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Subject: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000

		  Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 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: 3937

Welcome to new members:

	Mana Guha
	Panos Megalios
	Jason Harvey
	Douglas Herbert
	David Cazden
	Mike Ammendola
	Al Olson
	Karl Weidner
	Marc Maxman
	Harold H. Hicks
	David Alan Galloway
	Stephen M. H. Lawrence
	Bryan E. Jacobson
	Bill Weist
	Kevin Taylor
	Joseph Camden
	John Hauser
	Matteo G. P. Flora
	Serge Petrov
	Kevin Mcewen
	Alan Kloverstrom
	Frank Hatchett
	Travis L Reynolds
	Carpels Paul
	Marc Debord
	David Isham
	Allen Lively
	Issac Takeuchi
	Emre Arkut
	Mark Thompson
	Michael T. Vogt
	Andy Hartman
	Robert Shearer
	David Johnson
	Richar D. Manning
	David Hinkelman
	John T Germain
	Fernando M. Calado De Andrade
	Jeffery R. Buck
	Stephen Stuart
	Jeff Smith
	Richard M. Smith
	L C
	Mark Fajnili
	Dan Machleid
	Brendan Burke
	Wartan Hachaturow
	Kristin Zuehlke
	Carl Mueck
	Daymon Berg
	Albert Ruggi
	Kent E. Jahnke
	Bill Lockard
	Z K Chaudhry
	Steve Jones
	Dave Branch
	David T. Penn
	Matt Chipman
	Larry M. Spencer
	Tim A Jones
	Frank A. Valentini Jr.
	Ray Bromley
	M Shapiro
	Nicole M. Blair
	George Wodzinski
	Tim Hayes
	Robert Nalis
	Stephen Hettrick
	Louay Bazzi
	Chris Yau
	Ray Redfern
	Wil Jones
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	Boaz Rahat
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	Philip A. Dente
	Terry Lucas
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	David M. Wohlstadter
	John Wilson
	John Edward Martin
	Mr. Gene Johnson
	Linden Milner
	Michael Macgregor
	Daniel Szafranski
	Paul A Dean
	John Booth
	Larry K. Blain
	Steve Anderson
	Enrique Izaguirre
	Sandy Davidson
	Barry Hebberd

[MEGABUCKS IN MINUTES, GUARANTEED] Simply buy a pack of cigarettes and
move to Florida.  

Seriously, the $150,000,000,000 jury award announced this week should,
I think,  cause all of us  in the USA to  pick up a pen  and write our
Congresscritters.   I   won't  shed  many  tears   for  the  cigarette
companies, but Personal Responsibility, if not actually in the coffin,
is in serious need of some smoke and sympathy now.

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: PIPE?


	i've spent a little time thinking about creating an organization to 
represent pipe smokers in the U.S.  i'm not aware of such a beast at the 
moment, but plenty of other groups have such a beast.  i remember you 
mentioning that no one represents us hobbyists in one of the digests.  so 
why don't we start one?  i'm thinking of a non-profit group.  i think you, 
Tom Dunn, and myself could promote it to begin with.  we'd need a board of 
directors.  we could get a lot of help from pipe-smoking lawyers, artists, 
etc.  the only name that's come to me so far is "People Interest in Pipe 
Education"...  the motto could be "it's a hobby, not a habit".  education 
would be the major thrust, letting people know the background, health 
issues, famous pipe smokers, how to smoke a pipes, etc., etc.  i'm thinking 
we could get businesses to donate pipes, tobacco, tampers, etc. and we 
would create packages with what one needs to start.  we'd send these to all 
the senators and representatives, movie directors, editors of major papers 
with lots of well-produced glossy pamphlets about the history and how-to's 
of pipe smoking.  we could also have a publication directed at those sorts 
of folks.  i think that there is a lot of ignorance and fear about pipes 
and of course i think education may be a way to help.  the portrayal of 
pipe smokers has definitely slipped in the media and maybe there's 
something we can do about it.  down the road, maybe having some sort of 
lobbying effort would be appropriate too.

	anyway, what think you?  there's lots of information on the
web we could leverage, and lots of talented pipe smoker around too.  i
don't have much time to devote to this, and i'm sure you don't either,
but my hope is that others would be willing to pitch in and make this

Dr. Steve Beaty                                       Assistant Professor
Metro State College of Denver                        ????????????????????
VOX: (303) 556-5321                                 Science Building 225A
FAX: (303) 556-5381                         http://clem.mscd.edu/~beatys/

[Steve and I discussed this, and we agreed that it's a great idea
which neither of us has the time to organize (sound familiar? :-) If
anyone does start such an organization, please let us know how we can
get a membership. -S.]

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

Hi being new to the group I wanted to introduce my self.  I am Travis
and have been smoking a pipe for about 5 months now.  I wish longer..
But I am intersted in finding out.  Is there a pipe club/organization
in the Omaha Nebraska/ Council Bluffs Iowa area?  If not any pointers
on how to start one?

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From: "Dick Alexander" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000

Dear Steve:

     I was beginning to worry about you.  Glad it was only a problem
that required some time to solve.

     The Northeast Arkansas Pipe Puffer's Club will celebrate this
month their second anniversary.  We began with 2 members and now have
38...not to bad for a small rural area.  On June 10th we will sponsor
our Third Arkansas Championship Pipe Smoking Contest.  Anyone
interested can phone 870-856-4433 or e-mail

     We meet on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the
Tobacco Plus Store at Midway Plaza in Highland, Arkansas.

      Everyone is invited to visit our meetings.      Dick

[No need to worry -- I'm just busier than a guy who's just set a box
of matches on fire. Sorry I didn't get the Digest out earlier, but
like Tom Dunn says, there are probably better media to announce
time-sensitive meetings.  I will definitely put the Arkansas Pipe
Puffer's Club in the Guide though. Thanks, and best wishes! -S.]

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From: "Jack Tompkins" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Old Pueblo Pipe Club Tucson, Az Pipe Show

OPPC Pipe ShowHi Guy's,

This is Jack of the PipeSmoke Ring and I want to thank you again
for your fine work with www.pipes.org and the Pipe Digest.  I know
it is a lot of work  from experience in working with the ring, although
your work is much more than mine.

One of the Pipe Clubs that I belong to is the Old Pueblo Pipe Club
in Tucson Az and we are pleased to announce our 1st pipe show.
This maybe the only show in SW US and we hope that it can become
a annual event.

If any clubs or anyone else wants to link to our club or show web page
we would appreciate it.  The web page can also be printed out for flyers.

Thanks Again

[Show announcement deleted because Yr. Obdt. Moderator didn't get a
Digest out prior to the show date. Nonetheless, I'm putting the chub
info in the Guide. -S.]

                For Show Information contact:
Ray Blanton, Pres.
    phone: 520-722-1436
    email: ???????????????
Sheldon Osborne, Sec/Tres
    phone: 520-889-9355
    email: ????????????????????
Jack Tompkins, Editor/Webmaster
    phone: 520-459-4371
    email: ?????????????????????

Check Club web page for updates:
Club Web Page: http://shadow.zedcor.com/bigjack/Pipes/OPPC
Club Show Web Page: http://shadow.zedcor.com/bigjack/Pipes/OPPC/Show.html

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From: "Bill Unger" <??????????????????>
Subject: August 26 NASPC Show

Steve and readers, it's time for a NASPC show update.  We are
completely sold out for the Aug. 26 show--all 93 tables--with a great
mix of pipe makers, shops, distributors, tobacco blenders, and just
plain folks with lots of pipes.  It's going to be a hell of a show.
We're looking forward to pipe maker Bernard Safferling from Germany
attending as well as Craig Tarler and Greg Pease among many other
notables.  I invite everyone to visit our web site at www.naspc.org to
get information on the show as well as NASPC and how to join (six
newsletters this year and still only $12 dues).--Bill Unger

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From: Bill Unger <??????????????????>
Subject: John Hudson Moore & Other Stuff

Steve, in reply to Jim McClure's letter about John Hudson Moore in the
May 11 issue, JHM was primarily a company selling men's toiletry
products under the Sportsman line.  However, they also distributed pipes
and were in fact the first company to bring Sasienis into the country.
It makes sense that they had a Sportsman pipe as an accompaniment to
their toiletries line.  However, I'm pretty sure that they made no pipes
JHM was the first distributor of Custom-Bilt pipes from the late 1930s
through 1946.  These came packaged in a box much like the one Jim
 In April of 1946, Eugene Rich, a JHM vice president, left and formed
his own distribution company, taking the Custom-Bilt pipe with him and
changing the name to Custombilt.
In other news, Steve, I'm pleased to report that the North American
Society of Pipe Collectors show in Columbus on Aug. 26 is sold out at 93
tables.  We have a great mix of shops, distributors, pipe makers, and
people with pipes and other pipe-related material.
Our membership is approaching 700, and we have gone to six issues of the
newsletter this year, with dues remaining at $12 per year.  (Since
you're receiving a newsletter, Steve, feel free to comment here on
wonderful, and big, it is.)  I encourage everyone to visit our web site
at www.naspc.org to get show and membership details and to get a taste
of the kind of things to be found in the newsletter.
Keep up the good work, Steve.

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From: Michael Turashoff <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe carving

Hello all,

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Michael I am 32 I have been
smoking a pipe for 3 years now and find it 100 times better than
ciggs.  I host a pipe smoking club at Yahoo
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/pipesmokers It is a great club for the
beginner aswell as the seasoned pipe smoker.  I am looking for links
that will help me in my latest venture carving my own pipe.  If anyone
can help me with this please email me at ???????????????????????????

Smoke in Peace,

Please give Peace a Chance,
Visit my homepage http://myharem.50megs.com

Check out our community at...

and access the world's best search engines instantly at...

[Thanks for the club news, Michael! There are several clubs for pipe
smokers on Yahoo and elsewhere; Steve Beaty's even put up moderated
discussion groups on www.pipes.org. -S.]

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Greater Kansas City Pipe Club

Greetings Steve,

I wanted to invite all subscribers to PD to come and visit the Greater
Kansas City Pipe Club whenever they are in town on a meeting night.

We meet the third Thursday of the month, at 8:00 p.m.  We meet at Cigar
and Tabac, an excellent tobacconist at 6898 W. 105th St, Overland Park
Kansas.  It's just a few blocks North from I-435 and Metcalf Avenue.  

You can contact Cigar and Tabac, 913.381.5597, or you can email the
club, ???????????????, for detailed directions.

For anyone who wants more information, our website is:

Thanks so very much!

John-in-KC on #pipes
webworker for the GKC pipe club website.
(Trust me, I'm no master! :) )

Do You Yahoo!?
Kick off your party with Yahoo! Invites.

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: PD 269 and announcement for Greater Kansas City Pipe Club


As far as publishing times on PD go, don't sweat the small stuff! 
There is not one among us who does not realize your labor of love doing
this.  Also, we can always classify PD as we do The Pipe Smoker's
Ephemeris ... an irregular (in your case) bi-weekly :)  When it comes,
it comes, and we are the happier for it.

Now, please, a brief announcement:

The Greater Kansas City Pipe Club is having a wonderful time, full of
fun, fellowship, and some work ... we are in the throes of planning the
2000 Kansas City Pipe Show.  It happens the 4th and 5th of November at
Holiday Inn Kansas City International Airport.  More details will

We also have a website up and running:
We keep current newsletters, club pipe info, a FEW links (why re-invent
wheels when we can point people back to the pipes.org homepage???)

and the club email is ???????????????

Smoke in peace, John
John-in-KC on #pipes

Do You Yahoo!?
Send instant messages & get email alerts with Yahoo! Messenger.

[Guide updated, John -- thanks! My wife is doing fine, and I don't
have any kids. :-) No current plans to come to the CORPS show, but I
can attest that it's a fine show to visit. -S.]

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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: Cornell & Diehl's #043 Bag Piper

Does anybody who likes Latakia and ALSO at times
likes a good Burley blend smoke a blend with
both together?

I met Balkan Sobranie many years ago, smoked it
often and now smoke Balkan Sasieni. (Somewhere I
read that the only difference is that Balkan Sasieni
is cut a bit finer.  After examining some in a dish
I find this hard to believe because I don't see how
it would be cut rougher--however, it may be true.
Anybody know for sure?)

After trying Cornell & Diehl's #043 Bag Piper on
occasion for a few weeks I've decided I have a real
nice mix here. I can taste the Burley and the
Latakia and the Deertongue and sort each one out.
It's an interesting smoke.

#043 is now added to my list of "great tobaccos"
along with #104 Crooner which also contains
Deertongue. I wish some digesters would comment
on this tobacco. I just scanned all of the 268 issues
and find no reference to it. Any comments?

Apparently unflavored Burley (I started out on Granger
back in the fifties) is no longer very popular, and I
admit most of the time I do prefer the English and
some of the good-tasting flavored mixes, but a good
Burley IMO sometimes is just what I want. Bag Piper
gives me Burley and also Latakia as well.

Ralph Proctor
Coral Gables, Florida USA

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From: "Graeme T. Steel" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Submission for next Pipes Digest

Dear Steve,

I have often thought that the subject of pipe smoking and health should be
tackled - although there are some who will, no doubt, consider this an

All of us are concerned by the attention tobacco gets today in regard to
health issues - even our pipes now are coming under the scrutiny of the
medical profession. In the past, pipes were always considered the lesser of
the other evils: cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and nasal snuff; but no

It is with this in mind that I have put together a one page list of
suggestions for safer pipe smoking. Based upon advice I have received from
medical and dentistry experts and my own experience as a pipe smoker, I
believe there is some good common sense here.

Anyone interested, please take a look. The URL is:

Finally, may I put in a plug for our Yahoo Australian Pipe Smokers Club,
which has been going for well over a year now. It is open to all and has 70
very nice members. The URL is:


Thanks, Steve, for your marvellous work in bringing us all together.

Graeme T. Steel
Email: ?????????????????????

[Thanks for your work on this, Graeme! Hopefully, Steve B. will put
these links up on the pipes.org page, if he hasn't already done so. -S.]

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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000

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

>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.

The majority of pipe smokers consume "aromatics" because they don't know
better. They use software from Bill Gates as well.
It's like the food preferences of flies: "Millions of them cannot be wrong".

Perfume is nice - on women. But I don't like to smoke perfume or fruits or
so called flavored tobaccos. NO - just tobacco.

But it became really hard to find pure tobacco. My supplier still carries a
selection and I like him for that.
Just look at big labels like MacBaren etc. - not one pure mixture.

Nevertheless there is still hope. Some time ago I was on a business trip,
smoked too much, ran out of stock, went to a shop, asked for a natural
tobacco, got cheated with some shit. It tasted horrible and when I left the
room and came back it smelled like my imagination of a whorehouse.
I smoked one (1) pipe at home later and my wife complained about the stink.

I feel good with Virginia and Latakia.

Regards from Portugal


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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000

[Ted Lyman's question from Digest #269 on inhaling deleted. -S.]

Don't we smoke for the taste of tobacco? Who has taste nerves at his
lung bubbles?,-)



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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000

[Erik Salum's question from PD #269 on whether it's possible to taste
aromatic casings deleted. -S.]

Your friend has a strong imagination. The perfume is more volatile than
the tobacco smoke. It goes from the bowl and not into the stem.
You understand that high quality tobaccos are never perfumed, or would
you take a 1947 Bourgogne from your cellar and serve it with a shot of
vanilla/rum extract?

Kind regards


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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000

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?

The aroma will be gone and soaking the tobacco dust in water will not
get it back.

Regards from Portugal


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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000

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

 ...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!
Are we really a dying breed?

Some time ago at an exhibition a man attacked me in the same manner.
I knew he was from South Africa and told him that after he could no
longer have fun with black people, pipe smokers wouldn't be a suitable
substitute. He got the idea.

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?

Do you want still more trouble?,-)

Kind regards


[I know that this analogy is a bit touchy, and that the current level
of persecution directed at smokers is nothing like that which blacks
have experienced for centuries in white society.  I'm printing it at
some risk of touching off a flame session, because I thought Peter's
answer to the boor at the exhibition showed a lot of class. If I'm
showing poor judgment by doing this, please be patient with me. -S.]

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From: Dave Lundgren <????????????????????>
Subject: Finer things etc

Hi Steve and all... Welcome back!  I was afraid I might have been
accidentally deleted from the digest mailing list.  On the subject of
the finer things in life, I quite agree with Michael Dean about pocket
vs wrist watches.  To go one better though, for me it's not just a
pocket watch, but a real mechanical spring-driven one.  I'd had a
quartz/battery powered pocket pocket watch... it kept great time but
something just wasn't satisfying about it (for one thing it didn't
tick!).  Then I picked up a vintage Elgin on the internet.  Open the
back and watch the balance wheel spin... it's like a living thing... no
more electric watches for me.  And now to add one more item to the
list:  fountain pens.  I have several but my favorite for daily use is a
nice fat old blue Esterbrook  That will probably draw some flak... to
the pen enthusiasts Esterbrook ranks about the same as Captain Black
does with the pipe crowd.  No matter... to each his own.  Time to refill
the pipe and take the pup for a final tour of the back yard.

Smoke on...
Dave Lundgren

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Pipes, not often enough

Steve(s)- I used to light my pipe in the office at 8 a.m. and
smoke two pipefulls until 11:30, or so. It did wonders for my
concentration. I seldom smoked after 11:30 a.m., and almost never
lit up outside the office. The catch: on August 1, 1993, Uncle
Sam prohibited smoking in the Federal building where I work.
Accordingly, my productivity declined about 80% (I'm an attorney
and can get away with that type of non-performance). Interestingly,
I telecommunicted from home for 3 weeks in March and resumed
morning smoking while working. Not surprisingly, my productivity
returned to its former high level. What is it about pipesmoking
that energizes me and sharpens my mind? Have any of your subscribers
had similar experiences.
Regards,  Paul Coran, Washington, D.C.

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

Dear Steve:

As I was going through the past issues of the PD, I came across a post
in #222 by a subscriber identified simply as Shaw. In his post there
was a reference to an article that he wrote (?) entitled 'Holmes and
(the) Pipe'. You had indicated in the same issue and referencing his
post that you had scanned the article but was postponing its inclusion
for one reason or another. I have not been able to find that
article. Being somewhat of a Holmesian enthusiast, I wonder if you
would have a copy of that article handy and if so, would you be so
kind as to forward me a copy. I am most willing to defray any costs
that may be involved.

Thanks and Regards,

[The article's on Steve Beaty's site, at
http:/http://www.pipes.org/Articles/140_Different_Varieties.text. -S.]

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From: "Eric Hunt" <???????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000

This is in response to Mr Herridge's peeve against the common practice
of banning pipe smoking in public or businesses which cater to cig
smokers only.  I flew to Alaska in '79 for a summer job.  This was my
first adventure on a plane.  Also, it was my first exposure to overt
discrimination.  I had started the pipe affair on my twentieth birthday
in college and felt quite comfortable (i.e. not self-conscious) with it
in public.  After I found out that pipes and cigars were not allowed on
the planes, I always requested the non-smoking sections from thence on. 
I have since run into an establihment recently that still instituted
that very policy.
I too will not make anyone be subjected to my smoking by imposing myself
if I am the only one.  I prefer sitting in a smoking room (often alone)
in a small pub in front of the television.  This way I do not need to
worry, for those who join me are there to enjoy the same pleasures. 
e. Hunt

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From: Alan Schwanitz <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Point of interest.

I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this happen. I am what I like
to think of as gravitationly challenged, my wife says that I am clumsy, but
what does she know.

     Anyhow yesterday while I was puffing away at work with my work pipe,
(a cheap but pretty briar that I bought off the seconds table) I turned to
deal with a customer and at the same time dropped the pipe out ot my mouth.
The strange thing was that when I picked up the pipe and cleaned up the
spectacular cloud of ash and soot that I had created I stuck the pipe back
in my mouth. Now when the pipe dropped the entire tobacco plug bounce up,
so it was sitting loosely in the bowl, when I went to draw on it it was a
the cleanest easiest draw of cool sweet smoke that I have ever experienced. 

     Now I am faced with a dilemma, I would love to recreate the smoke, but
tossing my pipes around, even cheap seconds is an expensive and wasteful

     I was just wondering if anyone had ever encountered something similar?


[Maybe some sort of spacer in the bottom of the bowl would work? -S.]

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

Hi Steve and all:

Just a line to say that MacBarens has a nice website at
www.mac-baren.com. I checked to see if they were in the Resource
Guide, didn't see them listed, of course, I could have missed
it. Check it out! Also, tried Plum Cake and Golden Extra from the same
house, boy! I'm hooked!! Also bought two new pipes this week...from
two stores here in Pittsburgh...an account of my visit to follow
soon...I hope!


[Done, and thanks! It looks like a very nice site, BTW. -S.]

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

 Hi all out their in smokeland. Isn't it interesting how great minds
seem to collect in the same place. Like us who enjoy the finer things
in life.  Not so much having expensive homes and play things but the
simple joys of enjoying a pipe full at the end of a hectic day;
pulling out the mug and brush to leather up for a shave or looking
down at ones pocket watch.

                             Happy (smoking) Trails

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

I have just acquired a Savinelli Autograph, a billiard with a slight
bend, and a straight billiard with a saddle bit by Tonino Jacono.

If anyone visits Ann Arbor, Michigan, be sure to visit Maison_Edwards
Tobacconists at the Nickels Arcade right off the univ. of Michigan
campus. Local pipe enthusiasts hang out there, and Chuck Ghawi, the
owner is a very knowledgeable fella,provides great service. Also, we
are trying to drum up interest in starting a pipe club in Ann
Arbor. Anyone interested, please e-mail me. Take care, Sid

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From: "Graeme T. Steel" <?????????????????????>
Subject: For Pipes Digest

I am very fond of Georges Herment's book, "The Pipe" (published in an
English translation in 1954). There is much that is sensible in it and it is
beautifully worded. The only thing that I find odd in it is his preference
for storing pipes, bowl end up.

I have often wondered what happened to Herment. I see from a biographical
note in the book that he was born in France in 1912, so it is perfectly
possible that he still with us. A search on the Web reveals little. I wonder
if anyone knows? He had a distinguished war record. He was also an
accomplished jazz musician. I know that he married a Englishwowan and in
1954 was living in England. I fancy the idea of him still being alive
smoking his pipe. Wouldn't it be nice to write to him? Can anyone help?
Email: ?????????????????????

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Life

Hi Steve
I'm pretty new at this and don't want to wear out my welcome.Is there a rule 
as to how often one should submit to the digest? I would like to submit 
something of a personal nature if i could.A few months ago i had some growths 
taken out of my colon.The doctor told me that if they had not been found in 
time they could have become cancer.Because of this experience i now realize 
how important it is for a person to get complete physical exams.So i urge 
those who read this to do so.Life is fragile and too prescious to be taken 
for granted.
This time of the year life seems to be especially enjoyable. It's warm and 
sunny here in carolina The tomatoes are planted.Flowers are blooming and the 
birds are singing It's time to break out those smokey english blends,sit out 
on the deck with a tall glass of iced tea and wait for that little red flag 
and those famous words that let me know that the latest pipes digest has 

Larry Luffman  

[Larry, it's a pleasure to hear from someone who appreciates the
summer, heat and all.  Re submissions, I'm not fussy, but a single
longer one works better than a lot of short ones, and plain text is
MUCH better than HTML. Thanks for your timely note about physicals --
I have a family history of prostate trouble, so personally I'm being
careful, and would advise all of our subscribers to do heed your
excellent advice. -S.]

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From: Scooter <??????????????????????>
Subject: For the Digest.

Hi Steve, I have been reading and enjoying PD for quite a while now and 
while I have up to now only lurked I thought it was about time to write in 
and share my experiences of pipe smoking with you all.
My first experience with a pipe was at the age of about 10 or 11. A friend 
and I made our own pipes after finding cigarettes too expensive. We used 
apple tree branches and copper tubing.  An old guy across the road from his 
place gave us each a bowl of tobacco and we happily puffed away for ages. 
It was a magical experience. I can't remember his name but am eternally 
grateful for the experience. I had an uncle who smoked corn cobs and while 
he wouldn't let me have more than the occasional puff it too was formative. 
I smoked cigarettes for the next 20 odd years and the occasional pipe. I 
took up the pipe after giving up smoking 2 or 3 packets of Camels a day.
My preferences have always been the Falcon pipe and Erinmore Flake.
I used to smoke the standard Falcon with the aluminium stem but wore out 
the centre tube too often. I used to sent them back to the factory in 
England for reconditioning and must have bought five or six stems. I liked 
them because of the ability to exchangeable the bowls.
My tobacco preference has always been the Irish Erinmore Flake. It is made 
here in New Zealand but doesn't taste the same. Luckily I can get regular 
supplies of Flake duty free from friends who travel overseas. I have smoked 
other brands including Dunhill but I always return to Erinmore.
One day about 15 years ago I was chatting with the tobacconist and noticed 
another Falcon in his display case, the Falcon International. It has been 
my favourite since then, I have always used the meerschaum lined bowls and 
worn out several. It is the ultimate in low maintenance bowls.
I still smoke the old Falcon in the car and have several pipes in the house 
and one for smoking while walking the dogs and visiting friends.
My most enjoyable smoking times are driving home from work, a 20 minute 
drive, the act of getting the pipe out of the pouch and lighting it up 
after a fraught day relaxes me immensely, I know that the day is over and I 
can relax. After dinner I often light up either in front of the computer or 
listening to some mellow jazz.
I still smoke a cigar when I can afford one but my preference is for my old 
pipe, it is the most enduring friend I have. That and my two dogs. <G>
The anti smoking nazis are hard at work here in NZ, all the local tobacco 
products have huge ugly health warnings telling of impending death, the 
price of a packet of 20 cigarettes has recently risen by $1, making a 
standard packet of 20 about $10NZ, there is talk of banning smoking in 
restaurants and bars and recently a local cigar site on the 'net has been 
forced to block access to NZ users by the Health Department, they claim 
that having a web site is promoting smoking!!
Well that's the limit of my prose for today.

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From: "Wolfgang Pointner" <????????????????????>
Subject: pipe digest

wolfgang Pointner

I read your newsletter now since 6 month and like it very much.
One question to all of your readers in the USA:
Is any one out there who like Balkan Sobranie and whould trade it for Frog
Morton from McClelland. I like Frog Morton very much but here in Austria it
is not available and hard to get by mail order.
Please help

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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: My Second Captain Black Pipe

Hello Pipe Digesters:

Today I just received by certified mail a pipe ordered with a
Captain Black Gold coupon. It is is "Helmsman" billiard. The
Helmsman has no varnish.. It appears to have only carnauba
wax over the sanded briar. When touching the surface I can
feel the stickyness of the carnauba wax. It's a beautiful pipe.

I've been smoking my first billiard, a "Sentinal", for over two
weeks now, and it smokes real good. It's seasoning in well.

This new pipe has no lacquer. It costs $21.95 (plus nothing).
What makes me want to tell you this is that these coupon offers
may be the best cost-to-quality buy in pipes there is. I have
ordered the "Sentinel" bent and Canadian shapes, but not yet
the "Helmsman" in those shapes.

Has anybody tried these Captain Black Pipes? So far, they sure
look good to me. If something not so good occurs I will say so,
but for now I am pleased.

Smoke in peace,

Ralph Proctor
Coral Gables, Florida

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

I love your page so much so I just subscribed.  I was curious though,
I saw a few Torpedo shaped pipes on eBay.com this week and was
wondering if anyone knew where you could find more of these.  They are
very intriguing and I am excited to try one.  If anyone has any
information, I would love to know.


Jason E. Kean
---------- address ----------

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From: Ralph Proctor <???????????????????>
Subject: On Tobaccos and How Things Change

Hello Steve and everyone:

With all my tins of fine tobaccos and samples of Cornell & Diehl
I have a jar stuffed with about two pounds of Lane's 1Q. I don't
smoke 1Q regularly, but there are times when a pipe seems just
right. I started breaking in a new pipe with the mixtures I
would ordinarily smoke in an old pipe. First a full pipe and then
some quarter-bowls. Smoking different blends in the same pipe
never has bothered me--with some extreme exceptions. But this
morning I thought since I had not smoked a pipe of 1Q in a month
or so I would fill it with that. It is quite pleasant and taken
in one-bowl smokes is very good tobacco. Smoking it bowl after
bowl through the day can work, but it seems to get boring and a
dull aftertaste settles in.

My first all-day tobacco back in the fifties when I was in the
(Korean War) Air Force was Granger, an all-Burley blend made, as
I recall, by the "American Tobacco Company"--the company that at
the time also made Chesterfield cigarettes. I smoked
Chesterfields when they were only made in one form, the old
short length and of course with no filter. I recall around
1952 the long length came out and did not seem the same to me
even when I cut one down to normal length with pair of scissors.

It was around this time that I took up the pipe. Since I liked
Chesterfields and Granger was made by the same company (the name
might not be correct--please correct me--, but the fact of
Granger being made by the same company at that time I am sure
is true), my first pipe tobacco became Granger. I was not
disappointed. I smoked that for four years. Most of my pipe-
smoking friends liked Mixture No. 79. Some of them (gasp) smoked
it all the time. I did on occasion smoke Mixture No. 79, but not
one bowl after the other.

I did not discover expensive tinned tobacco until later when I
was at the University of Miami. The time came when Granger
seemed to be like smoking dried grass and not having the
"character" and subtlety I craved. I remember my first smoke of
Balkan Sobranie. I loved it and thought it was mysteriously
delightful. But I wonder how it would have seemed back when I
first started smoking a pipe. I imagine I would have thought
"This is tobacco?" and would not have questioned the camel-dung

Now after all these years I think I can appreciate again the
simplicity and, yes, "character" of some of the Burley blends.
I tried some Prince Albert a few days ago and enjoyed it.

When I first called Craig Tarler I asked him to help me with
Burleys and he sure did. I've been testing over twenty of his
fine tobaccos (not all Burleys). Don't forget #300 Apricots &
Cream has Green River Burley. Cornell & Diehl makes some fine
Burley blends, both unflavored and flavored. Getting to know
just the right blends takes patience IMHO. I guess each man's
taste is different, and to make it more complicated, I find
that time and place and style of pipe influences the decision.

Some mixtures have become for me "confections" to be smoked
only for a change or for a particular taste. Others have
become regulars (even though not necessarily smoked every day)
such as My Mixture 965, Early Morning Pipe, Penzance, and 1Q,
to mention a few--there are others. It looks like
Cornell & Diehl's #300 Apricots & Cream and #104 Crooner are
now regulars I can grab any time for a good smoke. In the
Burley line Crooner is unique. I know nothing like it. Just
the right amount and cut of Deertongue makes this Burley
amazing to me. I like it very much.

One "confection" that took some time and work for me to
appreciate is Murray's Erinmore Flake. In the sixties when I
was working in an engineering lab where we could smoke all the
time a friend smoked this quite regularly. So I tried it and
the first bowl was a horror. But I bought a tin and found
under certain circumstances (for me) it is a delicious and
pleasant smoke. It has been with me ever since, but never as
a regular. I have found that the pipe itself can affect this.
Erinmore in a meerschaum always works for me--that is to say
when I am in a mood for it. Sometimes a particular briar
(it may be the residual tobacco flavors has something to do
with it) does not bring out the goodness of Erinmore.

Now if I may mention a mystery and hope somebody can help me
with it. I cannot understand why #531 Yale Mixture does not
appeal to me. I have no doubt it is a quality blend. I only
have a hunch. It could be that since I have smoked for so long
so many good "English" blends approaching Yale that my taste
considers Yale as uninteresting. This is no criticism of
Craig's blend--I'm sure it is good tobacco. Has anyone else
worked this out? I note that some have written that Yale is
just wonderful and is even as good or better than the old

On "confection" that is now a horror to me--I once liked it--
is Mixture No. 79. It seems too chemical-like to me now.

Something new has appeared in the tobacco world. There is a
tobacco that can be considered an aromatic, a flavored, and
an all-day. Dan's Blue Note started out for me as a "confection"
but it has a cleanness and a purity that allows me smoke it
just about any time. Honestly, I have not yet tried smoking it
all day, but it passes the two-pipes-in-a-row test. I think I
will try it all day and see what happens. By the way, Dan puts
out three tobaccos I liked right away and still find quite good:

    Blue Note
    Sweet Vanilla Honeydew
    Gordon Pym

Has anybody changed his opinion of a blend over time? Also,
has anybody come to like a blend that at first seemed bad?
If so, how come?


Ralph Proctor
Coral Gables, Florida

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From: Dan Locklair <????????????????>
Subject: RE : Marty Pulvers e-mail address

Dear Steve,

Might you have an e-mail address for Marty Pulvers?  Clicking his name
on his site yields nothing.  If you do have an address, I'd be most
appreciative to receive it.

All best wishes,

Dr. Dan Locklair
   and Professor of Music
Wake Forest University

P.O. Box 7345
Winston-Salem, NC  27109  USA

Website : http://www.wfu.edu/~locklair/

Phone : 336-758-5105
FAX   : 336-758-4935

[Sorry, I don't have a direct address for him. -S.]

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From: ????????????
Subject: interest

Hi my name is Gray,  my grandfather left me a lot of pipes, He owned a
pipe shop in the SF bay area.  Some are still in the boxes, never used,
some are still in display boxes and boards, some are dusty, most have
never been used.  Some of the brand names are VAN ROY, SWISS, OLD
FRIEND-MOTMRIST, and some other mis.  If your interested please contact
me at ????????????

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From: "Mana Guha" <?????????????????>
Subject: Field Report

Hello Steve and all:

This is an account of a visit I made to two local Pittsburgh shops
within the last three weeks.

Poor Richards (Station Square)

Has been a long time since I visited. Seems to have reduced the number
of pipes in their collection. Tobacco shelf (tinned and loose) also
seemed somewhat bare. Sales staff were more knowledgeable about cigars
than pipes and tobacco tobacco. Saw a nice Savinelli for about USD
65. Did not succumb! Noted the lack of a space to rest one's weary
feet and smoke a bowl. Atmosphere was somewhat hesitant and
hurried. All in all a disappointing visit. As address is in the
Resource Guide, I have not included it.

Jernigan's Tobacco Village
1500 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Ph.: 412-531-5881
Fax: 412-531-7708
email: ??????????????????????????
Contact: Ric Heilmann, Manager.

Found them while browsing through the phone directory. Had never heard
of them before. Called to see if they stock Mac Baren's Black
Ambrosia. They were able to order it for me. Took about 3 working
days. During my visit I met Ric. He is a soft spoken elderly gentleman
with some existing academic connections. He patiently answered my
obviously amateur questions. He turned me on to a house blend called
'Summer Breeze'. Simply excellent! As you enter the shop, to your left
there is a sitting area with a few soft leather couches and a small
bar stool set-up. Against the far wall is arrayed a number of pipes
housed in a dark wood cabinet. Savinelli, Stanwell, Petersons and
Barlings stand out as the more prominent names. Picked up a nice
Stanwell for USD 75. Love it - smokes cool! Spent sometime browsing
through their tobacco collection. Small number of tinned and pouch
tobaccos. They have about 32 house blends. Ric gave me a brochure
listing the blends - some of the descriptions follow below. I did not
venture into the Cigar room. The atmosphere is friendly and
encouraging. The smoker is encouraged to sit for a while and smoke. On
Thursday's I believe, a group of smokers congregate for a few hours in
the evening. I would encourage smokers to visit Jernigan's.

Some of their Blends:

Summer Breeze: This is a nutty flavoured blend that is a mixture of
burlet tobaccos and black cavendish, with the fruity flavour of
tropical mango. It has a cool, rich flavour and a great aroma.

Optimum: A superb blend of virginias from Zimbabwe, Malawi and
Georgia, blended with fire-cured sweet black cavendish and mild
burleys which is flavoured in pure rum and vanilla bean.

BS005: The traditional English blend, distant, royal, and noble, is an
admiringly skilled blend of pure tobaccos. Any smoker whose first love
is for the finest quality mixed together without adulteration will
fall in love with this one.

Crown Achievement: This rare, costly mixture composed if the finest
virginia, Mahalla, Dubac and mounain leaf latakia is recognized as one
of the world's outstanding smoking mixtures.

I will send some more of their descriptions via a later post. By the
way, aside from being merely a customer at both the stores, I hasten
to add that I have no financial/ vested interest in either
establishment. Also, I have taken Ric's permission to forward their
co-ordinates to you for inclusion in the Resource Guide and am
forwarding a courtesy copy of this email to him.

Lastly, I was recently skimming through the Confessions of Aleister
Crowley as edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant. In the Penguin -
Arkana edition, between the pages of 312 and 313, there are a series
of photographs. One of them depicts Crowley in a white (?) turban
smoking a large pipe. The caption under the photograph reads "...The
Arabian Alchemist: Crowley smoking his favourite mixture, perique
soaked in rum". Just thought you folks may like to know.

Till next time then....

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

Has anyone used humidors to keep their pipe tobacco from going dry? I
am thinking of maybe getting one of the cylindrical "humijars" some
cigar smokers use. It is a cylindrical glass or ceramic jar, with a
O-ring on the lid, and a Credo type disc-shaped humidification device
attached to the inside of the lid. Does anyone know of a good source
to get one of these? Most importantly, do they work, and keep the
tobacco from going dry? Thanks in advance.  Sid

[A lot of people use humidors, which range in construction from
Tupperware containers to multi-zillion-dollar climate controlled
vaults with anti-missile systems (i.e., missiles which target any
antismokers attempting illicit entry. :-) -S.]

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


I have a brand new pipe that has not been smoked, #5 grain, a billiard
with a very slightly bent shape. Comes with the original box, chamois
bag, plastic bag with the balsa inserts. Need to sell because I have
too many other pipes, and as a poor grad student, i need the
money. Asking price $350.00, I will pay S&H. It is a beautiful pipe
and I hate to have to sell it. Pl. e-mail me if you are
interested. thanks,

            Sid Sharma

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From: "Robert A. Uhl" <????????????????>
Subject: Denver Tobacco

Well, I have returned to Denver, Colo. after four years of college in
Texas.  While I will def. miss Texas and Texans, I shall not miss the
heat.  On Saturday the radio announcer mentioned that the forecast was
90 and added that this was a good thing 'cause he needed not wear long
sleeves to the marathon on Monday.  Only in Colorado would someone be
glad of a 90 degree forecast for a marathon!

The only tobacconist's in Sherman, Tx. (about an hour north of Dallas),
Tobacco Isle, was not the greatest.  The fellow there was very nice, but
his focus was on cigars.  Indeed, if cigars were your thing he was
superb.  But his pipes tended to be either cheap filter models or
over-priced nice pipes (a student just cannot afford $200 for a pipe!),
and his tobaccos were bulk aromatics.  Nice enough if that was your
thing, but I am afraid that I prefer English blends.  I ended up
ordering direct from Cornell & Diehl, who are BTW an excellent bunch.
Check out their site at http://www.cornellanddiehl.com/

But fortunately I am back in Denver.  If you live in the Denver area I
_strongly_ recommend that you visit Edward's on Broadway.  These guys
really know their stuff.  I was pleasantly surprised to find in December
that they had expanded and remodeled the store.  There is a _huge_
selection of tinned tobaccos, as well as all the bulk blends one could
wish for.  They have pipes & accessories for every price range, as well
as cigars and cigarettes for those who like them.  I am not affiliated,
except as a pleased customer.  I have found the service and prices to be

Robert Uhl

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From: "John Biberdorf" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Questions????

Hi Steve...Greetings from the great white north!

After having read the Pipe Digest for over a year now, I thought it
was about time to introduce myself and to throw out a number of
questions to your readership.

I am a 55 year old psychologist (don't all psychologists smoke pipes?)
who lives and works in the over-taxed country of Canada where good
pipe tobacco ( e.g.. Dunhill 965) costs over $82.00 for 400 grams (
there are 454 grams to a pound).  Compounding the problem is that I
live in a city ( Winnipeg ) which has but one pipe shop and they don't
even stock my favorite pipe ( Upshalls ).

Now before everyone starts e-mailing me about the wonders of the
internet and how I can purchase both tobacco and pipes over the net,
let me just say that I've been there, done that.  What with our
exchange rate ( currently I get 66 cents for every one of my Canadian
dollars ) and the exorbitant duties charged by Canada Customs, there
is little, if any, savings to be had by purchasing online.

Regardless of all the above problems ( is it no wonder I smoke a pipe
), I have been able to collect over 200 pipes in my 30 plus years of
pipe smoking.  Most of these pipes are the traditional ones such as
Dunhill, Peterson, Charatan and, of course, Upshall.  However, I have
a goodly number of pipes which I have acquired over the years which I
know little, if anything, about and it is for this reason that I write
this missive.  Has anyone out there heard/know of any of the following

    1. "Age" - a beautiful, straight grain om paul made in London;

    2."Harcourt" - a gorgeous straight grain free-hand whose twin I
      swear i saw in a Dunhill catalogue many years ago;

    3."majestic" - a nice sandblast billiard I bought in Helsinki years ago;

    4." Rathos" - a full bent billiard also bought in Helsinki;

    5."Civic" - a unique briar pipe in the same shape as a clay
      churchwarden with that little bump on the bottom;

    6. "Breeden's Own" - a squat bulldog given to me during my
       undergraduate years.

As well, does anyone reading this have an old Charatan chart which
identifies the specific order of their various grades of pipes -
e.g.. Special, Distinction, Belvedere. Executive, Supreme,etc.?  Can
anyone help me date a very old GBD bulldog with what appears to me to
be a genuine amber stem?  Finally, how are Peterson pipes dated - I
assume that pre-republic pipes are older but when did the changeover
take place?

Hopefully, someone out there in the ether of the internet has some of
the answers for me and I would greatly appreciate it if they could
respond directly to me at ??????????????????????? .

In closing, I'll leave you with the words from the famous (or
infamous) Trischmann"s Paradox - " A pipe gives a wise man time to
think and a fool something to stick in his mouth".  Judging by the
volume of my above questions, the latter is more applicable to me!
Smoke in peace and keep up the good work.  JOHN PS.Hope this is the
right format and address!!!

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From: "Scott Camac" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Latakia- what is the best?

SunflowerI have always been an aromatic fan but with all this talk of
Latakia and English blends I thought I'd better give it a go. I bought some
Frog Morton
WOW what a taste- I mean I can taste the flavour. I don't think I'd ever
actually tasted the flavour of tobacco before now. The aroma of the tin is
strong but seductive and the smoke in the air is nice, but the flavour!!!.
Okay now you English and Latakia fans. What is best. I'm keen to stick with
Frog Morton. Any suggestions?
Thanks - Scott

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From: Maurizio Tombari <????????????????>
Subject: Le Nuvole pipe contest

Today June 9 Chet Gottfried and Craig McLeod, the winners of 'Le
Nuvole' pipe contest (started six monyhs ago on my site, have received
their brand new pipes, unique pieces projected by Chet and carved by

(Hope they will like it and most of all they will enjoy to smoke the
'ideal pipe'!!)  If you'd like to see the project and the 'real' pipe,
go to http://www.pipe.it/pipe_winner.htm

And also:

from today the pipe projected by Chet, is on sale on " Le Nuvole"
catalogue on : http://www.pipe.it/pipa8_gb.htm

Mellow puff and dry ashes       Maurizio Tombari


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: More on Cheery Blends

Dear Steve,

It's been some time since I've contributed something to the digest, although 
I have been enjoying each and every one for years now.  I feel, however, that 
I must give my personal answer to the thought-provoking letter by T, M. 
Jaques concerning the perception among non-pipe smokers that every tobacco is 
some sort of cherry blend.

First, you must realize two things: In any random grouping of the public at 
large, the following rule will apply: "Out of every 100 people present, 99 
will be total asses and the other is suspect."  Second with this rule in full 
force, you will find that all people (even those suspect) have this 
inexplicable urge to flap their gums at the slightest provocation, whether or 
not ( almost 100% of the time not) they have something intelligent to say.  
Like Pavlovian dogs, the sight of someone smoking a pipe,  provokes a stupid 
comment, generaly along the lines Mr. Jaques reported; i.e., "Is that some 
sort of cherry tobacco?"  

Understand that the actual aroma eminating from the pipe counts for nothing 
at all, nada, nil, zilch. You could be smoking the finest English blend, 
Half&Half, Kentucky Club or even Ivanhoe (do they still make that?).  In fact 
you could even have lit pencil shavings in your pipe.  The response will be 
the same. That is because this response is not at all aroma-based; it is 
strictly visual:
 Observed Pipe + Observed stream of smoke coming from pipe = Stupid Remark.  

And for some strange reason, the public at large seems to think that all  
pipe smoke is cherry scented.  Why this is, I have no idea.  Perhaps it's 
similar to their reaction to acting.  Mention "acting" and they will 
immediately put their index finger in the air, strike some stupid pose that I 
suppose they think is theatrical, and say: "To be or not to be, that is the 
question"  Of course, they will know neither the source of the quote 
(Shakespeare's "Hamlet") or the rest of the speech (much to long to include 
here,  but do read the entire play on your own, if you haven't already).  
Again, this is purely Pavlovian; it has no basis in rationality. 

So, be of good cheer, Mr. Jaques.  All pipe smoke does *not* smell like 
cherry blend.  And never fear; pipe smokers can make all the required 
distinctions among the aromas of various blends.  Non-pipe smokers don't 
really smell cherry or anything else in the smoke.   Also, they do not ask 
you if your tobacco is a cherry blend because they really care one way or the 
other.  They are just, as mentioned above, merely flapping their gums without 
rhyme or reason.

I hope this proves some comfort.  Smoke in peace.

Frank V. Priore 

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From: "spic" <???????????>
Subject: Yet another introduction

I joined the digest with PD#266, but have only just finished reading all 269
issues.  Wow what a ride!  I had to laugh when I read the comment from some
years back, " I heard on N.P.R. that the internet may soon have
advertisements.  I hope not..."  Thanks for the great job on the Digest and
website Steves!
On to business:  My first experience with smoking was a pack of Newports 10
years ago at 17 yo.  They were handing them out at a street festival outside
of my workplace here in San Antonio (you could still do that back then), and
someone had forgotten them at my workstation.  I don't think they made an
impression, but I had made the decision at 18 to become a smoker.  For
several years, I tried different cigarettes, setting limits for myself as I
wanted smoking to be a habit, not an addiction.  First it was no more than 3
cigs any one day, then no more than 1 every three days, then no more than 5
packs a year.  You see, not only did I not get addicted, I had to remind
myself to partake of tobacco!  I found it pleasurable, but didn't really
find a cigarette or cigar that interested me enough to smoke on a regular
basis.  I know much has been said about the addictive quality of cigarettes,
but I just couldn't seem to develop the habit.
For several years, I switched brands and types, trying to discover "my
brand."  Once, I went an entire semester without smoking because I simply
forgot I was supposed to be a smoker!  I finally ended up trying Kite brand
roll-your-own cigs.  Then, one day I came across a pouch of King Edward's
Cherry Vanilla Pipe tobacco.  "I like cherry and I like vanilla," I thought,
so I bought a pouch...and used it to roll pipe tobacco cigarettes!  I liked
it, and this went on for about a year.  Well, I never did get the hang of
rolling good looking cigs, until one day I finally realized-hey, I like pipe
tobacco-why not buy-A PIPE?  It was a cheapo no name pipe and boy was I
dissapointed when the same tobac didn't taste nearly as good in the pipe. 
Well, I stuck with it, it got better, and when I was able to educate myself
with the great resources of the web, I finally graduated to pipe collector.
Now I enjoy straight virginias and navy flakes, and am attempting to build a
formidable collection of straight, smooth, tapered stem billiards (40 so
Well, I have plenty of questions, but this post is plenty long already. 
Thanks everyone.
P.S.  This need not be included with my already long message:
 I notice that most San Antonio pipe shops, which I thought had been
introduced to the Resource Guide don't seem to be there.  Here they are:
The Humidor (Main Store)
6900 San Pedro
(210) 824-1209
The Humidor (Mall Outlet)
112 North Star Mall
#? N.W. Loop 410
(this is one mile north of the main store on San Pedro at Loop 410)
(210) 308-8545
The Humidor (Downtown Menger Hotel)
(210) 472-2875
Club Humidor 
Alamo Quarry Market
(210) 828-1261
Club Humidor
Huebner Oaks Shopping Center
(210) 558-7700

[Generally, in the case of chains, I prefer to just list one per
metropolitan area, so I'll put the main store in the Guide. Thanks,

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


      I've been looking casually lately for a cherrywood pipe. I've
      only seen pictures of them a couple of times and i find them
      very interesting. Do you or any other brothers of the briar know
      where i could purchase one? Thanks and keep up the good work!

Smoke in peace,

Jeff Carroll
Cincinnati, Oh (Go Reds!)

[Ropp makes, or made, cherrywood pipes. Unfortunately, I have no
contact information for them. -S.]

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

Dear Steve and all Friends in Briar,

   In the spring issue of "Pipes and Tobaccos" magazine a fine fellow
named Chuch Stantion posted a rather moving editorial. The essance of
the thing was regarding the lack of pipe smokers in popular media. For
all intents and purposes, Mister Stantion was sadly on the mark. Gone
yet still in memory are the glory days when the pipe was part of the
idiom of almost all men: from father behind his newspaper resplendent
with straight billiard, or respected and much loved grandfather with
his aincent and well used meerschaum. No more though. Now to smoke is
to imbide in the essance of pure evil and to gamble ones very soul, to
most at least. Those whom do still have the gumption to light up are
most often seen sporting the inscedious cigarette. The pipe is a
quaint curiossity and often a point of ridicule in our modern
world. As a result, where we pipe smokers once counted a good many
celebraties among our ranks there now seem none. Old Bing, Clark
Gable, Irving Wallace, and many others have passed on. A greater point
of chigrain is to be found it that those persons of hnote still among
the living whom were known to imbide in the pipe have seem to have
left it all behind.  Aaron Spelling, tellavision producer, once rarely
seen without a pipe is now never seen with one. It occurs to me that
it has been some time seince I last saw the vernerable Hugh Heffner
with his trade mark briar. Lord, no. Heff sans pipe?  My query to you
Steve and other brothers of the bowl and stem is this. Whom are the
remaining celebraties whom still dare to be seen with a pipe. Names
and smoking habbits and any other information is welcome. Anything to
assure me that some of the last remaining titans are pulling for me in
some way.

Smoke in peace,

T.M. Jaques

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From: Hugh Getzenberg <????????????????????>

Although I'm not yet on the internet (believe it or not), I've just seen
your Website and am impressed.  Therefore, I have decided to list it in
the Pipesmoker's Sourcebook chapter of my new book, Pipesmoking - A 21st
Century Guide.It should be published by September.  Unlike my other
books, this will be a softcover, with color and black & white photos,
and will sell for $17.95. That way, I am hoping to attract more people
into our hobby.  The book will cover all of the nuances of pipesmoking
(as opposed to pipe collecting and other esoterica).  I think listing
your Website in this book will be a plus for the hobby.  Keep up the
good work and,

Happy Smoking,

Richard Carleton Hacker

[Mr. Hacker, thanks very much for your letter.  We'll be awaiting your
book. Smoke in peace, ~\U S.]

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From: "Theresa Taylor" <???????????????>
Subject: Submission and question


I subscribed to the e-mail digest in May, and I have not gotten any so
far.  I received your e-mail confirming it, and was just wondering if
I "got lost" somewhere.

I do have a submission to the digest:

For the longest time, to really make my pipes shine with that new
look, I have had to send them to a buffer, which took a wek or more.
The owner of the local pipe shop gave me a pretty good tip, so I
thought I waould pass it on.

He told me to use Carmex on the bowl and stem.  I thought about it,
and tried it on a cheap pipe, and it really works great.  Simply rub
the carmex on with a finger, let sit for about 3 to 5 minutes, and
wipe off!  It makes my pipes look great!

Good smoking!

Kevin Taylor

[Sorry for the long lapse between issues. I've verified that you are
indeed subscribed. -S.]

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

I hope you don't mind making a quick post from this page.  I'm
emailing this from my stepson's AOL account.  The hotmail account is
probably the best way for anyone who wishes to get ahold of me.

I am a 37 year old engineer from Wichita Kansas who started smoking
pipes a little over a year ago.  I had thought about taking up the
pipe while a sophmore in college, but my mother's a serious anti, and
I hadn't had the nerve to try intill I read Jeffers "The Perfect Pipe"
last April.  After thinking about it for a week or so, I bought a
corncob and some Lane's 1Q and gave it a go.  I've tried experimenting
with several different pipes and tobaccos.  I am currently at a stage
where I'm sorting my rough likes and dislikes.  I learned early on
that I don't care for Doctor Grabows.  I am starting to overcome my
problems of hot smoking and tongue bite, but the Doctor Grabows still
seem to smoke hotter than the pipes purchased from my tobacconist's
barrels.  I have a Peterson System pipe, a 307, that is a wonderful
smoker but is so nice that I'm afraid to leave the house with it.  I
have found that cheap ($20-30) pipes from my tobacconist provide a
nice smoke, for when I am away !  from home.

I have tried several of the Lanes tobaccos available at my local
tobacconist, but find that I prefer Captain Black Gold to any that I
have tried.  I am also trying the mildest English mixture (007) that
the local shop has.  Its ok, but I don't understand why so many in the
digest make such a fuss over English mixtures.  The stronger English
mixtures that I've tried are too peppery for my taste.

If anybody needs any further evidence that I am not quite couth, I
light my pipes with either a Zippo or paper matches.

Thanks for creating this news group and the pipes web page!!!  I
really appreciate all the information that I've recieved from here,
even if I don't always apply it.

John E. Martin

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From: "B Irvin" <??????????????????????>


[List of specials deleted due to length -- please check the web site
below if you're interested. -S.]

Visit my internet web location: http://members.tripod.com/ben-irvin

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From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Curious


At 06:02 PM 6/14/00 -0400, you wrote:
>I absolutely love your site.


> From the beginning, let me tell you, I
>recently had to quit using tobacco due to some surgical procedures I
>have to go thru(which are not tobacco related BTW). BUT AH, the
>How may I join your list, I used to do a lot of reproduction carvings of
>pre-Columbian Southeastern Pipes.

         i'm cc'ing Steve Masticola, who will add you to the Pipes Digest 
mailing list...

>I did this for The GA Humanities
>Council for a traveling exhibit (Of Father Sky and Mother Earth) which
>as far as I know is still traveling.
>These Pipes ( which include Tube Type, Platform, Stemmed, Platform
>Effigy, etc.) would be a marvelous addition to any collection. Please
>e-mail me with what you think. I'd be happy to peg or Gif some pictures
>to send you if you'd like. I'll be having a lot of recuperation time and
>would really like to carve some more.

         if you'd like, i take contributions for the opening picture of the 
site.  they are posted there for one month.  feel free to send  favorite of 
yours, along with the story behind it.  thanks!

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

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From: [Address invalid -- sorry! -S.]
Subject: posting from pipes page

I am interested in making my own corncob pipe.  I would like to find a
place where i could find how to's and maybe some supplies...or what
kind of corn they get the cob from.  how long you dry it how to cure
it and so on.  I do like corncobs. Although I like my briars and
meerschaums but, I also really enjoy smoking my corn cob pipes.  It
seems kind of traditional being from the midwest.

Keep on puffin'

[The proper technique for making a corncob is described in the Quote
of the Week.  Best practiced in the summer season, while playing
pirates on a small island in the middle of the Mississippi River. -S.]

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Quote of the Week:

  "The Red-Handed made no response, being better employed. He had
  finished gouging out a cob, and now he fitted a weed stem to it,
  loaded it with tobacco, and was pressing a coal to the charge and
  blowing a cloud of fragrant smoke -- he was in the full bloom of
  luxurious contentment. The other pirates envied him this majestic
  vice, and secretly resolved to acquire it shortly."

			      - Mark Twain
			      _The Adventures of Tom Sawyer_

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000
  2. Subject: PIPE?
  3. Subject: posting from pipes page
  4. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
  5. Subject: Old Pueblo Pipe Club Tucson, Az Pipe Show
  6. Subject: August 26 NASPC Show
  7. Subject: John Hudson Moore & Other Stuff
  8. Subject: Pipe carving
  9. Subject: Greater Kansas City Pipe Club
  10. Subject: Re: PD 269 and announcement for Greater Kansas City Pipe Club
  11. Subject: Cornell & Diehl's #043 Bag Piper
  12. Subject: Submission for next Pipes Digest
  13. Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
  14. Subject: posting from pipes page
  15. Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
  16. Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
  17. Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
  18. Subject: posting from pipes page
  19. Subject: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
  20. Subject: posting from pipes page
  21. Subject: Finer things etc
  22. Subject: Pipes, not often enough
  23. Subject: posting from pipes page
  24. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #269 -- May 11, 2000
  25. Subject: Point of interest.
  26. Subject: posting from pipes page
  27. Subject: posting from pipes page
  28. Subject: posting from pipes page
  29. Subject: For Pipes Digest
  30. Subject: Life
  31. Subject: For the Digest.
  32. Subject: pipe digest
  33. Subject: My Second Captain Black Pipe
  34. Subject: posting from pipes page
  35. Subject: On Tobaccos and How Things Change
  36. Subject: RE : Marty Pulvers e-mail address
  37. Subject: interest
  38. Subject: Field Report
  39. Subject: posting from pipes page
  40. Subject: posting from pipes page
  41. Subject: Denver Tobacco
  42. Subject: Questions????
  43. Subject: Latakia- what is the best?
  44. Subject: Le Nuvole pipe contest
  45. Subject: More on Cheery Blends
  46. Subject: Yet another introduction
  47. Subject: posting from pipes page
  48. Subject: posting from pipes page
  50. Subject: Submission and question
  51. Subject: posting from pipes page
  53. Subject: Re: Curious
  54. Subject: posting from pipes page
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