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Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000

		Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
   Copyright (C) 2000 by Stephen P. Masticola. All rights reserved.
	       Commercial use of any part of contents,
	      including email addresses, is prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 3846

Welcome to new members:

	Ray Ramos
	Scott Sheets
	Albert B. Villarino
	Marc Maxman
	Dave Sepik
	Gordon Tanner
	Chip Richter
	Yuri Ginsburg
	Don Franklin
	Ronald L. Nelson Ii
	Douglas Sheppard
	David F. Hallidfay
	Michael Turashoff
	Bart
	Gerard Enger
	Rick Lott
	Stephane Rault
	Jack Lang
	Luis Manuel Severino Leal
	William R. Hyde
	Rob C
	Elliott Kanter
	Robert L. Turner
	Adriaan Roeleveld
	B. G. Fields
	Jay W.W VanHorn
	Larry Bell
	Kevin Miller
	Seth Grossman
	Scott Bendett
	David Blowers
	Pete Miller
	George O. Clark
	Roberto
	Ralph T. Webb
	Robert D. Ensslen
	Bud Mills
	Seamus Burns
	Seamus Burns
	William Carlton Harris
	Richard Drew
	Folkert Haisma
	Jakub Tobola
	Marty Rybicki
	Roger A Price
	Andres V. Munoz
	Ricardo Rossi
	Pete Brunelli
	Don Marchel
	Michael Turashoff
	James Kime
	Louis P Bernard
	Tony
	Warren Pomphrey
	Halil
	Stefano Cappio
	Andreas Philipp
	Paolo Petroli
	Richard Psik
	Patrick Isendahl
	Geoff
	Art Mafli
	Ali Shashaani
	Neil Haas
	Steve Adler
	Bryan Auer
	Terry Davey
	Barry C. Cain
	Nathan T. Wild
	Pedro Puertas
	Jerry Barron
	Richard S. Vernale
	Bill Pennybacker
	Troy Fisher
	Thomas Hattendorff
	Arlan D. Ten Kley
	Jay Sheetz
	Charles Quigley
	Bernie May
	John S. Knott
	Jim Breisch
	Jimmy Weikel
	Ed Clarke
	Fred Ledoux
	Sid Sharma
	Andreas F. Helling
	Gary Ramm
	Eric Wiener
	Esko Sorjonen
	P_and_C_club
	Benjamin-Hugo Leblanc
	Tyler Grauman
	Laney Harless
	Rick Manges
	Robert Jones
	Wolf-Ruediger Juergens
	Carlo Annese
	Alan E. Schwanitz
	Timothy J. Parker
	Bryan Beech
	Tomasz Smolenski
	John J. Pyne
	Samuel G. Rosenthal
	Dave Lubold
	Davide Spada
	Sam Barnett
	Edwin C. Lawrence
	Michael Hatley
	Rob Burton
	Adrian Zuercher
	M. W. Munden
	Rouvrais Georges
	Bob Simmons

[TIME IS FLEETING] Due to some pressing personal and family
obligations, it has been one heck of a long time since I put out an
issue of the Digest.  (Nothing catastrophic; I had to get our
neverending renovation finished before the Township came for me, and
then paint the place.) Hopefully, the crisis has now subsided, and we
can get things back to normal, or as normal as they ever are... My
apologies to those who sent time-sensitive announcements to the
Digest.  ~\U S.


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From: Scott Bendett <??????????????????>
Subject: pipes show

My name is Scott Bendett.  I own a store in Albany, NY called the Habana
Premium Cigar Shoppe.  Four years ago I started with a cart selling
selling a handful of cigars and now am proud to say I own a tobacco
store.  I now have at least seven hundred pipes, maybe more, 40 bulk
choices and tons of tins.

We have a pipe club in Albany, that meets once a month and we are having
a pipe show April 2 in Albany at a hotel conference center.  At the show
representatives from Savinelli, CAO, Ashton including other brands
represented, Ser Jacopo, Nording, Butz Choquin (left over stock from
Hollco), Dunhill, tobacco samples from Butera and McClelland.  I am
offering through the vendors discounts on all pipes.

I have been on your site before and am wondering if you would post this
event.  I don't have alot of money for advertising but would appreciate
any ideas you may have.  Sorry to make this e-mail long.  You can e-mail
me at ????????????????????????, that's my website (still a work in
progress) or call me on my 800-494-9144.  Thanks.

Scotty

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

MAPS, the Milwaukee Area Pipe Society Ltd.was founded a little over a
year ago and is growing at a very optimistic pace.  What was started
by a few enthusiastic persons in the latter months of 1998 has grown
to a society of over 70 pipe lovers. MAPS,the Milwaukee Area Pipe
Society Ltd. meets the third Thursday of the month starting at 7:00
pm. at Jack's Tobacco and M.C.S., 13640-A West Capital Dr.,
Brookfield, WI 53005. We enacted our first set of by-laws and elected
officers in December ot 1999.  Our current president,Joe Harb has
guided the Society from its inception.  We have an excellent
foundation for the future with one of our long term objectives being
to conduct a pipe show in the greater Milwaukee area in 2001.  The
meetings last an hour with members usually showing up long before 7:00
pm to savor in the fellowship and the sampling of different blends.
We have very short business meeting and the rest of the time being
designated for a featured program about pipes, tobaccos and other
related subjects.  Our annual dues are $25.00 and are prorated for the
remainder of the year.  Members can purchase an annual club pipe and
we also have a club meeting raffle for various donated pipes.  We have
an annual drawing for a pipe that is purchased by the club and to be
given to the lucky winner at the December meeting.  Each member
receives one chance per meeting which is put in the pot and the more
meetings a member attends, the more chances they have to win the pipe.
(Last year's pipe was a Castello size KK pipe!)  All persons who enjoy
pipe smoking are invited to attend our meeting as a guest of the
Society in hopes that they will consider joining MAPS, the Milwaukee
Area Pipe Society, Ltd. Bob Schrap, President-Elect. 

[Excellent news, Bob!  If the Milwaukee Cigar Society is still active,
that makes a lot of club activity there. -S.]


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

To you, young neophite stem biter:

   It is a sad irony that we smokers of pipes can in fact not smell
   the oft wonderous scent of our own favored blend. Yet for us is
   reserved the sublime privladge of the taste of regal nicotina
   tabacum. I would suggest that you cast off your quest to
   arromatically relive those days on grand dad's knee and serch for a
   blend that suits the toung and not the nose.

   On the further subject of you friends pucelanamous offering of a
   hash pipe let me say here and now that friends whom should make
   such sport of a pipe smoker should be no friends of a pipe
   smoker. I for one am oh so tired of all of the pot related cracks
   that one recives nowadays when one should puff ones briar in
   public. I have conspired to carry about with me a base ball bat for
   use in giving any THC laden cretin who should ask "Wathca' got in
   that pipe?" the brutal bashing which they deserve. As far as use of
   the hated article in question, you could do yourself and any fine
   blend a service by smoking from a peice of pipecraft ment of
   exlempify the flavor qualitite of tobacco in a way that no so
   called "Head Shoppe" could prevey to you.  

   I see that you as well are a smoker of a cherry blend. Lord
   why?(see further entry) 

Smoke in peace,
T.M. Jaques 

[Later... -S.]

Dear Friend in the Digest,

   In responce to the flack which you recived as to the aroma of your
   pipe from the motly pair of obese yahoo women while in the laundy
   mat, I can tell you now that you are not alone. In spite of the
   personal satisfaction one recives from ones pipe as well as a
   pipe's reputation for permieating the air with a wonderous smell,
   the anti smoking press so sadly prevalient these days has taken its
   tole. It seems that in former days when individuals were stronger
   of constitution and didn't complain as much, the slightest ungent
   of tobacco smoke in the air was nothing about which to raise one's
   hackles. In this wonderous modern world where people's oppinions
   are so graciously formed for them by the media and the like,
   downright violent reactions can occur from often a purely
   psychological level. "TV says smoking is bad and so by god I'm
   gonna let it get to me."

   Yes, dear friend I have encountered this sad phenomonon in quite a
   goodly amount, yet with my self it may be a bit more expected as I
   count Mr. Latakia and Ms. Perique as close and personal
   aqunatiances. 

   And yes, in fact the smoke of a pipe can permieate the into the
   clothes, a fact so often testified by lady friends of mine. Yet as
   Willian Faulkner said "It is like a pipe smoker not noticing the
   pipe reek long after it has nested in everythin which he owns." 

Smoke in peace(More so if it annoys complaining rednecks),
T.M. Jaques


[Still later... -S.]

Dear Friends of the Digest,

   As can be expected, I am quite a fervent smoker of pipes. Being a
   realitively young accolyte of the bowl and stem as well as
   inhabiting rather a small town I am often viewed as somthing of a
   curosity and am consiquentally bombarded with quite an irritating
   number of questions as to my practicing of this most illustrious of
   passtimes. Most frequant and angst inspiring of all of these banal
   queries is something to the effect of "Is that like-cherry flavored
   tobacco you got there." My response is always a straight on "Lord
   no." Firstly because of the fact that I avoid most arromatics like
   the plague and secondly due to my surprise of any of these
   trogglodites mistaking any of my favored latakia laden mixtures for
   anything even remotely cherry. None the less I am bombarded with
   this idiotic inquiry more and more. It's as if the pipe abstaining
   portion of the population is convienced that the only available
   thing to pack into a briar must have the reeking essance of cherry
   upon it.

   And so my question to all of you biters of the vulcanite is
   this. Am I simply weird in the fact that I prefer English mixtures
   and the like? Does every pipe smoker and their pipe smoking mothers
   aside from myself light up cherry flavored arromatics on a regualr
   basis? This is never the impression that I have been given. And if
   not than why is it that I am being constantly accused of violating
   briar or meerschaum with that gooey rubbish? I am near the point of
   being offended by it all and would truly appriciate some insight. 

Smoke in peace,
T.M. Jaques  


[To each his or her own. And please see the Quote of the Week. -S.]


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

Can anyone identify this pipe, which I bought used:

It is a meerschaum, carved into the head of an indian. No script
appears on the pipe. The following appears inside the pipe case: 

AUX CARRIERES d'ECUME
J. SOMMER Fab
PARIS
13 & 15 PAS PRINCESS
EDAILLES D'OR 1878, 1889 & 1900


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From: "traci blaine" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: comoy pipe

Steve: in 1997 I purchased a Comoy pipe from my local tobacconist.  He =
has a very large selection of unsmoked pipes from the old days.  He has =
shown me GBD's,  Charatans, and Ben Wades, the likes of which just are =
not made anymore.  The comoy I purchased from him is very interesting.  =
It has a one-quarter bend with a diamond shaped shank and stem, which =
tapers toward the end (mouthpiece).  The bowl is large and smooth, with =
three indentations, or panels- one on each side and one on the front.  =
The bowl and shank are smooth, with a relatively dark stain.  The bottom =
of the bowl is flat, but the pipe will only stand up if it is full of =
tobacco!  It falls over when empty.  The stem has the familiar comoy c =
on it.  Stamped on the shank are the words: made in London, England - =
and the number 327.  The name Comoy is not on the shank.  I would love =
to know about this pipe.  I really love it, but I am more intrigued than =
anything.  Could you tell me, based on this information, when this pipe =
was made, and any other facts about it?  The recent comoy pipes I have =
seen in various pipe shops look to me to be of low quality, but I =
believe that this one is excellent.  I would appreciate any informations =
you could give me!

Tom Blaine
Wooster, Ohio


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

Early "Freehand" question: I am having fond memories of two pipes that
I bought around 1967 from Jack Kirk's Smokers' World in Tallahassee,
Florida. I don't have either (lost/stolen in Vietnam), and I don't
remember the brands. This was in the earlier days of freehand pipes,
and these two were knockouts. They were stylishly symmetrical and
clean-lined rather than the odd-carved shapes on many freehands,
military bits as I remember, and the top of the bowls had the knubby
black burl finish. One was a blond-natural finish, and the other was a
reddish-mahogany finish. Both had superb, vertical, straight
grain. They were expensive for the time: $100 and 125. Anybody out
there have any clues as to what companies may have been making such
freehands in the mid-60s?

Ralph Webb/Columbus, OH


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

I just got hold of an immaculate "the brentford" fd2 pipe, with a
(partly) metal stem. I'm curious as to what kind of pipe this is, what
is its value (if any), etc. 

I'm not subscribed to this list (I'm posting via www.pipes.org), so
please email me any reply. 

Thanks, Ludo (form Italy)


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From: mrmac2 <???????????????????>
Subject: Information Needed

Steve, I recently obtained an estate pipe in mint condition, still in
the box. I need help from the readership in providing me with any
information about the company and pipes they made.  The pipe is a
Sportsman, "Champion of Pipes",  Lord Algro #141, The box and insert
says John Hudson Moore, Inc. 663 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. Any
assistance in dating this pipe and information on the company would be
appreciated.  Any information may be emailed directly to me, or better
yet posted on the Digest for other owners of pipes from this company.
Thanks, Jim McClure


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From: "Brooks, Chad" <???????????????????>
Subject: Question,

	I recently bought a pipe labeled "London Country Club"  Made in
England.  I was told GBD made these pipes and they are from the 1960's .
There is no GBD insignia, but there is a small gold shield like stamp on the
stem.  Anybody know anything about this pipe?  
	I recently bought a can of tobacco called "Evening Stroll"  by
Consolidated Tobacco (somebody dead named Benjamin came up with it in the
1800's according to the label),  any thoughts on it's quality would be
appreciated.  I am a "youngin" trying to expand my knowledge and develop my
smoking tastes.  I thought it burned a little hot but after leaving the can
open over night it dried a little and was rather smooth and flavorful.
Anybody know where I can score a good sampler to help me determine my likes
and dislikes.?	Good job on the digest Steve. 

Chad Brooks
PVD Technician
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From: ?????????????????? (HGunia)
Subject: Re:Pipes Digest#268--February 27, 2000

Hi Steve, a happy 2000 and a lot of good bowls to you all!

Recently I killed all e-mail adresses I've got by loading a new system
on my PC.  Some nice guys wrote to me during the last few months but
probably now they think I'm tired to send some answers to them. Well,
hello Fab from Brazil (and all the others, too), here I go again with
a Windows 98 wishing to get some lines from you!  At least I would
like to get some statements, wich way of breaking in a pipe is the
most useful in your opinion. For years I've been filling up the bowl
up to a 1/3, then a half and at least the whole. Now I heard from some
dealers that I probably could damage the briar this way. They told me
to fill up the bowl, smoke until the taste is getting worse and spread
the ashes among the inner side of the bowl by shaking it. Also a way
of breaking in, but I ask myself, what happens to the bottom? It can't
develope no crust of coal.

Heinz Gunia
Essen/Germany

[It sounds like the 1/3, then 1/2, then full way is working better for
you. So why argue with what works? -S.]


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From: Prasad_KT/hyd/???????????????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #268 -- February 27, 2000

Dear Steve,

First and foremost let me thank you for including my name in your mailing
list - I enjoy reading the pipe digest. I am an ardent pipe smoker and
collector  ( for the last 18 years ) unfortunately
in India, leave alone tobacconists  we do'nt even get good pipes/tobacco in
the open market - so whatever one gets, it is either self /courtesy some
body visiting overseas or through the grey market .

Infact - very few people smoke pipes/cigars here - it really makes me happy
whenever  I bump into another pipesmoker  which is very very rare.

 I thought I should thank you for creating such a vast network of
pipe/cigar smokers.

regards,
    K.T


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From: "John G. Tietjen" <???????????????????>
Subject: New Member

Steve, received my first issue of your newsletter, thanks. The store =
where I purchase tobacco has a limited variety. I'm amazed by the =
different types of tobaccos. Is there a club or service which offers a =
different tobacco montly for sampling? I'd appreciate any info you or =
the other members might have. Thanks.
John Tietjen

[This sounds like a great idea.  If someone's running such a service,
please let me know and I'll list it in the Resource Guide. -S.]


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From: ???????????????????
Subject: February Pipes Digest

Dear Steve Masticola:

Thanks so much for the February Pipes Digest. Hours of
reading, I'm sure. Is it possible to have my last name
included? Under new names, I am Arley. The full name is
Arley Curtz. I'm sure this was my error somewhere along the
line. If there's something formal I have to do, please let
me know.

Sincerely, Arley Curtz

[Consider it done! -S.]


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From: ?????????????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #268 -- February 27, 2000

Dear Steve,

We've had postings about several of the finer things in life, 
including, of course, pipe smoking, fine scotch, and shaving with a 
mug and cake.  May I add one other?  How about telling the time of 
day with a pocketwatch?  I received one from my wife last 
Christmas and have not worn a wristwatch since.  It's amazing how 
often I used to get my wrist caught in spaces and on places that 
never faze me now.  Also, how many times do you look at your 
wristwatch and immediately forget the time?  It doesn't seem to 
happen with the pocket watch.  Perhaps it's the small effort 
involved in getting it out and open that makes me pay attention and 
remember the time, but for whatever reason, I find I check the time 
much less often now but have more of an idea of what time it is.

I think it definitely qualifies as one of the good things.

Smoke in peace
Michael Dean

[I also have a colleague who carries a pocketwatch because he plays a
lot of volleyball and claims he would destroy wristwatches that
way. -S.]


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From: "Marcus Matzick" <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #268 -- February 27, 2000

Dear Steve,

I recall reading a long time ago about and pipe smoking CD-ROM, is this
still in the works? I would also like to read some of the other members
impressions of Macbaren's Original Choice. I have recently tried it and like
it  A LOT.

hope to hear from you soon, Marcus Matzick

When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom
of a bottle, they're on TV!"
                                              - Homer Simpson

[Steve Beaty, our estimable Webmaster, had put together a CD-ROM and 
(I gather) had very few customers for it.  Don't know if he's still
producing or updating them. -S.]


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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #268 -- February 27, 2000

>>>
From: "Don Johnson" <??????????????????>
Subject: Looking for suggestions

What I'm looking for is an English or non-aromatic blend that smokes cool,
is slow-burning, has no perique and minimum Latakia and is available mail-order
<<<

Dear Don -

Since some years I smoke a humble Virginia-Latakia blend. I order both from
DanPipe and blend it by myself.
They have ready mixtures as well.
I used to buy from them when I was in Germany. Now - in the pipe diaspora of
Portugal - I enjoy their service even more.

Kind regards

Peter


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From: "Dave Sepik" <?????????????????????>
Subject: pipes

Hello,
I have read your article on how to lite and smoke a pipe. I am a beginner,
and I need some more help. Is there anywhere on the web that may give me
more info, possibly some pictures?

Dave Sepik


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

Hello pipe Smokers i am looking for a room mate and a ride to the
Chicago show in april! I will split the gas and room costs, and have
room reserved!  
Also Check Out my web page at: http://mchi2.homestead.com Thanks Matt
Chipman 

[Sorry, Matt, due to some rather heavy personal obligations I wasn't
able to put out a Digest in time to be of use to you. -S.]


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From: Selchuk Yavuz <????????????????????????>
Subject: OUR WEB SITE ADDRESS

Dear Mr.Masticola,

Our previous web page canceled and we have been built a new web site.
Could you please change our address also on Commercial Pipe Links?

Thank you

Selchuk Yavuz
ASENA MEERSCHAUM CO.LTD.
Istanbul-Turkey
www.oe-pages.com/BIZ/Invest/ashome


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From: "Tarek Manadily" <????????????????>
Subject: New Don Carlos Logo

Hi Steve and all,

I'm happy and honored to be the bearer of such exciting news:

Bruto Sordini has just introduced a new logo for his Don Carlos pipes.  The new
logo is higher in cost and quality, and it demands a lot more work.  However,
Bruto believes it adds more value to his pipes.  It took over 6 months of hard
work to come to this satisfactory result.  The first shipment of pipes fitted
with this logo just left Italy heading for the USA.  No
pipes will ever be made with old DC logo.

You can view a photo of the new silver logo here:
http://www.pipesandtobaccos.com/pipesandtobaccos/pipes/doncarlos/dclogo.jpg

It would be nice to know what you think of it.  If you let me know what you
think, I will be more than happy to forward your opinions to Bruto.

Happy Pipe Smoking,

Tarek

Synjeco's Pipe Smoker's Haven:
http://www.pipesandtobaccos.com/


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From: Maurizio Tombari <????????????????>
Subject: Pipe & gall bladder...

Hi all,
just twenty days ago I left my gall bladder in the Osphital of my city.
Iesterday in  the evening I'll smoke (half of) my pipe for the first
time after my surgery :-))). I had no problems in the night...
Had someone the same experience?  Any problem with the pipe and
tobacco?

Mellow puff and dry ashes      Maurizio

**************************************
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

Colored Smoking Pipes
I am interested in the purchase of a variety of colored pipes. I will
specify size and shapes for any interested supplier of same. Colors to
be specified. I would prefer wood, but will consider ceramic or
clay. Could result in large quantities. 
LBell


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From: "B Irvin" <??????????????????????>
Subject:  Dr. Irvin's Cherry Wood Tampers [St. Patrick's Day Specials & Blends]

March 12, 2000

Dear Friends,
 
I have created several new (traditional) pipe tobacco blends that some =
of you might not be familiar with. When you open up my attachment you =
will read a detailed description of the new blends.  I am also offering =
a couple of Variety Pack Specials for those that can't decide which =
mixture they want to try.
 
Be sure to visit my web site:  http://members.tripod.com/ben-irvin
 
I wish all a happy Saint Patrick's Day (He prefers my # 3 mixture)
 
Ben

[Attachment deleted. -S.]


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From: Rev Jay W VanHorn <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Thanks!

Thank you for adding me to your Digest mailing list!  Its good
reading!  Here is an axiom to add to your list - its a lesson that
I've learned, more often than not, but was told to me by my
grandfather, "Never wrestle with a pig.  If you do, the both of you
get dirty, but the pig likes it". Words of wisdom for sure. 
Puff in peace!

____________________________________________________________________

For the largest MP3 index on the Web, go to http://mp3.altavista.com

____________________________________________________________________

[I always liked the one about trying to teach a pig to sing, too. -S.]


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From: "Albert J. Mongeluzzo" <??????????????????>
Subject: website

Hi. Would we like you to please review & post a link to our new website =
(www.premierpipes.com) on your website. We think we offer the biggest =
selection of pipes on the Internet with a shopping cart feature and we =
expect to keep growing.=20

Please advise me your decision & when I can expect to see our link.

Thank you



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From: Steve Butler <???????????????>
Subject: FW: Editorial on Inanimate Objects

Steve,

I just thought I would share my letter to Chuck at Pipes and Tobacco.

Steve Butler
500 Meadow Lane
Raymore, MO 64083
816/331-0879
Email:  ???????????????

-----Original Message-----
From:	Steve Butler [SMTP:???????????????]
Sent:	Wednesday, March 15, 2000 11:18 AM
To :	'?????????????????????'
Subject:	Editorial on Inanimate Objects

Chuck,

I really enjoy this magazine.  The others are too focused on cigars and 
opulence.

Your treatise on characters who used to be shown smoking pipes reminds me 
of how a little influence in the wrong places can influence people.  When I 
was a kid scientists were the good guys.  We were saved from triffids, 
giant ants, blobs, H-men etc by scientists.  Then, in the 70's and 80's 
some people in Hollywood decided to show scientists as bad guys. 
 Scientists wanted to dissect ET and then they wanted to cut up the mermaid 
in Splash.   After a time there was a dramatic decrease in the number of 
American kids going into science as a career choice.  Chance?  I don't 
think so.

I was influenced by a great number of objects and humans who were shown 
with pipes:  Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Fred MacMurray, Jules Maigret, 
M, Holmes, Reed Richards, Watson, Dennis's father, and last but probably 
the most influential was Tom McCahill.

Tom was the first car reviewer in the US.  He worked for Mechanix 
Illustrated and wrote splendid and clever articles about cars and never 
failed to mention his Dunhills and Charatans.  Two of my loves in one 
magazine.  Cars and pipes.....

Thank you for your magazine.  Did I mention that I really enjoy it?

Steve Butler
500 Meadow Lane
Raymore, MO 64083
816/331-0879
Email: ???????????????


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From: ?????????????????????????????? (Bruce Herridge)
Subject: Pipe Cleaning

Hello Steve,
        I enjoyed your article on pipe smoking as you went spoke in
general to those who smoke and to those that haven't tried it yet.
Myself I've been a pipe smoker, the first time for about seven years. I
gave up for a while because the price of tobacco went crazy and I
refused to pay at that time $ 8.50 a poach. After the price went back
down to a reasonable price I started again and have been smoking this
time for about fifteen + years. I enjoy everything that comes from my
pipe, I sometimes refer to my pipe as the trouble shooter. Reason for
this is that whenever I am working at anything that rquires a little
brain work I'll sit back, load my pipe, light and smoke it while I
ponder the different approaches to resolve the problem at hand. It has
never failed me, and I get the job done sometimes much faster and with a
better result. Many of my ideas come from when I am sitting back
enjoying my pipe (by the way I smoke Captain Black Royal) and have for
the past 15+ years.
One of my biggest peave however is: not being allowed to smoke my pipe
in certain areas, but cigarettes are acceptable. Many a time the other
paitraits would be acceptible to me smoking my pipe but because of
policy pipes are not allowed.
This policy wouldn't bother me half so much if it were not for the idea
that; on one occasion in a resturant, there were at least eight children
(ages 6-12) sitting at a table by themselves eating while all around
them were people smoking cigarettes. The air was blue with their smoke.
I stated how discusted I was and was going to write an artcle in the
paper that would state how pipe smoking wasn't permitted because
cigarette smokers had top priority. They were even more important than
the health of the children. Myself I could do without smoking in the
presence of children and while other people around me were still eating.
But to be told that pipe smoking was totally taa-boo
pissed me off royaly. Needless to say the manager approached our table
to dis-swade me from writing such an article. We came to an agreement
that I would not write the article after the manager promised that if
pipe smoking wasn't permitted, No smoikng would be.
I hadn't realized that cigarette, cigar and pipe smokers were at war
with each other. Now that I do, I will rally against cigarette smokers
when ever I have the opportunity to do so. As far as I am concerned
pipes will always be a better smoke than any cigarette and anyone who
enjoys the aroama of a good pipe tobacco will always be a friend.

Sincerely yours, Bruce

PS. For cleaning pipes try  soaking the stems in pure apple cider warmed
on top of the stove for about ten - fifteen minutes. Rinse in cool water
to remove the stickiness of the cider. (The acid in the apple cider
tends to eat at the tar leaving the stem sweeter for about four to five
smokes.)


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From: "Scott Camac" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Falcon and Savinelli

Hi mates- from Tasmania Australia.
I am a recent addition to the newsletter and have found it to be an
excellent source of info. It's great to kick back and peruse the latest
edition- It's like I'm sitting in a huge arm chair in an exclusive club
devoted to smoking and discussing pipes and tobaccos.
Anyway, I bought my first pipe- a falcon a few years ago now. I thought it
was the best- it set me back a few bob that's for sure. But recently as I
read various articles I faound a whole new world of pipes.
Living in Tasmania, it is difficult to get anything like this- so I started
hunting ONLINE!!
It took me a while, but I found a great place- In U.S.A of course.
www.cigarleaf.com
Ask for Tony- I picked out the pipe I wanted from the Savinelli range-
because I wanted a filter pipe. Tony contacted me a number of times to
confirm my choice and then within a week it was in my hands.
I was worried about customs issues but it wasn't a problem.
The Savinelli Alligator is excellent. The smoke is cool, and dry.
If you live outside the States, I recommend this family business to you as
prompt, efficient and professional.
Do It!
Scott
ps Newsletter is great.

[GIF attachment deleted. -S.]


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From: ????????????????
Subject: The NEW Brebbia Site

Hi steve,
while I was near Milano for the last slow smoke competition I met 
Brebbia's owner and he told me of his new site!

www.brebbiapipe.it

I thought it was worth mentioning it!

By the way, we are creating the site of the Milano Pipe Club, but it 
will mainly be in italian, since there's so many resources in english, 
and we're a bit lazy too.

We will put the addresses of most pipemakers and important shops 
though.

Our URL is: www.sottovoce.it/milanopipa

Bye and thanks again for your work

Stefano Cappio
Milano Pipa Club
Milano / Italy


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From: "Louis P Bernard" <?????????????>
Subject: Tobacco


Hi Steve,

I am trying to locate WO Larsen Classic pipe tobacco  do they still make =
this blend if so where can I purchase it?
Looking forward to  the  Pipes Digest and Resource guide.

Thanks,
Louis P Bernard
?????????????

[You can find the address and phone number of W.O. Larsen in the
Resource Guide, http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html. -S.]


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From: Snipe Chris <?????????????????????????????????>
Subject: FW: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the information and the latest copy of your pipes Digest.  I have
been wading through the digests, having downloaded them onto my laptop.
They make interesting reading although the content is largely American.  I
thought that I would introduce myself:

I am 52 years old and have been smoking a pipe since I was 17 (1965).  I
have been married twice and have 4 children.  I have about 30 or 40 pipes,
collected over the years, most are not very expensive but some are.  Pipe
smoking seems quite rare in England and there is a strong anti-smoking lobby
such that it is banned in most workplaces, restaurants theatres and cinemas.

My pipes include:
Several Hardcastles (all with putty fills)
Lots of Peterson's
One Dunhill root briar bought for me by my 2nd wife in 1980
One Stanwell (Danish)
A couple of Kikobs (Made in Africa - with an elephant symbol on them)
A corncob
Two large calabashes, one with a broken meershaum insert
A BBB small bulldog, with lovely grain etc.
About 20 Upshalls and Tilsheads of various shapes and sizes

My favourites are the Upshalls and Tilsheads, both made by Barry Jones, ex
Charatans, at the Tilshead Pipe Company.  Like Charatans, these pipes are
made from hi-grade Greek plateau briar, aged naturally - not in a kiln.  The
wood has grain i.e. it does not look like stained boxwood.  More importantly
it tastes sweet from the first smoke.  I have never smoked a pipe with as
much taste.  Upshalls have no heavy stain or varnish applied which might
affect the pipe's ability to breathe.  They also contain no filler.  I have
seen these pipes being made and the wood comes off in proper shavings, not
hard chips.  The stems are vulcanite without any bits of metal showing.
This can happen with cheap pipe stems because the vulcanite used for pipes
is made from old car tyres.

My favourite tobacco used to be St.Bruno flake, made by Ogdens.  I have
smoked it on and off for at least 30 years.  Other good smokes include
Gallahers Condor flake, Walnut flake, Petersons University flake, Digger
flake.  Latterly, though I have tried some of Dunhill's mixtures including
some of their hand blends and can confirm that they are very good.  I'll do
a proper report on my findings at a later date.  The one's that I have tried
so far include:

Nightcap
Mixture 965
Early Morning Pipe
Mixture 10 (Hand blended. The nearest factory made blend is London Mixture)
Mixture 73 (Hand blended.  Nearest factory blend is Nightcap)
Mixture 'Prince of Wales' (Hand blended)
There are lots of untried ones waiting in the wings!!

Other good smokes include Punchbowle and anything with a latakia component
to the blend.

My smoking routine is to try to never smoke a pipe more than once in any one
day.  After a bowlful, I use pipe cleaners and polish the outside, including
the top with an old rag.  This keeps them sweet.  If they become stale and
bitter, I use Dunhill's Pipeure which is an alcohol based solution.  It
works well and will transform any pipe, at least temporarily. 

One thing that is clear is that it's difficult to get some things in the
States e.g. Swan Vestas, Condor, Sobranie Balkan, decent tapered fluffy
pipecleaners.  It is a shame that national boundaries and legislation are
such a pain in these 'super highway' days.  Most English pipes, tobaccos and
accessories can be mail-ordered from 'Tobacco World' in Cheltenham, England.

Regards,
Chris    

[Disclaimer deleted. Thanks for the intro! -S.]


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From: "Scott Camac" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: good news!!

This article appeared in our local paper today!
TOBACCO CHEMICAL FIND
"WASHINGTON-US scientists have identified a chemical in tobacco that may =
explain why smokers are less prone to Parkinson's disease, according to =
a new study on laboratory rats released yesterday. The chemical compound =
was shown by Virginia Tech researchers to slow the breakdown of key =
brain chemicals, including dopamine, which is typically depleted in the =
brains of patients suffering from Parkinson's, a debilitating disease =
that attacks the nervous system."
Is it possible that science will finally become the friend of the pipe =
smoker?
Will doctors soon be prescribing a pipe a day with a glass of red wine, =
in order to keep things in balance? I hope so
Scott Camac

[Nah.  They'll find some way to do the same thing without any of the
enjoyment. -S.]


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From: Davie <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: Great Pipe Shop

I really appreciate Pipes Digest and the work you do.  Let me suggest a
fine shop where the owner is terrific and has time for his customers: Pipes
Unlimited, 19 Auburn Avenue, Utica, New York.  I have been going there
since 1978, when I attended nearby Hamilton College.  Bob, the owner, is
still there, blending tobaccoes, offering personal service and cordial
advice and suggestions.  He has sold me pipes, tobacco, accessories and
cigars (oops!) for two decades.  Bob is a gentleman who has time for his
customers.  Look him up. You will be glad you did.  Duncan Davie, Oneonta. 

[Already had it in the Guide, Duncan, but thanks! -S.]


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From: "Darene Clare" <?????????????????>
Subject: 

HELLO I AM INTERESTED IN PURCHASING PIPE ACCESSORIES FOR MY RETAIL
STORE IN THE BAHAMAS. 

MY ADDRESS IS 

  		SMOKER'S WORLD
		FREEPORT, BAHAMAS
		P.O.BOX F-40765

TELEPHONE (242) 373-5917 OR (242)351-6899

PLEASE RESPOND IMMEDIATELY.


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From: "B Irvin" <??????????????????????>
Subject:  Dr. Irvin's Cherry Wood Tampers & Tobacco Blends [SPECIALS]

Dear Pipe Smoking Friends,

I trust April finds everyone in good spirits.  As a Montanan spending =
his first Winter in southern Arizona, I am still waiting for Winter to =
arrive(?).  For the month of April I am offering a special rate on my =
hand made Flathead cherry wood tampers (scroll down to the bottom of the =
page) on multiple orders.  I am also continuing my tobacco blend =
specials (check out my website at http://members.tripod.com/ben-irvin ). =
=20

I wish all a happy Easter and warm Spring.

Ben
                                    Dr. Irvin's Tobacco Blends

[The list of blends and the order form were too long for the Digest,
but hopefully they're still on the web page. -S.]


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

Howdy from Texas,
I found your site while surfing around looking for some info on pipes.  I'm 
32, and recently bought a box of terrific old pipes at an auction.  There are 
20 pipes ranging in style and design.  I took them in to a pipe shop to be 
cleaned and buffed, and they look great.  
I've never used tobacco before, but I really do want to become a pipesmoker.  
I got a sampler of different tobaccos form the shop that did the cleaning.  
However, they were'nt very informative on the "how to," as they were busy.  
I've made myself sit down and smoke a bowl about 2 to 3 times a day for the 
last 4 days, and I'm learning on my own with trial and error.  I keep getting 
alot of moisture in the stem of the pipes, and it has a very bitter taste if 
it gets in my mouth.  The only thing I can do is to poke a pipe cleaner 
through the stem and continue.  
The flavor is getting more and more pleasing, and I love the aftertaste.  I 
can still taste the tobacco for some hours after I smoke it.  
My question is, how long does it take to become where the pipe becomes very 
natural and "second nature?"  I've always thought that the pipe is very 
cool-looking and have always loved the smell of the tobacco.  
So any suggestions you might have on how to completely become a pipeman would 
be appreciated.  I want it to become a part of me, as I think it suits me.
Thanks!
Steve

[Interesting question... probably as long as it takes for any other
skill to become second nature. Maybe a few months. -S.]


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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Thank you for your support

>From Clive Humm
e-mail c.humm+AEA-connect-2.co.uk

I'd like to use this forum to thank the hundreds of pipesmokers who sent me
messages of goodwill following my recent abdominal surgery - I'm deeply
touched that so many of you took the time to write.

In particular, thanks to Mike, who said "good luck with that
surgery to remove the pipe stem from your stomach. I'd suggest you
ease up a bit on the draw while smoking +ADs--). and to Chris, who
said, "When you are back on your feet, If it is still available I
would like to order +ACM-385 Don Carlos Rustic Montana - there is no
urgency so don't bust a gut +ADs--)

Which only goes to show that not only are pipesmokers caring, compassionate
guys - they have a great sense of humour, too.

Happy pipesmoking.

Click on this link to view my website.
http://straightgrain.connect-2.co.uk/


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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Announcement - new Don Carlos developments

>From Clive Humm
e-mail c.humm+AEA-connect-2.co.uk

As you probably know, when Bruto Sordini develops a pipe shape that he
thinks is really special, he gives it a name and adds it to his catalogue of
"standard" Don Carlos shapes.

A new pipe has just been developed - called "The Bolero".  You
can see this new pipe on the "Don Carlos Specialities" page of
my website, here: http://straightgrain.connect-2.co.uk/newpage1.htm

The pipe illustrated is a "Polished 2-Note" grade - but
naturally it will be available in any grade, Rusticated or Polished.

You will also see another new development on this page - a new treatment for
the Don Carlos band.  This is really striking - transparent red jeweller's
enamel has been applied to the cast silver Don Carlos band, producing a
wonderful "stained-glass" effect.

I hope that you will share my enthusiasm for Bruto's innovations.  Your
feedback would be very welcome.

Happy pipesmoking.

Clive

Click on this link to view my pipes.
http://straightgrain.connect-2.co.uk/

Click on this link to view my pipes.
http://straightgrain.connect-2.co.uk/

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: New store for the resource guide

Hi Steve.  It has literally been YEARS since I wrote you with anything.  I 
didn't have a computer for years and unintentionally switched to cigarettes 
for a couple of years, wondered why, and am now switching back to pipes full 
time.  Those damn things are hard to ween yourself off of!  Also, splurged 
and bought myself a computer last summer.  Man the internet sure changed in 
just three years!
    Anyway, I wanted to give you an address for a NEW store in the Northern 
Ky area.  How new you ask?  Well it opened three days ago!

Straus Tobacconist
7753 Mall Rd.
Florence KY 41042
(606) 647-8600

They are affiliated with the Straus tobacconist in Cincinnati, the one that 
has been there for over 100 years now, so the service and knowledge should be 
sterling, as it is in their downtown Cincinnati store.

Thought you might like to add it to the resource group.  

Take Care!

[They are indeed new to the Guide.  Good luck on the switch! -S.]


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

I am thinking of storing large quantities of tobacco for a long period
of time. Should I store it totally dried out in a sealed container or
store it at the correct humidity for smoking? 

[Good question. I've always assumed the latter, but what say our other
members? -S.]


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From: "Reg Furlong" <???????????????????>
Subject: Domain Name For Sale

Dear Sirs

I am putting the rare Domain Name CigarsCom.Com on the market for sale by
Auction or Private Treaty.  If you or your colleagues are interested,
information can be found at http://goldcoast-australia.net/cigars .

Thank You for your time

Reg Furlong
GoldCoast-Australia.Net


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From: "Sher Bear" <????????????????????>
Subject: Ted lyman

Dear. Steve Masticola

         Helo Steve my name is Ted Lyman.  I live in Salt lake Cite =
Utah. I stopped smoking cigerets a six months ago. I liked the idea af =
smoking a pipe. I perchest a pipe and learnd how to injoy it from your =
page and a few athers. Liking it I perchest another. I am still a rooky =
at it and have a question. When I smoke my pipe do I inhale? I hear from =
some yes, and from others no. I am confused and want to injoy it the =
right way.    =20
             Thanks for your web page it is a big  help.     =20

[Most pipe smokers don't inhale on purpose. Pipe tobacco is too strong
for that. -S.]


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From: Gourgen Oganessyan <?????????????????>
Subject: Black River Cigar Co., English blend

Hello fellow pipesmokers,

Just wanted to draw your attention to the Black River Cigar Company
(www.blackrivercigarcompany.com). It has a large choice of pipes, cigars,
tobaccos and accessories, especially a large selection of legendary
Kaywoodie. The owner Walt DeVisser is a great guy and offers a fast,
discreet and very professional service. I ordered a nice little Kaywoodie
Campus from him (for those quick smokes at work), and am waiting for
another one to arrive, a Super Grain. Plus Walt has gone out of his way to
find a nice inexpensive piperack for me. So I highly recommend to take a
look at his shop's webpage.

On tobacco front, I have finally taken the risk of trying my hand at
blending. Came home this evening from Tinderbox with several bags of C & D
blending tobaccos and have just enjoyed a pipeful of the result -- a
fairly robust English blend that starts out as medium-strong but
(surprisingly) settles down to smooth as it's smoked. I am going to e-mail
C&D now to see if I have accidentally duplicated one of 
their existing blends, otherwise I have already got a name for my blend --
Principia Mathematica, named after the monumental book by the great
philosopher and pipesmoker Bertrand Russell. I have only got 4 oz of it
but will gladly share, if anyone wants some. It's nothing special, just a
nice strong English.

Smoke in peace,

Gugo Oganessyan


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

Steve:
Thanks for the hard work.  I am looking for some tobaccos...Balkan
Sobranie #759 Luxury Blend or Friedman and Pease's Inverness.  If
anyone has any and you are willing to part with all or part of what
you have, please contact me.  I would be willing to trade for some
aged tobaccos I own or $$$.  Email ????????????????  Thanks, Tony
Espeseth 


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From: "J  Pennybacker" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Thanks

years that I care to say.  I really enjoy the pipe so much more.  It is a
totally relaxing pastime.  I am also starting to try and make pipes.  I love
working with wood and this appears to be a way to combine my two hobbies.  I
would also like to get into collecting pipes, but first I need to learn more
about them.  Could you suggest any books on collecting pipes and their
relative value.  I have been looking on ebay and there are a lot of cheap
ones and some very expensive ones, such as the Dunhills and some of the
freehand styles.

Right now I am trying different brands of tobacco to see which one I like
best.  I have ordered several sample kits from different shops on the net.
So far I tend to lean toward the more natural blends as opposed to the
aromatics.  That may be due to my years with cigarettes.  The few English
brands that have included tend to remind me of cigars.  Years ago I tried
pipe smoking but did not stay with it, but at that time is was smoking a
brand that came in a yellow tin and was a nave cut, mostly Virginian I
believe with the taste of vanilla.  I would like to find that brand again,
but I haven't had any luck in finding it.  The tinderbox use to carry it.
If any one has any suggestions as to what it was called or were I might find
it I sure would appreciate it.

Well enough of my ramblings.  I just wanted to say hi and thanks.

Bill

[There are a bunch of books on pipe collecting listed on Steve Beaty's
www.pipes.org web page.  I've never even seen anything that attempted
to put values on estate pipes. -S.]


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

I have been wondering (and searching) about the type of tobacco 
Albert Einstien smoked. I have yet to find an answer. The reason
I am curious is because I too am looking for the elusive "perfect
smoke".  Just wondered if Mr. Einstien had accomplished that in his life
as well.  Any help would be appreciated. Thank you,
Marco Sergi
E-mail: ?????????????????

P.S. Steve,...I am ever humble in the great effort and delight you present
to us with this digest.  Thank you.

[I think that the short answer is that he smoked Revelation. Of
course, I'll probably be corrected on this... -S.]


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From: "gordo" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: email addresses

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

steve

gordon tanner from the village tobacconist

we are a 3 year old tobacconist with a large and growing tobacco and =
pipe following
we have two stores, one in Lebanon, NH and one in Kennebunk ME,=20
by the fall we'll have a third in Quechee VT
we are curently holding  weekly pipe shows and sales at out Lebanon, NH =
store
with shows planned thru the summer in both stores

Brian Levine from Nording and the ailing Tom O'hearn from Savinelli/CAO  =
this week
Kenny Kasparian from Ardor, Brebbia, Cristiano next thursday
We are attempting to reach a larger crowd,=20
and while we advertise on radio and TV=20
I've found that an email invitation works the best

To that end we have been gleening as many names and email addresses
 from the NH/VT/ME area as possible.

We would love to add the pipedigest VT/NH/ME names to the list, if it is =
permissible
I post on the newsgroups as often as I feel cpomfortable, but we service =
a largely
anacronistic group of curmugeonly old cusses=20
and would love to reach some of the NH/VT/ME computer friendly crowd out =
there

thank you in advance for any consideration

Gordon Tanner

[As long as it's Within the advertising guidelines of the Digest [2-4
ads per year of 25 lines each or less], that's fine. The mailing list
of the Digest is confidential. -S.]


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

I am a newbie to pipes and pipe smoking. Along with the Pipe Digest
and pipes.org, I have been helped immensely by Chuck Ghawi at my local
smokeshop, here in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is a quaint little shop
tucked in the Nickels Arcade complex, right across the main campus of
the Univ. of Michigan.

                     Maison-Edwards Tobacconists ATTN: Chuck Ghawi
                     11 Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
                     (734)662-4145 

Check it out!! He has a great selection of pipes and tobacco,
house-blends and commercial blends. he will also custom make you a
blend you want.

[A University smokeshop! Not too many of them left... Thanks! -S.]


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

Hi, I have a problem of feeling the taste when
smoking a pipe. I do feel the special taste of tobacco,
but doesn't feel the taste of tropic fruits (I'm smoking
Jacaranda tobacco, heavily aromatic). My pipe is broken in,
I think I pack it normally, the pipe draws like when I am
sucking through a straw. But when drawing i feel smoke not the taste.
My friend says (when puffing my pipe) that he does taste it.
Maybe I don't know how to handle the smoke in my mouth, I draw
it in, keep it, let some come out of the nose, and then blow out.
Perhaps I keep the smoke too long in my mouth?
Also I don't smoke fast, my pipe isn't too hot to hold it.
Actually I am new to smoking in general, haven't smoken even cigarettes.
  Can anyone suggest what could be the problem? Wrong tobacco? Suggest
a really easy tobacco to smoke?

Erik Salum



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From: Chet <???????????????????>
Subject: Maurizio Tombari's pipe contest

Hi Steve,

Back in December in Pipe Digest, Maurizio Tombari announced his pipe
contest.  From being ill in 1997, I'm still trying to play catchup with
freelancing and past bills, so I didn't get to design any kind of entry
till mid-April.

So here it is, 3 days to go, and I'm in second place.  So - if you haven't
voted for anyone in the contest (and you haven't sent a design of your
own), would you consider voting for me?

You could either write to   ????????????????   and say that you're voting
for project 16

  - or -

visit my page   http://www.lookoutnow.com/pipe/contest.htm   if you'd like
to see my pipe artwork (and that page of mine has links to the contest page
itself if you'd like to see the other pipes in the competition).

Thanks!!!!!!!!!

Of course, this isn't at all timely for Pipe Digest, but all the same, I
half expect to see this there too!  A guy never knows about what you're
going to do. :)

But if you do publish this in the digest, please remove Maurizio's email
address.  It wouldn't be fair for him to receive email after the contest.
He's done more than enough just to hold it.

Whether I win or lose, I'll keep my contest entry online (with updated
info), with links pointing to Maurizio's pages.

Best wishes,
  --Chet

Look Out Now!     http://www.lookoutnow.com

[Way late for that, I'm sorry to say... but please let us know how it
went! -S.]


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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: My First Entry to the Digest

Steve:

Here is my first contribution to the Digest. If this is the
wrong address to send it in, please advise.

Ralph

Dear Steve (and many digesters I have come to know
while reading #001-#268 over the past five months):

I'm a retired 67-year old radio development engineer
and commercial pilot. I guess I've been an "off-and-on"
pipe smoker since my Air Force and college days. The
"off" period was when I flew for a living and thought
cigarettes would be best. I was wrong; a pipe would
have been better for several reasons.

Now I'm back on the pipe (and an occasional good cigar
when I can afford it or some kind soul gives me one).

Since my favorite tobacco shop has not been mentioned
on the Digest I'd like to introduce it now:

    Bill's Pipe & Tobacco Shop
    2309 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
    Coral Gables, Florida  33134
    (305) 444-1764
    www.billspipeandtobacco.com

I live only a mile and a half away, so I visit the shop
often. Manny will let you sample anything he has. He
once said "I always have a tin open and if not I'll
open one." He puts a black X on the open tins.

He has introduced me to some tobaccos I had never
tried and now consider must-haves. Here are some:

Penzance -- Delicious! It's so good I feel guilty smoking
it any time except in the evening.

McClelland's Black Shag and
McClelland's Arcadia -- A revelation! Thanks, CORPS, for
commissioning McClelland for developing Black Shag.
Not enough has been said on the digest about Arcadia.
Perhaps I'll write in an essay later. For now, let me
say it has subtleties I have not found in any other
tobacco. I love it.

Bengal Slices -- After reading about this on the Digest
I asked Manny for a sample, and now it is a regular on
my book shelf.

Samuel Gawith's 1792 Flake -- A well-matured flake that
should be approached with caution, but if treated with
respect will reward the pipe smoker with a REAL FULL SMOKE.

Blue Note -- Nothing like it! 
Sweet Vanilla Honeydew -- A clean, pure vanilla flavored Virginia.

Of course, I have always been a lover of the basic Dunhill
favorites: Early Morning Pipe (Manny has this in bulk also);
My Mixture 965; Nightcap. But I had not tried Royal Yacht
until I had read about it on the Digest and tried a sample.

Frog Morton and Frog Morton on the Town have become regulars
on my shelf, but I think I might not get another Frog Morton
when I run out because the "on the Town" has Basma and is a
bit more interesting. Not sure on this now. I just might
continue with both.

I've received three sample packs (5 2-oz samples each) from
Craig Tarler over the past few months and have not yet
sorted things out as to what I like. However, I do have
a few that I can stick with:

    #104 Crooner
    #300 Apricots & Crean
    #734 Green River Vanilla
    #970P Pirate Kake
    #417P Night Train
    No number yet: The Haunted Book Shop (an interesting Burley)

I have many more, including a few samples Manny has let me try,
but I need more experience with them to be able to say I like
them or not. Anyway, I sure appreciate the work Craig and Patty
are doing.

Now a little essay on the term "My Favorite Tobacco"

I have come to the conclusion that just about any good tobacco
can be enjoyed (or hated) depending on the time and place.
Sure a few tobaccos can be smoked "all day", but this is IMHO
rare. It takes just the right time and the right pipe for me
to enjoy Gawith's 1792.

Here's a example of what I mean.

         A Day at the Zoo with Captain Black

A few weeks ago, my daughter called me--she's a school teacher--
and said she had the day off and invited me to go with her and
my 5-year-old grandson to the zoo down here in Dade County.
He had never been to a zoo, so this would be an important
occasion. I only had a few minutes before she would arrive in
her big Jeep, so I had to decide real quick what pipe and
tobacco I would smoke throughout the day.

So I reached for a pouch of Captain Black white, and my
"gatlin burlier" stub pot, a pouch of cleaners and I was
ready.

Well, I smoke that Captain Black all day at the zoo, it was
a perfect choice for that time. It smells good to the
bystander and never gets hot. All over the zoo nobody said
a bad word. I must have smoke four bowls (I used my cleaners
often) and I me and my grandson had a good time.

For that time and place Captain Black was just perfect for me.
However, I would never dream of smoking it when I am reading
Plato or even the Digest for that matter.

So what I am getting at is, maybe we should not say a tobacco
is always bad always good. I just love Edgeworth Sliced, but
I just have to have the right mood for it.

Same with pipes. I have two CAO meerschaums. I just love them.
And yes, I have watered the flowers while smoking them, but
normally that is not their place. Working in the garage,
instead of one of my Savinellis I usually prefer what is called
a "basket" pipe or a Dr. Grabow.

It has taken me a long time to come to this conclusion--I did
use to feel this way.

That's all for now. I do want to thank Steve and Steve and
many of the experts on the Digest for enriching my pipe
smoking and taking it to a higher level.

Just one more thing. I have become a bit more serious about
religious matters over time and this has led me to feel that
certain terms are gratuitous. One I have in mind is
"drugstore tobacco". Is that really necessary? Oh, I get the
point, and I agree with the point in certain cases, but is it
a truly accurate terminology? When I am at Bill's Pipe & Tobacco
where I see 600-dollar Dunhill pipes on display, I also see
the Captain Black tobaccos and some good old Amphora Red
(while it lasts)--I'm thinking of hoarding a few tins.

Sincerely,

Ralph Proctor
Coral Gables, Florida  USA


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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: My New Ardors

Hello again, Steve:

I just can't resist writing another letter now about the
two Ardor pipes I bought Wednesday (two days ago).

I've been wanting to try an Ardor for quite a while, so
Wednesday morning I went to Bill's Pipe & Tobacco
here in Coral Gables and picked out one -- a simple
billiard. Right away I had to go and drive a friend out
to Baptist Hospital where he was to have an eye
operation performed--so I would be there a long time
waiting.

While waiting about four hours, I broke in my new
Ardor billiard. There's something indescribably different
about this pipe. For one thing, I could see the Carnauba
wax soften as the heat moved down the bowl. After
the first top-to-bottom smoke I then smoked one-half
bowls. It's a real sweet pipe. The stem has the goofy
looking "fishtail" lip, but it's very comfortable to hold
in the mouth. Every break-in smoke was as if I was
smoking a fully caked Savinelli (my favorite briar--so far).

I can't say what the difference is. Well for one thing, the
shank has a bigger diameter. So I was so excited about
this later in the afternoon I went back and bought another
Ardor--a Dublin. These pipes suit me. I can't say they
are beauties to look at, but, maybe I can put it this way:
these are quality pipes, as I see it.

I wish other Ardor owners would comment one way or
another about this pipe.

Please understand, I have no interest in any way with
Bill's Pipe Shop or any pipe shop or any tobacco company
or any pipe maker. I'm just commenting on my experiences
and if anybody would like to respond pro or con I would
appreciate it.

Keep on smokin--it's good for you!

Ralph


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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: On the Art of Smoking Mac Baren's Virginia No. 1

Hello again, digesters, I hope you don't mind one more
letter.

I have been smoking Mac Baren Virginia No 1 for a long time, which
comes in tins and is also carried in bulk form, so you can get what
you want. I have a Gevalia Kaffe coffee crock with about a half a
pound now.

Something happened a few weeks ago. I was sitting here at the
computer reading the Digest while smoking Virginia No. 1 in a large
Dublin-like CAO meerschaum and was enjoying it until I got to below
the half-bowl point and then I noticed a delicious sweetness I had
never experienced before. It was absolutely delicious and continued
this way until the dottle burned out.

Now I think what happened was I had gotten the knack of smoking
correctly. I have reproduced this experience several times since then
not only in a meerschaum but also in a Savinelli briar. So what might
usually be a nice plain Virginia can become a remarkable smoke if it
is done right. Gentle puffing seems to do it.

With Plumcake no matter what I do I get a good consistent smoke, but
Virginia No. 1 seems to have hidden secrets. For some reason, I never
much cared for Golden Extra. Maybe I'm doing something wrong there?

Ralph


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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: Farewell Amphora

What I am looking at here is an object smokers who
live in the USA (the land of the free) might not be
obtainable after a while.

A beautiful ten-ounce tin of Amphora Red.

There are a few cans left here in Coral Gables, but when they
go, well, I guess that will be the end.

What is printed on the can is sheer poetry.

                              AMPHORA
                                D E
                             SELECTION

                          ESTABLISHED 1753

                              AMPHORA
                            Pipe Tobacco

                               CLASS
                                 A
                              TOBACCO

                             FULL AROMA
                              Original
                             CAVENDISH

                                  I M P O R T E D

                                    NETWT10 OZ

              Douwe Egberts has a long tradion in the
                manufacture of pipe tobacco. As far
              back as 1753 - over two centuries ago -
           the firm of Douwe Egberts began to search for
                 and select tobacco varieties, from
           Asia to America, of a quality eminent and fine
                      enough for pipe tobacco.

          Since quality has always been our first concern
                    it is evident that even now
              as Douwe Egberts has grown into a large
           international concern, pipe tobaccos are still
           manufactured by a small specialized division.
          The manufacture of pipe tobacco is still a craft
                         at Douwe Egberts'.

                 Every year our own tobacco buyers
           travel around the world to buy the best suited
                       tobaccos on the spot.

            At Douwe Egberts pipe tobaccos are made by a
                 small group of dedicated workers.
          The process is partially carried out by hand and
                requires great skill and experience.

                                D E

                            Product of:
                           DOUWE EGBERTS
                          Tobacco Company
                           Rotterdam-Holland

Smoke in peace--if not in freedom,

Ralph


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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: Signature on a can of Amphora

It seems I overlooked the words describing the tobacco.
It is signed, but I can't make out who it is.

                              Amphora
                          Pipe Tobacco

        What occurs to you when you see shredded,
    bright coloured tobacco, which still seems to live
                beetween your fingers...?
    Recognize the mixture? Burley, Kentucky, Oriental
         and Virginia, all first-grade tobaccos.
    Smell the whiff or pure fruit blossom we've added?
              This enhanced smoking pleasure
         is due to our unique Cavendish process,
       which reveals the richest properties of this
       special blend: fresh, sweet and slow-burning
                   Amphora Full Aroma.
           The quality of over two centuries of
              craftsmanship and experience.
                    Established 1753.

      [Here is a signature in long-hand.
      Can anybody read it?]

Can anybody tell why or how this product has come to be
no longer imported into the USA?

I guess I've written in too much, but I've been reading for
five months and have a few things on my mind. I'll try to hold
back until the next issue comes out.

Keep smoking and don't give up--free enterprise probably will
return.

Ralph

[I believe the short answer is "lawsuits". -S.]


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From: Alan Schwanitz <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Different woods for pipes

Hello All,

     As a somewhat experienced pipe smoker I would like to expand my
knowledge into the art of pipe making. I have bought the PIMO book on pipe
makin, but it concentrates on briar.  I would like to find out more about
pipes made out of apple and cherry wood. Also about other woods, like maple.
     Do these woods need to be boiled, like briar, must they be dried as
long etc... Does anyone out there know of a resource that I can use to
pursue this info.
      This is the best pipe resource that I have come across on pipes I
love it and am trying to get all of my friends to check it out. Thanks for
being there for us puffers.

       Alan Schwanitz	
       ?????????????????????????

[Cherry is often used for pipes. A company named Ropp made cherrywood
pipes with the bark left on.  Don't know about the other species
though. -S.] 


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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: A First for Pipes Digest? [a new pipe]

Hello fellow digesters:

This would be a trivial matter to even speak of
were it not for: It's a first for me and I don't
think anything like this has been mentioned on
Pipes Digest. So at some risk here goes.

Today I received (by certified mail--of all things)
a Captain Black coupon offer I had ordered over
four weeks ago.

It's a "Sentinal" Billiard.
$19.95 including shipping and handling
(and no tax). On the box its origin is
Lane Limited
1731 US Highway 21 South
Sparta, North Carolina

It sure is a thing of beauty. Apparently flawless
and with a perfectly aligned vulcanite stem with
a nice white anchor stamped on.

My first smoke is uneventful. My experience with my
recent new Ardors is an exception. Usually the first
smoke in a new pipe doesn't tell me much. All I can
say is it is just fine. With pre-caronized bowls I
alway first smoke top down and then go to several
bottom ups.

The pipe is described on the coupon:
"Handsome two tone finish. Achieved by first applying
a dark  base stain, then sanded prior to adding the
second finishing stain, a rich burgundy. This brings
out the natural grain of the briar to its full
splendor. Highlighted with a solid brass band."

You have to see the pipe to believe how this
"solid brass band" enhances the appearance.

Got twenty bucks and a Captain Black white pouch?

I think I'll order the "Helmsman" now.
It costs $21.95, and in appearance sounds like my
two new Ardors (excepting the band).

"Selected from the rarest mediterranian briar.
A light walnut finish, hand rubbed with carnauba
wax and adorned with a silver tone band."

If all this turn out well, someday I may be the
only smoker on Pipes Digest to own a complete
set of Captain Black billiards, bents, and
Canadians in all their grades--an awesome thought!

Smoke (and buy) in peace.

Ralph
Ralph Proctor
Coral Gables, Florida USA

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

I've searched the old digests, and couldn't find anything on
this. About 20 years ago I bought a box of about 2000 rubber clamps
that hold a pipe by the stem from wally frank......What most tobacco
shops use to hold them to a wall. I am having trouble locating a
source of these; I have a couple hundred of pipes i routinely smoke
mounted this way; it helps me keep them in rotation. Any leads or
sources greatly appriciated. 

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

Hi Steve:

Been away from the PD for about two years. ISP went out of business,
got divorced, changed jobs, started a dot com concern and have
generally gone crazy. I was delighted to find that the PD has remained
the same with its interesting posts and wealth of info. I have said
this before and say this again, thanks for keeping the PD active,
stimulating and engrossing as ever. During my 'hiatus' I was smoking
cigarettes like a fiend and a bowl or two at very irregular
intervals. And now the bombshell...kicked the cigarette habit! Am
fulltime on pipes and loving it despite inviting some sarcastic
comments from the mass of ignorants that seem to abound this
planet. In this connection, I'd like to recount a recent incident
which I am sure has happened to more than one reader of the
Digest. About twice a week I spend some time at a local bar. They have
reasonably good drinks etc. The company, on some days is quite
stimulating. Having switched to pipes, I took my meerschaum packed
with so!

me fragrant baccy for an evening of campari and soda. I order my
'usual' and light up as usual, awaiting the arrival of my
friends. Having returned from work, I was carrying some journals which
I proceeded to occupy my time with. At this point I must say that
there is a sign at the bar which reads 'Please refrain from smoking
cigars'. Mind you, cigars...nothing about pipes. Moments later,
hearing an unnatural shuffling of feet in my vicinity, I look up from
my papers to find a small delegation of 5 or 6 people surrounding my
table. I happen to know most of them by sight. I was sternly informed
that my pipe was causing them trouble in breathing despite the fact
that I could clearly see a pack of Marlboro Reds sticking out of the
pocket of one of my 'tormentors'. When I pointed out the fact, I was
rudely informed that cigarettes are accepted while pipes are not!
Strangely, a couple of women at an adjacent table seeing the
hullabaloo interjected on my behalf. One of the ladies, b!

efore I could say anything further, informed the 'delegation' that the
smell of my pipe was far more delightful than the 'rank' odour of
cigarettes. Now remember, being an ex-cigarette smoker, I was at a
loss for words. What could I say, save for that if there was indeed a
problem, they should either have asked the bartender to request me put
out the pipe or they should have approached me in a more civil
manner. At this point, the bartender (a good acquaintance)
intervened. He shooed away the 'delgation', profusely apologized and
left me alone with my still smoking pipe. In all fairness, I put out
my smoke and sat wondering how a perfectly relaxing evening was ruined
due to the inability of some individuals to behave with commonly
accepted norms of decorum. Are we really a dying breed? Lastly, would
you or any of the PD readers know of a Dutch tobacco called Clan by
Theodorus Niemever? If yes, any pointers where I may acquire the same?

Thanks and regards,
mana

[There seems to be a lot of this sort of thing going around. See the
Quote of the Week for my attempt at an explanation. -S.]


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Quote of the Week:

  "She tossed one to a monk; before he could eat it a larger male not
   only stole his peanut but gave him a beating. The little fellow
   made no attempt to pursue his tormentor; he pounded his knucks
   against the floor and chattered helpless rage. Mike watched solemnly. 

  "Suddenly the mistreated monkey rushed across the cage, picked a
   monkey still smaller, bowled it over and gave it a dubbing worse
   than the one he had suffered. The third monk crawled away,
   whimpering. The other monkeys paid no attention.  

  "Mike threw his head back and laughed-and went on laughing,
   uncontrollably. He gasped for breath, started to tremble and 
   sank to the floor, still laughing. 

  [...]

  "'Jill...I grok people!'"

				Robert A. Heinlein
				_Stranger in a Strange Land_


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  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
  2. Subject: pipes show
  3. Subject: posting from pipes page
  4. Subject: posting from pipes page
  5. Subject: posting from pipes page
  6. Subject: comoy pipe
  7. Subject: posting from pipes page
  8. Subject: posting from pipes page
  9. Subject: Information Needed
  10. Subject: Question,
  11. Subject: Re:Pipes Digest#268--February 27, 2000
  12. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #268 -- February 27, 2000
  13. Subject: New Member
  14. Subject: February Pipes Digest
  15. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #268 -- February 27, 2000
  16. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #268 -- February 27, 2000
  17. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #268 -- February 27, 2000
  18. Subject: Looking for suggestions
  19. Subject: pipes
  20. Subject: posting from pipes page
  21. Subject: OUR WEB SITE ADDRESS
  22. Subject: New Don Carlos Logo
  23. Subject: Pipe & gall bladder...
  24. Subject: posting from pipes page
  25. Subject: Dr. Irvin's Cherry Wood Tampers [St. Patrick's Day Specials & Blends]
  26. Subject: Thanks!
  27. Subject: website
  28. Subject: FW: Editorial on Inanimate Objects
  29. Subject: Editorial on Inanimate Objects
  30. Subject: Pipe Cleaning
  31. Subject: Falcon and Savinelli
  32. Subject: The NEW Brebbia Site
  33. Subject: Tobacco
  34. Subject: FW: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  35. Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  36. Subject: Re: good news!!
  37. Subject: Great Pipe Shop
  38. Subject:
  39. Subject: Dr. Irvin's Cherry Wood Tampers & Tobacco Blends [SPECIALS]
  40. Subject: Regarding Pipes
  41. Subject: Thank you for your support
  42. Subject: Announcement - new Don Carlos developments
  43. Subject: New store for the resource guide
  44. Subject: posting from pipes page
  45. Subject: Domain Name For Sale
  46. Subject: Ted lyman
  47. Subject: Black River Cigar Co., English blend
  48. Subject: posting from pipes page
  49. Subject: Thanks
  50. Subject: posting from pipes page
  51. Subject: email addresses
  52. Subject: posting from pipes page
  53. Subject: posting from pipes page
  54. Subject: Maurizio Tombari's pipe contest
  55. Subject: My First Entry to the Digest
  56. Subject: My New Ardors
  57. Subject: On the Art of Smoking Mac Baren's Virginia No. 1
  58. Subject: Farewell Amphora
  59. Subject: Signature on a can of Amphora
  60. Subject: Different woods for pipes
  61. Subject: A First for Pipes Digest? [a new pipe]
  62. Subject: posting from pipes page
  63. Subject: posting from pipes page
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