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                Pipes Digest #296 -- April 04, 2006
   Copyright (C) 2006 by Steven J. Beaty. All rights reserved.
               Commercial use of any part of contents,
              including email addresses, is prohibited.

                   Circulation this issue: 3480

Today's Topics:
        Thomas Cristiano
        Re:  Where to smoke
        Re: Pipes Digest #295
        Story for Pipes Digest
        let's kick this one out...
        let's kick this one out...

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Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 15:20:50 -0400
From: "Doug Allen" <??????????????????>
Subject: Thomas Cristiano

Steve, I'm not certain if word has made its way round the circuit yet.
With heartfelt sadness I report the death of Thomas Cristiano.  Thomas
passed from this life in the week after Thanksgiving 2005.  Thomas was
the proprietor of Cristom Imports.  As President of Sparta Industries
and Mastercraft Pipes, it was my pleasure to call Thomas friend and
competitor.  Thomas was truly my mentor in the world of fine pipes and I
will miss him dearly.  Enza, Tomas' widow and their children, will
remain in Tampa for the near future.

Some people complain that God put thorns on roses, while  others praise
Him for putting roses on thorns. 
Peace & Blessings
Doug Allen

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Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 16:11:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gary Estes <???????????????????>
Subject: Re:  Where to smoke

If we all post more, the Digest might become more
frequent again!  I don't remember if I've ever posted
before, likely not, but that can change.

I may have the best of both worlds, as I have a place
to smoke indoors and out without incurring the wrath
of the second hand smoke nazis.  Of course, no smoking
is allowed in the house, HOWEVER I have a wood shop
out back with HVAC and an Delta air-cleaner to
circulate the smoke around.  A perfect situation as
far as I'm concerned.  

I'm considering trying to carve my own pipe from a
kit, the ones where the bowl is already drilled and
the stem is already fitted.  The draw hole has to be
just right so I'm a little concerned about that.  Does
any one have any feed back as to which kit suppliers
may be good?

Gary Estes   puff, puff

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Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 07:56:15 -0400
From: "Dennis Congos" <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #295

Hi Ben,

I imagine you have had a thousand guy respond to your request on how to
get rid of your pipes.  I buy estate pipes depanding on brand or I will
sell pipes on consignment.  Let me know the status of the pipe
situation.  I have been doing this for 44 years and have references if
you like.

Best wishes...............................

Fellow briar friar,

Dennis

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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 11:56:48 -0400
From: ??????????????????
Subject: Story for Pipes Digest

    Thanks to all those who are keeping this going.  I suppose if we would
    write  a bit more then we would all have something to read more often.
    Oh, well - on to my story!
 
    I've been smoking the pipe since my 18th birthday and I am nearing the
    30 year mark.  I also worked in a tobacco shop through high school and
    college.   During that time I learned far more about pipes than hardly
    any  of  the  population wants to know.  I suppose I am now one of the
    great keepers of the sacred knowledge of "pipedom."
 
    Well,   during  these  years,  I  have  always  appreciated  and  have
    acquired many  (60-70  range) fine  pipes  of  various  price  ranges.
    However, although  I  greatly appreciated many of them, (a disclaimer:
    just  my feeling, not scientific fact) there was only one "holy grail"
    of pipes and that has been "dunhill."  I purchased them as I could and
    have  a  few  pieces.   I  was able to get two (a small shelling grain
    saddle  billiard and an apple military mount chestnut) from the London
    store  about three years ago and I am not sure that I have ever had so
    much fun spending money in my life.  I was very excited when I planned
    a  trip  to  New  York  City the last weekend in March and the Dunhill
    store was a must stop (along with Nat Sherman) for me.
 
    I  found  the store and snapped a couple of photos of the front.  Then
    went  into  the  store  -  clothes  everywhere  -  ugh!  - and a small
    collection of lighters on the first floor.  I asked about pipe/tobacco
    section  and  was  taken upstairs (which was fine as it reminded me of
    the  London store, I was assuming there was a similar layout).  Then I
    was  taken  past  the  sale  section in the back of the store and then
    further  back  to a glass door and a poorly lit room.  THIS IS WHEN MY
    GREAT SADNESS BEGINS TO SET IN.
 
    There  were  a  few  boxes of cigars along the left side of the wall -
    sparse  shelves at best.  I then looked to the back wall and of the 40
    or  50  places  for pipes  to  be  displayed,  only  12  or 15 were on
    display.   I  looked  and  made the comment to the salesman that I had
    expected  more and his response was "these were on their way out too!"
    "What?," I  asked in  distress.  "This  whole department is on the way
    out."   I  was shocked!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was taken aback, I asked if they
    had  any  tobacco tins, I at least wanted to have a small token from a
    dying  store  and  was  informed  that there was none to be had in the
    shop.   I was in such a sad state, I had to stagger down the steps and
    out the door.
 
    I  walked a  short  way  to the  edge  of  the  park  and  stood there
    dumbfounded,  shaking  my  head  in  disbelief.  Yeah, I know it takes
    money  to be in NYC, but still pipes are what gave dunhill a name, not
    some   pieces  of  cotton put  together  for  a  billion  dollars!   I
    was so shaken  that I  physically began to shake (ok, maybe a bit over
    the  top, but one can't control emotions in such a difficult time).  I
    said  to  myself,  at  my age there will come a time that I could very
    possibly be one of the last living persons who had purchased a dunhill
    pipe from the NY store.
 
    So,  I  turned,  and  quickened  my  pace,  and returned to the store,
    crossed  through  the  clothing  rubbish  piled on the first floor and
    walked  the  same  salesman up  the stars.  I asked as we ascended the
    steps,  "are all  of  the  pipes  you have "star" pipes?" for I hadn't
    planned  to buy a pipe right now and hadn't planned for this purchase.
    He  stuttered a bit and didn't even know what I was talking about.  We
    walked  on  to  the  "back closet" of the store.  I assured him that I
    wasn't  wasting his time, I knew the difference between a billiard and
    a  zulu  and  a  tapered  stem and a saddle bit.  Then we walked on in
    silence  for  I realized he didn't know about pipes and I wasn't going
    to  give  him the  passion for them in the time it took for me to pick
    one out.
 
    We arrived  upstairs  and  he had  trouble  locating a key to open the
    case.   Once it was opened, he stood back and just let me pick them up
    as  I  wanted  and  place  them  back in  the  case (I know Alfred was
    spinning in his grave at this - no green mat for my pipe, not even one
    of  the newer tan ones - nothing).  I did find a small full bent apple
    that I liked.
 
    All  was  going  fine  until I asked for a box.  They said they didn't
    have  one  for they were closing them out.  I said, "There has to be a
    box around here somewhere for a pipe."  Then one appeared, yet with no
    leather  pouch,  for  I was told they were all disposed of a few weeks
    ago.  They offered to put the pipe in a plastic quart size zip bag and
    looked  at me strangely when I said, "that's o.k. just put it into the
    box,  don't  disgrace  the  poor  pipe any  further."  And they did as
    asked.
 
    I  left  the store as if I had just rescued a little puppy from one of
    those awful pet stores with a feeling of deep pride as one of the last
    of  a  great  group of  dunhill smokers that had purchased a fine pipe
    from  that  store.  As I processed the event in my mind, I wondered if
    the  powers-that-be  would  do  the  same  with their family - get rid
    of grandma  and pa when they no longer brought in "enough" revenue for
    the  family.   I  think  they  could have at least had a small section
    included  in  the  store with a few tins of tobacco, a couple packs of
    cleaners, maybe  a  couple boxes of matches and, I don't know, a dozen
    or  two  of  wonderful  pipes that enabled them to be a legend and not
    just  some  clothier that will fade in twenty or so years.  They could
    leave off at least one coat from their selection, 'cause I don't think
    I'll be buying one from them for several years.
 
    My best to each of you,
    Jason Harvey

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Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 10:00:25 -0600
From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: let's kick this one out...

All,

	Time for another digest.  Hope to see some of you in Chicago!

-- 
		       Dr. Steve Beaty (B80), Chair
	     Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
		   Metropolitan State College of Denver
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Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 10:00:25 -0600
From: Steve Beaty <???????????????>
Subject: let's kick this one out...

All,

	Time for another digest.  Hope to see some of you in Chicago!

-- 
		       Dr. Steve Beaty (B80), Chair
	     Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
		   Metropolitan State College of Denver
                 VOX: (303) 556-3208 | FAX: (303) 556-5381 
		??????????????? | http://cs.mscd.edu/beaty

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #296
  2. Subject: Thomas Cristiano
  3. Subject: Re: Where to smoke
  4. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #295
  5. Subject: Story for Pipes Digest
  6. Subject: let's kick this one out...
  7. Subject: let's kick this one out...
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