Info & Events
NOTICE - The meeting location for
the April meeting has been changed due to a scheduling conflict.
We do have an alternate meeting place and directions have
been emailed to all members. You are also welcome to meet up with
us at X&Os between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. and follow us to the new
location which is only a short drive from our current meeting place.
If you have questions or would like to join us, feel free to send
us an email.
Details of the March Meeting
Tim Hynick Pipes
Another great meeting with good attendance. We discussed our trip
to the NY Pipe Show which was held on March 10th. See a complete
report of our visit below. Dock also mentioned having our 2nd Annual
SHPC Swap and Sell. Last year's event went well
but we can do better. We'd love to see a big turn out with lots
to swap or sell whether it be pipes, tobacco or accessories. Maybe
it's time to thin the herd a bit and make way for some new briar.
Or maybe you have a tin or two of baccy that you didn't like but
its someone else's favorite, why not swap if for something that
you like? We're looking at the June meeting to hold this event but
more details will follow.
Dock brought some of McBaren's Stockton blend for all of us to sample.
Stockton is a spun tobacco, cut in small bird’s eye. It was
easy to pack and easy to light. Although no one turned in an official
review of the blend it appeared to go over very well. I enjoyed
the taste and look forward to giving it another try. See what other
had to say about it at tobaccoreviews.com
We also discussed the possibility of making another trip to Brookline
News & Tobacco. Last year Mike the owner opened the
place up for us on a Sunday and it was a great time. This is one
of those places you have to go at least once (but will want to return
again). We hope to plan a trip there sometime this summer. Check
out our report
from last year.
heard us rave about them, now its your chance to find out what all
the fuss is about. We are pleased and proud to make available for
sale for the first time (and hopefully not the last) the highly coveted
Tim Hynick Pipe. This is a straight pot shaped pipe with a smooth
finish, beautiful grain and briar inlay. It has a hand cut acrylic
stem with a Delrin tenon and a pre-carbonized bowl and comes with
a leather-like sock. A real beauty. The price for this pipe is $225
and worth every penny. If you are interested please contact
me with your information and I will put you in touch with Tim.
Emails will be sent to Tim on a "first come, first serve basis".
Click images to enlarge
Save the Calabash - By
Calabash has come to represent a shape not a gourd.
Nobody would expect an apple shaped pipe to be made from an apple.
Like “calabash” the name represents the shape not the
material. The Calabash pipe used to actually be made from a gourd
(Lageneria vulgaris). To my knowledge, there are no makers of real
Calabash pipes in the United States and so I decided to make it
my goal to give it a try. Having made a handful or two of briar
pipes, I learned that finding good briar is the challenge that Rainer
Barbi calls “the dance.” I can tell you, finding a Calabash
gourd although not impossible, is far more difficult.
Current wisdom suggests that acceptable gourds can only be grown
in the Ladismith region of South Africa. When Calabash proliferated
they were cultivated for the specific purpose of becoming a pipe.
Presently, if you can find a farmer that grows the gourd he doesn’t
grow it or shape it to be a pipe. In North America they are grown
mostly for crafters. In Africa the are grown for crafters and for
more utilitarian use.
the complete article]
& Tobacco News & Info
Club member Eric Kahn found this artilce
and thought you might find it interesting.
Economics and Smoking
- By Walter E. Williams
The most fundamental principle of economics is the law of
demand, which postulates that the higher the cost of a behavior,
the less people will do of it, while the lower the cost, the
more people will do of it. The law of demand applies to any
behavior, and I'm going to apply it to anti-smoking behavior.
First, let's get the health issue out of the way because it
has no relevancy to the particular principle under examination,
which is how people respond to the cost of something. [Read
Worth A Look
For those of you who can find enough talk about pipes online,
Dock Perry found this pipe smoking forum thread at somethingawful.com.
A great new online communtiy for pipe smokers. Read
more about it in Dock's Corner below or if you can't wait...
there right now.
Month's Tobacco Raffle
Davidoff Flake Medallions
cut of finest Virginia and Perique tobaccos with a core of black
JF Germain - Uncle Tom's Smoking Mixture
pressed Cavendish with matured air cured and flue cured tobacco,
an old fashioned style with plenty of taste.
Albany Pipe Show
The Capitol District Pipe Club (Habana Premium's
Club) is sponsoring a pipe show on Saturday, April 21, 2007,
at the Clarion Hotel in Albany, N.Y. For additional information,
telephone 518.690.2222. I'm told that smoking will be allowed.
Bonfiglioli & Viprati Trunk Show at Peretti's
I spoke to our old frind Don Powers recently who told
me that Peretti's will be having a trunk show with pipes from
Bonfiglioli and Viparatti on Saturday April 28th
in the afternoon.. Both pipe- makers will also be making pipes
for Perretti's which will also be available that day. Don will
most likely be there so if you can, stop by and say hello.
The New York Pipe
Show - The Spaghetti Western of Pipe Shows - By Horace
think I can say with a fair amount of certainty that most of you
reading this article either enjoy going to pipe shows or if you've
never been, would like to go to one. This past March I attended
my fourth NY Pipe Show which is held in Newark NJ. The March show
is the first of four New York shows each year and although I haven't
attended any of the other yearly shows I'm told that the March show
is the best of the bunch. This year's show however, was noticeably
different from other years. For starters it was the first March
show since the New Jersey smoking ban had gone into effect and smoking
was no longer allowed during the show. This had an obvious effect
on attendance and participation and to a point I can understand
why. Personally, I was disappointed and on the way home was discussing
with the others in the car my thoughts for writing my report about
the show for this month's newsletter. I usually try to be as positive
as I can when writing about the adventures of the Sherlock Holmes
Pipe Club but I was struggling with this one a little. I put it
on the back burner and thought more about it when my mind wasn't
cluttered with other things. About a week later, during my forty
five minute drive home from work it all seemed to come together;
different aspects of this year's show reminded me of that old spaghetti
western "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly." You know the
one I'm talking about starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, (no
not Lee Von Erck) and Eli Wallach......
My Pipes Community
most of you know, I've been getting sicker and sicker with the "google
groups" pipe smokers site alt.smokers.pipes otherwise known
as "ASP" of which I've been a member for several years.
Every day I log on there's more and more posts from nasty little
anti smoking trolls. One in particular has five or so different
handles and clogs up the site by responding to his/her own posts
dozens of times each day! Being that it's Usenet it's an unmoderated
site which truly means that it's a "free-for-all" for
any screwball in the world! About a week or so ago there was a post
about a new group being started as an alternative. It's called "My
Pipes Community" and is a moderated group offering blog, personal
profile and gallery space to post pics of your pipes, tobacco cellars
and what-not. Of course there's alsoa forum and discussion space
like ASP. Being that it's a brand new site, it's not quite as active
as ASP but I'm sure in time that it'll get there. Have a look at
my own page there if you wish: http://www.my-pipes.com/user/dock-j-perry.
The site owners actually asked me to be a moderator there so it
looks like I'll be spending much more time on MPC than on ASP from
now on. If you're looking for an alternative to hate filled forums
please give them a try.............. Best, Dock J.Perry