Father Barley's Response
many of you know, Mark "Barley" Maxfield had decided
to follow his religious calling and left us some months ago for
Pennsylvania to finish up his education before entering the Seminary.
As mentioned in last month's Reminder, Mark came back to pay us
a visit and to do us the honor of blessing our pipes. Unfortunately
my theological knowledge is not up to par with that of Father Barley
and I misquoted the prayer he was to use in the "Blessing of
the Pipes". I would like to share his response with all of
The Prayer for the "Blessing of the
Through the intercession of Saint Dunhill pipe maker and smoker
may your pipe be forever free of burn out, breakage and all foul
tasting tobaccos. Amen
Father Barley's Response...
"Wrong, wrong, wrong...... As anyone knows, there is
no St. Dunhill - the miracles attributed to him were learned to
be nothing more than a hoax...they were just good marketing! There
are several who qualify (St. Bruto or St. Marco come to mind...[Don
Carlos and Moretti, respectively]), but as they're both still living
it will be some time before we can invoke them; and of course there
is St. Kiess, who has the added advantage of being local...but again,
still living. There is, however, the ancient saint from the early
Church in Rome, St. Cloudius Smokus Alotus, who, while being burned
alive (for refusing to worship the Emperor's ass, Plodius Stubbornius),
was seen to inhale and enjoy the smoke of his own pyre! "
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
at the New York Renaissance Faire this past month I ran into this
character smoking a black sandblasted Churchwarden. We got to talking
about pipes and I found out he worked for a cigar distributor. I
inquired as to the type of tobacco he was smoking to which he replied
Stokkebye 1882. It smelled nice and I wished I'd had my pipe with
me. He also had in his pouch a tin of the newest McLelland tobacco
from the 221b Baker Street Series called "Honeydew". Since
we raffle off 2 cans of tobacco each month I thought it fitting
to select these for this month's raffle. Unfortunately the 1882
is sold in bulk and hard to find in small quantities so I chose
another Stokkebye tobacco from the same series to raffle instead,
it's called Luxury Twist Flake.
As an additional raffle item, I also picked up a couple of Audio
Books on Tape, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from the old
Radio Shows of the 40's starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.
Pro Smoking News
NY: One wily New York couple found
a way around the smoking ban and puffed away at their wedding last
weekend. Carol Serafin and Philip Rusche, two longtime customers of
the venerable Nat Sherman tobacconists on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue,
decided to hold their nuptials there. "Due to the mayor's Draconian
anti-smoking laws, Carol and Philip wanted to go to a place where
they could exercise their right to enjoy life freely," a rep for the
shop explains. Guests were treated to champagne, wedding cake - and
Smokers Paradox Puzzles Doctors
Smoking might give you a heart attack but smokers have better chances
of surviving a heart attack than non-smokers, according to a puzzling
phenomenon dubbed "smokers paradox".
The apparently "protective" effect of smoking in heart attack patients
was highlighted in a study confirming smoker's paradox among older
patients, released at an international cardiology conference. (read
Ted Blank's Carved Head Meerschaum
At last month's meeting Ted Blank brought in a display
of his carved head meerschaum collection and I must admit it was
quite an impressive collection. As promised I will digitally recreate
his display for those of you who missed it or needed a closer look.
Click the image below to view Ted's
since I first joined the club, Bob Kiess has been our resident pipe
maker. Bob makes a great pipe and has sold many of them to our members,
at pipe shows and even at Perretti's in Boston. He's been featured
in the North American Society of Pipe Smokers Newsletter and was chosen
to make the SHPC 2002 Club Pipe. If it weren't for Bob's boring job
as a physician Dr. Bob's Pipes would be selling right up there with Boswell,
Don Carlos and a few others. But watch out Bob because we have another
club member with a full head of steam right behind you.
Tim Hynick made his first pipe from a kit about
a year and a half ago and since then has shown real promise at becoming a successful
pipemaker. But in this past six months he has brought his pipemaking
ability to a whole new level. He spent some time at J.M Boswell's
shop in Pennsylvania which just happens to be the state where Tim
grew up. Like an old dry sponge Tim soaked up as many techniques and
as much knowledge as his brain could hold before returning home to
squeeze it all out on his basement floor. He purchased a few more tools
to make his work easier and to help put the finishing touches on his
already professional looking works of art. He no longer makes pipes
from kits but drills all the holes himself and with precision. He's
done some work with premade stems but hopes to be turning his own
someday soon. Tim's pipes look better and better everytime I see one
and if he keeps going the way he is, one day he may even be rich and famous.
Well, at least he'll be famous.
So the next time you see Tim at a club meeting or pipe show, ask him
about his pipes, it'll be well worth your time.
I hope to one day have one of Tim's pipes in my pipe rack, that
is.... if we can ever get him to sell one?
The New York Pipe Show
A few of our members attended another New York Pipe show this past
month. Ted Blank took a few Polaroids and ask me to post them for
your viewing pleasure. I'm not sure who that woman is in the picture
but when I spoke to Ted earlier this week his wife didn't sound
too happy. Since no theme was determined for this month's meeting
we will will hear some reports from the folks who attended the show.
So be ready!
Ted and a Mysterious Woman