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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

		Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 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: 3756

Welcome to new members:

	Ray S. Cammon
	Mark Maxfield
	Jeremy Soule
	Cameron L. Newton
	Mike Hagley
	Andrea Martinelli
	Bob Ensslen
	Alex Hoffmaster
	David A. Davenport
	Tom Worth
	Brenda Moidel
	Eddie Moidel
	Joseph Milestone
	Tony Marrocco
	Dirk Lotze
	Enric Vidal
	Allan Wright
	Dennis Tucker
	Kent Dejarnett
	Curtis E Peterson
	Craig A. Cooper
	Christopher G. Enger
	Earl Drury
	Juan Montesano
	Thomas Gonzales
	William Shamblin
	Jussi Petteri Tuomonpoika Karsikas
	Gudmundur R Gudmundsson
	Justin Fullmer
	Paul Godden
	James R, Nottingham
	Hugh Ranalli
	Piotr Cieslewicz
	David Cortez
	Andy Belinsky
	Jason Van Loo
	Jeff Carter
	G Cordova
	Steve Allen Russell
	Chet Yashuk
	Michael Renfro
	Robert Freitag
	David George Caruso
	Chris Haines
	J. E. Thompson
	Mike Sandberg
	Max Jackson
	Tony Richards

Somehow, this issue made it to press (or SMTP) less than a month since
the last one!  This is in part to allow some of our members to make
their announcements in a timely manner, and partly to allow me to fit
one more issue in this year.  Y2K is coming -- don't forget to stock
up on generators, dried beans, kerosene, and most of all wooden

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: ????????????????


          DATE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999
          TIME: 12:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
          PLACE:    Village North Professional Building
                Conference Room
                7420 Unity Avenue North
                Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
                (612) 865-0266

The GREAT NORTHERN PIPE CLUB, newly organized and named, cordially invites 
you and other pipe enthusiasts to join us for our next meeting.  It is an 
opportunity to swap knowledge, pipes, tobaccos , and share in the comradeship 
that exists among all pipe smokers!  If you are a pipe smoker, chances are 
you will find it an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon!  For those who 
are new to the pleasures and comforts of pipe,  it is an excellent 
opportunity to ask questions and gain access to literally centuries of 
combined pipe smoking knowledge and experience.   The meeting is open to the 
public and you are welcome to attend.

The GREAT NORTHERN PIPE CLUB will meet the SECOND SUNDAY of every month 
beginning on December 12, 1999.  Next meeting is on January 9, 2000 (location 
to be determined.)  

Bring some pipes, bring some tobacco and bring a friend!


For more information contact:  Great Northern Pipe Club, 
                               P.O. Box 151,  
                                             Savage, MN,  55378-0151
                                             Telephnone (612)-882-4953  
                                             E-Mail:  ????????????????

Directions to Village North Professional Building, 7420 Unity Avenue
North, Brooklyn Center:

>From Interstate 694 go North on Brooklyn Boulevard (#152) to intersection 
with Unity Avenue North; turn left at Unity Avenue North stoplight; go past 
Godfather's Pizza to 7420 which is the next building on the same side of the 
If lost, call:  (612) 865-0266. 
P.S.  St. Paul Pioneer Press staff writer  Richard Chin plans to attend this 
meeting and do a strory about our pipe club.  I spent Thursday night Dec 2  
giving him background information on the history of how big the pipe smoking 
scene was here in the Twin Cities in the 1970's despite being the birthplace 
of the Anti Smoking movement in the United States.  I will make sure you get 
a copy of the story when it comes out.   Jon.

[There may just be time to get there... -S.]

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From: Bill Unger <??????????????????>
Subject: NASPC Update

Dear Steve,
    I haven't written in quite a while to update you and your thousands
of readers on the status of the North American Society of Pipe
Collectors (NASPC).  We had another successful pipe show in Columbus at
the end of Aug. (sold out at 93 tables, and the room was packed all day
long).  In fact, we're 11 tables away from a sellout for next year's
show on Aug. 26, 2000.  We have passed the 700-member mark and are
closing in on 750.  We still have one newsletter to go of the 5
scheduled for 1999 (these are professionally printed and big), and I
have scheduled 6 issues for next year.  We have scheduled a members-only
swap for Feb. 27 here in Columbus for those in the Central Ohio area or
who can make the trip.  In the middle of Feb., we will be holding a
raffle from among all current member in which we will give away 6 pipes
(including the J. T. Cooke Pipes & Tobaccos special pipe) and a
Ming-Kahuna tamp.
    Hard to believe all this is still only $12 a year membership.  I
invite everyone to check out our web site at www.naspc.org to find out
about NASPC, read some articles from past issues, and look at pictures
of the pipes we'll be giving away, plus a picture of the Steve Weiner
NASPC 2000 pipe, which is available only to members.  Or just send in
your dues ($12 for 2000, $13 to start in 1999 and get the last
newsletter, which promises to be the biggest one yet).  I don't think
anyone who does so will be disappointed.

[Excellent, Bill! Always good to hear from you and NASPC. -S.]

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From: ?????????????????? (Heinz Gunia)
Subject: Pipe Club of London

Dear Stephen Masticola,

this message sends you a lot of greetings from the 95%
filterpipe-smoking Germany. Thanks for the Pipes Digest which I
recieve always in time.  I hope you can give me some information
concerning the following matters: I'm searching for the adress of the
Pipe Club of London but I can't get it nowhere.  Do you know the
complete adress and is it possible that you send it to me ?  The
second point I like to know is, if there are any pipesmokers in the
U.S. who use filterpipes or would like to use it. I just can't believe
that german smokers only like filters in their pipes.  I hope I'll get
your answer soon .

Smoke in peace

Heinz Gunia

[The Pipe Club of London is listed in the Resource Guide,
http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html, as 9 Frances Street Chesham
Buckinghamshire HP5 3EQ ENGLAND. If this needs updating, please let me
know. -S. ]

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

As I am sure many of you are aware, Dunhill has finally put up a
webpage (yeah!).  It can be reached at www.whitespot.co.uk.  There's
not much there, but it's a start.  Note, I'm not affiliated with the
company, just a fan of their products.

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From: "Jorg Meier" <????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: address

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

dear pipesmoker,
here are the addresses you ask for

  have a look at
  huge selection from falcon pipes,exellent service,fair prices
  also order from www.danpipe.de
  pipe and cigar catalog-best on the world and free!
  kind regards
  jorge meier schulz

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

In Response to Jim Joys querys on Brigham pipes, Brighams mailing
address is 25 Ripley Ave, Toronto Ontario, Canada M6S 3P2 Jim if you
would like to provide me with a mailing address via email I would be
pleased to send out the catalog that I have with Brighams full product
line. I have several of these pipes and have found them all to be
wonderful smoking pipes. Email me at ???????????????????????

Robert Kiernan Hamilton Ontario Canada

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From: Henry McGrattan <??????????????????>
Subject: Philip Trypis

Hi Steve,
I wanted to let you and other pipe aficionados know that Philip Trypis,
one of the original Canadian pipemasters has come out of retirement to
carve some pieces from his stock of briar he stored when he retired.  He
has been out of the pipe carving art for almost 25 years.  He is a third
generation pipemaker who mentored and supplied such Canadian legends as
John Calich and Julius Vesz.  His new offerings will be limited.
Philip has some unique features in his work.  He never uses pipe
putty--doesn't even own a tube.  He lines his new pipes with a very fine
clay to protect them, burning away as the cake builds.
If anyone is interested I can be reached by e-mail.  If there is a wide
enough interest I hope to put up a web page to make some Trypis pipes
available over the net.
Henry McGrattan
Phone (416) 463 7013
Fax   (416) 463 7713

e-mail:    ??????????????????
web page:  www.globalserve.net/~hm

Thanks Steve!

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From: Henry McGrattan <??????????????????>
Subject: Carver's Pipe Site

Hi Steve,
I dropped you a note mentioning that Phillip Trypis has come out of
retirement to carve some new pipes.  I've just put up a web page to make
these pipes available.  If you want to mention it, the site address is:




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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: things

 hI Steve
 I replied to this and gave him a company that specializes in this type of

> From: ??????????????????
> Subject: posting from pipes page
> I have made enough pipes now that I would like to have a stem stamp.
> Sure would appreciate if anyone could suggest someone who makes
> stamps.  Thanks very much!  Gary Breylinger

Also would you mind putting a mention of the 99 Christmas pipe up?Here s a

A medium size graceful bull dog, very comfortable to hold or smoke!
The pipe is 1 13/16" tall and is almost two inches in diameter at the
rings. The inner bowl diameter is 3/4" and tapers down slightly. The
pipe is 6" long. and weighs in under 2 ounces.A classic shape for this
years Christmas pipe. This year it is available in 6 finishes (see
below) and 4 grades of straight grain. It can be seen at
www.amsmoke.com Thanx MT

American Smoking Pipe Co
HC 88 Box 223
Pocono Lake, Pa 18347

[No problem, Mark! -S.]

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From: Joe Greenwald <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #265 -- November 17, 1999 -Reply

I'm going to be going over to Greece again in late April and one of
the disappoinitments of my last trip was not finding a shop which
carried Greek briar pipes. I had heard that Greek briar was some of
the best in the world. Does anyone have contact information for Greek
briar pipes which i could see (and buy) in Greece (preferably in

Joe G

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From: "Russ Stutler" <???????????????>
Subject: Japanese pipes

Charlena Kinsler asked about Japanese pipes with real long stem and a small
bowl. These are called "kiseru" (pronounced something like kee-seh-roo). You
can find them in every pipe store and a lot of souvenir stores in my town--I
live in Tokyo. I have a few--even the special finely cut tobacco that goes
with them, but they are not very enjoyable. You roll a ball of tobacco in
your fingers and put it in the bowl. A few puffs later, and you are rolling
another ball. The metal mouth bit is hard on the teeth, and the metal bowl
gets hot. One pipe store owner told me that a lot of guys just stick a
cigarette in the bowl (vertically), and use it as a cigarette holder. I know
of one store who handles fax inquiries and orders in English: It's called
Kagaya, and the fax number is +81-3-3355-4864. I'm sure there are suppliers
in the states as well, however. The average price for a kiseru bought
locally is 1,000 yen, which is close to 10 dollars now.

[Does one puff on them or just inhale? -S.]

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From: "Barry R. Harrow" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Hayim Pinhas

I was doing a search for Hayim Pinhas and came upon your letter about
receiving the antique pipe.  I have collected pipes from Hayim Pinhas and
was wondering if they are still in business.  They carved some wonderful
pipes and sold them with custom fitted boxes.  Do you know a contact number
or whether they are in business?


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From: Joachim Posegga <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Astley's gone?

 > From: "Ed  Morris" <???????????????????>
 > Subject: Astley's gone?
 > something that any pipe lover would want to experience. Sadly when I arrived
 > at Astley's,I found that they had either moved or were out of
 > business. 

Indeed too bad they closed their beautiful shop! As a hint for those
those who did not have a chance to have seen it: Astleys did not sell
tobacco. Why? Well, they were a pipe shop...

I visit Astelys maybe once a year when I am in London, and mostly buy
a pipe. No one was ever a dissappointment; indeed, I prefer smoking
Astleys' pipes over my Dunhills and Castellos, so needless to say:
They make truely wonderful pipes. They have, of course, their price,
but as with any "investment for life": it in the long run, it's
actually cheaper...

Here's the good news : They're still in business, below is a
transcript of a note I recently got from Astleys (any typos are my

  Pipe Specialists			KENSINGTON
					LONDON, W8 6AA
					Ph: +44 (0) 207 937 0317
					Fax:+44 (0) 207 937 3769

  Astleys regrettably no longer have their shop in the Piccadilly
  Arcade but are temporarily based at their office at the above
  address. We have a large stock of briar and meerschaum pipes,
  which we would be pleased to show or alternatively we can send
  directly by mail order. Please telephone in advance if you
  would like to come and see us.

  Managing Director

  Pipe chart and price list upon request.

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From: "Wolder, Burt R, PR" <???????????????>
Subject: Astley's

Hi, Ed:

Last time I looked, Astey's was still in the neighborhood.  They moved a
short distance away  to the Prince's Arcade, which is off Piccadilly.
Prince's Arcade connects Jermyn St. and Piccadilly, on the other side of the
street from the Burlington Arcade.

There are two arcades linking Jermyn St. and Piccadilly, quite close to each
other.  One has Kaplan's, the Leica specialist; the other has Astey's, among
other shops.  I think it's Prince's Arcade, but I could have the name

All best,

--Burt Wolder

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Introduction

Hi  Steve

I can't thank you enough for allowing me to be a small part of this
great endevor of yours I'm from North Carolina though i lived in
Michigan most of my life.  I retired and moved back to Carolina 5
years ago I'm 57 years old been married 37 of those years. My son just
turned 35 this week He's my guide through this wacky w w w world For
30 years i've smoked some cigars but mostly i've smoked pipes I have
about 20 they range from mid to high grades Inside i smoke lighter
english blends outside i prefer the darker smokey english blends
Thanks again for the digest i enjoy it so much I hope to contribute
more in the future.  Has anyone else out there in tobacco land ever
had a nice pipe chewed up by their dog

[Glad to be of service, and I'm sure that there are other pipe-chewing
canines out there. Perhaps the bulldog shape didn't get its name by
coincidence? :-) -S.]

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From: Steve Masticola (??????????????????)
Subject: Re: Not for the Digest

Greg, with the exception of the prevarications which have already been
exposed, everything I said is true.  Glad I was able to put in the
right word at the right time!

Smoke in peace,
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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page

I have read Richard Hacker's book "The Ultimate Pipe Book" many time
and treasure it as an excellent and truly an excellent
reference. Therefore, when I heard that his new book "Rare Smoke, the
Ultimate Guide to Pipe Collecting" has appeared, I hurried and bought
my copy and start reading it. Unfortunately, the book did not live up
to its title. One would have expected a much through book from such an
acclaimed expert on pipes and pipe collection. However, to my
disappointment, the book, with the exception of the detailed sections
on Dunhill and Kaywoodie pipes, is no more than a mere update of some
Chapters in his older book "The Ultimate Pipe Book".

I was hoping that the "Ultimate" guide for pipe collectors would focus
not only on few high end brands but would have a larger scope and
treat other brands in some detail similar to what was done for Dunhill
and Kaywoodie pipes. Not everybody collects high end brand
pipes. Furthermore, not all collectors collect pipes for the
appreciation in their monetary values. I guess that the only reason
Kaywoodie was treated in detail is the abundance of already available
information furnished recently by Mr. Bill Feuerbach III in some
Kaywoodie web sites as well as "Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris" and "Pipes
and Tobacco".  Also, it would have been nice to include and reference,
other than the author's own publications, readily available and
excellent published information on the grading and dating of other
important brands. Among these which come to mind are: the exceptional
article "A smoker's guide to Barling" by T. Gage in "Pipe Friendly" on
the dating of Barlings, as well as the articles recently published by
"Pipes and Tobacco" and others on GBD.

Furthermore, the author seems to pick and chose which pipes within a
brand are worth collecting and which are not. For example, he claims
that "Unique" and "Millennium" are the only GBD grades worth
collecting. Although the author is entitled to his personal opnion, he
is writing the "Ultimate" guide and should have considered the
interest of the collectors of other GBD pipes.  For example, is GBD
"Pedigree" not worth collecting?

May be my expectations were too high but when I have a title which
include the word "Ultimate", I expect a detailed reference, not only
for Dunhill and Kaywoodie, but for other interesting pipes as well
with appropriate citation for previously published studies which would
be of help to pipe collectors (e.g., the recent thesis on Dunhill
pipes by John Lorning, "Who Made That Pipe" by Herbert M. Wilczak and
Thomas Colwell Jr., etc.). I have never heard of an "Ultimate"
reference with no references cited. Having said that, the book is
still worth obtaining if only for the sections on Dunhill and
Kaywoodie pipes as well as the nice photos of some rare pipes.

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Of the Kansas City Show and Richard Carlton Hacker


First, a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you, yours, and all
the subscribers of the Digest...

Next, it's truly sad you were in town and did not make the Kansas City
pipe show.  A wonderful time was had by all.  With CORPS 99 being my
introduction to pipe shows (setting a true high bar standard), all I
can say is that KC comes off as a first rate regional show.  Next year,
I intend to get myself a table, supporting the dalnet irc #pipes

On Mr. Hacker,
To the infamous question of "Does Richard Carlton Hacker have a day
job?," many years ago (back in the 80s), there was a rumor that he was
a staff accountant for Tinder Box International.  Now, that comes under
the heading of arcane knowledge and Indian lore, so if anyone has some
other rumor (or fact), they're welcome to lay this one to rest.

Now, once upon a time (which is different from a sea story, which
begins No Sxxt, this really happened), Hacker's Ultimate Pipe Book was
one of two pieces of English language pipe literature in print.  The
other book was one of Benjamin Rapaport's works on antiquarian pipes. 
For those under 30, this means back in 1985 or so.  It was about the
only thing even around, and it was, frankly, darned good.  Heck, it was
ahead of its time (note how Martin Shenken lifted the idea of celebrity
smokers and claimed it for his own at the beginning of the cigar

The first edition of Ultimate Pipe Book was better than the second. 
Two reasons, IMHO:  The typography and imagery (many of the pages that
were reprints from the first edition to the second looked like they had
been filtered through a xerox machine) is the first reason.  The second
reason was the downgrading of the women's chapter, among others. 
Several pictures were inserted of Hugh Hefner's (then) wife holding a
pipe while in lingerie, but I see no indication of tobacco, ash, or
smoke in those pictures.  They displaced at least one picture of a
woman actually smoking at a seminar or a contest, and frankly, the
"cheesecake" did not help our hobby.

I did not buy any other Hacker products until "Rare Smoke."  I cannot
judge the contents of this work.  I leave that to people like RC Hamlin
of PCCA, who gives the contents a B.  I, as anyone who uses anything as
simple as Micros... Publisher, can grade the technical production
though:  C- at best.  The print is hard upon the eye (looks like the
camera ready mechanicals were printed in a bold face version of CG
Times), while the pictures look like the halftones were shot through a
Navajo rug.

So, for whatever my two cents is worth, that's my take on two products
of Hacker, Inc.

Smoke in peace,
John-in-KC on #pipes
Do You Yahoo!?
Bid and sell for free at http://auctions.yahoo.com

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

Re: Pipe Smoking Women

I agree with the poster in #264 who was annoyed at Hacker's 17-page
chapter on pipe-smoking women. Have you noticed? -- pipe-smoking
men like Hacker who showcase pipe-smoking women are the same types 
who are so proud to be in the esteemed company of Hugh Heffner and 
the likes of him. 'Nuff said. 

Fortunately, like chess, pipe-smoking holds little attraction for the
vast majority of feminine female women, and will likely remain one of
the last enclaves of male exclusivity in spite of commercially and
ideologically inspired propaganda.

For the preservation of the fairer sex, 

Jeff Culbreath

"I have some friends, some honest friends,
And honest friends are few:
A pipe of briar, an open fire,
And a book that's not too new."

-Robert Service

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From: Daniel DiGriz <??????????????????????>
Subject: Smoking and the Wild West

I love Gunsmoke because it's about my two favorite things, guns and smoke.
Festus, Miss Kitty, Doc, and Marshall Matt Dillon - those are some genuine
cultural icons. Miss Kitty, the kind of woman that can smoke a cigar and
look like she really means it. Festus, a good example of what smokeless
tobacco will do to you (before he started up, he looked exactly like Roger
Moore). Doc, the picture of a restrained Hippocrates, curing our ills
without curbing our pleasures. And Marshall Matt Dillon, making the West
safe and free for a man to consume whatever he darned well pleases in the
local saloon, and even if you got thrown in the hooskow (that's "jail" for
the laymen) you could smoke in your cell and flick the ashes on the floor.
Who wouldn't prefer that to a phone call? For that matter, who wouldn't
prefer an honest hanging to a yuppy lawyer? I move that they bring back
this timeless program. Anything's better than Ally MacBeal, whose cast of
women could learn a thing or two from the Miss Kitty's of the world.

-- Daniel DiGriz
   South Korea, Oklahoma, and Arkansas
  (Arkansmoke too!)
======explore Esoteric Laboratory========

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From: Daniel DiGriz <??????????????????????>
Subject: smoking and telepathy

When I was a boy of about ten it was fascinating to watch my great
grandfather cut plug tobacco. It looked so much like licorice that I
finally persuaded him to let me have a little piece. He was going to make
me chew the whole thing even after I gagged and my head swam. That's when I
learned that the best part of chewing tobacco is spitting it out. "Paw"
would always sit just off the back porch on a lawn chair on the drive under
the carport, looking out over the neighbor's pasture, and there he would
have his plug. That's why I think he has to have learned the habit by
watching the cows munching grass and chewing their cud. 

It is now my thesis that confirmed tobacco "chawers" are receiving
telepathic signals from farm animals, whose one joy in life is to use their
concealed superior intelligence to remake humans in their own image.
Perhaps those who "dip" are similarly under the influence of some kind of
"rooting" varmint which digs up wads of topsoil in for the juicy bugs it
contains. Difficult to say, since I smoke a pipe. In fact, my guess is that
the only means of resistance to this telepathic menace is smoking, which is
a truly human art - or at least one requiring opposable thumbs. Of course I
have seen trained monkeys, and even untrained ones smoke cigarettes (not to
mention eating them - the cigarettes, that is). It would seem that the only
really safe bet is a cigar or pipe. I have only once seen a gorilla smoking
a cigar, but that isn't really enough to draw any strong conclusions. 

There are, of course, non-smokers, and those fall into three categories.
They are 1: those unopposed to smoke, who for some reason - perhaps
ignorance or lack of opportunity - have never started, 2: those opposed to
smoking (I suppose that these are being similarly manipulated by the
animals in order to make cigarette smokers look more like monkeys by
feeling guilty all the time and also to try to convince pipe and cigar
smokers to give up their civilized ways, and 3: those persons totally
indifferent to the controversial art of smoking (the ostriches probably
have these guys, heads in the sand and all).

Now I don't recommend that anyone go into a panic over this invasiveness of
the body snatchers theory. My great grandfather died a happy old man in his
nineties I think, cutting wood at the woodpile, just as he wanted it. In
short, he far outlived the cows. I just think that we ought to know what's
going on, and why people do the crazy things they do. As for the smokers of
other herbs and spices (it always looked like oregano to me), this is
obviously an alien plot to turn people into little green men and get them
elected to public office.

As Fox Mulder said, "The truth is out there." We just have to know where to

-- Daniel DiGriz
   South Korea, Arkansas, and Oklahoma 
  (That's Smoklahoma to those who know the secret of truly enjoying it.)

======explore Esoteric Laboratory========

[OK, so where DOES an 800-pound gorilla smoke a cigar? -S.]

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From: "John O'Bryan" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: pipe stems


I was browsing through the digest and came upon an article by Bill
Calame claiming that he just purchased a bunch of pipe stems. I want
to get a hold of him that I might see if he has any left. Can I get
his email?

John O'Bryan
Formerly the Publisher of My Lady Nicotine.

Department Manager
Students Book Corp.
"The Bookie"
NE 700 Thatuna
Pullman, WA 99163
509-332-2537 or 800-937-4978 Extension 313

[Certainly; it's ??????????????????????? -S.]

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From: "Gary Breylinger" <??????????????????>
Subject: Ben Irvin

Dear Steve,
    I have been trying to locate Ben Irvin, a tamper maker in Pablo, MT.  He
is not in the phone book, and his e-mail address  of ???????????????? comes
back as undeliverable.  As we are almost neighbors, by Montana standards, I
would like to meet him, so am using this forum.  May I ask:
        Ben--are you out there?
                Thanks!  Gary Breylinger

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

RE: Gourd Calabash Pipes

I just want to alret Calabash smokers that, if anyone is looking for a
true gourd calabash pipe,beautiful Austrian calabash gourd pipes are
vailable now from SYNJECO at http://www.pipesandtobaccos.com. I have
oredered one and smoking it right now. It is a wonerful large pipe
with deep bowl and is an excellent smoker. SYNJECO service is quick
and excellent and the prices are quite reasonable.

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: pipe query

Dear Steve,

I'm a beginning pipe smoker and I have studied your how-to guide posted 
on pipes.org.  I have no problems except my pipe is not developing a cake 
at all.  I have a briar pipe with a pre carbonized bowl and have smoked 
about 4,5 ounces of tobacco with it.  I have been closely following 
suggestions of smoking and cleaning.  
Is there a simple explaination for this problem?

Thank you,

[It should be, after 4.5 ounces, unless you're scraping the bowl out
too often or too vigorously. The cake should be scraped down to about
1-2 mm thickness, and not scrpaed at all if it's less than that. More
scraping than that would prevent it from forming. If that's not the
problem, I can't understand it. -S.]

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

I am looking for a place to buy 
replacement pipe stems for a Dr Grabow 

David Bennett

[You might contact Sparta Industries at (910) 372-5521. They make the
Grabow pipes.  I'm not sure whether the Grabow stems are
interchangeable, though. If not, you'll have to have a custom stem
made. There are several good people who do stem repairs listed in the
Resource Guide, http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html. -S.]

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From: "John C Loring" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Loring Web Site change of address

just a note to advise that I've change the address of my various pipe
related web sites from aol to att.  The address below will take you to all
the links (ie. dunhill tobacco, dating old tobacco, dating dunhill pipes,
dunhill book, dunhill book errata & update, Hacker book dunhill errata,
dunhill retail pricing, articles).


All the best,

John C. Loring                  Voice (773) 935-3492
700 Irving Park Rd           Fax    (773) 871-8374
Chicago, IL  60613          Email   levlor @starnetinc.com

[Done, John. Thanks for the update! -S.]

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

I love this stuff!!!! But I am a little confused...

I am relatively new to pipe smoking, although I have tried to smoke
pipes for years.  I bought my first pipe in canada at 19 years of age,
spent 50 dollars, and broke it within a week....  So my adventure into
pipe smoking had to wait, besides the tobacco's I had tried (not to
mention my smoking technique...LOL) left my tongue bit. I tried cigars
for a while, but people complained about the smell, so a couple of
years later I bought my next pipe, a carved briar pipe from
Churchill's, cost me all of 40 bucks, and some cherry tobacco to go
with it, (did't like that either), so once again into the closet went
the pipe....  I would buy a pipe once in a while, for the next 10
years, until I had 4 pipes, none of which I had smoked successfully.
I then moved to the area where I am now, and decided to start smoking
the pipe again, (too much cigar histeria), and do it right. So, I did
what most people do nowadays, I went to the internet and got
information on packing, lighting, smoking and pipe maintenance.  All
of which I am still working on.  Over the last 2 or 3 years I have
added 6 more pipes to my collection. I have a Peterson, a GBD, two
Jobey's, 1 freehand, 1 carved, two old pipes from the 60's a Millard
and a Whitehall, (both of which I assume are drug store pipes... ),
and various seconds from churchills.  I found a local tobaccanist,
called Trader Tom's in Northville, MI. It is a medium sized shop, with
a large cigar humidor and a nice selection of pipes and smoking
accessories.  The nice lady there has helped me choose tobacco and has
given me magazines and given me advice for this wonderful activity.  I
have found a blend, called Sailor's delight, (how do I determine what
is in it?)

I have been a daily smoker for about 2 years now and smoke probably a
bowl a day, I rotate 4 pipes at a time, never getting any of them real
hot before rotating to another pipe, I smoke all to the bottom, then
dump them.  Is this an ok practice?

Now for the real problem....

I have read in pipes digest where people love to discover blends of
tobacco's and try different things.  I found a tobacco I enjoy very
much, and use it in all of my pipes, all of the time.  Am I missing
out?  Is the discovery of tobacco an integral part of the pipe
experience?  I have heard that to properly flavor a pipe, you should
use the same tobacco in it all the time, is that true?  Also, if it is
true, should I specify one pipe to be used for flavor experiments?
Also, I have heard that you don't reach true enjoyment with a tobacco
until your pipe has been flavored by that very tobacco, may I have an
opinion on that?

I want to get the most out of my pipe smoking experience, and I am
looking for some guidance.  So any help would be appreciated.

In eager anticipation of the next issue...

Jeffery R. Buck


[Jeffrey, there are opinions on a lot of things, of course, but what's
right for you is right for you. But reserving a pipe for
experimentation doesn't sound like a bad idea. That way, if you get
stuck with a batch of Old Creosote, it won't affect your entire
collection. -S.]

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From: james therrien <???????????????????>
Subject: Looking for an Egyptian Shisha Smoking Pipe

Thanks for the great web site on pipes.  I am desperately looking for an
Egyptian Shisha water pipe.  My roomate purchased one recently in Cairo.  It
has a glass base that is 8 inches tall with a 1.5 inch opening to be filled
with water.  I broke that base and am trying to find a replacement.  I would
greatly appreciate any reference to retailers you could provide.  Thanks in
advance.  James Therrien.

[You've baffled me here... if anyone finds a photo on the Web, please
mail me a link for the next issue. -S.]

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

I know this is not pipe related but I would like to share this with
other pipe smokers because they, of all people will appreciate
this. I'm talking about a good old fashioned shave. Not foam from an
aresol can, not using a cheap plastic disposable razor, and certainly
not an electric one. But an old fashioned shave. One which utilizes a
mug, a "puck" of frothy soap, a brush of boar and/or badger, and a top
quality saftey razor and/or (for the brave) a straight razor and
strop, ending with a cooling splash of Bay Rum. Is there anyone out
there in the pipe smoking community who still appreciates and enjoys
this time honored luxary. Sure there are quicker, newer methods of
shaving but there are also less labor intesive smokables like
cigarettes instead of cumbersome pipes. As far as we're concerned
though, we'll take our pipes any day over cigarettes. So I encourage
pipe smokers to enjoy an old fashioned shave. You're in for a
treat. Which brings up a question. Does anyone out there still use a
straight razor? I'm am entirely too scared to try one as they look
painfully unforgiving in the hands of a novice and there quite
expensive for that matter. I know it's not pipe related Steve but
please pass this along.

[My barber, who's 72 years old and semi-retired, uses a straight razor
to trim the hairs at the base of the neck. He uses heated foamy shave
cream, rather than the mug-and-lather approach. This is the only time
he uses the straight razor, since he gave up shaving customers many
years ago because it was not economical for him.  As a matter of fact,
he also claims to have convinced the makers of Bay Rum to put a
warning on their bottles about not drinking the contents. :-)

Personally, I think there's a great pent-up demand for genuine,
old-fashioned barbers of his kind out there, though he tells me that
no barbers' licenses have been issued in New Jersey for the past 20
years.  -S.]

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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #265 -- November 17, 1999

At 16:27 Uhr +0000 20.11.1999, Pipes Digest wrote:

From: ????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #264 -- September 8, 1999

>have any of you brothers out there ever ordered anything from Dan Pipe??

since many years - I even order from Portugal, where I am presently working.

>is this the holy grail of tobacco mixture?

I make my own mixture from Virginia Ribbon Cut and Cyprus Latakia.

>Dan Pipe sells all have a 9mm filter

You can order the pipes without filter.

>do Dunhill pipes really smoke better for all that money

compared to my other pipes they cost the double and smell 15% better,-)
(I have one).

>how much is a DM in american money?

The currency table is in your newspaper.

From: JEFF <?????????????????>
Subject: Help!

>A few months back I inherited a pipe made by "Falcon" out of England.

I think it's a fake. They show you the water in the base to demonstrate
how good it works. Fact is that the connection of insulating wood and
conducting metal "makes" the condensation.


If you can't resist - Dan Pipe sells them via mail order (?????????????)

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

>I seem to have a problem with my tobbacco being too "WET".

You already solved it by drying the stuff.
In Germany I live in a "dry" environment and need humifiers in the container.
Here in Portugal 20 km off the sea it is not necessary due to higher humidity.
Use your fingers (or a humidity meter,-) to find out which condition gives the
best taste.

>I like the english blends, "no flavorings.".

Me too.

Regards from Portugal where pipe smoking is kind of exotic. Kids are asking
their father what I am doing,-)


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From: "Tarek Manadily" <????????????????>
Subject: Re: New Smoker

Hello Steve and all,

This is a reply to our new smoker ??????????????????

Why should you look for a second when you can buy a first of a decent brand
for the same money?

I would advise you to either go for an estate pipe, and there are many
sources on the web, or buy a new one which is well made and is within your
budget (most probably a machine made one, which is fine).

There are many French pipes, e.g., that cost around the figure you mention
($30-40).  The important thing is that it should NOT be lacquered or, worse,
painted.  You could look for a sandblasted pipe, which normally costs less
than a smooth one, and could even smoke better.

Best of luck in your noble quest.

Happy Pipe Smoking,


My site is now up and running.  Help break it in!

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

For sale - 

I've got a couple of pipes I would like to sell if anyone's interested.

(1) Dunhill cumberland finish poker or "cherrywood" shape, brindle
     saddle bit, unsmoked

(2)  Ashton small (size XX) shell finish apple shape, smoked 3-4 times

If anyone's interested, make me an offer.

Pat Washburn

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From: le ?????????????? [Address may be garbled! -S.]
Subject: posting from pipes page

Whomever had in his "dream closet" an ideal pipe, will be able to
partecipate the pipe competition, sending us original project
(drawing) that has just been published on my web site on:

  ...you choose the shape, you draw the pipe, you send the
  project...if you win, you will receive the pipe right to your

  Good luck  Maurizio

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

[An interesting contest, Maurizio! -S.]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: European tobacco shops

Hi Steve and everybody out there!

[Administrativa deleted. -S.]

	Administrativa aside, I want to thank you, steve, our
Moderator for all his work with this digest. I also notice the number
of members is growing towards 4000 and I think that's very good news
(but more work for steve!)

	The reason I'm writing this message is because I need
addresses of european tobacco shops. I know, I know, there's the
resource guide. But since it isn't ordered by country or location,
it's hard to single out them european resources from the big number of
american stores and clubs.

	Moreover, the reason I ask every european member to send me
any information about tobacco selling stores is because my parents are
now in Europe on vacation (lucky them!). I think pipe shopping is a
very personal thing, you see, and by the way, my parents don't know
anything about pipes or pipe smoking (I'm sorry to say). So I didn't
ask them to buy a pipe for me; just to buy some local tobacco (not
international brands which could be also available here). But many
entries on the resource guide are pipe making companies or pipe clubs,
and that's no use to me.

	So, if you live in Europe, specially Madrid, Paris, Vienna,
Rome, Messina (Sicilia!) and know about a store which sells locally
blended mixtures, or which carries rare international brands, please
e-mail me directly so I can let my parents know.

Thank you very much
Please write to : ????????????????

Andres Cascardi

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: could you help?

I wonder if your could help me. I realize you are probably quite  busy but I 
wanted to pick your brain. I am looking for a tobacco in bulk form because 
tins are just to expensive for my student budget right now. I was hoping you 
could recommend something based on some info I can provide.
My favorite tobacco as been the CAO Blue Note. My local tobacconist(Holts 
Cigars in Philly Pa) has been out for months. The man there recommended 
Macbaren's new Vanilla Creme. Which is nice but I find it a bit, well 
syrupy(i am not sure the proper terminology). I dont necessarily need to have 
an aromatic but it cant be an English or my girlfriend will not let me smoke 
it. Is thereanything youcan recommend?? I realize you must be busy but I love 
the site and figured you could help me. Thanks in advance.
Marc O.

[I've already emailed a couple of suggestions; any others? -S.]

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From: David Fink <?????????????????>

I've never contributed to the Pipe Digest before but I
have greatly enjoyed reading it. I have two things to
ask for:
1. I am intersted in getting my hands (and teeth) on
Petrson "Racing Green" pipes and Peterson 4th of July
and St. Patrick's Day pipes. I only smoke straight
pipes and I have only seen mainly bents in these
styles. Can anyone help me?

2. I am interested in learning more about the history
of tobacco and its relationship to the sea and
sailors. My guess would be that tobacco's nautical
ties would be something only found in a scholarly
thesis of some kind, and since pipesmokers tend to be
much smarter than most other segments of society, this
seems to be the perfect venue in which to inquire. Can
anyone suggest any sources or publications that might
help me?
Thanks in advance for all your help!

[Well just see below, for one reference! -S.]

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Quote of the Week:

  "'He had his pipe a-stickin' out of his mouth like he allus did,
  awake or asleep. As each of the two vessels loomed up, gave the
  right signal, and then went rushing off just as we were circling to
  put a line aboard, that old pipe began to shake like a fish pole in
  a high wind. And when neither of them would even answer back to our
  own lamp signals, I thought sure that he was going to order me to
  come around and ram. My! But he was just the maddest feller that I
  ever see!'"

				Farley Mowat
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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
  3. Subject: NASPC Update
  4. Subject: Pipe Club of London
  5. Subject: posting from pipes page
  6. Subject: Re: address
  7. Subject: posting from pipes page
  8. Subject: Philip Trypis
  9. Subject: Carver's Pipe Site
  10. Subject: things
  11. Subject: Pipes Digest #265 -- November 17, 1999 -Reply
  12. Subject: Japanese pipes
  13. Subject: Hayim Pinhas
  14. Subject: Re: Astley's gone?
  15. Subject: Astley's
  16. Subject: Introduction
  17. Subject: Re: Not for the Digest
  18. Subject: posting from pipes page
  19. Subject: Of the Kansas City Show and Richard Carlton Hacker
  20. Subject: posting from pipes page
  21. Subject: Smoking and the Wild West
  22. Subject: smoking and telepathy
  23. Subject: pipe stems
  24. Subject: Ben Irvin
  25. Subject: posting from pipes page
  26. Subject: pipe query
  27. Subject: posting from pipes page
  28. Subject: Loring Web Site change of address
  29. Subject: posting from pipes page
  30. Subject: Looking for an Egyptian Shisha Smoking Pipe
  31. Subject: posting from pipes page
  32. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #265 -- November 17, 1999
  33. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #264 -- September 8, 1999
  34. Subject: Help!
  35. Subject: posting from pipes page
  36. Subject: Re: New Smoker
  37. Subject: posting from pipes page
  38. Subject: posting from pipes page
  39. Subject: European tobacco shops
  40. Subject: could you help?
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