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Subject: Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 2001

		Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 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: 3644

Welcome to new members:

	Alexis Demers
	Paul M. Kaplan
	Phillip Snider
	Kenneth Woolliscroft
	Mathew A. Kowalski
	Michael T Ingle
	Bill Pearsey
	Kim Johner
	Anthony Douglas Howard
	Andrew Purdon
	Dr. Charles Edgley
	Dea'k Zolta'n
	Peter Alspaugh
	Greg Tomerlin
	Norm Deragon
	Leon Skweir
	Howard Gutenstein
	John Rehley
	Diogo Belford
	Corrie Strydom
	Mike White
	David Bye
	Scott Brown
	Aubrey L Green
	Dominik Berdyn
	Magnus Wahlkvist
	Bruce G. Wade
	Eric Kahler
	Greg S George
	George Karatzas
	Bob Threeton
	Joerg Dapprich
	Mark Privitt
	Richard Latture
	Benoit Bouchard
	Richard Wygal
	Terry Duncan
	Mark Cicero
	Erwin Van Hove
	Brett A. Ergenbright
	Mike Silva
	Kenji Kamada
	Marcel Len Slone
	Louis Peters
	Kyle Wilcox
	Basil Stevens
	Richard Evans
	Leslie Ng
	Larry Fine
	Cody Rankin
	Capt. Bly
	Dave Francois
	Bob Fliegel
	William Clifford Parker
	Jon Thomas
	Josef Bilek
	Jim Mucklin
	Peter Perkins
	Michael Jeffery Mallory
	Gregory J. Stanek
	John Surowiec
	Greg Fletcher
	Buddy Liverman
	Nathan Gadula-Cocksedge
	Tim Brannan
	Daniel Walker
	Jeffrey J. Randa
	Michael Otto
	Thomas Monette
	Richard Bourque
	Alex Ashmore
	Wes Keenan
	Alexandru Ciobanas
	Tom Adamo
	Scott Duncan
	Daniel Beary

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

SHOW DATE CORRECTION-The Milwaukee Area Pipe Society, MAPS Inaugural
Pipe Show/ Swap date is Saturday, July 21, 2001. (We had inadvertly
shown the year 2000 in the last issue of PD.)  Show hours are from
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Pistol Pete's Neighborhood Grill located at
16755 Lisbon Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005.  Pistol Pete's is not only a
wonderful eating establishment, but also has an excellent exhibit area
where the Show/Swap will be held.  Sale/Display tables are $30.00.
The Milwaukee area has many wonderful ethnic festivals during the
summer and this is the same weekend as the Feista Italiana held at the
Milwaukee Summer Fest grounds at the Milwaukee lakefront area.  This
is an excellent opportunity to make it a "weekend in Milwaukee" for
you and your family.  Contact Bob Schrap at P.O. Box 511, Elm Grove,
WI 53122 or call at 414.771.6472 or e-mail at ??????????????? for more
information on show registration and lodging.

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From: Gary Malmberg <???????????????????????>

We are sending an attachment announcing the second Northern California pipe
show.  We hope to see lots of our friends there!

Gary Malmberg

Mike Edborg

[Huge attachment deleted.  I'd be glad to run a print version,
though. -S.]

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

Hi fellow pipesmokers,

My name is Rick Manges, I am a pipe maker from Michigan. This is my
first submission to pipes digest. I am a member of the International
Association of Pipe Smokers Clubs. The IAPSC was formed in 1949 and
has been holding an annual convention and world pipe smoking contest
every year since. This year my club is hosting this event. It will
take place on October 12 and 13. A hospitality suite will be open on
the evening of the 12th. There will be live music, food and drink for
all members. The show and contest will be held on Saturday. Many
vendors will be there displaying their wares. The world pipe smoking
contest will be held that afternoon. All contestants will win a pipe,
tobaccos and other goodies. Door prizes will be given throughout the
day. That night an all you can eat prime rib buffet with all the
trimmings will be enjoyed, along with the awards ceremony. Any clubs
interested in joining the IAPSC can go directly to the website,
iapsc.net. This will give you all the information you need to
join. This will be a great show this year. The convention will be held
at Riverwood Golf Course, so bring your clubs. They also have a
bowling alley. Mt Pleasant, MI is also the home of the Soaring Eagle
Casino, one of the largest east of the Mississippi. For further
information email me at ?????????????????????

Happy Smoking
Rick Manges
Manges Pipes

[Thanks, Rick!  I hadn't heard from the IAPSC in years. Glad to hear
that they're still open for business! -S.]

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From: "Jack Tompkins" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Old Pueblo Pipe Club, Tucson, Az Pipe Show June 23 2001

                                The Old Pueblo Pipe Club
                                    Tucson Arizona
                                    First Pipe Show
                       9AM - 5PM Saturday, June 23, 2001

                              Best Western Inn Suites Hotels
                                Tucson Catalina Foothills
                                   6201 N. Oracle Road
                                  Tucson, Arizona 85704

Show Room rates are $59 per room, most rooms include free; micro wave with
refrigerator with juice, coffee pot with coffee & Tea.

Free Airport Shuttle                                 Hospitality Friday 5PM
                Call Inn Suites for Room and Shuttle Reservations.

                   TABLE FEES: $40 for Sales, $25 for Displays
         First come, first served. Only 26 Tables are available this year.
          No table(s) will be guaranteed unless full payment is received
                No table refunds will be given after May 15th 2001

              To reserve tables contact or send check or money order
                  Payable to John L. Tompkins or Sheldon Osborne.
                                 Jack Tompkins
                               3844 Blackbird Dr
                            Sierra Vista, Az 85635
                Phone: 520-459-4317 or  Email: ?????????????????????

                            For Show Information contact:
Carl Armstrong, Pres            Phone: 520-748-1510
Sheldon Osborne,Sec/Tres        Phone: 520-889-9355 email:
Jack Tompkins, Editor/WebMaster Phone: 520-459-4317 email:
              Club Web Page: http://www.jack-tompkins.com/Pipes/OPPC

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: Pipe Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan

RE: Pipe Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Acouple of friends have thought about organising a pipe club in Ann
Arbor. So far we have about 10 people who are interested. If there are
any members of this list who live in, or near Ann Arbor, and would be
interested in participating, please e-mail me. We are hoping to get
the club going soon.

Thanks in advance. Happy pipeing.
Sid Sharma

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From: "SLR" <????????????????????>
Subject: Smoking and high blood pressure


I'm wondering if anyone has information on pipe smoking and blood pressure.
My doctor wants me to quit.

Sheldon Richman

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From: "Brown, Jim" <?????????????????????????>

To Giovanni Medioli, who was searching for more information about Charatan.
Look at Ivy Ryan's article, "Memories of Charatan Pipes and Notes on their
Dating."  Internet site is http://www.naspc.org/charatan.htm.

Jim Brown

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: PD 273:  Cigar & Tabac and Charatan's Make

Happy New Millenium, Steve,  here are two replies for the price of one.

First, Cigar & Tabac, Overland Park Kansas:

Their street address is:
6898 W 105th Street, 
Overland Park, KS, 66212-1801

Their phone is (913) 381-5597

Lyn and Bobbe Beyer are the proprietors.  They do not have an Internet
presence.  Their shop is fantastic.  Well stocked in pipes, a good wall
of tinned and bulk blends, and a large walk-in humidor.  They have been
in business since the early 80s!

Lyn and Bobbe also are major sponsors of the Greater Kansas City Pipe

Next, Charatan's Make:
Giovanni Medioli asked about Charatan's history and stampings.

I use two resources for Charatan's Make:  
First, Ivy Ryan's fantastic article posted at the North American Pipe
Collector's site (http://www.naspc.org)

Second, Hacker's book Rare Smoke.

If there is a conflict between the two sources, I resolve in favor of
Ivy Ryan!

I hope the New Year finds you, Jean, and the kids well and happy!

Smoke in peace,
John-in-KC on irc #pipes
web-worker, Greater Kansas City Pipe Club

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[Thanks for the note, John!  And yes ideed, the family and I are all
well, and hope the same for you and yours. I got a bunch of other
corrections on Cigar and Tabac's address. However, see Will England's
letter below to add more fuel to the Cigar and Tabac
controversy... -S.]

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From: Will England <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #273 -- Address of C&T in Overland Park 


Due to the US Postal Service consolidating several south west suburbs into
one "Postal Zone", you find Cigar and Tabac at:

6898 W 105th St
Shawnee Mission, KS 66212
(913) 381-5597

Shawnee Mission is a catch-all for 4 or 5 small suburbs and a school

Very nice place; the owner is a long time pipe smoker and
collector.  Also, the place hosts the monthly Greater KC Pipe Club meeting
on the third Thursday of each month.


  "If Al Gore invented the Internet, then I invented spellcheck!"
      Dan Quayle, quoted at the National Press Club, 8/3/1999 
  Recovery  : http://will.mylanders.com/         PCS:  316-371-FOAD 

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From: "bluegrass" <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: PD#273 - The lusty smoker

Dear Steve,

I continue to enjoy the Pipes Digest.  Thank you for your generous and
diligent service.

Best to you and all of PD,

Greg Tomerlin
Lebanon, TN


P.S.  What ever that fellow Tyler Jaques is smoking, I'd like some of it.

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From: "Brown, Jim" <?????????????????????????>

In response to Davie's question, "what tobacco did Bing Crosby smoke?"

Bing crosby smoked a tobacco mixed by Holt's in Philadelphia.  Can't
remember the name but it contained deertongue.  They still sell it there and
it can be ordered by mail.

[Also see the next for another source. -S.]

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From: "Davie" <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: My previous posting - famous people

Steve and brethren of the briar -

Just a note to say that my question about Bing Crosby's tobacco and
other famous people's blends brought many personal and gracious
replies.  Thanks to all who took the time to respond. Bing's tobacco
was a blend of burley and deer tongue and it's available from Cornell
and Diehl as "Crooner" (#104). That's my next call. Einstein smoked
Revelation, I am told, and Nixon's blend was from a local Washington
tobacconist.  Pipe smokers are a great group of people! Thanks again
to all for the e-mails. I'll be singing "White Christmas" shortly.
Duncan Davie

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: Pipe smokers in miami

hey, I am a college student at the University of Miami and a budding pipe 
smoker, and Im wondering if there are any of you guys out there who may go 
here as well, or live in miami and would like to show a beginner all about 
pipes. figured pipes digest would be the best way to find you people! im 
always up for email friends and IM buddies :P

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From: ???????????????????
Subject: Re: PD #273 Younger Smokers

Dear Steve(s) and all:

PD #273 reminded me that it is probably about time I stopped lurking.  I am
a 24y/o pipe smoker, currently doing graduate work in English, at Fordham
University.  And yes, as several smokers pointed out in the last issue,
twentysomething can be a lonely age for a pipe smoker.  I do however take
comfort in the fact that, in the year or so I have been a subscriber, there
has been a fairly steady stream of messages from young pipe smokers like
myself.  If this digest's subscription list can be taken as an indication,
I would actually say that under 30, and even under 25, pipesmokers form a
significant (both statistically and for the long term health of our
passtime) segment of the pipesmoking popuplation.  I suspect that that
impression comes from the fact that younger pipe smokers are far more
likely to be on-line, but it's still comforting.

I do take my pipes out with me, both to campus and just out and about,
although to a much lesser extent than my cigarette and even cigar smoking
friends.  Generally, I leave them at home, unless I know I will be spending
a significant amount of time in a place where I know I can smoke.  New York
under Adolf Giulianni has become a very inhospitable place for smokers in
general and pipe smokers in particular.  Nearly every restauraunt has "no
pipe or cigar smoking, please" sign, even in the smoking section.  and many
restauraunts no longer have smoking sections at all.  I also find a pipe to
be inconvinient in many ways, because of the difficulty of lighting and
keeping one lit outdoors; and the sheer bulk of a pipe, tool, matches, and
tobacco pouch, particularly in the warmer months when I don't have a handy
coat pocket; and I always seem to get a face full of ash when there is any
wind at all:  I'm saving up for a Peterson with a wind cap, so perhaps that
will change.  But when I'm visiting friends who smoke,
 or meeting friends at DOD's or The Jolly Tinker for drinks after class,
one of my pipes always goes along with me.

My current favorite tobaccos are Georgetown Tobaccos' Reverie (a mild
aromatic <vanilla?>), Old Georgetown (Latakia w/ Yjende), and Shennendoah
(mixture of Latakia and virginias).  I am happy to say that my fiancee has
never complained about any of these blends, although the almost
campfire-like aroma of the Old Georgetown certainly requires the correct
time, place, and frame of mind.  :)  And on that note, my advice to Thoms
Hurner is to ditch the aromatics around the g/f.  I find that natural
blends leave a cleaner aftertaste and don't coat my tongue and mouth the
way the oils in heavy aromatics do.  If your g/f isn't bothered by cigars,
I doubt she could tell the difference between cigar tobacco and a mild
English or Virginia blend.

Smoke in peace!

--jay savage



I tried to e-mail you earlier in the spring when you were having technical
difficulties, but never got through.  Since no one else seems to have
mentioned it since, I suppose I'll say this now:  congrats on making us all
(and yourself in particular) look good for the Playboy Advisor early last
year.  You handled them beautifully.  Impressive.

[Well, thanks! For some reason, they didn't put in the bit I'd sent
about Hugh Hefner, whom (lest it be forgotten) was a pipe smoker with
a genius IQ who built a major magazine empire from scratch. If Bill
Gates (whom I believe from some old Microsoft radio ads to be an
antismoker) isn't envious, he should be... -S.]

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From: "Adam" <?????????????????????>
Subject: New Member and Pipe Smoker

Hello Everyone,

I am a engineering student at the University of Illinois, and have been
smoking a pipe since August.  I've always liked pipes and the aroma of pipe
tobacco, but I never really thought about smoking one personally until I
was driving through campus during the summer and noticed that there was a
REAL pipe shop on campus.  (I say "real," because most college campuses
only have "head shops" disguised as pipe shops.)  Anyway, I found myself a
few days later down at the pipe shop (surrounded by "gray-haired"
professors) trying to decide which briar was going to be my first.  I
purchased a bent Italian pipe with a silver shank, a pouch of mild aromatic
tobacco prepared by the tobacconist, and a handful of pipe cleaners. (Plus
the owner of the shop threw in beginners guide to pipe smoking!)

My first smoke, a few days later, was good, but not what I had expected.
(tongue bite and the sort) I kept at it, and managed to have a really good
smoke one day... good taste, pleasant aroma, and no tongue bite.  However
since that day, I have not had a repeated experience.  In fact, it seems
that the taste seems to be getting worse... I think its whats referred to
as "Sour Pipe"  I do Make sure that I thoroughly clean my pipe after
smoking it each time, and have even tried the "Professor's" cleaning
treatment. (Filling the bowl with slat, and alcohol and letting it sit over
night). Also I let the pipe sit for a couple days between smokes. I do my
best not to let my tongue touch the bit as so not to let saliva seep into
the bowl, but it seems that except for that one good smoke, everytime I get
to the bottom of the bowl, its full of a very unpleasant moist goo.

Does anyone have any advice for me?

-Adam Ziegler

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From: Steve Masticola (??????????????????)
Subject: BLASTED Swan Vesta matches!

Just an interjection here as I edit the Digest -- this is about the
ninth time in the past hour that one of them has disintegrated as I
was trying to light it!  Do yourself a favor and buy Diamond or Ohio
Blue Tip matches instead.  Smoking in less than perfect peace ~\U S.

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From: ?????????????????????????? (Michael Heiler)
Subject: Answer to the question in Pipes Digest #273

[Letters from Digest #273 deleted for space reasons. -S.]

Hello Thomas and Guido,

first of all a few words about myself. I am also a "young man", 
allthough the age of 31 may seem to you "very old" ;-) (as it was for 
me as I was 20 years young). So I'm attending to the right age to be 
accepted as a pipesmoker, getting the first grey hairs, becoming a 
little more rounder at certain parts of my body and so on :-) But for 
sure: I'm still feeling as a younger man and that's the point.
I live in Germany and am facing a similar problem like you: 
Pipemoking in public is a rather rare sight. So one feels like an 
alien. But thats not true! There are more of us than meets the eye! 
They just don't smoke too much in the windy cities, but at home or in 
a garden or other protected places. Another reason is perhaps (that 
is for me a heavy reason) that most shops and workplaces do not allow 
smoking nowadays and after a longer break a relit pipe looses much of 
its good smell and taste, so (especially out of my home) I rather 
only smoke when there's time and space for a complete pipe without 
longer breaks (e.g. taking a walk at a sunny day or going out with a 
friend, which is quite rare due to "family circumstances"). That way 
many younger people actually don't see too many pipesmokers in 
action. And what you don't see, you don't copy, right?
I started pipesmoking around the age of 19 (one of the reasons that I 
remember was reading Sherlock Holmes Stories and other books where 
the main character was smoking pipe or Cigarillos), smoking about one 
pipe a week. This increased after a few years and today I smoke about 
one pipe a day (some days none, some days up to four - as time 

My all time favourite tobaccos are Kentuky Bird (hello Guido!! ;-) 
Still Nr. 1 for me) and Charatan Nr. 36 (a very fruity Peach 
flavoured Virginia with readyrubbed Cavendish Flakes and Black 
Cavendish). They are up to now the only tobaccos that I smoke in my 
expensive pipes (Ser Jacopos, Bills 
(http://www.iworld.de/homes/bills_pfeifenhaus) and Stanwell). Overall 
I have quite a Number of pipes (about 33), most of them from the 
lower price-scale. They are my outdoor and new tobacco-testing pipes, 
with 4 used for latakia-blends.
That leeds me to your question about the smell after smoking, Thomas: 
my experiance is that it very much depends on the tobaccos smoked. 
Erinmore (in my category this is not an aromatic, but no offense... 
;-) has a very strong smell and I was told and have verified it, that 
it takes very long to get it's taste out of a pipe even if it is 
smoked only one time in it. It may very well be, that this is also 
true for it's smoke in clothes, etc. I don't have experiance with 
Dunhill Aromatic, but perhaps it has a component, that is more 
dominant in smell than "Kentuky Bird" for example.
I personally find the smell of Cigars, Cigarillos (which I both smoke 
occasionally) and most of all Cigarrettes worse, both the actuall 
smell when smoked and the smell "next moring". A good aromatic or 
neutral pipetobacco smells quite acceptable, even if the room could 
not be filled with fresh air over night. It may depend on the "amount 
of smoke" (1 pipe or 5 pipes smoked...), but in general the pipe 
smoke is much easier to "get rid of". Another thing is Latakia, 
Erinmore, Three Nuns and other strong smelling tobaccos. I don't 
smoke them at home (to prevent my beloved wife from complaining to 
much about me smoking pipes), but I imagine them as problematic as 
Cigarsmoke. Perhaps you get other replies to your Question...
To Guido: NL-Pipe-Clubs: I regrett that I can't be much of Help here, 
but I would suggest to search the Intenet with them Searching Sites 
like Yahoo, etc. There must be something to find in there... Even if 
it is only a Homepage of a fellow Pipefriend, who possibly can 
provide Information. Give it a try, if you not already have.

Now this has been a lot of typing for my usual Emails ;-) I hope you 
feel good after reading this. If not please take it as a "Try" to 
make you to...

Greetings and a lot of holy smoke
Michael Heiler

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From: "Jazz Aldrich" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: The explosion of 20 year old pipe smokers

Steve, I dont think this will meet the formatting guidelines, so sorry.

Well, first off I would like to say I am impressed with the number of 20 
year old pipe smokers joining the list. My name is Jazz Aldrich and I am 
currently 19 but turn 20 on Jan 6, tommorrow for me as I write this, so I 
guess I fit in with the others. I'm a Biology major attending the University 
of Nevada, Reno. Been smoking a pipe on and off since I was about 16. I 
smoke cigarettes mostly, but am now trying to kick that in favor of the pipe 
for health reasons. I have switched from Camel filters to Player's Navy Cut 
lights. A very good cigarette, but pricey ($5.99 for a pack of 25). I also 
roll my own when I feel the need, usually going in for Drum or Top. Pipes 
still don't give me the nicotine I need.

I usually have a pipe on me at most times now, so in response to Thomas, I 
will go out with a pipe with friends or when running errands or whatnot. As 
for the smell question, I have not noticed a problem but I usually smell 
like a cigarette so pipe smoke is an improvement for me.

I know Captain Black makes a "light" tobac, I have bought it at the local 
Albertson's, its in a light blue pack. It said Captain Black light, but I 
noticed that the tobac was lighter in color, not the taste or whatnot. Maybe 
this will help, Hesham , maybe not.

Does anyone know of a good tobac shop in Reno besides the two Tinderboxes? 
And do any younger people live in Reno and want to go out sometime or 
something? Are there any pipe clubs or pipe shows in Reno?


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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: I'd like to subscribe to the pipe's digest/ first question

At 14:41 Uhr +0100 04.01.2001, Pipes Digest wrote:
From: Thomas & Florence Hurner <????????????????????????????>
> 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.

Actually, I am 60 but I started with 16 - with the wrong pipe and the wrong
tobacco. Then I got consulting from a friend's father - fortunately!

Regards from Portugal


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From: "Tardy, Darryl (EXP)" <?????????????????????>
Subject: New posting to the digest -please excuse earlier transmission
from this address, in error. 

Good Day and happy New Year to all.

I would like to reply to two postings from issue 273 if I may;

to Mr. John E Martin regarding :"are there any other milk-drinking

The answer is definitely yes. Here's one of ' em. I've found that
dairy products, or not-too-strong coffee with cream tend to smooth-out
the pallet a little, and balance well with the pipe. I favor
full-bodied latakia blends, and the "creaminess" of drinking dairy
products can be (up-to-a-point) replicated by choosing a tobacco with
a higher turkish content. (Thanks to Craig Tarler for that explanation
)...It seems that some english blends have a "creamy" taste or "feel"
to them ...like Gawith's Skiff, for example, that I find, anyways
leave me feeling like I've had something creamy or almost a little
greasy. Am describing this right? Does anyone share this view?  So for
fun, try a tobacco like Skiff, or even Dunhill 965, with very mild
coffee/EXTRA cream...works every time.  Smoothness defined.

To Mr. T Jacques, regarding the future of pipesmoking: 

as a young man, don't get discouraged. About two years ago, I was
hearing from just about every tobacconist in Montreal, that Pipes
would be the next fad, as cigars were on the decline, or at leat "over
the peak". I'm not seeing much evidence in public that this is true,
but then again, most pipesmen probably enjoy them in the privacy of
home.  If anyone on this group knows actual statistics from
revenues/sales of tobaccos, I'd love to see some...

To me, it's purely a matter of taste; and as long as fine publications
and newsgoups like this one keep pipe enthusiasts informed and
interested, the hobby will continue to grow. I too have met many who
look at the pipe with curiosity, and few follow up. But remember the
one thing about being in a minority: few people I know follow up on
hiking, going skiing, riding old motorcycles, playing musical
instruments etc etc. The vast majority of people I meet do not do
"unusual" things because everyone's in too much of a rush, etc. To go
climb a mountain, to ski, to sit down and light up a pipe is an
experience. The Pipe is a vehicle for taste , contemplation,
experience as well. Not everyone is ready for that.

Take care.

Darryl in Montreal.

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

Anyone know of an up-coming pipe show near Allentown Pa. or Daytona
Beach Fla. wherein I might try to sell several used Dunhills?

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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #273 -- January 3, 2001

At 14:41 Uhr +0100 04.01.2001, Pipes Digest wrote:
From: "William H. Magill" <????????????????????>
>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.

An anectode from a business partner ...
Once he attended to a conference and when a delicate topic came up he worked
with his pipe,-). After the third time another guy looked at him and shouted:
You know you are quite unfair! Not only by playing with your pipe to win time
but also making us nervous looking at your fiddling around!

Regards from Portugal


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From: den <??????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #273 -- January 3, 2001


I'd like to inquire of the readers if  anyone has CONNOISSEURS (Ed Burak, 
N.Y.C.) available for sale or trade.  I'm particularly interested in the 
freehands, but will consider any and all.  I collect Ed's pipes and 
presently have 60 or so in my racks.  Please feel free to email me at 
???????????????  If trading interests you, check out my web site, 

Thanks and I'll be looking forward to hearing from you.

Rob Denholtz

[You aren't the only one, Rob... -S.]

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From: Mark Cicero <?????????????????>
Subject: Don Lou & Connoisseur Pipes (digest submission)

Hi, everyone.  Just joined the list today.  My name is Mark Cicero and I
reside in Nashville, TN.  

I found the list while doing a Yahoo search for Don Lou and Connoisseur
Pipes.  The search brought up a couple of references here on this list.  I
searched through the archives and found a post where a gentleman was asking
if anyone was familiar with the Don Lou Pipes (Brooklyn, NY).  I grew up in
Brooklyn and lived within walking distance from Don's shop.  I own quite of
few of his little works of art and am interested in purchasing some more if
that are to be had for sale.

I am also interested in the Connoisseur Pipe (Ed Burak .....out of NYC), if
anyone has any for sale.  I can be reached at my work email address which
is: <?????????????????>.

I am looking forward to receiving more digests and perhaps getting to know
some of you better.

Best Regards,

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From: [Address deleted at the writer's request. -S.]
Subject: posting from pipes page

Dear Steve: Please delete my e-mail adress for security purposes. I
have a job and life style that keeps me looking over my shoulder. Nuf

Any way, it has come to my attention that there communities in our
fine country of the united states of america that are outlawing
smoking outside now.(this is in addition to public places and in
parks) Apparently 2nd hand smoke poses a significant health risk and
the odor is offensive to poeple. i do not dispute this. I find being
stuck inside with other poeple's smoke to be horrible.  (I
particularily dislike cigarette smoke. I do not have a loyalty to
cigarette smokers. They in my mind are a dime a dozen and very
replaceable. Most complain that they would love to quit as they light
up.) I too am among the population of us who is relegated to the great
out doors with his pipe, and i do not contest this as i would not
dream of inflicting my family with my smoke. But!!!!!!! If we are
going to discuss polution of the out doors with 2nd hand smoke, let us
consider the well favored internal combustion motor.

I am what i consider to be fairly health conscious. I do martial arts
and work out with regularity. I eat well and rarely if ever consume
alcohol. My tobak consumption rarely exceeds three bowls a
week. Roughly ten grams. We purchaced a house in walking distance from
the department in which i am employed so I could walk to work and get
additional excercise while saving on the environment. When i do smoke
my pipe, no one has ever told me it stinks, I am poluting their air,
or that it is offensive. (with the exception of my andrew dice clay
pipe...Ha Ha. Get it?!?...<CLAY>!!! never mind) My complaint is
this. On my walks to work, i have to smell and breath the exhaust of
vehicles. It is discusting. I find it offensive and it does stink. I
am pretty sure these vehicles are poluting my air. I am not kidding
when i say that on a bad day when i get stuck at a certain
intersection, i could not feel any more ill if i had locked my self in
a closset with my pipe, smoked a bowl in 20 mi!  nutes, and inhaled
every puff.

For what it is worth, I see through the propaganda. Tobacco is the
scape goat of the month.It is easy to pick on a "bad habbit" My un
educated guess is however that tobacco smoke is not doing near the
amount of harm to us and our environment that automobile exhaust
is. The thing is, those big beautiful SUV's and turbo deisal pick up
trucks are not going to be easily given up by their owners or the auto
manufacturers. Oil companies are not going to let go of their corner
on their market with out a fight, and if i am to understand correctly,
me being part of only one percent of the population who smokes pipes,
am not going to make a hell of a lot of difference for the cause of
keeping a "degenerative" past time legal. Or outlawing the real

I'll cool my flame here, but i just want to say in closing that i am
angry that the lesser of two problems receives so much attention while
one of our greatest problems Auto Pollution) continues to go virtually
ignored with the exception of a fiew tree hugger orginizations that
are pretty much arround to sooth the public conscience.

Would any body mind posting on the next pipe digest how i could voice
my opinion to some one like a pollitician? I have no idea how to do


[Mike, you've got some good points, but I've usually found that
playing the "us against them" game doesn't work, especially when
you're trying to build support.  I'd daresay that there are both SUV
drivers and conservationists on this list, and would even classify
myself in the latter category. -S.]

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From: [Address deleted at the writer's request. -S.]
Subject: posting from pipes page

Steve,again, please delete my e-mail address for security reasons.

ugh, I lost my train of thaught on the internal combustion motor
vs. tobacco rant that i launched in on. What i meant to end up closing
with was, given how bad for the environment the ic motor is and how
bad these things smell shouldn't they be out lawed instead of tobacco?
As an american citizen, I would rather see laws in effect that would
limmit the use of a smelly deisal motor to ones own living room, no
driving in or arround a public establishment, no driving in parks or
public recreational areas and no driving in movie theaters and on air
planes!!! (or to them I guess) Also, to be completely fair, there
should be social sanctions to accompany these laws. Drivers should
feel that they need to appologize for their smelly habbit, and
polluting our fine smelling clouds of lattakia smoke with petrol
exhuast. They should not feel the need to verbalize, "i'm sorry, is my
foul smelling, pollution belching suv bothering you?" They could just
wear a sign arround their neck. I would be fine with that. Mass law
suits against the petrolium industry and auto manufacturers for
destroying the environment could follow. This would keep in trend with
America's philosophy that every thing bad that happens is deffinately
some one elses fault. After all, we can not expect perfection over
night. To ask that the american public comprehend their absurdity and
act to change it over night is possible, but to expect that any one
take responsibility for their own actions, well....did some one say
jesus is back?

I can't seem to shake the mental image i get of a group of pipe and
tobacco enthusiasts approaching washington to out law the internal
combustion motor based on the above arguements. Comical, Yes! You bet!
But I guess the real question is, would it make a good movie?



PS I hope some one out there has as much fun reading all of my dribble
as I had writting it.

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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: A question for the list

At 14:41 Uhr +0100 04.01.2001, Pipes Digest wrote:
From: Thomas & Florence Hurner <????????????????????????????>
>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 ?
>I don't think it really depends on the brand of tobacco, because I smoke
>aromatics tobaccos, like Dunhill Aromatic, or Erinmore mixture

Yes, aromatized tobaccos (their perfume) stick more to any substrates than
pure tobaccos without perfume.
My wife is not enthusiastic about pipe smoking. When I once smoked a perfumed
one, she asked me to return to a natural tobacco.
By the way - you don't believe that high quality tobaccos get perfumed?
Would anybody dope a good Riesling with vanilla aroma?
My brother smokes cigarettes (he stops smoking every three months,-) and after
his visits the place really smells stronger.
My father used to smoke cigars - we called them "Stinkadores",-)

Regards from Portugal


[Anyone in the USA remember the "La Stinkadora" bit from Moe, Larry
and Shemp?  Just trying to keep the intellectual level high... :-) -S.]

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From: ???????????????????????? (2tired 2play)
Subject: help! please good pipes and

got dr.grabow pipes chewed stems  were can i get replacements curved
style stems ty:)


[Well, see below, for instance! Or look in the Resource Guide at
http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html under "Repairs and Custom
Carving." -S.]

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From: "????????????????????" <????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Plus

Thank you for adding me to The Digest resource list. Sorry I didn't include
my address. Here are all the goods:  Pipes Plus, 84 Kingsview Drive,
Bolton, Ontario, Canada. L7E 3V5. Phone (905) 857-6108, FAX (905) 857-8863
and you have my e-mail.  Much credit goes to you and the work you do on
Pipes Digest and to show you how wide-reaching and effective it is, I have
already received three enquiries from the last digest. Thanks again!  Ian

[With so many other Web resources around these days, I'm glad to hear
that the Digest is still effective! -S.]

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From: ???????????????????????
Subject: Misc. Ramblings

Hello Steve and all,

It's been a long time since I contributed anything to this illustrious
forum, so I thought I'd put something together and send it in.

Last year was kind of a slow one in terms of pipe acquisitions.  I finally
reached the point of critical mass, meaning that I simply did not have room
for any more pipes.  This means that I have to really want a new pipe
enough to replace an older one in my collection.  Also, now that I have a
fair number (60-something), I'm more inclined to go with quality than
quantity.  I did pick up a nice Nording pipe when I was in Virginia last
June to attend a conference.  I visited Georgetown Tobacco located at the
Tyson's Corner mall (their main store is located, interestingly enough, in
the Georgetown section of Washington, DC).  This is a small store, but
they've used their available space to great advantage, and while their
selection wasn't large, it was diverse enough meet almost anyone's budget
and taste.  I was very impressed with the thinking that went into their
selection of not only pipes, but cigars, accessories, and tobaccos.

Aside from that, I smoked the pipes I already had.  And I do smoke them
all, one after the other in order.  At the rate I smoke, It usually takes
me 6 to 8 weeks to get through them all.  I realized several years ago that
I was smoking some pipes a lot and others hardly at all.  So I decided that
if the pipe was going to be in my collection, I should smoke it and if I
wasn't going to smoke it, I should replace it with something I was going to
smoke.  This turned out to be a good move.  Some of the pipes that I didn't
smoke much mostly just needed some additional use to break in and mellow
out and have turned into favorites.  Others, mostly ones that I bought
20-odd years ago when I was just starting out, I replaced with nicer pieces
and was able to give the older ones away to young friends who were just
starting out.

I also tried out some new tobaccos during the year.  In January I couldn't
resist popping open my tin of Millenium 2000 that I'd been aging for
several years.  That was a lovely blend, a golden Virginia flake tobacco.
On one hand, I was sorry I didn't buy more tins when I had the chance, but
on the other hand, since it was one-of-a-kind, it made it kind of special.
I nursed it along until almost October.  In one of the issues I received of
"Pipes & Tobaccos" I read some very glowing reviews of G. L. Pease's new
blends, so I called up Cornell & Diehl and ordered up a couple tins of
several blends.  The first one I've tried is Mephisto which contains a
Virginia base with Latakia and Orientals.  It's then topped with a bit of
rum.  This is an excellent blend.  It's full-bodied and full-flavored, but
very smooth.  The rum is there, but doesn't overwhelm the tobacco flavor.
It think it mostly aids the aroma.  I asked my wife what she thought of it
and she said it was strong, but not bad.  This is high praise from her
since her comments about the other Latakia blends I've smoked run along the
lines of a damp, smoldering pile of dirty underwear.

Lastly, I had some time off during the Christmas holidays and I spent many
an enjoyable moment sitting in my easy chair, re-reading Terry Pratchet's
"Hogfather" (any Terry Pratchet fans out there?), and smoking my pipes.
One day I was sitting there peacefully watching the smoke curl up and
disappear and I thought to myself how sad it is that there are so many
folks out there who would gleefully deny me this pleasure.  And I wondered
why.  I wasn't hurting anyone (except, perhaps, depending on your point of
view, myself), I was merely enjoying one of the fruits of the field that
God has given us in the comfort and privacy of my own home (since here in
California they've driven us out of just any place else).  Yet, if they had
their way, my pipes and tobaccos would be outlawed completely.  We must
resist this tendency to legislate or litigate a person's pleasurable
pursuits.  We must let people know that we're not ashamed of being smokers,
rather it's a path we've chosen.  As I say to those who ask why I don't
give up just a disgusting habit, "It's not a habit, it's an art."

Thanks, Steve, for helping keep the art alive.

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

Dear Sirs,

We are one of the best meerschaum pipes producer and exporter.If you
are interesting the top quality meerschaum pipes we recommend you to
visit our site as soon as possible. http://altinaypipo.com

Nedim Altinay
Export manager

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From: Geoff Corey <??????????????>
Subject: RE: A pleasent evening

Brett & Pipes Digest, Hello!!!

I was ready the last digest when Brett posted and summed up his difficult
beginnings with pipe smoking.   Gee, I wish I had some guidence!

I've smoked cigars for 10 years.  Usually very strong smokes, such as
Cubans.  My wife bought me a pipe for Christmas two years ago after I made
some minor remark that I'd like to give a pipe a try that summer.  She
bought me a nice Tinder Box bent pipe with an average size bowl.   Not
knowing what to smoke I tried Captain Black in the blue tin.   While it
smelled good I had terrible tongue bite.

Well, I didn't smoke the pipe too often because of the terrible bite.
Thinking that the bite was because the pipe wasn't broken in, I continued to
suffer.   Well then, I was talking to a friend of mine at the local smoke
shop (Cigar Merchant) and he was smoking some Davidoff blend.   I then
picked up some Dunhill London Mixture a tamper and some more pipe cleaners
when visiting my Mother-in-law at JR Cigars.   That was all she wrote!  I
haven't bought another box of cigars since.

It seems that when I smoke a non-aromatic blend, I rarely get tongue bite.
When I do, it seems to be from a lot moisture.   While the pipe is still
lit, I'll clean the stem with a pipe cleaner and the bite is gone.  I
believe I've read that trick in one of the Pipe Digests.   Thank you to
whoever posted that message!!!

My second problem was the bowl going out or not burning properly.  Once
again, someone here talked about properly packing the bowl and tamping it
every so often.  Once again, thank you to whoever posted that message!!!

Since then, I've tried some Captain Black that I've still had in an old
humidor/tin.  Still I get bad tongue bite with that aromatic.   For the most
part, it doesn't matter to me since I don't smoke aromatics anymore.
Besides the Dunhill London Mixture, I also smoke Lane's HGL.  HGL is similar
to the Dunhill London Mixture but just a tad sweeter and a more pleasant

Smoking has always helped me relax in this hectic world.  Whether writing
software or pursuing and entrepreneurial idea and writing/executing business
plans, life's stresses seem to melt away with a good pipe.   I live in
Atlanta and as some of you know, traffic can easily turn into a two hour
commute.  I find a good pipe full of HGL and Miles Davis - Kind of Blue will
make any commute a much more pleasurable one.  Hell, I could sit behind a
MARTA bus and not have a care.

This Christmas, I wanted to get back to my old hobby of woodworking.  After
talking to Trever Talbert, I'm starting to put my woodshop in order.
Hopefully next month I'll create my first pipe.

Life is what you make of it!  I hope yours will be long and pleasurable.
Thank you to you all that have helped mine become even more enjoyable!


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From: ?????????????????????????? (Michael Heiler)
Subject: Question about OoOPS

Dear Mister Masticola,

may I take a little time of yours and ask you a question? Thank
you. :-) I recently surfed on a Site of the OoOPS (The Organization of
Online Pipe Smokers) and tried to get in Contact with the man behind
this, Mr. Bromley. Now the Emails did not reach him, because of a User
unknown - Error.  My Question to you is now: Do you know what happend
to OoOPS and/or to Mr. Ray Bromley?

Thank you for taking the time.

Greetings and a lot of good smoke to you
                  Michael :-)

 ***   ??????????????????????????   ***

Die beruehmten "Letzten Worte"...

 ...des Beifahrers: "Rechts ist frei!"

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From: ?????????????????? 
Subject: Meerschaums/Hayim Pinhas

    I have acquired a couple of hand-carved Meerschaums by Hayim Pinhas, 
labeled "A first quality genuine block Meerschaum, handcarved made in 
Turkey."  One is a turbaned sultan head and has a curved stem; the other 
appears to be grapes and leaves,  and has a straight stem.  The set is 
complete with paperwork and are in a green velvet-like case.  Paperwork has a 
graphic that says, "GOLDEN MEDAL of the Chamber of Commerce of Istanbul 1968, 
1969, 1971 and 1972.  The pipes are unused.  Do you have any information 
about such pieces or can you direct me to a source of additional information.
    Thanks very much for any help you can give me.

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

Hello Friends,

In the last issue, I had posted an article asking for help with
getting an old Peterson repaired.  I received a response from Rob
Denholtz (??????????????) from Fine Olde Briars in Poughkeepsie, NY,
referring me to Randy Pisechko (??????????????????).  I wanted to
share with you the note that I sent to Rob today...

Hi Rob,
A few weeks ago, in response to my message in the most recent issue of Pipes
Digest, you referred me to Randy Pisechko for a repair job on an old
Peterson pipe that I have.  I sent it to him, and it arrived back today.  To
say that he did a fabulous job-the pipe looks better than it probably did
when it was new back in 1905, or so,-would be an understatement.  Moreover,
the price that he charged was a fraction of what I was expecting.  Thanks
very much for putting me in touch with Randy.  I owe you one.  I am going to
send a copy of this note to Pipes Digest in case their readers have need for
this excellent service.
Brad Krones
Moore Haven, FL

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From: ???????????????
Subject: comment from pipes page

Hi Steve:
       Thought I would drop a line and add my "two cents" after reading the 
last three issues.  You. as well as the likes of Tom Dunn provide a great 
resource for the the briar brotherhood.....Thanks!  This past year was very 
interesting and exceptional with regard to my novice pipe collecting 
endeavors.  I obtained pipes from Mark Tinsky, Tim West, Sam Learned, and 
Paul Bonaquisti.  Each artisan brings their own unique flair to what are 
not only collectibles but great smokes.  Across the ocean I had an 
opportunity to purchase one of Maurizio's "Nuvole" pipes..Excellent smoker 
and nicely crafted briar!! All of these men are really nice guys to 
communicate with.  New tobaccos which may be of interest:  Barclay Rex in 
NYC has to great English Blends I recommend ...Maiden Lane & Hampton 
Bay....Check out J&R for great prices, especially the Rattray 
blends.  Connoisseur Tobacco also in NYC..Ed Burak (Nice Guy) has two 
greats  English:  Turkish Black, Aromatic: Scottish Ribbon.   If !
you are ever in Louisville, stop by Kremer's Smoke Shop, good conversation, 
a very nice and varied selection with bulk Stokkebye and McClelland 
Blends.  Thanks for the enjoyable reads and Happy New Year to everyone!

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From: "John Martin" <????????????????????>
Subject: More Sci - Fi Pipes [PIPES]

After sorting thru my mangy collection of paperbacks I have come across 
another depiction of pipe smoking in science fiction.  When he created a 
trio of sci-fi mysteries, "The Caves of Steel", "The Naked Sun" and "The 
Robots of Dawn", Isaac Asimov added a pipe smoking detective.  Elija Baley 
inhabits about 4000 AD.  Earth's population has had to crowd together into 
multilevel underground cities inorder to survive with its vast (8 billion) 
population.  One effect of the overpopulation is that all commodities, 
including tobacco, are rationed.  As a middle class detective Baley was 
limited to 2-3 pipefuls a day.  Cigars were luxury, primarily for government 
officials.  Baley's pipe was interesting in that it had a baffle in the 
bowl.  Asimov doesn't explain what the baffle does, possibly provide for 
more efficient combustion and get the longest smoke of one's limited tobacco 
supply, or it may provide the coolest smoke or allow the pipe to smoke well 
without exotic materials like briar or meerschaum.  I imagine it looking 
like a Kirsten.  Regrettably, Asimov doesn't include many examples of Baley 
smoking his pipe in the two later books, "The Naked Sun" and "The Robots of 
Dawn" both take place in the "Spacer" worlds and the spacers are notorious 

Chuc Mung Nam Moi
<Happy Vietnamese New Year>

John E. Martin
Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com.

[Apparently so was Asimov. I remember reading a bit from him
advocating that all smokers be confined to "smokatoriums." This,
coming from someone of Jewish background who was alive during the time
of the Holocaust, sounded ironic to say the least... But, de mortuous
nil nisi bonum. -S.]

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From: "Siegel, David" <?????????????????>
Subject: Strano pipe

I bought a couple of pipes from a pipe maker named Joe Strano back in
the mid 1970's.  I know he closed his shop in Queens, NY.  Has anyone
ever heard of him or heard of him since?  He blended some amazing
tobaccos - Tom's #1 especially - and handmade all of the pipes he sold
and did repairs in his window of his store.  The store was called
Northampton Tobacconist.

Dave Siegel

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

There used to be a small pipe shop in Ridgewood, Queens New York
called Northampton Tobacconist.  It was run by a very talented
pipemaker named Joe Strano.  The store closed in the late 1970s.  He
even blended his own tobaccos; his Tom's #1 blend was amazing.  Does
anyone know of his whereabouts or what happened to his tobacco

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

I have been looking for Turkish pipe tobacco.  The brand is Tuerk Pipo
Tuetuenue.  It had a very unique tast and I have not been able to find
it in the states.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks - David

["ue" substituted for u-umlauts in the name. -S.]

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From: "Terry Duncan" <???????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Thanks very much.


Where could I buy moderately priced wood pipe racks that will hold a number
of freehands and large bowl pipes?

Everything I have is too crowded to put more than 3 in a seven pipe rac!!

I've shopped about everywhere but I thought you might have the "inside

Terry Duncan

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From: "Richard J. Alley" <??????????????????????????>
Subject: February 2001

Briar Report
A new shipment of Stanwell pipes has just arrived. These Danish made pipes
are perfect for the everyday smoke. Many shapes and styles to choose from.

In The Humidor
February is the shortest month and we've got some great short cigars perfect
for the lunchtime smoke or the walk back to the office. Try the Bohio
Senoritos #1, only $1.50 and guaranteed to get you from our doorstep to
yours without wasting a puff.

Well said...
Shelby Foote, Civil War historian and longtime Tobacco Bowl customer, was
recently interviewed for The American Enterprise. Here is what Mr. Foote had
to say regarding smoking.

The American Enterprise: The holy warriors against tobacco haven't convinced
you to give up your pipe, I take it?

Foote: It took me 20 years to write The Civil War, and I wrote it seven days
a week, six hours a day. I wrote it with a cigarette in my left hand and a
pen in my right hand. At a conservative estimate of a pack and a half a day
of regular Chesterfields, I figure I smoked 150,000 Chesterfields in the
course of writing the Civil War, and I'm here to tell the story.
  They did convince me to give up cigarettes when I had angioplasty, but
I've been smoking my pipe three times as often as before.

TAE: Do anti-smoking zealots remind you of the mid-nineteenth-century
fanatics, whether fire-eaters in the South or abolitionists in the North?

Foote: Fanatics we couldn't do without, but God knows they make a lot of

For the rest of this candid interview, please visit

In Print
See Memphis Tobacco Bowl featured in Jill Freeman's "Fabulous Finds" in the
February issue of Memphis Magazine, page 30, on newsstands now.

At The Pyramid:
University of Memphis Tigers vs.
 Marquette, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
 Cincinnati, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
 UAB, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
 South Florida, Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m.

At The Orpheum:
La Triviata, Feb. 2-3
Fosse, Feb. 20-25

Feb. 9 - A Celebration of Downtown, The Downtowner's 10th Anniversary
Luncheon, Peabody Hotel, $35, Reservations required 525-7118 ext. 12.
Feb. 10 - Memphis Mardi Gras Parade and Ball, Rock 'N Soul Museum, 5 p.m.
Feb. 10 - Zydeco Festival, Beale Street, 5 p.m.
Feb. 14 - Valentines' Day (buy your sweetie a stogie)
Feb. 23 - South Main Art Tour, South Main Historic District, 5:30 p.m.-9
p.m., free trolley

The Memphis Troubadours Acoustic Showcase, every Tuesday night, The Flying
Saucer, 8 p.m.

Memphis Tobacco Bowl Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Beginning March 1, by overwhelming demand, our Saturday hours will be
expanded from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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From: "Terry Duncan" <???????????????>


In your opinion, what is "THE" mildest tobacco I could use while
breaking in a number of new pipes.

My tongue is going to fall off....if, I'm lucky?

Terry Duncan

[Just email Craig Tarler (address immediately below) and ask him to
send you a pound of "Emperor's New Clothes" mixture.  A bit difficult
to light, but definitely the mildest in existence.  Also try his
"Helium Blend."  :-) -S.]

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From: Craig Tarler <???????????>
Subject: ANN: C&D Dealer Page

We have added a dealer page to our site. We encourage you to patronize
these people who do so much for our hobby.

Craig & Patty

http://CornellandDiehl.com  for Cornell & Diehl tobaccos
http://glpease.com for G.L. Pease Blends
Last update: February 4, 2001

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From: Gregory Pease <???????????????>
Subject: Greetings from a prodigal fan...

Hi, Steve,

As always, the digest arrived just in time to give me a much needed
diversion from the too-many-things-going-on condition I so often put myself
in. I always look forward to just sitting down with a good bowl and read
through this labor of love of yours. Thanks for keeping on so reliably! I
don't ever know WHEN it's coming, but I know THAT it's coming, and that's

It's been nearly a year since I announced that I was dissolving F&P, and
reforming as GLPease Tobaccos, and what a year it's been! I thought I'd take
a few minutes to update your readers on some of what's been going on.

It's been an exciting year. The shows have been great, and I've been able to
add a couple of new blends to the menu, bringing the current total up to a
full half-dozen. The newest, Haddo's Delight, seems to have almost achieved
something of a cult status, if the posts on ASP are any indication. The
excitement continues, for me, as I have to keep up with the growing demand.
I'm happy to report that I'll survive the first year! And, I'm really
thrilled to report that there are over 75 stores now selling GLP tobaccos!

Over the past few months, I've done a lot of reorganization of the web site,
and have added some things that might be of interest to PD readers,
including a Photographic Shape Chart, a work in progress. On these pages are
actual photographs of actual pipes representing many of the classic shapes.
There are still some significant holes in the shape range, but I'm working
on it. Once the classic shapes are more fully represented, I'll start
working on the Italian and Scandinavian variations. I think I've bitten off
a lot, but the chewing will keep my jaws exercised...

I've posted all the pipe reviews I've done, to date, on the site as well.

There are also some new articles and musings by me, and some guest articles,
including Paul Szabady's "Breath Smoking" Technique," and a wonderful essay
by Phil Webb, entitled, "Why I Smoke a Pipe."

My article, "A Tale of Two Latakias" has recently been published in Swedish,
which was quite a treat to "read." (My Swedish is pretty much limited to
pancakes and a few words, but with the help of a dictionary and a lot of
guessing, I managed to wade through it. I suppose it really helps that I
knew what the original said...)

I'm just getting ready to release a new blend, a Burley, Virginia, perique
melange that, after a couple months of tuning, is really showing some
promise. I'm scheduling it for release sometime in February.

That's about all there is from here. Keep up the good work, and I'll be
looking forward to the arrival of the next installment of the digest. It's
always welcome!


Gregory Pease 
G. L. Pease Tobaccos

[Excellent, Greg!  Maybe I'll see you around the shows sometime. -S.]

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

I saw an article on-line that explained how many pipes a year were
sold in the US and in what price categories. Anybody know where i can
find it

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From: "Aleksandra Gadula" <????????????????????>
Subject: First time smoker

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.


My name is Nathan and I live in Poland with my wife.  I have just come
back from Prague on holiday and there I bought a Chacom pipe.  It is
bent as I know that this is the best one for the starter.  Could you
please help me, I would like to join a club or group regarding pipes
as I like to smoke them, and I don't know much about the different
tobacco's or pipes.  Also are there any magazines which I could read
or books for that matter.  The shop in Prague, 'Baker Street' had a
large selection of pipes, tools, lighters, tobacco's etc and all of
this was a bit confusing, so I got the Chacom at the saleswoman
advice.  I would love any help with the world of pipes that you could
give, Yours faithfully, Nathan Gadula-Cocksedge

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

A friend of mine sent this, which was posted on a medieval history
e-mail list. The name and e-mail address of the fellow who posted it
to the list are included.

 To : ???????????????????????????
 Subject: How about this depiction of medieval manners?

I have read unfavorable opinions on this list of the works
devoted to medieval history written by Barbara Tuchman and
William Manchester, and while I've heard rather more
favorable opinions of the works of Monty Python on this
topic, I suspect that this is rather more due to their entertainment
value, and their humor, than to their academically acceptable
depictions of medieval history.  I would like to solicit opinions
about the quality of the following passage, and to issue a
solemn warning at the end of it.  I quote:

"Tobacco has been a blessing to us idlers.  What the civil-service 
clerk before Sir Walter's time found to occupy their minds with it is 
hard to imagine. I attribute the quarrelsome nature of the Middle Ages 
young men entirely to the want of the soothing weed.  They had no work 
to do and could not smoke, and the consequence was they were forever fighting
and rowing.  If, by any extraordinary chance, there was no war going,
then they got up a deadly family feud with the next-door neighbor, and
if, in spite of this, they still had a few spare moments on their
hands, they occupied them with discussions as to whose sweetheart was
the best looking, the arguments employed on both sides being
battle-axes, clubs, etc.  Questions of taste were soon decided in
those days.  When a twelfth-century youth fell in love he did not take
three paces backward, gaze into her eyes, and tell her she was too
beautiful to live.  He said he would step outside and see about it.
And if, when he got out, he met a man and broke his head--the other
man's head, I mean--then that proved that his--the first
fellow's--girl was a pretty girl.  But if the other fellow broke _his_
head--not his own, you know, but the other fellow's--the other fellow
to the second fellow, that is, because of course the other fellow
would only be the other fellow to him, not the first fellow who--well,
if he broke his head, then _his_ girl--not the other fellow's, but the
fellow who _was_ the--  Look here, if A broke B's head, then A's girl
was a pretty girl; but if B broke A's head, then A's girl wasn't a
pretty girl, but B's girl was.  That was their method of conducting
art criticism.

Nowadays we light a pipe and let the girls fight it out among

        --- Jerome K. Jerome, The Idle Thoughts of An Idle Fellow,

And it may be that anti-tobacco-smoking campaigns, which
started not too long after Raleigh (allegedly) brought
tobacco (aka the Indians' revenge) from the New World to
the Old, have prevented amelioration of human conditions,
and are presently thrusting humanity even further into the
sort of things that Jerome alludes to as characteristically
medieval.  Think how much more pleasant it would have
been if, during Jerome's time, instead of engaging in the scramble
for Africa, the Crimean War, the US Civil War, the Boer War,
etc., people had taken Jerome's implied advice and spent more
time than they evidently did lighting their pipes and trying to keep
them lit!  The evident decline of pipe-smoking in the USA bodes
no good.  Maybe, as a substitute, we ought to encourage burning
incense in churches, schools and government enclaves?  They
do that in a Chinese restaurant I patronize, and there is always
a peaceful atmosphere in there.

Gordon Fisher     ???????????????????

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

A big ol' stack of cowboy-sized howdies from faraway Chapparal Arizona
 (Motto : "It's Five Miles West of Downtown Wittmann!").

I'm a newcomer and fresh signee to the digest, so please be gentle...

Being located in such a spot ("godforsaken", "isolated", and
"desolate" are the adjectives which come to mind) reduces me to
shopping online for my pipes and tobaccos. I could do a 100 mile
round-trip into the Valley-- home of the Phoenix People and their
exotic, forbidding culture-- for a rousing round of vehicular suicide
and pipe-store visits, but anymore I can't find what I like, viz:
McLelland's various Virginia Blends, Esoterica's Penzance, Rattrays,
and such. And the pipes? Fry my butt and call me bacon, but they're
run-of-the-mill and overpriced. So, into the online world I must go
for my supplies.

So far, I've had excellent results from Tobacco Direct in Groton,
CT. They've gone above and beyond for me, so I feel that I at least
owe them the plug.

All that aside, let me come to the primary reason for writing to the
august readership of this fine publication: a new discovery which
threatens to revolutionize the briar-surface industrial complex of
which Eisenhower spoke.

One recent evening during our present harsh winter season, I was
relaxing on the couch (note to Easterners: "sofa" or "Chesterfield")
with a lovely straight-grain Wiley half-bent. I was luxuriating in a
bowl of Penzance for the very first time. (Esoterica's blends are a
bit spendy, but I'd ordered some to see what all the fuss was about.)
Picture: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto on the stereo, a glass of Maker's
Mark on the side table, and a purring cat on the lap.

Lost in my enjoyment of the genious of W.A., I absent-mindedly reached
down to the furry feline vibrator and stroked its fur with my pipe
hand (with pipe still attached). The warmth of the bowl increased the
depth of the purr to a subsonic level which seemed to meld with the
Mozart, creating a pleasant pipe-organ-like effect. Realizing that I
was playing a Key of A cat, I intensified the stimulus-- puff the pipe
a bit, rub the cat with it, and repeat del capo. After a half an hour
of this, by which time the CD had gone into the Bassoon Concerto, the
fickle beast suddenly decided to leave its ecstasy to scratch
melodiously in the catbox.

Musing on the nature of time, space, and the existential invalidity of
Colibri Lighters (I prefer wooden matches, though in adolescence fell
for the hype of fancy flames), I happened to glance at my pipe. It was
a glistening perfection! The briar had taken on a glow that seemed lit
from within. The grain was more defined and richer, warmer in color
somehow. I swooned at the sight.

Stepping outside to clear my dizzied head, the force of winter quickly
brought me back to earth. The clear sky and 70 degrees awakened me to
what had happened: Cat Fur and Briar.

All my pipe racks are now lined in cat fur, and I've taken on seven
more cats so that my pipes can look their best. It's worth it!

A word of warning: If you plan to upholster your pipe racks in cat
fur, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SHAVE THE ANIMAL. Cats are very testy about
this! And cats have claws, okay? Shear them silently as they sleep
(which shouldn't be difficult, it's what they do, mostly-- check the
cat, if it isn't eating, then it's asleep.)

I hope this helps you in your understanding of the care of your pipes.

With gratitude, and a friendly meow from Henry, Ernie, Dave, George,
Woodrow, Mildred, Spook, and Beanie--


[Alas, I'm allergic to feline follicles, so I'll have to give this
technique a pass.  However, while staying in La Posada de Chimayo in
New Mexico, I did notice that the proprietress' friendly gray North
American Domestic Shorthair (a.k.a. alley cat) did not bring on my
customary spasm of wheezing. It might have been that the desert had
dried its dander, or it might have been that the low air pressure and
severe lack of water had suppressed any sneezing urge.  What this has
to do with pipes, I dunno, but thanks for a great letter! -S.]

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Quote of the Week:

  "Grandpa's body was a rich brown color and gave off the smells of
   all he did and was: soil, tobacco, leather, sweat, and wine. He
   looked like a lanky root of some mighty weed, wrenched from deep in
   the earth, and, because he was always digging in the garden, he
   seemed to be looking for a new place to plant himself."

				  Clem Fiori
				  _The Vanishing New Jersey Landscape_

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 2001
  2. Subject: posting from pipes page
  4. Subject: posting from pipes page
  5. Subject: Old Pueblo Pipe Club, Tucson, Az Pipe Show June 23 2001
  6. Subject: Pipe Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  7. Subject: Smoking and high blood pressure
  8. Subject:
  9. Subject: Re: PD 273: Cigar & Tabac and Charatan's Make
  10. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #273 -- Address of C&T in Overland Park
  11. Subject: Re: PD#273 - The lusty smoker
  12. Subject:
  13. Subject: My previous posting - famous people
  14. Subject: Re: Pipe smokers in miami
  15. Subject: Re: PD #273 Younger Smokers
  16. Subject: New Member and Pipe Smoker
  17. Subject: BLASTED Swan Vesta matches!
  18. Subject: Answer to the question in Pipes Digest #273
  19. Subject: The explosion of 20 year old pipe smokers
  20. Subject: Re: I'd like to subscribe to the pipe's digest/ first question
  21. Subject: New posting to the digest -please excuse earlier transmission
  22. Subject: posting from pipes page
  23. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #273 -- January 3, 2001
  24. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #273 -- January 3, 2001
  25. Subject: Don Lou & Connoisseur Pipes (digest submission)
  26. Subject: posting from pipes page
  27. Subject: posting from pipes page
  28. Subject: Re: A question for the list
  29. Subject: help! please good pipes and
  30. Subject: Pipes Plus
  31. Subject: Misc. Ramblings
  32. Subject: posting from pipes page
  33. Subject: RE: A pleasent evening
  34. Subject: Question about OoOPS
  35. Subject: Meerschaums/Hayim Pinhas
  36. Subject: posting from pipes page
  37. Subject: comment from pipes page
  38. Subject: More Sci - Fi Pipes [PIPES]
  39. Subject: Strano pipe
  40. Subject: posting from pipes page
  41. Subject: posting from pipes page
  42. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  43. Subject: February 2001
  44. Subject:
  45. Subject: ANN: C&D Dealer Page
  46. Subject: Greetings from a prodigal fan...
  47. Subject: posting from pipes page
  48. Subject: First time smoker
  49. Subject: posting from pipes page
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