Club Info & Events
Details of the November Meeting
What more can you ask for? A ill member returns, eight of us met for dinner,
fifteen in total showed up for the meeting and to top it off we have a
new member. Tom
Martin made the ninety minute trek down from Beverly and I'm pretty sure
he wasn't disappointed. He brought with him the beautiful Ardor Fantasy
that he won in P&T's "Why I love my Ardor." contest and
has been waiting for the perfect time to smoke it. Today was that day.
Tom is also a budding pipe maker and you can see some of his work at his
Tom, we're glad to have you aboard.
was plenty to talk about with our recent road trip to Clifton Park, NY
where we celebrated with Paul Bonaquisti in the first anniversary of his
shop the Park Lane Tobacconist. It was a rare but very welcome experience
to take part in the success of a tobacco establishment rather than hanging
our head when one closes its doors.
the entire adventure]
In addition, Rick Frederics represented SHPC's active ranks by attending
the R.D. Field Trunk Show that was held at Peretti's on November 4th.
[Read Rick's write up
Don't forget there will be a Dunhill trunk show at Peretti's on Saturday,
December the 2nd.
The 2007 Club Pipe
We have contracted with Joe Skoda of the Hudson Valley Pipe Club to
craft our 2007 club pipe. As it stands right now it looks like it will
be something in the line of a flying saucer shape with a reptilian like
finish. Joe has a refreshing eye for design and we look forward to adding
one of his creations to our collection. Those of you who don't regularly
attend meetings but are interested in purchasing the 2007 Club Pipe should
send us and email.
The 2007 SHPC Tobacco Blend
Russ Oulette has agreed to work with us on creating the 2007 SHPC tobacco
blend which will be tinned by G.L. Pease for the 2007 Christmas season.
Those of you who are familiar with Russ' blends can imagine that this
should be something special. Russ hopes to attend a meeting early next
year to discuss the process with us. We look forward to having him.
SHPC's New Look!!
at long last SHPC has a brand new look. Last month we received an email
from Cindy Gosser wife of artist Larry Gosser of New Castle, Indiana.
She told us that Larry had just recently finished a drawing in the form
of a pub sign that read "Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club". While surfing
the Internet Cindy came across our site and thought her husband's drawing
was a perfect fit for us. She emailed us a copy of the drawing and asked
if our club would be interest in it. Well as you can probably tell...
we loved it!! So after a few discussions and a couple of modifications
we agreed on price and the deal was closed. Our new
image got rave reviews at the November club meeting and we plan to
incorporate it on our shirts, hats and website soon into the new year.
A little information about the artist Larry Gosser:
Larry Gosser resides in New Castle, Indiana with
wife Cindy and daughters Brooke and Brittany. He is an artist, illustrator
and designer has done historic Indiana art prints, children books, courtroom
illustrations, editorial illustrations and is the artist/creator of a
King Features endorsed Classic Popeye
art print series. He has also done promotional artwork for an Indianapolis
Colts Fatherhood campaign, RCA, and an Indy Racing team. More
recently he has illustrated the Sherlock Holmes (7 pipes) line of Silver
Band Pipes for Peterson Pipes of Dublin, Ireland and does original one
of a kind Holmes pieces for several collectors. Gosser's studio can be
reached by email or by phone
RD Field Trunk Show at Peretti's of Boston
By Rick Frederics
On November 4th I had the pleasure of going to L.J. Peretti where a trunk
show was being held by RD Fields. There was a large assortment of pipes
to choose from including Radice, IL Ceppo, Don Carlos, Safferling, and Joura
- a lot of really good looking pipes. And yes, I couldn't resist buying
one - a Ceppo which I find gives an excellent smoke. What also made the
purchase special was when I got home and showed my wife the pipe she said,
"Wow - I like that shape." It was a smooth Danish Bull Dog. It's always
good to please the wife.
There were a lot of people dropping into Perettis and that is what made
this visit so enjoyable. Don Powers and Paul Dunn were there and it was
good seeing and talking to them. The guys at Periettis, both Steve and
Charlie were also there and when they weren't waiting on customers they
took time to talk about pipes and pipe smoking or whatever other topics
But the highlight of the show was visiting with David Fields and Jan. They
are two of the nicest people and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed being
in their company. They both are extremely knowledgeable about pipes. But
it is more than that. We talked about cowboy boots we reminisced about their
last trip to the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club, and we talked about their upcoming
trip to the Briary in Alabama. It was the perfect afternoon.
& Tobacco News & Info
More rave reviews for Tim Hynick Pipes
Guys, good to see you all last Saturday at Paul's shop. He has done
a great job... and speaking of great jobs, I know many of you where
sporting the new club pipe by Tim. Just in case you missed the big
poker magnum I was smoking, Tim created it especially for me.
I wanted you all to know how great it is to have a pipe man like
Tim in our midst, this pipe was a winner with the first bowl, sweet
to the bottom and draws with no effort at all... cool and dry.
Tim truly has mastered the art of air flow in a pipe and we should
all be proud to know him as one of the "MEN OF BRIAR & SMOKE".
Farewell to another Legendary Smoker
Arnold "Red" Auerbach
Auerbach was an inspirational leader of the Boston Celtics. As an
outstanding coach and General Manager he helped bring 15 world championships
to Boston. A member of the Hall of Fame, he has exceeded every record
for consistent sports achievement. When measured against all standards
of success, Red Auerbach stands alone for directing the Boston Celtics
to more championships than any other team in any sport. He has made
the name of Boston synonymous with winning."
And he did it all while holding a cigar. Red Auerbach died on October
28, 2006 at the respectable age of 89. Not too shabby for a smoker.
Boston will miss you Red.
an article at Cigar Aficionado]
Worth A Look
Elie is a Belgian pipe maker who makes pipes in many styles and a
variety of different woods including olive and strawberry wood that
he harvests himself. Nice website. [Check
it out ]
Rolando Negoita has produced some new pipes just in time for the
holidays. Take a look at the amazing "Katana" pipe. It'll
blow your mind and wish you were a richer man. [See
Month's Tobacco Raffle
MacBaren HH Vintage Syrian
little under half of the volume, is a smooth and yet powerful Latakia
from Syria. This tobacco gives the blend the overall "smoky" taste.
To add a spicy note to the blend, Turkish Oriental has been added.
Different Virginia tobaccos from 3 continents add a sweet natural
taste. To complete the taste with depth and body, we added some Dark
Fired Kentucky from USA.
CAO Tin - Treasures of Ireland Galway
Black and Bright. A tribute to Irish tobacco blending tradition.
The Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest
of you interested in joining us at this year's Hudson Valley Holiday Extravaganza
and Pipe Smoking Contest should be sure to get send your $25 in by December
1st. Not sure?? Check out our reports of this event from 2004
. If you have questions, feel free
to drop us an email
The Christmas Pipe by Jean
year I put this out at Christmas time but it's always fun to listen
to again. Especially this time of year. Jean Shepherd was a famous
radio show host on WOR radio in New York. You may also recognize
his voice as Ralphie's conscience in The Christmas Story.
Have A Great Holiday Season!
I've been smoking and collecting pipes for exactly ten years
this Fall. My first of any real quality was a Stanwell "Buffalo" which set
me back the princely sum of $50.00 which truly was a lot of money for a
kid fresh outta high school. Since then and thanks to E-bay and regional
pipe shows I've accumulated a collection of several hundred from nearly
every maker you could imagine. Two Michael Parks, a dozen or so Dunhills,
as many Ardors, three Bonaquistis a Jimmy Cooke, a BAC art pipe, countless
lesser known American carvers and even a Tom Eltang. My goal from the beginning
has been to try to get at least one pipe from every carver currently carving.
Over the years I've also had fleeting desires to accumulate large gaudy
and "heavy as hell" freehands and then in the next breath I'd get carried
away with perfectly grained modern Danish pipes. Lately I've been once again
thinking about the direction of my collection and what gaps I hope to fill
in it. Then I thought about the pipes that I'm smoking regularly and just
how many of my other beauties sit collecting dust in their respective racks.
While it's nice to collect vast quantities of briar, the question I had
to ask myself was... "just which of these gorgeous pipes get smoked most
often?". Obviously pure and unadulterated smoking qualities as well as a
"good feel" in your hand are what one's looking for when sitting in front
of their TV in your sweat pants! The pipes I've been reaching for over and
over again DO have one thing in common, they're all made by our own Tim
Hynick. My goal in future purchases will be to increase my collection of
Tim's pipes and have as many examples of his work as possible. While my
purchasing of other's makers pipes will likely never cease, I'm going to
specialize in our resident carvers work as I find his pipes simply outstanding!
Happy Holidays, Dock J. Perry