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Happy New Year
To all of our members and our readers the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club
of Boston would like to wish everyone all the prosperity, happiness
and good health in 2008 and the years ahead. We also wish you luck
in your search for the perfect tobacco. Enjoy the journey.
Details of the December Meeting
We received some good words on Steve Gutz's recovery
only to hear at the Kaywoodie event that he had suffered a set back
and was back in the hospital. An update as of 1/1/08 tells us he is
doing better but will still require quite a bit more rehabilitation.
Our December meeting was a little light as far as attendance goes
but somewhat expected due to the fact that many of us would be meeting
again the following Saturday for the 2007 Northeast Regional Pipe
Smoking Contest (formerly known as the Hudson Valley Holiday Gathering).
It was nice to see some new faces from the NY and Balitmore pipe
clubs. Thanks especially to Dom for sending me his pics. It's been
a busy month so I'll try to get more of them up as soon as I can.
See Kahn's Korner below for details and a few photos.
Dock Perry made the treck east for the December meeting bringing
with him some newly acquired GBD
Prehistorics he won on Ebay.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Steve that you are able to make
a full recovery and enjoy peaceful health in 2008.
The War on Tobacco: Is the Pipe Community Doing Enough?
By Horace Harker
If you are connected to the pipe
smoking community in any way, PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS ARTICLE.
In the past few years I’ve increased my smoking pleasure
by adding cigars to the weekly rituals I employ to help give closure
to the end of a long day, to keep me company when there’s
time to kill or to keep me entertained through periods of boredom.
I’ll always be a pipe smoker first, I love the nostalgia and
history that comes with pipe smoking but it’s nice to be able
to add even more variety to an almost overwhelming variety of tobacco
choices. Cigars offer many of the same pleasures, and history, that
pipe smoking does but with a different ambiance, so to speak. For
example, you might compare it to the difference between vacationing
in Europe as compared to the tropics; you enjoy the scenery, the
culture and the relaxation of each but in uniquely different ways.
But this article isn’t about smoking cigars; however it was
my recent renewed affair with cigars that drew my attention to an
issue I feel needed more awareness in the pipe smoking community.
It has to do with the harsh reality that our liberty to enjoy tobacco
is in seriously jeopardy and it doesn’t appear to me that
the pipe smoking community is doing its part in defending that liberty.
I’m not sure how much we can actually do but as the saying
goes ‘there’s strength in numbers,” and our numbers
are needed. I believe there’s still time.
I’m always on the lookout for current tobacco news to include
in the SHPC Gazette so when I heard all the commotion about the
“cigar tax” I began researching it a little more. Good
friend Paul Bonaquisti alerted me to the fact that it wasn’t
just a tax on cigars it was a tax on all tobacco but because cigars
were to be the hardest hit (up to a 6,000% tax increase) many called
it the “cigar tax”. For those of you who aren’t
familiar with this bill here is a brief summary:
3963 is a bill to expand the State Children’s Health
Insurance Program (SCHIP) which currently provides 6 million low
income families with free healthcare. The funds for the extended
program would come from increasing the taxes on tobacco. The premium
cigar industry would be the hardest hit with a potential tax increase
of up to 6,000% but it wasn’t only cigars that would be
taking the hit, pipe tobacco, roll your own, snuff, chewing tobacco
and cigarettes would also be hit with a tax increase of 256% -
on tax breakdown]
Think about this bill for a minute… does it make any sense
to you? Let’s see… they want to wipe out tobacco use
in America but they also want to help children get the health care
they need. What a brilliant idea! Let’s tax the beJesus out
of tobacco users so we can fund the children’s health insurance
& Tobacco News & Info
SCHIP Program to be Extended to 2009
Veto Override Attempt Appears Unlikely
As you know, the President vetoed the current SCHIP legislation
on December 12. The House leadership has scheduled a vote
for January 23, 2008 to attempt to override that veto. It
appears that the House will not be able to muster the 2/3
vote necessary to override the veto.
Late last week there was talk regarding a short term extension
of the current SCHIP program through March 31, 2008. However,
on December 17, negotiators agreed to extend the current SCHIP
program through March 31, 2009 with a small increase in funding
necessary for the states to maintain their current enrollment
through that date. There will be no increase in tobacco taxes
to fund that modest increase.
While it is always possible that the Democrats will introduce
another SCHIP bill in 2008 to force the Republicans to vote
on the issue, it now appears likely that the issue will be
pushed into 2009.
To read more about tobacco legislation in Massachusetts
and other states [Click
Worth A Look
More Tobacco Taxes.com
Stand Up and Be Counted is this websites slogan. This
is a great website to find what's happening with legislation
around tobacco takes. Add it to your favorites and check it
Smoking Web Links
Mind of Men - Blog & Podcast
This page has a number of informative links for those of us
who enjoy tobacco.
is a blog site and podcast "For Guys, By Guys
and About Guys" and is put together by Mike
and Jim, a couple of guys from Central Massachusetts. This is
a great podcast to download to your mp3 player and listen to
on the way to work. They discuss a wide variety of topics including
cigar smoking, whiskey, beer, politics, the latest in electronics,
home ownership and lots more. I highly suggest you check these
Here's a link to the blog.
Here's a link to their first
Listen once and you'll be hooked. [Check
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month one of the most important annual regional events for pipe smokers
happened with the wonderful regularity we've come to expect. No, I'm
not referring to the various shows in New York, Richmond, Chicago,
none of which I was able to attend. But then you can't smoke at all
of them, thanks to the new laws. No, the event I'm writing about,
is the annual Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest in Peekskill,
NY. This meeting is special. The attendees are not there to buy new
or used pipes, not there to try new tobaccos and not there to spend
money hand over fist. Oh, of course all the above occurs. Some of
the finest carvers in the country attend, Rolando Negoita, Joe Skoda,
Paul Bonequisti and our own Tim Hynick. Then, Mel Feldman, the ever
present purveyor of estate pipes made his showing. As far as trying
new tobaccos, well let me just say I was very impressed by several
of the tobaccos that were there, my favorite was Christmas Morning,
a new blend by Park Lane and Paul Bonequisti. What really happens
at this event is the camaraderie of three or more clubs and some regulars
getting together to talk, and take note of one another. And you can
Special thanks to the Hudson Valley club for the invite and in
particular to Rob Denholtz, who does a magnificent job organizing
each year. How he does it I can't fathom. I'm sorry to say that
next year Rob won't be there. He's moving to smoking hell, a.k.a.
Kalifornia. I hope he can find a little corner to smoke his pipe
I'm very pleased the SHCP once again had a great representation
at the gathering with ten members attending the event. Only a few
of us were missing, Ken, Tony and Steve. Ken and Tony plan to be
there next year, Steve is still re-couping and most likely will
not. The good news is that two new members came this year Derek
and Merek (no they’re not a team). I have to stop here and
say that both of them accounted themselves extremely well in the
Then there is the location of the event. Not some hotel ballroom,
not the private rooms for the treasure hunts before the show begins,
but the S.M. Frank & Co. factory, also fondly known as Kaywoodie.
I can think of few places that are more perfect for the gathering.
S.M. Frank & Co. is the premier volume pipe manufacturer in
the U.S. It is the St. Claude of France nestled in the mountains
of Peekskill, NY. The charm, the area, and the factory create the
perfect milieu. Bill Feuerbach added to the time by giving the usual
and creative tour of the factory. Bill and the company supplied
us with the pipe for the contest. Each year he comes up with 40
or more identical pipes. They're not the bubble pack pipes that
you find in the drugstores either, no, these are wonderful smokers.
In the three years I've attended, the pipes have become regular
smokers for me. Not only do I find they smoke great, but they have
the added pleasure of memory. Thanks Bill, many times over.
We all like to talk about the great deals we’ve come across
while adding to our collections. If I were to tell you that you
could get a sixty dollar pipe with tons of tobacco to sample, dinner,
great conversation, make new friends and have a fabulous memorable
gathering for a mere $25.00, wouldn't you consider that a "great
deal?" Next year, I hope all the SHPCers will make it......................
Eric "Eveready" Kahn
Eric... you forgot to pay tribute to this year's contest winner....
Unfortunately, SHPC's reining champ Rick Frederics
gave up his title to Dave Bull from the Pocono Intermountain Pipe
Enclave (PIPE) of Pennsylvania. Dave won back in 2005 then gave
it up to Rick in 2006 who in turn gave it back to him this year.
Hey guys... if you're through playing around maybe you can let the
rest of us have a shot at it. Seriously though everyone did great.
Even our own Dock Perry took fifth place after being the first one
out three years in a row. Nice job Dock, congratulations Dave, thanks
to our Sponsor Vernon Vig, and an excellent job to everyone. Time
is short this month so I'll try to get more pictures up as soon
as I can but here's a few for now. NP.
Here are the contest