Details of the March Meeting
Another meeting, another new member. This is a trend I could get
used to. Ryan is our newest member and was introduced to the club
We will have more details on our new member in the next newsletter
but until then we welcome you to the club Ryan and look forward
to getting to know you better in the coming months. I hope that
leg is healing fast.
We were also contacted by another prospective new member Todd,
who is both a Sherlock Holmes fan and pipe smoker and hails from
Medford, MA. We hope you'll be able to join us at the April meeting
Aside from our new member the March meeting was pretty much,
business as usual, which means we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
with plenty of good conversation enkindled by many bowlfuls of
our favorite leaf.
The New York Pipe Show ..................by
See a detailed report of the NY Show
by Dock Perry below.
The March New York Pipe Show has come and gone but some fond memories
will stand out in my mind for a long time. Like all other shows
it is always a good time because it is a time to once again see
old friends from the pipe smoking world – Steve Monjure,
Joe Skoda, Dan Seatter from James Island Piper, Jay and Louise
from Hermit Tobaccos and Andy Camire and Dock Perry from the SHPC
were also there. And of course it was another show where new acquaintances
were made. But what made this show special was that one of our
very own SHPC members, Tim Hynick, who I had the pleasure of traveling
to the show with, sold seven pipes, and his table was continuously
busy with people commenting on his exquisite craftsmanship. Of
course our club knows what a good pipe maker he is. Now there
are several others who also share our feelings and I have no doubt
that Tim’s reputation as a maker of great smoking pipes
will continue to grow even more. Congratulations Tim.
A Series on Pipe Smoking's Nostalgic Past
Member Ernie Whitenack has offered to write a series of articles
about the "better days"
of pipe smoking as remembered
by him. We hope you enjoy these stories and look forward to them
in future editions of the SHPC Gazette.
The Glamour and Lure of Smoking
The month of August brought on the annual trip to Boston and Raymond's
department store for school clothing. Dad and I would take the
train from Waltham before lunch and walk from North Station. This
particular trip gave me a new insight to the world. We stopped
at David P Ehrlich's where a man sat in the window at a strange
wood lathe making white pipes. My questions prompted dad to explain
Meerschaum and its merits. I watched for several minutes and then
we entered. The clerks all had very large pipes going and the
odor of DPE filled the store. At twelve years old the shop was
a majestic palace with all the mahogany and glass and the goods
so neatly displayed. That entrance into a truly man's world is
something I will never forget.
Despite my mother's constant reminders about cigarettes being
"coffin nails" and hearing her chant some ancient ditty
"Cigarettes must go, go-go-go –
"Schoolboys, schoolboys say - say so"
I did succumb to the evil weed at fourteen years.