~~~ Hot Off The Press ~~~

A few weeks ago I received a email from John Link the President of James B. Russell Incorporated with the following information.

"I am very pleased to announce that James B. Russell has purchased the GBD and Comoy brands and will also be the Distributor of Nording Pipes for the US market. As for GBD's I have been in contact with Paul Davis at Cadogan and have set up a meeting for June, they will be the manufacturers. My goal is to bring back some of the old styles and shapes from years past and who knows more than the original manufacturer."

So keep a eye on their web page for further updates: http://www.jamesbrussell.com


Club Ramblings

We have made good progress on our 1st Pipe Show, everything is locked into place now. Your editor did a email poll of a lot of show goers to see if they would prefer cooler weather or lower rates and 90% of the responders wanted lower rates. So with that our president Ray Blanton scheduled the Best Western Inn Suites, 6201 N. Oracle Road for June 23, 2001. Ray found this Best Western and they had everything we needed such as a conference room, that we can smoke in, airport shuttle and restaurant. We will be having a hospitality night the night before the show. The manager Lucy has really been great to work with and really wants to help. Besides room reservations, shuttle reservations they will also take care of the table reservations. Lucy will email me updates on reservations when they start coming in.

Ken Smith has the pipe smoking contest under control, he has been working with Carl Curtis of Smokers Haven getting the rules ironed out. Although it is not for a record we still need rules.

I have worked up a web page for the show that can be printed out and used as a flyer.

Member Garrick Whitnah is now our first out of state member, Garrick took a better job in Ft. Worth, TX. Good luck Garrick!!! Hope you keep in touch.

I was reading the May 2000 issue of Pipe Friendly and Joel Farr had a very good editorial and I asked Joel's permission to reprint it here.........

Editorial (From the May,2000 issue of PIPE FRIENDLY magazine)

March 21, 2000: the Supreme Court - in a 5 to 4 decision - ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have statutory authority to regulate tobacco as a drug. In her written opinion for the majority, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor went to great lengths to justify the ruling, calling it "one of the most troubling public health problems facing the nation." But in the final analysis, the court decided that Congress had not given the FDA any power to regulate tobacco as a drug, control advertising, or restrict sales.

On its face, this decision might seem to be a momentous victory for those of us who cherish our freedoms and the rights our Constitution grants. It is, but the truth lies below the surface. The high court simply upheld existing law. The troublesome aspects within this issue are found in the willingness of the current administration to initiate their actions in the first place, and the narrowness of the court's decision.

Make no mistake - the anti-tobacco factions will not go away. Other tactics will be found, and new laws will be passed - even if the constitutionality is in question. The tobacco companies will continue to be defamed. Smokers will continue in their role as society's pariahs. And the well-fed contented masses will passively watch as the drama unfolds.

Tobacco is by no means the only issue under assault. The 5th Amendment is disregarded virtually every time the environmentalists secure land for an 'endangered' fish or insect. The 2nd Amendment is threatened almost daily with shouts for gun laws. The 1st Amendment is at risk with every voice in favor of campaign finance reform. If that's not enough, your wallet is hideously thinned by taxes that far exceed 'constitutionally defined' government need - some still being collected 100+ years beyond their goal.

This brings us to an oft-repeated refrain - It is left to us (the affected) to raise the collective conscience. In this presidential election year, get involved and vote. If the dorights are given a victory in November, the next Supreme Court ruling might swing 3-4 votes against us and our freedoms.

New Sponsor

The club has a new sponsor Dr. Ben F. Irvin Cherry Wood Pipe Tampers, etc. Dr. Irvin makes some very nice Tampers and has some of his own tobacco blends that have a very interesting history but I will let the following history supplied by Dr. Irvin tell the story, but be sure to check out his web page, after reading his web page I had to order one of his samplers that contains all of his blends.

History of Dr. Irvin's Cherry Wood Tampers, etc.

I learned how to make useful and creative pipe tampers from Cliff Soubier over thirty years ago.

Cliff was a Metis then living at Crow Agency, Montana, on the Crow Reservation (I'm Crow-Scotch-Irish in ancestry). For many years I was asked by friends if I could make tampers like mine for them. In the early years I used Choke Cherry wood for the tampers; however, I found that the ideal tampers should be made from Flathead cherry wood found only on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Reservation in Northwestern Montana.

Flathead cherry wood is unique; for it only grows in a micro climatic zone that is fifteen miles long by one mile wide along the Southeast shore of Flathead Lake. Montana's Winters are too cold for cherry trees to grow anywhere else in the state. Flathead Lake is a glacial created body of water that is so deep that it seldom freezes. As the Northwest Winter winds blow across the lake, the air temperature rises just high enough so as not to kill the cherry trees. In 1989 the lake froze and ninety percent of the cherry trees were destroyed.

Because, of the harsh climate, Flathead cherry wood is much harder than other cherry trees (about like hickory). It also has a beauty of grain and color seldom found in other cherry wood.

All of my tampers are carved by me from an "Old Timer" Schrader knife. I cure all my tampers with a secret ingredient. No two tampers are alike. I ask that customers indicate size (small, medium, or large), whether or not they want some bark left, and if they want brass tacks added (the Crow in me). I also do custom tampers upon request (price determined by request).

Several years ago friends suggested that I should share my traditional Indian and Western pipe tobacco blends with the public. For several years, the bulk of my business came from friends and arts & crafts gatherings. My son is an artist and we travel the Northwest circuit. My top selling blends reflect the smoking traditions of the Big Sky and it's people: Cree, Salish, Crow, cowboy, cavalry, mountain men, pioneers, etc. However, not all blends are ancient. My "Original Grizzly Bear" blend attempts to duplicate the old Herter's, Inc. (outdoors/sporting goods supplier) blend. Herter's was around from 1891 until the early 1970's. I have had many old Herter's Grizzly Bear smokers tell me that my mixture comes very close to the original; but, is a bit better.

The story behind all my blends and products can be found on my web site:http://members.tripod.com/ben-irvin , or by FREE brochure by writing or e-mailing to:

Dr. Ben F. Irvin

730 Manzanita Dr./Apt. A

Globe, AZ 85501

e-mail: birvin@cybertrails.com

I am very glad to be in Southern Arizona (at least during the Winter) as I have a severe arthritic condition.

I'm looking foreword to meeting other Arizona pipe smokers. I am currently working on duplicating (and improving it a little ) Senator Mike Mansfield's blend (Montanan and U.S. Senate Majority Leader from 1961 to 1977). The Senator is 97 years old, puts in a thirty hour work week, and still smokes his pipe every day. I'll let everyone know when I get the Senator's blessing on my mixture. I would like to hear from everybody.

Ben F. Irvin

Members Corner

By The Way.....You Don't Have to Inhale.

J. is a good friend of mine. He has a problem with relaxing so I thought I would introduce him to pipe smoking (I tried to get him to go fishing with me but he can't sit still). We went out a couple of times and he seem to like the aroma of my pipe tobacco so I had brought along some older pipes of mine which I rarely smoked and had cleaned.

We got to together at a local restaurant (they still allow smoking in some because the majority of their revenue is in liquor and beer). He commented on the aroma of the tobacco I was smoking and I told him it was the one he had bought me for Christmas. I offered him one of the older pipes I had with me, and he said "sure". I explained to him the fine art of loading a pipe with tobacco, the "gravity fill" method. and to fill the bowl all the way, tap the sides of the bowl several times and gently and tenderly pack it down with his finger to half way. "It should spring back somewhat" I told him. Then I told him to fill it up again, tap the bowl gently, and pack it to 3/4 of a way down Then repeat all of the above until the bowl is filled.

The Liturgy of Lighting the Pipe

"Now you are ready to light the pipe. It has to be done in the right manner to light the tobacco evenly so it burns evenly all the way down", I said. He fired up the lighter and I instructed him to light the tobacco in a circular motion, covering the top portion of the tobacco, puffing gently, concentrating on tasting the flavor of the smoke. " Once the flame jumps back," I said, " the top of the tobacco is lit and you can stop puffing". I told him it is expected to go out and this is called the "Charring or False" light. Then I told him to tamp the tobacco down gently, too hard or too light and it will burn hot and sting your tongue. He lit the tobacco again in a circular motion and to my surprise took to it like a champ. "Now you can puff gently, tasting the tobacco" and it should stay lit with regular small puffs. " You don't have to inhale to enjoy it" I said. He seemed a natural and only had to re-light it once.

J. commented " This is really relaxing". I am glad he enjoyed something different.. When he finished, I showed him how to clean out the pipe by sticking a pipe cleaner in it for a awhile and explained to him the formation of a cake on the bowl, the different shapes of a pipe and what briar is in general. I offered him one of my older pipes for practice but he declined. J. is avid cyclist and keeps in good shape, so I guess he might be afraid he might take up the hobby too seriously.

J. and I went out again to the same restaurant for his birthday. This time I brought along an Aromatic Tobacco, "Midnight" from The Tinderbox, a black cavendish laced with Vanilla. He remembered, for the most part, about the packing and lighting rituals. He really enjoyed this tobacco as it goes with all novice or experimenting pipe smokers. They seem to like the aromatics to start out with. Personally , I don't know if he will really take up the fine art of pipe smoking to relax, but if he does maybe he will want to go fishing with me someday.

Perhaps this experiment of his has something to do with the 2 or 3 beers had before he tried it, I don't know. J. is the kind of a guy who is willing to try anything new. Next time we're out we will try a different tobacco, I mean to show him the varieties of flavors and types of tobaccos that are available, and I think more varied (and cheaper) than cigars.

Pipe Care Tip

Some people think they should take their pipes apart and clean them after every smoke. This can cause wear on your shank and tendon and make the tendon lose. The best thing to do is to run a pipe cleaner in the stem as far as you can to clean out any build up and collect any moisture. Take your pipe apart about every 10 smokes and clean it and never take it apart when it is hot. The briar and tendon cool at different rates and if they are apart they may not fit properly when they have cooled.

Member Tobacco Evaluations

Name: Sonoran Sunrise
Maker: Peter Stokkebye
Dealer: Smoker's Haven
Description: A mixture of ribbon cut virginias, golden burleys, and sweet roasted black cavendish. Offers traditional tobacco flavors and the mildness of modern black cavendish.
Color: Med.
Burning: easy & cool
Taste: Smooth & a bit tangy
Strength: Mild and rich
Aroma: Very nice and full bodied
Bowl size: Any
Comment: Great smoke.....would be a 1st choice.

Name: Cyprian Mixture
Maker: McClelland
Dealer: Smoker's Haven
Description: A very high quality soft American style English blend that is both satisfying and rich to those around. Black Cavendish is the base for a combination of Cyprian, Latakia, Orientals, and Virginias, with a note of nuts and spices.
Color: Dark
Taste: Full Body English
Burning: med. slow & warm
Strength: strong
Aroma: Full bodied
Bowl size: Med. to large
Cut: chop
Comment: If you like English blends, this is the one for you!

Club Sponsors
Vist the Clubs main page for the Merchants that sponsor us, be sure to visit them and give them your business to show your appreciation. Also some of them have discounts to club members so be sure to show them your club card.

Sponsors Corner
This is a new section that allows the Sponsors to mention anything new or important to call to the readers attention so if any of our sponsors have anything that they want me to mention either here or on the Clubs Web page please contact Jack. The only one that had anything right now is Dr. Ben Irvin wanted everyone reminded of the 10% discount to Club Members on his tobacco and any order over $12 will be shipped free in the USA.

Be sure to check the Clubs web page for information on the club activities and the schedule of meetings. Also be sure to check the link for updates of our up coming pipe show.

Remember Ladies are always welcome, Jack's wife Mary Anne and Ray's wife Suzi are usually there although we haven't got them smoking pipes yet we are working on it.

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