Club Info & Events
the August Meeting
was strange to enter CB Perkins last month to find Brian, one
of the regular cigar guys, running the store. Prebahka, the owner,
was at IPCPR and had Brian filling in for a while.
With only Neil and I at Perkins, we were soon out numbered by
the cigar guys but soon all of the focus was on Neil when he whipped
out is..... wait for it...... shiny new Kamry
1000, metallic red E-Pipe. Brian was so intrigued that he
bought one online while we were there. If you haven't seen one
of these yet, you have to check it out, it's a pretty interesting
contraption. I gave it a try and have to say that although it
does have a "cool" factor, comes in many different flavors
and produces what looks like tons of smoke (water vapor). I still
prefer the taste of natural tobacco a lot more. But it's definitely
catching on quite a bit and vaping lounges are popping up all
over the place.
We had our typical summer group at the club meeting where I was
showing off my new "Devil Anse" pipe which was made
by our resident pipe maker Tim Hynick. I will have a special feature
on that pipe in an upcoming newsletter so stay tuned. Other than
that it was business as usual and riveting tales of pipe smoking
adventures that would keep you on the edge of your seat.
Hey Pete! Preston! All 3 Andys! Dock! and Kevin! Haven't seen
you guys in a while. Time for a visit.
Club Shirts - Pick 'em up NOW.
out a few more club shirts at the last meeting. The September
meeting is your last chance to guarantee the shirts will be there
when you are. After that, I'll have them only if you let me know
you'll be there or I can mail it to you at your cost. Your choice.
The annual SHPC BBQ hosted
by our president Erik Kahn and his wife Ceil was held on Sunday
August 24th. The weather was perfect, the food delicious and plenty
of beverages to go around. We had the usual cast of characters
attend but the absence of Rick and Derek noticed. But to counteract
their loss Rob brought his family this year and his daughter Lilly
easily captured everyone's attention. This is a fun event and
we hope more of you can make it next year. Thanks to Eric and
Ceil for hosting.
A Candidate for Re-election
I do with most of our former members, I still include retired club
member and resident funny man Sid Shear in the monthly newsletter
mailings which his daughter Jane will print out and give to him
so that he can stay abreast of the club's activities. During the
process of taking orders for the new SHPC club shirts I was contacted
by Jane who thought her father would love to have one of the new
shirts and ordered one for him.
Sid is 92 this year and currently living in a very nice assisted
living facility not far from where the club meets. I figured it
might be nice if Neil and I stopped by before the August meeting
to deliver the shirt to him in person and find out what he's been
We arrived find both Sid and his daughter in the lobby after
returning from lunch and we headed up to his room for a visit.
Although Sid hit a bump in the road not too long ago and may not
have the same pep in his step as he once had, you'd be hard pressed
to tell by looking at him. He's hardly aged in 5 years and is
as quick witted as he ever was. when asked if we could get a picture
of him with his new shirt he replied with his typical response...
"Do I look like a candidate for re-election?" Of course
he does and his smile is still as infectious as it ever was.
those of you who don't know Sid, in his spare time he was an inventor
of novelty items like the world renowned belly button tightener;
he is intrigued with flatulence and has always been a big collector
of books. But to add to his list of interests and accomplishments,
he is also now a published writer. His book, titled "Oyga,
The Yiddish Answer to Yoga" was displayed proudly in his
room. I guess you could say it is an exercise in idioms and each
page contains phrases like; Pitching a story; Biting the dust;
Turning a corner; Clearing the air and Kicking a habit.
spent about an hour talking about the life and times of Sid Shear,
catching up on past days at the club, and remembering members
that are no longer with us. We had a great visit with Sid and
his daughter Jane. I can provide location details for anyone else
who would like to stop in for a visit.
Tobacco News & Info
Pipes found in 18th-Century Ship
Under 9/11 Site
This may be old news to some but I had never heard
of it before. Not only did they find the remains of an old
ship under the 911 rubble but they also found a couple of
clay smoking pipes. Probably not a surprise since pipe smoking
aboard ship was popular back then but since we're a pipe smoking
club I guess it can be considered newsy.
PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio Shows that aired since
the last Gazette. (Live Tuesday evenings 8
I found this publication while surfing the web and felt it
would be appreciated by some of our readers.
Pipeman's Handbook of
Really Useful Information
Compiled by Chas Mundungus
A Smoaker’s Handbook of Really Useful
is the result of pipemen just like you, men who have been
smoaking for six months or sixty years, and done
us all the service of sharing their wisdom. I have cited the
authors and URLs where and when I found them. Most of
the pipemen I have dealt with on the internet were thoughtful,
considerate, and free with their advice. A few, of course,
weren't. I have consulted an internet librarian at the local
university, who assures me that no copyright infringement
has been incurred - everything you find in these pages is
offered free of charge, with directions to the web site where
I found the original document. The “value-added”
is simply to have them all in one place.
This month we have blend made for the 2013
CORPS Expo and an old standard for burley smokers.
CORPS Monument Avenue (1.5
The blend starts with a sweet broken flake Virginia, which
is combined with a good amount of Perique, and finished with
a dash of dark-fired Kentucky. The result is a smooth blend
with a sweet character and an underlying smoky kick. Sipped
slowly, it delivers flavor that develops steadily throughout
Wessex Burley Slice (1.76 oz
Return of original Richmond recipe, full flavored and nutty.