We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

Hey Gang,
Hope all is well with all of you and you are enjoying the seasonal weather. Hope you all had a great Holiday weekend as well.
A few of us did manage to get to the Old Fire House to visit with our friends from the Fall River Chapter. As usual we were well received, and they appear to have a great core of guys and they should do very well in the months to come as it was communicated to us that there is a lot of interest in the club. I don’t want to say to much as Nelson has explained to me that he is writing a small piece for this addition of the gazette. I would like to note that John has revived an old Wilke blend called “71st Street. This tobacco is for the aromatic lover. It’s cavendish with nougat flavor and is one of the few aromatics that taste like it smells. This stuff is a real flavor bomb and the taste stays with you right to the end of the bowl. If you like Sutliff’s Molte Dolce, you will love 71st Street. Where Molte tends to be chemical like and gooey, 71st Street delivers great flavor and premium tobacco. I’ll bring some Tuesday night for anyone who would like to sample.
The Facebook group is up to 344 members. I put a post out last week that when we reach 500 I will raffle off a pipe. If you post pipe and tobacco related posts in other groups, please try to remember to cross post to ours. Like I have said in the past, we are now reaching a global audience from our tiny little corner in New England. Much like the Sicilians ruled the world from that tiny little island…well…sort off. Seriously as you can gather from the stories posted there, there is a genuine interest in what we do and the club in general, so let’s keep them entertained, involved and informed.
Tuesday night we will hold our elections for the officers who will aid in the running of the club for the ensuing year. Nominations have been made but, it’s never to late to throw your hat into the ring..(hint hint) Since this is our annual the club will be buying dinner for everyone. Might be pizza, might be Chinese, might be “Vegemite Sandwiches”. You will have to be there to find out.
We may consider changing the date for the July meeting as it falls on July 3rd. The night before the Holiday. I know many families plan on vacations for family stuff over the entire weekend. We will have a vote and do what’s best to suite the club and the members.
MIA REPORT!! Where is James Komola? Tucker? Rob? Joe Traverse? Derrick? Cara? Mike Ponte, Dennis? Hello…..??????
Since its our annual I am not going to make anyone wear a hat or different color shoes to participate in the Presidents Special Raffle. Just show up and you will get an extra ticket for something special. Don’t worry I will come up with some quirky idea for next month.

All My Best,

The 2018 SHPC Club Pipe

A long overdue unveiling of the SHPC 2018 Club Pipe by Scottie Piersel. Once again Tim's hard work has yielded outstanding results. A beautiful egg shape with Scottie's signature pencil shank, sandblasted with a rich dark brown stain and cumberland stem. Can't wait to fire up the first bowl.
Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 8

“You can count on me Mr. Ryan. I’ll put my most responsible men on it. And by-the-way, I saw that
runner or errand boy, whatever you call him, Mic Mitchell in a hotel in Cambridge, Mass., the Cambridge Arms, having dinner with another guy. Was wondering if you have him on full time now.”
“You sure it was him, Sal? I’ve been trying to find that bum. Do you know who he was with?”
“Never saw him before. He has graying hair and well dressed. They were sitting so can’t tell you how tall he is.”
“Thanks Sal. There will be a bonus in the job for you. It’s a good piece of information – very timely.”
As soon as Concetta left the office Ryan called in his two thugs and told them, “Mitchell is in Cambridge at the Cambridge Arms. Get up there and find out what I want to know. If he gets stubborn, get rid of him. He is no use to me now.   
Read Chapter 8 

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8

Tobacco Reviews... By Ernie Whitenack

WILKE No. 524 - 8 oz Jar
This traditional British mixture consists of matured pan-fired Virginia, non-aromatic Black Cavendish, Latakia, and Turkish Yenidje. A rich full bodied blend.

First off, thanks to John Brandt (Old Firehouse Smoke Shop and SHPC Fall River) for his generous contribution to our monthly tobacco raffle. And, thanks to Jorge Fernandez for graciously sharing a couple of ounces of his winnings.
If you have ever smoked Balkan Sssieni or Stokkeybe’s Proper English, it is a start in the discussion of Wilke 524. Wilke takes the traditional English blend one step more. Don’t ask me how, but 524 is smoother and takes the typical citrusy-sweetness to new heights. The only way I can describe it is, orange, lemon, and lime in a delightful sweet-sour medley. And then there is the smoky element of Latakia that hangs around in the background with the Turkish adding its own touch of spice. I haven’t figured out where the Black Cavendish comes in unless it is the element holding the whole thing together and making it so friendly with the tongue.
If you are a fan of English tobacco, I think you’ll like it. Please, this tobacco deserves to be smoked slow and easy. Relax and enjoy it.

A Visit to Fall River

A few of us from the Boston group got together in May to invade the newly formed Fall River chapter's monthly meeting. Before the meeting we had dinner at the Tipsy Seagull, a seasonal floating restaurant that I've been wanting to try out. It was a little chilly on the water that night but looks like it could be a fun place to have lunch and a few cocktails when summer finally gets here in earnest.
The Old Firehouse Smoke Shop is a short drive from the restaurant and without a doubt one of the best places to be able to hold a club meeting. Bruce, Derek, Dan, Marc and Joe were in attendance from Fall River and Kevin, Nelson, Tom, Joe and Al from Boston. It didn't take us long to get down to the order of business which is pipes and tobaccos and there was plenty to go around for sampling.
Courtesy of Dan, I tried some of the new H&H Burley Flake and found it to be an easy blend to smoke but could probably stand to have a tad more flavor. However, more sampling is planned and will be required before making the final judgement. Kevin also sampled some 71st St.from Wilke and said it had a pleasant nougat flavor that lasted throughout the bowl. I'm not much of an aromatic smoker but I was slightly intrigued and may give it a try.
It was a great night as is all of the time spent in the company of our fellow brothers of briar. We look forward to getting out there again and hope to see the Fall River guys down our way one of these days.
If any of you reading this are not a member of either club and have been thinking about checking us out, there's no time like the present. Once you get these meetings into your routine, it's hard to get them out. Boston meets at 7PM on the first Tuesday of the month at the Massapoag Sportman's Club in Sharon, MA. Fall River meets at 6:30 PM on the 3rd Thrusday of the month at the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River, MA. Come check us out.

Find out more about the Fall River Chapter

Pipe Personalities

Norman Rockwell (excerpted from Wikipdedia)
Norman Percevel Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was an American author, painter and illustrator. His works have a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades. Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series. He also is noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), during which he produced covers for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations. These works include popular images that reflect the Scout Oath and Scout Law such as The Scoutmaster, A Scout is Reverent and A Guiding Hand, among many others.
Norman Rockwell was a prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime. Most of his works are either in public collections, or have been destroyed in fire or other misfortunes. Rockwell also was commissioned to illustrate more than 40 books, including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as well as painting the portraits for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, as well as those of foreign figures, including Gamal Abdel Nasser and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Rockwell's work was dismissed by serious art critics in his lifetime. Many of his works appear overly sweet in the opinion of modern critics, especially the Saturday Evening Post covers, which tend toward idealistic or sentimentalized portrayals of American life. In his later years, however, Rockwell began receiving more attention as a painter when he chose more serious subjects such as the series on racism for Look magazine. One example of this more serious work is The Problem We All Live With, which dealt with the issue of school racial integration. The painting depicts a young black girl, Ruby Bridges, flanked by white federal marshals, walking to school past a wall defaced by racist graffiti. This painting was displayed in the White House when Bridges met with President Obama in 2011.
In 1943, during World War II, Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms series, which was completed in seven months and resulted in his losing fifteen pounds. The series was inspired by a speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt, wherein he described four principles for universal rights: Freedom from Want, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship and Freedom from Fear. The paintings were published in 1943 by The Saturday Evening Post.
A custodianship of his original paintings and drawings was established with Rockwell's help near his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and the Norman Rockwell Museum still is open today year round. The museum's collection includes more than 700 original Rockwell paintings, drawings, and studies. The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum is a national research institute dedicated to American illustration art.
Rockwell died on November 8, 1978, of emphysema at age 84 in his Stockbridge, Massachusetts home. First Lady Rosalynn Carter attended his funeral.
[Read more on Wikipedia]

More on Norman Rockwell

Video of the Month
The Art of Norman Rockwell (11:46)

Norman Rockwell Documentary (1:27:12)

No McClelland? No problem! This month's raffle tins are some of the toughest to find anywhere (and for our aromatic smokers, our alternate selections will be from Nording's Hunter line, also produced by McClelland!):

McLelland's Arcadia (221b Series)
Arcadia, part of McClelland's 221-B series, is a re-creation of the legendary Craven's Mixture. It is a perfect blend of Virginias and Orientals, and is rumored to have been Dr. Watson's favorite.

McLelland's Balkan Blue
Balkan Blue is rich with the finest Mountain Latakia. It is a classic full Balkan pipe tobacco mixture, smooth and deeply fragrant. The inspiration for this elegant blend was a 21-year-old tin of the legendary #759.

Tobacco Sampling
This month, we will also have a tasting of the Golden Triangle perique blends. Let's see if we can tell the difference between one variety of perique and another!

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(9:30 Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From 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.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes  |  Website

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

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