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Subject: Pipes Digest #261 -- April 4, 1999

		  Pipes Digest #261 -- April 4, 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: 3706

Welcome to new members:

	Gary Collinge
	Patrick Barden
	Christoph M. Kunkel
	John Pace
	Brazos Chane Condra
	Mick K. Lloyd-Owen
	David Woollard-Kingston
	Raymond A. Arsenault
	Douglas Herbert
	Patrick Lewis Schieving
	Matt Chipman
	Michael S Loehle
	J. L. Karagan
	Don Perry
	Bruce Topman
	Jim Dennis
	Craig Crawford
	Russell J. Resweber
	Dr. Kevin S. Broaddrick
	Frederick P. Ours
	Charles Harvey
	Gourgen Oganessyan
	Jamie Mcdonald
	Kurt Weiske
	Wehwalt Der Wolfing
	Todd Atteberry
	Luis M. Gonzalez
	Ronald Muck
	John H. Trestrail, Iii
	Tim Smith
	Mark Sweany
	Jack Anderson
	Chris Pilgram
	Shawn Taylor
	Albert L Nalley Jr.
	Gary Hay
	John Reilly
	Dusty Worthey
	John Reeves
	Jason Harvey
	Mark Seeley
	Wes Peterson
	Brent Powell
	Brady Hibbard
	Bill Johnson
	Tomaz Skrjanc
	Jonathan Daffron
	Andy Chud
	Joe Bryant
	Joe Sailor
	Joel Knapp
	Ronald G, Ward
	Larry Buldak
	Chris Kistner
	Edgardo Aldous Serafin
	Dillon Mann
	Rick Siegfried
	Galkin Andrew
	Jeff Culbreath
	Matthew Lynch
	Ricardo Gomez
	Gary Breylinger
	P G Luca Mana
	Nenad Andrejevic
	Darrell E. James
	Christopher May
	John Wolff
	Robert Canonico
	Stuart Hutton
	James A Armfield
	Daniel Mignolet
	Jeff Godwin
	Tracy T. Egan
	Keith E. Miller
	Stuart Lefkowitz
	Peter J. Vainoris
	Scott R. Matel
	Dylan D. Turner
	Phillip Corey Shum
	Tobias Robinson
	Gilbert M. Korenaga
	Wallace F. Root
	Joyce Perry
	Aaron Reed
	Timothy R. Bonine, M. D.
	Sean Carter
	John Robertson
	Chuck Stanion
	Chris Trundle
	Joe Hackett
	Jed Foster
	Stefan Hansson
	Antonio Pinter
	Andy Skaggs
	Lenny Centonze
	Lou Torres
	Rick Bledsoe
	Don Phillips
	Joris Kroes
	John Keegan
	Ian Clapperton
	Re Faks
	Pou Mat
	Panagopoulos Panagiotis
	Jeffrey A Blum
	E. J. Sharp
	Edward A. Duncan
	Terry Erdman
	Walter Baer
	Zebra Davis
	Martin Richer, P. Eng.
	Hiram Bollaert
	Ronald Stuart Gauld
	Mark A. Butterworth
	Robert Kohler
	Mr. Jon Floth
	Reinhard Simon
	Joel Curry
	Mike Fuller
	Jim Juarez
	Stewart W. Crockett
	Philip Faden

[TPSE/TUCOPS] Tom Dunn sent me a postcard, and asked me to relay the
following: "Can you get the word to the Net that the new, 100-page
issue (a record) -- our 35th anniversary one -- is now at my printer
and I expect to publish it within 3 weeks! Thanks! -Tom." The message
was dated March 26, so we really only have _two_ weeks to wait!

[CAVEAT EMPTOR AND VENDOR] In this issue, there's word of a brouhaha
that happened after Mr. Paul's web site inadvertently published the
credit card numbers of a number of his customers on the Web. I think
that this was probably just an honest mistake, but a number of members
are justifyably furious that it happened, and it's probably badly hurt
his business and the credit of at least some members.  See below.

Unfortunately, this points out a serious problem in the current state
of E-commerce: it's too easy to let something like this happen, and
the effect of the results can get multiplied.  If anyone has a good
solution to the general problem of protecting credit card information
against this kind of mistake, I'd certainly appreciate hearing about
it, for professional reasons as well as for the sake of the hobby.

[HOLIDAY] To all who observe it, please have a Happy Easter! And,

				     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: Craig & Patty Tarler <???????????>
Subject: Thanks for the good wishes


I want to thank you and all who have sent their good wishes and
encouragement re. my recent operation. I deeply appreciate the gestures
and they have been most helpful. You really can't stay down when so many
people are rooting for you!

Thanks to one and all.


Craig & Patty

<HREF = Http://www.hci.net/~cnd> "Cornell & Diehl" tobaccos
Last update: January 3, 1999
Watch out for the Bow-legged Bear!

[And also Patty to watch out for Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear! -S.]

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From: Steve Beaty <????????????????????>
Subject: All the stuff from me...

Steve and all,

as you've probably noticed, i've been forwarding on quite a bit of email 
i've received over the past couple years (!).  i've been keeping busy with
my new career and kid recently and haven't been able to devote the kind of
time i'd like to on the web page.  i hope to be rectifying this situation
over the next month or so, and adding some new things to the pages.  i'll
be catching up on all the link, picture, and information requests.  i
appreciate everyone's collective patience while all this gets cleared out.


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

[Steve, as always, thank you for the great job you do on the Web site,
in spite of the usual everyday mania! -S.]

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From: "F. Reese Shellman, Jr." <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Time for a Savannah Club


Thought that I would take this opportunity to tell you how much I have
enjoyed "Pipes Digest," all is quiet here, a warm cup of coffee and and a
mellow bowl . . .

It is time for Savannah, Georgia to have her own "club" and was looking for
any like interested souls to respond, to see where we can go with this idea.

I can be reached at ??????????????????????

Kind regards,


[Please let us know the particulars of the club after it's formed, so
that we can put it in the Resource Guide. Thanks! -S.]

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

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

The Pipe Club of London was formed nearly thirty years ago and has members
all over the world.  And now, it is now on the 'net.  The Club does not, as
yet, have its own website, so I have made room for it on my own site.  You
can get to it by clicking on the link below this message, then following
the link at the foot of my home page.

The pages are pretty much a "beta version" at the moment so any suggestions
for improvement would be appreciated!

Happy pipesmoking!

Click on this link to view my website.

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From: Grant Porter <?????????????????????>
Subject: South Florida Briar Brotherhood

Greetings Brother Steve,

    This is an update on the South Florida Briar Brotherhood and the
Southern Pipe Expo- the pipe show sponsored by SFBB. The club will be
having it's two year anniversary meeting on March 18,1999. We now have
30 local members- with about 25 at a monthly meeting.
    This year on January 9,1999 we had our first pipe show. We had 40
tables with 28 vendors. We gave any over $2,200 worth of prizes in our
raffle and had over 250 in walk-in traffic. Our next show is planned for
January 8,2000. See the club web page for show details and photos from
last year.
    Speaking of our web page, it is running at full speed ahead. We have
a special feature called "Pipe Cam". Each month our meetings are sent
out LIVE on the internet. Every 30 seconds a new image uploads to our
web page. We have had great response to this. You can see members, and
their pipes, most will walk by and show their pipes to the camera and so
forth. Sometimes we open a chat room and speak with others. It is a
great way to 'see' our group. I have also updated our newsletter format
so that the pages of our newsletter can be viewed just like the printed
pages we mail to members.
    We have had a very active past two years- anyone interested can read
more about us on our web page at: http://www.se.medioaone.net/~pipesman.

    Anyone in the central to south Florida should consider a trip to our
monthly meeting the third Thursday of each month- we are only 2.5 hours
south of Orlando and 45 mins.. north of Miami in  Fort Lauderdale, FL.
See the web page for details and directions.
    On another note I have taken to translating the digest into DOC
format for the 3 Com Palm Pilot so I can take it with me to read on the
go. For members with a Palm Pilot or other PDA try this it works great!
Since the Palm Pilot has email, I can actually compose a response and
send it right from the Palm Pilot.
    Till next time our club blessing to all- "Blest be the tie that
binds, both pipe and pouch, that we may all smoke in peace."

Brother Grant Porter
President- South Florida Briar Brotherhood

[Wow!  You folks seem to have the new technology covered! -S.]

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From: James Barber <?????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999 [Re-Send]

Dear Stephen,

I know you don't permit advertising in pipes digest but I know many of
your readers are interested in old pipes.  We recently acquired a very
large selection of old unsmoked pipes from a major manufacturer in
London. These pipes were bought by this particular manufacturer to
compare quality and generally see what other pipe makers were doing.
They were then put away and forgotten about. We estimate that they are
around twenty years old.  We also acquired a quantity of Tanganyikan
meerschaum pipes. These were discovered in a warehouse in Oman and are
approximately forty years old.  There are pictures of all these pipes
at http://www.smoke.co.uk Regards,

James Barber.

[Actually, I do permit advertising, within some limits that I think
are sensible and not too harsh. -S.]

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From: Bill Hoffman <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Antique Pipes for Sale


Given your professional reputation and seeing the comprehensiveness of your
website, I thought you might be a good sounding board. I apologize upfront
if this type of message is inappropriate.

Here's the situation:

This is a one-time event. I am helping my dad sell his old pipes
(approximately 65 pipes). Having poked my head around a bit, I remain at a
loss for the best forum or best approach for reaching the limited community
of reputable pipe dealers that would be interested in these old/antique
pipes. I have attached a word document describing/identifying the pipes. I
would ask that this document not be distributed to others until we give the

Pipe History: 

Pop acquired his pipes in new condition primarily between 1954 and 1961.
While the pipes are now "used," they are in excellent condition. Pop only
smoked rarely. Further, he stopped smoking almost 25 years ago (a medical
decision... Pop is a doctor and let the literature get the best of his
smoking enjoyment). 
Since then, the pipes have been preserved in storage. 

Current Status:

Having finally made the decision to sell the entire lot, it is not as easy
to accomplish as one might think. Any suggestions or direct links to real
dealers that might be interested? 

We do not attend pipe shows (we aren't in the business) and ebay.com
appeared insufficient... too many generic pipes for sale and generally the
largest lot I observed was 5-10 pipes. Also, imagine providing and
downloading a picture of each pipe (65) for ebay.com (major pain in the...) 

Thanks in advance and again, apologies if this is inappropriate!

Bill Hoffman

[Image snipped. BTW, Steve Beaty runs the web site; I just edit the
Digest. -S.]

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

Two questtions:

How do guys store LARGE pipe collections with LARGE pipes? I have over
30 pipes, many oversized, and none of the pipe racks I've seen can
accommodate either the whole number or the largest pieces. Does anyone
have photographs of a suitablerack and contact information for the

Also, I have been trying to purchase either a Krska or a Jirsa pipe. I
have e-mailed both mankers asking for prices but have had no
response. Does anyone know either of these two, who could pass on a
message from me?


Robert Barron
The Toronto Pipe Club

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

hey guys. i just suscribed to the digest so i hope i get the next one. 
i have two questions that i hope someone here can help me with. 

i just broke the the stem of a new pipe. its a christiano with a
little silver circle on the stem filled with a wood (briar?) dot. i
have seen these pipes "customized" for places like nat sherman and the
like. i have even seen them here in pittsburgh. is there a most
reliable and reputable plave that the list recomends to send it to? or
perhaps some place here local? like maybe up in state college or
something. what about someone who would just send me a new stem? in
that it seems like a common enough thing.

2.  is there any way to stop a (any particular type?) light colored
pipe from turning darker? like a special one to bye or clean or

ok. see u guys later. 
(please ignore any spelling or gramatical mistakes as i'm not a native
enlgish speaker) 

[There are a few places; see the "Repairs and Custom Carving" section
of the Resource Guide  at http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html. -S. ]

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From: Robert Uhl <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Hunting & Pipes

> 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.

Actually, a lot of people here in the United States associate pipes 
with outdoors activities, esp. camping and hunting (the two go 
hand-in-hand after all).  I know that I usually try to bring a pipe 
along whenever I go shooting.  It gives one something else to do, 
always important...

Bob Uhl

[We seem to have slightly opened a can of venison here... For the
record, I'm neither a hunter nor a vegetarian, and have no strong
opinions on the subject of deer hunting, except the following.  Just
please be cold sober when you're handling deadly weapons, and make
sure it *is* a deer that you're shooting at, and that the bullet isn't
likely to hit anything *but* the deer, and that you won't make the
animal suffer. The Indians/Native Americans used to apologize to the
animals they hunted; it seems strange, but I think this is a good
thing. -S. ]

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From: "Kameran Kashani" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: MacBaren Club

I debated long and hard before sending this reply because this
has the potential for turning into a rat-hole discussion.  But I
thought I'd let Steve earn his list-moderator's pay. What? He
does this for free? :-)

I'm a vegetarian and socially-liberal kinda guy. However, I see
nothing unusual about a pipe company sponsoring a legal and safe
(except for the deer) event that probably appeals to some
segment of its customers; I'm sure a lot of pipe smokers are
hunters. And if you're going to eat meat, you might as well

Kam Kashani

[Quote from PD #260 snipped. -S.]

????????????                                http://reality.sgi.com/kamk/
       "How could this be a problem in a country where we have 
       Intel and Microsoft?" - Al Gore speaking on Y2K issues, 
          as quoted in "Vanity Fair," January 1999, pg. 141.

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From: Bill Taylor <???????????????????????>
Subject: The Pipe

Ken Baxter wrote pipes digest (#260):

"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."

I've been collecting these pipes since the mid-sixties, seriously for the
last 2 years. For all I know about "the pipe" as it was called when it
wasn't called THE SMOKE or Venturi visit my web page and follow its links
to brochures, warranties, advertisements, my collection, and more:


The company is no longer making these pyrolytic graphite pipes, having
changed hands several times over the years. I am still trying to trace the
history of these things but many of the companies involved seem to be
reluctant to admit, much less discuss, their participation in the tobacco
industry. The old Tar Gar/Venturi sold to Bissell (yes, the carpet sweeper
folks) who later sold the Venturi company to an outfit in Traverse City,
MI. Bissell won't answer my inquiries. The new Venturi company says that
the pipe line wasn't included in their purchase from Bissell in 1991.
Super-Temp Corporation made the pyrolytic graphite bowl liners for the old
Venturi/Tar Gard when they were owned by Ducommun Incorporated. Ducommon
says they sold Super-Temp to B. F. Goodrich in 1978 and have no other
remaining records of Super-Temp. They did mention that pyrolytic graphite
is still made and used in applications like the lining of the brakes on the
Concorde. Goodrich and Super-Temp have so far not answered my letters.
Anybody here know anybody at Bissell, Goodrich, or Super-Temp that might
give me an introduction or contact? I plan to take a few extra days the
next time I'm in Washington, DC to visit the Library of Congress and see
what I can turn up.

If yours "smoked cool" you are one of the very few smokers who followed the
directions on how to smoke it -- most pipe smokers consider them hot
because they think its artificial briar, which it's not. It's a different,
I think better, smoke entirely.

Any way, after visiting my site, if you still have questions feel free to
contact me and I'll do my best. By the way, if you check:

you may find a pipe or two that interest you. They're not expensive and I'd
like to get rid of them.

Sorry to ramble so but it's so easy when you think you're the font of
knowledge on something. Steve, please edit this severely!

Puff in peace.

Bill Taylor <???????????????????????>


[Thanks for all the great info, Bill! -S.]

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From: Bill Taylor <???????????????????????>
Subject: The Pipe

Hi, Steve!

I recently wrote to you in answer to a request for information from Ken
"Anybody here know anybody at Bissell, Goodrich, or Super-Temp that might
give me an introduction or contact? I plan to take a few extra days the
next time I'm in Washington, DC to visit the Library of Congress and see
what I can turn up."

with a request:
"Sorry to ramble so but it's so easy when you think you're the font of
knowledge on something. Steve, please edit this severely!"

Since I wrote this, B. F. Goodrich has come through with some contacts at
Super-Temp Corporation. As a result, I have begun to document the history
of "the pipe" which can be found at http://billietaylor.com/pipehist.html

I would appreciate it if you would edit the line asking for help with
introductions or contacts to take out "Goodrich" and "Super-Temp." The only
place I need help getting to now is Bissell. 


Bill Taylor <???????????????????????>


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From: Samuel Freund <????????????????????????>
Subject: L.L. Bean

I am glad that you got the tobacco. I recall your search for the blend.
I recollect trying it many, many years ago and not being overly

[Thanks for sending it!  Like they say, absence makes the heart grow
fonder... And see below. -S.]

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From: "Schwartz, Michael W." <???????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999

Responding to Wes in PD 260, PD readers ought to be aware that
L.L.Bean mixtures are still regularly available from the Brogue Cigar
Company, Brogue Pa. 17309 (717-244-7240).  Brogue has both the
aromatic and the "special blend" ("nine parts White Burley and three
parts Sweet Burley") which we all remember fondly from the old
L.L.Bean catalog.  It's a delicious, relatively low-cost smoke.

This transmittal may be a confidential attorney-client communication
or may otherwise be privileged or confidential.  If you are not the
intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received
this transmittal in error; any review, dissemination, distribution or
copying of this transmittal is strictly prohibited.  If you have
received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by
reply or by telephone (call us collect at 212-403-4357) and
immediately delete this message and all its attachments. 

Thank you.

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From: petsim <?????????????????????>
Subject: Twist Tobacco

Dear Steve:

     How in blazes do you keep up with all this stuff from more than 3000 
members  or am I more a busybody than most?

     Sorry about the double post of my last message.  Got clumsy at the 
keyboard and didn't realize that when the first version disappeared it 
had been queued to be sent.

     I'm writing now in pursuit of the Irish black twist tobacco 
mentioned by Leonard Fox at PD 213.015.  Gawith-Hoggarth is mentioned as 
a source.  However, the Resource Guide doesn't give a number and a WWW 
ywllow pages search doesn't produce a firm by that name in Holyoke, MA.  
Also, I seem to remember a PD reference to one or more UK tobacconists 
stopping exports to the US for insurance reasons.

     Both JR and De La Concha have a tinned (2 oz.?) Dark Twist (McBaren, 
I think).  However, it contains cavendish and doesn't seem to fit Mr. 
Fox's description, "... my choice is the XXX black unscented type. ... 
Today, it is prepared for smoking by cutting the thinnest possible pieces 
off the rope (it is usually sold in a half-pound or one pound piece)."

     XXX black sounds much to my taste and I would like to try it.  Would 
it be within protocol to Email Mr. Fox directly?

     Thanks and I hope I'm not abusing your good offices. 
Peter Sims

[Certainly, it'd be within protocol! He's at ????????????????? -S.]

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From: "Jim Beard" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999

The Book of Pipes and Tobacco (1974) by Ehwa and The Ultimate Pipe Book
(2d ed. 1989) by Hacker, as well as an astonishing selection of literature
of tobacco and smoking, are available from Ben Rapaport, Antiquarian
Tobacciana, 11505 Turnbridge Lane, Reston, VA 20194-1220.

Phone is 703.435.8133, evenings until 10:00 p.m. local time (ESTcurrently,
or GMT +5 if you prefer that phrasing).



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From: Chris Reinhart <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Resource update & o.p. books


	Would you please post an update to the Resource Guide?
Jerri's Tobacco here in Denver has moved since I last asked you to
include them in the guide.  They are now located at 535 16th St. ,
Denver, CO 80202, 888-825-3522 (jerri'??????????????????).

	Also, in the last digest Peter Sim asked about approaching the
publishers of the Richard Carlton Hacker book "The Ultimate Pipe Book"
and the Carl Ehwa book "The Book of Pipes and Tobacco" for a
reprinting.  I think that if people want a copy of either or both of
these books that a quicker method of obtaining them would be to go
thru an out of print search serivce - many of which can be found by
doing a search on the web (I won't give any of them a plug although I
have my favorites).  I work in a university library and do a lot of
searching on the web for out of print books with a fair amount of
success.  Just be forewarned that these two titles are somewhat
collectible and the asking prices reflect this.  (However, being
fortunate enough to have bought each of these books back when they
were in print, they are indeed worth having at almost any price).
Thanks for the digests - always enjoy reading them.

Chris M. Reinhart
Library Technician
Collection Development Services
Auraria Library
University of Colorado at Denver
1100 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO  80204-2095
(303) 556-3684
fax: (303) 556-2623

[Update done. Thanks! -S.]

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

I feel I should answer the question Alexander Theberge asked a while
ago about music and pipesmoking, since I just realised that those two
activities take up the majority of my spare time. (Music more so; I
can't smoke a pipe while playing the guitar.) I prefer, while smoking
a pipe, to listen to any kind of complex music; this ranges from
progressive rock (especially Jethro Tull, which for some reason seems
to be the quintessential pipe-smoker's rock band, judging from other
posts as well as some pictures I've seen of the band's members) to
modal or avant-garde jazz all the way to Hindustani classical music or
the Persian radif.  The ideal evening, for me, would involve a bowl of
Balkan Sobranie and the Jethro Tull album _Thick as a Brick._

--Tim Bender

[Saw an interview with Ian Anderson once, where he was smoking a
pipe, so it may at one time have been a quintissential pipe smoker's
band. However, I think he's broken ranks now. -S.]

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

Dear Steve, it's funny how many different interests could people from
a single mailing list share; so far, I'm in the group of BMW bikes,
Jethro Tull and pipes. Further suggestions?


[Let's see... currently, I'm trying to keep the local Vogons from
building a hyperspace bypass through our town... -S.]

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From: "DAVID R. LUNDGREN" <????????????????????>
Subject: music, etc

Greetings all...

In regard to the best pipe-smoking music, I enjoy I wide variety of
music and have no particular favorite for smoking.  On the other hand,
as a big baseball fan I find that one of life's sublime pleasures is to
sit on the front porch on a warm summer night with my pipe, and a
ballgame on the radio.

Is there an acceptable method of disinfecting an old pipe?  From time to
time I see pipes at auction or at garage sales.  Now I may be being
overly squeamish, but to me, buying an old used pipe and smoking it is
something akin to buying an old used toothbrush and brushing my teeth
with it.  I'm thinking about a mild solution of hydogen peroxide.

Finally, for those of us who are forced to buy most of our tobacco at
the drug store: maybe it's just my imagination or perhaps just in my
area, but lately I've found that the shelves that used to hold a fairly
wide variety of pipe tobacco now are now given over almost exclusively
to cigars.

Smoke on in peace

Dave Lundgren

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From: "Kameran Kashani" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Nicotine and Exercise

Responding to Ben's (?????????????????) question about nicotine
and high-altitude exercise, I run regularly (10K is the longest
distance I care to subject myself to :-) and lift weights. I
also backpack, often in the 7,00 ft to 10,000 ft (2000m to
3000m) range. I also smoke both cigars and pipes.

What I've found is that for me:

	- Nicotine consumption within several hours
	  *prior* to highly aerobic exercise like
	  running seriously reduces my running performance
	  and makes running less fun.

	- Nicotine consumption within several hours
	  *prior* to lifting has a slightly adverse affect
	  on my ability to lift.

	- When hiking, I will customarily take along
	  a small briar to enjoy at some opportune moment,
	  typically the summit of a hike. I've noticed *no
	  ill effects* (such as reduced hiking abilities,
	  shortness of breath, etc.) from light nicotine
	  consumption under those conditions.

FWIW, I keep detailed records of my workouts, including how far I
run and how fast, and how much weight I lift. I also used to
ride a bike a lot (less now because of my right knee), but the
reaction to nicotine was the same as for running.

*Post-exercise* nicotine consumption seems to have no adverse
affect on my exercising so far.

Kam Kashani

[Ben's letter snipped. -S.]

????????????                                http://reality.sgi.com/kamk/
       "How could this be a problem in a country where we have 
       Intel and Microsoft?" - Al Gore speaking on Y2K issues, 
          as quoted in "Vanity Fair," January 1999, pg. 141.

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From: "Juan C. Villar" <?????????????????>
Subject: pipe tobacco

What brand of pipe tobacco has the highest nicotine content?

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From: "FF Piber" <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999

Re: World record in pipe smoking

The World Record is 3 hours 15 minutes and 36 seconds and was set by Jesper
Bo Petersen at the 1997 Danish Championship in Copenhagen

The tobacco was 3 gramms of Sweet Dublin from Orlik Tobacco Company.
The pipe was a sandblast Stanwell model #196 (a stubby Apple).

This record is acknowledged by the international organisation of pipe clubs,
CIPC, and was set according to their official rules.

Best regards, FF Piber of Denmark - www.wwi.dk/priv/ff

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From: ???????????????
Subject: help!

I have recently acquired a beautiful brass and wood hookah.  It was very
tanished and when cleaned it revealed ornate carvings of flowers and vines in
red and green.  My problem is that the hoses are in very poor condition and
only one has a decent draw.  The ends of the hoses are wood and the hose
itself are of woven cloth.  Do you know where I might find replacment hoses in
the same style.  The hookah is about 3 1/2 feet tall so they must be very
long.  Thank you for any help you can give me.

Derek Roberts
E-Mail  ???????????????

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From: "John W. Johnson" <???????????????????>
Subject: PIPE


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From: Todd Atteberry <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Looking for

I'm looking for a place to purchase Radford's Sunday Fantasy in the US, either
by mail-order or internet. My normal supplier says he can no longer get it.
Any help would be appreciated.

Todd Atteberry

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From: Alison <??????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Arguillee pipes

Dear Steve,

Do you know of any web pages the contain information, and more
importantly, pictures, of Arguillee pipes, the pipes smoked in Israel?

It would be great if you did,



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

Greetings all.  Over the years there have been several posts regarding the
unforunate demise of the Balkan Sobranie "759" mixture.  Does anybody know
of a tobacconist that has succeeded in replicating the "759"?  Or, even better,
does anybody know of a tobacconist that still has any of the original stuff for

Smoke in peace,


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From: "Russel L. Mahon" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Info

I'm not sure who to e-mail so I'll start here. I am a fairly new pipe
smoker and have a few questions.
1. My father-in-law recently gave me his collection of pipes (12)
gathered over the last 20-30 years.  There are many GBD's, a Comoy's, a
Jud's (made in Houston at one time he told me) and a couple others. I am
interested mostly in finding stems for GBD's that he bit through. A
local retailer told me he could send them somewhere back east (I am in
Amarillo, Texas) and they would match them best they could, however they
would not have the GBD logo on the stem, and it would be about $25-35
for each pipe. If possible I would like to find out if I can get stems
made by GBD-with their logo- specifically made for these pipes (if
they're still in business), and if not, later in life how would the
value of a pipe go down with a generic stem-or is that something that
one should even worry about? Also this price seems high to me since you
can buy a halfway decent pipe for the same amount.
2. I hope this question does not make a mockery of pipe smoking. I would
like to smoke my pipe durring the short break I can take during the day,
10-15 min. So is it common to pack a pipe only half way and smoke that,
or pack it full and smoke as long as you can (and do you save the rest
or dump it), or is there a type of pipe made specifically for this
purpose, possibly with a small bowl?? I realize that pipe smoking should
be enjoyed when you have sufficient time, is this this a no-no for pipe
thanks, Russel Mahon

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From: ??????????????
Subject: paronelli

Dear Mr Beaty
I'm looking for some resources about Paronelli's pipes(links, images).
Could you help me, if is it possible, plese?
Thank you
	Jakub KAREL <??????????????>

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From: UK4RJ <?????????????>
Subject: Purchase of Muriel pipe aroma cigars

Hello:  I'm trying to purchase the following product:

Muriel Pipe Aroma Tipped Cigars
Flavor: Black n' Cherry
100% pipe tobacco filler

I think the distributor is:

Consolidated Cigars Corporation
5900 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale Florida  33309-7098

I found them on the web ...but i could not find any information on this
cigar...if you do sell them..or know of anyone who would...I would like to
purchase them...hope you can help.

I am in the U.K.... and can be e-mailed at:  UK4RJ


Rhonda J. Rainey   "R.J."

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From: Eddie&MaryJo Fargis <???????????????????????>

Received a Wiley pipe for Christmas and am interested in facts about this
Eddie Fargis

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

Dear sir,
  I am a begining pipe smoker and the more I seek infomation the more I see
there is more to smoking a pipe than just smoking a pipe. I was delighted
to find this web page on the internet and have enjoyed it tremendously.
However I see that I am making a
 few mistakes in smoking a pipe.  I have two Dr. Boston's that I paid
around $35 for each and a Jobe I paid $60 for, all bent neck.  Is breaking
a pipe important and, if so, have I ruined my pipes by not breaking them
in?  Also, what is the detailed, prop
er usage for a pipe tool?  Finally, I have a humidor that my father-in-law
gave me but the lid does not seal tightly because there is no rubber ring
on the lid.  Am I hurting my tobacco by this and if it gets dried out is
there any was to moisten it back?
  Thank you for your help.


Joey Bullis    

[Pipes will eventually break themselves in, if you smoke them
enough. Pipe tools usually includes tamper, scraper, and reamer; the
only really mysterious thing is the scraper, which should be used to
scrape out excess cake. Your humidor might work adequately if you keep
a moisture source inside, but it'd probably work better if you can fix
the seal (perhaps with a piece of sheet cork, available in most
hardware stores.) Welcome! -S. ]

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From: Kim and Joe Ksyniak Jr <????????????????>

Mr. Beaty:

Your site is so informative, I hope these aren't foolish questions:  Do you
know if there are any more menthol pipe tobaccos?  If so, could you tell me
where to search?

I've checked out a lot of sites on the net with no results.  I've asked
several dealers and all have answered they do not know.

I've blended Greenbriar for many years, but it no longer exists.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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From: "Alexander Leonard M. Theberge" <?????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Dating a Sasieni

This is response to Sam Co's inquiry about a "Pembroke" Sasieni pipe he
wants to date. There was an indepth article on Sasieni in the Spring edition
of Pipes & Tobaccos magazine. It had some good details on how to roughly
date Sasieni pipes and gives a great background on the company. Good luck,
		-Alexander Theberge

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

I live in New York City, and often, when I am out for a walk, I find myself
drawn to a strong and tasty tobacco aroma nearby. It usually takes me less
than a few seconds to narrow in on the source of the scent: a fellow pipe
smoker. Is it considered rude or impolite to approach a stranger who is
smoking an attractive blend and ask what they are smoking? This has happened
to me numerous times, and often the smell is one of days gone by; one of the
nostalgic smoky smells that probably brought me to this wonderful habit in
the first place. Now I would not run up to someone in the street and ask
them what kind of briefcase they are carrying simply because I found it
attractive, but as smokers (as far as I can tell through the internet, as I
don't know any personally) seem to be more communal in nature the thought
has crossed my mind. Any ideas on the subject?

My other question is on old and dried out tobacco. I have enocuntered in
this digest numerous techniques to rehumidify dry tobacco. I am wondering,
however, if tobacco which has been dried out to a crisp can ever be returned
to its previous state and taste.

By the way, I can't tell you how much I enjoy this digest. Every time it
arrives in my mailbox I stop whatever I am doing, light a bowl and read in

		-Alex Theberge

[I wouldn't personally think it was rude, and have done the same thing
in the past. In my experience, I haven't been able to decently
rehydrate tobacco once it's dried out; it's just never the same
again.  -S.]

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

 Hi fellow pipesters.............

 I visited the NY Pipe Show this past weekend and enjoyed seeing and
 visiting the various tables.  What great workmanship in so many of
 the terrific pipe I saw !!!!  I wish that the next show would offer a
 room larger than the one used for this show...... much much too small
 and as a result I found myself more involved with providing space for
 other peoples passage than window shopping.

 However, I got to meet Mr. Tinsky and purchased a 'catalog' type pipe
 from him.  What a great smoke !!!  This pipe is balanced, has great
 birdseye grain and is a truly crafted with pride.  Mr Tinsky is also
 a nice guy and I will definitetly purchase a freehand from him very

   Rich C  

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From: Bill Unger <??????????????????>
Subject: Research Help Wanted

 I am back working hard on my Tracy Mincer/Custom-Bilt/Custombilt
research and should be able to start writing soon, with the expectation
of producing a substantial book.  Many holes remain, and they probably
will continue to remain after so many years have passed.  However, in
the hope of filling some of them, I am putting out a general call for
help.  If anyone out there has personal or documentary information on
any of the following topics, I would be most grateful if you could
contact me.  I can be reached at 800 Franklin Ave., Columbus, OH 43205;
by phone at 614-252-2904; or by e-mail at ????????????????????????? Unger

1. Members of the Mincer family, namely Tracy (who founded the
Custom-Bilt Pipe Co. in Indianapolis in 1938), Robert (who owned a smoke
shop in Charlottesville, VA for many years), Thurmond (who worked for
Custom-Bilt at one time in the 1950s but whom I know virtually nothing
about), and Bill (Tracy's son, reputed to be living back in Indianapolis
2. Hetzer Hartsock, born 1918, who was a master carver for Tracy
Mincer.  He carved the famous Stalin/Roosevelt chess pipe that was
presented to Stalin after the war and a set of five carved pipes valued
at $5,000 that was first unveiled in Indianapolis in 1946 and then
traveled the country.  I would very much like to know what happened to
this set--i.e., who purchased it and when and where it is now.
3. I am interested in putting together brief histories of the Wally
Frank and George Yale companies--when they were founded and when they
ceased business and the various activities they engaged in.
4. I would appreciate any help with a contact in the Hollco-Rohr
company, the last owner of the Custombilt name.  I hope to find someone
in the company with memories of the final years or who might help me
find documentation from those years.
5. I am considering a chapter on Deeply Carved American Pipes.
Custom-Bilt and Custombilt pipes are known for this design feature, of
course, but it seems that around the WW II years many pipes companies
were featuring pipes carved thusly, including some of the Kaywoodie Hand
Mades.  Many of these pipes, such as Tom Howard, are often thought to
have been produced by Tracy Mincer simply on the basis of appearance,
although they probably were not.  I would be interested in hearing from
people with theories or information on this phenomenon.
 In addition, I am interested in obtaining any of the following items to
fill out my collection and/or to examine to help my research.
1 Custom-Bilt or Custombilt companion sets in cases, produced in sets of
2, 3, 4 and 7 pipes.
2. Any examples of the pouches or half-pound or pound tins of Custom-Mix
tobacco, produced and sold in conjunction with Custombilt pipes in 1946.

3. Custombilt cigar and cigarettes holders and pipe reamers, as
mentioned in a 1946 Strauss newspaper ad.  (I don't know if these were
marked Custombilt or not.)
4. Any examples of the Custom-Bilt patented filters that were widely
heralded in the early Custom-Bilt ads and were packaged with the pipes,
as well as being sold directly from  Custom-Bilt.
5. I would like to acquire at least one Carolleer, the pipes made by
Tracy Mincer/Custom-Bilt during the war years from North Carolina
Laurel.  I have yet to see even one.

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

I have a meerschaum pipe that I would like some information on.  I was
told that this one was made approximately 40 years ago.  It is a
stright pipe approximately 6" long with a "amber" stem.  No carving,
just a large round bowl.  It is very well made and is signed under the
pipe with the following:

ESKISEHIR (printed)
TURKEY (printed)
Osman (script)

Any information, including value would be appreciated.

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999 [Re-Send]

Hi Steve, 

Want to send this warning to all our pipe smoking friends and
contacts?  Paul has published on the web about 300 people's personal
info and their credit card info... Yes, I'm Arthur Katz. And I'm mad
as hell. Take a look at this please and let me know what you think as
to how we can help others who might get hurt by this stupidity.  The
following letter ws sent by Jesper to his contacts, for me...  I was a
bit reluctant about mailing this but here's what I received from one
of my friends:


Guess who's credit cad has been comprmised by Mr. Paul? Yep, I ordered
from him in October, and some one was doing a search today for another
guy with my name also, my records popped up!  Complete name, address,
phone and worst of all, my cc number and billing info!  [Expletive
deleted. -S.]  Who else should I warn? (As you know, I can't get onto
the news groups!  HELP?)  Pipe groups/clubs? I may be nuts (allright,
I am) but I think this is a horror show! It seems, and I could be
wrong, that he keeps/kept his records on the net? My stuff has it's
own page! I don't even have my own page!  I've had American Express
cancel the card, but now I have to change all subscriptions etc which
I had on this corporate card. What a pain!  Want to see? just go to
snap.com and do a search, in quotes, for "Arthur E.  Katz" .  Follow
the first search result. Hello Arthur.  Funny though, my middle init
is not "E"


I checked on the www.snap com (choose 'perfect match) and Art's data
can indeed be found. Other customers will probably be interested in
this since it might be neccessary to cancel plastic etc.  Art has
tried to contact Paul both on phone and email but without any luck.

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From: goldman <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Credit information

On Friday 3/5/99 I came home to listen to a message on my answer phone
from a N.Y.'er who said that my credit card (Master Card #) has been
compromised.(A good samaritan?)  If I searched www.snap.com....did a
name search for my name I would find my pipe billing information with
Mr.Paul's pipes "on the WEB."

I did so and was appalled. I have phoned and e-mailed Paul alas, to
date, no answer.  To say that I am angry,pissed off (you get the idea)
that a "brother of the briar" woukd post ALL HIS BUSINESS ACCOUNTS,
customers names, addresses, phone numbers AND CREDIT CARD NUMBERS on
the Internet smacks of both irresponsibility, perhaps even fraud.

I have cancelled my Master Card and will seek legal advice today.

Thought you and others who have done business with Mr. Paul's pipes
ought to be aware of this problem

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999 [Re-Send]

I have complained, and TWO DAYS LATER Paul called and left a brief
message on my answering machine that he has pulled all this info off
the web; he thanked me for letting him know about the problem, but
never even said he was sorry for all the trouble and worry his system
caused!  Two days!  And what was this info doing on the web in the
first place? Paul didn't address this at all. I asked him about this,
very specificly, in my email to him. Of course its none of my business
how he works but, well actually in this case it is my business.  Paul
posted an appology on alt.pipes.org. He has not contacted any of us
who might have a severe credit card problem since our cards have been
available on the web for over a month.  His note to the newsgroup
didn't disclose the problem nor did headvise those who were affected
to cancel the credit cards involved. Obviously, you didn't see the
posting, nor did I, I'm not a member, so how could the people in
jeopardy get the info?  Not good business, in my book. If I found out
that my full credit card info was available on the web for over a
month, and no one told me.... man would I be pissed.  Of course, thats
exactly what happened to me, and about 300 other people.  Steve, of
course I'm writing this in anger, and perhaps Mr. Paul should have his
say; but he really endangered us, how would you feel if this happened
to you, and what would you tell your friends and readers, about doing
business with Mr. Paul?  Meanwhile, if some one still does the seach I
had previously told you about on me, they still get all my info,
(name, address, phone #, Company name) which I had tried previously to
keep on some sort of privacy level.

Thanks for listening to my rant...

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From: "Michael  C. Fortner" <?????????????????>
Subject: General MacArthur smoked a Kirsten!

    I checked out a copy of American Caesar:  Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964 by
William Manchester from my local library today, and when I was thumbing
through it looking at the photos, one in particular caught my eye.  It is on
page 354 and it shows MacArthur going over a map of the Pacific with Admiral
Nimitz.  MacArthur is pointing something out to him, and in his hand acting
as a pointer is a straight Kirsten!  Cool, photographic proof of one famous
person smoking one.

Michael, a Kirsten fan

   Michael C. Fortner  ?????????????????  http://pages.prodigy.net/n0ybc

     "Sometimes, you just have to--Hey, stop quoting me!" -- Anonymous

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From: Gourgen Oganessyan <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Hi Everyone,
I am glad to be joining your remarkable group!
I have been a recreational pipe smoker for a few months, having 
previously quit cigarettes and stayed smoke-free for about a year.
I find the hobby most gratifying, and have so far confined myself to
Borkum Riff Ultra-Light tobacco, although I have also tried blending it
with BF cherry. My first pipe was one from Dr. Grabow's Viscount line, 
I have removed it's original stem and fitted it with a longer one. It
smokes just fine, I don't have a lot to compare it with but I find it to
be a decent pipe. Can anyone confirm this experience? 'Cause I have
noticed many members of the pipe-smoking community treat Dr. Grabow's 
with some disrespect. I also have a Falcon which I have just finished
breaking in, it does indeed smoke cooler than most other pipes I tried,
but overall impression is that of a pretty unexciting pipe. Anyone agree?
Anyway, the next question is: does anybody know of a brand of pipe called
Barling? I picked up a meerchaum one from a local store yesterday, and the
fellow who sold it to me didn't know anything about the maker. The box
says they have been in business since 1812, it costed me about US$36, and
I really liked it, but would like to know more about the Barling company.
Can anybody tell me about it?
And the last question (I am sure about 2 million people have asked it by
now, but please bare with me :-) ): are corncobs any good. Thinking of
buying one, and I have heard they offer a pretty decent smoke despite
being easy on the pocket. Is it true?
Thanks in advance for any answers or info!

 Gugo Oganessyan

 Canberra, Australia

[I'll answer the last: corncobs are great, but they don't last very
long.  In my experience, the stem goes first. -S.]

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

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

Here's my cleaning tip for today.  If you can't get extra-long
pipe-cleaners for your churchwarden pipes, simply burn the fluff off the
last 1/4" from two standard pipe-cleaners and twist the protruding wires
firmly together.  (You may find a small pair of pliers helpful for this). 

Happy pipesmoking!


Click on this link to view my website.

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From: Mick <???????????????????>
Subject: Air Purifiers, etc.

Dear Steve, (and the Brethren of the Blue Cloud),

I'm taking up the pipe again after a few years abstinence,
and find myself enjoying it more now than ever. Your web
page is an excellent source of info, and I think it's quite
attractive and well done. I just got my first edition of PD,
and I can't wait for the next.

Q: What does one do if one refuses to yield the luxury of
smoking in one's house, but wishes (for the sake of family
and guests) that one's house does not end up smelling like
an ashtray? What kinds of air purifiers have you found to be


[I use a Honeywell HEAP II air purifier.  Also, an Aladdin kerosene
lamp seems to burn up a lot of the smell too. -S.]

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From: "Dries Somers" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe initialization . . .


I find your pipesmoking guide very interesting and helpful. There is one
question I want to ask. You say to keep the mouth dry and avoid
swallowing. So what do I have to do when there is an excess of saliva in
my mouth?

            S. I. P.
     Dries Somers

[Uh, spit?  Or as my dentist advises, "think dry thoughts." :-) -S.]

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

Hello All-

Here's a puzzler that I hope you all find as intriguing as I do...
Within the last 6-8 months I've picked up yet another hobby akin to
pipesmoking in general public sentiment: home beer brewing.  The
logical question is how best to combine the two.  It seems that the
beverage of choice among us with a favorite tobak is a a smoky Scotch
or lively brandy- why not beer?  In particular, a style known as
Rauchbeir (sp) whose ingredients include smoked malt.  Being the guy I
am, I immediately think of the connection to latakia.  Whereas the
malt in question is smoked with apple wood and the like, I am under
the impression that latakia is "smoked" with various herbs.  I would
like to create a Rauchbier somewhat similar in character to latakia
and would like to know what herbs (spices? nuts? twigs?  berries?
bark? animal products?) are used to cure latakia so that I may use
similar ingredients to smoke my malt.  Any ideas?  Please email me
directly if you have any hints.

Patrick North

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From: Earl Needham <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999 [Re-Send]

At 06:04 PM 3/3/99 -0800, Pipes Digest sent:
>From: ????????????????????????? (Joe)
>Subject: comment from pipes page
>I am trying to find out any information on the MGB pipe.
>Can you help me out??
>                                          Joe
>[Can't say, but I know someone who's in the market for a
>Porsche... -S. ]

	Shucks, I thought he was looking for a set of headers!  <G>


Earl Needham, KD5XB    mailto : ???????????????
Clovis, New Mexico	DM84jk N34d 25.446 W103d 12.700 (or so)

[Headers?  I get a set of 'em with each email message! :-) -S.]

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From: Glenn Perkins <???????????????>
Subject: Web Site

Dear Steve

My name is Glenn Perkins and I have been receiving and enjoying PD for
some time.  The reason for my note is that I have just set up a web site
that I would like to have linked to your site of course I would be happy
to return the favor.  My site address is www.GlennsPipeShop.com

Thank You

Glenn Perkins

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From: petsim <?????????????????????>
Subject: Nording Visits NYC

Dear Steve and fellow pipers:

     Don't know whether there is time for this post to be helpful to
anybody but...  I received a flyer from De La Concha, a tobacconist
located at 1390 Ave. of the Americas (56th-57th streets) announcing
that Eric Nording will demonstrate his craft there on March 18 and 19,
11:00 am- 6:00 pm.  And, says the flyer, the shop will then feature
special offers on Nording pipes.  Their tel. is 212/757-3167 and

     Dry ashes.

Peter Sims

[Too late for this Digest, Peter, but I hope a good time was had by
all! -S.] 

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From: Maurizio Tombari <????????????????>
Subject: Le Nuvole site

Hallo Steve,
I send you an AD message for the next Pipes Digest. I hope it's o.k..
Please, exscuse me and  advise me if the message is not correct.

Many thanks and...smoke in peace                     Maurizio Tombari

Dear pipe friends,

As some of you already know, a new pipe site, Le Nuvole, has been
launched recenlty.  I've been making pipes for almost 20 years, and I
finally decided to make my own pipes and sell them directly on the
net.  Since I started this little 'adventure' less than a couple of
months ago, my Le Nuvole site has been, slowly but surely, growing in

I offer hand made pipes, inspired by antique objects, such as vases,
jars, etc.  Each and every pipe is unique.  Le Nuvole (the clouds in
Italian) mainly refers to the feature-weight of the pipes.

If you decide to have a look and if you have any comments or
questions, I will be more than happy to oblige.

Many thanks and happy pipe smoking to all.

Maurizio Tombari "Le Nuvole"
Briar pipe maker - http://www.pipe.it
Via Passeri 167 - 61100 Pesaro, Italy
Tel./Fax +39 0721 30750

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

Thankyou for this excellent service for the worlds pipesmokers.

I have been smoking pipes on and off for approximately 5 years, and always 
wondered why the experience can be so variable, even with the same tobacco
and pipe. My conclusion now is that it is impossible to enjoy a pipe unless
relaxed. Enjoyment increases proportionally with the degree of relaxation,
(although the whole thing could become extremely dangerous if one strays too
far to the unconciousness barrier !).

My pipesmoking pleasure has been at its best over the past two years and I
am sure this is due to my decision to move out of my house and live on 
a steel narrowboat on a canal in Northern England. After many problems of
inconsiderate neighbours and unattractive surroundings, I can now choose my
neighbours and garden, and change them at will. This allows for true

Spring is a favourite time on the canal, door and windows open so there 
is no barrier to the natural sounds. Once the mental state is settled
the pipe can be smoked in an unhurried manner - cool, dry and fragrant.
This is in contrast to my frantic tense puffing on a gurgling pipe that
has been too tightly packed, accompanied by the thump of my selfish
neighbours sound system - when I lived in a house.


Chris Pilgram

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

Does anyone own/enjoy a Castleford pipe?  I believe they are made in
England.  I am curious as to how they compare with other
manufacturers.  They look quite attractive in the advertisements.
Perhaps someone could comment on their quality, fit and finish?

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From: John Larmann <??????????????????????>


I enjoy your page very much.

I wonder if you can help me locate "1776" brand tobaccos?
I used to mail order them from various places, but have not been able to
find them for a long time.

Some of their blends were: Golden Eagle, Old Dominion, Nanucket Cherry,
Vermont Maple, & Tavern; among many others.

The last place I ordered from was "Sterling" in Illinois. But when I
call their number I get a disconnected message, and I get no answer by

Do you know where to buy these tobaccos?
Or can you steer me to anyone who might know?
They were all very good, and were the driest tobaccos I ever smoked.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,   John

John Larmann
20 Schill Ave.
Kenner, LA  70065

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From: "Jeff Carroll" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Peterson Problems

     I love the digest! I look forward to it every month. I have a K&P Peterson
Calabash and it smokes really well, except for excessive wetness around the
trap. I am a slow smoker. I savor every puff I take and I can't believe that
this much condensation is being built up by the way I smoke. I have tried
various kinds of tobacco ( mostly English blends and aromatics) with the same
results. I try to keep the pipe as clean as I can, but it still has a musty
smell to it. I love the pipe...but I think I could enjoy it more if I could get
this smell out of it!! Any Suggestions?

Smoke in peace...

Jeff Carroll.

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

Hi all:

I'm looking for a color copy of one of the old 1940s ads for the
Kaywoodie Briar Pipes.

If anyone knows where I can get a copy, please respond to the above
e-mail address.

Many Thanks - Amy

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

I was wondering if anyone has any info on Sasieni pipes?  I recently bought 
an old one that is a leather-covered canadian with the words Sasieni France 
on it and an S in a circle on the stem.  I would like to know how old it is and
if it is worth anything.  Thanks


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From: ??????????????????????? (Michael Stanley)
Subject: Grant's North Country(Pipe tobacco)

Hi Steve and all in the group.I was wondering if anyone has ever heard
of this tobacco.I see it listed at Pipeguy.com(PCCA) in the Gerstan
estate.Bob Hamlin has never smoked it...has anyone?I don't mind going
into a local shop to experiment with new blends,but shipping and
handling charges for experiments do bother me.Thanks for any help.
          Mike Stanley

Michael Stanley <???????????????????????>

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From: ???????????????????? (JJ)
Subject: pipe clogs

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.

This brings back `fond' memories of my early days as a pipe smoker, when I
was the wise old age of 17. My second pipe was a Dr. Grabow, and I had the
same problem. In fact I had this problem with my first few pipes. All of
them were of the inexpensive variety, $5-$7 back in the late sixties. 

I thought it was the pipe, probably because it was so cheap. Eventually I
bought better pipes and the problem seemed to go away. BUT, I still have
those old Dr. Grabows and now they smoke fine. 

See, somewhere between my early pipes and my slightly better ones, what
really happened was I became a better smoker, from start to finish. I
learned how to carefully fill a pipe. 

Soooo, what I think you might be doing is either packing it too
tighly, then, consequently, drawing too hard which drags something,
not always visible to the eye, into the lower bowl/stem, and clogs it
up, or packing it too losely which causes it to burn too hot, and has
this same negative effect.

First, draw through the pipe when empty, to get a feel for this free flow.
Try putting just a bit of tobacco in the bottom of the bowl (maybe 1/2
inch), tamping it down solidly with a finger, and drawing again. There
should be a difference, but not too much of one. Once you've got this draw
set, add another bit, then another, draw testing each time. Make sure your
last pinch keeps the tamped down level of tobacco at least a 8th of an inch
below the rim of the bowl. Now, using a wooden match, give it a good even,
but not too hot, light. Draw easily, regularly. When it goes out, tamp it
down gently before relighting.  

Let me know if this helps.


*  "Sometime's nothing is a pretty cool hand "     *
*           - Cool Hand Luke                       *
*         www.internauts.ca/~jersey                *

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From: Tarek Manadily <???????????????????>
Subject: Wishes

Wishing you a very Happy Easter, gentlemen.


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Quote of the Week:

  "I hated tobacco.  I could have almost lent my support to any
  institution that had for its object the putting of tobacco smokers to
  death....  I now feel that smoking in moderation is a comfortable and
  laudable practice, and is productive of good.  There is no more harm
  in a pipe than in a cup of tea.  You may poison yourself by drinking
  too much green tea, and kill yourself by eating too many beefsteaks.
  For my part, I consider that tobacco, in moderation, is a sweetener
  and equalizer of the temper."

                                           -Thomas Henry Huxley

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #261 -- April 4, 1999
  2. Subject: Thanks for the good wishes
  3. Subject: All the stuff from me...
  4. Subject: Time for a Savannah Club
  5. Subject: The Pipe Club of London
  6. Subject: South Florida Briar Brotherhood
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999 [Re-Send]
  8. Subject: Antique Pipes for Sale
  9. Subject: posting from pipes page
  10. Subject: posting from pipes page
  11. Subject: Re: Hunting & Pipes
  12. Subject: Re: MacBaren Club
  13. Subject: The Pipe
  14. Subject: The Pipe
  15. Subject: L.L. Bean
  16. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999
  17. Subject: Twist Tobacco
  18. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999
  19. Subject: Resource update & o.p. books
  20. Subject: posting from pipes page
  21. Subject: posting from pipes page
  22. Subject: music, etc
  23. Subject: Nicotine and Exercise
  24. Subject: pipe tobacco
  25. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999
  26. Subject: help!
  27. Subject: PIPE
  28. Subject: Looking for
  29. Subject: Arguillee pipes
  30. Subject: posting from pipes page
  31. Subject: Info
  32. Subject: paronelli
  33. Subject: Purchase of Muriel pipe aroma cigars
  34. Subject: comment from pipes page
  35. Subject: RE: Dating a Sasieni
  36. Subject: Two Questions
  37. Subject: posting from pipes page
  38. Subject: Research Help Wanted
  39. Subject: posting from pipes page
  40. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999 [Re-Send]
  41. Subject: Credit information
  42. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999 [Re-Send]
  43. Subject: General MacArthur smoked a Kirsten!
  44. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  45. Subject: Churchwarden pipes
  46. Subject: Air Purifiers, etc.
  47. Subject: Pipe initialization . . .
  48. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #259 -- January 19, 1999
  49. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #260 -- February 28, 1999 [Re-Send]
  50. Subject: Web Site
  51. Subject: Nording Visits NYC
  52. Subject: Le Nuvole site
  53. Subject: posting from pipes page
  54. Subject: posting from pipes page
  56. Subject: Peterson Problems
  57. Subject: posting from pipes page
  58. Subject: posting from pipes page
  59. Subject: Grant's North Country(Pipe tobacco)
  60. Subject: pipe clogs
  61. Subject: comment from pipes page
  62. Subject: Wishes
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