We Meet the *1st Tuesday of this Month in Sharon, MA.
* Next Meeting is Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 PM *
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

Happy February,
I’m hijacking the President’s Message this month because this is President’s Day month and I suspect our president needs a break. He has brought a lot of energy and ideas to our humble little group in hopes that one day the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston will be a household name (for pipe smokers at least). I thought this might be a good time to provide a little history about our club and I’d like to thank laureate and life member Andy Camire for his input on the club’s history from before I joined.
According to Alan Rosenfield, our club’s founder, a post office box was set up in Sept. of 1989 as a way to receive correspondence for a pipe club he was starting which was originally called the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club, Ltd. USA. Ironically enough, the post office box number for our club was 221. Initially, member dues was $25 for a life membership and the newsletter was primarily used to buy, sell and trade pipes and although it seems the first newsletter came out in 1990 we consider our club’s official start date to be September of 1989, which means we will have our 30th anniversary this year and we’re hoping to do a few things to make this year special.
Meetings were held in the Mansfield Host Hotel where members could enjoy a meal in the atrium and smoke their pipes. Later they moved us into a function room (I’m sure you can imagine why). I joined the club in 2002 and met in that function room where a waiter would come in and take your dinner order and serve our food. It was great. Every month there was a theme. One member would do some research and agree to do a talk on a specific pipe brand, company or historical interest concerning tobacco/pipes. And during that monthly meeting everyone was asked to bring in any pipes that they owned for that specific brand. We had a large contingent of dedicated collectors at that point. Everyone in attendance was a collector/smoker and show and tell was a big part of the monthly meeting talking about what was new in our collections since the previous meeting. We had some months where tobacco tastings were the entertainment/learning experience, but it was more about pipes and new acquisitions. Several times per year we would invite a Company pipe representative or shop owner to attend our meetings. The Club would pay for their hotel expense if they had to travel for one night and treat them to dinner. They in turn would display and sell inventory of some spectacular pipes they had. Everyone would walk away with one or two nice pieces for their collection. Some of the Retailers/Reps that we had attend were J.M. Boswell, pipemaker/shop owner from Pennsylvania, Bill Fuerbach, S.M. Frank Co. (Kaywoodie), Kem Mecklenburg representing Savinelli, Tom Cristiano came from Florida while in the area representing Cristiano Pipes and Mastro de Paja, R.D. Field (representing Ashton, Radice), and many other fairly local shop owners, Watch City, Peretti's, Leavitt & Pierce, Gold Leaf, etc.
The first and only SHPC Boston pipe show was held at the Tremont House Hotel, Boston, on November 13th, 14th, 1993. The show was sponsored by Jack Ehrmantraut from Arlington, TX. who bought the rights of PCI. (Pipe Collectors International). Some of the SHPC members that attended besides the Charter Members were. Mr. & Mrs. Dave Rossi, Eric Schmeider, Henry Blackwell, Steve Smith, Paul Dunn, and Stephen Wyman. Some of the exhibitors were Robert Peretti from the famous L.J. Peretti's in Boston, Barry Levin & family, Andrew Marks pipemaker, Mel Feldman (The Smoker, Albany, NY), Tom Cristiano (Cristiano pipes and Mastro de Paja), Dunhill represented by Gene Thompson, Rob Cooper, the Camire Bros. (Bill and Andy), Jay Beard, Ted Gulkin (SHPC members). The hall was full of patrons for both days. Alberto Bonfiglioli, pipemaker to the USA, (Bologna, Italy) donated the Prize pipe for the show. A slight bent straight grain pot with sterling silver cap on the bowl engraved BOSTON 1993. The pipe was won by former member and president Don Powers.
When I joined in 2002 Don Powers was the president, Andy Camire was the treasurer and Mark Maxfield was the secretary. I’m not sure if there were any presidents between Alan and Don. Many of the members mentioned above were still attending meetings. We were still doing a monthly theme and occasionally vendors came and did a trunk show. One thing that was always a big hit was when member Kenny Kasparian, who was a salesman for Ardor, Brebbia and other names, came to the meeting. He always had lots of pipes to sell and at very good prices. If you look back at the SHPC Gazette archives you can relive many of these meetings. I hope to resurrect some of them in upcoming newsletters since these were the final years of the golden days of pipe smoking and need to be relived so we don’t forget.
President Don Powers had to move with his family in New Hampshire and sadly passed away in 2009. Mitt Romney signed a smoking ban in 2004 that meant we could no longer meet at our meeting location in Mansfield which was now owned by Holiday Inn. We were homeless. We met at member’s homes when we could, we met at the Tinder Box in Mashpee and we even met in New Hampshire once. These were not good times. We kept it together but in the process, we lost a lot of long time members.
Eric Kahn, a member who has been with us since 1998 told us that his temple in Stoughton had a cigar group and that maybe we could combine our meeting with theirs. We thought it a good idea and started meeting at the temple in March of 2005. It didn’t take long to overpower the cigar guys and they soon stopped coming (which was not our intention). We met there for many years but also had a back-up location at the Massapoag Sportman’s Club in the next town. Our club moved from a collector/smoker group to more of a smokers/enthusiast group. We still had lots of pipes but the focus was more on camaradarie and sharing tobaccos and stories, But it was all still good. We had two presidents while at the temple, Dock Perry, who resurrected the yearly club pipe which had started back in the late 90s then went on hiatus for a number of years. He no longer attends meetings but up until 2018 he was the only member to own every SHPC club pipe that was commissioned. When Dock decided to step down in November of 2007, Eric Kahn stepped up and remained the club’s president until February 2017.
In May of 2016 the town of Stoughton changed their smoking laws and we could no longer meet at the temple. Fortunately, with the help of Eric Kahn and Merrick Sokol we were able to keep our alternate meeting location at the sportsman’s club in the reserve and they agreed to let us meet there on the first Tuesday of the month. Although the temple held a lot more smoke, the sportsman’s club was more conducive to pipe smoking. We felt like we belonged there.
In February of 2017 Kevin Catanzaro from Rhode Island became our next and current president. Kevin joined in April of 2015 and between April and November brought in half of the pipe smokers in Rhode Island to become members giving him enough points to win the club’s first SHPC’s Club Card challenge which was a way to bolster enthusiasm and grow membership. So Kevin did grow the membership a bit and being a Mason brought a lot of club enthusiasm and order with him. In February of 2017 we held elections and Kevin was elected the next and current president of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club. What was once a laid back casual meeting of like-minded folks sharing the passion for the pipe has evolved into a more organized group of pipe smokers with high expectations of the club’s future. We look forward to seeing where this new direction leads us.
So that’s it in a nut shell (sort of). We can’t end without thanking all of the members involved for keeping this club alive all these years. All of you who got it started and the rest of you for coming each month and keeping us going. Just a couple more shout outs for those who played key roles in the club. Rick Frederics was the club’s treasurer for many, many years and did a great job. He had to leave the club due to illness which left a big hole in our club. He is doing well the last time I checked. His position was covered by your truly while continuing in the role of Secretary since about 2003 and keeping you all updated on all of the SHPC happenings via the SHPC Gazette. I was extremely happy that Matt Plaud took over the role of treasurer last year and has done a great job taking care of the club’s finances. Finally, I’d like to thank Tim Hynick for all of his hard work making the SHPC Club Pipe happen each year. It’s not an easy job but he makes it look that way. Thanks to you all for all you’ve done for our humble little club.
So since this is the month for President’s Day and for the Super Bowl I would like you all to bring in a small Patriots related trinket (keychain, foam finger, season tickets, etc) for our President. Anyone who brings in a Patriots trinket for Kevin will get an extra ticket for this month’s President’s Raffle. This request has been sanctioned by Kevin, this is not a joke. (Go Pats!!!)

GO PATS! - Nelson

A Review: Ionizing, Electro-Static, Air Cleaner
                                                                                       by Ernie Whitenack

Several Years ago, Eric and I were talking about air cleaners for smoke and we both purchased one about the same time; his from Amazon and mine from Walmart. They looked and worked identically but for the name. Ours had different brand names. The same unit is used at the club. This prompted me to do a bit more searching and found several of the same units, all with various names and prices, and from different internet dealers.
The unit has served me well and does the job as advertised in my three, moderately sized, four-room apartment. Where I am here the majority of the time, I keep the unit running most of the time and the electro-static generator does a good job keeping the smoke odor down, as well as cooking smells. I do not use the Ionizer when I am home but turn it on when going out or expecting guests. The odor of the ionized oxygen (O3) is prevalent when I return. It quickly reverts to normal oxygen (O2) when the ionizer is turned off, leaving the air quite void of odors.
Naturally, as with any device, maintenance is necessary. The unit and the ionizing plates must be carefully cleaned as per the manual instructions. It is important, for optimal affect, to follow the instructions as closely as possible. Pay particular attention to the section regarding “Ionized Air.” Recently, Nelson asked me to write this review about my air cleaner so I dug into the internet to see if it was still available and found the same thing regarding names and prices of the device. Some have been updated considerably. These seem to be made by the same company, China. They are sold under various names and in several configurations. Some have 1 static plate while others have 2. Some have multi-stage filtering in addition to the ultra - static and ozone generator. Most all have the same Cherry wood case, although one is black, grills and knobs are the same. I have seen them priced from $69.95 to $229. Mine, when purchased, was $119 from Walmart. Seems Walmart and Amazon have the best prices.

Download a PDF of this review with a list of comparable air purifiers.

TOBACCO REVIEWS ......... by Ernie Whitenack

Missouri Meerschaum American Patriot

Missouri Meerschaum American Patriot is a highly unusual type of blend to find in a pouch. This is a Latakia-based blend, enhanced by quality Virginia leaf, and the exotic influence of Turkish Smyrna, with just a touch of Burley for excellent burning characteristics. A light top note of Kentucky Bourbon makes for a nice addition to the aroma, but is undetectable in the flavor. For a superb value in an English-style blend, light up a bowl of American Patriot.

Well, sorry to say, I didn’t find this blend even close to the provided description. After the first try, I decided it should dry out a bit, so left the pouch sit open for a couple of days. When I went back to it, it hadn’t improved even though it dried out slightly. There were times when the Virginia and Smyrna were noticeable, but generally it was just very harsh and hot. I was hoping for something reminiscent of the “American English” blends I remember form the 1970s but was sorely disappointed. Perhaps it is the proportions of individual tobaccos, or the quality of same.

Pipe Personalities

Thomas Chandler Haliburton
(17 December 1796 – 27 August 1865)

“The fact is, squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It's the poor man's friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing on this universal earth.”

I could not find any solid evidence, photo or writen, that Thomas Chandler Haliburton smoked a pipe and on the contrary, some writings may lead the reader t believe that smoking, among other vices, was not good. But anyone responsible for the quote shown above must have smoked a pipe and deserves recognition in these pages.

(Excerpted from Wikipedia, DiplomatOnline & The Canadian Encylopedia )

Thomas Chandler Haliburton was born on December 17, 1796, in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Haliburton attained distinction as a local businessman and as a judge, but his greatest fame came from his published writings. He wrote a number of books on history, politics, and farm improvement. He first rose to international fame with his Clockmaker serial, which first appeared in the Novascotian and later published as a book throughout the British Empire, becoming popular light reading. The work recounted the humorous adventures of the character Sam Slick.
Haliburton was eager to promote immigration to the colonies of British North America. One of his first written works was an emigrant's guide to Nova Scotia published in 1823, A General Description of Nova Scotia; Illustrated by a New and Correct Map The community of Haliburton, Nova Scotia was named after him. The mention "hurly on the long pond on the ice", which appears in the second volume of The Attaché, or Sam Slick in England, a work of fiction published in 1844, has been interpreted by some as a reference to a hockey-like game he may have played during his years at King's College. It is the basis of Windsor's disputed claim to being the town that fathered hockey.
Haliburton created the character Sam Slick in 1835. With his wry wit and Yankee voice, Sam Slick of Slicksville put forward his views on "human nature" in a regular column in the Novascotian. The twenty-one sketches were published in a collection titled The Clockmaker, or the Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slicksville, First Series in 1836, supplemented by an additional 12 unpublished or new sketches. The book was Canada's first international bestseller and was hugely popular, not only in Nova Scotia but also in Britain and the United States.
Slick’s wise-cracking commentary on the colonial life of Nova Scotia and relations with the U.S. and Britain struck a note with readers, leading to a second series in 1838 and a third in 1840. The satirical sketches, mocking both Canadians and Americans, made Haliburton one of the most popular writers of comic fiction in English of that era. The Clockmaker (which was also translated into German) established Haliburton as one of the founders of North American humor. As Arthur Scobie notes in The Canadian Encyclopedia, The Clockmaker stories "proved immensely popular and, ironically, have influenced American humor as much as Canadian.

Did you know that… "He drank like a fish,” "The early bird gets the worm,” "It's raining cats and dogs,” "You can't get blood out of a stone,” "As quick as a wink,” "Six of one and half a dozen of the other,” "There's many a true word said in jest,” “Barking up the wrong tree,” and “Facts are stranger than fiction,” were all expressions of Sam Slick and all of which are still widely used today in everyday American vernacular.
Under the guise of a slick Yankee, Haliburton could criticize Britain and her colonial administration in ways a colonist never could. His observations on Nova Scotia life were pointed and sarcastic. “We (Americans) reckon hours and minutes to be dollars and cents. They do nothin’ in these parts but eat, drink, smoke, sleep, ride about, lounge at taverns, make speeches at temperance meetin’s, and talk about ‘House of Assembly." An energetic entrepreneur and an unscrupulous con man, Slick’s business motto was “let the buyer beware.” He insisted that, although stealing a watch was wrong, it would be “moral and legal” to cheat someone out of one. He was a great conniver and an astute observer of his fellow human beings, and allowed that it was the “knowledge of soft sawder and human natur” that made him a successful pedlar.
To counter his protagonist’s critical outsider persona, Haliburton created a foil, the Squire, a Nova Scotian who was not ignorant, lazy or uncouth, and who was endowed with an ironic Bluenose sense of humour. The Squire embodied the positive qualities of industriousness and energy that Slick contended Nova Scotians should acquire.
In 1856, Thomas Chandler Haliburton retired from law and moved to England. In the same year, he married Sarah Harriet Owen Williams. In 1859, Haliburton was elected the Member of Parliament for Launceston, Cornwall as a member of the Conservative minority; he did not stand for re-election in 1865. Haliburton received an honorary degree from Oxford for his services to literature. He continued writing until his death on 27 August 1865, at his home in Isleworth, near London. - read more

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Video of the Month
For those of you who don't want to read the narrative above, here is a two minute overview of Thomas C. Haliburton however, it is not near as interesting as the narrative.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(1:00 PM Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From the producers of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes  |  Website

Pipe & Tobacco Episodes:    Episode 71 | Episode 83

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

Adapt or Perish - A
Podcast for Bibliofiles
I came across this podcast while listening to an episode of I Hear of Sherlock Everwhere. Adapt or Perish is a bi-weekly podcast that examines adaptations of all kinds, whether stage to screen, book to television, comic to blockbuster, or movie to musical and back again. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan you may enjoy their two podcast reviewing The Hound of the Baskervilles and Sherlock Holmes the character. There is a third podcast on Sherlock expected in the future. Other adaptations they review include Frankenstein, Jaws, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Princess Bride and Romeo & Juliet.
So if you need to fill up some idle time during your commute, this might be a good option, just subscribe in your favorite podcast app.

Have you smoked any blends from John Aylesbury lately? Me neither, and that's a shame, because some of the finest Virginia flake tobaccos are produced by this brand. Our February raffle tins will be two highly recommended John Aylesbury blends that will please the most discriminating smoker. For those of you who dislike straight Virginia tobaccos, we'll have a couple of alternatives available...

Sir John's Flake Virginia (50g)
Sir John's Flake Virginia is a pure Virginia specialty. It is a Danish type blend with an elegant and mellow smoke. This flake has an unobtrusive aroma and a fine sweetness on the tongue.

Classic Flake (aka Luxury Flake) (50g)
Classic Flake is a fine Danish-type blend made exclusively from top quality Virginias. A Navy Cut with a refined and smooth taste with the original Virginia tobacco-sweetness, John Aylesbury's Classic Flake is a tobacco that will please more than the Flake aficionados.

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