Club Info & Events
SHPC January 2005 Meeting
This month's meeting is set for the 18th in Stoughton. Details and directions
have been emailed to all members. Others interested in attending a meeting
can contact SHPC for more information.
Founder of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club dies at 60
Rosenfield, who founded the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club, Ltd. in September
of 1989 died of cancer last month after having open heart surgery 3 weeks
earlier. Allan had reconnected with the club in February of last year
after being away for some time due to medical and other reasons. In my
3 short years of membership I already have so many great memories, for
this I owe Allan my gratitude. We wish you luck on your final journey.
A Hudson Valley Pipe Club Holiday Extravaganza
started out four years ago as a simple pipe smoking contest of the Hudson
Valley Pipe Club has turned into an impressive gala event. Held for the
past two years at S.M. Frank & Co., home of Kaywoodie, Yellow Bole and
Medico pipes, this event was not only a holiday celebration but a mini
pipe show, pipe smoking contest, and fund raiser all rolled into one.
Sharing in the festivities were members of the Hudson
Valley Pipe Club, the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston, the Pocono
Intermountain Pipe Enclave of PA., and the New
York Pipe Club. The total in attendance this year was thirty six,
fourteen more than last year. Included in the group were six local pipe
makers, Bill Feurbach from S.M.
Frank, who hosted the event and supplied everyone with pipes for the
pipe smoking contest; Paul
Bonaquisti, who brought with him a handful of his first ever Christmas
Negoitia, winner of this year's P&T
Pipe carving contest; Darius Christian of GRC
Pipes, who has taken a hiatus from pipe making since the birth of
his daughter; and Joe Skoda and Tim Hynick from the Hudson Valley and
Sherlock Holmes pipe clubs respectively, both of whom had entries in this
year's P&T pipe carving contest. Between the pipes brought by these pipe
makers and the numerous estate pipes made available by Mel
Olde Briars and others, it was very difficult to go home without first
buying yourself a well deserved early holiday gift.
the whole story and see the pics
A Visit to Pipemaker Tim Hynick
last month's newsletter I neglected to mention that club member Tim Hynick
had entered a pipe into the P&T
Pipe Carving Contest. Although his pipe wasn't chosen as one of the
top 10 finalists, the constellation of having your name and work appear
in the pages of the world's most prominent pipe smoking magazine is reward
enough (well, for now anyway). The day my copy of P&T arrived in
the mail, like most of us, I took a quick first glance though the pages.
I had forgotten that the pipe carving contest article would be in this
issue so when I came across it and saw Tim's pipe, I immediately picked
up the phone and called to congratulate him. Tim was unaware that all
of the pipes entered into the contest would be shown in the magazine so
you can just imagine his excitement when I told him about it. He didn't
have his copy yet and it was too late to buy one, so I scanned the article
and emailed it to him so he could sleep that night.
Tim has been carving pipes for 2 years now but you'd be hard pressed to
distinguish his pipes from those made by a more seasoned carver.
story and pics
The February SHPC Meeting
Unless things change before then, the February 2005 pipe club meeting
will be held at the El Capitan Cigar Lounge in Hanover, MA. The El Capitan
is located on the 2nd floor behind Joe's American Bar and Grill at exit
13 off Rt. 3 on the South Shore. It's not a huge place but the seats are
comfortable and it's private. There are also a number of other restaurants
very nearby including Pachini's Italian Eatery right down stairs and Uno's
Bar and Grill a half mile up the road. McDonalds, Burger King are also
in the vicinity. If you've never smoked a Bucanero cigar this may be the
perfect opportunity to try one out. Hope to see you there.
& Tobacco News
Rep. calls for easing MA. smoking ban (December
[Newspaper] State Rep. Jennifer Callahan is
telling constituents she’s backing efforts to ease Massachusetts’
latest bar and restaurant smoking ban, and that amendments are likely
during the next legislative session.
Read the story
Where there’s no smoking, there’s fire
[Newspaper] Bar owners and restaurateurs throughout
the Blackstone Valley -- and in other small towns across the state
-- have been organizing for months for a push to loosen the smoking
ban during the next session. Several bills to amend the law have
already been filed, including one that would exempt smaller establishments.
Pipesmoker and WBZ talk-radio personality dies
Brudnoy, legendary talk-radio host for WBZ radio in Boston, died
this past December at ate 64. David was known as an avid pipe smoker
and was strongly against the Mass State Smoking Ban. A listener
recalled him saying that he loved recording his show from home because
he could smoke his pipe there. He will be sorely missed by his many
Citizens for Smokers Rights. More smoking
news for Massachusetts and around the world.
United Pro Choice Smoker's Rights Newsletter
Worth A Look
A few websites are in the works that will be
offering people a way to sell their pipes online. An alternative to
ebay you might say. Dock Perry was kind enough to forward those sites
to me for your perusal. Enjoy.
For those of you who have never been or have a hard time getting
to the different pipe shows around the country, this sight might
satisfy your urge to go.
A free buy and sell forum for pipe smokers to sell or trade
Month's Tobacco Raffle
Peter Heinrichs #312
is a mixture of dark and light Virginia with Curly Cut and is the
perfect all day smoke for those who like straight Virginia flavor
without condiment tobaccos.
CAO Patriot Flake
New England Patriot lovers. This tobacco features U.S. Virginia
grades and Virginia tobaccos from Mysore with additional fermentation
under pressure. It is press aged, sliced thin and kept in flake
form. Easily rubbed out. This blend has an excellent cool burn with
a satisfyingly rich, but smooth flavor Medium Strength.
A 2005 New Years Rant
Well, another year's gone. And just like other years we've had our share
of highs and lows, gains and losses, good times and bad times. In 2004
being a Red Sox fan from Massachusetts meant we got to experience one
of the highest of highs, I'm talkin' right up there with winning the lottery,
it just doesn't last as long. Yes, after 86 very long years our beloved
Red Sox finally won the World Series creating a feeling of joy and satisfaction
that cannot be explained with words. We'd been bitching for so long about
the curse of the Bambino that when it was finally over and we no longer
had anything to bitch about, we didn't know what to do with ourselves.
But unlike the short lived highs of the Red Sox victory, the lows we've
experienced from our losses in 2004 will linger on indefinitely.
I could be talking about all the lives lost in Iraq this past year but
it's a little closer to home than that. While our troops are half way
across the world fighting for a free Iraq, back here in the good old US
of A. we're losing our own freedoms daily and no one's doing much fighting
back. Maybe people are too ashamed to fight from being brainwashed all
these years. Do I sound angry? You're damn right I'm angry. Three years
ago I became a member of a small local organization. We were a respectable
group of folks comprised of doctors, technicians, law students, veterans,
businessmen, teachers and retirees that met once a month to enjoyed a
good meal and celebrate our favorite pastime...smoking our pipes.
the whole rant.....