November 2012

Next
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Dinner 6PM - Location TBD
Meeting

Club Info & Events

Details of the October Meeting
Due to yet another scheduling conflict and the sportsman's club being unavailable, we had to cancel last month's meeting which is never a good thing. But not wanting to say die, Neil replied to all to see if he could bolster any interest in meeting at Churchills in Boston. Churchill's is a great place hang out and enjoy a pipe but parking in town is a nighmare and usually a huge deterrent. However, Bob, Tim and Nelson agreed to meet Neil and everyone got lucky with parking. Nelson picked Neil up at his home and they met Tim at Ned Devine's in Fanieul Hall for dinner before heading over to Churchill's to meet Bob. It was still a little early so we pretty much had the pick of seats in the place. If you've never been to Churchill's it definitely has the feel of an old English men's club and someplace that Mycroft Holmes might frequent. We spent a few hours passing the time with our pipes and favorite beverage from the bar. Our good friend Ernie was a topic of conversation since he had been recently hospitalized with heart issues and released but hadn't responded to our calls or emails in a few days. Relieved, we received a call from him while at Churchill's to let us know he was back in the hospital and scheduled for heart surgery. As happy as we were to hear from him the thought of heart surgery at his age was a little discomforting. More on Ernie below. All in all, it was a good night and a nice change of pace.

2012 Kaywoodie Holiday Party
It's that time again folks. Time for this year's holiday party hosted by Bill Feuerbach, S.M Frank and the Hudson Valley Pipe Club. This year's event will take place on Saturday December 8th. Bill tells me you should expect to see many of the same faces and pipe makers as you did last year. As in past years there will be United Pipe Clubs of America slow smoking contest event so you all better start practicing. I'm pretty sure someone from SHPC will be taking home the trophy this year. Sign up sheets will be sent out as soon as we get them.

SHPC 2013 Club Pipe Update
Tim received this picture of the prototype of the SHPC 2013 club pipe by Peder Jepsen of Neerup (click to enlarge). It does not look identical to the one we originally picked out but it is very close. I just got off the phone with Tim and he has received the actual pipe in the mail and says it looks even better in person and plans to bring it with him to next Tuesday's meeting. The cost will be $135 which is a very reasonable price for a smooth finished pipe. We still do not yet know the payment arrangements but those of you who plan to purchase one should at least be prepared to pay half up front. If we all agree to move forward (which seems like a no brainer to me), the current plan is that they will be ready in February and we may possibly be able to pick them up when Peder visits the states. If all goes as planned we may try to put together a road trip to Cup a Joe's in NY to meet Peder and pick up the pipes. We'll talk more about that at the meeting.

Ernie Says Hi
And wants us all to take care of our hearts so that we don't end up with one of these. As you can see Ernie made it through the surgery and is recovering very nicely. He has been moved to the Clark House Nursing Center in Westwood for a couple weeks of rehab before they send him home. I stopped by Brigham and Women's last week to see how he was doing and was happy to see him looking good and his spirits up. I have emailed all of you his contact information for Clark House and I'm sure he'd love to hear from you or possibly you could stop by for a visit. We hope he bounces back quickly and if he chooses to continue smoking his pipe (or not) he knows where he will always be welcome. We're all routing for you Ern.


Sherlock Holmes Fans - It's Elementary
                                              by Horace Harker
Many of you who know me, know I'm a bit of a Sherlock Holmes purist. I don't get too excited when a new show or movie comes out about Sherlock Holmes that doesn't follow the original stories. They say no one will watch them if they don't spice things up a bit by adding a few explosions or maybe even a little skin. But I guess I'm intrigued to see what they're going to try next to try and ruin this timeless character.

The Grenada series with Jeremy Brett on PBS started out on the right foot, they followed the stories pretty closely and helped bring some real life to the stories we loved so much. But the management at the Grenada studios changed hands and soon the series got darker and they seemed to portray Sherlock as somewhat of a lunatic. Still, a very watchable series although they never finished it. It would been great to see the Black Peter episode.

The Robert Downey Jr. movies were like watching Lethal Weapon in the 17th century. Sure, they were entertaining but not as a Sherlock Holmes movie. C'mon, seriously... Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes. Long hair an what is he, like five foot four?

Next, PBS attempts to modernized the arch enemy of crime by plucking him from the18th century, dropping him into the 21st century, handing him a cell phone and teaching him how to text. With our luck the next thing they'll do is give Sherlock a woman as a side kick. No wait! They're way ahead of me. They've already done this in the new crime drama Elementary, TV's latest attempt to modernize Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as.... you guessed it.... Watson. But in all fairness I have to admit that this show is actually pretty good and I find myself looking forward to the next episode. Sure, it comes no where close to classic Holmes but Jonny Lee Miller has managed to capture many of the classic characteristics of the great detective. He is extremely perceptive, quickly observing what everyone else misses, he has a sharp delivery and an annoying quality that is quite reminiscent of Holmes. He also sports a fairly prominent schnoz. As for Watson.... I had a hard time seeing how a woman, let alone an Asian woman, could ever pull off the role of Watson but Lucy Liu appears to be doing a decent job of holding her own against Holmes. I look forward to see how their relationship progresses.

Don't get me wrong, I may be cutting this show a little slack but I haven't given up yet. I'm still waiting for the complete series to be done word for word from the original stories using the perfect English characters in the perfect English settings. I don't care if Watson doesn't have a big enough role, after all, the stories are not about the great detective John H. Watson are they. It's ok to let him narrate, that's what he does in the stories anyway (no offense to the good doctor, I love his character). So while we wait for that to be completed (or even started) why not fire up a bowl and check out Elementary on Thursday nights at 10 PM. Unfortunately, you'll be the only one smoking.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

The PipesMagazine Radio Show Review
Last month I told you about the new weekly, pipe-centric, online radio program (podcast) that airs every Thursday evening and is sponsored by PipesMagazine.com (as well as other sponsors). Lord knows the pipe community needs a show like this that can stand the test of time.
I've listened to the first 6 episodes so far and if I had to give it an overall rating I would give it a C+. But that in no way means you shouldn't listen to it. I completely understand that a production like this is not easy, it takes time and dedication and is a work in progress. But more importantly it needs listeners to listen to each show and who are willing to provide some input on what they've heard and would like to hear in future episodes. I encourage all of you to do this and to tell your pipe smoking friends about it as well.
The show is 45 minutes long and generally starts with tips and tidbits bits about pipes a pipe related topics like pipe shapes, storing your pipes, etc.. There is a guest interview with someone that has a pipe or tobacco related story to tell followed by a little music and a rant by the host. In the first six shows they've interviewed Michael Parks, Mary McNeil from McLelland Tobacco, Dan Locklair a pipe smoking classical music composer, Thomas Edison (yes, you heard me right) and Erik Stokkebye. I've enjoyed many of the interviews and they are the highlight of the show. The commercials are even pretty good, especially the one by 4 Noggins. It sort of makes you want to call in an order to see if the person that takes your orders is the same person that does the commercial. Personally though, I would like the show to be a full hour with more in depth interviews, more specific pipe related content and a little less filler. If you listen to the show and you want to comment on what you've heard, you can do it in the forums at PipesMagazine.com. I still have a lot of hope for this show and encourage you to give them your support. So this Thursday, fill up a bowl, turn on the Internet and listen to the Pipes Magazine Radio Show. And if you miss the live show, don't worry, you can download it to your favorite media device the following day and listen during your commute to work, or whenever the time is right.


Other Important Links for smokers:

Tobacco Raffle
Since these blends were not raffled off in October, they will be raffled in November.

McClelland Stave-Aged 35 Virginia Ribbon
This is a new blend from McClelland. An American classic, Bourbon (with a twist)! Instead of aging the tobacco in the barrels, they decided to age the barrel in the tobacco. Inside every tin is a piece of charred Kentucky Bourbon white oak barrel imparting a subtle, long-aged whiskey aroma and flavor giving the tobacco a soft, mellow character.

NYPC Jack Shanty's - Cigar Leaf Blend
Bestowed to our club by its founder, Sailorman Jack, his personal recipe is a rich and stout blend featuring sweet lemon and red Virginias with generous portions of fine Latakia and Perique for added spice and depth. Finished with shredded cigar leaf, it delivers unique flavor that will appeal to seasoned smokers. "Attention, Attention!" Savor a "New York State-of-Mind" with Jack's Shanty.

More Praise for Prince Albert
Tom, one of our regular members sent me a short piece on Prince Albert tobacco that he found on Marty Pulver's web site earlier this month. It seems I keep hearing more and more people realizing that Prince Albert is a pretty darn good blend. The piece no longer appears to be on the website so I have included it here.

"One thing I did want to say about tobacco before I go on to other subjects, if I ever do go on to any other subjects, is this: Prince Albert is not half bad. I was with my partner, David Field, in a garden in Cody, Wyoming and he allowed as how he had been smoking Prince Albert because he couldn't recall if he had ever smoked it as a youth and wanted the experience. He found it an easy tobacco to smoke. Now, if anyone else in the world had suggested that I, a devoted latakia lover, would have tried to be nice when I told them "no, thanks," but David and I have traveled together enough so that he knows what I will and will not tolerate, and he has seen me tolerate a good red ribbon Virginia when I am either out of my latakia blend or want a gentle change of pace, so I agreed to fill one of my pipes with Prince Albert and prepared myself for a short term negative experience. That is not what ensued. I was just stunned at how acceptably the tobacco smoked. It was certainly not a fabulous,mouth filling taste, but it was entirely agreeable, smoked cool and burned easily and all the way down. Somewhere during that smoke, and before the wives came down and we went to dinner, I opined that if I still had my store and was thus schooling new smokers, I would recommend that they try, along with a Virginia and a Latakia blend, Prince Albert. I can't see how it would put them off a pipe and might just be the proper gateway into a lifetime of pipe smoking. . David thought about it for about 1/10 of a second (actually, that is his normal attention span for any problem) and agreed with that assessment. As we represent 2/3 of the pipe sages, that issue is pretty much decided. Next time you're in a drug store, take a look and if they have a tin of Prince Albert, you might give it a try and see what you think. And remember, it's been around so long that it is not unfair to say that they must be doing something right."


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