The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club's Official Web Site:
Discussion during the past couple of meetings around using club funds
to pay for web space and a domain name for an official club website, ended
in a positive vote (I'm currently using my own space to host the newsletter).
The cost per year to host the site and reserve the domain name will be
$110. If you check the address in your browser you will see that we are
already using our new domain "shpcboston.org" . Developing
the complete site will take some time but until then our newsletter will
be our first home page with links to past newsletters and documented events.
Great Turnout and a Great Time with R.D Field
outstanding SHPC event! I think this was the biggest turnout since...
dare I say it... the visit from James Norman, Ltd. last year. I believe
Mr. Field was very impressed when comparing our group to the the Christopher
Morley Pipe Club of PA., and in a slightly more favorable light I might
I couldn't help but notice the members that had arrived early, chomping
at the bit so to speak, while watching David and Janice set up their display
of Radice's, Il Ceppo's and all the rest. Then, like an army of ants on
a fallen scoop of ice cream, we surrounded the table at the first available
opportunity and began sampling each morsel of delectable briar. In fact,
most of the time there was never very much vacant space around the table,
although by the end of the night there were quite a few vacancies on the
table. I'm sure the generous discount offered by Peretti's
was a major factor in that. And speaking of Peretti's, they brought with
them a dozen packages of our own Baskerville tobacco along with 2 pounds
of their new and improved Century tobacco aptly named Century II (at least
until they can come up with something new). Also, Steve Willett donated
a one pound can of the Century II to our tobacco raffle which was happily
won by Dante "Quincy" Canarozzi.
This event was one of the best we've had in a while and we look forward
to having David and Janice back some time in the not too distant future.
Maybe this time they'll bring the 3 truck loads of pipes they brought
to Arizona. Hey! It doesn't hurt to mention it, does it?
out the Pics >>>
Estate Pipes.... At last!
I received and email from Geoff Stearn last month letting me know that
his schedule has finally relaxed a bit and he was now ready for a visit
to Mansfield with his collection of retired pipes. I emailed him this
week just to make sure he is still coming to which he replied... "I've
reserved the 12th against all enemies foreign and domestic! I'll be there!"
So I think we can count on him this time.
As mentioned in previous newsletters, Geoff had to give up smoking and
has a couple hundred pipes to sell. I don't think he'll bring them all
but he did mention that he had several Petersons, Dunhills, at least one
pre-war Ehrlich and a few from the Connoisseur Pipe Shop in NY. He said
he will make an inventory this weekend. If this happens, I will do my
best to pass it along to you. This may be an excellent opportunity to
purchase a good quality pipe for a decent price so you won't want to miss
Watch City Cigar - June Meeting and Patriots Day Visit.
forget! Ernie Quintiliani from Watch
City will be at the June meeting with what I believe will be a very
nice selection of pipes including names like Rinaldo, Peterson, Armelini
and Tsuge. This past Patriots Day a group of us met at Watch City for
a relaxing smoke in the Tomahawk Room while we watched the end of the
Sox game and part of the Marathon on the big screen tv. Can you believe
it... the Kenyans took it again? What a shock! The staff at Watch City
made us feel right at home and were readily available to answer questions
or take a pipe from the case so we could take a closer look. The prices
on many of the pipes was very reasonable and with the club discount Watch
City offers, I was unable to leave there empty handed. I purchased a very
nice sandblasted Viprati Canadian that whispers..."Psst! Smoke me!"...
every time I walk by the rack where it currently resides. "You're just
going to have to wait your turn, I reply telepathically, there are still
a few a head of you." We also tried to convert a couple of cigar smokers
who mentioned a desire to come to one of our club meetings so it's possible
we may see some new faces in the future.
had a great visit, the weather and the company was excellent and the Sox
won... what more can you ask for? If you haven't already (or even if you
have) I highly recommend making the trip up to Framingham for a visit.
You'll be glad ya did. And for those of you who couldn't make it, or decided
to drive through the Marathon instead of around it, click
here for a few pics from our visit.
New York Pipe Shop Hop
Dock Perry and Steve Gutz are planning to trip the pipe fantastic
in the Big Apple. Yes, they are planning yet another road trip to visit
the famed pipe shops of New York City and would like to invite anyone
that is interested. This should prove to be an excellent day as they hit
all the hot spots like, Barclay Rex, Davidoff and Nat Sherman's. If you've
never been to New York City, I couldn't imagine a better time to go. This
is expected to happen in late June but it will be discussed further at
the meeting. I'll keep you posted.
Pipes & Tobacco News
The Joy of Smoking
I came across an article written by a cigarette smoker who talks
about why she smokes. She touched on a couple of points that I feel
bridges the gap between all smokers. Here's an excerpt from the
article... "For those who don't smoke, who don't understand
the joy and contentment found in the simple device of rolled-up
paper and dried leaves, let me fill you in. There's nothing like
the artistic appeal of a cigarette. All in all, it's a beautiful
process from start to finish. You begin with lighting your sin stick,
the dancing flame twisting and trembling in the air, making a valiant
effort to marry fire and tobacco. Then, you have the first inhalation,
the crackling paper making crisp sounds like those of newly fallen
leaves underfoot. Finally, you end with the exhalation as clouds
of smoke emanate from your mouth and swirl around in an aerial ballet.
Indeed, it's worth smoking for the aesthetic value alone."
the entire article
for Smokers Rights
This is an excellent website to stay current on Massachusetts smoking
ban news and major events around the world.
Picasso's Boy with Pipe makes auction history.(see
May 5, 2004 - NY, NY - Auction history was made at Sotheby's
this evening when Pablo Picasso's Garçon à la Pipe, from the fabled
Whitney Collection, sold for $104,168,000 to an anonymous
buyer, making it the most expensive painting in the world. Read
the complete story...
Worth A Look
City Cigar - Framingham, MA
Get an idea of what to expect in June.
Shoppee Camden, CT.
Pipes, tobacco, accessories and gifts.
- Albany, NY
Aka Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe. Bjarne Nielsen will be there this
Saturday May 8th.
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
Hal O' The Wynd
Hal O' The Wynd is another great virginia tobacco from Rattray's.
It comes in a dark brown rubbed out flake form and has excellent
burning qualities. It's got a rich, dark tin aroma yet there is
a sweetness to it which is rather enticing. The smoke itself is
wonderful, sweet with almost a hint of fruitiness at times. This
is not as delicate as most Virginias, it's got some backbone to
it. It's a strong tobacco, stronger than most Virginias. It's fairly
cool smoking and tends to burn slowly to a very attractive ash.
Chonowitsch - T 16
Latakia, Smyrna and several Virginia varieties are blended and long
matured for a typically natural English mixture, with full body,
classic fragrance, but mild taste.