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Subject: Pipes Digest #271 -- September 6, 2000

		Pipes Digest #271 -- September 6, 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: 3712

Welcome to new members:

	Bob Currie
	Jonathan McMahon
	Ken Edelston
	Bosko Milin
	Gary Mcgann
	Colin Snook
	Martin Reid Quinton
	Janne Hansen-Haug
	Sami Suihkonen
	Edward Breliant
	Mike Kidd
	Paul Frommeyer
	James Keefer
	Chris Newnan
	Mike Bayer
	Dean Cox
	Nuno A. Fialho
	Brien Croteau
	Jon S. Cone
	Thomas A. Hendricks
	Nick Bird
	Richard Engel
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	Gary M. Rogan
	Theodore Weis
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	Chris Brendemuhl
	Aleksandr Cjun
	Mark Dalton
	Arthur C. Henninger
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	Terry Lee Threadgill
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	John L. Royal
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	Richard Hall
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	Robert Blair
	Charles Funn
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From: Sheldon Osborne
Subject: In Memorial:  Ray Blanton


I regret to tell you that Ray Blanton, president of the Old Pueblo Pipe Club
passed away last night 7-28-00 at about 8:30 PM in Phoenix.

Ray was staying at his daughter's house.  He was there for a pipe show at Ye
Olde Tobacco Shoppe which had pipe carvers from Italy, makers of Pipa Croci.
He even made a purchase of a pipe while schmoozing with the carvers from Italy.
There was no indication that he was acutely ill and he was enjoying himself
thoroughly.  Although we all knew he was chronically ill, Ray did his best to
enjoy life with the help of his loving wife, Sue and support of his children.

Despite his illness, Ray was a kind and generous, thoughtful person. He served
his country, loved his family and friends, a real mensch.  Keep Suzi, his wife
and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Services are pending.

  Mrs. Suzi Blanton & Family 
  9940 E. Mary Drive 
  Tucson AZ 85710

  Sheldon Osborne 
  Secretary Treasurer, OPPC 

[Sad news. -S.]

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From: "Elliott C. Evans" <[email protected]>
Subject: Pipes Digest Lighters

Greetings Steve!

It's been a few years, so I was thinking that maybe it's time to reprint
the Pipes Digest custom imprinted Zippo pipe lighters. I imagine they'd
cost around $20 apiece and probably use the same design as last time
unless somebody has a better idea.

Anyone who's interested should send email to me at this address, and if
I receive enough replies I will gte in touch with the imprinter and get
a quote for prices.

Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans                    [email protected]

Sorry for any delay in this message, I have been busy or away
for the past three weeks.

[Take my word for it, the lighters are great! Thanks, Eeyore! -S.]

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From: "Jack Tompkins" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re Digest #270 and OPPC Pipe Show

Hi Steve,

The pipe show is for June 23rd 2001, I guess I didn't put it in the message
because it was in the attached flyer, but you got the digest out before the
show. :-)

Anyways thanks for the mention.


[Plan well in advance... :-) -S.]

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000


Congratulations (in advance) on passing through the 4000 person point
in circulation of PD.  It shows your great labor of love, and Jean's
tolerance of your time editing the Digest.

Smoke in peace, John

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[Sorry to disappoint yu, John, but it hasn't happened yet.  We're down to 3712
this issue -- happens that way sometimes, but it bounces back in time too. -S.]

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From: Joshua Sasmor <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000

Dear Steve -

     How wonderful to open us a digest on a dreary rainy day in Pittsburgh.  I
was quite happy to see a letter from Mr. Hacker in the digest, and thrilled
that he will be offering us another book soon.  I found two items to reply to
in the last digest:

     1.  Alan Schwanitz said that he had a wonderful bowl after dropping his
pipe, and having the whole "plug" of tobacco shift in the bowl.  I have found
the same thing, but I don't like to drop my pipes any more than the next
smoker.  So when I notice that the draw on my pipe is tight, I simply cover the
bowl with the palm of one hand and bounce the bottom of the bowl firmly against
the heel of my other hand.  This loosens the entire bowl up, and I usually
don't have to repack or relight.  It's also much nicer on the finish. :)

     2.  Mana Guha reported on a trip to my home town of Pittsburgh, and
mentioned two of the larger shops in the area.  He expressed some displeasure
with the amount of pipe vs. cigar material at Poor Richards in Station Square.
I have found that store to cater to the upscale crowd and that has resulted in
the larger stock of cigars.  If he(she?) wishes to find a more pipe oriented
store, I would try Continental Smoke Shop in the Squirrel Hill section of town.
Also, Bloom's Cigars in the South Side has a large tinned tobacco stock at
reasonable retail prices, but they don't carry too many pipes.  While I enjoyed
the descriptions of the "house blends" at Jernigan's in the Galleria, please be
advised that most of their stock is simply Lane blends under house names.

     In the meantime, I am working on my thesis and relaxing by trying to
re-learn how to play golf.  Does anyone have a reliable source for those little
snap-on windscreens to go on my pipe?  I've never bought a pipe with a windcap
and I'd hate to spend four or so hours out doors walikng a golf course without
a pipe.  My grandfather taught me both of these hobbies and I think of him
every time I do either one.

Thanks to every one,
Joshua C. Sasmor
Joshua C. Sasmor - Pipe-smoker, teacher and mathematician
Home page: http://www.math.pitt.edu/~jcsst18/
Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.
                                   - BERTRAND RUSSELL

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From: "Terry Lucas" <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000

Hello everyone,
I just joined, is there a smokers club or a pipe smokers club in the UK does
anyone know?
Thanks everyone who replies..........................Terry Lucas

[There are several -- check the Resource Guide and club listings on
http://www.pipes.org. -S.]

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From: "diomed" <??????????????????>
Subject: reply 

Dear Steve,

Thanks for mailing me the latest issue of Pipes Digest. I've read several back
issues on the Pipes Web Page and found some of the contributions really
interesting so decided to add one of my own.

I've been smoking a pipe for about 7 years now after being completely new to
smoking when I started. I think of it more as a hobby and don't smoke every
day, but I prefer it that way.

Two of my favourite pipes come from Frederick Tranter of Bath, Avon, UK, which
I have always found to be an excellent mail-order supplier. One of the pipes is
a straight Apple from their Pulteney range and the other is a sandblasted
Canadian from their Cotswold range. They are both fairly inexpensive pipes but
this company always gives good value. They also sell tobacco by mail order but
this seems to be restricted to their own in-house blends: two I'd recommend,
however, are "Persimmons" and "Comfort of Bath".

As I had never been used to smoking I thought I should try really mild blends
to start out with but this was a mistake and even as a new smoker I got on much
better with medium strength or those which verged that way. It may have been my
inexperience but I found the milder blends too hot (I used to suffer terribly
from tongue bite) and the procedure of smoking fresh air rather pointless.
However I persevered and 7 years on I find it was worth the trouble!  Without
wishing to get on a soapbox I think pipe smoking is a skill which, in taking
time to develop, is one thing which goes against the modern attitude of
everything being available instantly and I feel that patience and practising
something is dying out these days.

In England it can be quite hard to find good tobaccos if you don't live near a
specialist tobacconist. Most other retailers don't care what they're selling
and concentrate almost exclusively on cigarettes and cheap cigars. The odd box
of pipe tobacco gathers dust for years until a hapless person like me turns
up. It's almost always Condor (which I know is very popular but I can't get on
with it) or St. Bruno (which I enjoy occasionally but it's rather heavy and I
have to feel in the right mood). My favourite tobacco which is found at all
frequently is probably Erinmore Mixture, but even that can be quite elusive.

I keep a little notebook in which I rate the tobaccos I have tried, scoring
them with marks out of 10. The lowest is Clan (0 out of 10) and the highest, at
10 out of 10, is a Black Cavendish-based blend called Optimum but this is a
loose tobacco and not often met with. Do other readers keep such a list? What
are your favourites?

I've also become interested in looking round antique and collectors' fairs for
what I believe are called "estate" pipes in the US - not necessarily to smoke
them, but I like the shapes and characteristics. There isn't a big estate pipe
scene in the UK to my knowledge. Most of the ones you see are fairly tatty and
not worth buying, but I found a nice Parker-Hardcastle bent Rhodesian once
which was usable once I'd cleaned it (I use the method of filling the bowl with
rock salt and a few drops of alcohol - leaving it for a day or two - it's
amazing what gunk this removes). Then I clean the stem with Pypure (isopropyl
alcohol sold for this purpose) and pipe cleaners.

Sometimes I find other tobacco-related items, most memorably an object that was
like a tiny iron mallet set in a brass handle. On one side of the price tag the
vendor was describing it as a "mouse killer"! This was a joke and he explained
it was a tobacco press, but like me he wasn't sure at what stage of the
manufacture it was used! He sold it to me for about =A37 anyway which didn't
break the bank.

I'm slowly collecting a set of very interesting cigarette cards issued by
Churchman's in (I think) the early 1930s, called "Pipes of the World". Antique
pipes are an absorbing subject and come in all shapes and sizes. I think this
is part of the appeal of pipe smoking (for me, anyway), the historical aspects
of the hobby and the general things you can learn, such as the different shapes
of pipes and so on. Perhaps I'm just an eccentric English person!

Incidentally Churchman's also issued sets of cards entitled "Curious Signs"
and, of all things, "Interesting Door Knockers"! (Just thought you'd like to
know that). Actually as England is such a historic nation (boast) they had
ample material for 25 cards in each set.  I'm sure I must have bored you enough
by now so I shall stop here and simply wish you all the best.

Yours sincerely,


[The estate pipe market in the UK is a good opportunity for someone -- perhaps
an opportunity to lose one's shirt! Seriously, though, why not, with decent
modern briar getting harder and harder to find? -S.]

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From: "John Martin" <????????????????????>
Subject: Trip to Vietnam

Fellow Pipists,

Last month I traveled with Marie, My S.O., to Vietnam for two weeks of R & 
R.  It was an enjoyable and Informative trip, even if I did suffer a few 
minor pipe related casualties.

While I was traveling through LAX on my way to Vietnam, the airport security 
people mistook my pipe nail for a weapon.  I realize that bureaucrats can't 
be too careful these days, but if I was going to defend myself or (heaven 
forbid) attack someone, I would probably want something more intimidating 
than a flattened nail.

We spent most of our time visiting with Marie's nephew Hung and his wife Hoa 
in Saigon.  Hung is an occasional cigarette smoker and he couldn't resist 
the urge to try my pipe.  I tried to help out, but since my Vietnamese is as 
poor as his English, I'm afraid that Hung suffered from serious tounge bite 
for his troubles.  I'm afraid that our language barrier caused my Zippo pipe 
lighter to become fouled.  We were at a cafe and my Zippo wouldn't light.  
Hung tried to rectify the situation by siphoning gasoline from his motorbike 
into my lighter using a pipe cleaner.  Those who think that the naptha in 
lighter fuel has unpleasant effects on the taste of one's pipe should try a 
lighter that has been fouled by gasoline, yuck!!!  Fortunately, a temporary 
replacement could be purchased for about $.15 USA.  Shortly after this, the 
cheap thickwall briar that I use to smoke Captain Black came to grief in a 
cleaning accident.  I was reinserting the stem when the shank split making 
the pipe unuseable for anything but sitting on Hung's mantle as a souveneer. 
  As a result, I was reduced to smoking english tobacco for the remainder of 
the visit :^(.  Thankfully, english isn't that bad if surved with a 
pineapple shake.

While I was out & about I kept an eye peeled for any signs of pipedom in 
Vietnam.  I didn't find much as Vietnam's smoking culture is cigarette 
based.  During my shopping trips, I found a few drugstore briars that seemed 
to predate the fall of Saigon in '75 but saw no evidence of loose tobacco to 
smoke in them.  I ran into an old pipe that had a bamboo stem with a brass 
mouthpiece and a small brass bowl.  It looked like an ancient Japanese pipe 
that was designed to smoke balls of finely shreaded tobacco.  The souveneer 
shops had what looked like replicas of some sort of ancient horn pipe that 
may or may not have been useable.  Several shops also carried small white 
plastic pipes that I assumed were hash pipes.  A sales woman at one of these 
shops explained that these were actually pipe shaped cigarette holders.  The 
cigarette was supposed to be placed vertically in the bowl.

After I returned home, I stopped at the local tobacconist to pick up a 
replacement for my busted thickwall.  The clerk was interested in Asian 
culture and informed me that he has had several Vietnamese Americans 
purchase pipes at the shop to send to relatives in Vietnam.  Maybe there is 
loose tobacco there after all.

Coffee Hard!

John E. Martin

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[Thanks for the trip report, John! -S.]

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Dr Beaty's idea

Steves, John, Bill, Ray,



Steve B is right, there is a need for this kind of organization.  The
blessing is there is an infrastructure in place, complete with Board of
Directors and publication in place.

Smoke in peace, John
Member NASPC
Web-worker, Greater Kansas City Pipe Club
John-in-KC on #pipes

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[This discussion was interesting enough that I'm reprinting it here.  Hope no
one minds. -S.]

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From: william unger <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Dr Beaty's idea

Thanks for the vote of confidence, John, but I'm just a lowly editor.
These guys are talking heavy-duty lobbying, etc.  Be nice if someone did
it, though.

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From: John Tolle <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Dr Beaty's idea

I agree with Bill on this one-with respect to lobbying etc. Yes, we have
anational organization, but it is not into lobbying and I for one
(respectfully) am not interested in doing so. NASPC serves its members
well, in both my opinion and I believe most members opinion in publishing
its newsletter and putting on one national (great!) show in Columbus Ohio
(this August 26). In other words, we have decided to concentrate on doing
what we do best -these two things- and doing them well. I really believe
this pays off for everyone. This is another reason why we do not and plan
not to have meetings as a "club"-we are a society of pipe collectors and
smokers. Having said all this, thanks very much for the vote of
confidence! And keep up the good and useful Pipes Digest!

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From: "Ian J. L. Adkins" <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: PIPE?

Hi, Steve:

I've long given thought to a public awareness and lobbying group for
pipesmokers.  I rather do like the concept as outlined by Dr. Beaty, though as
must as I like clever acronyms, I think the name ought to be something a little
more conventional, e.g., American Association of Pipe Smokers (or if you're
longer-winded than I, maybe International Association for the Advancement of
Public Awareness in Pipe Smoking), or the like.  Whatever the name, I offer up
my services as a graphic artist to the cause.

We ought to get cracking!  The other day I saw an ad on TV (which is bad for
you, by-the-by) in which Philip-Morris gave what amounted to a public apology
and listed all the reparations it was making in a $200+ billion lawsuit
settlement.  As much as I despise cigarettes, this alarms me.  Can
manufacturers of pipe tobacco be next?  The public doesn't seem to
differentiate in their minds the various forms of tobacco use nor that
cigarette tobacco is prepared in a more dubious fashion than the stuff of our
avocation.  To quote Burns, now's the day and now's the hour!


Ian J. L. Adkins
Creative Director, Blackmill Networks Ltd.

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From: william unger <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Dr Beaty's idea

Thanks for the vote of confidence, John, but I'm just a lowly editor.
These guys are talking heavy-duty lobbying, etc.  Be nice if someone did
it, though.

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

Hi Pipesters!  Just a short travel update.  Aborad the Queen Elizabeth 2 pipe
smoking was allowed in the Chart Room and a few other places on board(Obviously
the open decks work well too!).  My next trip on the American Orient Express
has "no smoking" on train except between coaches.  Guess where me and my pipe
will be enjoying the American sights on the trans-continental trip!  Bob

[You'll see more that way to! -S.]

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From: "Dante Cannarozzi" <????????????????>
Subject: Dating a Dunhill

Hi Steve,

I just purchased a new Dunhill on Ebay and I need some help from
you or the other members on dating this pipe. It is marked as follows:

             520 N
             Dunhill Shell
             Made in England 16

Thanks for your help !


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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000

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

>What is it about pipesmoking that energizes me and sharpens my mind?
>Have any of your subscribers had similar experiences.

Paul -

it's pure imagination - but we all have the same syndrome,-)


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

>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 -

Smoked McBarens mixture for many years when its taste turned bad to me.
On a business trip I asked a dealer and got the usual stupid answer:
Our best seller, never complaints ...
Then my regular dealer at home surprised me: Don't you know they mix
synthetics into it?
Of course i had heard about the Reynolds patent but i had linked it to
cigarettes only. Anyway I switched to English type blends.
Since 5 years I mix Virginia Ribbon cut (5 mm) with Latakia Cyprus 3:1
and like it.

From: ???????????????
Subject: More on Cheery Blends

Frank -

>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?"

In Germany they used to state: Aah - plums aroma!

Regards from Portugal


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From: [No address given. -S.]
Subject: posting from pipes page

This whole aromatic vs. English blends debate is really a silly exercise. I
personaly smoke both, however, it's aromatics that I smoke most frequently. I
happen to enjoy 'Classic' American blends by Sutliffe and John Middleton. These
blends have a bad reputaion because they are considered 'Drugstore' blends but
if you get them in the 24oz. tin rather than the small pouches sold in
drugstores you will experience just how much better they taste, and are much
easier to keep moist. Carter Hall is not so great in a pouch but buy it in bulk
(24oz tin)and it's delicious. I think tins, which their really not anymore,
(plastic containers) but they're still referred to as 'tins' by the industry,
are just naturaly better for storing tobacco. As for my English blend of choice
I smoke John Middleton's 'Walnut' which is an old old blend and possibly the
last of Middleton's once venerable and once quite extensive line to use
latakia. I would call it a mild English and there are times when latakia truly
hits the spot. I agree that there are many over cased and grotesquely sweet
aromatics on the market ( apple pie blend, cookies'n'cream blend ) so I stick
to lighly cased aromatics which still retain a good tobacco flavor while
pleasing those around me. The best for this ,I think, is Carter Hall by
Middleton, and Edward G. Robinson blend by Sutliffe. It seems like Edward
G. Robinson blend has only recently reappeared on the market. It's GOOD
stuff!!!!! try and get some in the 24 oz tin of course. As for the debate
between the two kinds of pipe tobacco all I have to say to you English blend
devotees who so often scoff at the aromatics is have you ever enjoyed the taste
of a marinated piece of meat???? if so I rest my case. Quit telling me about
how your the kind of men who like your steak bloody, you wiskey straight, your
woman plump, and your tobacco pure. Thank you John Wayne . Like it or not the
often slighted Captain Black (which was the 'gateway' tobacco for many of
us)has done more good for our hobby bringing in new members and keeping the
publics opinoin of pipe smokers generally positive. We need all the good press
we can get these days as the spectre prohibition looms.

Dave D. 

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

Hi All-

It's been a good while since I last posted, but I read Ralph Proctor's last
couple of posts and thought I'd reply. He mainly brought up some C&D blends,
and I thought I'd let him and other "fans" take a look at a buddy and mines web
page. I've been a fan of C&D since I started smoking a few years ago, and put
up my own little review page of a bunch of his blends.


 He also brought up the Capt. Black made pipes, and while I've never tried one
of them, I've had great luck with the new Lane's Alpha series. Got 2 so far,
and they are superb smokers for the price...  Thanks again Steve!


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From: "Darrell/Karen Black" <????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes at flea market


I was at the Pasadena flea market at the Rose bowl & found a dealer who bought
out a pipe/cigar store the closed in the '50's. There were literally 100's of
NEW pipes. I read in the Pipe Digest about Custombilt pipes. There were boxes &
boxes of Custombilt. There were display cases with Dr Grabow, Hardwick,
Chadwick etc. If someone is interested they will have to go to the Rose Bowl &
find the booth. I don't have a name. I bought a Chadwick that was $20.00. It
came in a Custombilt box.


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From: "John Martin" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000

[Quote from Paul Coran in PD #270 deleted. -S.]

When I have had the displeasure of working overtime on Saturdays, I have 
found that when my mind is blocked & totally fried that a 15 minute pipe 
break clears things up so that I am refreshed and ready to continue with my 
assingment.  My theory is that that I am absorbing some nicotine thru the 
walls of my mouth (I don't inhale) and that the nicotine is relaxing my 

John E. Martin
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From: "jon240sx" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Quotations

Steve, Mabey you  can help me,I once saw a little quotation about each hour
of the day smoking a pipe.I'm sure you know it,I tried to re-find it but
can't.It goes like,A Pipe at noon is none to soon.I hope you know what I'm
referring to and can pass me on a copy.I love your website and have used it
to get many a great deal on tobacco & pipes.Thanks


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From: [Name deleted at member's request. -S.]
Subject: Novelli Pipe Shop

(Please do not publish my name in the Pipes Digest)

Dear Steve,

	I recently used the Resource Guide to find a pipe shop in 
Rome.  My girlfriend was going to try and find the place while she 
was over there.  After an email from her, I learned the address you 
have in the Resource Guide is incorrect.  The new contact information 

Novelli's info:
Via San Marcello 21-22, 00187, Rome, Italy
Tel. ++ 39 06 6792852   Fax ++ 39 06 6793123
Tervi Fountain is 2 short blocks away

I thought you would want to know so that you could update the 
resource guide in order to prevent other folks from having the same 
confusion I did.

Many thanks!

[Thank you for the update! I have corrected the address in the Guide. -S.]

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From: "Steve Johnson" <?????????????????????>
Subject: The cherry question...

In the last issue, FrankVP thusly responded to TMJacques'  statement concening people asking "Is that a cherry blend?":

    "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...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."
Methinks you are a bit too hard on your fellow human beings.  Your response
seems to assume that anyone who engages in conversation with you with a naive
question is a dolt.  I have found from personal experience that sometimes the
person asking this very question is merely being friendly by striking up a
conversation.  Their knowledge of pipes & tobaccos may well be limited to TV
and other media's representations--which in pipe-dom gets genericized into the
"dad pipe" (billiard) and cherry tobacco.  Thus, to get the conversation
started, they ask a question which reflects about the only knowledge they have
about the subject.  Instead of taking umbrage, humor them, gently educate them
about what it is you actually are smoking, and you may even end up having a
pleasaant conversation with someone!

-Steve Johnson-

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From: Jim Beard <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: (fwd) Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000

Alan wrote,
>Now when the pipe dropped the entire tobacco plug bounced 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?

First make sure you have a layer of ash covering the glowing embers,
or a well-callused thumb, to avoid the pain of fire proximate to
tender skin.

Then grip the bowl firmly in hand and place your thumb over the
chamber, and give the pipe a sharp shake up and down.  Or use the
heel of your hand to administer a sharp tap on top of your thumb.

Use your tamper to smooth and flatten the ash on top, but do not
press down as the tobacco will instantly become too compacted and
fit too tightly down in the bowl.  This usually works best for me
when about half the tobacco has been consumed by fire, but let your
own experience be your guide.

     UNIX is not user-unfriendly.  It merely
          expects users to be computer friendly.

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

Hi Steve, I just wanted to take this time to thank you for your excellent pipe
digest.  I am normally a smoker of fine cigars and have a large stash of the
same.  I recently purchased a pipe on a whim to see if there was anything I was
missing, Wow! I can't believe how much I am enjoying the flavor of the English
blends that my hometown tobacconist suggested.  My passion for cigars is not in
jeopardy as yet, but I have to confess that smoking a pipe has opened a whole
new world for the enjoyment of tobacco.  I now have in my small collection (2)
Savinelli's, (1) Stanwell, and a Peterson on hold for me at a local Tinder Box.
As I stated earlier, I really enjoy the taste of the Latakia based English
tobaccos.  I do have a question that I hope some of your contributors could
answer for me and that is, How do I prepare a tobacco such as McClelland's Dark
Star for smoking?  I loosened the flakes as best as I could, but it seemed
awkward trying to pack this tobacco in my pipe, yet it smoked great and tasted
fantastic.  I still feel that I wasn't getting the full impact that this blend
has to offer and would very much appreciate any assistance to better prepare
this tobacco for use.  Again let me say that I very much enjoy your Digest and
look forward to reading it as often as possible.

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

Did you ever get hooked on a tobacco and suddenly find your source gone?
I'm eager to hear from anyone who remembers the Briar Haven shop in Creve
Coeur, Missouri.  I used to get a great blend with African Malawi from
the owner, who retired years ago but who was still selling tobacco
from his home.  The blend was very reminiscent of a blend that Milton
Sherman offered years ago.  Does anyone know what became of the fellow
who ran the Briar Haven, or does anyone know what became of the old
Milton Sherman blends, or does anyone know of a blender who has
a supply of Malawi leaf?

Eager for email from anyone with a lead!

--Burt Wolder

[Two words: Amphora Blue. -S.]

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From: "diomed" <??????????????????>
Subject: Women Pipesmokers

I've been reading a few back issues of Pipes Digest from the website and came
across the discussion following No. 264. I've read Richard Hacker's book myself
and the main thing that annoyed me about the chapter on pipesmoking women was
the notion that they would prefer dinky little pipes and so on, instead of
using the same sort of pipes that men use (among which, after all, you can find
small pipes and big pipes and ones with varying amounts of decoration and
finish) as if women were incapable of appreciating the same features in a pipe
that a man would, to say nothing of how well it is suited for the purpose of
actually being smoked. I don't blame R. Hacker for perpetuating this as it
seems to be down to manufacturers plus that ever-present desire to trivialise
women and downgrade their experience or what you will, in just about every walk
of life.

I don't know what this persistent wish is of some men to have all these Last
Bastions Impermeable By Women, but it seems stupid to rank the noble art of
pipe smoking along with other male bastions that self-respecting women would
scorn to participate in, such as, for example, spitting in the street, or worse
things done 99% of the time by men when they are done at all, which I won't go
into here. It is as if a woman's participation in or enjoyment of something
somehow threatens the belief of some men that theirs is the only valid
experience, so they churn out these tired old "unfeminine" jibes, to hide their
own insecurity.

But then, perhaps for women it should be more of an insult to be described as
feminine, in the narrow, limited, trivialised sense that certain men mean it.
Note I haven't implied that all men think this way . . . just SOME of them.
Best wishes.

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

Hello all,

I am a newbie, and would like your advice regarding tobaccos. I like mild
tasting tobaccos, without latakia or perique. Right now, I am smoking a
whiskey-cured cavendish blend that my local tobacconist blends. It has a
mild,natural, sweet taste(it doesnt have any sugars added), and it doesnot
leave an aftertaste. What would you recommend I try? Thanks in advance, and I
am grateful for your advice.


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

Just curious: any other pipesmokers out there, who, like me, wear a hairpiece
or hair replacement?

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From: "Mark Ward Donaldson" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Flavored Tobacco, etc

Dear Steve:

I just love this service.

I'm a relatively new pipe smoker, but I'm curious. Isn't the purpose of smoking
a pipe is to enjoy it? I don't care for "cherry flavored" tobacco myself, but
if you receive satisfaction from it, isn't that OK? Maybe that's not a purist
thought, but if you enjoy just plain pipe tobacco, that's groovy, but if you
enjoy flavored tobacco blends, including cherry flavored blends, that's ok,
too, isn't it? I'm not going to criticize a smoker who enjoys it, because isn't
that why we're smoking anyway?

Mark Ward Donaldson

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

I'd like to get a web address, address or phone number for JT Cooke. If anyone
has information I'd appreciate it.

John G. Tietjen

[Latest address I have for him is RFD 1 Box 1022, East Fairfield, VT
05448-9801. Phone: (802) 849-6272. However, I believe this is out of date. If
anyone has a correction, please mail it to us at the igest. Thanks, -S.]

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: tobacco pipe search

I am fabrizio from Rome, Italy and I am looking for a particoular blend of 
pipe tobacco that a friend of mine bought in london (somewhere near oxford 
street maybe 330, oxford street) some months ago. Unfortunately, this 
tobacco is in a taste packaging without any producer information. The name 
of the blend is "Black Honey".

Could you give me some infomation on the shop?

Thank you in advance,
Best regards

Fabrizio Pucci
Rome Italy.

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From: Ricardo Go'mez <????????????????????>

Steve, I have been reader of Pipe Digest for more than one year and I'd like
to say that it has a lot of very good comments.

The reason I decided to write this time is because I'd like to let you and all
your readers know that in Mexico a Pipe Smokers Club was just formed last July
in Mexico City, the official name is "Circulo de la Pipa Me'xico D.F." Right
now we are 35 members and this is a non profit group comprised by people that
really enjoy smoking pipe and willing to know every day more about pipe smoking
related topics.  We meet on the first Friday of each month at 7:30 pm in the
Shelty bar of the Nikko Hotel.

We also have our web site at
http://circulodelapipa.homestead.com/Bienvenida.html and our president is
Mr. Gustavo Cha'vezcamacho N. If any one in Mexico or other country want to
join the club please contact Mr. Cha'vezcamacho at ???????????????????????


"Ahi' donde veas a un fumador de pipa, encontrara's a un buen amigo"

Ricardo Go'mez 

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From: Bill Taylor <???????????????????????>
Subject: pyrolytic graphite pipes collection & web site update

Hi, Steve and my pipe smoking/collecting friends!

Some of you will be glad to learn that Southern Hills Press will soon publish A
History of "the pipe." The illustrations will be only black & white and it will
be a small book of 30 11x8.5 pages or so. It will have a soft cover and the
binding will be comb or spiral. Due to what is expected to be small demand, the
book will be printed to order and so price has yet to be established. More on
this another time. Now to the collection:

I recently acquired a very light grey or off-white Berkeley THE SMOKE, making
it less certain that I have examples of all the color/shapes in that line. Of
course, it is possible that the pipe I have has been repainted; certainly the
literature on THE SMOKE makes no mention of any other color than blue, black,
red, and yellow. Anybody else have a white or grey THE SMOKE?

Not yet posted on the web site are the "Pipe Rock" pipe rests added to the
collection. I now have three: a green one-hole, a grey two-hole, and a brown
three-hole. They came to me courtesy of a mention made in the NASPC newsletter
that I was searching for them. Does anyone have any of these in another
color/shape they would be willing to part with?

An auction on eBay was the source of five more "the pipe" - MADE IN ENGLAND.
The web site has a new table for the Made in England pipes now that I have
eight of them. If you have one with this imprint in a different color/shape
that you would be willing to part with, please let me know.

I also have added a couple of Coral pipes to the collection. This is a
difficult shade to identify because it is very close to Burnt Orange; just a
bit more reddish in hue. More would be welcome if you have one you are willing
to part with. There are still no examples of Maroon or Tan pipes in the
collection and I am anxious to get some. All help gratefully received and, if
necessary, paid for.

The collection of Venturi pipes (the ones without the pyrolytic graphite bowl
liner) is now complete! Unless new colors or shapes turn up, there is now an
example of each color/shape they made. I have seen several Venturi pipes that
have decals of one sort or another applied to them. Was this an after-market

As always, there are a few duplicate pipes offered for sale or trade on the web
site. If you would like to try a(nother) pyrolytic graphite lined pipe, just
get in touch.

In addition to Pipes Digest, I am sending this to just about everybody I have
an e-mail address for who ever sold, gave, or traded a pipe to me or who ever
inquired about buying a pipe from me, so if you don't care to be contacted
again, just let me know.

Puff in peace.

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


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From: "jim watts" <???????????????????????>
Subject: bruyere & garantie pipe

Hi, I was wondering if you can give me any information on where I can find out
a little something about this company, I have a burled wood, Sherlock Holmes
looking pipe, and can't seem to find any answers, will you be of assistance?
any information will be greatly appreciated, thanks, Jim

[I'd guess that the phrase on the pipe means "genuine briar." Francophones,
please help me out... -S.]

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From: "oded" <????????????????????>
Subject: Looking for an advise

I have an old and big smoking pipe, made out of wood and porcelain. 
It is engraved "HANAU 1901- 1904". (maybe a German source)
It's 57 inches long.  
Is there a way to know it's value?
Thank you in advance.

Oded Avissar

[Well, Hanau is a  city -- maybe a university too? Something like a "class of
1904" pipe? -S.]

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From: "Don Russell" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

   Dear Steve,

Although we have never been introduced, I have taken the liberty of addressing
you by your Christian name. I've long felt that formalities were unnecessary
between "brethern of the briar". That being said, let me explain what
precipitated this missive. A few months ago I received a copy of the Pipes
Digest from a cyberspace friend in Dallas, Texas....Bronco McCoy. Earlier in
the year I refurbished a half dozen or so of his pipes, and we've stayed in
touch ever since (see The Pipe Collector N.A.S.P.C. June 2000, pg. 3).When I
received the "Digest" I was amazed at the cornucopia of information and
down-right enjoyable reading! This, Steve, has GOT to be a labour (oops, you
folks in the colonies spell it "labor") of love. I, too, am an aficianado of
any and all things related to our hobby/obsession, be it pipes, tobaccos,
kapnosmological literature, et al. Now the big question, HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE? I
mean, this is great stuff. How I wish there was more Canadian input! I'm
working on that, but Canadians have a tendancy to be a rather staid lot and so
far it's been an uphill endeavour.  At any rate, I'm one Canadian who loves
getting involved. I've been a pipe smoker for over fifty years and am still
learning; Thanks, in no small way, to the information I've gleaned from our
brethern south of the border.  I look foward to hearing from you, and send my
kindest regards,

Don G. Russell  CD 

[Thank you for your kind words, and consider yourself subscribed! -S.]

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

hi, does any body know how to extract nicotine from tobacco??
THanks, Stuart

[I'm not sure if you're trying to eliminate it or concentrate it. -S.]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page
Hello fellow pipesmokers,

I guess I am going to start off with a little rant.  I have seen some
commercials on the television put on by "The Truth" in which they tell about
negitive aspects of cigarette smoking.  In the commercials they also advertise
their web site. {www.thetruth.com}I was board and surfing so I though I would
check it out.  They run the site in flash, and have a memorial for people who
died from cigarette smoking desieases.  They also have all the harmful side
effects of the additives that cigarette companies put in the tobacco but they
just say all these things just come from smoking.  They don't make a
destinction between cigar & pipe smokeing vs. cigarette smoking.  I believe
that I read a pipe or cigar smoker was only 1% more like to get cancer or other
diseases than a non smoker even if they inhale.  Why don't they put that truth
up there.  Why is it that their only interesed in telling half of the truth
instead of the whole truth?  I'm only 21 and I enjoy smoking my pipe.  I know I
am a young pup, and I haven't lived yet but it seems to me that before I know
it.  My privelage to smoke a pipe if I so choose will be gone no thanx to media
like "the truth".

Sorry I will step down from the soapbox now and end this up on a good note.  I
have been experimenting with new different tobaccos.  Many of which I get from
my favorite tobacconist David's Briar Shoppe. {www.davidsbriarshop.com} On my
most recent visit I purchased a tobacco blend called capri.  It has an exelent
flavor and arouma.  Much like Captain Black Regular.  I highly recomend it.

They can take my pipe, When they pry it from my cold dead fingers.


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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Medical Journal Article on Pipe Smoking ?

Steve, and our physicians of the briar,

Saw this citation in a google.com search.  Can any of our health
professionals in the pipe and cigar smoking family look at this and
give us a summary, or get the article released for Dr. Beaty to put on
the pipes.org website?

The citation is:
Summary / Abstract 
Title: Pipe Smoking in the United States, 1965&ndash;1991:Prevalence
and Attributable Mortality 

Synopsis: PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 25 91 99 1996 ARTICLE NO 0033 LEAD
ARTICLE Pipe Smoking in the United States 1965 1991 Prevalence and
Attributable Mortality DAVID E NELSON M D M P H ,1,2 RONALD M DAVIS M D

Thanks, and Smoke in peace, John

Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Mail - Free email you can access from anywhere!

[Unlikely -- the article costs $38 a pop. -S.]

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From: Gautam Khanna <???????????????????>
Subject: Longer article


The article that I sent you appeared in the St. Paul newspaper.  The longer
version that appeared in the Los Angeles Times is below.

Gautam Khanna

[Reproduced here for educational purposes. -S.]

Southern California Living; View Desk  
A 'Nice Vice' Pipes are making a comeback. Some say it's because they're viewed
as a laid-back, less harmful way to 'look smart.'
Times Staff Writer  
Los Angeles Times  
Home Edition  
Copyright 1999 / The Times Mirror Company  
In a Costa Mesa storefront filled with the velvety smells of vanilla and
raspberry tobacco, an old man and the shopkeeper are haggling over the price of
two pipes, antiques made in England, with stems forever marked by teeth of men
long dead. They're finely carved, like little totems, and they take the men
back to older days, of barbers and suspenders and gentlemen who thought before
they spoke.  There is sadness in their smoke-hoarsened voices as they muse over
the death of the pipe--murdered, they say, by the hectic pace of modern life.
"Nobody smokes a pipe anymore," said retired engineer Vernon Edler, 79,
hoisting his pants as he thinks about it. "It's lost, pipe smoking. It's a
shame."  Indeed, consumption of pipe tobacco in the United States has plummeted
more than 90% since 1950, from 75 million pounds a year to less than 7 million
in 1998.

But Edler's eulogy may be premature. Tobacconists across the United States,
once discouraged by incalculably low sales, say they're selling more pipes than
they have in years.

The number of pipe retailers, according to one trade group, has nearly doubled
since 1997 to about 3,000. Circulation of the nation's only magazine dedicated
to pipes increased from 50,000 to 60,000 subscribers during the same
period. The Robb Report, a consumer journal for the wealthy, recently declared
the pipe is "in" again and rates the best ones to buy in this month's issue.

Even as Edler and the shopkeeper ruminate about the pipe's demise, six
customers stop in for pipe tobacco. Only one wants a cigar.

That the public is at least flirting with the idea of reviving the pipe
reflects cultural attitudes about tobacco and the way Americans see themselves,
trend watchers say. The cigar craze has peaked, and cigarettes are unavoidably
linked to lung cancer.  The pipe--a safer, if not entirely healthy
alternative--is the next logical step in Americans' ceaseless pursuit of a
"nice vice," experts say--of something that can define them without being
immediately lethal.

"It's the most sensual and most stimulating of all the smoking habits," said
Watts Wacker, a Connecticut futurist who studies tobacco trends and believes
pipes are coming back. "Cigarettes kill you. Cigars smell bad. Pipes make you
look smart. As a culture, we seem to all be looking for that: Shakespeare is
back. So are books. And so, too, are the props."

The Pipe Tobacco Council, a national trade group, estimates that 3 million
Americans have the habit, or about 3% of the adult male population. In Europe,
the figure is as high as 8%, and in France even some women smoke pipes--a
practice no one sees returning to America.

There's a certain irony in the fact that the pipe has fallen so low in America:
Most historians believe it was invented in North or South America more than
2,000 years ago, and spread--along with tobacco--to Europe after the arrival of
explorers from the Old World.

If the pipe indeed has a future here, it may look like this: 23-year-old Jon
Goudrault, a Cal State Fullerton student who likes to smoke a pipe in his Costa
Mesa garage as he and a couple of his Gen-Y buddies play Warhammer, Robotech
and other role-playing games.

He Received Pipe as a Gift 

Goudrault has smoked a pipe for about a year--ever since he got one as a
gift--and now owns several. He is so fond of the pipe that he took a part-time
job at the Tinder Box, a tobacco shop in Costa Mesa.

Like many trendsetters, he exhibits a rebellious streak: in this case, against
the go-getting 1990s.

"Everybody's gotta go here, gotta be there, gotta go--I can just sit back with
my pipe and be laid-back," he said. "It's kind of intellectual."

Welcoming the prospective trend with open arms, many tobacconists now are
selling starter kits--a pipe, some tobacco and cleaners--to capture neophytes
like Goudrault.  Manufacturers are making smaller pipes that take less time to
smoke--less than 20 minutes, instead of a leisurely hour or more.

Manjit Bain, owner of the Tinder Box in Costa Mesa, said his customers are
looking for something to replace cigars, sales of which leveled off last year
after a five-year boom.

"I think pipe sales are going up a lot," Bain said. "I don't really know
why. Over the past year, more and more people seem to be asking for them."

Tobacconists across the country report a similar trend. 

"When it was really bad a couple years ago, we only sold three or four pipes a
month.  Now we're selling three or four a day," said Dan Spaniola, co-owner of
Paul's Pipe Shop in Flint, Mich. "Maybe it won't catch fire like the cigar did,
but this is going to get good. People are coming around. We're ready."

For all their optimism, pipe sellers have their work cut out for them. In an
age when tobacco has been vilified, when states ban smoking indoors and people
feel too rushed to vote or read a newspaper, the pipe, which can stay lit for
hours, is distinctly out of place.

And there are the health concerns. One national smoking expert said pipes are
not as risky as cigarettes because most pipe smokers do not inhale. But in
place of the substantial risk of lung cancer with cigarettes is a small risk of
mouth cancer with pipes, said Brad Rodu, a University of Alabama pathology

In general, however, the pipe has largely escaped the public health campaign
against tobacco that began with the U.S. Surgeon General's 1964 report linking
cigarettes and cancer. So few people smoked them that pipes never were targeted
by anti-smoking forces, and to this day the surgeon general--while opposing all
forms of tobacco--has no position specifically on pipes.

Beyond that, practical economics work in favor of the pipe, tobacconists
say. Taxes on tobacco are rising dramatically, particularly in California with
Proposition 10 adding about 50 cents to the cost of a pack of cigarettes. Even
with the taxes, pipe tobacco is downright cheap.

About $100 can buy up to 30 packs of name-brand cigarettes, no more than 20
respectable cigars--or about 28 ounces of pipe tobacco, enough to last a
moderate smoker for months, tobacconists say.

Chuck Stanion, managing editor of Pipes and Tobaccos magazine, points out that
a briar pipe, costing anywhere from $15 to $150, will last for years.

"It seems very upscale, but it's by far the least expensive way to smoke and
enjoy one of life's great pleasures," he said.

Some who see the pipe coming back say its anachronistic quality gives it the
same kind of nostalgic appeal that helped the cigar regain popularity in the
early 1990s.

"Pipes are icons of credibility," said Wacker, the Connecticut futurist who
works for a New Haven think tank called First Matter. "There's tremendous
nostalgia in them because they point back to an America of more sophisticated
taste," an America peopled by pipe smokers such as Mark Twain and
Einstein. "People are searching for something that reminds them of a time when
things weren't so confusing and you didn't worry as much."

Tending a Pipe Takes Up Time 

Unlike the cigar, the pipe encourages smokers to slow down and think--if for no
other reason, because lighting and tending a pipe takes time. Some say the pipe
stimulates more senses at once than about anything else--just cradling the
curves of a fine imported briar is allure enough, they say, to conjure up deep

"It makes me feel smart," said Keith Moore, who oversees one of the nation's
largest pipe selections at Uptown's Pipe Shop in Nashville. "There is not
enough philosophy in the world, and too much psychology. If I smoke a pipe, I
do more thinking. I didn't used to do that . . . I like how I feel when I smoke
my pipe."

Frank Burla, curator of a pipe museum in Chicago, said the physical nature of
the pipe distinguishes it.

"Cigars disappear. Pipes are collectible. You learn how to smoke one. . . . It
is something to enjoy, and people are starting to see that," he said.

Edler, the retired engineer from south Orange County, put it this way: "The
pipe is the least of all evils. It helps your mental tranquillity," he said,
striking a match to his new pipe on a recent sleepy afternoon at the Costa Mesa
tobacconist's. "But they got a lot of those rules now. It doesn't make it easy
for the fellas who carry [a pipe]. Not easy at all."

Edler had stepped outside the tobacco store to light his pipe, carefully
sheltering it with his hand and puffing gently. Smoking is not allowed inside.

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Pipe Dreams 

History and literature is filled with images of pipe smokers--variously
contemplative, lazy, brainy or fatherly.

It was about dark now; so I dropped the canoe down the river under some willows
that hung over the bank, and waited for the moon to rise. I made fast to a
willow; then I took a bite to eat, and by and by laid down in the canoe to
smoke a pipe and lay out a plan.--"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark

Sitting in among the wares he dealt in, by a charcoal stove, made of old
bricks, was a grey-haired rascal, nearly seventy years of age; who had screened
himself from the cold air without, by a frousy curtaining of miscellaneous
tatters, hung upon a line; and smoked his pipe in all the luxury of calm
retirement.--"A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens.

The servant led us down a matted passage and showed us at the end into a great
library, all lined with bookcases and busts upon the top of them, where the
squire and Dr. Liversay sat, pipe in hand, on either side of a bright
fire.--"Treasure Island," by Robert Stevenson.

I reached the Grange before sunset, and knocked for admittance; but the family
had retreated into the back premises, I judged by one thin, blue wreath curling
from the kitchen chimney, and they did not hear. I rode into the court. Under
the porch, a girl of nine or ten sat knitting, and an old woman reclined on the
house-steps, smoking a meditative pipe.--"Wuthering Heights," by Emily Bronte
 PHOTO : Cal State Fullerton student Jon Goudrault, 23, says that smoking a
pipe makes him feel relaxed and "kind of intellectual." He enjoys lighting up
when he's playing Warhammer with friends.; PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEXANDER GALLARDO /
Los Angeles Times; PHOTO : Albert Einstein; PHOTO : Hugh Hefner; PHOTO :
Douglas MacArthur

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  Huxley and the _1984_ of George Orwell. He also remembered people from
  his own experience who would have endorsed this Qualityless world. The
  same ones who tried to make him quit smoking. They wanted rational
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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #271 -- September 6, 2000
  2. Subject: In Memorial: Ray Blanton
  3. Subject: Pipes Digest Lighters
  4. Subject: Re Digest #270 and OPPC Pipe Show
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000
  6. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000
  8. Subject: reply
  9. Subject: Trip to Vietnam
  10. Subject: Dr Beaty's idea
  11. Subject: Re: Dr Beaty's idea
  12. Subject: Re: Dr Beaty's idea
  13. Subject: Re: PIPE?
  14. Subject: Re: Dr Beaty's idea
  15. Subject: posting from pipes page
  16. Subject: Dating a Dunhill
  17. Subject: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000
  18. Subject: Pipes, not often enough
  19. Subject: On Tobaccos and How Things Change
  20. Subject: More on Cheery Blends
  21. Subject: posting from pipes page
  22. Subject: posting from pipes page
  23. Subject: Pipes at flea market
  24. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000
  25. Subject: Pipe Quotations
  26. Subject: Novelli Pipe Shop
  27. Subject: The cherry question...
  28. Subject: Re: (fwd) Pipes Digest #270 -- July 16, 2000
  29. Subject: posting from pipes page
  30. Subject: posting from pipes page
  31. Subject: Women Pipesmokers
  32. Subject: posting from pipes page
  33. Subject: posting from pipes page
  34. Subject: Flavored Tobacco, etc
  35. Subject: posting from pipes page
  36. Subject: tobacco pipe search
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  39. Subject: bruyere & garantie pipe
  40. Subject: Looking for an advise
  41. Subject: Pipes Digest
  42. Subject: posting from pipes page
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  44. Subject: Medical Journal Article on Pipe Smoking ?
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