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Subject: Pipes Digest #281 -- July 30, 2002

		  Pipes Digest #281 -- July 30, 2002
   Copyright (C) 2002 by Stephen P. Masticola. All rights reserved.
	       Commercial use of any part of contents,
	      including email addresses, is prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 3642

Welcome to new members:

	Todd Flaherty
	Rory W. Goggin
	Ephrem Christopher Walborn
	Ray Bromley
	Frank Norman Haug
	Tom Wilson
	Ted R. Watson
	Mike Sweet
	Bill Pickering
	J. Brady Lee
	Mitchell Lantz Parmley
	David Seipel
	Adam Gas
	Allen T
	Dan Silverstone
	Michael Boucher
	Gary E Bartell
	Ignas Rybakovas
	Don Giles
	Greg Smith
	Arturo Garciarubio Granados
	Brandon Kohn
	Pete Swanson
	Gary K. Omori
	Rick Bachelder
	Clifton R. Byrd
	Gray Wolf
	Reiji Hachiro
	Michael Boyd
	Matthew Leininger
	Ron Denton
	Thomas Daigle
	Ross Knotts
	Jeffrey G. Bane
	Mark Zachariah
	Darrell Hayden
	Kevin Hale
	Philipp Meyer
	Bob Weiske
	Big Dog
	steve riley
	Nathan Stitt
	Dr Donald M Hart
	James Clark
	Tristan Van Emmerik
	Daniel P. Crozet
	Dan Eaton
	Michael Fultz
	Oliver Gruber
	Narita Keiichi
	Forbes Johnson
	Paul E. Eckels
	Kari Kullervo Kulmala
	Mike Fairbanks
	Mike Trimarco
	Ken J. Brinker
	Michael Gaudin
	Leonardo Saunero
	Dave Houde
	Edwin H Gianelli
	Michael Simon
	Greg Kamer
	C Castle
	Michael Chambers
	Bill Remay
	Richard M. Smith
	Hans Oddvar Vannes
	Sybe Bakker
	Ender Abadoglu
	R. Day
	Ken Lipshez
	Rick Turpin
	Steve Sheoskie
	Daniel Wolfe
	Joseph Quinlan
	Lynn Shaw
	Joel Brust
	Florindo Troncelliti
	Christopher L Mitchell
	John Hoynicki
	Tony Schaar
	Blaine Douglas Kelts
	Dean Nester
	David Neave
	Juan Carlos
	Giuseppe Gregoris
	Eric M. Hackett
	Zayid Al-Baghdadi
	Sunil Saigal
	Ken Sanford
	Steven Clapp
	Louis Cipro
	Dan Gates
	Jesu's Garce's
	Luke A Jankovic
	Nigel Webster
	Bill Keys
	Ryan Cox
	Kelly Fischer
	Denis Delsauriers
	Paul Queitsch
	Roberto Carlucci
	V. S. Yadav
	Jason Young
	Manuel Espana
	Jago Salmon
	Michael H. Kalb
	Vishrut Jain
	Jeffrey Donohew
	Gary Giuffrida
	G Campbell
	James Gibbons
	Martin Azurat
	Wyatt Earp
	Norman Lever
	John McElhaney
	Sailorman Jack
	Carl Johnston
	Roger Underwood
	Iain Simpson
	Bob Norton
	Luis Ricardo M. Costa
	Paul Laros
	Emiliano Pifferi
	Christopher Keene
	Louis Sauer
	Ed Laper
	Francisco Gutie'rrez
	Kari Uro
	David A. Davenport
	Alex Brown
	Paul Joseph John The Baptist Prezzia
	Che Mun Foong
	Barry Irvin
	Grady Coffee
	Bryan Noll
	Justin Coker
	James Selph
	Scott Bartley
	Travis Donnelly
	Andy Milligan
	Michael E. Slay
	Brian Ursic
	Chuck Rasmussen
	Van Elicker
	George T. Rasmussen
	Mark Dipietro
	Brett Pershing Stahlman
	John Ung
	H. Allan Stalvik
	Gustavo Kantor
	Anthony Rile
	Mark Coker
	Michael W. Beard
	Pat Gleason
	Kevin Waggoner
	Johnny C. Barrett
	Kristof Crucke
	George W. Linn
	Jim Hendricks
	Jeffrey Rapp
	Marco Baciarello
	John Calvaresi
	Richard Griffiths
	Dave Faller
	Gordon M Lofland
	Zac Woodward
	John Herbert
	Inna Ku
	Jostein Rolstad
	J. Blair West
	Jim White
	Paul Boggs
	Ahmet Soylemezoglu
	Jimmy Muraco
	Richard Holmes
	Bernie Greene
	Dwight C. Gibson, Jr.
	William Childress

[TORDENSKJOLD PIBETAENDSTIKKER] In the "Senior Moments" category: Some
kind soul sent me three boxes of the best wooden pipe matches I've
ever used. They're a Dutch brand called "Tordenskjold
pibetaendstikker," and they're easy lighting and long enough to work
well even at the bottom of an Oom Paul. I'd be glad to give the fellow
who sent them a good word and hopefully encourage some business for
him (and buy some more matches myself), if he'd be so good as to
refresh my memory!

[SUMMERTIME] The *fourth* heat wave of the summer has just broken
here. I'll hope that this time no one fixes it for a while! On the
bright side, in the summertime one can open up the windows to let the
smoke out.  Time, therefore, to scoop up a bowl of some latakia-laden,
forbidden Frog Morton On the Town, listen to the crickets cricking,
and catch up with some extremely delayed correspondence...

					 Smoke in peace,
					 ~\U Steve.

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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

The Northern California Pipe Show IV is soon.
Try to attend.  It's never too late to take a table.  Contact Gary.
If you have already requested a table, please email Gary to confirm.
We also welcome submission of your promotional materials or merchandise we
can use as door prizes.
Hope to see you soon.  Our next show will be November 9, 2002.

The Fresno Pipe Club, the Sacramento Pipe Collectors=B9 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 8, 2002
10:00 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

TO RESERVE        Gary Malmberg        1325 O St #1  Sacramento CA 95814
A TABLE,                                              (Days) 916.442.6027
						      (Evenings) 916.929.8965
CONTACT:                                            ???????????????????????
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 you'll see the Clarklift Team
Power parking lot Entrance road 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-5 or Hwy 99, turn east on Hwy 50 toward South
Lake Tahoe.

Gary Malmberg

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From: "Clifton R. Byrd" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Hi Steve..........I wanted to post a note in the Announcements section about
our monthly club meetings in Jacksonville, FL, but it requires a username
and password, which I do not have.  Please advise.  Thanks.


[Oops... should have forwarded this to Steve Beaty. Jacksonville
folks, please contact Clif for the particulars of the meeting. -S.]

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

My friends, I must pass along some sad news.  The owner of the Owl
Shop, in Worcester Mass, a tobacconist since 1946 (John took over the
store from his father) was killed in a car accident early in April.
If anyone is interested, contact info for the store is The Owl Shop

  416 Main Street
  Worcester, MA
  Fax: 508-753-2506



[Very sorry to hear that, Mark. -S.]

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From: "S Haney" <????????????????????>
Subject: Cut 'n Puff

Dear Steve,

Dave Cahill, the owner of Cut 'n Puff Pipe and Tobacco Shop in Moline,
Illinois, passed away several months ago, and the business is for
sale. Contact Jo Cahill, 309-762-1819 for more information. 

Dave was a very nice man to talk to, and I enjoyed buying pipes
there. My last purchase from him was an estate Charatan, a Lane era
pot with lovely birdseye. It suits me very well. 
He will be missed.

Best Wishes,
Steve H.

[Again, my condolences, Steve. -S.]

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From: "JOSEPH G ALEXANDER" <????????????????>
Subject: Carey Magic Inch

Dear Steve,
I've been a pipe smoker for over 10 years now, and have run the gamut of =
both pipes and tobaccos, but have never smoked a filter.  Recently I =
received a Carey's catalog featuring their "Magic Inch" system and am =
interested in the idea.  Any members with experience here?  Are the =
pipes of good quality?  The prices are nice and the shape selection is =
great.  Thanks for any advice -
Gregg Alexander

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

Does anyone know the name of the tobacconist/pipe shop in Princeton, N.J.?

["A Little Taste of Cuba." http://www.cubacigar.com. -S.]

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From: Kobus Retief <???????????????????>
Subject: South African pipe smoking resources


Thanks for adding me to the mailing list.  I've only been smoking pipe
for a couple of months so far, but it seems as though this might just
turn into a full time hobby.  I can only dream...

Just a quick note: I noticed that the Wesley's tobacconist chain is
mentioned in digest #207.  In the - very likely - event that virtually
nobody knows Wesley's, it's a tobacconist retail chain in South Africa
with a pretty decent variety of tobacco and general smoking accessories.
I thought I should mention (for possible inclusion in the resource list)
that Wesley's has a web page at http://www.wesleys.co.za/.  Quite a good
introduction to the chain, if you find yourself in the general
neighbourhood, and it even includes some general pipe and cigar smoking
resources and articles.

That's all for today, back to reading some back issues of Pipes Digest
(only 116 issues to go!)

Kobus Retief

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From: "Gary Yovan" <???????????????>
Subject: pipes digest submission

Hi, Steve,

This is my first submission, written to relate my experience and to
ask a question.

I have been smoking and buying and trading pipes for a year now after
giving them up (and giving them away--1970's Charatans, too!) for
cigars for 20 years.  Cannot believe that I was ever so foolish, as
the pure joy of trying out new blends (and even adding blending
tobaccos to those that I don't care for to form a hodge podge whose
sum is better than the parts) and feeling the pipes in my mouth cannot
be adequately explained.  I have gone overboard and acquired at
present 66 new pipes, at first modest to middle range in price, and
then compulsively added several expensive high end pipes.  My racks
and stands only accomodate 63, so maybe another trade is in the future
(Los Angeles Pipe Show, my first, seemed relatively modest in size but
was very impressive in diversity and energy).  For aesthetic reasons,
I smoke only half and visually enjoy the beauty and craftmanship of
the others, for now anyway.

As before, Latakia blends are my favorite and, regardlless of what
others say, are easier on the tongue than aromatics or straight
Virginias.  I tend to puff too fast so consider myself moderately
expert on this topic.  Favorites so far are Black Shag, Old Ironsides,
Old Dog, Lane Bulk A-100, McConnell's Oriental #14 for strength; and
Old Dublin, Nording's Hunter (Fox), Butera #2, Lane Bulk BS-005 and 10
Downing St., Wessex's Tradition for softness or tanginess.  I have
more tobacco in my place than some tobacconists, so my list will get
longer and will include some Virginias and even an aromatic or two I

For places to buy I recommend Knoxille Cigar Co., Dinopuffin, and
Novelli, the latter two in Italy, all websites on your resource list
which offer wide selections at deeper discounts.  Mark at KCC is great
to deal with especially in trading new and used pipes for theirs.  In
Southern California, we have Gus's in the Valley, Tinderbox in Santa
Monica, and Liberty Tobacco in San Diego for the best selection of
quality pipes; sorry to say there are not more but pipesmoking is not
at the level of Ohio where I grew up and especially Columbus where I
attended OSU.  There are loads of other websites to visit and gain
knowledge even if not buying.

Now for the question: When I lived in Chicago I bought a locally
blended tobacco from a small shop in Evanston called Sportsfield.  The
oldtimer who sold it, his best seller, said it was closest to
Dunhill's erstwhile American Blend.  He sold the place which started
to add fishing equipment, and I moved to Los Angeles.  It was a
terrific allday tobacco, very slightly sweet, and contained a little
deertongue.  There must have been at least six different tobaccos
including latakia in small amounts; it was the perfect change of pace
from strong Latakia blends.  I still crave the ideal change of pace.
One, does anybody know if that shop still exists and sells that
tobacco?  Two, does anybody know what was in American Blend?  Craig
Tarler has some English blends with deertongue which I will eventually
try but maybe he or some other longtimer will remember Dunhill's long
gone tobacco which was the basis for Sportsfield.  I can be reached at
??????????????? for direct contacts.  =20

Thanks, and keep up the good work.  Gary

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From: "Brad Krones" <??????????????>
Subject: submission to digest...

Dear Friends,

A few years ago I inquired in the digest about finding somebody who
works on Petersons.  One of you responded; I sent a pipe away, and the
result was a 1906 Peterson that looked like it came out of the factory
yesterday.  Then, alas, my computer went south with all of my files,
and I can't remember the name or email address of the artist.  I seem
to remember a Polish or Eastern European last name...can anybody think
of who this could have been?  There is no listing in the resources,
that I have found.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Brad Krones

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From: Steve Reynolds <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Guidance

I have been collecting pipes on and off for a few years now and never really
smoked any except a corn cob and a grabow duke. Both were great for a long
time (except the corn cob that gets replaced quite often) The duke cracked
today around the stem probably due to it's age and heat. I will miss this as
it was one of my first. I will get over it! My main question is: I have a
lot of "Estate Pipes" Nothing extravagant just a lot of old Kaywoodies and
Grabows and yello boles just ones that catch my eye at the moment. Some of
these cost me less than a dollar! I have a Nice Kaywoodie Ninety-Fiver that
I just got for .60 plus 3.00 shipping...That when it came It had a few chips
around the side where it had been dropped, I sanded it out with 320 grit
then 600 grit now it is as smooth as glass. it feels great but now for
color? What do you do for color? Stain or something? I am clueless as this
is a really week area for me...Wood that is. I failed wood  shop! I am
amazing myself with the outcome of these pipes! Anyway I also would like to
ask if anyone can tell me how to clean the bowls and stems really well? And
ones that don't need any sanding, how do you get them to shine? OK I will
stop now! I do apologize for the barrage of questions but I have been doing
this blindly for years and now I found this group! Is there a 12 step area
of this group I can go to???
Just Kidding!

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From: webmaster <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re:  North American Pipemakers

I found the following reference on a back issue.  I am interested in
getting a copy of the article(?) book (?),
but do not know where to go.  Can you help.  Is there an on-line copy
available?  I am particularly interested in
the history of the CPF brand.

From: ??????????????????
Subject: Re: North American Pipemakers

North American Briar Pipe Makers in the 20th Century:
Rex Poggenpohl  9/95         
With major contributions by: Tom Colwell, Gary Donachy, Tom Dunn, Bill Unger,
Herb Wilczak


Jean Robert Guenard

[Try mailing Rex directly at ??????????????????? -S.]

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From: Kathryn Carroll <?????????????????????>
Subject: James B. Russell Launches Consumer Magazine-SMOKIN' Debuts In April

For Immediate Release						



Upper Saddle River, NJ, April 3, 2002 - In order to meet consumer demand 
for its pipes and pipe tobaccos, James B. Russell announced today that it 
is launching the company's first consumer magazine, entitled Smokin'.  The 
premiere issue will be shipped to consumers and retail tobacconists 
starting this week, supported by advertisements in consumer magazines.

The full-color, 16-page magazine will enable pipe enthusiasts to order any 
of the thousands of products carried by JBR, the largest U.S. importer of 
pipes and accessories, directly from the company. Customers placing orders 
will be asked to supply the name of their retail tobacconist, who will 
receive a percentage of the sale from JBR, under its new Retail Partnership 

Smokin' is a quarterly magazine featuring editorial content as well as 
product information.  The debut issue includes feature articles about se  
veral of the premier brands carried by JBR, including Erik Nording, GBD, 
Comoy and Don Carlos.  Consumers wishing to receive the magazine may 
register on the company's website at www.jamesbrussell.com or call JBR 
toll-free at 1-800-221-7738.

"We needed a way to be responsive to consumers who cannot always locate the 
precise JBR pipe or tobacco they want at their neighborhood tobacconist, 
but also support the retailers who carry our products," says John Link, 
president of JBR.  "It would be impossible for any tobacconist to stock our 
complete line of products.  By giving consumers direct access to our 
magazine, we are meeting the needs of our customers and simultaneously 
guaranteeing a windfall to our retailers.  We are very excited about this 

Pipesmoking in the U.S. is gaining in popularity, with sales recently 
reaching a six-year high, according to Smokeshop magazine.  Pipes and pipe 
tobaccos accounted for more than 14% of total smokeshop sales in 2000, up  
 from under 9% a year earlier and topping the 13% recorded in 1994.

Link estimates that there are 1.5 million pipesmokers in the United States. 
 "Many enthusiasts belong to local pipe clubs, frequent pipe websites or 
attend pipe trade shows, where they have access to a large selection of our 
merchandise.  But pipesmoking is also a quiet pastime for many people who 
do not participate in these venues.  These are the people that can benefit 
most from our magazine.  We are bringing the world's finest selection of 
pipes and pipe tobaccos directly to them, in the comfort of their own homes 
or offices," he says.

James B. Russell's historical roots date back to World War I, when the 
company was founded by a colonel who established smokeshops on both sides 
of the Atlantic after the war - one in London, one in New York.  Nearly a 
century later, JBR dominates the distribution of premium pipes, pipe 
tobaccos and pipe accessories in the United States.  The company's magazine 
features thousands of items, including the best-selling Nording, Comoys, 
Don Carlos, GBD and Sasieni brands.

For more information, call James B. Russell at 1-800-221-7738 or log onto 

# # #

Julie Gross Gelfand
In NY 516-536-2020

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From: "Craig C. Tarler" <???????????>
Subject: Flower of the Steppes


We hit it this time. Have had 10, count'em 10, serious replies. One guy
talked with Patty and was so embarrassed he cut the conversation short!
What fun! Another guy couldn't understand the use of the word priapism
and gave me the entire dictionary meaning saying how does that have
anything to do with smoking. If I don't die laughing we'll make it to
the Chicago show in two weeks.

Thanks for the fun.


Craig & Patty

http://CornellandDiehl.com for Cornell & Diehl tobaccos
http://glpease.com for G.L. Pease Blends
Last update: January 14,2002

[You mean you _don't_ have any Flower of the Steppes?
Sob... sob... :-) Best to you and Patty! -S.]

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From: "Edward Breliant" <????????????????????????>
Subject: Green Pipes

While surfing the internet a year or so ago, I found a pipe with a green
finish.  It was beautiful.  I did not make a favorite of that web site.  If
anyone knows anything about green pipes, please email me.  Thanks

Edward Breiant

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

FOR SALE--Kirsten 1/4 bent, natural aluminum, radiator pipe; basically
new, developed asthma, only smoked about 15 minutes, cleaned easily,
original papers, boxing and packaging included. Columbus-shaped bowl
in light walnut color. Please email at ????????????????? Asking$38 as
well as postage, firm.

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From: Kobus Retief <???????????????????>
Subject: Frequency of pipe smoking


Most sources of information regarding pipe smoking suggest resting your
pipe for a day or two after smoking, since oversmoking a pipe causes
unpleasant odours and associated unhappiness.  However, I get the
feeling that this is only true if you smoke your pipe _all day long_.
Since I'm unfortunately your average penniless student, I own only one
good pipe (a Savinelli).  I smoke one bowlful in the evening.  Can I
smoke this pipe every day - allowing the pipe to rest roughly 24 hours
between each bowlful - or should I continue my current practice of only
smoking it every second day?

This is likely to become a moot question in a week or two, as I'll
probably be able to buy a (fairly inexpensive) second pipe by then, but
I'd still like to know the group's opinion.

Thanks in advance
Kobus Retief

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From: "William H. Magill" <????????????????????>
Subject: FYI - [????????????????????????: New pipes from Germany]

I got this as SPAM (from what I can tell). But they are good looking pipes!

  ----------< Forwarded Message Follows >----------
  From: "werner mummert" <????????????????????????>
  Subject: New pipes from Germany
  Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 22:02:31 +0200

  I want you to introduce you some new pipes on my website. This time I made
  some pipes with standard bore, fitting no filters.
  The Direct link is

  ich moechte einige neue filterlose Pfeifen vorstellen. Der direkte Link

  Best regards, Freundliche Gr=FC=DFe

  Werner Mummert

William H. Magill                          Senior Systems Administrator
Information Services and Computing (ISC)   Networking & Telecommunications
University of Pennsylvania                 
????????????????????                       ??????????????
http://www.isc-net.upenn.edu/~magill/      ????????????????????????

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From: Martin Golding <??????????????????????>
Subject: Wood

> From: "Jesse Grimmer" <??????????????????????>
> Subject: Wood
> At the risk of sounding ignorant (in the true sense of the word) is 
> briar the only wood used in making a pipe?  I have had occasion to 
> obtain some large blocks of cherry (very old tree a neighbor cut down 
> and I am currently using it in my smoker) and thought it would make a 
> beautiful pipe.  One could email me offlist if you wish.  

A very long time ago I made a rosewood pipe, with a silver stem. It smokes
nicely, and (though I haven't smoked it in a while, it may have faded) the
rose aroma comes through with the tobacco. 

Cherry is a popular pipe wood. Other well known hardwoods are not likely
to be a problem. I'd be careful of the more obscure tropical hardwoods,
some of them are irritating or allergenic when worked, and the literature
is not dependable. Anything that'd raise a rash on your hands should not
be applied to your lungs.  "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; on
mature reconsideration I gave up making exotic pipes, despite surviving
my first project.

 Martin Golding | Western philosophy:  All that we can see is the illusion.
DoD 236 0354 EC |   Eastern religion:   All that we can see is illusion.
                |                Zen:    THWACK! Shut up and watch.
??????????????????????   Portland, OR

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From: ???????????????????????????
Subject: Pipe Smoking Orthodox Priest

Dear Steve,

Two things, first I submitted my e-mail address for Pipes Digest and
wanted to make sure that my name had been added. Secondly, I saw in
the archives that there was/is an Greek Orthodox priest on the list:
David Shaw. As e-mails are (wisely) removed from the web archives of
the Pipes Digest, I was wondering if there is some way I could contact
him through you. Is he still a member of the digest list? A pipe
smoking Orthodox seems to be a minority's minority and I would love to
be able to reach him.


Ephrem Christopher Walborn
p.s. I was a member of the list about 7 years ago. Unfortunately I
haven't--until recently--been smoking my pipes much. It's good to be

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From: "Barnes, Richard" <??????????????????????>
Subject: Churchill pic

Hi, Steve - 

I liked the picture of Winston Churchill with the Thompson that's currently
posted on the pipes.org website.  

The story behind why he's holding an American weapon is pretty simple,
really.  During the war, the US supplied the British military with enormous
amounts of equipment, starting off in 1939 or 1940 with a bunch of old Navy
destroyers that we had mothballed years before.  They got ships, guns,
tanks, trucks - you name it.

The funny thing about this particular picture of Churchill is that the Nazis
latched onto it, cropped out the two soldiers on the right side of the
picture, and did a bit of creative editing on Churchill's head.  They cocked
it a bit more to the side, in an attempt to make him look more "sinister",
(didn't work, if you ask me) and circulated it through the occupied
territories with the caption, "Churchill, a gangster".  They were trying to
capitalize on the fact that a lot of American gangsters used the Thompson as
their weapon of choice, and a lot of them dressed like Churchill is in this
picture.  And now we're supplying them with weapons!

Best - 


Rich Barnes
Springfield, IL  USA

"The world is such a stupid place."
Tom Cochrane

[Had the privilege of actually trying out a Thompson a little while
ago, though I must disagree with Mr. Churchill. I personally find that
a UMP goes better with a good cigar. :-) -S.]

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

Hello all, I just aquired a Peterson estate pipe to add to the small
collection and have a question on the stamping. The pipe is stamped
"Peterson Trafalgar" on one side and "Made in England" on the other. I
have never seen a pete that was not made in Ireland. What sort of
animal do I have here?

Thanks, Jim

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From: "Philipp Meyer" <????????????????????????>
Subject: submission


I am a new member and I have a suggestion and a question. First, the
suggestion-for a tasty beverage with your tobac, try tea (real, not
powdered), either warm or chilled. The tannins in black tea seem to
cleanse the mouth like red wine does with a steak, allowing you to
savor each puff even more. Now-the question: I am wondering about the
moniker "Ben Wade." I have two Ben Wade pipes, both "hand made in
denmark," though one is something of a freehand-an odd shape with a
rough top, anyway, and one is a completely standard shape-a sort of a
curved dublin (my best guess), marked, "Majestic Designer Series A."
Were these pipes made under Preben Holm? Are they mass-produced pipes,
like Stanwells, or something? I heard that Ben Wade was Charatan's
seconds line, for a while anyway. What gives? Can someone give me a
history of Ben Wade? Thanks. -Philipp Meyer

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From: Maurizio Tombari <????????????????>
Subject: Le Nuvole nicknames

 Hi Steve,
I'd like inform you some of our habitual shapes remind us of familiar
objects, and so we gave these pipes nick-names to identify them. This
little family tradition of ours, whispered gently to a customer, has
proved interesting enough to urge us to document this detail of the
history of a pipe. This way the idea of using these special names to
stamp some of our pipe shapes has been born. These shapes will be
rendered more unique with the following names: "Bricco" (coffeepot),
"Pignattina" (bean pot), "Tronchetto" (tronky), "Anfora" (amphora),
"Alveare" (beehive), "Cornetto" (our horn), "Orientale" (oriental),
"Tappo" (champagne cork), and "Barilotto" (small cask). As of March
2002, you will find the pipe's  nick-name stamped along with the usual
quality-grade stamp.
We also add a page to our site where you can get a look to the above
shapes: http://www.pipe.it/nick.htm
Happypipesmoking Maurizio Tombari

Maurizio Tombari "Le Nuvole"
Briar pipe maker - http://www.pipe.it
Via Passeri 167 - 61100 Pesaro, Italy
Tel./Fax +39 0721 30750

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

Greetings Everyone,

Ever so often I like to share Jacob Sullum's article.  Pay special
attention to the second myth, as it relates to pipe smoking.
Mr. Sullum has never used tobacco and has never received money from
the tobacco industry.  Please feel free to distribute to others.



"For Your Own Good" by Jacob Sullum

Ten Myths of the Anti-Smoking Movement

These "Ten Myths of the Anti-Smoking Movement" appear as an appendix
in For Your Own Good.

1. The tobacco companies hid the truth about the hazards and
   addictiveness of cigarettes from the American public. Industry
   double-talk notwithstanding, warnings about the health risks of
   smoking go back hundreds of years. James I, in his 1604
   Counterblaste to Tobacco, called smoking "a custome lothsome to the
   eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to
   the Lungs." In every generation, tobacco's opponents have echoed
   him, attributing a long list of maladies to smoking. (See Chapter
   1.) Persuasive scientific evidence of tobacco's hazards, which
   began to emerge in the early 1930s, has received widespread
   attention since the '50s. (See Chapter 2.) Likewise, the difficulty
   of giving up the tobacco habit has been common knowledge for
   centuries. James I's lord chancellor, Sir Francis Bacon, observed,
   "In our times the use of tobacco is growing greatly and conquers
   men with a certain secret pleasure, so that those who have once
   become accustomed thereto can later hardly be restrained
   therefrom." The 17th-century polemicist Johann Michael Moscherosch
   called smokers "thralls to the tobacco fiend," while Cotton Mather
   dubbed them "Slave[s] to the Pipe." Fagon, Louis XIV's court
   physician, described the tobacco habit as "a fatal, insatiable
   necessity.a permanent epilepsy." (See Chapter 7.)

2. "Tobacco is tobacco." Although all tobacco products pose some
   health risks, cigarettes are by far the most hazardous. Cigars and
   pipes are considerably less dangerous. Research by the American
   Cancer Society found that "[d]eath rates were far higher in
   cigarette smokers than in nonsmokers," while "[c]igar smokers had
   somewhat higher death rates than nonsmokers," and "there was little
   difference between the death rates of pipe smokers and the death
   rates of men who never smoked regularly." By one estimate,
   smokeless tobacco is 98 percent safer than cigarettes. (See Chapter

3. People smoke because of advertising. There is remarkably little
   evidence that advertising plays an important role in getting people
   to smoke, as opposed to getting them to smoke a particular
   brand. The 1989 surgeon general's report conceded that "[t]here is
   no scientifically rigorous study available to the public that
   provides a definitive answer to the basic question of whether
   advertising and promotion increase the level of tobacco
   consumption. Given the complexity of the issue, none is likely to
   be forthcoming in the forseeable future." The 1994 report, which
   focused on underage smoking, also acknowledged the "lack of
   definitive literature." None of the widely publicized studies that
   have appeared in recent years, including the much-hyped research on
   Joe Camel, actually measured the impact of advertising on a
   teenager's propensity to smoke. (See Chapter 3.)

4. Smoking imposes costs on society. Because smokers tend to die
   earlier than nonsmokers, the short-term costs of treating
   tobacco-related illness are balanced, and probably outweighed, by
   savings on Social Security, nursing home stays, and medical care in
   old age. Every analysis that takes such long-term savings into
   account, including reports from the RAND Corporation, the
   Congressional Research Service, and Harvard economist W. Kip
   Viscusi, concludes that "social cost" cannot justify raising
   cigarette taxes. (See Chapter 4.)

5. Secondhand smoke poses a grave threat to bystanders. The evidence
   concerning the health effects of secondhand smoke is not nearly as
   conclusive as the evidence concerning the health effects of
   smoking. The research suggests that people who live with smokers
   for decades may face a slightly higher risk of lung
   cancer. According to one estimate, a nonsmoking woman who lives
   with a smoker faces an additional lung cancer risk of 6.5 in
   10,000, which would raise her lifetime risk from about 0.34 percent
   to about 0.41 percent. Studies of secondhand smoke and heart
   disease, including the results from the Harvard Nurses Study
   published in 1997, report more-dramatic increases in disease
   rates-so dramatic, in fact, that they are biologically implausible,
   suggesting risks comparable to those faced by smokers, despite the
   much lower doses involved. In any case, there is no evidence that
   casual exposure to secondhand smoke has any impact on your life
   expectancy. (See Chapter 5.)

6. If secondhand smoke really is dangerous, smoking ought to be banned
   everywhere, except in private residence. Since almost all of the
   epidemiological evidence about the health effects of secondhand
   smoke relates to long-term exposure in the home, the fact that this
   is the one place exempted from current and proposed smoking bans
   suggests a residual concern for property rights. Yet business
   owners have property rights, too. If the government respected their
   right to establish rules about smoking on their own property,
   potential employees and customers could take such policies into
   account when deciding where to work or which businesses to
   patronize. Whether secondhand smoke is a health hazard or merely a
   nuisance, such a voluntary system is the most appropriate way to
   deal with the conflicting demands of smokers and nonsmokers, since
   it allows for diversity and competition, rather than simply
   imposing the will of the majority on everyone. (See Chapter 5.)

7. States have a right to demand compensation from tobacco companies
   for the costs of treating smoking-related diseases under
   Medicaid. This claim ignores the long-term savings traceable to
   smoking (see Myth #4) and the tobacco taxes smokers already pay to
   cover the costs they supposedly impose on others. And by the same
   logic, states could sue the manufacturer of any product associated
   with disease or injury, including alcoholic beverages, fatty foods,
   candy, firearms, swimming pols, bathtubs, skateboards, and
   automobiles. The makers (and consumers) of such products should not
   be blamed because politicians decided to pay for health care with
   taxpayers' money. (See Chapter 6.)

8. The tobacco companies have been secretly manipulating the nicotine
   in cigarettes to keep smokers hooked. Nicotine control was never a
   secret. Several brands of denicotined cigarettes were introduced as
   early as the 1920s. Claims of reduced tar and nicotine have been
   conspicuous since the 1950s, and the yields of each brand have been
   advertised since 1971. The very idea of a consistent nicotine yield
   for a given brand implies control, which cigarette manufacturers
   achieve through a variety of methods that have long been discussed
   in trade journals, books, and government reports. (See Chapter 7.)

9. Smoking is "a pediatric disease." Although most smokers start as
   teenagers, the vast majority are, in fact, adults. And while it
   raises the risk of certain illnesses, smoking itself is a
   behavior-something people choose to do-not a disease. As
   then-Surgeon General C. Everett Koop noted in his 1984 speech
   calling for "a smoke-free society," smoking "is a voluntary act:
   one does not have to smoke if one does not want to." (See Chapter

10. Once people have started smoking, nicotine addiction prevents them
    from stopping. This is so contrary to everyday experience that
    it's amazing politicians and anti-smoking activists can say it
    with a straight face. In fact, there are about as many former
    smokers in this country as there are smokers, and almost all gave
    up the habit on their own, without formal treatment-usually by
    quitting cold turkey. (See Chapter 7.)

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

I am attempting to determine the value of a pipe that has been in my
family for countless years.  In its original box that is dated 1918,
this German pipe seems to have been designed by a 'Richard Berek' and
sold by a company named 'Weltruf.' I have been told many things as to
which kind of pipe it is:

"Sanitary Pipe", "Student Pipe", and "Wine Pipe" are all
possibilities, from different sources.  You see, the printing on the
box is all in German. It is a porcelain pipe with a deer painted on
the bowl.

Any insight would be appreciated,


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #279 -- February 3, 2002

gentle sir,
       just wanted to thank you for three years or more of enjoyable 
knowledge. this must be a labor of love since you do it so well.
kevin mcmahon

[Glad to be of service, Kevin, and thanks for the kind word! -S.]

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From: michael fultz <????????????????????>
Subject: trying to have a hobbey

I live outside Maysville, KY it is the second biggest
producer of tobacco in KY. I even raise and work in
tobacco. i cant even find a local shop that has any
pipes beside Dr. Glasbo, or a very wide selection of
tobacco. I know im new to pipe smoking but no body
understands the joy i get out of it. I usually smoke
cigarettes around everybody but my true passion is
pipe tobacco. I cant understand why their isnt a
bigger selection in this town. I learned how to smoke
pipes while I was in Germany in the army it was sad to
come back home and not to be able to find Eric
Nordings Hunters blend with out driving 60 miles or
more does any body have a solution.
                                     Thank You,

                                     Michael Fultz

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From: ?????????????????????????
Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request




Paul E. Eckels
RR 1,  Box 515
Equinunk, PA., 18417
Phone  (570) 224-1011

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Digest Submission

Hello fellow briar friars!  Being that I'm new to the digest, I feel that a 
little introduction is in order.  The first thing that should probably be 
said is that I am relatively new to pipe smoking (I've only been ejoying 
pipes for roughly a year now).  My first experience was with a cheap bubble 
packaged Dr. Grabow pipe (about $15) and a pouch of Captain Black Royal Blue. 
 Surprisingly I even enjoyed it then, despite the terrible smoke that the 
cheap pipe offered.  It obviously got better from there, and now I'm 
beginning to put together somewhat of a collection of quality pipes.  Like 
most, I prefer briar pipes, but also enjoy meershaums a great deal and own 
two of these, both of which get used fairly regularly.  I started out smoking 
aromatic blends, which most beginners do, particularly the blends from a 
great little pipe shop local to where I currently live.  It didn't take long 
for my tastes to change, and within a couple of months I was enjoying natural 
tobaccos, but I do still occasionally enjoy a nice aromatic smoke.  I like to 
keep a variety of tobaccos around, to find that perfect smoke I'm looking 
for.  Currently some on hand are Dan Tobaccos Hamborger Veermaster, as well 
as their Independence, Escudo, McClellands British Woods, Dunhills Early 
Morning Pipe, Solani # 633, as well as several others, and would recemend any 
one of these tobaccos ( even though my girlfriend doesn't particularly enjoy 
the smell of the non-aromatics).  If anyone has any suggestions about blends 
that they think I would enjoy based upon the list above, I would be much 
obliged.  I look forward to reading the digest every time it comes out, and 
I'm glad to be part of the group.  Sweet Smokes all around.


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Digest Submission

I'm wondering if anybody can answer a question for me.  I'm interested in 
trying Three Nuns, but have heard that it isn't shipped to the U.S.  I'm 
wondering if anybody knows if you can special order Three Nuns from a 
specialty dealer? If so, a suggestion of a good one would be appreciated.

James Clark

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From: Vincent Lucas <?????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe I.D. Help Please!!


I found you on the worldwide web. Please help me if you can! Or if you 
can't, please forward this e-mail to someone who can. Please take a look 
at the attached scans of various pipes from philatelic sources. Are these 
calabash pipes? If not, what are they? And what is that "thingy" on top 
of the bowl i.e. what is it used for?

Lastly, I'm thoroughly confused about modern meerschaum and calabash 
pipes. I've read extensively on the net about what meerschaum is, where 
it comes from, how it is mined etc. etc. Is there one particular "shape" 
for a meerschaum pipe i.e. is it a "bent"? Can it be other shapes? Any 
shape? Can a meerschaum have only the bowl made from meerschaum (the 
material) and the rest of the pipe be made from something else? Most 
importantly, can a meerschaum and a calabash be the same shape? Are these 
necessarily "bents"?

About Sherlock Holmes. . . . I've read the treatise by John Hall from The 
Musgrave Monographs on Holme's smoking habits, especially his preference 
for pipes and his choice of tobacco. Go to :


Hall states that Holmes, even though he may have owned a calabash, 
probably smoked a "bent":

"In all the Canonical references to pipes, though, there is one glaring
omission, and that is to the pipe which has perhaps become most
closely associated with Holmes in the public mind, the bent or
calabash. ('Bent,' incidentally, is converted by pipe makers and
sellers from an adjective to a noun, to mean 'a pipe with a bent

"What is almost certain is that Holmes is very unlikely to have been
much of an enthusiast for the calabash, even if he did own one.  The
gourd acts as an expansion chamber, not only cooling the smoke -
acceptable enough - but also removing some of the tars and nicotine
from it, and that is not likely to find much favour with a man who
habitually smokes the strongest tobacco he can buy.  If Holmes did own
a calabash, it was probably a gift from a grateful client, and is
unlikely to have seen much use."

"The calabash, a section cut from the narrow end of a gourd with the
same name, with a wide, flat, removable meerschaum bowl, can be seen -
very briefly - making an appearance in the 1965 film, _A Study in
Terror_, and again in Wilder's 1970 _The Private Life of Sherlock
Holmes_, although it is difficult to be certain that there are no
earlier occurrences."

So again my question, is this "bent" a meerschaum or a calabash?

ANY help illuminating me on this subject would be most appreciated! I 
thank you for your time in this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Vincent Lucas
Naples, FL

[Sorry, Vincent, but I can't email scans in the Digest. If you'll send
me the URL of the scans on your website, I'd be glad to publish that
instead. -S.]

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From: "Diane Koehler" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Kaywoodie Pipe

My father-in-law passed away recently and I was given a Miniature to
Scale Kaywoodie Pipe. My husband told me that his father purchased the
little pipe at the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York. It is in small velvet
case. Can you direct me to a site or a collector that can tell me the
value of this pipe and maybe some history about it? 
Diane Koehler

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

Some of you may also collect lighters.  The national lighter
collector's club, "On the Lighter Side" is having a convention in Las


The LIGHTER Event of 2002 - 16th Annual On The LIGHTER Side Convention 

This years event will be held June 13 thru 16, 2002 at the Riveria
Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year we have expanded hours
for the public to visit the display area. The "Public Visitation" will
be Friday from 3:00PM to 7:00PM & Saturday, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

The 2002 displays in Las Vegas will include art deco Ronson Rondelight
sets, fabulous Dunhill Watch lighters, rare Ronsons from the Urban
Cummings collection, unusual silver mechanisms, two 1930's 14k gold
outside hinge Zippos, a collection of fine Regens Lighters, plus much
more.  There will also be a slide presentation featuring over 200 art
deco lighters and one viewing of rare gold lighters.

Alijandra Mogilner

[Sorry I didn't announce this in a timely way, Alijandra. Hope the
convention went well! -S.]

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

I just found your site tonight, and I have spent a couple of hours
reading the info on it.  Thanks for assembling all of this info on
pipes and pipe smoking.

I noticed that you have Milan Bros. (Roanoke, VA) listed in your store
index.  Some additional info that you might like to publish... Don Roy
and his wife retired and sold the store to David and Renee' Meyer.  It
wasn't a big change, since Renee'is Roy's daughter.  I have been
buying from them for a couple of months, and their service is
unsurpassed!  Renee' never fails to email me after an order to thank
me and make sure everything is okay.  I plan to visit the store
soon... I am about 3 hours away from Roanoke, but I can still order
from them over the internet.

If you like aromatic tobaccos, try their Sunset Rum... they sell 1
oz. sample bags of their tobacco for around $1.55 each.  Their
internet site is at http://www.milantobacco.com

Thanks again for the great site,

Bill Keys
Johnson City, TN

[As always, thanks to Steve Beaty for maintaining the site! -S.]

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From: "Jack's Tobacco of Wisconsin" <???????????????????>
Subject: Change of Listing

Good morning, Steve

I would appreciate if you will delete the Edwards Pipe and Tobaccco
Shop of Wisconsin listing on the Commercial pipe resources page. 

Would you please add the following listing to the Commercial pipe
resources page: 

Jack's Tobacco of Wisconsin

Thank you very much,

Joe Harb for Jack's Tobacco

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

I picked up an old briar at a yard sale the other day for the huge sum
of $2.00 but have never heard of the make. The pipe is stamped
"Dr. Shotton's Sanaton".  Any information any of you may have on this
pipe will be appreciated. Thanks

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

Hello, my pipe collecting/smoking friends!

After much nagging by a few folks, I have taken a table at the NASPC Pipe 
Show in Columbus, Ohio on August 24 to exhibit my collection of "the pipe" 
THE SMOKE and Venturi pipes. I will try to get a table at the Chicago Show 
next spring. Those are the only two places I am planning to exhibit it, so, 
if you really want to see the whole collection of pipes, pipe ads, etc. "in 
the flesh" make your plans and reservations.

There has been another major revision of the format of the web site. The 
home page I have been using was just too "not me" so I have returned to a 
more conservative design. However, there is now a menu and the frames have 
been eliminated. The menu is in JavaScript which works well in IE 6.x but 
appears scrunched to the left in NN 4.78. However, it seems to work OK. Let 
me know if your system has difficulty displaying the new lay-out.

Also, due to a verbatim appearance of my 'How to Clean "the pipe"' page in 
an eBay listing, a right click on a page in the site will now produce a 
copyright reminder. Again, this JavaScript should work perfectly in 
Explorer, but seems to have no effect in Netscape.

Finally, the general increase in identity theft and credit card fraud has 
led me to reluctantly remove much of the personal information about myself, 
my friends, and family that used to grace the site.

There have been several additions to the collection of pyrolytic graphite 
pipes, one of which is an apparently altogether new shade of red. For now, 
Pipe  387 is called Vermilion because it may be just a faded one of those. 
On the other hand, it may be an undocumented different color. Venturi's 
quality control of the paint colors leaves a lot to be desired. Soon to be 
added to the Discussion of Production page is a photo lay-out of green 
pipes similar to that already done for Burnt Orange and Federal Gold.

There still has not been a definite example of a Giant Pot found.

Puff in peace and enjoy your summer,

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

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

Dear Steve and friends,
I wonder if anybody have heard of DAVIS & CO., LLC?
They are an old tobbacconist (since the last 70 years)
and I'm trying to find out how to get in touch with them. They have contacted me, but obviously forgot to attach their e-mail address to the message. If you, guys, have any idea of it, please, e-mail me!
Smoke in peace!
G. Todorov - Getz 
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From: "Bill Keys" <???????????????>
Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request

Thanks Steve!

I spent a couple of hours going through the archives one night, and I
decided that I needed to join.  Thanks for the hard work it takes to
keep this thing going.  

I recently decided to start smoking a pipe again, after smoking Black &
Mild cigars for years.  I had an old Dr. Grabow pipe, and I still use it
in my rotation.  (I am on disability, so I can't afford Dunhills or the
like.) I recently purchased my first "decent pipe"... a JM Boswell,
which I love.  After that, I found a good deal on a Savinelli Morino,
which has become my favorite pipe.  I plan to buy another Savinelli next
month from Milan Tobacconists in Roanoke, VA.  I deal with them over the
internet(www.milantobacco.com), and their service is unbeatable.  I
originally ordered from them because they are one of the few shops that
stock Black & Mild pipe tobacco.  However, since sampling some of their
blends, I have switched.  My favorite is Sunset Rum (soaked in rum).

Thanks again for including me on the list!

Bill Keys
Gray, TN

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From: ??????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes of The Hurdes (Spain). VettoniAVera S.L.

Estimateds friends:
VettoniAVera S.L. is a small company created recently in Madrid with 
the aim to commercialize, to national and international level, 
traditional products and crafts of Extremadura (Spain). Our intention 
is to give to knowing the quality and variety of many products of our 
land, products that still are elaborated with ancient skills.
Between our products there are the pipes worked with different types of 
stone and woods. All these pipes are elaborated of tottaly handcrafted 
form in the enigmatic and unknown spanish region of The Hurdes.
Of between all these pieces the pipes of "The Picu'" stand out, 
emblematic mountain of The Hurdes. These pipes are worked 
with "ringwoodita", a very scanty and stranger mineral.
If you wish more information it brings over of our pipes, you can go to 
our web page: www.vettonia.com  (version in English)
Thanks you for his attention.

Mari'a de los A'ngeles Rufo
Business manager
VettoniAVera S.L.
Street: Montuenga, 6   Madrid 28044

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

Hi, Steve and friends,
I have little question for you. Do you have any alternative e-mail
address to Trevert Talbert (Talbert pipes)? As I know, he has moved to
Brittany (France), and his Web page is currently under renovation. 
I'll appreciate your help!
Cool smoke!
Georgi from GETZpipes

[Sorry, I don't have it handy. Could someone pass this along to
Trever? -S.]

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From: "John Martin" <????????????????????>
Subject: Changes

One of the oddest changes that I have noticed over the past three
years of pipe smoking is that my impression of the taste of a tobacco
can change as I grow older.  When I was heavily into the Lane
aromatics, I tried Half & Half and a Virginia Tobacco called Palmer
House.  My initial impression of both is that they were incredibly
bland.  Half & Half was so tasteless that I didn't even see the point
in finishing out the pouch.  I smoke more natural tobaccos now with
one of my favorites being McClelland's Frog Morton On the Town.

Last year, I picked up a pouch of Half & Half on the way to a coffee
house and was surprised to find that there was quite a bit of taste in
the pouch.  I even felt that the flavor was a bit too spicy to go with
coffee, it was interesting enough to make it worth my while to finish
out the pouch.  I may pick up another pouch sometime in the future.

Last weekend I went up to KC to stock up on my supply of Frog Morton,
and they were kind enough to fill one of my pipe with Palmer House.  I
was again astounded by the flavor, I don't remember it being that
intense.  I felt glad that I had purchased the milder Light Brigade, a
rubbed out red cake Virginia, which is just about right for me.

Does this sort of thing happen to most pipe men (and pipe women) as
their tastes mature? 

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From: "Mary Baruth" <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe resource guide

 I was wondering how our museum could  be included in this resource

Delhi ONtario Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre 
200 Talbot Road
Delhi, ONtario
N4B 2A2
T: (519) 582-0278
F: (519) 582-0122
Email: ??????????????????????????????????
 Thank you

Mary E. Baruth Manager, Heritage & Culture Division Norfolk County
(519) 426-5870 ext. 347  

[No sooner, uh, edited than done, Mary! -S.]

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From: "Terry Duncan" <????????????????????????>
Subject: General question

Anyone know how to safely remove a tar build-up on a bowl rim?


Terry Duncan
Owatonna, MN

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From: "Hal Stalvik" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Peterson's Butane Lighters

Does anyone have address/Warranty info for Peterson's Lighters?  I
lost my info years ago. 

Thanks, H. Allan Stalvik - ?????????????????????????

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

A little introduction, for this lurker right here. Decided it was time
to get in on the goodness and camaraderie that goes on here, finally!

I started smoking a pipe when i was 16...ah, i remember that day
vividly. didnt last very long, as my parents had, hmm, conflicting
view on me smoking? either way they promptly took my corncob pipe and
giant bag of cherry cavendish...broke the pipe and dumped the tobak
out, as well as grounding me. Well, this was just a mere technicality,
as i knew i was on to something.

When I moved to Indianapolis to start school, inevitably picked up
cigarettes, but not for long. and once i started smoking a pipe again,
never looked back!

Now, 21 years old and the only pipe smoker i know, i still love
it. While I only have a couple pipes, i cherish the summertime nights
that i spend outside puffing my favorite blend from my local
tobacconist "Virgina blend #2". Theres just something relaxing and
soothing about the pipe hobby, from the pipe tool to cleaning when
you're done..ah, i could talk about it for hours. I think if it wasnt
for my pipe, i probably wouldnt have made it through the stresses of

Reading the back issues, since i only just recently found this
wonderful haven, ive taken a bit of solace in knowing im not the only
young pipe smoker out there (although my friends would have me believe
otherwise). as well, ive learned much about various older pipes, what
to look for, etc. really an excellent resource for the hobbyist.

basically, i just want to thank steve for getting such a great site
together, and put down my two cents on my favorite passtime!


[Glad to hear from you, Tony!  Rest assured, there are other young
pipe smokers out there, as the next letter proves! -S.]

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From: "John Roberts" <??????????????????>
Subject: By way of introduction

Greetings, all!
     I've read through (most) of the back issues of the digest,
and noticing that many new members to the digest send along an
introduction, thought I'd forward my own.
     My first introduction to pipes was at the ripe old age of
three.  Although my father smoked cigarettes at the time, I'd
discovered an old, leather-covered pipe in one of the boxes in
the garage.  An avid fan of that then-ubiquitous spinach eating
sailor, I immediately placed it in my mouth.  Though it was
empty, there was a tempting taste and aroma that was, as it
turned out, to stay with me even to the present.  By way of
standard childish experimentation, it would happen that I soon
discovered it to be a terrible bubble pipe, and returned it to
its original location.  (More about this in a bit)
     Fast forward fifteen years or so, and I would regularly be
found in my college dorm room smoking Flying Dutchman through a
water pipe as I pored over volumes of academic lore.  I also
smoked handrolled cigarettes from the same tobacco at times when
a water pipe was inconvenient.  And yes, Virginia, I did inhale
from both.
     Flash another year into the future, and I found myself in
a strange place where everyone wore green clothing with their
names sewn on.  The powers that be weren't at all fond of
handrolled anything, much less water pipes, so I was perforce
limited to commercially fabricated designs, many types of which 
were served with lunch in small packs of four.  This gave me a
sampling of several varieties, from whence I finally settled
into a preference for that "cowboy" brand, with which I went
into an exclusive relationship.
     Around ten years later I was looking for the "perfect"
gift for a friend and, wandering into a small curio shop,
happened to spy a tin of Flying Dutchman.  Overwhelmed by any
number of memories that small blue container brought back,
I purchased it and a bent GBD with which to enjoy it.  And enjoy
it I did, first and home and then at work.  One day a coworker
who also smoked a pipe happened by my office, and asked me what
I was smoking.  When I told him, he winced and informed me that
there were much better tobaccos.  Taking a "yellow sticky" from
my desk and hastily scribbling an address, he suggested that I
might wish to visit the location to discover some alternatives.
     Since my tin runneth low anyway, I decided to take his
advice.  The address turned out to be a local tobacconist (I
can't remember the name, and I'm sure it's long since gone)
that, after talking with me and answering many questions,
suggested that I might like a blend that he called "IQ", and
as it turned out, I did, and began to smoke only my pipe for
the next three years.  However, as luck would have it, I once
again found myself in a strange place with people in green
clothing (albeit an oddly mottled green this time), and no
access to IQ or even Flying Dutchman.  As much as I tried, I
never could develop a taste for Captain Black, Half and Half,
or Prince Albert (all that were available to me), and ended up 
putting my pipe away and going back to the commercial cowboy 
     Approximately a year ago, when while going through some of 
my father's affects, I found that old leather-covered pipe.  It
had been thoroughly cleaned, but it didn't appear to have been 
smoked.  There was no trace of soap scum, but there was also no 
trace of any cake - in some places inside the bowl it had been 
scraped to a blond color.  I was intrigued, but set it aside for
the time.
     Then, about three months ago while emptying my desk to
to move to another office, I found the GBD and about a half 
ounce of (very dry) IQ in a baggie at the rear of a drawer.  For
no particular reason, I decided that it might be nice to enjoy
a pipe with lunch.  Having nothing else interesting with which
to moisten the tobacco, I sprinkled a few drops of a diet cola
drink in the pouch and shook/kneaded well.  All I can say about
the results is that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going
to be, but that way on the way home I searched out a local
tobacconist, found that he stocked IQ, emptied my pouch, and
replenished it with a fresh blend.
     Even so, it didn't seem as enjoyable as I remembered, so
I thought I must have forgotten my technique.  Searching the
internet, I happened onto www.pipes.org and began reading back
issues of this digest, and relearning many things (thanks to
all who have contributed).  Since then, I've been experimenting
with different blends and pipes.  I still prefer a bent, and
currently smoke a couple of Dr. Grabow's (one smooth, one
carved, both decent smokers as long as they're used sans filter),
my old standby GBD (still gets a bit wet in the bottom), a newer
Georg Jenson (smokes great, but the bit is a little wide for my
preference), and even a couple of Missouri Meerschaums (one for
work, one for travel - used with filters, because though I don't
mind the taste of burning corn cob, I'm not fond of inhaling
large chunks of tobacco and/or ash).  My current preference in
tobacco as a 50/50 mix of IQ and something called "Danish Pride".
The Danish Pride tends to overcome a bit of the IQ's tendency
to smoke sour toward the end of the bowl, and the IQ helps to
counter the Danish Pride's general blandness.  My continuing
relationship with the commercial cowboy brand is on the
wane, currently down to a couple of packs a week, mostly when
     Which brings us back, more or less, to that leather-covered
pipe (I told you we'd get back to it).  I was looking through 
some old 35mm this afternoon, and found some of my father that
were taken in Korea in 1957 - in his hand was what very much
appears to be that very same leather-covered pipe.  Remembering
where I'd put it last year, I went and dug it out, inspected it
for a while, and then loaded it up.  It smoked rather well, 
although it does need breaking in again for obvious reasons.
Interestingly enough, the aftertaste was that very same taste
that I remember from three years old.  While I used my normal
tobacco blend, none of my other pipes impart that particular
(and quite pleasant, I might add) flavor.  If I could find
a mild tobacco with that particular taste, I might be able to
end my quest for "the perfect blend".
     Now, while I consider myself a smoker rather than in any
way a collector, I am intrigued with this pipe - almost as
much for its appearance and design as for its (to me) personal
history, so I thought I'd share a description in case anyone
might know something they'd like to share about similar pipes.
The pipe itself is a straight model, with an average sized 
standard bowl, approximately 2-1/4" shank, and 1-3/4" stem.
There's a device of some sort in the tenon which appears to be 
made of aluminum, and is flattened with a half twist along its
length and small square orifice on the top which serves as the
smoke passage.  The leather covering is two pieces which serve
to completely cover both the bowl and shank, stitched from the
front of the bowl and along the bottom of the shank, and from
the rear of the bowl along the top of the shank.  The leather
color ranges from dark brown at the bowl to black at the bit
end of the shank.  The top of the bowl is a light brown, and
matches almost perfectly the cover of the leather.  There are
no visible markings on the bit, although it appears to have
been scoured and may have had at one time.  The leather on the
left side of the shank is stamped "LONGCHAMP" with "FRANCE" in
slightly smaller letters beneath.
     Thanks once again to the moderators and participants in
this list for a great resource.  I'm looking forward to reading
     Smoke in Peace,

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From: ???????????????
Subject: HOW TO...



[Your subscription's entered; hope someone can help you with the
Celius pipe info. -S.]

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: Slow Smoking Contests

   Hi all!
     I would like to receive some tips and techniques
in slow smoking contest. Thanks from Spain

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From: "Bryan Noll" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Searching for a blend

When I was in college, a freind from high school offered his pipe to me to 
try.  That was what really got me into pipe smoking, although its been a few 
years since that date.  Now I'm trying to locate the blend that he had.  I 
believe it was called something like "double nut fudge sunday."  I think he 
said he had bought it mail order from a place in London, but I'm not sure.  
So if anyone can help me locate that blend, I'd greatly appreciate it.     

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From: "Gary Yovan" <???????????????>
Subject: Fw: pipes digest submission

Steve, I got the answer on the American Blend.  Now, I just want to
know if that small shop in Evanston, Illinois still exists and sells
Sportsfield pipe tobacco.  By the way, the collection is now up to 80
pipes after visiting the RTDA in Las Vegas.  Thanks, Gary

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From: "John Martin" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Motorcycling with a pipe?

I saw the strangest thing a few days ago.  I had just gotten out of my car 
and saw a person smoking a Peterson style bent pipe while riding a 
motorcycle.  It was a Honda Goldwing, so the fairing would have provided 
some protection, but it there still should have been enough turbulence to 
make smoking while riding nearly impossible.  Also, how does one spare a 
hand for tamping?  How does one relight?  It boggles the mind.  Has anyone 
else seen someone smoke while riding a motorcycle?  Has anyone tried it???  
Enquiring minds want to know!

[Sounds really dangerous on a number of fronts, John!  I'd recommend
pulling the bike over to a scenic overlook and enjoying there. -S.]

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				- Tracy Kidder
				  _Home Town_

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #281 -- July 30, 2002
  3. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  4. Subject: posting from pipes page
  5. Subject: Cut 'n Puff
  6. Subject: Carey Magic Inch
  7. Subject: posting from pipes page
  8. Subject: South African pipe smoking resources
  9. Subject: pipes digest submission
  10. Subject: submission to digest...
  11. Subject: Re: Guidance
  12. Subject: Re: North American Pipemakers
  13. Subject: Re: North American Pipemakers
  14. Subject: James B. Russell Launches Consumer Magazine-SMOKIN' Debuts In April
  15. Subject: Flower of the Steppes
  16. Subject: Green Pipes
  17. Subject: posting from pipes page
  18. Subject: Frequency of pipe smoking
  19. Subject: FYI - [????????????????????????: New pipes from Germany]
  20. Subject: Wood
  21. Subject: Pipe Smoking Orthodox Priest
  22. Subject: Churchill pic
  23. Subject: posting from pipes page
  24. Subject: submission
  25. Subject: Le Nuvole nicknames
  27. Subject: posting from pipes page
  28. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #279 -- February 3, 2002
  29. Subject: trying to have a hobbey
  30. Subject: Re: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  31. Subject: Digest Submission
  32. Subject: Digest Submission
  33. Subject: Pipe I.D. Help Please!!
  34. Subject: Kaywoodie Pipe
  35. Subject: posting from pipes page
  36. Subject: posting from pipes page
  37. Subject: Change of Listing
  38. Subject: posting from pipes page
  39. Subject: pyrolytic graphite pipes web site update
  40. Subject: posting from pipes page
  41. Subject: RE: Your Pipes Digest subscription request
  42. Subject: Pipes of The Hurdes (Spain). VettoniAVera S.L.
  43. Subject: posting from pipes page
  44. Subject: Changes
  45. Subject: Pipe resource guide
  46. Subject: General question
  47. Subject: Peterson's Butane Lighters
  48. Subject: posting from pipes page
  49. Subject: By way of introduction
  50. Subject: HOW TO...
  51. Subject: Slow Smoking Contests
  52. Subject: Searching for a blend
  53. Subject: Fw: pipes digest submission
  54. Subject: Motorcycling with a pipe?
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