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Details of the October Meeting
October meeting was an interesting one to say the least. For starters
we were pleased to welcome Derek as the newest member of the Sherlock
Holmes Pipe Club. It's always a special occasion when a new member
joins our ranks. Derek is a jack of all trades and has even made
a few pipes of own; he not only takes on the position as our newest
member but also as our youngest member. (Sorry Dock... you've been
bumped.) Based on the picture Derek... you look like a good fit.
next bit of news came as quite a shock. Our President, Dock Perry
broke the news that he would need to step down from his position
of President. His commute is over four hours round trip and he cannot
afford to be away from his business for a half a day each month.
He still plans to attend meetings but may not be able to attend
every month. Dock has done quite a bit for the club during his two
years as President including the commissioning of three club pipes
(which he will continue to do), he worked with Watch City Cigar
to create a new club tobacco blend and he instituted the SHPC Annual
Swap & Sell. I have also been informed that he has already begun
talks with Kaywoodie for the 2008 Club Pipe. So on behalf of the
entire club we say "Thanks You" for all that you've done
and hope you will continue to be an integral part of the Sherlock
Holmes Pipe Club of Boston.
the club now Presidentless the question was put to members present.....
Does anyone here want to assume this role? There was lots of eyes
looking back and forth at each other but no one raised their hand.
Not an unexpected response since taking on a roll like this sometimes
requires a little thought. Discussion continued with regard to the
club's future and lots of positive ideas were thrown around. The question
of leadership came up again and this time Eric Kahn spoke up. Eric's
been with the club longer than any of our other "active"
member. He said he might be interested in taking it on and asked what
the role of president would include. In short the President of the
club would be responsible for promoting the club in a way that would
attract new enrollment and encourage former members to come back on
a more regular basis. In addition, the club president should be instrumental
in putting together a number of club events each year.
Eric decided that he would take on the role as president and I believe
he is one of the top candidates for the job. Eric has said that his
two main goals are to work with retailers to encourage them inform
their pipe smoking clientele about our club and to encourage former
members to come by for a visit more often. [more
Andrew Marks, Master Carver
By Thomas Martin
magic in the foothills of the Green Mountains, Vermont. I’ve
seen it before, and I’ll see it again in the studio workshop
of Andrew Marks, Pipemaker. When I see the “Bear Crossing”
sign, I know I’m almost there and a far cry from Boston. “Moose
Crossing,” even closer still and time to start looking for
the first dirt road at the top of the hill where the guardrail ends.
If I see the sign for “Otter Creek Brewing,” I know
I’ve gone too far.
The Magician, Andrew Marks has been turning briar burls into work
of art for 35 years. I use the word turning a bit differently than
one might expect when talking about contemporary carvers. I do not
mean turning the wood on a lathe. I mean transforming, and shaping
the briar burl into a pipe in a fashion that allows him to hold
the wood in his hands throughout the process, something important
to his aesthetic, and appreciation of the material. He has the greatest
respect, appreciation, and confidence in his briar which he imported
some thirty years back. And I have the greatest respect, appreciation,
and confidence in him as he teaches me his craft.
& Tobacco News & Info
VETO OVERRIDE FAILS!!!!
Thanks to all of you show took the time
to contact your representatives and show your support!! But
the fight ain't over yet! Not by a long shot!
In fact there's already another bill on the table
and from what I hear it doesn't look much different from the
first one. We will let you know when your help is needed again.
Better yet, why not subscribe to the International
Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers
(formerly know as the RTDA) so you can receive
the alerts yourself and take action sooner.
Why the RTDA Changed Their Name
I found an interesting article on the Stogie Fresh
Cigar Journal about The
Critical Difference: Premium Cigars vs. Cigarettes. Although
this article is written from a cigar smokers point of view,
pipes and cigars fall into the same basic category. This article
also explains the reason why the RTDA has changed it's name
to the IPCPR. Please take a few minutes to check it out. The
Fresh 5 weekly podcast often has information about tobacco
science and tobacco legislation that is also very relevant
to pipe smokers and well worth a listen. [Take
The Pipe Community: Are we doing enough?
In my opinion, the pipe community's voice on anti smoking
legislation is far too quiet. The old saying... 'there's power
in numbers" is extremely relevant right now in our efforts
to fight against further legislation against tobacco. Pipes
and Cigars ARE NOT the same as cigarettes
and we need to do all we can to help make that clear to law
makers. I'll have more on this in the December Newsletter.
Worth A Look
Dog Watch Social Club
Another website for cigar smokers but their weekly
podcast often has information about tobacco legislation and
science that is relevant to pipe smokers as well.
Month's Tobacco Raffle
Macbaren HH Mature
Once you light up your pipe with HH Mature Virginia the sweet
Virginia tobaccos will greet you and slowly the dark fired
Virginia will enter the taste. Over time experience how the
complex naturally sweet and slightly smoky taste grows in
power making. HH Mature Virginia a satisfying blend to smoke
- and with no tongue bite.
In honor of the Boston Red Sox we will also raffle
off an El Tiante Cigar this month.
El Tiante - Natural (Cigar)
Light bodied Nicaraguan wrapper with rich flavorful filler from
Nicaragua and an Indonesian binder. Mild to medium flavor with
a hint of spice. website
Word From Our New President (Kahn's Korner)
has been around for quite a few years now. We've seen a lot of changes
in our smoking world. We started when smoking was still allowed in
all restaurants and bars. Then the rules changed a bit, and smoking
was restricted to an area of the establishment. Then the bad guys
got another win, and smoking was history in all establishments that
served food or drink. We met at that time in a 'club' room at the
Holiday Inn in Mansfield. It was all of us in one room, served by
our own waiter and an air recycler. But, all good things must come
to an end. Our 'lease' at H.I. was canceled by the shortsightedness
of our legislature and we had to find a new home. We did. Now we're
well ensconced in that home. We're welcome and appreciated.
Yes, now we have to pay for the privilege of smoking but our members
should know that the money is for charity, and deeply appreciated.
There were those who fought to have us leave, but the presiding
authority of the new location prevailed, and so then, have we. Indeed,
after about a year and a half, there is not one objection to our
presence. We've collected some $3000 dollars over the time here.
It's gone into good things for good people. Our money helped in
repairs and is now being put to a youth fund and education.
But we have suffered a little still. When we met at the Holiday
Inn it was not unusual to see 18 or more at a meeting. Now, it's
down to a regular eleven. Many of our founders are no longer able
or willing to go the extra miles. One of our founders died. Two
have become too ill to attend. Steve Gutz is currently recuperating
in a rehab because of an illness. (Regarding Steve G, the good news
is that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter,
but he still has many weeks of therapy to go.) Doc has had to retire
as President because of family and business. He'll still pop in
now and then, though not as regularly. Ted had to cut way back because
of health and Sid, has had to for the same reason. Sid still shows
up, though, and is dearly welcome, smoking or not. Others have moved
away to greater callings. But what of some of the others? Andy,
Jay where art thou? Cindy? I'm not going to name any more names;
I'm not try to shame anyone. Each has good reason for their absences
and I'm not to judge.
On the good side, we have several new members, and they bring much
to the pudding, so to speak. Tony, Tom, Bruce, Merek, welcome aboard.
We are ever so glad to have you.
If I have a goal as your new president, I would sum it up as the
desire to grow the membership and bring back some of the older members.
To the 'used to be with us', may I appeal to you to come to a few
meetings a year? Not all of them, just a few. We truly miss you
and would love to see you again. To our current active membership,
I make the appeal to bring in new members. The curious new pipe
smokers, cigar smokers are our cadre. They just don't yet know about
us. That's your job. You know what we have to offer. Good smoking,
camaraderie, opportunities to connect with some terrific pipe makers
and tobacco blenders. I'll be there, keeping the smoking lamp lit.
Good lunting* to you all.
Eveready (Would someone please tell me how I got that handle?)
Taking a walk while smoking.