Club Info & Events
Details of the October Meeting
Just five of us showed up at Papa Ginos last month but the food wasn't
bad plus it was quick and cheap. We even heard that Applebees closed down
(no surprise there). We're still in the process of looking for another
location for dinner but for the time being it'll be Papa Ginos.
Members rolled in slowly to the meeting and it looked as if it was going
to be a quiet night. This came as a surprise since we were planning to
do the lottery for the 2006 Club Pipe. But eventually people straggled
in and soon we were at usual capacity despite the fact that Ted was out
recovering from surgery (and doing well I'm told) and his sidekick Sid
was also a no show. I hope all is well with both of them and we see them
The 2006 Club Pipe
planned we had the lottery for the 2006 SHPC Club Pipe made by Tim Hynick,
a name we suspect will be a household word (in pipe smoking homes anyway)
in the not too distant future. He made a pretty even number of both the
tan and dark stained pipes but tonight the tan pipe was the pick of choice
and they went quickly. There are still a couple pipes that have yet to
be claimed by their rightful owners plus we will be donating one to this
year's Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest hosted by the Hudson Valley
Pipe Club this December.
Let me tell you a little about the 2006 Club Pipe. I don't think I've
ever smoked a pipe that was as smooth as this one was from the very first
puff all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. It felt like I'd been
smoking it for years. I'm not just saying this because Tim's my friend
and I want to make him feel good. I'm serious when I say this is one of
the most enjoyable smokes I've ever had from a new pipe.
Ken Collins, a veteran pipe smoker and a generally quiet guy was impressed
enough to send his comments along and asked me to include them in the
newsletter. Here's what Ken had to say....
HUZZAH! For our resident pipe maker, Tim Hynick. He has done a wonder
job on our club pipe! Let me say this, I'm not a newbie where pipes
are concerned, and having said that, I find this pipe magical, in both
aesthetics and engineering! The bore is true, as well as the bowl, there
is no head space to create turbulence, the tenon is chamfered. I find
the rustication wonderful, I give this pipe an A, and consider this
pipe a high middle priced pipe, you should have gotten more Tim, I would
have paid more, and would not hesitate in buying another pipe from you!
If you're interested in experiencing one of Tim's pipes for yourself,
send us an email and we'll put
you in touch with him. You won't be disappointed.
Happy Anniversary to Park Lane Tobacco
November marks the first Anniversary of the Park Lane Tobacconist which
is owed and operated by our good friend Paul Bonaquisti. Festivities are
planned for Saturday November 4th and will include in-store specials,
a cigar roller and much more. SHPC hopes to have a good contingent heading
up that way to help them celebrate. If you're in the area be sure and
stop by and say hello. Park Lane Tobacconist is located at 15 Park Avenue,
Clifton Park, NY.
The Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest
as we like to call it the Hudson Valley Holiday Extravaganza, is planned
for December 9th. This is a member's only event so if you're a member
and plan on going don't forget to sign up soon. If you're not a member
and would like to join us then be sure to attend the November club meeting
and sign up. Not sure?? Check our our report of this event from 2004
and 2005. If you have questions, feel free
to drop us an email.
Two Trunk Shows at Peretti's of Boston
Peretti's will be holding two trunk shows in the coming months. The
R.D. Fields trunk show will be held on Saturday November 4th and the Dunhill
trunk show will be on Friday December 1st. If you have a chance stop by,
say hello and enjoy a bowl or your favorite tobacco in one of the oldest
tobacco shops in the nation. For more details you can contact Perreti's
at (617) 482-0218.
& Tobacco News & Info
Pipe Smoking & Health - Risky Business or Casual Pleasure
- By Mark Beale
"In making the decision to smoke or not, we must educate ourselves
about the risks and benefits. Unfortunately, the scientific data
that attempts to quantify the risks of pipe smoking remain sparse.
In 1964, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a landmark
report on tobacco usage. This report which described the dangers
of cigarette smoking, including heart disease, lung damage, and
increased cancer risk, raised the publics awareness regarding the
health consequences of certain behaviors.
Specifically, this report had confirmed what had been suspected
for quite some time, that cigarette smoking could be dangerous.
However, the conclusion drawn from several studies about pipe smokers
was that they tended to live longer than the general population."
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Worth A Look
Pipe Smoker of the Year
Smoking pipe: from Wikipedia.
I came across this information about pipes while doing a web search.
It's good information for someone new to pipe smoking and looking
for some answers. [Check
The Pipe Smoker of the Year was an award given out annually by the
British Pipesmokers' Council, to honour a famous pipe-smoking
individual. Because of regulations banning all advertising and promotion
of tobacco, the award was discontinued. Follow the link below to read
about those men who were recipients of this award. [View
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An Acquaintance with Pipe and Tobacco
While Kayaking the Maine Islands
In the February Newsletter I wrote about my trip
to Maine and the difficulty I had finding a decent tobacco shop
anywhere let along a place to smoke my pipe. I love visiting Maine but
this trip was discouraging and I went home with a bad taste in my mouth.
Well, this past September I spent a week kayaking camping with five
friends on two of the many Maine islands off the coast of Stonington.
It was probably one of the best experiences I've had in my life so far
and while I was there I was able to replace that lingering bad taste
with one I think most of you would appreciate. Not only was smoking
permitted everywhere I went but I was even fortunate enough to have
the opportunity to share my love of pipe and tobacco with a few of my
friends. Here's how it went....
It's no big secret that there will only be one Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle. Though there were many that copied him, he was the absolute
first to pen the modern detective novel. Doyle's own way of describing a
person, place or event was so crystal clear to the reader that they actually
thought that they were there. If you close your eyes and say "Baker St."
to yourself I bet you can picture the mantle with the Persian slipper filled
with shag tobacco, scattered pipes and the familiar dagger stuck in the
center holding Holmes letters of correspondence. I bet you can also picture
the laboratory set with the beakers and Bunsen burners as well as the Stradivarius
violin laying on Holme's chair and the constantly familiar presence of Mrs.
Hudson with an overflowing tray of kidney pie and tea.
Over the years there have been countless writers who have taken up their
pens to write the modern Sherlock Holmes story. Some have been successful
and some have been less so. Some have been down right laughable, as was
Michael Dilbin's "The Last Sherlock Holmes Story" where Holmes was portrayed
by Dilbin as being the actual Jack the Ripper! In another by Nicholas
Meyer called "The Seven Percent Solution" Holmes was teamed up with Sigmund
Freud to help identify an American woman. Even funnier than Holmes meeting
Freud was that Meyer claimed that Holmes long held belief that Professor
Moriarty was the "Napolean of crime" was simply cocaine induced dellusion
of Holmes own paranoia! How utterly ridiculous?
writer though seems to faithfully, consistently and accurately pen modern
Sherlock Holmes stories. His name is Larry Millet and he's a writer for
The St.Paul Pioneer Press in St. Paul Minnesota. Each of Millett's books
is taken from what he calls "The American Crinkles of Dr. John H. Watson
as each of them take place in the U.S. Each of Mr. Millett's five Holmes
novels is an absolute pleasure to read. The First "Sherlock Holmes & The
Red Demon" has Holmes pitted against an angry pyromaniac amidst the dry
pinneries of Minnesota. Another, "Sherlock Holmes & The Ice Palace Murders"
has Holmes in St. Paul investigating the murder of a wealth young socialite
during the annual winter carnival in that city.
All of Millett's books are available at Barnes
& Noble or through Amazon
and they're all highly recommended by casual readers and die hard Sherlockians
LARRY MILLETT'S BOOKS
The Secret Alliance
The Red Demon
The Ice Palace Murders
The Rune Stone Mystery
The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes