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We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Meeting

Club Info & Events

President's Message

Howdy Gang,
First off I’d like to mention that attendance has been extremely well over the past few meetings. It’s great to see some of our old friends back like Mike and Dennis showing up on a consistent basis. Even Old Joe T was able to stay out of the hospital for a minute and graced us with his presence. What a difference the meeting makes when you add 3 or 4 more to our regular attendees. Hopefully we will see Jorge, Matt and first time visitor Carra back on a regular basis. And, as always, please recommend us to a pipe smoking friend or acquaintance.

As you all may already be aware Tim has secured the 2017 club pipe and all that have ordered please bring in a check to cover the cost. Thanks again Tim for the time and effort you put into this every year.

For all of you who may not be a member of our Facebook page please sign up. It is a great way to keep in touch with everyone throughout the month if you feel as though you really miss me. Because it is a worldwide platform and we have members in there from across the globe. Some interesting information gets posted there. For example we have a few pipe makers and other craftsmen who like to show off their goods. We also have a few members that don’t even smoke a pipe (if you could imagine there is such a civilized person exists) but, rather be a member because of the whole Sherlockian fame. The following is an excerpt from a recent post.

To all members of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club:

I'm Jeff Rapsis, silent film accompanist at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville. I wanted to let everyone know that on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., we're screening a 35mm print of the recently rediscovered original silent film version of "Sherlock Holmes" (1916) starring William Gillette in his only known movie appearance.

It's the Boston area premiere of this restored picture, which was considered, lost for nearly a century until a copy was found in France in 2014. It's my special privilege to be providing live musical accompaniment for the film.

All are invited to attend this special event. Admission is $15 per person. More information can be found on the Somerville Theatre's website at somervilletheatre.com.

One downer: I'm afraid there's no pipe smoking allowed in the Somerville Theatre, except on screen. (And Gillette as Holmes sure does his share!)

September is most synonymous with back to school. So in honor of bringing a teacher an apple, all those who smoke an apple bowled shaped pipe at September’s meeting will receive an extra raffle ticket for a special prize from my personal collection. “It’s Elementary” - Kevin


Member Article ................................ by Eric Kahn

The Greater Kansas City Pipe Club
I wasn’t expecting it. I just got lucky. Just one of those things that happenstance hands you and you can make the most of. No, I didn’t win the lottery. Well, yes I did, but only $2, No, it was nicer than winning a few bucks (OK, $2.) What happened was I just lucked out and chose the right day to travel to Kansas City, Kansas.

For those of you who don't know, my job has me traveling to a lot of different places. I train hospital IT departments all across this country. So what can you do if you don’t have much in the way of excess time to sightsee and to be honest, there is nothing much to see in some of the places I go to? But this time I was scheduled to go to KC. I could have gone to a ball game, I could have gone to all kinds of events. But I’m a pipe and cigar smoker and you can’t smoke in the stands. So, having been there before, I stopped in at Cigars and Tobac, Ltd in Overland Park. One of the best tobacconists (ok, the best, IMHO) in KC. Mr. Bob was on the job when I got there. The owner, Lynn Beyer, was out and was not expected back while I was there. Though I owe him a big thank you for sending me to a very satisfying steak dinner the last time I was there.

So why was I so lucky? Because Mr. Bob let me know that the Greater Kansas City Pipe Club was meeting there the very next night. Talk about timing. Well, of course I had to make sure I was to be there for the event. I got there early the next night and went around the corner to another building to have dinner before attending the meeting. The place was quite full of members, and getting fuller. I introduced myself to Quinton Wells, the current president of the GKCPC, and he then introduced me around to several others. Don’t ask me all their names, there were too many. But I got cards from three of them that I’ll share.

The first one is from Mr. Bob Oswald, who does custom leather crafting, including pouches and pipe holders. Take a look at Whitewood Leather. For those of you into something a little different he includes a thirteen tail flogging whip.

Then there was Dru Melpolder a pipe maker. For those of you into heavy metal check out his facebook page under Dead Guy Pipes, The pipes are quite impressive, and made from aircraft aluminum if I remember correctly.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Scottie Piersel a.k.a Ladybriar. Scottie makes all kinds of pipes, but is best known for the pencil thin shanks on many of her pipes. Indeed, they are so impressive that SHPC Boston has placed her on the must have list for our 2018 Club Pipe. Her pipes got a great layout in P&T Magazine. Just like our own Tim Hynick.

The meeting was really great. I felt like the bell of the ball, as I was formally introduced and of course (unaccustomed as I am to public speaking) I gave a little speech about SHPC starting with “Oyay, Oyay, Oy vey” - which fell a little flat to them but those of you who attended our meetings at the Synagogue. would understand. None the less I felt greatly welcomed.

Some of the things they did at their meeting:

  • Everyone has nametags.
  • Like Tom, Quinton introduced some tobaccos for sampling (not for raffle) giving a little history about each.
  • They, too, have a yearly club pipe and they tend to run a little more expensive than ours. Scottie was in charge of talking about the pipes offered and taking orders for them. (Hmmm, Scottie at GKCPC and Tim at SHPC, there must be something about being a pipe maker that gets you in charge of selecting the Pipe of the Year for the club. LOL)

Then of course, everyone settled into the usual pairing or groupings that happen at our meetings. There was even a discussion of Sherlock Holmes. I can’t remember who started that. In any case, it was a great night, and if you’re in the area the third Thursday of the month in Overland Park, Kansas, at 8:00 p.m., I suggest you stop in at Cigar & Tobac, not to mention the meeting. Oh, there is also a great Indian restaurant in the area if you like Indian food.

Here’s to my next visit.


Tobacco Raffle

This month, we have two small batch tobaccos. The descriptions say it all:

Cornell & Diehl - Bourbon Bleu
Bourbon Bleu is an entry in the Cellar Series by Cornell & Diehl. This crumble cake is made by pressing a variety of ripe Virginias with dark-fired Kentucky and Perique, and is finished with a bit of Bourbon flavor. Time will allow the blend to become more balanced, deeper and sweeter, and should be at its best in 10 to 15 years.

Cornell & Diehl - Father the Flame
Father the Flame is a feature-length documentary about slowing down, embracing life, and learning something in the process. It's also about tobacco pipes. Straight Up English was Cornell & Diehl's very first Small Batch blend: An English blend done the traditional way. No topping. No added flavors. Red and bright Virginias and a healthy dose of Latakia. Straight Up. Note that this is a limited run of only 2400 tins - we have #745

Pipe Personalities

Peter Cushing (excerpted from Wikipedia) - go there

Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his prolific appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played strong character roles like the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, among many other roles. He appeared frequently opposite Christopher Lee and, occasionally, Vincent Price. A familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic, Cushing is best known outside the Hammer productions for playing Dr. Who in Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth (1966), and for his performance as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977). Cushing's likeness was extensively recreated using digital effects in Rogue One (2016), which raised questions about the morality of using a deceased actor's likeness.[

Cushing is well known for playing Baron Victor Frankenstein and Professor Van Helsing in a long series of horror films produced by Hammer Film Productions in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He was often cast alongside Christopher Lee, who became his best friend. His first appearances in his two most famous roles were in Terence Fisher's films The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula (1958). He later said that his career decisions entailed selecting roles where he knew that he would be accepted by the audience. "Who wants to see me as Hamlet? Very few. But millions want to see me as Frankenstein, so that's the one I do.

Cushing also played Sherlock Holmes many times, originally in Hammer's The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), the first Holmes adaptation to be filmed in colour. This was followed by a performance in 16 episodes of the BBC series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (1968), of which only six episodes survive. Cushing reprised the role, now playing the detective in old age, in The Masks of Death (1984) for Channel 4.

Cushing was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1982, but managed to survive for 12 years without surgery, although his health remained fragile.[citation needed] In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire; his friend Christopher Lee publicly opined that the honour was "too little, too late". Cushing retired to Whitstable, on the Kent coast, where he had bought a seafront home in 1959, and continued his hobby of birdwatching while writing two autobiographies.[citation needed] He also worked as a painter, specializing in watercolours, and wrote and illustrated a children's book of Lewis Carroll–style humour, The Bois Saga.[citation needed] He was a patron of the Vegetarian Society from 1987 until his death on 11 August 1994, he was 81.

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More on Peter Cushing:
Peter Cushing's Last Sherlock Holmes Performance
The Great Life Of Peter Cushing


Video of the Month
Peter Cushing - Hound of the Baskervilles - Pt. 1


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. (9:30 Eastern Time)

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


Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Review .................... by Ernie Whitenack

Peter Stokkebye's Cube Cut

“Peter Stokkebye's Cube Cut is unusual, as most cube cuts are strictly Burley or Virginia, but this uses both tobaccos combined in layers which are Cavendish-pressed and cut into small cubes. The singular pouch aroma is one of tea and pepper, but the flavor is very gentle and the tobacco burns slowly.”

It is all true. However, the scent upon opening the bag appeared to be a little perfumed which I figured must be a binding agent helping to hold the layers of the eighth inch cubes together. Upon lighting up, there was no hint of added flavoring or room note perfume, just plain tobacco odor.

I guess I packed the chamber a bit too tightly as it took several lights to get it going. I loosened it a little with a shank pick and it burned nicely all the way to the bottom; exercising careful attention with a tamper.

Perhaps I puffed a little too aggressively as my tongue began to tingle, about two thirds of the way through, from the slight bite detected. The Virginia and Burley flavors seemed to trade places throughout the length of the smoke. I decide it was an O.K. smoke but needed something.

I took several ounces and added 10% Latakia and 10% Peter Stokkebye 84 Turkish, a blend of the famous Samsoun and Virginia, and put it in a tin for several days before trying it in a larger chamber. It became easier to light and keep burning, and the slight tongue bite went away. It appeared to be a bit sweeter due, I guess, to the added Virginia and Samsoun. The Latakia added its noble taste and aroma, as always, and gently. This exercise was fun and interesting and I’m going to up the Latakia and Turkish blend a bit and see what happens.     - Ernie


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