August 2006


Next
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 - 7:00 PM
Meet early at Applebees in Stoughton 6:00 PM
Meeting

Club Info & Events

Details of the July Meeting
Sorry there was no newsletter last month but it was a busy month and I didn't have much content for it. Besides, only one person emailed me about it so obviously it wasn't missed in a big way.
Since last month's meeting fell on July 4th we moved it back a couple of weeks until the 18th and still managed a pretty good showing. Tim brought a couple of prototypes of the 2006 SHPC Club Pipe and they are looking very nice. I will try to get a picture up as soon as I can.
Our next meeting is right around the corner on Tuesday August 1st then it'll be a long stretch until the next one.

Club Shirts
Dock brought in the new SHPC club shirts for those who ordered one. This shirt is more like the original club shirt and is light blue denim in color with long sleeves. The price for these shirts is $30 so if anyone is interested in purchasing one please send us an email and we'll contact you with exact details.
We also have a long sleeve fleece jacket ($40) and a new short sleeve polo type shirts ($26). Both are green in color with our logo on the left breast. Send us an email us if you're interested in one of these as well.

Dock's Corner

In June I asked for contributions to our newsletter. I gave people a suggestion to get them started thinking... "Tell us how you got started smoking a pipe and how its progressed to where you are today." Again, Dock was the only responder and here's his story....

"The smell of my grandfather's pipe smoke while we watched baseball on a summer afternoon is one of my first tangible memories of childhood. For most of his life he worked various factory jobs and was long retired by the late 70's when I came along to play with him. My mother, father and grandmother all worked full time jobs when I was growing up and a good chunk of my time was spent with my grandfather who had been stricken with polio at age two and walked with wooden crutches all of his life. His modest rotation of pipes consisted of a well smoked Grabow, Medico and The Smoke brand pipes which he would fill with Borkum Riff or occasionally Capt'n Black. I almost can't recall a time that he didn't have a pipe firmly clenched between his teeth especially around Christmas. At a young age I was all but mezmorized by the sweet smelling smoke which would exit his mouth and disappear over his head. I was also taken with the pipe itself and would grab them from his floor standing ashtray to run my fingers over them and sniff the bowl. For some reason for a brief time in the mid 90's he gave up the pipe and most of his paraphernalia disappeared (likely this was my grandmother's work who disapproved of his smoking). This was also around the time that I bought my first good pipe a Stanwell "Buffalo". I brought it over to show the old man who was knocked down at the thought of a pipe costing fifty bucks! He told me "I got rooked". A couple of weeks later I visited a flea market and purchased an unused briar from a vendor there. I brought it over to him along with a pouch of Capt'n Black and a tamper and we spent an afternoon on his porch smoking and talking. I've known a few other pipe smokers growing up but none were more influential on my own choice to do so.

Dock .J .Perry  

Thanks Dock, that was a great story and I'm sure many people out there can relate to it. Unfortunately, less and less of our children in the future will be able to share the same experience. So many people who have come across me smoking my pipe have said that it reminds them of their grandfather (or father) and the look on their face brought on by that memory was one that made be proud to be a pipe smoker.

Who else has a story to share????

 

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Broken Pipe - Bo Nordh
Some very sad new from Sweden recently. Its been confirmed that Bo Nordh has passed away from complications of liver cancer. As most know Bo made some of the most gorgeous pipes ever created in the last thirty years most notably the Snail, the Ballerina and most recently the Ramses. Most of his pipes were in the six to ten thousand dollar range and were all but out of reach to most pipe smokers save a few worldwide. He leaves behind a rich legacy and very large shoes to fill....

Another Tragic Sign of the Times
Word is out that Marty Pulver's "Sherlock's Haven" in San Francisco, CA has sadly closed its doors due to an expired lease as well as a ridiculously heavy tobacco tax looming on the horizon. This is a real blow to the serious pipe collector as Sherlock's Haven was only one of a handful of shops left which featured ultra high-grade and more obscure maker's pipes. It's very sad news indeed and just one more kick in the pants for our hobby!

Other News & Information for smokers:


Websites Worth A Look

New Michael Parks Pipes & Tampers

10 New Tampers have been added to the website.                                  Take a Look


This Month's Tobacco Raffle
For this month's tobacco raffle we have a blend from G.L. Pease and and Orlik blend

Charing Cross
Charing Cross is a traditional Balkan style blend of fine Virginia leaf, richly seasoned with smoky Cyprian Latakia, and spiced with the exquisite and exotic tobaccos of the orient. This is the one for Latakia lovers. Hints of roasted cocoa beans, orange zest, green pepper and campfires.

Orlik Golden Sliced
Tobacco selection: A touch of Burley adds zesty new life to the flavor of flue-cured Virginia tobacco. Tobacco cut: Traditional flake slice cut.
Tobacco Flavor/Aroma: This attractive, non-aromatic blend encompasses a delectable span of flavor intensities from mild to medium in strength.




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