the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon,
Next Meeting is Tuesday, February 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Info & Events
2017 Club Dues
This years dues is due at the February meeting. Those of you who
have not already paid your dues for 2017 please bring a check or
$40 cash to the February meeting. Please do not make the check out
2016 Club Pipe
Those of you who have not yet purchased the 2016 Club Pipe and still
would like to (Stanwell Hans Christian Andersen dual stem smooth
finish) must bring a check for $130 made out to PipesandCigars.com.
This will be your last opportunity to purchase the 2016 club pipe.
from the January Club Meeting The
January meeting was our annual meeting, all club officers were up
for grabs and oh my the level of enthusiasm we saw to take over
these positions.... NOT. But there was lots of discussion and ideas
about how to distribute some of the work and a few members stepped
up to the plate to take on some additional responsibility. Unfortunately,
we have no Secretary but I have agreed to continue putting out the
Gazette as long as I am fed enough content. We still don't have
a Treasurer but we are working out details to make that a less painful
responsibility. However.... we DO have a new President. Those of
you who follow this newsletter (I think there are about 10 of you)
by now have undoubtedly recognized the prominence of this individual.
He won the first and only SHPC Club Card prize of $200 by bringing
almost a dozen new people to the meeting (granted only two remain
but he knows how to win and no one wants to play against him any
more). At our last swap and sell he brought more pipes for sale
than we've seen since the Kenny Kasparian days. He's a famed Ocean
State Job Lot celebrity and in his first year he subliminally shamed
me into actually doing minutes for our meetings (that didn't last
too long). He is none other than Kevin Catanzarro and an excellent
choice for our new president.
On behalf of the entire club I'd like to thank Eric Kahn for his
years of service as our president. Eric was instrumental in helping
to keep our club together and thriving through the hard times by
connecting us with a temple where we were able to hold our meetings
for many years. He, along with Merrick Sokol are also members of
the Massapaug Sportsman's Club where we have recently begun meeting
as a result of stricter town regulations against smoking in Stoughton.
Without his help and support we may no longer be the active club
we are today. In addition, Eric and his wife have hosted a yearly
club barbecue at his home since about 2012. Eric, thanks again for
your support and dedication to the Original Sherlock Holmes Pipe
And now, a few words from our new president, Kevin Catanzaro:
like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you
who may not attend our regular meeting and, also give those that
do, a chance to learn a bit more about me.
My Name is Kevin Catanzaro I am 48 and, hail from the wonderful
nonsmoking State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations. I
am just about to celebrate my two year anniversary as a member of
the SHPCB and, at our annual meeting in January I was elected as
your new President. (Please hold your applauseand salutations until
you have finished reading.)
In my regular life I am an Architectural Designer, Kitchen Cabinet
Distributor, General Contractor andown and operate a Design/Build
company called Ace Design, LLC. My fiancée Tricia and I,
live with our three kids in Cranston, RI.
I have enjoyed tobacco most of my adult life and have used it
in all forms except chewing. I’ve smoked a pipe since about
the age of 20 and it has been my primary form of smoke for the last
5 years. I smokeprimarily Virginias and quality aromatics although
I’ve been known to have a pouch or two of Captain Black regular
in my stockpile. As many of you know, with this hobby there comes
a lot of collateral damage and acquisition disorders. Man, do I
have em all, in fact I should probably be committed. I possess a
fondness for anything with a white dot. I collect (hoard) way to
much tobacco and not to mention the cigar boxes full of the accouterments
that go along with smoking a pipe. I enjoy restoringpipes and reselling.
I have just started tinkering with tobacco blending and have been
looking at minilathes and other pipe making equipment. I truly love
the pipe as a vehicle to deliver vitamin N as well asappreciating
them as individual pieces of art.
As your newly elected president I promise to abolish tobacco tax,
make restaurants and public buildings smoker friendly and reduce
the work week for pipe smokers to 3 days a week with double pay
so we can spend more time and money on our hobby. How’s that
for economic stimulus!
I will be writing a message every month for the Gazette. It is
my hope that some of you members that have not visited in a while
will come up and join us and reacquaint yourself with the club.
If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please feel free to
communicate them to me.
- A short story by Ernie Whitenack
the Intro.... Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated
to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as
Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation,
and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to
the East and Soviet Russia.
....With the help of utter surprise and two practice hand grenades
(paper mache instead of fragments), it went off without a hitch
and only one casualty, a broken nose. One bodyguard tried to run
to the door and was stopped by Fox. The guard flipped out a knife
and Fox, to the surprise of Clancy, gave the guard a lesson in hand-to-hand
combat resulting in the broken nose for the guard. Everyone else
surrendered without incident, were disarmed and relieved of I.D
and official papers. A truck awaited the bodyguards at the front
of the hotel and took them to M.P headquarters for interrogation
By Ernie Whitenack
Hearth & Home Marquee Series - Black House
may remember that I did a review of the Pipes and Cigars Match
Balkan Sobranie Original. Although I didn’t remember the
original very well, I liked it as a nice, flavorful English blend.
Now, I have purchased the Hearth & Home Marquee Series, Black
Housebecause Merrick Sokol was smoking it as I sat next to him
and the scent of it, as the smoke floated by, was so good.
In 2011, Russ Ouellette blended this copy of Balkan Sobranie
759 based upon a 23 year old sample for a Throwdown at the Chicagoland
Pipe and Tobacciana Show and he won the competition. 759 was touted
to be made from the original Sobranie recipe but again, I don’t
remember the blend and doubt I ever smoked it.
I am about half way through the tin and find myself reaching
for it often. It is SMOOOTH and flavorful with none of the elements
coming forward except perhaps the Virginia; but then it could
be the fine Orientals in the blend. The room note is strictly
Latakia; not the “dirty sock” smell that some think
Latakia has, but very reminiscent of the Syrian Latakia that made
many blends outstanding.
For you English purists, try it, you’ll like it (despite
the unflavored black Cavendish that Russ seems to include in so
2017 - Old Firehouse Smoke Shop
February 20th is International Pipe Smoking Day. The one day
each year when pipe smokers around the world join in unity
to celebrate this time honored hobby that we all share. This
year we will continue in what has become a tradition for our
club. We will visit the Old
Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River, MA. It is a great
shop with an old fashioned feel. John Brandt is a very welcoming
host and there are usually some decent IPSD discounts. We
always have a great time here and every year there seems to
be more new faces of enthusiastic briar lovers. Who will join
us this year?
of the Month Here is a video from our first visit
to the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop back in 2014.
Clark Gable (from Wikipedia) William
Clark Gable (February 1,1901 – November 16, 1960) was
an American film actor, often referred to as "The King
of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King".
Gable began his career as a stage actor and appeared as an
extra in silent films between 1924 and 1926, and progressed
to supporting roles with a few films for MGM in 1931. The
next year, he landed his first leading Hollywood role and
became a leading man in more than 60 motion pictures over
the next three decades.
Gable won an Academy Award for Best Actor for It Happened
One Night (1934), and was nominated for leading roles in Mutiny
on the Bounty (1935) and for his arguably best-known role
as Rhett Butler in the epic Gone with the Wind (1939). [Read
Clark Gable Inspired Pipe
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with this line of smoking pipes to honor the film and its
You can get yours at tobaccopipes.com
Tobacco Raffle Tom Nyzio has taken over
the task of purchasing tobacco for our monthly raffle. Here are
a couple I've never seen before and they look pretty intersting.
Dobies 4 Square Cut Plug Dobie's
4 Square Cut Plug begins with nothing but sweet, bright Virginias
that are rolled and then pressed square. This is a nicely sweet
straight Virginia flake with a mellow room note that can be prepared
in a variety of ways to suit your tastes. If you love Virginias
without the influence of Perique or any other tobaccos, this will
quickly become a favorite.
Dobies 4 Square English For
those who prefer their Latakia blends to be more subtle, this
is a great choice. A modest amount of Cyprian Latakia is joined
by bright Virginias, and instead of the typical Orientals, a bit
of silky Burley to add body. If you want a Latakia blend that
can be enjoyed all day, try 4 Square English.
Sherlock Holmes Fans
- A New Podcast
the producers of the I
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles
is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss
something related to the Canon. It could be ethical issues raised
in the original works, common themes, something related to the
time of year, discrepancies, or any number of other things.
But the idea here is simple: create a shorter, more Canonical
program that is more accessible to the general listener. They
may revisit some classics of Sherlockian scholarship, or break
new ground with observations of their own. But it will all be
based on the Sherlock Holmes stories. Subscribe
DONEHill - "Late" Breaking News ... from Halfwheel.com “British American Tobacco (BAT) has informed us
of their intention to exit the handmade cigar and pipe tobacco
business for the Dunhill brands, said Régis Broersma, president
of General Cigar Co., which makes Dunhill cigars and distributes
them in the U.S.
“As this process will take approximately 12-18 months to
complete, it will be business as usual;... [Read