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Subject: Pipes Digest #273 -- January 3, 2001

		Pipes Digest #273 -- January 3, 2001
   Copyright (C) 2001 by Stephen P. Masticola. All rights reserved.
	       Commercial use of any part of contents,
	      including email addresses, is prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 3666

Welcome to new members:

	Ronald D. Butler
	John Baccus
	Michael Heiler
	Ralf Schmiedel
	Melvin J. Spicer
	Richard Graff
	Steve Zimmer
	C. Jack Hale
	Steve Levins
	Gary Malmberg
	Dustin Holman
	Brian Carey
	Martin Brooks
	Mitchell D. Jones
	Matthew Paul Schenck
	Ralph D. Sherman
	Al
	Joseph T. Molieri, Jr.
	Steve Laug
	Dries Somers
	Jeff Weber
	Joshua Morris
	Alan Wilkes
	Tom Mayka
	James Matsudo
	David W. Wagner
	J. Demann
	Richard A Kaminski
	Gary Rieder
	Halvor Opsal
	Rob Andrews
	Carlos Arbide
	David Gibb
	Jack Bergquist
	Bill Springer
	Martin Lovitt
	Rochelle Duncan
	Robert S. Hinds
	Cecil Compton
	Daniel Stiles
	Preston Mark Stone
	Stoupakis Dimitris
	Loren Lomasky
	Ko
	Ron Flesher
	Thomas Hurner
	Bret C Stageberg
	Gladys Spume
	Bob Lambert
	Adam Reed
	Les Bottomley
	David Glendinning
	David Payne
	Adam Ziegler
	John Rasmussen
	Ned Heeter
	Gary Lampi
	Tim Sweeney
	Luis Santiago
	David M. Friedman
	Randall Webb
	Howard E. Wood
	Dmitriy
	Huub Hendrikx
	Lucio Baena De Melo
	Matt Chipman
	Jazz Aldrich
	Mark Henderson
	Rupert Gowar-Cliffe
	Carlo Altieri
	Dennis Solomon
	Peter G. Davies
	Chris Lewis
	Kenneth D. Mcclelland
	T. Jon Tillman
	Jinn Kamijima
	Eric McCarson
	Robi Saban
	Max E. Mahlke
	Daniel Benson
	Gerard Enger
	Erik De Moei
	Aj Nicholson
	Niels Andersen
	Rev. Todd R. Jerabek
	Stephen J Gresso II
	Gregory Smith
	Russel Walker Stewart
	Robert H. Crist
	Russell Gardner
	Stefaan Demoen
	Jim Lytell
	Christopher J. Lewis
	William Maltzan
	Gleno
	Daniel L. Thorpe
	Jeffrey Keith Johnson
	Corin Chiriac
	Richard Farrell
	Len Neighbors
	Jack Connelly
	Andreas H. Gnerlich
	Alejandro Manduley
	Bill

[THUS SPAKE MASTICOLA] Welcome to the new millenium for the second
time this year!  The last one didn't hold up too long, for some
reason... Oh, well, what can one do except to load up a new Larsen
with some Golden Extra, slot in "Space Odyssey," and muse on the
differences between the 1968 and 2001 versions of 2001.  Talking
computers?  Not really, but we do have that stupid paperclip...  Use
it for a reamer, have a Happy New Year, and,

			Smoke in peace,

			~\U Steve.


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From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: my mail box

Steve and all,

	just a quick note to say that i've been emptying my
pipes-related email box.  i'm embarrassed to say that there were
messages dating from 1998!  i apologize to all.  i'll try to do
better, but lord knows that i get too busy some days.  if anyone has
requests that i haven't responded to, send them again and i'll try to
address them.

	thanks all,

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

[Yipes!  You've got mail from two millenia ago? -S.]

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From: "Elliott C. Evans" <[email protected]>
Subject: Pipe Lighter

Dear Friends,

I've been procrastinating on calling this to a close, hoping that more
people would chime in, but today's digest from Steve is a sign from above
that it's time.

Thank you for your interest in the custom Pipes Digest zippo pipe lighter,
but we only have a little more than half the number of lighters we need to
meet the minimum order level.

I'm going to keep the file open, and occasionally send a running total to
the digest, but there is no way the lighters will be ready before the
holidays this year. If the total number of requests ever reaches 50, I'll
get back in touch.

--
Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans                    [email protected]


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

The Milwaukee Area Pipe Society, MAPS will be hosting their Inaugural
Pipe Show/Swap on Saturday, July 21,2000 from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at
Pistol Pete's Neighborhood Grill located at 16755 Lisbon Road,
Brookfield, WI 53005.  Sale/Display tables are $30.00.  There will be
Friday Evening Welcome Reception at the smoking lounge at Jack's
Tobacco & M.C.S. from 8:3p.m. to 11:00p.m. for tableholders, Society
members their guests and friends.  Pipe smokers, collectors, dealers,
pipe makers and anyone interested in the gentle art of pipe smoking
are cordially invited.  For more information contact the show manager,
Bob Schrap at P.O. Box 511, Elm Grove, WI 53122 or call at
414.771.6472 or e-mail at ???????????????



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From: "Dick Alexander" <??????????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #272 -- November 8, 2000

Dear Steve:
       The Northeast Arkansas Pipe Puffers' Club has added an evening for
getting together.    We now
meet on the second Saturday each month at 10:00 a.m.
and on the fourth Tuesday each month at 6:00 p.m.   The
meetings are held at Tobacco Plus store in the Midway
Plaza on Hwy. 62/412 in Highland, Arkansas.    You all
come visit us !!
Dick

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From: ??????????????
Subject: Mr. Cooke's -bilateral carpel tunnel condition

Dear Mr. Masticola,
Am so taken by your most sensitive description of this gentleman's condition!
I may be in a position to help.
Is Jacksonville,Florida within reach ?
Once i hear from you in this regard i will look into possib,
le surgical correction.
Best Wishes,
Samuel Rosenthal m.d. f.a.c.s.

[Dr. Rosenthal, thank you very much for your kind offer of help. I'd
taken the liberty of forwarding your letter to Chuck Stanion, who's
organizing the collection effort for Jim Cooke. -S.]


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From: "William H. Magill" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #272 -- November 8, 2000

[Message from Rick Berger deleted. I'd had a tagline about studies
that show that tobacco aids concentration. -S.]

Don't know about "tobacco" itself, but the act of pipe somking certainly
does aid in concentration, contempation and obsfication.

Hugh Scott, Pennsylvania's Republican Senator for many many years until his
retirement back around the mid-60s, frequently was asked about his pipe
smoking. HIs response was to the effect... Pipe smoking is a great aid at
press conferences. When asked a question for which one needs a bit of time
to formulate an answer, taking out a match to fire-up the pipe, or the pipe
tool to tamp out a burning one, affords one ample time to collect ones
thoughts for the response.

Personally, I still find that because pipe smoking takes time and effort -
unlike a cigar, let alone cigarettes - it allows, nay, requires one to kick
back, think and relax.

-- 
                        www.tru64unix.compaq.com
                              www.tru64.org
                             comp.unix.tru64
                        
T.T.F.N.
William H. Magill                          Senior Systems Administrator
Information Services and Computing (ISC)   University of Pennsylvania
Internet: ????????????????????             ??????????????
http://www.isc-net.upenn.edu/~magill/


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From: "John Martin" <????????????????????>
Subject: En-light-enment and milk                             [PIPES]

I found Rick Berger's note on tobacco and the enlightenment to be 
intriguing.  I doubt that tobacco was the only factor, the renaissance had 
predated the age of exploration and the european discovery of tobacco by 
several decades.  Still, when one considers the scientific and artistic 
achievements of tobacco smokers, tobacco must have been a contributing 
factor.  It is a bit scary to think that after the professors had put down 
their pipes, universities have been mostly known for being a hotbed of 
politically correct goofiness.

On a totally unrelated note, I wonder how many other smokers enjoy drinking 
milk with their favorite tobaccos?  When I started smoking english blends, I 
discovered that the blandness of milk provided a pleasant counterpoint to 
the spicey taste of latakia.  I have found that I even prefer milk when 
smoking aromatics.  Am I the only milk drinking pipe smoker?  I have heard 
of the Briar & Dairy Association, but wondered if the name was chosen 
because of the region in which the club was formed.

Enjoy!!!

John E. Martin
A.K.A Tall Guy
_____________________________________________________________________________________
Get more from the Web.  FREE MSN Explorer download : http://explorer.msn.com


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From: Al Martin <??????????????????>
Subject: Old Timer Report

Hi Steve and members
   Just received PD #272 and am looking forward to setting down,
lighting up with a load of Capt'n Black and reading this issue. I was
thinking that I might be a "Old Timer" or "Early Subscriber" so I went
back and found the issue that showed me joining. It was issue #217 and
on June of 1996. Then found out that the first issue with a date was in
March of 1989 with two hundred members. Guess I'm not such a "Old Timer"
after all. other than getting close to the age of sixty three. After
being a member for four and one half years I still enjoy the digest,
still enjoy Capt'n Black and still enjoy my wifes company which we were
married on in April of 1996. 

Thanks Steve for your continued commitment of putting out a top quality
digest over these last four years. And I wish you continue success.

Happy (smoking) Trails
Alton R.

[Thank you, Alton! -S.]

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From: "W. Roland Cook" <?????????????????????>
Subject: reply to R. Hogue, Pipes Digest

to : R. Hogue (re Pipes Digest)

You might try pushing from the shank end of the stem with picture frame
wire -- twisted wire from hardware in larger size that will go through
the stem -- to get the cleaner out of the lip end enough to grab it with
pliers. I use picture frame wire to clean out stems, dipping it in a
little rubbing alcohol for more thorough cleaning. You may need to push
the wire with pliers, and twist it to a more compact size, and cut it
off square to exert pressure on the stuck cleaner..

W. R. Cook
http//www.nwinternet.com/pipe_greats/


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

Greetings! This is an answer to the question posed by R. Hogue in PD
#272 (Nov. 8, 2000) I have been cleaning, repairing and making pipes
for a little over two years now. During this time I have extracted
impacted pipe cleaners from three pipes. It appears that this happens
when the smokers tries to remove the cleaner by poking at it with some
sort of rod and makes the problem worse. My solution has been to use a
6 inch long bit on a variable speed drill using a diameter a little
smaller than the passage, eg. 1/8in. Carefully poking and slowly
rotating the bit will extract pieces of the cleaner. Some patience and
care is needed but I find it works. Steve, I wonder if you could add
my company to your list. It is "Pipes Plus", e-mail
????????????????????, and (905) 857-6108. I have repaired & cleaned a
wide variety of pipes (including many high grade pipes),and can
replace stems and repair tenons on meerschaum pipes. I also make two
styles of stands, one especially for large pip!  es. Tank you for your
hard work in producing Pipes Digest. Ian Belton

[Ian, I'd be glad to add it. Could you also send your address please? -S.] 


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From: "Davide Pignat" <????????????????????>
Subject: digest

[Administrativa deleted. -S.]

I am a smoker who bites the pipe, not so hard but too much for my old Butz
Choquin. It has a deep hole and has became quinte unsmokable. Does anybody
know how could I get in contact with the factory to get a new mouthpiece.
(It's a Cocarde Major 1311)
Thanks and good smoking.

Davide Pignat
Trieste (Italy)

[From http://www.butz-choquin.fr , Societe des Pipes Butz Choquin, 2
ter, rue du Plan du Moulin F39206 SAINT-CLAUDE cedex, France.  Tel :
+33 (0)3 84 45 12 87 Fax:+33 (0)3 84 45 67 21, email:
?????????????????????????????? -S.]


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

Just went to say Hello to all pipe-smoking.as I'am new at pipe smoking
and I Love it.

[Welcome to the fold! -S.]


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From: "Hesham Al-Emam Bahram" <????????????????????>
Subject: Tobacco

Dear Steve and all Pipe Lovers,

I used to smoke Pipes time ago, then I stopped it for a while, where I moved
to smoking cigarettes.

Now I'm thinking seriously to go back to smoke pipe again, but I have some
questions about it: First I want your suggestions to find a "light" tobacco.
By "Light" I mean the way like "Marlboro" and "Marlboro Light" and so on

Thanking you in advance, with best regards

Hesham

[MacBaren's used to make a light tinned tobacco, I think. -S.]


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

Fellow pipesmokers, I need your assistance in identifying 3 brands of
pipes in an estate that I'm considering making an offer for. The
collection came from Kansas, not far from Kansas City, Mo. The first
group is stamped Diebel's(I assume from the Diebel's shop in KC). They
are then hand carved with the initials BBM, which I assume is the
carver. They aren't classic shapes, nor are they freehands. Rather
unique. All have some sort of inlay in the pipe itself and/or in the
stem. The second group is stamped Topeka Bench Made, or just Bench
Made. These pipes are in various classic shapes. The third group is on
stamped Lassen, which I assume is the maker, or the shop where they
were sold. Alos in Classic shapes. All 3 brands are made with a higher
grade of briar and have nice grain. If anyone can give me any
information about these pipes, I would appreciate it very much. From
the appearance of the wood, I think they would be very good
smokers. Regards, PAUL CARDER


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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #271 -- September 6, 2000

Steve,

I'd like to invite your readers to visit the Fine Olde Briars web site at 
FineOldeBriars.com to set our large collection of estate pipes for sale.  
Our latest (Nov. 6th) update added a number of Ashtons, antique 
Meerschaums and twenty other pipes to the listing.

Looking forward to hearing from new collectors.

Regards,

Rob Denholtz
Fine Olde Briars


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From: "Davie" <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: Famous people's pipe tobacco preferences

Does anyone what kind of pipe tobacco Bing Crosby favored? We all know
what Sherlock puffed, but is any info out there on other famous pipe
smokers' preferences?  President Nixon's aide wrote me once to say his
boss preferred a cavendish blend he got from a local shop ( I am
desperately trying to remember what he called it). DDavie


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

Hi Steve,

First off I would like to thank you for this great medium to
communicate with other pipe smokers.  It is so nice to be able to
share thoughts and to learn from others knowledge.

I was hoping to make an inquiry to the entire group about a pipe I
purchased recently.  The pipe was manufactured by Kaufman Brothers &
Bondy around (according to Kaywoodie) the turn of the century.  It is
an antique calabash featuring a genuine calabash gourd, and has a
black meerschaum bowl.  According to the guy I talked to over at
S.M. Frank & Co., the meerschaum is genuinely black, as opposed to
black from many years of use.  The stem is made (I believe) of
Bakelite, and the threads are made of bone.  It has a silver band
around the stem with a cloverleaf and the initials KB&B engraved into
it.  Any information that anyone could give me on this pipe would be
greatly appreciated, as no one seems to be able to provide me with
any.

Regards,

Dave


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From: "georgi todorov" <?????????????????????>

Hi, Steve,
hi, everybody,

In Pipes Digest Article 221.034 (from Lech Kovalevski) you mentioned
the name of Italian company: Seghiere In Maremma, owned by Fanis
Cresci. Could you (or somebody on the site), please, let me know their 
address and fax number, if you have this information? I've started making 
pipes about six months ago and now I really have a problem with the 
material.
Thank you in advance for your time!
Nice puffing:

Georgi from Getzpipes


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From: Mark Tinsky <???????????>
Subject: Christmas Pipe

Hi Steve
  By the time the next Pipe Digest is  published the 2000 Christmas 
pipe will be available  for sale on my web site. This is the 18 th 
pipe in the  Christmas series.
This year s its  a medium size bent  rhodesian. If anyone might be 
interested it can be viewed at
  www.amsmoke.com
  Thanx , MT
American Smoking Pipe Co
HC 88 Box 223
Pocono Lake, Pa 18347
www.AmSmoke.com
www.tobac.com

[It's still not too late... :-) -S.]


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From: Maurizio Tombari <????????????????>
Subject: AD: Le Nuvole Xmas pipes

Hi all,
'd like inform you my site http://www.pipe.it  is just updated with 12
Le Nuvole  Xmas pipes, a very special pipe  ( our first army-mount)
which my wife Stefania has created for you and which I have realized in
a small series.

As ever I ask you to send me your feed back...your comments, suggestions

and critics ;-) are so very important to me!
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: Mentors

Hi Steve
Lately i hear a lot about mentoring. It seems to me that pipe smokers have 
always done that.I feel that i owe a big debt to those pipe smokers who have 
influenced me as i have traveled along the road of life.
Many times my grandfather smoked his pipe as we sat on a riverbank fishing.
My uncle was a farmer up in the foothills of North Carolina.He made pipe 
tobacco for himself and anyone else who cared to smoke it.
A middle aged pipe smoker named bill helped me get setteled into a job that i 
retired from 30 years later.
A wise old pipesmoker of more than 50 years from Italy taught me how grow 
tomatoes and drink home made wine.
I understand Ted Willi when he talks of smoking in memory of his uncle.
My wife's uncle left me a pipe.It's in an ashtray on the mantle over my 
fireplace.
Sometimes on cold nights when i'm snug and warm in my chair watching the fire 
i light up a bowl and think of those who have gone on who ment so much to me.
It's really sad that so many people don't know what pipe smokers are about.

Larry Luffman


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From: James Beard <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #272 -- November 8, 2000 (fwd)

[Centers for Disease Control abstract from Pipes Digest #272
deleted. -S.]

Interesting.  Incidence of pipe smoking declines from 14.1 percent
of men in 1965 to 2.0 percent of men in 1991, but deaths
"attributable to pipe smoking" increased from 830 in 1965 to 1,095
in 1991.

Looks like increasing the number of pipe smokers seven-fold would
restore the status quo ante and result in a net _decrease_ of
approximately 265 deaths a year.  Would have to adjust this figure
for changes in total population, of course, but the odds still look
pretty good.

On the other hand, looking just at 1991, if there are 1,095 deaths
attributable to pipe smoking out of the roughly 2 million deaths a
year in the U.S.A., then roughly 1 out of 2,000 deaths is
attributable to pipe smoking.  If 2 percent of men are pipe smokers,
then about 1 percent of the total population are pipe smokers, so
this 1 percent of the population was--due to pipe smoking alone--
doing 0.05 percent of the dying.  

It would seem that pipe smoking has little if anything to do with
dying.  And this from the CDC itself!  

Cheers!

-----------------
??????????????????????

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

[Thanks for noting this, Jim! -S.]


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From: ?????????????????? (Gary Croner)
Subject: New member

Dear Steve,
I have been a pipe smoker for over 40years and truly enjoy your column.
I trade with Fred Diebel in K.C.MO and they have been terrific to me in
over the 40 years I have been doing business with them. Both Fred and
his son Curt have been excellent in helping. We do not have a pipe shop
in St.Joe,Mo. and they are very accessable to me being only 55 miles
away. After reading your column it makes me proud to be an avid pipe
smoker.
Thank you very much,
Gary Croner
St.Joseph, MO 64506
P.O.Box 6204 


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From: "W. Roland Cook" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Cook's Pipe Greats (grates)

Please remove any listing or reference to Cook's Pipe Greats from Pipe
Digest listings.

We have retired from the business and removed our page from the Web.

Thank you.

W. R. Cook
Cook's Pipe Greats


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From: Thomas & Florence Hurner <????????????????????????????>
Subject: I'd like to subscribe to the pipe's digest/ first question

Brussels, 1 december 2000

Dear Mr Steve Masticola,

I write you to be on the mailing list, I don't really know how it
works but I'll be pleased to have informations, discussions and so
about smoking pipes.  My name is Thomas Huerner, I'm 20 and I'm in the
first licence in law.  I saw many sites about pipes on the Net those
days and I want to say that I'm really amazed... those sites are
truely great !!!  As you probably noticed I'm quite young to smoke
pipes, sometimes I think that I can count on the five fingers of my
hand the number of people of my age who smoke pipes. Usually they
smoke cigarettes but I gave up smoking cigarettes, chosing to smoke
cigarillo's and pipes for more pleasure and also for health
reasons. As I didn't get the occasion to see if "many" "young" people
smoke pipes, I ask you the question and maybe you could put the
question on the list, so I could see how the "real" pipe smokers do
react.

Well, thanks you in advance and congratulations for your ideas,

See you,

Thomas.

[You're not alone; see the next message. Also see
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/pipesmokersunder30 . -S.]


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From: Thomas & Florence Hurner <????????????????????????????>
Subject: A question for the list

Brussels, 10 december 2000

Hi Steve, thanks for putting me on the list.
So, here is my first question :

I'd like to know, as I'm 20 years old and smoke pipes, if many young
people do smoke pipes. If some have the kindness to answer, do they go
out with their pipes ? Also, do you also think that the smell of
tobacco pipes is harder to make go away on clothes and breath than the
one of cigarettes and cigarillos ?  (as my girlfriend is tolerant with
cigarillos but finds that the breath of after tobaccos pipes looks
like the smell of an ashtray, hum...). I don't think it really depends
on the brand of tobacco, because I smoke aromatics tobaccos, like
Dunhill Aromatic, or Erinmore mixture (I found they really smell good,
don't you?). Does someone have any "tricks" for me ?  Thanks for
answering both these questions which, I admit, are pretty odd.

Thomas.


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From: "G.H.R. Linckens" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: For the Pipes Digest

Hi Steve and fellow pipe smokers,

I have been reading and enjoying the Pipe Digest for more than two years now
and I thought it was time to write my first contribution. I am a 23 year old
student from The Netherlands and have been smoking pipe for 3 years. I
always liked the smell of the pipes of my grandfather and uncle, so when I
got an estate pipe from an acquaintance I was eager to try it for myself. My
first tobacco was Kentucky Bird, a sweet aromatic tobacco that I really
enjoyed and was easy to smoke. Other favourites are Sail Aromatic (green
pouch), Alsbro Black and Planta Black Vanilla. During the years I purchased
several new pipes, a Big Ben pocket pipe and a Ropp cherrywood pipe being my
favourites.
I don't smoke a pipe every day but once or twice a week, so I think of it as
a nice hobby instead of a habit or addiction. Sitting in a comfortable chair
with a book and a pipe is a very good way to spend some free time.
My pipe smoking is limited to indoors. Because I am young for a pipe smoker,
especially in the public's eye, I never smoke when on the street or at
school. I just don't like it when everyone stares at me. Luckily my
girlfriend doesn't make a problem of my hobby so it's OK to smoke in the
house, just not too often.
I was wondering if there are any pipe smoking clubs in the Netherlands. I
would love to exchange tips and advice with other pipe smokers, especially
people of my age. If someone knows of one or wants to email me, please feel
free to contact me at ??????????????????????????

Smoke in peace and keep up the good work,
Guido

[The closest thing in the Resource Guide is Pipe Magazine at
http://www.pipe-magazine.com . But even they don't list a pipe club in
the Netherlands. -S.]


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

Thank you, Steve and all, for the civility here.

I suppose, now that I've been announced, I should introduce myself.
I'm Jon Crick, living in Independence, MO.  I'm 42, married, with one
daughter out of the house.  I work as an electronic technician for
DIT-MCO International, a company that manufactures equipment for
automated testing of cables, backplanes and aircraft wiring harnesses.

My pipe experience goes back to 1978 with two lapses between then and
now.  I'm about three months back into the pipes and wish I'd returned
in August during a month long surgical recovery.  I'd get up early to
drink a mug of hot tea and watch the sunrise.  A pipe would have been
perfect - sigh.

Non-tobacco enjoyments: I enjoy good Kansas City style barbecue, mmmmm
burnt ends (the crispy ends of a smoked brisket cut into chunks and
drenched in sauce).  A sauer kraut and Canadian bacon pizza is also on
my list of great food.  Hot tea is my favorite anytime drink while my
choice in "adult beverages" is a Fat Tire Ale from New Belgium
Brewing.  Musically, I enjoy classical to rock with a little blues and
psychobilly thrown in.  My favorite bands are Tangerine Dream and King
Crimson, both of whom I've followed through several permutations since
the 70's.

My favorite pipe is perhaps my first.  The brand is Wild Honey, and it
was made in England.  The thing I love about it is the shape.  It's
carved to look like several sections of bamboo and the grooves are
perfect for holding.  It's not large at all, however it holds more
than enough for the half-hour work commute.  Many pipe perfectionists
would look at it in horror as it has several large pits and hairline
cracks.  To my eye, these so-called flaws only add appeal and
character to its organic appearance.  It wasn't a perfect block of
briar, yet it took a true artist to incorporate these faults into
something beautiful.  One of the truly amazing things is that it likes
any tobacco I've packed into it except latakia.  Heck, it probably
likes latakia, too.  I'm the one who can't handle it.

I've recently acquired three new pipes.  Two are tiny Czech Sport
briars.  They're small enough to worry about the moustache when
lighting, but just right for the drive to work and home.  They're
small enough that I'm afraid of getting pulled over if a LEO (Law
Enforcement Officer) sees one.  They are inexpensive at $10US and
smoke just fine.

The third new pipe is a Bjarne freehand that's good for an hour or
more of enjoyment.  All of my pipes are at least half-bent except for
a cheap churchwarden that doesn't get much use.  I'm currently keeping
my eyes open for a straight or 1/8 bent, yet no standard shape has
caught my fancy.  It may be time for another freehand.  :-)

Currently, I'm leaning towards aromatics from David Barnes in Kansas
City.  Oasis, a vanilla/coconut blend is tasty, but is quickly being
replaced by Blue Ridge, a chocolate blend.  I've had to try
Cumberland, a straight VA, numerous times to even start appreciating
it.  DB is a small mall shop with friendly staff.
 
Another tobacco I'm enjoying is Texas Jack, a rum-flavored VA/Burley
blend from Outlaw Cigar Company.  I've visited the store twice and
staff were knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful.  The manager freely
discussed the sources of their bulk tabak, something I understand most
are reluctant to do.  Although they concentrate on cigars, selection
of pipes was varied and about 50% meerschaums.  They do plan to expand
their pipe selection, however.  Both bulk and tinned tobaccos are
available.  More on Outlaw later as I plan on visiting rather
frequently.

Steve, please be kind enough to add these to the resource if they're
not already listed.

Outlaw Cigar Company
6234 Chatham Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64151
816.505.2442
816.505.2427 (fax)
http://outlawcigar.com

David Barnes Tobacco and Accessories
Bannister Mall (I-435 and Bannister)
Kansas City, MO 64137
816.765.7171

Diebel's Sportsmen's Gallery
426 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64112
816.931.2988

Also, please correct the resource entry for Cigar & Tobac.  They are
located in Overland Park, KS.

Many thanks for this publication and the thoughtful nature of all
participants.

Jon Crick

"Man was granted creativity to compensate him for what he is not; a
sense of humor to console him for what he is." - Frances Bacon

[Jon, thanks for the updates!  Yahoo doesn't find a Cigar & Tobac in
either Overland Park, KS or Kansas City, MO. Could you send me their
full address and phone, so I don't delete a different store by
mistake? -S.]


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

I chanced on a website (DutyFreeZone.an) offering a limited menu of quality
cigarettes and cigars at 31% off retail price.  Sadly, the site offers no
pipe tobacco BUT it does offer a "suggestion box" for us to request that
quality pipe tobacco's be offered.  We seem to have an opportunity to
promote a source of good tobacco at a reasonable price.  (If it wants the
saying, I affirm that I have no financial interest in that site.)

Happy puffing,
 ??????????????


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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Cerrato

Hi Steve,

I recently acquired a pipe by a maker I'd never before heard of.  Name is 
Cerrato.  The pipe is a gorgeous angel's hair straight grain and is 
weightless . . . a wonderful smoker.  I'd like very much to have a few 
more of Mr. Cerrato's pipes.  Word is that he is elderly, lives in Italy, 
and may or may not still be making pipes.

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone with information about Cerrato or with 
Cerrato's to sell.

Thanks and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Rob Denholtz
??????????????


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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Fine Olde Briars

Hi Steve,

As it's been quite a while since I approached you with a commercial 
message, perhaps it would not be improper for me to ask that you let your 
readers know that Fine Olde Briars is still active in the estate pipe 
business and offers a large selection of pipes and pipe-smoking 
miscellany at www.FineOldeBriars.com.  We also are seeking to buy pipe 
collections.

Thanks for your indulgeance.  And, thanks for the great job you're doing 
with PD!

Best,

Rob Denholtz
Fine Olde Briars


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From: georgi todorov <???????????????????????>
Subject: About the pipe smoking

Hi, Steve,
I have a question for you and all the pipe smoking
folks there. Do you know about any Bulgarian Pipe
smoker on the Net, or I am really the First one? I'm
asking , because I think I'll try to collect some
people there for a small Bulgarian Pipe Club. In this
case, any help, idea, advise is welcome. Thank you in
advance and have a nice smoke!

Georgi from Getzpipes

__________________________________________________
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Yahoo! Shopping - Thousands of Stores. Millions of Products.
http://shopping.yahoo.com/


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From: georgi todorov <???????????????????????>
Subject: News from Prague

Hi, Steve and all the pipe smokers on the Net,
Just want to let you know, that if you ever come in
Prague and you need tobacco or a pipe, there are some
shops to go and see. I know about 4 places where you
can find really good choice of tobaccos and pipes. Not
only the world knoun brands like Peterson, Savinelli,
Stanwell, Joura and s.o., but also some pieces from
local pipe makers. I have the addresses of two places:
"Kralovstvi dymek" (Pipe's kingdom)
19 Stepanska str.
Praha 1
Tel: 22232431
(pipes, tobaccos, accesories)
and
"Baker Street"
38 Celetna str.
Praha 1,
Tel:21613274
(pipes, tobaccos, cigars, Swiss knifes, accesories)
At the first place they can give you the location of
the other two, it's kind of a chain of shops.
Anyway, if somebody of the pipe smoking fellows is
coming here in Prague and needs help or advice, my
personal number is: 0603 966214 (when you call from
Czech Rep.), I'll be glad to help you.
Also in near future my new Web page will be ready, so
I would like to ask you, Steve, if there is
possibility to put it on the list of the Pipes Digest?
Best regards and cool smoke:

=====
Georgi from GETZpipes

__________________________________________________
Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Shopping - Thousands of Stores. Millions of Products.
http://shopping.yahoo.com/


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From: Philip Boothman <?????????????????????>
Subject: Orlick pipes

Hi,

Can you tell me where I can find information about Orlick pipes?

I have recently met here in England a daughter of the Czech family who made
Orlick pipes in London in the 1920s, and am trying to put together some
information about their history for her.

Many thanks
Philip Boothman


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From: "Owen Cecil" <???????????????????>
Subject: Neptune pipe tobacco

Dear Sir:  I use a computer at my local library and have attempted several 
times to send a query to the pipe tobacco chat room.  For reasons not clear 
to me, the message does not seem to have gotten out of the local system.  No 
one here at the library is intimately familiar with the workings of the 
system, so I don't know what's happening.
In any event, I wonder if you might be able to post this inquiry on the 
tobacco page?   "Around 1960 I smoked a delightful slice-cut Cavendish 
called Neptune.  I purchased it at that time from Wally Frank and believe it 
was a Dutch or Dannish tobacco.  In checking with several tobaconnists, I 
learned that Neptune is no longer imported in the US.  Does anyone know if 
it is still made?  If so, how can I purchase it, short of hopping over to 
the motherland?  Incidentally, this tobacco is similar to Troost slices.  It 
came in a small blue box, the slices being approximately 3"x3/4".  Thank you 
for your assistance."


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From: Ramon Cruz <?????????????????????>
Subject: How to smoke a pipe

I read your article on how to smoke a pipe and found it very
informative.

I need more info on the pipe cleaner. I bought my pipe from the Duty
Free Store in the Philippines. The sales lady was nice enough to toss in
(2) pipe cleaners. Unfortunately, I do not know which one is which.

There is a portion that looks like a spoon.

Another has a protruding portion on the one end (imagine your leg with
the foot connected)

A third is just a thin tube (like wire).

Is the "spoon" the scraper?

Is the one with a protrution the "tamper"?

My office mate recommended Borkum Riff. Is this a good brand for a
beginner? Will highly appreciate your feedback.

Sincerely,

RAMON M.CRUZ

[You're exactly right about the tamper and scraper.  The scraper might
also be a little knife.  Regarding the Borkum Riff, the only way to
find out whether you would like it is to try it, of course. -S.]


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From: "Terrance Leak" <???????????????????>
Subject: great tips...

Steve, great tips for all of us pipe guys.... been smoking pipes for 
around three years. now, and love it... my wife and daughter both enjoy 
the aroma of the different tobaccos, so its been a hit around the 
house... I have three Savinelli's, and they smoke great, plan to add to 
the collection this Christmas....

                         thanks again,

                                    Terry


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From: "Tyler Jaques" <?????????????????????>
Subject: The lusty smoker

Dear Friends of The Digest,

     With this posting I have taken the courtesy of attaching my email 
address. This is for the reason that I most ferventally desire response from 
my parralel puffers of pipedom.
     We all are in full knowledge of the ever failing interest in pipes. 
These days, it seems that the only aroma of pipe tobacco that graces my 
nostrils comes from my own pipe. That sense of comradery once so great an 
aspect of pipe smoking, seems harder and harder to achive simply due to the 
lack of pipe smokers in a single area. While this digest and its ever 
growing cadre of briar enthusiests has served as some comfort, I have yet to 
have the pleasure to sit and share a smoke, a drink, and a chat with any of 
you. And this is an experience that can never be duplicated, no matter the 
love and craftsmanship which Steve empolys in the construction of each 
digest as well as each and every contrabution made by all of us.
     Is there any hope that the pipes shall see a reasurgence and so once 
more establish those ties of brotherhood found in a shared smoke? I doubt 
it.
     I hate to be cynical, But it is hard to not be in the face of the facts 
that we are all confronted with. Fewer and fewer care about pipes. I see 
next to no pipe smokers in city streets anymore, those times in which I do 
are truly wonderous ones, accompianing them are feelings I am sure are close 
akin to Elvis or Callifornia Condor sightings. Those pipe smokers that I do 
see are near always of a single varity, old or fast getting there.
     This brings me to my second note of the lack of future in pipe smoking: 
youth seem to have no sereious interest in the merrits of the bowl and stem. 
There are exceptions, but again, not hopeful ones. I myself am quite the 
anomoly being a young person who has keped with the pipe. Now twenty one, I 
first put a pipe to my lips at age sixteen and sence then have never been 
without one. I have been assigned several nicknames, Sherlock, Pipe Man, 
Popeye, Bob Dobbs, all owing to the near constant presence of a pipe between 
my teeth. Given this, many from my peer group have approached me expressing 
interest in pipe smoking and hoping that I could act as guide. I was always 
happy to oblige. Every time though, I was met with dissapointment. It seems 
to me that nearly all members of my generation are either lazy or overly 
image consious and, often, both given the behaviour that I observed in every 
single person that I hoped to guide down the trail of the pleasures of the 
pipe. Most gave it right up after less than a week, usually with an excese 
to the effect of, 'It won't stay lit' or 'It burns my mouth'. Those who did 
stay with it and attempted development of propper smoking tecniques would 
only seek to smoke their pipes while at parties or when taking walks in 
crowded places. Not one, to my knowlrdge, ever thought of smoking a pipe 
while in a situation of sollitude or even with closest of friends, but 
rather only at those times when they would be sure to recieve looks of awe 
and admiration or comments to the effect of, 'Ooo, that pipe smells so good. 
Is that cherry tobacco?', all much to my chagrin as a mentor. And even these 
whom took to the pipe as a consious eccentricity were often as quick to give 
it up in short order.
     Few things have generated quite so much annoyance in my life as these 
psuedo-smokers. I may be said to be an excessive pipe smoker, but at least I 
am a consistent one. Ludricous popinjays.
     As a young man however, I am willing to accept any airs of falsehood in 
my perceptions. I have a good deal of living to do and a good many places 
that I have yet to visit. Given this, I here invite you, o latikia lovers, 
virginia mavins, and cavendish cadre proove me wrong. Do so by all means 
possible. If any of you should have any sort of information that should show 
that there is hope for the pipe, that it is not just some ever obscured 
tradition only truly heald to by a few cantankerous old devoties, that there 
is evidence of a section of glorious modern youth that are ready and able to 
put a pipe to their lips so to continue the prodgeny of puffing, if so I 
would love to here of it, any of it.
     Here's to hope for the future of the spirit of the pipe, taken for what 
it was ment to be and preserved for all time.

     Never more wishing to be prooven wrong, I am yours,
T.M. Jaques


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

im desperate to get some pipe tobacco from this crazy pipe shop in
bellington washington - i found it on a road trip a couple of years
ago - it is housed in a part of an old train and it had the best pipe
tobacco that i have ever had - but heres the problem - i cant find it
again!!! - can anyone help? - i cant get there but i was wondering if
anyone knows the name of that shop and if i can get them to send me
some tobacco any help would be appreciated

please e mail ??????????????
thanks!!!


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From: "Richard A Kaminski" <?????????????????????>
Subject: new member & summer workshops [PIPE]

Hi there.  I signed up just after issue #272 .  I had just finished all
the back issues which I started reading in August.  Excellent work to
both Steves. I have been smoking pipes only since July and still have
plenty to learn (been a cigar smoker since I was 10 years old, I am 32
now; also dabbled with cigs).  A few things.  I too get the roof bite
once in a while as a few members had mentioned, but it seems to be
evolving into tongue bite more so now, but even that is becoming less
frequent (hope it stays that way).  To Big John in B.C., I remember
butch wax.  I used it until a couple of months ago when I shaved off my
flat top.  Thanks to Pipes Digest I now know about Cornell and Diehl
(http://www.cornellanddiehl.com/).  The service is great and the prices
low.  Especially for a Canadian where we pay through the nose for
tobacco products (even cigarettes are getting expensive again here in
Ontario).  Also thanks to the Digest, I hang out at alt.smokers.pipes
(ASP) as Sparky (at least it keeps me off the streets).  Lots of nice
people there and plenty of information floating around.  And thanks to
ASP, I now know about vegassmokes (http://www.vegassmokes.com/), cheap
tinned tobacco and bulk.

Finally, my ulterior motive.  Does Al Baier still conduct his weekend
pipemaking workshops in the summer? Al are you out there?  I know when I
want to go and what I want to make.  E-mail me: ?????????????????????

I shall now stop.  I wish every one the best over the various holidays
that are approaching us:  Christmas, New Year, Chanukah, Ramadan,
Festivus (a la Seinfeld), Happy Shiny People Day, Pagan Naked Dance
Month etc., etc., etc.  Please bask in all that apply and ignore those
that do not.  If you would like any other special occasions observed in
the new year, please let me know.

See ya,

Richard A Kaminski  BA, A+.
(a.k.a. Sparky)
First Air  Computer Services
Carp, Ontario, CANADA
800-661-4042
?????????????????????

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

Thanks for this wonderful service.  Though I read each issue, this is
my first post.  I hope someone can help me with info about an old pipe
shop in downtown St. Louis.  The shop was Jost's.  I bought some of my
first pipes there back in the late 60's or early 70's.  It's now long
gone.  Does anyone else remember it?  If so, what type of pipes did
they sell?  I remember most of the pipes being labeled with their
name.  Who made the pipes for them?  I've heard Comoy's made at least
some of them.  How were the pipes graded?  Does anyone know the years
in which they operated?  Who was the owner?  I'd appreciate any
historical info that anyone has regarding this shop.

Charlie 


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From: georgi todorov <???????????????????????>
Subject: New web page

Hi, Steve and everybody on the Net,
I just want to let you know that my new Web page is
allready working. You can take a look at the link
below.
Steve, I'm still waiting for the new Pipes Digest, is
there any reason I don't know about why I didn't have
it yet? I'm still just a "new in the town".
Also, do you think you can put my Website adress on
the list of the Digest? (May be like a
"GETZpipes"?)I'll apresiate this very much.
Thanks and have a nice puff!
Best regards:

=====
Georgi from GETZpipes
GSM +42/0603966214
http://getzpipes.homestead.com/Gpipes.html

[You didn't get the new Digest because this is it! :-) -S.]


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

I am in possesion of a pipe given to my father over 30 years ago.  The
brand of the pipe on the stem is 'Bruken' and the bowl is a hand
carved bulls head which was made in Spain.  The bulls head is complete
with horns.  Can anyone give me an insight as to the pipes origin.

James Kingdom
Australia


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From: "Giovanni Medioli" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Charatan's history and stampings

Hi,
I am a pipe smoker and collector from Milan, Italy.
I am looking for some further informations about Charatan's pipes: 
brand, history, stampings, hallmarks. 
Being lucky proprietary and smoker of about 50 Charatan's, some with a 
long smoked history behind, I am obviously interested to collect further 
informations as well as further pipes.
I will be very grateful if you can address me to any publication and/or 
site or expert about Charatan's.

Kind regards

Giovanni Medioli
??????????????????????

PS. Season greetings!  


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

Steve-: Things are going along quietly here. My teaching is going
along with no big problems except that I was given two more classes
and have no time to myself. My pipe is my only solice on the drive
home. Sun. I stopped by my Tinder Box after having not been there in
months and was shocked to hear that my favorite Tinder Box tobak has
been cancelled. When I started smoking a pipe, again, after 20-some
odd years I started with Cafe Supreme and they have gone and DC'd
it. I bought a Mocha flavored one from MacClellan but it is not the
same. I bought 8 oz. of Cafe sup. and will buy another pound this
weekend and it will be gone at my store.  I hope all is well with
everyone and have a good holiday season. The wife and I are going up
to Victoria for three days and celebrate our 28th anniv. Still no
smoking in the pubs there.

Later,  Big John 


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From: "Brett A. Thomas" <?????????????>
Subject: A pleasant evening

Steve, All:

Thought I'd share my experiences with pipe smoking, under the theory
that they might be useful to other relatively inexperienced smokers
out there.  And, besides, it's been a pleasant evening and I'd like to
share my good mood.

I've always been interested in smoking a pipe; one of my earliest
memories of my father was the June in which Father's Day and my
mother's birthday fell on the same day; while I don't remember what
her gift was, I do recall we gave him a pipe.  While he doesn't seem
to have stuck with it, it is something that has intrigued me, since.

In 1994, I was working in New York City, and one of my coworkers began
extolling the virtues of cigar smoking.  I mentioned that I'd always
wanted to take up pipe smoking; he advised me, "If you want to play
with something, get a pipe - if you want to smoke, get a cigar!"  As I
didn't know anyone who smoked a pipe, I started smoking cigars, and
discovered that I enjoyed them.

By 1996, I was living with my girlfriend (now my wife and mother of
our son) in upstate New York (near Ithaca).  Her father smokes cigars
and pipes, but she was not enchanted by them, and my (minor) cigar
habit was banished to the porch, an all too common story.  Upon
consultation, it appeared that pipe smoking would be tolerated
indoors.  I am probably one of the few people in the world to take
up pipe smoking for my health - standing outside in a subzero Ithaca
winter will kill ya!

I subscribed to the digest (#208), and read the FAQs and such.  On my
then-future father-in-law's advice, I purchased a Peterson System
pipe.  Since I enjoyed cigars, I consciously chose the strongest
blends I could find.  Also, I had flirted with drinking cognac with my
cigars, so I decided to try the same with my pipes.

While I tried to enjoy it, I had a hard time.  At the bottom of a
bowl, I felt a little sick.  My mouth would either be too dry or
overflowing with saliva.  Relighting the pipe would burn my mouth a
bit, which would exacerbate the saliva problem and my sick feeling.
On and off, I tried smoking pipes, but in the end (especially with my
subsequent move to much warmer California), it was just easier and
more pleasant to smoke cigars.

Finally, this year, we bought a house (the first we've owned), and I
was able to set up a study for myself, at home.  I purchased a nice
leather chair, and thought to myself, "That's just _begging_ to be
smoked in."  So, I decided to give the pipe another try.

The first thing that had changed was that I've since sworn off cognac
- it's much too rich for my drinking tastes.  I've since switched to
scotch for my straight liquor.

The second thing was that I'd learned from my dizziness and sickness
from Dunhill Nightcap - despite enjoying strong cigars, something
about the extra moistness and heat from relighting a pipe was doing me
in.

In the interests of marital harmony, I ordered some Apricots and Cream
from Cornell & Diehl, pulled out one of the system pipes, and tried
it.  My drink was a glass of water (I'd tried smoking without a drink
at all, but my mouth would dry right up).  It was better experience,
but I still burned my mouth and was dizzy by the end of it.

Finally, tonight, after a really good day, and in a good mood, I
decided to try, once more.  I brought out my favorite pipe, which was
by Peterson, but not a System - an Emerald, with a fairly small bowl.
I put "Ella and Louis" on the stereo, and poured a glass of Macallan
18 Gran Reserva, straight.  On impulse, I also poured a large glass of
cold water, because I was there and thirsty.  As good as scotch is,
it's not exactly Gatorade.  I then settled into my armchair with
"Setting Up Shop," and excellent book on designing a wood shop.

I filled the bowl according to the three-tamp method, and lit up.  I
think I got about a third of the way through the bowl before I had to
get a relight, and I discovered in that first third that the Macallan
was the perfect compliment to the tobacco I was smoking, it just went
perfectly.  When the bowl went out, I tamped it down, and relit.
Instantly, I had the same bite and saliva problem I've always had,
but, this time, I picked up my water glass, and took a drink.  I then
chased the water with some scotch, and discovered I was fine until the
next relight (the second third of the bowl), when I repeat the
process.  This relight got me to the bottom of the bowl, which is
something I've never really achieved with happiness, before.

So, if I can distill my experiences for the newer smokers out there -

1)  Don't pick too strong a tobacco.  Yes, you're a big strong guy and
    sure you eat railroad spikes for breakfast, but you don't have to
    smoke shredded tires just to show off.  :)

2)  Pair the drink properly.  I think I conditioned myself by drinking
    too much cognac in my early smoking and taught my body that
    tobacco was associated with feeling bad.

3)  Don't get too big a pipe.  If you're feeling dizzy by the bottom,
    get a smaller pipe (and see number 1).

A pleased pipe smoker...

Brett

[Also strong coffee and a pipe can get you solidly buzzed. But I
rather enjoy Craig Tarler's "Firestone Radials and Cream..." -S.]


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

Dear Friends,

I am hoping that one of you kind souls can help me out with this...I
have an old Peterson bulldog (from around 1905 or so, I believe) that
needs a new stem.  I have the old stem for a sample, but I want to
find someone who could make a replacement, hopefully out of that new
stuff that doesn't fade as stems used to...To complicate matters, as
an impecunious school teacher, I was hoping to avoid spending a
fortune.  Any suggestions that any of you have would be greatly
appreciated.

With thanks,  
Brad Krones  

[Have a look at the Resource Guide, at
http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html , under "Repairs and Custom
Carving." There are literally dozens of folks there who can do stem
repairs. The last time I had one done, it cost about $25. -S.]


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From: "P.Melchior" <????????????????????>
Subject: AD: Estate pipes for sale

Hi Steve,

I understood that one is allowed to place an occasional "commercial" ad
on the list.

I do have 7 pipes which aren't part of my rotation, and I like to sell.

Pictures and details can be found at the following URL:

http://home.wxs.nl/~melchior/pipesale/pipesale.html

If it is appropriate to place this in your digest please do, and, if 
not, please disregard this message and consider it never sent.

Peacufull puffing from the Netherlands,

Peter
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From: "John Martin" <????????????????????>
Subject: Sci Fi Churchwardens and a Christmas Meerschaum [PIPES]

Christmas Greetings, o Brothers of the Bright Leaf!!!

I was watching the director's cut of "Blade Runner", a bit of science 
fiction film noir, during the Christmas break and was suprised by the number 
of clay pipes that popped up in various scenes.  There was a vase full of 
clays in the scene where two replicants suprise an elderly eye designer in 
his cryogenic chamber, and another scene where an elderly oriental smokes a 
shorter clay but my favorite scene is in an exotic nightclub where they show 
at least a dozen men & women smoking churchwardens at the bar.  I understand 
that smoke was a traditional element of film noir, and that clays might add 
a nice retro touch, but still I am pleasantly surprised.  Has anyone else 
seen clays pop up in interesting places???

I had a pretty decent Christmas pipewise.  I was ready to pay over $100 to 
replace one of my favorite briars, a large bore thick walled pot with 
something that had a bore that was at least as large, 23.5mm.  I was shocked 
to see the pipe's twin sitting in the seconds basket for a mere $30.00.  
This left me with enough extra cash to purchase a small slightly bent 
meerschaum lattice with an acrylic mouthpiece.  This is my first experience 
with meerschaum and I am suprised at how dry the smoke is, in fact I have to 
sip water while I smoke to prevent my mouth from drying.  It is a bit odd, 
but enjoyable once I had gotten used to it.

I hope that all of you had a merry holiday season, with fine pipes & dry 
cool smokes.

John E. Martin
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From: Geleklidis Stelios <????????????????????>
Subject: Frequently Asked Questions (Pipes Digest) mistakes

In the FAQ by Stephen P. Masticola and where it says about "taste" tobaccos,
there are some serious mistakes:
It says: DUBEC - From Turkey
         XANTHI - From Macedonia
         KOMOTINI- From Macedonia
         DRAMA - From Macedonia
         SERRES - From Macedonia
         SAMSUN - From the southern coast of the black seas
         IZMIR - From Western Turkey
Now, Xanthi, Komotini, Drama and Serres are Greek cities located in the
province of Macedonia.
 From the way you put it, the reader understands that these tobaccos come
from a country named Macedonia.
FYROM (FormerYugoslavian Republic of Macedonia) is widely known (mistakenly)
as Macedonia!!!

Please correct these mistakes as soon as possible, because it really is a
serious matter!!

Best wishes

Stelios

[I'll edit the document to remove confusion.  With respect to any
potential debate about who has the right to the name of Macedonia,
I'll ask that such discussions please be taken offline. Thanks, -S.]


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From: "Schrier, Gary @ Chesterton Internet" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Joining the Coterie

Please let me know how to become a member of Universal Coterie.

Best regards,

Gary Bradley Schrier... Gig Harbor, Washington USA
Calabash... a gourd by any other name
??????????????????????

[Contact Tom Dunn, TUCOPS, 20-37 120th St., College Point, NY 11356.
Gee, I'm kind of proud that I can remember Tom's address by heart! -S.]


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From: "Richard J. Alley" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Happy New Year

2001
>From my family to yours, Happy New Year, and may 2001 bring you all the
happiness and prosperity that you desire.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who helped make this last
year, my second year in the business, even better than the first. Over the
past two years Memphis Tobacco Bowl has become more than just a simple
tobacco outlet, it has grown into a gathering place for the downtown
community, travelers and those who love to puff in peace (and out of the
cold). In the next year I hope to grow and add a few surprises to make your
experience here better. If you have any suggestions, or if there is anythin=
g
you'd like to see on our shelves, please feel free to contact me at any
time. Here's looking forward to a brand new year, new friends and more
growth.

Sincerely,
Richard J. Alley

[And to you also, Richard! -S.]



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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #273 -- January 3, 2001
  2. Subject: my mail box
  3. Subject: Pipe Lighter
  4. Subject: posting from pipes page
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #272 -- November 8, 2000
  6. Subject: Mr. Cooke's -bilateral carpel tunnel condition
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #272 -- November 8, 2000
  8. Subject: En-light-enment and milk [PIPES]
  9. Subject: Old Timer Report
  10. Subject: reply to R. Hogue, Pipes Digest
  11. Subject: posting from pipes page
  12. Subject: digest
  13. Subject: posting from pipes page
  14. Subject: Tobacco
  15. Subject: posting from pipes page
  16. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #271 -- September 6, 2000
  17. Subject: Famous people's pipe tobacco preferences
  18. Subject: posting from pipes page
  19. Subject: Christmas Pipe
  20. Subject: AD: Le Nuvole Xmas pipes
  21. Subject: Mentors
  22. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #272 -- November 8, 2000 (fwd)
  23. Subject: New member
  24. Subject: Cook's Pipe Greats (grates)
  25. Subject: I'd like to subscribe to the pipe's digest/ first question
  26. Subject: A question for the list
  27. Subject: For the Pipes Digest
  28. Subject: posting from pipes page
  29. Subject: posting from pipes page
  30. Subject: Cerrato
  31. Subject: Fine Olde Briars
  32. Subject: About the pipe smoking
  33. Subject: News from Prague
  34. Subject: Orlick pipes
  35. Subject: Neptune pipe tobacco
  36. Subject: How to smoke a pipe
  37. Subject: great tips...
  38. Subject: The lusty smoker
  39. Subject: posting from pipes page
  40. Subject: new member & summer workshops [PIPE]
  41. Subject: posting from pipes page
  42. Subject: New web page
  43. Subject: posting from pipes page
  44. Subject: Charatan's history and stampings
  45. Subject: posting from pipes page
  46. Subject: A pleasant evening
  47. Subject: posting from pipes page
  48. Subject: AD: Estate pipes for sale
  49. Subject: Sci Fi Churchwardens and a Christmas Meerschaum [PIPES]
  50. Subject: Frequently Asked Questions (Pipes Digest) mistakes
  51. Subject: Joining the Coterie
  52. Subject: Happy New Year
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