restorer - the stuff that cuts
through traffic film.  I use T-Cut and, again, one can will last forever,
unless you start using it on your car as well.  Gentle buffing with this
stuff will give you a polish that is (almost) as good as you will achieve
on a polishing wheel.  For this step, I favour application on a piece of
old T-shirt.

For bowls, I use "Lord Sheraton 1773 Pure Beeswax Balsam", which is
available in the UK at  major supermarkets.  This stuff is great!  Simply
wipe it on, let it dry for a while, wipe it off - and admire the shine! 
Regular applications bring about the quality of polish previously only
accomplished by the diligent application of nose-oil.

Of course, skilled use of the correct grades of polishing wheels and
compounds will give a superior finish - but we don't all have access to a
polishing wheel.

I'm sure that other readers will have their own favourite restoration
techniques - I look forward to reading them in future editions of PD!

Click on this link to view my website!

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From: Dan Wheeler - The American Legion <???????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999

You may already know about www.ebay.com -- the auction site.  I have
been the high bidder on 11 pipes in recent days, everything ranging
from a 1988 Dunhill Christmas Pipe, unsmoked, for $450 to an oriental
jade pipe for $24.  There are lots of Dunhills (search under
"Dunhill") and many other pipes and pipe stuff.  Most items stay up
for bid for 6 or 7 days.  One has to register to buy or sell, but
buying cost nothing and takes only a few minutes to register.  Sellers
pay a small fee to post, and then a small percentage of the total
sale.  The only reason I can think that I'm telling you this -- aside
from the universal camaraderie of pipe smokers -- is that some of you
will have great pipes to post for me to buy.  Love your digest.
Thanks for all you do. -- Dan Wheeler

[Oh, yes, Dan; ebay has been responsible for the disappearance of
large sums of $$$ from my pocket!  Not for pipes, though; for an
Aladdin lamp (amber Washington drape, electrified) and two flat-wick
lamps that I really paid too much for. BTW, I've got the Washington
drape on my desk now, alight, and I think it serves to some extent as
a smoke eater. Has anyone else had this experience? Of course, if you
intend to buy an Aladdin, I'd wait until Jan. 2, 2000; prices are
through the roof with Y2K and all. -S. ]

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

In the last Digest, Steve Sutera inquired as to a source for the pipe smoked by
Sam Elliot in Gettysburg.  The pipe is availible from:
Peter Evans Pipes
285 West Mashta Drive
Department W
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 361-5589

[ I'm always amazed at the ability of the "pipies" to track down
obscure information related to the hobby!  Thanks! -S. ]

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From: Colonel Panic <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999

In response to the following message:

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

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.

I find that in most pipes that have gone sour the problem is in
the shank, not in the bowl.  As meerschaum /is/ rather brittle
and can also be dissolved, the key is to soak a thick pipecleaner
in alcohol and leave it in the shank.  You may have to replace it
several times with fresh cleaners; once the shank seems pretty
soaked, take a shank brush or a handful of bristle pipecleaners
and scrub until no more gunk comes out.

Then, take another fuzzy cleaner soaked in alcohol and leave it
in overnight.  If a LOT of brown comes out you can do it over
until the cleaner comes out white.

Basically, you want to first soften the tar and gunk in the
shank, then scrub out all you can.  After that, you can try to
leach out the tars and oils that have soaked more deeply into the
wood.  Instead of the last step, some folks take a drill bit and
drill the shank out to its original size, but I don't advise this
unless you really know what you're doing.

Hope all of my babbling helps...


 .sig redacted to protect your sanity.

[Indeed, Terry. Another tactic that works, especially with the
Peterson goo trap, is cotton swabs.  Takes patience, though. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????
Subject: Pipe collection

Hi Steve
I'm Ross and I have come across a pipe collection in my Pawnshop thats suppose
be worth allot of money. 
Except I don't have clue how to price them?
For Example W.O. Larson # 9 $500.00 ------ Ben Wade unicorn $450.00
56 Dunhill Root Briar $1000.00 ------Charaten belvedere $250.00
I have a list of 29 pipes with there supposed prices, but I need to confirm
prices before I can sell them?
Do you have any bits of wisdom for me?

[Uh, Ebay?  :-) Alternatively, maybe one of the estate pipe dealers on
the list would be interested in taking a look. -S. ]

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


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From: The Donohues <???????????????????????>
Subject: (no subject)

ihave a meersham pipe dr. grabow still in the box any idea of the date
it was made or what its worth? 
                                thanxs mike

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From: Joseh O Thompson <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Norwegian pipe ????

I have a pipe that belonged to my GF John M Thompson .  The pipe is approx.
22 1/2 " long w/meerschaum bowl. Bowl is or looks like it could be silver
and hinges w/vents under. Inscribed on cover is J. M. Thompson Oct. 30
1910.  My GGF Martin Knutsmoen Taraldson Thompson came from Norway in 1867
Vaaler i Solor. It my be that he went back to Norway and purchased it for
my GF John. Back part of bowl is stamped with G. Larsen and on the metal
part next to bowl reads H. H. then a small inscribed tea pot, then 830S.
May be mark for silversmith ??.  Do you have any info on this or do you
know of anyone else that may be of help to me ?  Thank you kindly for any
further reply.  

                                 Mange tusen takk,      
                                 Joseph (Joe) O Thompson
                                 W11802 Thompson Road
                                 Black River Falls, W. 54615

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Custom pipes

Do you know of someone who could duplicate a porceline (I think) pipe.  It was
my great-grandfather's from what is today the Czech Republic -- painted with
is name, etc. Unfortunately, I think either my step-father or his niece sold
it (possibly to a relative). I may be able to get photos.


[A potter, possibly.  Aside from that, I don't know. -S.]

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From: Jason Ballou <????????????????????>
Subject: Graffix

I am trying to track down some contact information for Graffix, a
tobacco pipe and waterpipe manufacturer.  Can you offer any assistance? 
Thanks for any help that you can provide.


[Nothing between Grafler and Grafton in Wilczak and Colwell... he said
drily... -S.]

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From: John and Corinne Richards <??????????????>
Subject: Clay Pipes

I don't smoke (never have), but I used to collect clay pipes - plus a couple 
of miscellaneous oddities I acquired.  Most were stolen (and probably 
discarded) with some other stuff some years ago.  I am intersted in 
collecting again, and like to mount and display some of the pipes.  I would 
be very interseted in any information on sources.  I'm not necessarily 
interested in rare antiques - just any clays new or old. To me they are 
just different and "nice" things, interesting for their shapes, special 
editions, and history as well as the crafstmanship.  I have several "hooves", 
 "acorns", a leg (ladies' - with stocking!) and a set of churchwardens from 
9 inches up to sixteen.

Also, you may be intersted in hearing about a pipe I once owned.  Excuse my 
terminology - I'm not an expert!  It was given to me on my birthday by my 
ex-mother-in-law.  It belonged to my ex-wife's grandfather and I gave it back 
to her when we divorced (only fair thing to do).  It had a maker's name W. 
Freidlander on it.  The bowl was meerschaum, but very plain in shape - almost 
like an overgrown clay.  The rim was of engraved metal with a flat engraved 
and pierced lid, pivoted so that it could be swung out of the way.  The 
meerschaum stem was short - maybe an inch.  Attached was a long metal stem, 
again engraved.  It was angled steeply, though the only curve was in the 
amber mouth-piece, held on by a (bone?) threaded piece inside the joint.  The 
stem appeared to be about 6 inches or so long.  The whole thing fit in a 
velvet lined pipe-shaped hinged case.  I might add that I was given the pipe 
in England.  I am now an American citizen.  The mouthpiece was broken, so I 
had a reproduction spare (fake - whoa! amber too expensive!) made for display 
purposes in Washington State.  Anyway, the metal parts were said to be 
pewter, but when I started to clean it, I immediately discovered it was 
silver.  While I was gently rubbing it, I was startled when the stem started 
to give way.  I thought I had broken it, then I realized that it was 
telescopic.  It pulled out to form a long stem, probably a good 10 inches or 
more.  Sherlock Holmes might have loved it! (But he was a Calibash fan?).  I 
would love to own it again, but I don't think my ex-wife would want to part 
with it.

I used to buy clays sometimes from "Sam's Pipe Shop" in The Angel, Islington 
when I worked near there back in the 70's.  Sadly Sam is long since passed 
away and the shop gone (I looked for it when I was back visiting once).

I also still have a "commemerative" clay bowl that came out of the Thames 
mud.  It was difficult to read the wording - something about Egypt, with a 
castle gate on it.  Several years later in Seattle, I happened on a clearance 
sale in a gift shop near the Space Needle.  There I found to my surprise, a 
brand new pipe from the exact same (but repaired) mold.  It was easy to read 
and commemerated the battle of Alexandria.  Quite a coincidence to find half 
a world away!!  The pipe still showed some of the original mold damage and 
wear, but some had been refurbished.  Of course the molder's initial was 
updated.  So one of these days I will mount the two together for display.

Sincerly,  John Richards.

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

I have a clay pipe that I am looking to identify.  I know absolutely
nothing about pipes, so any help would be appreciated.   

This is very old and was found in a trunk in my great aunts attic.  As
I said, a clay pipe.  Looks like the outside was maybe black at one
time.  Missing the stem.  On the front of the  bowl, there is a
raised  imaged of a cannon w/ wheels, a pile of cannonballs right next
to it.  There is also an image of an American flag waving above the
cannon.  I can make out red and white striped on the flag, but I can't
make out how what would be in the blue square reserved for stars, it's
worn off.  I can't find any other markings on the bowl.  If anyone has
seen anything like this, or can point me in the direction where I
should be looking, I would appreciate the help.  I am not subscribed
to the list, so please reply directly to my email.  Thanks, Sherri

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From: Kaplin Kevin - kekp <??????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999


Forgive me, what is spamming. 1) I'm curious, and 2) I think I want to avoid
doing it.


Kevin G. Kaplan, Sr. Application Consultant
IMI - Industri Matematik
Five Greentree Centre, Suite 201
Marlton, N.J. 08053
(360) 668-8600 Home Office
(360) 668-5157 Fax
(800) 759-8888 Pager (PIN 1205050)
??????????    Email
??????????????????    Pager Email
www.im.se     IMI Web Page

[There are various definitions of spamming; one of the important ones
is sending email advertisements which the recipient has not
requested.  See http://spam.abuse.net. -S.]

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

I'm starting to carve my own pipes as a hobby.  I'm having trouble
finding information as to different possibilities of finishes;
i.e. what kinds of oils, stains, waxes, etc.  Any help would be

[Best place I can think of to start would be at Stemco/Pimo; contact
??????????????????? -S. ]

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From: "Vadim Yasinovsky" <??????????????????>
Subject: ST, Bruno flake


I have been smoking the St. Bruno Flake for the last 10 years.
Unfortunately they do not sell this tobacco in US any more.
Can any one suggest a reasonable substitute. I am not very adventures with
my tobacco. St. Bruno is exactly what I like.
Medium strength , NOT sweet ,even burn from top to bottom of the bowl.
Flavor is a rather quiet one, not in any way a overpowering smoke.

Thanks for any help. Please reply ASAP I am running out of St. Bruno!



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


I am most appreciative of your time well spent in publishing this
digest.  I have a few questions and comments to make in response to
January's issue:

In the ongoing debate on what music best complements pipe smoking, I
must agree with Steve Johnson's recommendation of a "mentally
stimulating" choice.  As a listener of everything from Busta Rhymes to
Sinatra to Wagner, my far and away favorites are any of Verdi's
operas.  I find Rigoletto and La Traviata to be the most engaging.
Mr. Verdi, my Eric Nording freehand, and myself have certainly had
some late nights together.

In response to the gentleman wondering if real gourd calabash pipes
were still being made, the answer is yes.  I bought a large Auerbach
pipe while in Austria last year, and it has grown to be my favorite
smoke.  I looked for the address of the store where I bought it, but
couldn't find it.

Lastly, I will be moving to Chicago in May and wondered if there are
any active pipe clubs there.  I'd greatly appreciate any info.



[Ryan, you're in luck; Chicago has Chicagoland, which puts on one of
the truly great shows, I'm told.  Contact Mike Reschke at (708)
620-5033, or Rex Poggenpohl at ??????????????????? -S.]

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From: "Curtis R. Lambert Jr." <???????????????????>
Subject: My first reading of PD

I just finished my first edition #259 of PD, and I really enjoyed it. I
even replied to several members. My favorite bowl is the last of the day,
when all is quiet and the little one has finally conked out. That's when I
have a Wild Turkey and Dunhill's London Mixture. I then pop in some Mozart,
Beethoven, or Vivaldi and unwind while surfin' the net or cruisin' the
estate pipe sites. Thanks for having me, can't wait till the next issue !!!
C. R. Lambert Jr.

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

Greetings, Steve and puffers everywhere . . .

I finally got around to my backlog of Pipes Digests and would like
to offer a few belated responses.

Thanks to Tim Lang for forwarding this very important information
about bread. Since I'm currently working as a baker, I am ashamed
at not being aware of these facts. I am taking immediate steps to
remove all traces of the Demon Dough from my house and intend to 
insist on appropriate safety equipment at work.               ;-D

In response to Jeff Culbreath's reflections, I should merely like
to note that from the information available to me, the preferred
theological beverage and tobacco of Luther was beer and cigars,
while Zwingli and other "Reformed" theologians favored wine and
pipes. Since the U.C.C. (United Church of Christ) is a theological
heir to Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin (as well as Wesley, Knox, and
the Anabaptists), I show no partiality and partake of all four

In response to Alexander Theberge's query on music that's smokin',
I should like to offer that I seem to rotate between Jethro Tull,
Mannheim Steamroller, Enya, Tom Lehrer, and the Austin Lounge
Lizards. (BTW Steve, my compliments on your excellent taste in
music . . . I was able to upgrade every official Tull album to CD,
which naturally is a sizable collection in itself.) Unfortunately, I
have not yet converted my classical or Scott Joplin to CD yet.

In response to Uli, although I've never been to Havanna, I understand
that as long as you go to an actual shop, you should be able to get
what you want, but that there is also a booming business in fake
Cubans, so beware of streetside vendors and the like. (From an article
in Cigar Afficiando about 2 years ago.) Please enjoy a few sticks on
my behalf, especially as Clinton has just announced his intentions to
continue attempts to overthrow the Cuban government -- I don't know if
we'll see legal Cuban cigars in the U.S. again in my lifetime. (The
first time around, I was too young to enjoy them properly, being a
toddler when the embargo went into effect.)

Finally, a question: About two years ago, Peter Stokebye offered what
was apparently a limited edition tobacco, in a gold foil pouch with the
words "Private Reserve" and "Personally for You" on the pouch and label.
I recently rediscovered a bit I had in "hiding" when we moved. (Every
time we move my wife is amazed at the number of pouches of tobacco and
cigars I have in different rooms in the house--but why should I have to
go to another room just because I want to light up?)

Anyway, I've discovered that I'm rather fond of this blend and would
love to get more, but I understand it's no longer available. Can anyone
give me a good idea of a close substitue that might be readily
available in the U.S.? (Feel free to email me directly.)

My apologies for rambling so, but I guess I've been saving it up since
the last time I posted to the digest.

Fohliche Grundsow's Dawg! [1] 


[1] "Happy Goundhog's Day!" -- an important holiday to us Pennsylvania
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      Organization: The Pennswald Group -- Linux powered!!

Sense isn't common.

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From: "L. Steinman and M. Carrington" <????????????????>
Subject: Barclay Rex Cigars

Dear Steve and fellow PD readers,

I would like to thank all of those who sent me advice and directly put me 
into contact with Mr. Frank Cervone, the manager at Barclay Rex, re: the 
unsmokeable cigars I had received from them. Mr. Cervone has sent me 
replacement cigars (which I don't know, but soon will...they're "El 
Glorioso Dominicano"). 

Obviuosly, judging from the number of e-mails I received Barclay-Rex is 
very esteemed by pipe and cigar smokers and this episode surely confirmed 

Although, I have never been to the shop personally, I will continue to 
send my "emissaries" there and hope to go there personally next time I'm 
in NY (haven't been back to the US in 8 years... so it's about time...).

Thanks for all the help!
Happy Puffs,


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From: Doc and Mary Nevins <???????????????????????>
Subject: Damaged Cigars from U.S.

Good Day to all.

This is in response to Lorenzo Muan who wrote that he received several
damaged cigars from a cigar shop in New York city. There are a couple of
explanations for the damaged cigars.

1. The store had something go wrong with their humidor. If that happened
and the help was inexperienced then that would account for both the bugs
and them being dried out.

2. Since Mr. Muan stated that the person who purchased them was
inexperienced then could it be possible that she did not store them
correctly. It only takes one afternoon in a car to raise the temp to a
level to allow the bugs to hatch.

These are only two of several things that could have gone wrong.
Although I can't speak for the shop in NYC I have never been to a shop
that I felt was disreputable maybe grumpy or ornery. The shop I
currently work for (shame less plug: Smoke & Snuff West Shore Mall Tampa
FL) deals with many visitors from outside the U.S. and we work extremely
hard to provide excellent service to all our customers experienced or

I hope this is helps explain what could have happened to the cigars.

Also as a warning to everybody who travels with cigars make sure that
you carry them with you and don't put them in your checked baggage.
Putting them in checked baggage could subject them to pressure changes
that will split the cigar.

Thank you Steve and the group for letting me post this to a wonderful
source of information.

Smoke in peace


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From: JOE SULAK <?????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999

Greetings to all,

my name is joe and i've benn enjoying  my new hobby/stress relief for
about 3 yrs now. i was wondering if there any who live in the
temecula/murrieta/menifee/elsinore area who woul like to get together
and maybe start a group or if there is one started could i get the
info?  thank you

please reply either  by posting in the digest or by e-mailing me at

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

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From: Steve Goss <??????????????????>
Subject: lurking no longer

I've been lurking on this digest for about a year. It has really been
informative and pleasant to read it. I figure I should submit my pipe
history for posterity.

About a year ago I when I was 18 years old and a freshman in Computer
Engineering at Oregon State University I was introduced to pipe smoking
by my roommate. I admit that I was an anti-cigarette/tobacco nazi,
that's why I am somewhat sympathetic to those who treat tobacco as
though it were heroine. Anyways, I bought a calabash pipe and thought
for a few months that it was briar until I subscribed to this
newsletter. Anyways, I used to smoke a bowl every night with my
roommate. As freshman at a university life brings many trials. SO every
night we would stand outside underneath the flickering neon lights, talk
about life, whine about our relationships with girls, and bond. I can
close my eyes and see neon lights reflected in a puddle on black
pavement at night shimmering and changing as my nicotene influenced mind
reflected on the trials of the day. Now it is a year later and I am
studying English instead of Computers. I just realized I haven't smoked
a bowl in about two months. The reason? a girl... I forgot about my pipe
since that fateful hug turned into a kiss at 3 a.m. December 7th in her
room after walking her home. Now we are just friends, again. Tonight, I
walked her home and hugged her goodnight, nothing else. We never could
hug like normal people do. Why do two young souls cling so hard? Why is
it painful to let go? I have questions. I think I'll slip on my jacket
and take a walk to the overhang with the flickering neon lights where I
can smoke and reflect. It's been raining, it always does in Oregon...

(I wrote this in a semi-caffeine induced fit of insomnia so forgive my
freeform prose)

steve goss


[Believe me, Steve, speaking as a 42-year-old still trying to maintain
a good attitude, enjoy being a young soul while you can. There's both
pain and plesure at every age. -S.]

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From: Apparanda Bopanna Apana <???????????????????????>
Subject: Milleville and John Marshall

Just a short note to endorse the glowing praise paid to John Marshall and
his range of Milleville pipes. I have six of themn (one a large and
exquisite freehand) and they are excellent value for money. Those visiting
London should not give John's stall a miss. 


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

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

Hookah Tobacco and Charcoal
Good news everyone. Now you can purchase tobacco and charcoal online from


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From: Wes Doughty <????????????????>
Subject: Tobacco Question

Hi Steve,
 I was told that you would know something about the line of L.L. Bean
tobacco. I found a huge tin of Aromatic unopened. Any thoughts?

I also found an old tin of unopened Yale Mixture and 1 1/2 oz of
Edgeworth Slices made by the Larus Bros. Any ideas?
Thanks for your help.


[Thanks to a fortuitous trade, the tin is now sitting at my left
elbow, and for the first time in ten years I am now happily puffing a
bowl of L. L. Bean's.  Craig Tarler will take a shot at duplicating
same, when he's sufficiently recovered. -S. ]

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

In search of information aboout Danish-made Champ pipes. I just bought
a used (i.e. estate) Champ freehand straight grain marked 4 on the
bottom and was wondering if anyone can tell me anything about the
maker, history of the name, quality of the brand, etc. Thanks much.

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From: ?????????????
Subject: Pipe History

Where can I find some history and info on Wellington Pipes.  I was given a
Wellington Calabash for helping a friend move and I don't know much about the
history.  Also are their any resources concerning pipe history?  I finally got
my hands on my grandfather's collection of pipes back in August.  My uncle
came down from Wichita for a visit with my grandmother and brought me
Grandpa's collection.  He also gave a very nice Preben Holm Freehand of his.
My grandfather was my hero as a kid and it is so special to have the very
pipes he smoked.  He loved billiards and Burley tobacco.  Even though we have
different tastes in pipes and tobaccos (I prefer bents and English blends) how
unique it is to have his pipe collection. Pipes as well as other family
heirlooms should be passed onto future generations.  Thanks again for your
invaluable resource to the world of pipe smoking!

Marty Quinton	

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

Where can I buy Capstan flake in the Web. Anybody can give me a site
to buy siad stuff. 


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From: "Vincent J. Nerviano, Ph.D." <??????????????????>
Subject: Inquiry


Could you give any leads on wholesale or retail sources

for any type of pipe holder 'clips' of the type used to fix pipes

to displays in tobacco stores? For a tobacco store!



P.S. Gonna take us a long time to get a good look at all your resources!!

Good Work!!

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From: Christian Mikkelson <??????????????????????????????> 
Subject: pipes

Dear [email protected],

I have a question about pipes.  I'd like to find out the name of a
specific type of pipe, but I don't find an example of it displayed
anywhere on your pipes.org page.  I thought, perhaps if I described it,
you would be able to give me an idea of the type of pipe it is.

Unfortunately, I only have two pieces of information to give you beyond
a brief description.  One is that the first place I remember seeing the
pipe is in a picture of Barry Goldwater from his Presidential campaign
days.  So, perhaps it is a type of pipe popular in the sixties.  The
other is that it looks a little like the "Canadian" pipe displayed at
"www.pipes.org/Pictures/pipes1.gif," except that it's all black, without
a visible difference between the stem and bowl.

Despite its utilitarian and "no-frills" look, I have only seen one of
these pipes once.  I saw a guy walking down the street smoking one and
asked him where he had gotten it.  His response: "Ha!  New York City. 
You'll never find one of these here."

Anyway, I hope you can help.  Thanks.

Christian Mikkelson

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Savinelli Pipes

Steve --- any info on the "Linea Artisan" line of Savinelli Pipes??



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From: ????????????????
Subject: Thought maybe you could help....

I need to know if the "Stanwell" pipe co. has an E-mail address that you
may know of?
Or would you happen to have thier address?
I have a complaint I wish to bring to thier attention.
Sorry to bother you. Thank you.

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From: "Michael  C. Fortner" <?????????????????>
Subject: Growing tobacco

Greetings all.  I was wondering if any of you out there know where I can
obtain information on growing and curing tobacco for my own use in my pipe?
I thought it might be fun this year to try my hand at it, and any help you
can give is appreciated.

Michael Fortner

[See http://www.pipes.org/Articles/Thacker_Tobacco.text, plus the
"Growing your Own" section of the Resource Guide at
http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????? (Joe)
Subject: comment from pipes page


I am trying to find out any information on the MGB pipe.
Can you help me out??

[Can't say, but I know someone who's in the market for a
Porsche... -S. ]

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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Porsche Pipe

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

One of my chums is anxious to buy a Porsche pipe.  If anyone has one that
they are willing to sell, please e-mail me with details and the price

Happy pipesmoking!


Click on this link to view my website.

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From: "Kerry Koppes" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe finish

I have a five year old billiard, briar, with a medium finish, that I
purchased at a local tobacco shop.  It is a very nice "service pipe,"
but the finish is starting to lose some of its' luster and the top of
the bowl is getting some staining. 

I spoke with the folks at the tobacco shop, trying to locate a
cleaner/finish restorer  that wouldn't be absorbed too much, so as to
destroy the flavor of the pipe.  However, they were unable to provide
a product, brand name or location where I could find such an animal
(needless to say I was disappointed, since I have always had pretty
good luck & service with this store). 
If anyone knows a product, brand name or location where I can find a
finsih cleaner/restorer (not pipe sweetener) please let me know.  Your
assistance would be greatly appreciated.   

Reference pipe sweetening, if you haven't already reviewed it, take a
gander at  "The Professor's Pipe Sweetening Treatment" (link on
pipes.org main page).  Believe it or not, scotch works well for the
"alcohol" portion of this cleaning operation, and imparts a very
unique flavor  :-) 

Slainte & Smoke in Peace,
Kerry Koppes

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From: Scott Kniola <???????????????>
Subject: castello pipe

    A friend of mine has a castello pipe he received from his father.
We were looking for as much information on the pipe as possible.  The
stamping on the bottom of the shank says  Reg no. 66171n5, made in
cantu,  Castello, sea rock briar,  32/A, italy.    It has the US import
Diamond, and it is a "canadian" style with a sand blasted finish, dk.
brown almost black in color.  the pipe has been used.
    My friend has been offered a number of trades, but does not want to
part with the pipe. none the less we would appreciate any more
information or an estimated value.
The pipe is almost certainly pre '88, but does not have any SC or K
markings that were mentioned in one of your articles.

                                                            New to the
world of collecting


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From: Roch Tremblay <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe cleaner

le january l8th, l999


I find a compagny who made some pipe cleaner. I'm smoking the pipe since
20 years. I shoud want, if you know a company please give me the adress.
I need this information because, I want to do making a new pipe cleaner.

Excuse me, for my english vocabulary.

Thank for your service

Roch ?????????????????????

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From: Friends of Tobacco <??????????????????????>
Subject: Question

Great Web Site. I am trying to locate a wholesaler that sells PETERSON
PIPE CLEANERS. Do you know one? If so please forward contact info.

Thank you.

Dean Rouse

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From: ????????????????? (T. Michael Salter)
Subject: Boston and Toronto shops

Steve and Digest members,

Thanks for making the Digest so much fun to read.  Even though I've only
received a few issues, I have learned alot from the other members.  Which
brings me to my point.  I will be travelling to both Boston (Massachusetts,
USA) and Toronto (Ontario, Canada) in the next few months.  I am looking
for information about great tobacco and pipe shops in both of these cities.
Since I will be without a vehicle in both cities, it would be best if the
shops can be reached by public transportation.  If any members have
information, please e-mail me directly.  Thanks in advance for the help.

Michael Salter

[The Resource Guide, http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html, lists
whole bunch of shops in Boston and Toronto. While in Boston, don't
forget Leavitt & Pierce in Harvard Square, Cambridge. And ask 'em how
they got all those footballs! -S.]

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From: ???????????????????? (Werner Mummert)
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hello pipesmokers,
I found a very beautiful tieclamp with a golden pipe on its top. It is
the nicest one I have ever seen. If you are interested please take a
look at http://www.wmummert.de/englisch/jewelry/tiepipe.htm 
Werner Mummert

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

A quick question... I've heard of "tongue bite" and think I know what
that is, but I think I have a different symptom.  My tongue doesn't
get sore, but is does turn a black color, especially the back of the
tongue, under the roof of the mouth.   

I smoke frequently (8-10 bowls/day).  Has anyone else experienced this
problem.  Any suggestions.  I'd prefer not to quit altogether, but it
might come to that if the problem persists. 

Thanks in advance.

[Quit or cut way down, now! Sorry to be abrupt, but this does _not_
sound good, whatever it is! -S. ]

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

Does anyone have statistics or a history of the current pipe smoking
world record? 

Maybe, amount of tobacco used.
length of time.
history of the record itself.
The pipe that was used.

Feel free to email me directly!

I will collect and post the results!


[The last time I saw it in the Guiness Book of World Records, it was
something like 2.5 hours for 1.75 gram of tobacco.  With taxes going
through the roof, I wouldn't be surprised if everyone does that well
in a few years... -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Fellow Digesters,
                         I'm a very new pipe smoker indeed... in fact this
week. However since my first experiment on Sunday I have gained 5 pipes (from
my father in law)  I bought some Capt. Black Royal and have enjoyed some
lovely salubrious times sitting on the deck. I decided on Capt. Black Royal
after it was suggested in the pipes FAQ essay I also used the Professor's
Sweetener technique on all the pipes as they were old and I thought it best to
start fresh. What I want to know is how old two of the pipes are. 
1) A Four Dot Rustic "Pembroke" Made in England by Sasieni. (I believe it was
probably bought late 60's or early 70's is there any one who knows for sure?)
2) A Stoneage Sandblast made in Milan ( There's no other markings but I
believe it dates from the same time) 
Is there a site or list of all pipes ever made? It would seems that such a
catalogue would be invaluable and also relatively easy to create with the
wealth of knowledge available. That way any pipe that had enough identifying
marks could be identified on a search routine. The catalogue could be updated
as and when required. 
                  A humble Englishman living in the States who is constantly
impressed with the benefits of the interenet
                                                           Sam Co

[No such site exists, but "Who Made that Pipe" by Wilczak and Colwell,
is a good approximation. See the Resource Guide at
http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html. It's by no means a field
guide, though; a lot of identification info is locked in peoples'
heads.  -S.]

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From: ??????????????
Subject: Carbon Cake

Hello there to all of you pipe smokers fellows ! I have a
question/concern I would like to share with you so maybe I get an answer
to that: as the carbon cake im my pipes grow (but not too thick and
before I need to ream it), I notice it breaks in small pieces from time
to time, I mean, it seems it is not uniformelly developed !?! What can
be wrong ? I do not smoke aromatics, I always take all the
smoked/unsmoked tobacco out of the chamber and sometimes I pass a pipe
cleaner inside the bowl ! Thank you for any help !

Jose Carlos Aires

[Jose, it's global warming, causing cakebergs to melt away from the
pipe wall and drift out into the bowl, raising the level of tobacco.
Seriously, it sounds like there may be some kind of a coating on the
wall of the bowl that prevents the cake from sticking.  Just a
guess. -S. ]

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

Hello all; 1st: i don't really have the foggiest notion about anything
computer xcept the bare rudiments, NO downloading please. Ans. to
e-mail address. 

HELP: about everybody knows now that J.Cooke is no longer accepting
pipe repairs, stem work etc, for whatever reason. (Per PCCA). RHC
mentioned Tinsky is pretty good, BUT, I'd like recommendations from
others. I have about 5 pieces to be worked on. Thanx ahead of
time. Some of you might have heard of me. My name is Ed Duncan, I'm in
Western NY, and I was one of 4 founders of a local pipe club which is
now defunct.   Regards, Ed 

From: Wayne Baker <??????????????????>
Subject: DSM Tinder Box Move

Hi Steve,

I have an update to the vendor database.

The Tinder Box of West Des Moines IA has moved.  They have closed
their store in the Valley West Mall and have re-opened at the
following location.

	Tinder Box
	2700 University Ave Suite 104
	Governor's Square
	West Des Moines IA   50266
	Phone: 515-225-6011

I stopped by this weekend and checked out the new shop.  The owner
said he was getting out of the collectibles and gifts and will be
strictly a tobacco shop.  The shop is 10 times the size of the mall
shop so he has lots of room to expand.  I was impressed with his
plans.  I hope all central Iowa pipe and cigar lovers will stop in and
check out the new shop.  The new proprietor is very pleasant and

Thanks for all the good work you do for us Steve.


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From: petsim <?????????????????????>
Subject: Fwd: Revolution!

Hi, Steve:

     Thanks much for the Digest.  It's nice to feel that I among 
gentlemen with whom I share a pleasureable interest.  Most notable, of 
course, being you, whose level-headed moderation has set the tone from 
the beginning (I'm up to #211).

     I received this today and am forwarding it without seeking 
permission.  Most likely, I'm not the only subscriber to the digest to be 
on this list.  I imagine that the more interested people who are informed 
the better.  And, I'm certain that you'll know what's best for the web 

     As a personal aside, the reference to the "pursuit of happiness" 
rings loud and clear in my ears and I stand ready to make that view known.

---------------- Begin Forwarded Message ----------------
Date:        2/18/99 10 07 PM
Received:    2/19/99 6 17 AM
From:        Fred Collier, ????????????????
To :         Peter Sims, ?????????????????????

			February 18, 1999
	Hi Peter:
	If you do not wish to be included in this mailing, just hit the reply
button and tell me. This is NOT spam. It's individual messages, sent out
one at a time, to fellow smokers' rights activists. Lord knows we have
enough problems. If you don't want to be included, then just let me know.
And, I should add that this is not sponsored or sanctioned by anybody. I'm
writing it. My name is Fred Collier, but my friends call me Derf. Please
feel free to do so. And, if you get a duplicate of this, let me know so I
can fix the problem.

	I've got this problem out here in Colorado; perhaps you have
similar problems in your state. The problem, simply stated, is that 55
million Americans can no longer enjoy a smoke. Oh, we can buy 'em
at exorbitant rates with this new extortion placed upon the tobacco
companies, but I can't enjoy a cigarette standing outside a restaurant
when it's 20 degrees.  We're not accommodated. We're treated as
second-rate people. Well, I'm just not going to put up with it
anymore. Period. And, I've found a legal and honorable way out of
this. Go back to America's Premier Document, the Declaration of
Independence. In Congress, July 4, 1776, some fifty-six men got
together to make it reality. It's made for us, the citizens of the
United States. Let's use it. Here's what I found so far: "But when a
long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future security." This is from the
Declaration of Independence, the second paragraph.  There appears to
be a continuance of the "long train of abuses and usurpations" placed
upon smokers. It is not only our right, but also our DUTY to throw of
such a government. I'm not picking these words out of the sky. I'm
using the words of the original document. It's time to say, "No more!"
It's time to say, "Allow us the right to enjoy a smoke." It's time to
be Revolutionary Soldiers again.  Our army need not appear in public,
our weapons will be paper, pen, Common Sense, and the use of the
Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United
States. These are OUR documents. These are OUR rules.  I sent a letter
to both of my Senators and my Representative putting them on notice
that the first Revolutionary Soldier to march in over 200 years is up
at bat and the inning is just started. Armed with reams of paper,
boxes of envelopes, and ink galore, I'm writing these people and
asking them to allow us our "unalienable Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". If they can't, please
tell me why.  Congress was created to serve We The People. That's from
the Constitution.  Its first three words - "We The People" - affirm
that the government of the United States exists to serve its
citizens. It's time that We The People remind the elected officials
that they're working for us.  Join me in the new Revolution. Pens,
paper, phone calls, personal visits - these are the tools we will
use. The worst casualty, and I've already got it, should be a paper
cut. We want to be legal, and we want to go down in History as Good
Guys.  That's it for this issue. It's time to start the
Revolution. Ready, Aim, Write!  Regards to all. (signed) Derf.

----------------- End Forwarded Message -----------------

Peter Sims

[Peter, I have a confession to make before the collected multitude. I
misinterpreted your letter and thought that your letter was a spam
complaint, when in fact it was not. My response was not very
level-headed; I went into the anti-spam war dance without checking
with you first.

However, what happened next is telling, too.  Without going into too
many details, I had some further correspondence with Mr. Collier.  He
(a) confirmed that he'd mailed out seven thousand copies of the above,
and (b) suggested that I drop _you_ from the mailing list for making a
spam complaint.  Neither counts in my book as good Net citizenship.
And I categorically refuse to drop members for making spam complaints,
unless it's done with malicious intent.

Mr. Collier's letter may or may not have been spam, but the above
facts, plus the "this is not spam" disclaimer, redlined my Sanford
index.  Readers can draw their own conclusions; there is little more I
can do about this if it was a spamming incident, anyway.  I apologize
for acting rashly.  -S.]

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From: petsim <?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Stuff

Hi Steve:

     Again, thanks much for the web site and Digest.  I discovered you 
through a couple of web searches for pipe-related info that yielded 
issues of the Digest.  I was taken by the tone, sought you out, and I'm 
very happy that I did.

     Tried pipes about 40 years ago and loved them and the tobacco.  
Because I was then very much on the hop and pipes weren't a quick smoke, 
I went (back) to cigarettes.  Subsequently drove a cab in NYC and found 
that I couldn't tolerate the cigarette paper and additives in addition to 
the steady diet of exhaust fumes, so I went to cigars (Danneman cheroots 
from Brazil as an everyday and an occasional Royal Jamaica as a treat).  
After the cab, back to cigarettes.

     The pace is a bit slower now and I've re-discovered pipes.  Thus far 
I have a Savinelli, Wilke, Nielsen, two Petersons, a meerschaum-lined 
LaRocca, and two meerschaums.  Several points and questions have arisen 
that I thought to ask here.

     The Nielsen is an estate pipe and presents a couple of questions.  
It's a brandy shape and on top of its oval shank are the words "Neilsen" 
- "handmade" - "in Denmark", from top to bottom (w/ top and bottom lines 
forming an oval).  On the bottom of the shank is "MADE IN DENMARK" over 
"962".  Would anybody know anything about the manufacturer and age of 
this pipe?  The stem is a replacement so there is no stylized "bj" that 
would indicate a Bjarne (somewhere I saw the name Bjarne Nielsen).

     The pipe also has an unusual taste (certainly different from any 
other pipe that I've smoked).  The briar feels (somehow) harder and less 
porous than my other pipes.  The grain is busy and varies from vertical 
to cross to swirls, depending on which part of the pipe you're looking 
at.  It doesn't look or feel to be lacquered or anything else artificial, 
but it keeps a high lustre.  It adds its own dry, sharp (tart, but not 
sour) taste to whatever tobacco I smoke in it.  The taste is not 
unpleasant, but the tongue bite is!  It seems to be mellowing as it gets 
smoked, but I can't tell whether I'm riding a tiger that will be tamed 
into a good friend, or whether the pipe's a dud and that's why the first 
owner got rid it.  Has anybody had a similar experience?

     The Savinelli is identified on the box as a Virginia 606.  Is the 
number in any way a size designation?  I would call it a bent billiard.  
The pipe seems to have a juice-niche just below the draw hole.  The good 
news: it catches juices and leads to a dry, quiet smoke.  The bad news: 
only twice have I been able to run a pipe cleaner from bit to bowl.  The 
cleaner goes to the juice niche, leaving untouched a channel from the 
draw hole @1/8" into shank.  Does that 1/8" represent enough of a residue 
problem to take the pipe apart after every smoke (increasing the risk of 
a loose stem)?

     I mentioned that the LaRocca was meerschaum lined.  After purchasing 
it, I read somewhere that meerschaum linings are often not made from 
block but, instead, are compacted from meerschaum dust.  I tried a web 
search but found no specifics about LaRocca pipes.  The pipe smokes fine 
and my taste buds are certainly not up to sensing a distinction.  
However, as a fact collector (I'd rather have 'em and not need 'em ...), 
I'm curious.  Does anybody know anything about LaRocca pipes?

     I have been unable to find the Hacker and Ehwa books.  With your 
more-than-3000-strong readership, would it make any sense to approach the 
pertinent publishers?  They might find a run of a couple of thousand to 
be profitable and attractive.

     I skimmed quickly over much of the politically-oriented material in 
the earlier Digests as being past and, therefore, dead.  The basic 
issues, of course, are very much alive.  Whatever happened to "the Land 
of the Free"?  I stand ready to call, write, and vote, and I'm pleased to 
believe that I'm not alone in doing so.

Peter Sims

[Even with 3669 members this issue, a reprint of the Ehwa book
probably wouldn't be worthwhile.  But I thought the Hacker book was
still in print!  A search on Amazon for "pipes" yields several
interesting results. -S. ]

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

I just recently bought a tin of Dunhill's "The Royal Yacht Mixture"
and I was wondering if anyone knew whether or not it contains perique.
Thanks.  Oh yeah, I have several pipes, but my favorite is my Stanwell
#13, in case anybody cared. 

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

Hello all.  Been smoking a pipe now for less than a year and finally
learning how to do it right.  Developed a taste for Frog Morton Night
on the Town.  Trouble is I like to smoke more than I like to let my
pipes rest beween smokes.  Wondered if a pipe like the Falcon would
fit the bill and still be a good smoke?  

I love my Sasieni 4 dots but would probably need more than I have to
enjoy them on a daily basis.  Thankks  ???????????????? 

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From: Bob Weiske <???????????????????>
Subject: Address Change 

Hi Steve,
I've been enjoying the Digest for about four years now. Please
accept kudos from a lurker. I've learned many things from this
great newsletter .. a lot more than in my previous forty years
of pipe smoking! The most notable thing I gleaned from this font
of wisdom was the existence of Cornell & Diehl ;^P 

Thanks also to the "other" Steve for the mind-boggling collection
of links and other goodies on the web site. I had some tense 
moments last week when pipes.org repeatedly crashed on my new ISP/
browser 8^0 Everything seems to be OK now ;^)

The new ISP is my primary reason for this email. The change of 
address link seemed rather balky, so I'm submitting it here.
Please substitute ??????????????????? for ?????????????????????
in your address file. We CA pipesters need all the communication
we can get with the "outside world".

Regards and happy puffin, Bob
 Bob Weiske                 ???????????????????
        ... In touch with my Inner Curmudgeon

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: I like your 'how to page'

I am a beginner pipe smoker and just bought my first pipe today and
was looking for a few tips (nobody I know smokes a pipe).

I really like your -how to- page and just thought I'd let you know...
I love the internet for stuff like this and your page was super easy
to find (~15 sec.).

I've always had a passion for the smell of pipe smoke - I've tended to
smoke cigars but most of the time they're too harsh.  I smoked my
first pipe tonight and I know it's for me.

Thanks for your tips..

Mark Eatherley
near Toronto, ON
cost of first pipe $47

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

[Thanks, Mark!  Always nice to get a good word. -S. ]

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From: "Chris M. Carden" <??????????????????????>


   I would like to share this experience with everyone. I know that often
times customer service seems to be a thing of the past. The customer is
seldom the one that is "always right" and we always seem to be shaken and
taken by the buying experience. It also seems to me that in the midst of
all of this it still rings true that pipe smokers and tobacconists seem to
be some of the most honest people anywhere!

   My wife went to the tobacco shop that I frequent, The Briary in
Birmingham Alabama. She was in search of a pipe for me that was a suprise
and I actually had no idea or hint of her intentions. upon her arrival she
met with john the person who sold me my first pipe and every pipe
thereafter. John could have talked my wife into buying just about any pipe
in the shop, but, he used sound judgement and helped her in picking out the
exact Peterson that he and I had discussed a few weeks prior. Just another
way that pipe smokers, which of coursese he is, and tobacconists continue
to amaze me by standing head and shoulders above the rest of the sales type

   I dont wish to be a commercial for the Briary because it's not about the
shop it's about the people that work there and their dedication to the pipe
smoking community. Having only been a pipe smoker for a short while I
already feel "at home". With Pipes Digest, ASP and pipes.org you cant help
but be a part of the family in some way. Have a great day! By the way if
you would like to visit the Briary go to www.thebriary.com and ask for
John! Thanks for allowing me this time guys and gals!

Christopher M. Carden
ccar219 AOL Instant Messanger
ICQ# 8474204

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From: Krista Anderson <?????????????????>
Subject: Question

Hi there.  I'm a beginning pipe smoker and am still trying to learn the 
ropes.  My first question is about filters.  From what I've found out, 
there are two types of pipe filters and I have been trying the regular 
paper filters.  I have heard from some peple that if you use pipe 
filters, you are supposed to inhale the smoke and have heard from others 
that you're not supposed to inhale pipe at all.  Which one of these 
opinions are true?  And if you use filters, how often are you supposed 
to change them?  I also have a question on the appropriate thickness of 
the carbon in a pipe.  How do I know when to stop scraping away at the 
carbon?  How much carbon are you actually supposed to leave in the pipe?  
Thank you very much for your time.  I really appreciate it!
- Krista Anderson
Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com

[My personal leaning is not to inhale pipes at all, filtered or
no. Never having used filters, I can't say how often to change
them. And, regarding cake, about 1-2 mm works for me. -S. ]

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

I started smoking a pipe about 10 days ago--A Dr. Graybow. I really liked
the experience.  One problem--the pipe clogged up. There was not blockage
in the stem, neither above or below the break.  I took the pipe back to the
store and replaced it. No charge--great but the new pipe today, three days
later, is getting difficult to draw. What am I doing to destroy these
pipes? Help.


[I can't imagine what it might be, but the cause has got to be
simple. By "no blockage", can you run a cleaner in one side and see it
come out the other? -S. ]

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From: JO JO <????????????>
Subject: FAQ

I just read your FAQ about pipe smoking. Thanks so much for the
help. I just started smoking the pipe. I was a cigarette smoker for 20
years. If you have any info I might use. All would be greatly

Joe Crews

[In addition to the FAQ, you might also take a look at
http://www.pipes.org/how_to.html and
http://www.pipes.org/what_you_need.html, for starters. -S.]

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From: Greg
Subject: comment from pipes page

Hello pipe-friends!

I really miss the registration of long-term pipers in the tobacco
retailer-shops.  I would be glad if the tobacco factories would find
me their outcoming new products to taste.  The pipe factories could
send some brochures as well to the users, only if we would be
registered somehow.  So that is my opinion about the above mentioned


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

Perhaps you can help. First of all I live in Orlando Fl., a very
unsophisticated area for pipe smokers. You would think a place like this that
brings tourist from all over the world would....... well, never mind. Here is
what I do. I will buy a Dr. Graybow in the blister pack remove the stem and
sand off the varnish. After the varnish is removed and the pipe sanded with
very fine sand paper I polish the natural briar with white rouge on a buffing
wheel. This actually polishes the brier to a high luster. The natural beauty
is brought out of the briar and I do believe it smokes and breaths easier. I
have really discovered some fine pipes without to may plugs under that
varnish. What's your opinion? Thank you, Chef Arthur     
      ???????????????      <~~~ my wife's address

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From: Ken Baxter <??????????????????????>
Subject: The Pipe

Years ago there was a pipe on the market that I believe was named 'The
Pipe'. It was supposedly made of a space age material and smoked very
cool. I had one and lost it but was wondering if anyone knows if this
company still exists and, if so, where.

Ken Baxter

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

I believe another Comoy second is the sunrise?

Thanks and if you have any info. on this brand I would love to hear about
it :)

Good Smoke, Good Life.......


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

 Thank you for all the information on pipe smoking. Due to our president
wanting to put the cigarette companies out of business I have had to find
another means of enjoying tobacco. Your information was very helpful.
I would like to find out about accessories for pipe smoking, pipe holders,
ashtrays, contaners for storing tobacco and while you're at it how to store
tobacco like when it gets too dry.......  

[Zillions of 'em in the commercial links; see
http://www.pipes.org/Pipe.Commercial.html. -S.]

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

Hi.  Let me introduce myself:  my name's Ben.

Quite new to pipe smoking, but i have good reason to think that maybe
someday i'll be old to pipe smoking, if i make it that far.  I'd been
smoking cigs, two to five a day, roll my own, for about four years.
but there was always... something missing.  I liked the taste of
tobacco, i liked the idea of holding fire, i liked the ritual of
rolling and lighting.  Tobacco itself, i felt, had great potential.
But i never liked those crazy cigarettes.  Brand to brand i'd go,
searching for that something that i knew was out there, somewhere.
What was i thinking?  I don't know.  But i knew the moment i lit that
first pipefull, i knew.  SO it's been a couple of months and i don't
think i'll ever smoke another cigarette again.

I was so surprised to see that one of you guys mentioned Sherlock's
Haven in SF to be one of his TWO favorite tobacco shops in the WORLD,
after some 20 YEARS of searching.  Sherlock's Haven being about a
block and a half from my work, where i bought my first through fourth
pipes, where i buy all of my tobacco, hell i don' t know nuthin'
else!, so i was gonna look around for something better, but i guess i
needn't bother after this fella's apparently done my looking for me.
Thanks, anywho.

Actually, in Portland Oregon, I checked out Rich's? I think, downtown,
haven't bothered to see if it's in your listing, I'm sure it must be,
cuz its frikkin' huge!  And the crusty guy behind the counter, beard
down to his belly-button, possessed a rather impressive internal
database of pipe-knowledge.  I had to leave, it wasn't fair to my
travel companion.  As far as I could tell, though, the only advantage
Sherlock's Haven offers is a good selection of useds and seconds.

About a year ago I started riding a bike, riding a lot.  As I rode
more and more those cigarettes appealed to me less and less.  Uhg,
breathing became such a pleasant thing, all day, every twenty minutes,
I'd breathe real deep-like.  Mmmm.  That's something I really love
about the pipe: I enjoy taking deep breathes while smoking it.  I find
the nicotine-Oxygen combo to pack a pleasing wallop.  But I have a
question.  I wonder how many of y'all engage in extended aerobic
activity at high elevations, and if you notice the pipe-smoking to
give you any problems.  I realize it's nothing like drawing tar smoke
past your heart and into your lungs, but I think it's possible that
nicotine itself has a negatory affect.  Not that it matters, ah gotta
smoke something!

Okey, dokey, thanks for the space!

[And on that note, it seems like a good point to wrap up for the
evening.  Thanks for writing! -S.]

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Quote of the Week:

  "I'm going to sneak off and smoke a cigar -- but don't tell anybody"

				    - Rep. Henry Hyde
				      (On _Meet the Press,
				      24-January-1999, when asked what
				      he would do once the impeachment
				      trial was over.)

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999
  2. Subject: Re: Northeast Arkansas Pipe Puffer's Club
  3. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  4. Subject: First Pipe Club Meeting
  5. Subject: Pipe Show
  6. Subject: comment from pipes page
  7. Subject: On setting up a pipe club...
  8. Subject: posting from pipes page
  9. Subject: Re: MacBaren Club
  10. Subject: A Contest for Pipe Smokers!
  11. Subject: looking for tabacco brand & shop
  12. Subject: I don't find mouthpieces.
  13. Subject: Old Pipe
  14. Subject: comment from pipes page
  15. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  16. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  17. Subject: Cleaning Vulcanite stems
  18. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  19. Subject: posting from pipes page
  20. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  21. Subject: posting from pipes page
  22. Subject: Pipe collection
  23. Subject: posting from pipes page
  24. Subject: (no subject)
  25. Subject: Norwegian pipe ????
  26. Subject: Custom pipes
  27. Subject: Graffix
  28. Subject: Clay Pipes
  29. Subject: posting from pipes page
  30. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  31. Subject: posting from pipes page
  32. Subject: ST, Bruno flake
  33. Subject: posting from pipes page
  34. Subject: My first reading of PD
  35. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #258 -- December 20, 1998
  36. Subject: Barclay Rex Cigars
  37. Subject: Damaged Cigars from U.S.
  38. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  39. Subject: lurking no longer
  40. Subject: Milleville and John Marshall
  41. Subject: posting from pipes page
  42. Subject: Tobacco Question
  43. Subject: posting from pipes page
  44. Subject: Pipe History
  45. Subject: posting from pipes page
  46. Subject: Inquiry
  47. Subject: pipes
  48. Subject: Savinelli Pipes
  49. Subject: Thought maybe you could help....
  50. Subject: Growing tobacco
  51. Subject: comment from pipes page
  52. Subject: Porsche Pipe
  53. Subject: Pipe finish
  54. Subject: castello pipe
  55. Subject: Pipe cleaner
  56. Subject: Question
  57. Subject: Boston and Toronto shops
  58. Subject: posting from pipes page
  59. Subject: posting from pipes page
  60. Subject: posting from pipes page
  61. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  62. Subject: Carbon Cake
  63. Subject: posting from pipes page
  64. Subject: DSM Tinder Box Move
  65. Subject: Fwd: Revolution!
  66. Subject: Pipe Stuff
  67. Subject: posting from pipes page
  68. Subject: posting from pipes page
  69. Subject: Address Change
  70. Subject: I like your 'how to page'
  71. Subject: Question
  72. Subject: comment from pipes page
  73. Subject: FAQ
  74. Subject: comment from pipes page
  75. Subject: Pipes
  76. Subject: The Pipe
  77. Subject: comment from pipes page
  78. Subject: comment from pipes page
  79. Subject: posting from pipes page
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