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Subject: Pipes Digest #275 -- May 12, 2001

		  Pipes Digest #275 -- May 12, 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: 3683

Welcome to new members:

	frank vilter
	Randall Selander
	C. M. Guttendorf
	Jim Marks
	David Maxid
	Armidee Franklin Mack
	Andrew J. Lowry
	Pete Mckechnie
	Jan-Erik Haara
	Robert Brown
	Richard Geller
	Steven Landreth
	Gergely Kiss
	Carlos Urtasun
	Gerald P. Bella
	Matthew Churchill
	Kevin Parent
	Mick Andrews
	Richard Stanway
	Jonathon Nuttall
	Rob Mahon
	Robert Garbarino
	Bruce Podolski
	Dean F. Goddard
	Christopher Darrin Stine
	Matt Chipman
	Dick Wohlwend
	Terry Hagley
	H. M. Green
	Stefan Jenner
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	Allen D. Moyer
	Tim Parker
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	Joerg Sieverding
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	Koen Decraene
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From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: AD: announcing pipesworld.com

Steve and all,

	i'd like to announce a new web site for pipe and tobacco lovers.  i think 
it is a site that uses the web to its full potential.  it has:

	- a wide variety of pipes and tobacco,
	- high-quality, rotatable, photographs of the pipes for sale,
	- very secure transactions,
	- international ordering capabilities,
	- membership benefits, and
	- a wealth of other user-friendly features.

of course, i'm biased about this site: i've been providing a small amount 
of input on its creation.  please note that this fact will in no way affect 
www.pipes.org as i will continue as i always have there, trying to create a 
good resource for all who share a passion for pipes.

Steve Beaty                                            ????????????????????
Technical Consultant                              http://www.pipesworld.com

[Steve, I usually reserve the beginning of the Digest exclusively for
club news, but this one time I'm making an exception. With the man who
invented the pipe-oriented web site on the job, it's gotta be
great. And it certainly is. Thanks! -S.]

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

A note from
Home of the
Northern California
Pipe Show II

Hi Pipe Smokers of the Western World

We are trying to make sure everybody knows about the California show June 2.

We expect the June show to be as big and exciting for all as our first
show was last November.  We hope you'll attend!  And we have room for
plenty of tables, so it is by no means too late to reserve one if
you've been thinking you'd like to be represented as a dealer or
trader or collection-displayer at the only pipe show on the Western

For details and directions to get to the show, see the show announcement

Could you take a moment to let us know your plans?  It would help us
arrange the space and assure you a truly effective pipe show.  Send
answers to the questions below to


Do you plan to attend?
How many people might you come with you?
Do you want to reserve a table?  What size?  How many?
Do you need information about hotel accommodations near the show site?
Can I send you other information?


The Fresno Pipe Club, the Sacramento Pipe Collectors' Assembly
and the Peninsula Pipe Club jointly announce the
Join other pipe smokers, private collectors, estate pipe dealers, smoke shop
retailers and manufacturers' reps. Bring pipes for appraisal or to trade or
sell.  Come to relax, share and enjoy.

Saturday June 2, 2001
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION                       CLARKLIFT TEAM POWER (Training Room)     8111
Fruitridge Road

TABLE  RATES             Half Size (18" x 60") $15      Full Size (36" x
60") $25

Gary Malmberg        1325  O St #1      Sacramento CA 95814         (Days)
916.442.6027        (Evenings) 916.929.8965
Mike Edborg
?????????????????    559.298.4325
GETTING THERE                 The show will be at the Clarklift Team Power
forklift dealership southeast of downtown Sacramento.  Clarklift is at 8111
Fruitridge just east of Power  Inn Road.  Find your way to the Power Inn
Road exit off Highway 50 east of downtown Sacramento.  Go south 2 miles to
Fruitridge, turn left, and watch for the Clarklift Team Power parking  lot
on your left.


>From the east on Hwy 50, the exit is 2 miles after the Watt exit.

>From the northeast on I-80, take Business 80 toward downtown.  Go east on
Hwy 50 toward South Lake Tahoe.

>From the north on I-5, head for downtown, then go east on Hwy 50 toward
South Lake Tahoe.

>From the west on I-80, stay on I-80 to Sacramento and on Hwy 50 toward South
Lake Tahoe.

>From the south on either I-50 or Hwy 99, turn east on Hwy 50 toward South
Lake Tahoe. 

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From: "Jack Tompkins" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Old Pueblo Pipe Club, Tucson Az, Pipe Show....June 23 20001

Hi Steve,

I wonder if you would be so kind and run this in your Pipe Digest.


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 to......
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.
To :
Jack Tompkins
3844 Blackbird Dr
Sierra Vista, Az 85635
Phone: 520-459-4317 or  Email: ?????????????????????
Club Web Page:  www.jack-tompkins.com/Pipes/OPPC

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

PHOENIX PIPE CLUB.  Interested in helping form or join a pipe club in
Phoenix, AZ?  A few of us have gotten together and decided it's high
time Phoenix had such a group.  We aren't planning anything fancy yet,
just a group of smokers getting together to discuss our common
interest.  If you would be interested, contact me at
????????????????????? and I'll give you the details about our next get

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From: "Ken Dawe" <???????????????????>
Subject: Seattle PIpe Club Formed

Howdy Steve. 
Should have sent this out soon enough to get it into the PD I received

The Seattle area FINALLY has a pipe smokers club. It meets on the
third Wednesday of the month, 7 PM--I retired from the Army and no
longer have to say "1900 Hours"--at the Issaquah Tinderbox, which is
in the Pickering Place shopping center, NORTH of I-90.

The Issaquah Tinderbox has a lounge, with comfy chairs and even
imported/microbrew beer!


--== Sent via Deja.com ==--

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From: "john.w.perkowski" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Time for an Important Question!!!


OK.  Who is going where the weekend of october 12, 13, and 14???

The boys in Michigan (International Association of Pipe Smokers Clubs) 
have scheduled thein annual whoop-de-do THE SAME WEEKEND as the 
Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers 17th annual show.

I, for one, plan on going to Richmond.

Smoke in peace, John

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From: "Kamcha" <???????????????????>
Subject: the First Comprehensive Trilingual  Reference Site on
Narghile (hookah) by the author of Le Narguile 

Hello Steve,

It is my pleasure today to announce to you the existence of the first
comprehensive trilingual (English, Spanish and French) reference site
on narghile:


(designed and produced in collaboration with Alexander Williams) 

The approach is both artistic and scientific : sociological,
anthropological, historical and pharmaco-tobaccological. There are
nice pictures and solid reference texts.

Thanks you for your visit and comments. 

Kamel Chaouachi, author of the very first book on narghile in Paris,
1997: "Le narguile", Editions L'Harmattan .

[And a very nice looking page too! -S.]

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

Hello Steve and fellow readers: I am visiting Italy (Tuscany area) for
the last two weeks of March.  Can anyone recommend a pipe carver in
that area with whom I might visit to tour his worksite and to obtain a
pipe as a souvenir of this visit.  Thank you for any suggestions you
might be able to offer.

Terry Corcoran
Victoria, B.C.

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From: "Ed & Nancy Duncan" <????????????????>
Subject: Richie Esserman

Do you know if Rich has an e-mail address? I briefly met him at Barry
Levin's Boston Expo in '87..think I have one of his ex-Ashton Mags.  I
have his snail addy...finally.

I'm hoping to make it to the NY Pipe Club Aug.31 show. Haven't been to
a show since CORPS '90 (victim of Reaganism...good paying job taken
away from me...so have to suffer with crap job).

Not really a problem if Rich don't have an e-mail (don't blame
him.....for all he does via his writings in the TUCOPS and the NASPC
journal...hell, his inbox would be overflowing all the time).

cheers, Ed Duncan

I live near Buffalo, NY, so would be a short shot to the Newark
Airport hotel where the show(s) are held.

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 2001


In PD 273, Will England and I reported on contact info for Cigar and
Tabac.  Will and I agree on the physical address of the shop (to
include zip code and phone), we just report different Post Office
Cities.  The reason is nothing more or less than Bureaucracy in Action

Smoke in peace, John

====Please note:  On 15 April 2001 I will migrate my primary email
address to ???????????????????????????? 

The more you sweat during peacetime, the less you will bleed in wartime.
   ... Attributed to an ancient Chinese proverb as well as
       to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

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From: [Address deleted at poster's request]
Subject: posting from pipes page

hey steve and all, I did not mean to get controversial about suv's and
fossil fuels. i was trying to be more humorous about my posting than
anything. Some times my humor sucks though. I will stick to my guns
however on the idea that it is rediculous that smokers are being
blamed for society's health concerns when there is so much more
carcinogenic (sp?) matter being spewed into the air every minute of
every day by fossil fuel prodcuts.

Please delete e-mail adress 


[Well, read on, Mike... -S.]

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From: "Ian Adkins" <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 2001

Hi Steve.

With regard to internal combustion engines, their end is nigh with the
advent of vehicles powered by hydogen and fuel cells.  While the technology
has been around for decades, only now, with SUVs guzzling ever more
expensive (and ever more scarce) petrol, is the auto industry really giving
these technologies a serious look.  Recently science learned how to generate
limitless supplies of hydrogen using green algae (which when in an anaerobic
setting are suddenly given oxygen, they give off hydrogen), and as you may
know, the only chemical byproduct of burning hydrogen is pure water.  A
major boost to the phasing out of petrol-burning vehicles is Iceland's
initiative to use only electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles on their
island (I unfortunately do not know any other details).

Cigarette smoke to me is perhaps more noxious than exhaust fumes.  My mother
visited today and she is a chain smoker, judging by the filth in the ash
tray lighting 1.5 cigarettes per hour, or one every 40 minutes (twelve in
eight hours).  And she has a total adversion to opening windows, making it
dreadful being in her company.  I needn't mention what motorcar trips are
like, it a wonder she can see out the windshield!  But this is no surprise
to us, we know how inferior and chemical-laced cigarette tobacco is, even
the cheapest pack of Half-and-Half is a hundred times nobler than the rank
weed rolled in paper tubes.

-- Ian J. L. Adkins

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From: Peter Fackelmann <???????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 2001

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

>In fact, it seems that the taste seems to be getting worse...
>I think its whats referred to as "Sour Pipe"
>Does anyone have any advice for me?

Yes, you need more pipes.
Even if you smoke slowly you will see some condensation. This must get enough
time to dry. The most stringent rule is: Smoke a pipe once in a month!
I have 7 sets of 6 pipes and change them every 3 days.
Perhaps we can build a formula,-)
Smoking freqency
Number of pipes
Relative air humidity

Regards from Portugal


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

>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.

Go to Portugal to feel really exotic. I frequently see kids saying:
Look daddy, a pipesmoker!

>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".

My wife is a nonsmoker but agrees with that statement.

>A good aromatic or neutral pipetobacco smells quite acceptable,

imho aromatics taste less good and stay longer in the air.

Regards from Portugal


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

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

offers some at reasonable prices.

Regards from Portugal


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From: SLR <???????????????????>
Subject: Thanks!

Thanks to all the Pipes Digest folks who wrote me about smoking and blood
pressure.  I have found that when I monitor my BP before, during, and after
smoking, I see no significant change--and sometimes a drop!

A couple of political incorrect physicians were not surprised.

Thanks again!

Sheldon Richman

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

I've recently signed on to AIM and was wondering if anyone could tell
me where to find pipe-smoking buddy icons.  All the searches I've done
have turned up anime icons or offensive icons.  I have visions of a
nice pipe with smoke drifting out of it...  Thanks.

Puff in peace,

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

Hello fellow pipe smokers,

I am a relatively young pipesmoker at the age of 26 but have been
enjoying fine blends since the age of 16. I am from the north of
England UK and would love to hear from people in the UK who smoke with
the same passion as myself.
**live the smoke**
**dream the smoke**

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From: "John Martin" <????????????????????>
Subject: SF Pipes & a Christmas Meerschaum [PIPES]

Isaac Asimov an anti?  Oddly enough I recall something in Jeffers "The 
Perfect Pipe" which suggested that Asimov was a pipe smoker himself.  It is 
sad to think that he had such a drastic change of heart.

With regard to the clays in Blade Runner.  I read part of a book on the 
movie that suggested that they were supposed to be opium pipes, eep!!!

I have a question for the meerschaum fans out there.  The inside of the bowl 
on my meer had started blackening, in spite of the fact that I have swabbed 
out the bowl with pipecleaners after every smoke.  I checked with the store 
where I got it, The Bright Leaf in Wichita KS, and they said that this is 
part of the coloring proccess and that I shouldn't worry.  I still worry a 
bit.  Is the inside of the bowl supposed to blacken?  If it isn't supposed 
to do this, how should I clean it off?  I would appreciate anything you can 
tell me.

John E. Martin
Pipie at Large

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From: Andrew Lowry <?????????????????>
Subject: Boy Howdy! I AM somebody!

Steve, and fellow fumarotistas--

My very first brand-spankin' new digest appeared in my mailbox just now
(as I was reading through the past digests through the website,
coincidentally enough). Holy Moley, how come I waited so long to sign
up? Getting the freshest in one's mailbox beats the heck outa clicking
though the oldies (though of course I'll keep it up until I get

First, let me confess to a feeling of foolishness (a state with which I
am vastly familiar) regarding my failure to supply my name and bio, as
seems to be the polite thing to do, judging from from past digests.

I'm Andy Lowry, 44 years of age, happily divorced these last nine years.
I live in an unincorporated "community" within the Wittmann AZ postal
district, and work in nearby (well, only 30 miles) Wickenburg as a
merchandiser/ buyer/ pricebook administrator/ marketing analyst for a
company which owns a smallish chain of C-stores throughout rural areas
of AZ. (With only 24 stores, some consolidation of titles is necessary--
guess you could add Category Manager and Head Coffee Maker to the list.)
Making coffee with one's head can be uncomfortable, but someone has to
do it.

I originally hail from Columbus, Ohio, and am astounded by the high
proportion of writers here who claim (or blame) that fine city as their
residence. It's just a pipe-smokin' town, apparently... perhaps OSU has
something to do with that, I dunno. I DO know that Smoker's Haven, in
the old days (by which I mean those days when one could still fire up
some Balkan on an airplane or bus-- anybody remember that?) sold the
absolute heck out of GBD's, to the extent that anyone who likes estate
GBD's can view Columbus as a Mecca. I've heard it said that Smoker's
Haven was the largest (volume-wise) seller in all the world for a while,
and I don't hesitate to give credence to the assertion. I'm still
partial to them myself, if a high-grade presents itself-- not bad for a
machine made pipe. IMHO.

I have a Comoy, three Savinelli, four GBD, a Peterson, a Stanwell, a
corncob (you know who), and my latest love-- a Wiley. My next couple or
three will be Wileys, I predict. All but one of the aforementioned are
small to midsized bents. My everyday staple is the McClelland Virginia/
Perique bulk #2015, though I like to keep a half-dozen or so opened tins
around for variety-- these range from McClelland Virginias (Dark Star
being a favorite) to some English types (Penzance, Rattray Red Rap, and
especially Arcadia) and even have a can of Burley going right now (Grey
Havens, not sure what to make of it).

My first experience with tobacco was with the chewing type-- found a
pack of Red Man in the alley as a 10- year-old and made myself quite
sick on it. Took me a while to figure out that the salivary production
wasn't meant to be swallowed-- only four tries, as I remember. Went from
there to buying cigars at the local stores ("It's for my Dad, here's a
note from him in pencil on grey school-paper with the big blue lines.
What? It's signed "my Dad"? Sorry, wrong note...") and chewing on them
in bed after dark. Being somewhat the slow learner, it finally dawned on
me that the actual applying of flame to tobacco might bring me into the
realm of fewer hiccups and less of the Green Face Syndrome.

My father being a pipe smoker himself at the time, and an amateur home
blender of tobaccos, I dearly loved to sneak into his study and open the
tops of the glass jars one by one, thrusting my face into the opening
and inhaling. Hoo-whee, but that Perique got me spinning.

Never have found the aroma of burning Latakia unpleasant. Perhaps it was
from being around it before I knew the difference.

Fell into the cigarette rut for quite a while, though I must submit in
my defense that I tended either to roll my own or buy halfway decent
ready-mades (Camel nonfilter, Gauloise). The pipe experience which I was
encouraged towards by my father at the age of 14 or so (he knew he had a
tobak fiend on his hands, I guess, and tried to steer me the right way)
was always there, but never exclusively. Now that I'm older and slower,
I'm pleased to announce that my interest has fallen back to pipes. I
find them the perfect adjunct to everything (with the exception of long
drives-- not enough hands to do the pipe, the wheel, and the standard

I'm somewhat of an outdoorsist, even an amateur naturalist maybe, and
have found that the fauna don't mind the smoke too much-- maybe that's
because I just move slower whilst piping. The flora never gives a damn
that I can see. Rattlesnakes are hypnotized by Latakia, but that's
another story to be left for another day (and don't try that at home.)

Please accept my thanks, all of you who have written in this
publication. I've learned from many of you, and have been entertained by
some others, and sometimes both at once. My especial Thanks to you, Mr.
Moderator, for having done such an excellent job-- your gentility and
fairness have not gone unnoticed.

It's really great to be here! In parting: "Suppose there were no
hypothetical questions..."

Kindly Old Uncle Andy

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From: "John Bisazza" <?????????????????????>
Subject: retaining the original gloss

In Malta very good and long lasting briar pipes are manufactured by a
long standing pipe factory.  Unfortnately the original gloss on the
bowl tends to disappear by time. How can this be recified.


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From: "Valentine Rolfe" <????????????????????>
Subject: corn cob pipes

steve do you know where we can buy missouri meerschaum corn cob pipes.
walgreen's drug stores use to sell them but no longer.


[Val is an old friend from way, way back when dinosaurs ruled the
earth and I was a grad student.  I gave her a couple of leads. -S.]

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From: Kyle Wilcox <??????????????????????>
Subject: Brigham Pipes Website

I have read some comments and questions regarding Brigham Pipes up here in 
Canada and  I would like to encourage anyone interested to have a look at 
our new website at www.brighampipes.com . We have been in the pipe business 
since 1906, offer a full repair and cleaning service on most pipes, and 
distribute a number of pipe and tobacco lines including R.L. Will, Medico 
Yello-Bole and Kaywoodie in addition to our own pipes and  custom blend 
tobaccos. We also have a unique filter system that uses Rock Maple and a 
patented wicking process. I would love some feedback on our products and 
services and some suggestions for links to other sites. Thanks and Happy 
Kyle Wilcox, Brigham Enterprises ( ??????????????????????)

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

The latest digest arrived amidst the usual flurry of huzzahs and
leaping in the air (followed almost immediately by groans and falling
on the floor as I whack my head on the ceiling).  There was some
posting about the anti-smoking fanatics.  I think we as smokers have
to realize that these people are not in any way concerned about
anyones health - by trying to battle them on that front they easily
sidestep us.  These people are concerned about 1 or more of the
following: money (tobacco companies are very wealthy, power (the
beurocrats are having a field day), or simply being busybodies (some
people can never get enough of meddling in other peoples lives).  If
these people were actually concerned about health, and believed their
"what about the children" drivel they would be going after McDonalds
and Burger King, etc.  These companies obviously and unarguably market
to children - and the products they market are significantly more
dangerous health wise than tobacco.  This, to my mind simply serves to
show it's not health these people are worried about.  Another argument
against the anti-smokers being concerned about health is the way they
play so free and easy with the facts, statistics, etc.

I was recently involved in a discussion in a Yahoo club about smoking.
After several posts back and forth between myself and a few others, a
new person jumped into it.  Her express purpose was to inform me that
I am a nicotine addict (she proved this by listing a series of
'classic symptoms' which I exhibited).  Now, mind you, we have never
met - her diagnoses came from reading a few hundred words I had typed
into Yahoo.  To my mind, this lady typifies the anti-smoker - pompous,
condescending, patronizing, self-righteous and arrogant.  Maybe what
this debate needs is a Rodney King to jump in and ask 'Can't we all
just get along?'


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From: Dan Machleid <??????????????????>
Subject: A Lifesaver

To all brothers (and sisters) of the briar:

Well Met!

I've been enjoying this newsletter for months now without introducing myself,
and I'm going to rectify that.

I'm 33, living in Seattle Washington (more on that in a minute!), am married
to a non/anti-smoker, and am the father of a truly wonderful girl who will
turn 2 in April.  I was quite the anti myself for decades.  My father was a
multi-pack-a-day man for over 30 years, and our house allways reeked of
stale cigs.  Awful.  He did quit eventually, and cancer got him years later.
A type of cancer (kidney) that isn't "strongly" linked to smoking even by 
the most rabid antis, mind you.  Still, this galvanized me against all 
things tobacco.

Nearly 5 ears later, while in graduate school, I began to be drawn to
pipesmoking.  Compelled.  Driven.  I couldn't understand it.  I read every
available health report from both the smoking camp and the anti camp.  I
picked up a drugstore corncob and some Half'n'Half, and found that it was not
awful.  I became obsessed.  I purchased what was actually a rather nice Dr.
Grabow (1/4 bent bulldog w/ saddle bit: call it a Rhodesian, maybe), and it
just felt right.  I was (and still am) convinced that pipe smoking in
moderation is not only inconsequentially harmful, but that its bennefits
outweigh its drawbacks.  I came to the conclusion that I needed this to make
peace with my father's passing.  Pipe smoking still gives me peace and
pleasure.  My wife hates it, but accepts it.  I won't smoke around my wife or
daughter, even though the literature clearly shows no realistic health impact 
from second hand smoke: no need to push it.

As with most, I started off (after the drug-store phase) aromatic: picking up
Blackberry Cordial from the tobaccanist.  I've only recently moved on to
the English blends.  Now that I have, though, I can't seem to smoke aromatics
any more.  They're just too wet and cloying.   My pipes number 7:  two
Peterson Systems (wonderful pipes), a Nording Freehand (I'm sorry, but no
human being needs a bowl that big ;), two no-name seconds (eh, what do you 
want for USD 16.75), a Kirsten 1/4 bent (wonderful traveling/pocket pipe, dry
as a bone), and an "English Briar": a second (USD 20) from the local Tinder
Box.  That last one is fantastic!  I bought it on a whim, an unfinished 1/8
bent Dublin/freehand-ish sort of a thing.  Loaded it up with the Tinder Box
"Sweet English" house blend, and it has been sweet, cool, and dry from bowl
one.  I'm just starting to put a cake in it, but it's comming along well.
It's turning a rich golden brown from being handled and smoked, and gets more
lovely every day.


Now that intro's are aside, on to the lifesaver anecdote.  As mentioned, I
live in Seattle.  More accurately I live in a sub-urb called Burien down by
SeaTac airport and commute into RealNetworks, which is located on the
waterfront.  Unless you have been living on Mars, in a cave, you are likely
aware that we had a bit of a quake here recently.  As a consequence, the
Alaska Way Viaduct (a main thu-way running roughly from my front door to my
workplace: I kid you not.) was closed for inspection the following day.  The
resultant snarl/gridlock/fiasco cause a normally 20 min drive to take just
over 3 hours.

If I had not had on my person the recently acquired Tinder Box second and
ounce of Sweet English, I don't know how I would have survived.  I was far
from delighted to creep forward two to three carlengths every several
minutes, but I was far from enraged.  I had my pipe, my lighter, and an ounce
of new tobacco.  I actually looked at it as a wonderful chance to get to my
new pipe slowly and propperly, and to fully explore this new tobacco.

Given that I'm not a heavy smoker (less than 3 bowls a day and not at all on
the weekends), 3 hours with the pipe was a bit much for me, but it's just
such a darned good pipe!

I've also got a question for the list.  Forgive me if this has been asked and
answered (I've only read up through #165 in the archives), but how does one
acquire Balkan Sobranie?  What is so fantastic about it?  How does it compare
to the (still available but almost equally touted) Bengal Slices?

Even if everyone else didn't say it, I still would:  Steve, you're doing a
wonderful thing very well.  Keep doing it.

Here's another tobacconist for the Resource Guide: Tan asked about it in
issue #273

Fairhaven Smoke Shop
1200 Harris Ave # 100
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 647-2379

A truly wonderful (if small) place for the pipe smoker!  I haven't been to 
the shop in years, but this is the first place I ever bought a real (non 
Grabow) briar.  The proprietor blends his own (he had a full sized jar of 
bulk perique, right next to the burley and virginia the last time I was 
in!), and carries a good selection of tins, pipes, general smoking 
supplies, etc.  I can't rate the cigar humidor, but there was one.

Smoke in peace,

Dan Machleid                                   ??????????????????
System Administrator, Real Networks                  206.892.6092
Q:      How does a hacker fix a function which
        doesn't work for all of the elements in its domain?
A:      He changes the domain.

[Dan, thanks for the delurk.  I wonder how many of our other
subscribers have a similar story -- anti to aficionado? -S.]

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

I am looking for an ADMIRAL by Mount Batten (manufactured by
Charatan?) It was lost during my recent jaunt in the Andes.  It was my
favorite AND a sentimental item.  Could any one direct me to one such

Nelson A. Ossorio

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

Hello Steve,

I have been a customer of Tinskey Hayes for over five years. I just
tried to order tobacco from them and found the site is now John B
Hayes. When I tried to place my order the credit card that I have used
for over five years was denied. There is no way to e-mail them so they
have lost a long time customer, not very smart on their part.

David Talty

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From: "John Booth" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Birds and Pipes

Dear Steve I have been a subscriber for around a year now and must
congratulate you on the bulletin, it is always stimulating to
read. I'm surprised more UK submissions are not received, perhaps I
need to spread the word. My main interest is ornithology and perhaps
the best pipe smoking moments are when I see a new bird for my British
list often after many hours of waiting in the field. It is then that I
fill my Peterson with Carey's Old English, light up and cherish the

Keep up the good work
John Booth

[John, it's a pleasure to hear from someone who likes both birds and
tobacco, and who hasn't been booted our of the woods by an angry mob
of birders. Welcome! -S.]

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

ello. After seeing all of the college students posting is prompting me
to also post.  I am 20 and have been smoking pipes for a couple of
years.  Since coming to college I have introduce pipes to many of my
cigarette smoking friends and taught them that pipes are FAR superior
to cigarettes.

My advice though to the fellow who was smoking an Albertson's
blend... Stay away from drug store belnds.  This is not just snobbery
talking!!! The drug store blends are so finely ground that they heat
up like coals and rip the *@%$ out of your tongue.

And in my humble opinion, HSB Tobacconist in the Loop is the best
Tobacconist in Saint Louis, and Johns Pipe Shop is the best pipe shop
in Columbia, hands down.

Tom Gabel  SLUH 99

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From: Wes Keenan <?????????????????>
Subject: New site you might want to check out.


I just started a new site I would like to tell you about.  Please go
to www.geocities.com/kf4bsb and let me know what you think.  I would
also like for you to ad it to the links that appear on www.pipes.org
if you would please.


Wes Keenan

[Nice concept -- couple of small technical gotchas. Thanks! -S.]

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From: "Marcus Matzick" <??????????????>
Subject: Please post this in the next issue :P)

I have been smoking a pipe for a few years now and have mostly gotten 
the hang of it. I just have a few questions: 

I would like to read more info (reviews etc) on the following tobaccos: 
Borkum Riff Whiskey and Black Cavendish, Black Anchor, Amphora Red and 
the green pouch.

Also I have a "Big Ben" pipe that is grey in colour, it is one of my
favs to smoke, anyone know anything about these pipes? On the shank it
says "Gun Spot" and it uses the charcoal filters. Can I smoke this
pipe with out them?

Hope to hear something soon, Marcus


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

Hi, people,
I have two questions to ask.

Does anybody know about some pipe show in Europe and , if so, could
you be so kind to let me know someth. more about it?
My second question is who can sugest a briarwood sourse in Italy or
Greece for me? I am running out small pipe studio and I need more
information where to get some briarwood trims from. You can visit my
site at:
Have a nice puff!
Georgi from GETZpipes

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From: "Daniel Beary" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Am I a listed subscriber?

Dear Steve,
       The "cooperative" I mentioned in my last e mail was the "Pipe and Pouch Cooperative" Somehow I got Pipe digest confused with them. I recieve e mails from the cooperative weekly. Am I listed as a subscriber to pipes Digest? I have access to back issues (thank you for your assistance on that). Will I recieve current Pipe digest issues? Thanks for helping me sort out the confusion.
                                             Thanks, Daniel Beary

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From: "Theresa LeGarie" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Set

Dear Sir,
My husband would like to make a pipe for a friend. However he needs a
pipe set inorder to do this. Do you have any ideas of who he might
contact to purchase this pipe set. Any help would be greatly
Thank you,
Warmest Regards,
Theresa LeGarie

[Try Stemco-Pimo, Inc., ??????????????????? There are probably others
too. -S.]

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From: "Don Russell" <??????????????????????>
Subject: February's Digest.

Greetings, Steve!

[Administrativa deleted. -S.]

Just as a point of interest, Lennie Weinrib and I have become great
cyberspace buddies as a result of one of his contributions to the
Digest. We correspond back and forth once or twice a week. Look for a
letter he wrote for The Pipe Collector in the next edition...it's
great stuff...human interest at it's best.

Smoke in peace, Kind regards, 

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

I find that the "Gold Burley" blend sold at CVS drugstores in Maryland
and PA is the only tobacco that I really like because it is so mild.
Alas, CVS is stocking it less and less, and I am searching for the
supplier.  The brand name on the package is "Premium Blend" and the
only other information given about the manufacturer is "manufactured
under the direction of the trademark owner: #T.P. 26VA."  I would
appreciate any leads so that I can order direct or otherwise find a
reliable source.

Thanks, L. E. Miller, Kensington, MD

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From: "..." <????????????????>
Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

HI Everyone!

This is my first posting, although I have been received and thoroughly
enjoyed the last couple of digests. Yesterday I had my first pipe smoking
experience, and I still quite excited.

I'm 31 and have never been a smoker. I have always thought it would be nice
to enjoy a pipe, however. Picturing myself, pipe in hand calmly exhaling
puffs of smoke, seemed tranquil. I always wanted to know what it was like.
For months now, I have been talking to my wife about it and checking out
some pipe smoking resources like Pipes.org.

Well, day before yesterday, my wife surprised me with my first pipe, some
cleaners and some vanilla scented tobacco. Oh yeah, and one of them pressing
thingys that look like a upside down roofing nail. It was quite thoughtful
of her.

I'm happy to say that I just finished my second bowl and am ecstatic. The
first one was interesting. I read through the beginners pipe FAQ and got a
general idea of how to pack the bowl. I think I went through 30 matches,
trying to keep it lit. It was heavenly. I didn't experience any of the
bitterness or tongue bite that I had worried about, and the smoke was nice
and smooth. About every five minutes, I would accidentally inhale instead of
exhale. That kind hurt :). One of my re-lights was hilarious. I was
distracted by trying to get a nice draw on the pipe, and suddenly realized
that my match had not gone out. Instinctively, I dropped the match right
onto the living room floor. Still panicking as I watched our carpet start to
smolder I grabbed the match and blew it out. Well, my attention turned to
the pipe that was about to go out again, and I dropped the, now extinguished
but still hot match. Then as the epitomy of grace, I sat down. Burned my
rear end good.

My next smoke (today) was much less eventful. I am learning how to draw the
smoke in without actually inhaling. It's so cool. I just kinda open the
inside of my mouth a bit more, and the smoke naturally flows in a nice
smooth motion from the bowl. I did get a bit of ash taste towards the end
and some irritation on the tongue, but I think it was because I was trying
to puff too fast.

Thanks for providing this forum. It has been a wonderful read, and really
set me up to appreciate my first adventure with a pipe. If you don't mind, I
might like to contribute some of my experiences as I grow with it.


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From: Bill McClain <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Startin' off on Pipes digest...

 ...Hi, folks.  Bill McClain here.  I'm 39 and have been savoring the
pipe since I was seventeen, when Dad caught me with a pack of
cigarettes in my pocket and, instead of getting upset (a smoker
himself, he wasn't one for hypocrisy), said, "Why not try one of my
old pipes?  It tastes better, and you don't get so much smoke in your

Nearly 22 years, about 50 pipes, and 12,7909 bowls of Borkum Riff later, I 
think we have a winner here.  I've even learned to like navy flake and English 
blends along with the vanilla tobacco that everyone around me seems to 

Coupla quick questions -- feel free to respond directly.

Anybody know where you get Cary "Magic Inch" sleeve filters online?  I have a 
beautiful Carey from the sixties that desperately needs a new filter...yecch!

I'm in Columbia, South Carolina.  Are there any upcoming pipe shows in the 
state or in Charlotte, NC in the forseeable future?

Proud to be a part of this number,

Bill McClain

"Easy reading requires hard writing." -Anthony Trollope

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From: Jim Foley <????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe waxes

Question:  I want to rewax my briars and I have been told to use carnuba
wax or bees wax.  I understand that carnuba is more heat resistant  but
that bees wax  produces a more "mellow" luster, whatever that means.
Which do I use, carnuba or bees, and what is the buffing technique to
best bring back the luster and show the grain?
Question:  I have built up some light burn on the rim of the bowl and
want to remove it.  I have used spittle, which works quite well, but
that is a big chore to produce that much spit--any ideas??

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

Hello, First off I'm not a pipe smoker, just the occasional cigar. My
question is I like to collect and right now my desire is Hilson
Fantasia pipes. I have 4 and can find nothing about them. I belive
they are made of catlin and lined with mershum (sp)I also know they
are made in Belguim. I would like info on when they were made, are
they still being made. Anything would help. Thanks for the help

Bart Carroll, ??????????????????????

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

Hello All,

I have been reading the past few issuses with interest.  Here I
thought I was the only college student that smoked a pipe ;-).  I am a
21 year old student at Ohio University studying civil engineering.  It
has been only recently that I have gotten serious about pipes though.

I originally come from a somewhat rural area of Ohio.  I've always
liked to do things my own way, and that is often the cheapest way.  I
started smoking pipes at 14 when I made my first corncob pipe (readily
available materials).  In recent years I have looked at numerous
drugstore pipes, but all appeared cheap and not very personal.  I took
to crafting my own out of the material I knew best, wood.  My first
attempt was a cherry wood version of a clay with a stem 14" long.  It
proved to be pleasant, but due to my own faults the bowl cracked.
Still in pursuit of my perfect pipe I next tried maple with a 5" stem.
This one has not let me down after over a year of service, and it
tastes great (I have tried a briar to compare the taste).

I realize that many of you may be horrified at my use of materials.
Granted maple is no substitute for briar.  However, I like the fact
that I can kick back and smoke with a pipe that my own hands created.
Besides that I can rest assured that no one has a pipe quite like
mine, it is not a cookie-cutter drugstore model at the very least.

Just thought I'd add my two cents about my own experiences.  Happy
smoking everyone.

Ryan Marthey
Athens, Ohio
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From: ????????????????????
Subject: comment from pipes page

I sure hope this is the form for Pipes Digest; I have been reading some of 
the the comments and questions form previous smokers and find them 
interesting and insighfull, and actually have a few to make myself(hope 
this is Steve I'm speaking to) regarding bulk tobaccos', cleaning, 
Sasieni's, Barling's and Dunhill's. Before I proceed, however I would 
appreciate a confirmation that this is the 'Pipe Digest' forum or can you 
please direct me to it and/or add me to your list ? Please bear with me on 
the following,..I have been seeing a quite a few comments on where to buy 
bulk tobacco's, and dunhill blends etc; I highly recommend 
www.pipesforless.com, they have an excellent selection of pipes and 
tobacco's,.. and are very friendly and professional. My question concerning 
Barling's is that I recently purchased a Barling's Make 'SS' and was 
wondering if you could tell what the 'SS' stands for ? I had been told that 
it meant square shank, but this pipe does not have one. It's a very s!
mall pipe but one of my favorites and a very cool sweet smoke it is. My 
question concerning Sasieni's is that I have several Four Dots that have an 
'S' on them; e.g. (2) Lombards, and 1 Pembroke, and was wondering if you 
could tell me what the 'S' stand's for? I've heard this dates the Sasieni's 
to around 1945 and was the 'stamp' from the maker from the factory ? Also, 
can you tell me when Sasieni started using the 'metal fitment with ball 
catch' on their stems and what was the purpose, and when did they stopped ? 
I ask because you cannot pass a cleaner through, as the 'fitment' and 
'catch' holes aren't aligned. I have a Eight Dot Appledore with this 
feature and is a wonderful smoke but makes it bothersome not being able to 
pass a stem through. Additionally, do you know of anywhere where I may be 
able to pick up any literature or charts on Sasieni's or Barling's? I've 
heard of the One Dot, Two Dot, Four Dot, Eight Dot, Re-Issued Eight Dot 
(with blue string and metal clasp), an!
d even a Ten Dot in a limited edition series(supposedly less than 100 were 
made) and the newly issued 5 Dots (I believe Dunhills first attempt to 
bring the Sasieni's back to their previous high level status, wish they had 
more distinctive nomentclature)but I have heard of a Three Dot mentioned a 
few times, is there such a pipe (I dont think so but am wondering) ? As 
mentioned above, I have heard that they will be offering the newly issued 
Five Dots in standard shapes; do you know if this is so ?
Regarding the care and cleaning of pipes, I have been reading alot and I 
actually have found what some may consider an unsual method (see comments 
in latest issue of Pipes and Tobacco magazine) as I use Kiwi nuetral shoe 
polish on my bowl and shank, and bring out a very high luster and does not 
harm the orginal finish in any way or leave any 'side effects', of course a 
good stem polish is recommended for the stem (Savinelli's/Dunhill's). I 
also recommend using a toothbrush for sandbalsts to get into the crevices 
(no matter what type of polish you use) and give it a nice good scrubing. 
Well, Thank you for your time and patience in letting me contact you and 
ask my questions and share my views.

                                            Best Regards,
                                            Robert Donnelly 

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

Does anyone know what other names L & JS Briars is known by?

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

I'm doing a pipe-related crossword and need some help. Can anyone tell
me what 10-letter word describes a variegated brown stem? Thanks

[Uh, "variegated"? :-) -S.]

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

does anyone smoke Hein's Blend, What is it like?

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From: Tapio Pentikainen <????????????????????????????>
Subject: BLBPTT April -01

Hello ASP !

It was the pleasure of yours truly to host this round of our group's
tobacco tastings and reviews.
I want to thank all participants for their enthusiasm and spirited
love for pipes & tobaccos.
(BLB - Blind Leading the Blind)

I'm going to reveal the blends before each review; it's easier for the
reader and IMHO doesn't spoil anything.

The reviewers this time were:
Bob Wilkerson, Melissa Robitille, Michael Peebles and Chris Byers. 



This is a tobacco that shows that even Dunhill can make a good
Virginia flake. Very underrated usually. No Perique here(sorry Bob;-).
One of my staples and most cellared tobaccos.
Bob Wilkerson on sample A:

Here's my review of the BPTT samples. Let me know if something doesn't
make sense. 
Thanks for providing such interesting samples!
Sample A:
This is a flake tobacco, about 2 1/2 - 3 inches wide. It's
predominantly a dark golden yellow color, with bits of dark
brown/black which I think is Perique. When I first opened the pouch to
take a sniff, my first thought was that it smelled intensely and
exactly like strawberry jam, but I think this was just my olfactory
sense playing tricks on me because a few minutes later I couldn't
detect anything other than the smell of Virginia and Perique -- a
combination of slightly musty and slightly sour with a very subtle
hint of fruitiness.
The flake rubbed out very easily into thin strands, which I packed
into a Peterson. The initial light was very piquant and perky, with
lots of high notes. As the smoke progressed, the piquancy remained,
but never really developed into bite (perhaps due to the Perique?). By
mid bowl, a little of the perkiness had subsided and gave way to a
slightly richer, mid-range note. But I'm really talking about nuances
here, because the taste was still dominated by high, almost
astringent, notes. I also started to pick up on the sweetness of the
Virginias and some of the fruitiness of the Perique. At about
two-thirds through the bowl, the flavor really began to darken. There
still wasn't much "low-end" but the highs had definitely toned down. I
also noticed that the strength picked up substantially (again, I'm
assuming because of the Perique) -- so much so that I had to put the
bowl down before I got the queasies. (Yes, I am a nicotine
lightweight.) After getting up and taking a short walk
 to clear my head, I continued the bowl and found that the dark
flavors continued as the sugars from the Virginias caramelized. This
richness, combined with the continued piquancy of the Perique, made
the last quarter of the bowl very intense. 
I really enjoyed this. It was one of my more positive forays into
Virginia-Perique flakes. I also smoked this in a meerschaum, where I
was able to detect the sweetness from the Virginias sooner than when I
smoked it in a briar. In a corn cob, this was still very good, but I
preferred the briar and the meerschaum as the cob was a little too
"used" and I had a hard time coaxing out some of the subtleties in
this tobac.
Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5. 
Pros: Relatively cool burning (for a VA flake); very perky with lots
of golden Virginia high notes; Perique well integrated. (Of course, if
it turns out not to have Perique in it, then I'm going to look really

Cons: Not that much "depth" in flavor (but definitely not

Melissa Robitille on sample A:

It's so much more difficult to give a critique when you *like* what
you're smoking. I know I'm certainly not as good at this review
business as the others are.

A: These slices were *not* sopping wet and impossible to smoke, which
was a great relief to me - I had thought that I wouldn't ever be able
to enjoy tobacco in this particular form because of the way that its
pressed together.

Anyway...  I would say that the 'pouch aroma' was quite pleasant, but
that was true of all of the tobaccos our Tapio picked out ( I think
Tapio and I have very similar taste in tobaccos...  ), and just
snuffling about at the pouch wasn't going to make me happy for very

So, Sample A went nearly straight into a little corncob and gave a
lovely smoke of just the very sort I like; just enough tang, just
enough sweet, just enough 'meat' - and easy to light and keep lit.
*sigh* I liked it and I just don't care what was in it. *chuckle*
Though, it had little black bits and brown bits and tan bits and no
yellow bits that *I* could see... 
 I swear those yellow bits are burley, and I'm always glad when there
*aren't* any.

Try number two was in a good-sized bent, and beyond liking the blend
for being the sort of thing I like anyway, about 1/4 of the way down (
well, it's a lot bigger than the corn cob! ) it developed a fun little
point-counterpoint between the pre-existing sweet and a sort of 'good
tea' sort of flavor that sneaked in between the sweet and the heavier
notes. I can't think of anything else that would describe it - sort of
like a 'good tea' as a side to a good meal.

Try number 3 was similar, though a bit more peppery with the drying
I'd put it through, but I bravely - and for the sake of science - set
the pipe down ( straight sitter ) and let it go out. I didn't manage
to leave it 'till morning ( and I liked it so much that I don't think
I'd be willing to do as much as I did except for a very good cause ),
but I managed to leave it for a whole five hours! Anyway, upon relight
( and I hate leaving a bowl because of this - sort of a universal
thing ) I got a taste of a coppery ashy sort,
but then the nice flavor came back again, though the tang was more
pronounced and the sweet a bit less so.

Michael Peebles on sample A:

Blend A:

A Virginia flake with hints of lemon and a nice dark blond appearance
and silky/rough texture.  The aroma is sweet, but also with notes of
lemon and figs or raisins.  After the customary dry out period, the
flakes (which are about 3 inches long) rub out to the desired
consistency with ease.  No problems packing, the first bowl was a
smallish S&R sandblasted billiard, approx. group 4 in size.

The initial lighting and first quarter bowl went effortlessly.  The
tobacco is definitely Virginia and I could not detect anything else,
such as Burley for instance.  The tobacco is light bodied, slightly
sweet, zesty, and has a
little of that Virginia twang on the tongue.  As with most straight
Virginias, you need to smoke this kind of slowly, as you will get bit.
Since I am somewhat a puffer, I did get zinged a few times.  There is
also an odd coating of the tongue after I put the pipe down and some
slight throat irritation.

All in all, this is a very pleasant Virginia without too much
complexity.  It smoked slowly, the bowl lasting well over an hour
before I DGT for the next morning.  About half way down it became
harder to keep lit, and I constantly
had to relight to keep it going.  Partly this is my fault as I was
spending a lot of time studying for a midterm and kept putting the
pipe down so I could write, but as the blend progressed towards the
bottom of my bowl, it just got better.

Christopher Byers on sample A:

BLBPTT, Round 2

Sample "A" -

Appearance:  3" flakes, pressed and stacked in the Lakeland style.
Flexible, a bit moist for smoking, tightly pressed.  45% light, 40%
brown or red, 15% black tobaccos (approximately, of course).

Tin Aroma:  Fermented/steamed aromas with a spicy/savory smell that
seems to be mostly natural tobac aroma with a mild, well-integrated
top.  I'm picking up a tangy apricot/dried peach flavor which I
believe to be the topping.
Also nuances of fresh bread and very mild bay leaf, which I think are
natural tobacco aromas.

Smoke:  Unfortunately, my computer took my smoke comments with it to
the happy land of worthless circuitry.  Nonetheless, I smoked this
four times.
Mostly if not completely Virginias, and I'm guessing non-U.S. based
varieties.  Sometimes the natural tobacco flavors came through,
leaving me with a Samuel Gawith impression.  Other times, the
apricot-like topping seemed to dominate the blend.  I like this blend,
but it doesn't challenge SG's FVF, MVF and BBF, nor GH's C/R Flake or
Brown Flake.  Still, no regrets on the smoke.

This rates an 80 out of 100 for me.
One of the top 5 Latakia/Oriental blends for me. Well balanced Balkan

Bob Wilkerson on sample B:

Sample B:
This is an English blend, in a ribbon cut. It's mostly dark brown and
black (maybe 40% each), with about 20% lighter brown tobacco. The
pouch aroma is predominantly Latakia with a little mustiness.

I first smoked this in a Barber B-line bent billiard. My initial
impression was that it was a fairly stout (flavor-wise) blend with the
smokiness of the Latakia taking center stage. I soon noticed a vaguely
salty taste that came and went throughout the entire smoke. By
mid-bowl, the smokiness from the 
Latakia began to fade to more of a musty taste. This is a fairly
full-bodied smoke; though I can't really taste it, I suspect that
there's also a good bit of Virginia in here to provide some structure.
I didn't detect much evolution in taste as the bowl progressed, except
for the transformation of the Latakia. Some unpleasant sourness did
develop toward the end of the bowl, as I've noticed with some other
English blends. I can't say that the tobacco became more unified, as I
had a hard time identifying anything else except the Latakia. (Maybe
my taste buds were just tired that day.) What I did notice was a
definite lack of sweetness from the Virginias -- if this was a wine it
would be bone dry.

I also smoked this in a meerschaum and in a corn cob with essentially
the same results. My conclusion is that this is a solid but
unspectacular (to my taste) blend that might make a good "all-day"
Latakia-oriented tobac or if you're in the mood for something that's
not very complex. It's not really bad, but there's nothing here that
makes me wanna holler.

Overall rating: 2 1/2 stars out of 5.

Pros: Plenty of Latakia flavor (a "pro" for me, anyway); fairly smooth
with a good amount of body.

Cons: Monochromatic; sourness toward the end of the bowl (which I
guess might be due to my smoking style more than to the tobacco). 

Melissa Robitille on sample B:

B: I opened this pouch and thought that surely Tapio had forgotten and
sent me a favorite of mine by mistake! This is *so* similar to
Rattray's Terry Red that I swear I haven't been able to make out a
difference yet. *sigh*
I'm afraid that I was absolutely useless on this particular sample
because the whole time I kept on finding that everything about it put
me in mind of that blend, and nothing was shaking the pre-conceived
notion my head and taste buds had formed. I did REALLY like it, mind
you - I adore Rattray's
Terry Red, and really you don't even notice the light casing on it at
all, and for me to just not notice a casing you know it has to be
pretty light and pretty pleasant.

Michael Peebles on sample B:

Blend B:

A nice Oriental blend consisting of nice dark and light strands of
tobacco. More Orientals than Latakia, this blend burns coolly and is
soft on the palate.  The aroma before packing was very nice, with some
fruity/musty action going for it.   
The tobacco was not that moist, very little dry time
was needed before I packed up a Dunhill 4 shell.  The initial lighting
confirmed there was not much Latakia, but more Orientals with a
Virginia base.  The aftertaste was wonderful, more of that sweet musty
note I get when I smoke these types of blends.  I had no problems
keeping it lit.  I received pleasant comments on the aroma as I was
smoking this in the shop and bowl number one smoked effortlessly.

My next bowl was in an S&R Coral Rock billiard that has been an
excellent Oriental pipe from day one.  It is smaller, about a group 4,
but it sings.
It certainly sung with this blend.  Smooth, rich, nutty, Yum.  I am
hooked and will definitely order some when I find out what it is.  One
of the thing I really enjoy about Oriental blends is the aftertaste,
and this blend really has it.
Christopher Byers on sample B:

BLBPTT, Round 2

Sample "B" - 1st smoke is in a ceramic pipe, to avoid any pipe
Appearance:  Standard cut for an English blend; ~50% black, 25% brown
and 25% light tobaccos.  Arrived at a perfect smoking humidity.

Tin aroma has a strong "smoky barbecue sauce" element to it, a savory
feel. I'm guessing this blend will have some sweetness to it.

At first light, I'm struck by the balance of flavors.  The Latakia is
restrained, more than mere condiment but very harmonious with the
other components.  I would classify this as a Virginia English, as the
Virginias are the heart - very high quality (I'd guess from the US),
naturally very sweet and some zestiness (bright or red, maybe stoved
Virginia), and extremely satisfying.  There is an Oriental leaf
element, which really pulls the blend together and lifts it above the
ordinary.  It is warm, with a caramel/toasted marshmallow tone that is
substantial, both in the middle and upper bass ranges.  This blend
doesn't so much rely on the Latakia for its depth and fullness, but
rather integrates the Latakia with the Virginias for
a more complex bass range.  To its credit, this blend would probably
smoke deliciously even without Latakia, although I would miss its
significant contribution.

Second and third smokes are in Savinelli Capri Root Briar and Comoy
Grand Slam.  I notice no appreciable differences from the first smoke.
A very consistent blend, and a pleasure.  I would give this blend an
87 out of 100.

This is chameleon of a tobacco. Comprised of Virginia and Burley
  (I would hazard to guess 15 - 20 % of Burley, maybe Malawi high
grade ?) this is a delicacy. Unfortunately, Esoterica bulks vary a lot
from time to time and this was very 'young' when I got it.  After
storing it for 9 months in a glass jar, it seemed to soften and age
nicely. Go for the tins first if you're going to try this one.
Every bowl seems to reveal different elements of this fine blend.
Not for DGT due to Burley as the reviewers noted.

Bob Wilkerson on sample C:

Sample C:
This is a very thin-cut tobacco; I'm guessing it's shag-cut, but I
don't know for sure, having never smoked any before. It's mostly
medium brown in color, with perhaps 10% very dark brown to black
tobacco. Upon closer inspection, it also has some pieces of very thin
broken flake. The pouch aroma is a combination of musty attic and

I first smoked this in a Peterson. It took a few tries to get the pack
right due to the cut. After lighting, my initial impression was
favorable -- this had a lot of body and voluminous amounts smoke. The
flavor was reminiscent of a good cigar: a little nutty, earthy, spicy,
and complex. The spiciness increased as the smoke progressed, and was
especially noticeable in the aftertaste after each puff. By mid-bowl,
a subtle sweetness appeared that continued almost to the very end of
the smoke, providing a nice contrast to the increasing spiciness.
There wasn't much evolution after that, but the already present
complexity made for a very enjoyable smoke nonetheless. The last dozen
puffs were remarkably bitter, however. I also found I had to really
force myself to smoke it slowly to avoid heating things up too much.
Due to the cut of the tobacco, the pipe really almost smoked itself.

I really liked this a lot. Again, I also smoked this in a meerschaum
and a corn cob. The meerschaum allowed a bit more of the sweetness to
come through, but I found that the corn cob really brought out more of
the earthiness, which I preferred. The only problem there was that I
had an even harder time trying to get the right pack in the corn cob
than I did with the briar. (I'm sure it's nothing practice won't cure,

Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.

Pros: Complexity (nutty, spicy, sweet, earthy);  lots of body and
voluminous smoke.

Cons: Easy to smoke too fast; bitterness at very end of smoke.

Two winners out of three ain't bad. Thanks Tapio!
Melissa Robitille on sample C:

C: Again, I swear I think Tapio and I should go shopping together!
Anyway, this blend had a bit of dark and a bit of light, but mostly
medium brown tobaccos. It smelled less fruity/sweet than B did, and
more nutty, but otherwise smelled like something I'd like a great

Try #1 ( little corn cob ) - This try found a just a little trace of a
light sweetness, and just the tiniest trace of a bottom - the blend
seemed to "live" entirely in the middle with a sort of nutty version
of a 'plain good' tobacco sort of flavor. I'd characterize it as an
all-day sort of smoke; not very complicated from this try, but not
boring, either.

Try #2 ( large bent ) - Here I found the complications that hadn't
developed in the small area provided by my little corn cob. While the
blend still seemed to be 'living' in the middle of the range, the
nuttiness was joined shortly after lighting with a tang ( though not a
perique tang... I don't know what that tang is, but it's not the usual
thing ) and a bit of a pomegranate flavor wandered in as well - mind
you, not a 'fruity' sort of flavor like apples, or a 'berry' sort of
flavor like blueberry or raspberry - sort of a nut/fruit flavor that
de-emphasized the fruit flavor component to emphasize the nut ( sort
of a butternut bread with a light
glaze of pomegranate preserves ).

Try #3 ( straight sitter ) - Again, there I was, enjoying a nice pipe
and setting it down for science's sake was a great sacrifice
undertaken for the ASP community. However, this time the re-light
didn't come out so happily at
all. Spoilt! Absolutely spoilt by that relight. No butternut and
pomegranate, and the tang took over and got terribly metallic and even
bitter. *sob* This is not a tobacco to leave for tomorrow!!!

ABC: All in all, I would say that I enjoyed all 3 of the tobaccos, and
would *love* to smoke them again...  Lovely, all three of them. Tapio
has excellent taste and I'm quite pleased. :D

Rev. Melissa Robitille       ?????????????????????
Michael Peebles on sample C:

Blend C:

This is some funky looking tobacco.  All brown and its cut is a
combination of ribbon and courser pieces, including some Birdseye.
The smell was rather funky also; I was not really looking forward to
smoking this one.  But, I was pleasantly surprised with the initial
light up.  The flavor was good, slightly sweet but with a fuller body.
The taste was something that I would not have expected.  This tobacco
burned slow and cool, which is amazing
because I am a puffer.  I had not a bit of bite as well.  I smoked
blend C in a Radice Bamboo billiard that is exclusive to Virginias.
My next bowl was in a meerschaum I had just purchased to re-explore
what these pipes are all about.  The flavors came through a little
perhaps because it was not tainted by all of the other Virginias I had
smoked in the Radice.  I got zinged more on this one but I think that
was because the flavor is super mild in the meer and I was puffing
harder to get some taste. All in all not a bad tobacco, I am curious
as to what it is.  It is a little light for my tastes, but what do I
know, I have been smoking nothing but English blends.
Christopher Byers on sample C:

Sample "C", first smoke (corn cob).

Appearance:  A finely-cut, almost cigarette ribbon, tobacco.  ~95% of
the leaf is light brown, 5% dark (which I suspect to be stoved
Virginia).  A bit dull in appearance but will probably stay lit well
due to the cut.

Tin aroma:  Sitting beside me on my desk, I am picking up a clover
honey essence that I believe is a natural aroma of this tobacco, and
nothing at all like the MacBaren casings.  A closer sniff discovers a
very mild malt vinegar note (unlike the "sparkling" McClelland vinegar
aroma), a light fermented/musty undertone not unlike a faint
Gorgonzola cheese aroma (if this sounds disgusting, fear not.  It
really works here.)  My nose impression is that there is plenty of
matured leaf in here.  Upon a subsequent sniffing, I could swear I
smell some cigar tobacco tones, or perhaps some Turkish.

The Smoke:  Upon light-up, the perplexity remains.  I don't sense any
Lat here, and if there is any bright VA, it's matured.  The first
flavors that arise are raspberry, prune/fig and a mild mustiness.  Not
expecting to like this blend, I find myself nodding approvingly when I
come out of focused analysis mode 10 minutes into the bowl.  There IS
a nice top range, a touch of zing, which could be the raspberry tone
or an orange/red VA.  Orientals?
Overnight DGT does the flavor no favors, and light-up is bitter and a
bit ashy.  I believe this has a decent Oriental component, both
because of the old cigar tones today, and the warm, brown mid-tones
from yesterday.  Or again, it could be some cigar tobacco.  Overall,
my first impression is that this is not especially complex.

My second smoke was in a Savinelli Oscar Dry Bulldog.  The first
70-plus degree day of the year brings a thunderstorm, followed by a
warm, misty evening.  Porch smoke.  I'm really liking this now.  It
really is unlike anything else I have ever tried.  Initially, I am hit
by notes of cigar and honey, with secondary fig/date flavors and a
musty coolness, possibly indicating some age to this blend.  There are
a lot of flavors here that I just can't identify, which usually means
Orientals, but could also be from well-applied toppings.  Next, an
unsalted sweet butter nuance appears, close to a mild Gorgonzola.
Maybe a touch of sweet liqueur.  The blend is very
cool, sweet without being obvious or cloying.  There is a mild
Virginia toastiness though it is under the buttery tone; and there are
occasional hints of black pepper, though not harsh in any way.  Still,
I'm betting there is no Perique in this.  While the entire tobacco
doesn't change, it evolves with new flavors developing to compliment
the sold, tasty, mid-range theme.

At 1/2 bowl, whatever topping there was burns off, leaving lusciously
smoky, mushroom-musty, cigar-toned smoke.  Smooth, still very cool.
Gorgonzola feel still present.  This tobacco sometimes defies
description, other times there are too many flavors going on to
capture.  For instance, now I am picking up comforting campfire tones,
which have cropped up occasionally through smoke, and I'm in last .125
of smoke.  Caramel and burned marshmallow tones, then ammonia (in a
good way).  It would take many smokes to get the full measure of this
wonderful, unique tobacco.

I will definitely buy a few tins of this tobacco.  It gets a 92 of

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From: Bill Unger <??????????????????>
Subject: Bill Unger's Book

Dear Steve and All Pipes Digest Readers,
 After four years of research, my book, As Individual as a Thumb Print:
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From: ??????????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page

Hello Steve,

I have been lurking on this list for quite a while in Brazil, and
greatly enjoy reading the submissions.  I am now in Chile.  Nice
people, absolutely magnificent mountains, lakes, and outstanding
wines.  But the pipe availability situation here is even more dismal
than in Rio.  Thankfully, there is the internet, where I can contact
fellow pipe enthusiasts, and, of course, the mails to supply me with
tobacco and pipes.

My question: I have a large calabash that is missing the meershaum
bowl.  I believe the brand is Pioneer, and that I paid about $30 for
it (its been a while).  It was a nice, cool, armchair smoke.  I would
like to get a bowl fitted to the gourd, and discovered a shop in
Switzerland (e-mail: www.synjeco.ch) that offered to do this for - are
you ready? - $100.  Actually they quote the bowl price as $48, but
want me to send the gourd to them, they send it for bowl replacement,
receive it back, send it to me ....  Anyway, I am hoping that there is
a more reasonable (read, cheaper) way to do this.  If anyone has any
thoughts on this, I would greatly appreciate replies.  Thanks very
much, Bill Gallagher

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

05/04/01 I live in central N.J. and am interested in locating pipe
carvers. I used to get my pipes from Max Schulte who recently passed
away. I understand that a Mr. DiFranco has a similar shop in the
Trenton area. Does anybody know his telephone # or address? Are there
any other pipe carvers in the tristate area? Many thanks for any info.

[ From the Resource Guide at http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html:
C. Di Franco Pipe and Tobacco Shop,  797 Highway 33, Hamilton Square
Trenton, NJ 08619.  (609) 587-6375. Mr. DiFranco is probably not
carving anymore, but the Guide lists several other carvers you could
contact. -S.]

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

Hello everyone-: Well, I'm down to my last two bowls of Cafe Supreame
from Tinder Box and am singing the blues. The Tinder Box at South
Center has what is called Sweet English from MacClellan and I guess it
will be my new regular smoke. It is quite different than Cafe Supreame
but I can live with it. The school year is winding down and it looks
like I'll have to take some college classes to keep my job next year,
but that is another story. We're going back to B.C. trout fishing and
I'll go to Alaska in Aug. for silvers. I just got a nice Charatan
blast on ebay and expect that in the mail box any day. It was the
gentleman's first sale and he is real excited. Me too, as it is a very
nice pipe. I also got a stag handled Randall # 1 but that should be
discussed on another board. I found my lost Ben Wade! It was in with
my trout fishing tackle, wrapped in a clean shop rag, placed there in
B.C. while fishing there last year. I trust everyone is well, good
puffing, and I'll report back in the Fall.

Big John aka mod 12

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From: Rick Welsh <???????????????????????>
Subject: cuba aliados cigars

Steve, Do you have or do youknow somebody who may have any old Cuba
Aliados? The new stuff just doesn't do it for me.Thank you for any help
you can give. Rick Welsh 10906 Tyrone Dr. Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-4635

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From: "Rob Donley" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Hello Steve and all my Fellow Pipe and Cigar Smokers,

My name is Robert Donnelly, and although a new member to Pipes Digest, I 
have smoked pipes, and cigars for over 20 + years. Be that as it may, I am 
well aware that there are many collections much larger and more extensive 
than my own modest collection, but I like to think I have some nice pipes 
and smoke exclusively vintage Sasieni's, Barling's and Dunhills.  I am also 
aware that there are many of you that have a far greater knowledge of 
nomenclature than myself. For some reason I never bothered to concern myself 
with this aspect until quite recently, but find it a fascinating study of 
our most enjoyable past time.

To start off, I would like to address the new Sasieni 5 Dots, by Dunhill.  
As you are all aware; Dunhill has recently introduced the new 5-dot Sasieni, 
and I believe it is their first serious effort to bring the Sasieni name 
back to the prestigious position it once held. These new pipes can be 
ordered in black or brown sandblast finish's with/without silver bands. They 
are very striking, and very large (Dunhill group 5 or 6 at least) freehand 
shapes, but more traditional shapes are suppose to be issued soon. The 
nomenclature unfortunately differs from the quite inferior 4-Dot, by only 
the numeral 5 instead of 4. I personally would of preferred a more detailed 
and distinct nomenclature to set it apart, especially if they are attempting 
to restore and elevate Sasieni's name to it's previous high standards, and I 
believe that the nomenclature should reflect this. I would be curious to 
hear what the rest of you think of the new Sasieni's.

Also, in reading some of the previous Pipes Digest's, it appears that some 
of you are having trouble locating some of your favorite Dunhill and 
McCelland's blends. I can highly recommend ww.pipesforless.com they have a 
large selection of pipes and tobacco's,. excellent prices and are very 
friendly,always helpful and very professional and I have never been 

                                    Best Regards,
                                    Robert Donnelly

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Quote of the Week:

  "He seemed to fill the room. Not over tall but of tremendous
   bulk. Fat, I thought at first, but as he came nearer it seemed to
   me that the tissue of which he was composed wasn't distributed like
   fat. He wasn't flabby, he didn't stick out in any particular place,
   he was just a big, wide, solid, hard-loking man.  From the middle
   of a pleasant blunt-featured face the most magnificent pipe I have
   ever seen stuck forth shining and glorious, giving out delicious
   wisps of expensive smoke. It was an enormous pipe, in fact it would
   have looked downright silly on a smaller man, but on him it was a
   thing of beauty."

					- James Herriott
					  "Granville Bennett"
					  _Dog Stories_

  [Granville Bennett seems to have been a truly unforgettable
  character -- a fabulously skilled small animal surgeon and a
  powerful bon vivant who could drive lesser stomachs into cowed
  submission with a single lunch.  From Herriott's other stories, he
  was probably smoking Player's Navy Cut DeLuxe.  -S.]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #275 -- May 12, 2001
  2. Subject: AD: announcing pipesworld.com
  4. Subject: Old Pueblo Pipe Club, Tucson Az, Pipe Show....June 23 20001
  5. Subject: posting from pipes page
  6. Subject: Seattle PIpe Club Formed
  7. Subject: Time for an Important Question!!!
  8. Subject: the First Comprehensive Trilingual Reference Site on
  9. Subject: posting from pipes page
  10. Subject: Richie Esserman
  11. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 2001
  12. Subject: posting from pipes page
  13. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 2001
  14. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #274 -- February 17, 2001
  15. Subject: New Member and Pipe Smoker
  16. Subject: Answer to the question in Pipes Digest #273
  17. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  18. Subject: Thanks!
  19. Subject: posting from pipes page
  20. Subject: posting from pipes page
  21. Subject: SF Pipes & a Christmas Meerschaum [PIPES]
  22. Subject: Boy Howdy! I AM somebody!
  23. Subject: retaining the original gloss
  24. Subject: corn cob pipes
  25. Subject: Brigham Pipes Website
  26. Subject: posting from pipes page
  27. Subject: A Lifesaver
  28. Subject: posting from pipes page
  29. Subject: posting from pipes page
  30. Subject: Birds and Pipes
  31. Subject: posting from pipes page
  32. Subject: New site you might want to check out.
  33. Subject: Please post this in the next issue :P)
  34. Subject: posting from pipes page
  35. Subject: Am I a listed subscriber?
  36. Subject: Pipe Set
  37. Subject: February's Digest.
  38. Subject: posting from pipes page
  39. Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  40. Subject: Startin' off on Pipes digest...
  41. Subject: Pipe waxes
  42. Subject: posting from pipes page
  43. Subject: posting from pipes page
  44. Subject: comment from pipes page
  45. Subject: posting from pipes page
  46. Subject: posting from pipes page
  47. Subject: posting from pipes page
  48. Subject: BLBPTT April -01
  49. Subject: Bill Unger's Book
  50. Subject: posting from pipes page
  51. Subject: posting from pipes page
  52. Subject: posting from pipes page
  53. Subject: cuba aliados cigars
  54. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
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