March 3rd, 2009 - 7:00 PM or meet early at
** Bertucci's ** - Cobb's Corner, Canton
Info & Events
Details of the February Meeting
Since our February meeting was cancelled due to yet another winter
storm (let's hope were done with all of that for this year) we have
no details from the February meeting. But even though the club didn't
meet we still have a number of pipe and tobacco related items to
talk about and some of it is pretty exciting.
2009 Club Dues are Due this Month
Club dues of $30 is due this month. This is a $30 dollar savings
so don't miss out.
2009 SHPC Club Pipe by Rad Davis Dock
Perry continues to show his dedication to our club by securing the
commission of SHPC 2009 Club Pipe to another great pipe artisan
of our time. Rad Davis has graciously agreed to create the 09 club
pipe and what a beauty it is. Just look at the deep craggy blast
on this pipe. It's absolutely phenomenal.Click
here for a closer look. The pipes should be completed by the
end of the summer and we hope to distribute them at the September
meeting. Readers of the Gazette! SHPC members have
already claimed their pipes however two additional club pipes
will be made available to our readers on a "first come,
first serve" basis. If you are interested in purchasing
one of these fine specimens of pipeware send
us an email before the April Gazette comes out. Don't let this
chance slip away to add the 2009 SHPC Club Pipe by Rad Davis to
Coming Soon to a Pipe Bowl Near You
Two New SHPC Club Blends - The Game is Afoot! Once again our own Dock Perry puts his passion into action
and gets the ball rolling for the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club's latest
adventure. Look out Seattle Pipe Club... SHPC is on your heels with
two new tobacco blends expertly crafted by the blending master himself,
Russ Oulette of PipesandCigars.com. Russ, an avid Sherlock Holmes
fan himself has created these two delicious new blends with Arthur
Conan Doyle's famous adventures in mind. These new blends will soon
be sought after by pipe smokers and Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere.
The first blend "Great Hiatus," represents
the three year period Holmes was presumed dead at Reichenbach Falls
but triumphantly returned in the Adventure of the Empty House. It
also refers to the momentary respite you'll take from every day
life. This English blend of Virginias, Orientals and plenty of Latakia
is reminiscent of the early Dunhill blends but even better. Don't
believe it... wait and see for yourself.
The next blend simply called "VR," represents
the monogram for Victoria Regina, queen of England which Holmes
adorned his wall with during some indoor revolver practice at his
rooms in Baker St. It also stands for "Virginia Rich,"
a pressed blend of bright,stoved and red Virginias with a touch
of unflavored Cavendish. This blend has already become one of my
favorites and may soon be one of yours. So stay tuned right here
for the announcement of when these blends will be available to the
public exclusively from pipesandcigars.com.
Second Batch of the SHPC 08 Club Pipe Finalized Well
we received enough interest to be able to place another order of the
2008 SHPC Club Pipe. This will be the last order for the 08 pipe.
We plan to have more of these available in the future however, they
will only have SHPC on the shank. Thanks to all of you who helped
make this possible. We look forward to this pipe one day becoming
a collector's item.
We'll try to get these pipes in the mail to you by the end of March.
I hope you enjoy them. Thanks to artist Larry Gosser for the fine
artwork he created for our club logo. It makes for a damn fine pipe.
- A Talk on Sasieni Pipes
forget! This month Steve Smith, current L.J. Peretti's employee &
former SHPC Secretary will be attending our meeting to entertain us
with his knowledge of Sasieni Pipes. Steve, whose article "Connecting
the Dots: A Concise History of the Sasieni Pipe" was published
in Pipe Friendly Magazine, has become quite the authority on Sasieni
Pipes over the years and his collection of well over 100 pipes is
a testament to his passion. We hope you'll join us.
Puff the Magic - Hyannis, MAby Horace Harker In
the October 2008 Gazette, Dock Perry wrote
about his adventures on Cape Cod and his time spent at a smoking
lounge in Hyannis MA called Puff
the Magic. This past Valentine's weekend my wife and I spent
some time on the Cape so we made a point to stop by. As you enter
the lounge a Grand player piano is the center of attraction. Behind
it a beautiful bar of rich dark wood. To the left and right are
three separate seating areas with leather chairs, flat screen tvs
and plenty of tables for drinks, ashtrays and snacks. Bookshelves
held a variety of books and games like cribbage and backgammon.
The walls and ceiling were decorated in warm comfortable prints
and patterns. The lounge is geared towards cigar smokers but the
lounge's sign says it all and all are welcome. Although I had a
pipe in the car I decided to smoke a cigar so I went into the humidor
to pick one out. I wasn't extremely
impressed with their selection of cigars but I found one I liked
and made my purchase along with a cold glass of Magic Hat ale. We
had one of the seating areas to ourselves so I sat down and prepared
my cigar for enjoyment. Once we were settled in the proprietor came
by with snack try of Cape Cod chips, popcorn and pretzel snacks.
I thought this was a nice touch. My wife and I played a game each
of Backgammon and Cribbage and she seemed very pleased with her
surroundings. This turned out to be a good thing because we ended
up back here the following evening and spent an enjoyable hour with
a fellow pipe smoker from the Hudson Valley area. I have him some
info about the Hudson Valley Pipe Club and told him of our adventures
at the Kaywoodie Holiday Party. I hope he contacts them and we have
the opportunity to meet again next December.
So I highly recommend that anyone spending some time on Cape Cod
make a stop at Puff the Magic and enjoy a peaceful hour or two in
some very smoker friendly surroundings.
& Tobacco News & Info
International Pipe Smoking Day I
can't believe I let this date slip by me when posting last
month's newsletter. A major faux pas on my part and I apologize.
For those of you who don't know (and I doubt there are many,
if any of you), February 20th was International
Pipe Smoking Day. a day to "celebrate the noble
art of pipe-smoking and the noble spirit which pervades the
brother/sisterhood of the briar." As much as I
love the idea and purpose of this day it often struck me odd
that they chose to celebrated it during one of the coldest
months of the winter. I think it would be much better suited
for a day in late spring when more bothers of the briar could
take to the streets and mingle amongst the less enlightened
masses of our great cities. A whiff of sweet aroma to turn
their thoughts from meetings, paperwork and deadlines to fond
thoughts of loved ones and carefree times that are all but
This past February 20th I was surprised and shocked to find,
that instead the usual negative articles about tighter smoking
regulations and third hand smoke, the Wall Street Journal
had a more favorable article about pipe smokers. Here's an
excerpt from the article written by Mary Pilon: "No one tracks how many young men and women are pipe
smokers. But sales of pipe tobacco are rising again after
years of decline, and many think young smokers are the reason.
U.S. sales of pipe tobacco plummeted to 4.9 million pounds
in 2006, from 52 million pounds in 1970, says Norman Sharp,
president of the Cigar Association of America. Sales climbed
to 5.3 million pounds in 2008. Pipe tobacco and smokeless
tobacco sales are on the rise, offsetting over a decade of
decreases in cigarette sales."
Our good friend Vernon Vig from the NY Pipe
club was also quoted in the article. This is a must read
so be sure to do it now before it's no longer available
online and be sure to print a copy for scrap book. It may
be a long time coming before you see one of these again. Read
the full article here
Watch Cigar Radio On a recent episode of Dog Watch Cigar Radio
I surprisingly won a signed box of Escencia
Cigars from a contest I had entered. Not only did I win
the cigars, I was able to meet Marc Aub, one of the owners of
Escencia Cigars, when I picked them up at the Mohegan Sun Casino
in CT. To make it even better (if you're a glutton for punishment)
I was also invited to guest host on one of their shows. That
show aired on Feb 5th and I had a great time talking with Bob
and Dale about cigars, pipes and the Sherlock Holmes
Pipe Club. They've been doing this show for three years
and are now so technically advanced that they air their show
live and in video on Stickam every Friday night. The show generally
last from 2-2.5 hrs and we had some slight technical difficulties
but Bob and Dale made me feel right at home which made it much
easier to relax and enjoy the show.
If you are so inclined, please feel free to take a listen. Grab
a pipe or maybe in this case, a cigar and kick back for a couple
of hours of great smoke filled entertainment (from Bob and Dale
that is). You can find that show here.
If you'd like to catch the next live show visit Dog
Watch Cigar Radio on Fridays at 9:00 PM EST and click on
the red "Friday Night Live" logo in the middle of
the page. If you have a web cam you may even be able to show
your face and join in the chat. [check
it out] This
Month's Tobacco Raffle
For this month's raffle we have a third blend from the Seattle
Pipe Club and a blend that has a 4 star rating from tobaccoreviews.org.
Seattle Pipe Club's Seattle Evening (50g)
English/Oriental has an exotic twist added by a McClelland
Tobacco secret ingredient and has been perfectly reproduced
by McClelland for the Seattle Pipe Club. Rich, smoky, spicy,
luxurious. The result is layers of flavors that are way out
of the ordinary.
Robert McConnell's Scottish Cake (50g)
Produced from a mixture of Eastern Carolina, Kentucky and
Middle Belt Virginias that are pressed for a week and coarse
cut. It has to rest for some days until it has hardened.
This is a great pipe video taken in Boston. There
is a short segment that I would rate PG13 and not completely sure
what to make of it but it's worth a watch anyway.
So much news, so little time and space.
First, congrats to Rick Frederics on his recent birthday. Last
month, when we missed the meeting, Rick was celebrating his birthday.
I'll be nice and not tell you which birthday, but let's just say
he'll not see 21 again anytime soon. Unless he's checking out the
coeds at school. So Nelson, Tony, Tim and I stopped by the restaurant
where his family organized a surprise party for him. We presented
him with a bottle of Glen Fiddich, because it rhymes with Frederics.
Ok, that was a lie. We just knew he likes scotch. There were about
40 people there, and the food was good.
Thinking about spring, and it being just around the korner (sic).
Talk has been about taking a road trip in early-mid May to Gillette
Castle in Conn. to visit the man who helped make Sherlock Holmes
famous while using the wrong type of pipe. As we all know, Sherlock
never used a Calabash in any of his stories. At any rate, several
of us thought of it as a alternate to descending on a smoke shop...again.
Third, and this is further into the future.... The 2011 Club Pipe.
I have contacted Stanwell, and they forwarded me this as a possible