Info & Events
Details of the January Meeting
Taking Orders for Another Batch of the SHPC 08 Club Pipe
We started off the 2009 club year with the distribution of the 2008
Club Pipe by LePeltier. Everyone who received one was very happy
with their purchase. Each pipe came in a handmade burlap sock and
an instruction leaflet which explained the care and feeding of a
Lepeltier clay pipe. The sock was an added bonus and a nice touch
by Rosalie LePeltier who had originally told us that the pipe did
not come with a sock or box. Included in the shipment of pipes was
a Christmas card and a half dozen LePeliter catalogs. Whether you're
a fan of clays or not, having your clubs logo on a well made, decent
smoking pipe would be a great edition to any club's pipe collection.
I highly recommend that other clubs consider this option for one
of their upcoming pipes. You can't beat the price. For more information
on having a LePeltier pipe made for your club it's best to contact
LePeltier by phone. You can find their number here.
If you'd like more information on the process and some helpful hints
please feel free to contact
of the interest we received for the 08 club pipe we would like to
put in another order of 12 so that others might have an opportunity
to own one of these soon to be collectors items. We have a few orders
already but we need would need at least 10 orders total before we
would consider putting in the order. The price per pipe would be between
$80-$90 plus shipping charges (and insurance if you want it). If you
are interested please email
us as soon as possible so we can get the process started.
From the Telegraph Office
I'm way over due with getting this into the newsletter but as the
saying goes.... "better late than never." Earlier this
year we received an email from a reader named Ken who was looking
for help identifying some pipes. Here's what he had to say....
Hi, my name is Ken, I have some tobacco pipes that I got
from my great uncle who was in the Army in WWII and I am curious
who the carvings are. Some of them are obvious like Hitler and
Truman and I think one of the others in General MacArthur. Could
you possibly date them and let me know who you think they are?
I live in central Florida. They all have BRUYERE GARANTIE stamped
on them. I also have some from the same time-line that have deer
heads, horses, and elephants carved into them. Let me know what
other info you might need. I will also be sending you separate
e-mails with the pictures of them.
Thank you for your time, Ken
If any of our members or readers know anything about these pipes
and would like to share that information with Ken you can contact
him directly at knobrega(at)ainop(dot)com.
If there is an interesting story associated with these pipes that
you'd like to share with us we'd be glad to post it in an upcoming
Here are pictures of all the pipes (click for a larger version).
& Tobacco News & Info
The Nanny State
Why Boston's latest tobacco ban is a
blow to liberty
Boston Phoenix Editorial]
Public health is fast becoming for so-called progressives
what terrorism is for conservatives: a reason to restrict
liberty in the name of some greater good. Put a Classic Coke
in Ronald McDonald's hand and he's the new Osama bin Laden.
With its just-adopted ban on the sale of tobacco on college
campuses and in pharmacies, Boston has become a poster child
for the Nanny States of America. City Hall knows best. And
if you disagree, hang a sign around your neck that reads BAD
PERSON, then go stand in the corner. Better yet, revive the
stocks and pillories our puritan forefathers once used to
publicly shame wrongdoers. Wonder if Paula Johnson, MD, PhD,
and the chair of Boston's Public Health Commission, has her
own secret agenda? Mother Johnson, along with the rest of
the commission, has just enacted some of the nation's most
restrictive tobacco ordinances.
the full editorial] [read
letters to the editor]
Worth A Look
OomPaul Podcast with Your's Truly
I'm not 100% sure I even want to post a link
to this podcast and after you listen to it you may understand
why. But how could I not? I love the OomPaul Podcast and Olie
does an absolutely phenomenal job putting it together and this
episode is proof. If you could have heard how the interview
actually went you'd know what I'm talking about. I'm even thinking
about writing a new Sherlock Holmes short story called "The
Master Editor" because it's a mystery to me how he was
able to turn this train wreck into an afternoon drive in the
countryside. Take a listen
for yourself if you dare.
- by OomPaul
From the darkest corners of
OomPaul laboratories have emerged the pipes that ugly could
Each one, a Monstrosity. Before you click any of these
links.... check out this
audio trailer from The Pipe Butcher himself introducing
the release of his new line of Monstrosity Pipes. Each one is
more hideous than the next. But be warned... you may never be
the same after this.
In all seriousness.. putting out a podcast of this quality not
only takes an unbelievable amount of time it is also not possible
without some expense. This line of pipes, Olie hopes, will help
offset some of this expense. I can't vouch for the smokability
of these rare, dare I say, "beauties" since I have
not yet had the opportunity to smoke one. But I can assure you,
entertaining your friends will never be the same once your coffee
table or mantle is adorned with one of these.
a look.... if you dare]
Month's Tobacco Raffle
For this month's raffle we have a third blend from the Seattle
Pipe Club and a blend that has a 4 star rating from tobaccoreviews.org.
Seattle Pipe Club's Seattle Evening (50g)
English/Oriental has an exotic twist added by a McClelland
Tobacco secret ingredien and has been perfectly reproduced
by McClelland for the Seattle Pipe Club. Rich, smoky, spicy,
luxurious. The result is layers of flavors that are way out
of the ordinary.
Robert McConnell's Scottish Cake (50g)
Produced from a mixture of Eastern Carolina, Kentucky and
Middle Belt Virginias that are pressed for a week and coarse
cut. It has to rest for some days until it has hardened.
- A Talk on Sasieni Pipes
month Steve Smith, current L.J. Peretti's employee & former
SHPC Secretary will be attending our meeting to entertain us with
his knowledge of Sasieni Pipes. Steve, whose article "Connecting
the Dots: A Concise History of the Sasieni Pipe" was published
in Pipe Friendly Magazine, has become quite the authority on Sasieni
Pipes over the years and his collection of well over 100 pipes is
a testament to his passion.
After sending out the January newsletter I was surprised
and happy to get a response from one of our old friends. I asked
him to give us an update on how life's been treating him without
having the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club to lean on for support each
month. Obviously.. it's been pretty hard.
leaving Massachusetts we have taken several trips to Europe including
Italy and a wonderful trip visiting many of the countries along
the Danube to the Black Sea. We just returned from a trip to NYC
with our daughter Melissa.
There are no pipe clubs in Delaware but I play golf with a pipe
smoking published poet.
I miss the SHPC and my pipe collecting has diminished since our
move. However, life is great in Delaware without all that snow.
In mid-January we will be going down to Florida and staying a house
we rented until March which is located on Manasota Key ( between
the Bay and Gulf of Mexico). Please give my best regards to all
the gang at the SHPC.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
The picture above is Dante and his wife Elayne (click image for
full view) during a wine tasting in Germany on their trip from Paris
to Prague (a river cruise that included castles and the wine country
of Germany). By the way, there are 250 varieties of sausage in Germany.
Poor guy... NO PIPE CLUBS.... don't you just feel terrible for
him. Let this be a lesson to you all. Never, under any circumstances,
move away from your connection to the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club.
Great to hear from you buddy. Glad you're doing well.
Happy thoughts abound when like minded people get together. And
that's what we had this month at the Scotch and Cigar night. On
January 17th, one-hundred and ten like minded cigar and pipe smoking
folks got together to enjoy three of the great pleasures we share:
eating, drinking and smoking, though not necessarily in that order.
At the same meeting spot that we have come to call home, the Brotherhood
Association of the temple pulled off a wonderful feast of food,
scotch and cigars. First, the food. Hors' d'oeuvres galore came
out of the kitchen served by wonderful waitresses. (All married
to members of the Brotherhood, sorry guys, they're all taken.) There
were little hot dogs, and flaky pastry filled with good stuff, they
also had spicy chinese style things that were really good. Then
we sat down to an appetizer of melon with a strawberry. Then came
the salad course, of course, to prepare us for the entrees. There
was Roasted Breast of Cornish Hens with Wild Mushroom sauce, Salmon
over caramelized onions and tarragon sauce and Nelson's favorite,
and many others, was the Jambalaya, spice and filled with chicken
and sausage. Roasted potatoes and vegetables completed the entree.
Desert was, I'd have to say, a little disappointing. It was a Chocolate
Ganache cake, but rather dry.
All during the hors d'oeuvres and each of the courses came the
pleasure of drinking some very fine scotches. First there was the
Balvenie Doublewood 12 year and the Bowmore 12 year. Balvenie is
a highlands scotch while Bowmore is from the Islay region. That
puts the Bowmore in line with the rather peaty scotches like Talisker
and Lagavulin. Now these two bottles were put at each table for
everyone to try. Glenfiddich 12 year, another highlander, was also
put up on a central table for us all to enjoy. My personal favorite
that night was the Bowmore, but then I lean towards the peaty side.
Though if I had to choose one scotch to take to the LOST island
it would be the Balvenie Doublewood. Nelson, I think, leaned toward
one more thing to make this the perfect evening were the cigars.
Rocky Patel Edge line, Arturo Fuente, Perdomo Habano, Fonseca Vintage
and J. Fuego 777, were all given to each attendee. That's five cigars,
each easily an $8 dollar stick. I managed two of them during the
evening, while eating, drinking and taking pictures. These fine
cigars and the drawing gifts (see picture) were donated by CB Perkins
on Washington St. in Canton. Prabharkar Ramaiah is the owner, and
he was there, too. I had a few words with him about the lack of
business we give him. I told him, we'd be open to doing more business
if he carried more of what we buy. So something good may come of
this. It would be nice to have a local tobacconist to go to. By
the way, I managed to win a nice Xikar cutter.
Among the elite guests at the soiree were Nelson, Tim and Tony
from SHPC. Even two of my compatriots from work showed up. We all
rubbed elbows with the townies, including the town manager and several
of the town council. A special appearance was from Jeff Beaty who
some of you may remember ran Republican for State Senator against
the incumbent democratic senator, you know, the one that lost to
George Bush in the Presidential race in 2004? But no politics here.
At any rate, enjoy a few of the pictures I took that I included
the really important people. I hope more of the SHPC gang will attend
the next one. It was a blast.