THE SHERLOCK HOLMES
PIPE CLUB OF BOSTON
Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989
I hope everyone this reaches has had a restful and peaceful Holiday Season. I wish you all a marvelous, prosperous and safe New Year. May all your pipe and tobacco dreams come true in 2023. As in most years I spend a little time the last week of December evaluating the past year and my life in general to see where I might be able to improve myself. It makes me think of growing up, people no longer here and how I became the person I am. When thinking about this month’s message I was trying to remember what or who influenced me to pick up a pipe. For me it was my Great Uncle Armando. I remember sitting in awe and being hypnotized by the aroma of burning pipe tobacco as he told stories sitting at the dining table. I knew from an early age that I would someday pick up a pipe. I don’t recall what brand he smoked but, do remember he smoked a Falcon and probably had extra bowls. I don’t recollect him ever with a different kind of pipe. As many of us, when I was younger it was commonplace to observe people going about everyday business with a briar clenched in between their teeth. It was just “normal” for someone to be at their desk, behind a counter in a store, sitting in a restaurant or gathering around the table while visiting family or friends to lite their pipe and effortlessly engage with guests. I bought my first corn cob from the local drug store probably at age 8 or 10. I used to put it in my mouth and pretend to smoke. Funny how things have changed. Fast forward 45 years or so and here I am, still with pipe but not pretending anymore. I have enjoyed my pipes and the people I have met being part of its culture.
Please remember if you would like to take part in the Yankee Swap to bring along a wrapped tin of tobacco and if you would like to take a chance at the Presidents Raffle you must smoke a Church Warden style pipe to be considered.
All my best, Kevin
“Cousins has the undercover assignment selling art copies for the Cezanne Society International. Harry went to his supervisor, Frank Cassidy, with the undercover idea and the FBI obviously went to the DOJ for help.”
“The other news is encouraging too. A group in DC has taken on finding the destination of forwarded mail and phone calls to the Cezanne Society International. Harry told me only the FBI Director knows the group’s name and affiliation.”
“So, we go from bleak to encouraging in a five minutes span,” Matt said. “Stick close to Harry. Not that he isn’t capable, but your council has the effect of getting him off dead center faster than he might typically move.”
“You go ahead, Allan. I’ll walk home. I have a lot to think about, and the fresh air helps.”
“OK, Boss,” Allan said as he popped from a chair in the corner, pretending not to pay attention and to be startled when called.
Pipe and Tobacco Podcasts
Country Squire Radio
A weekly podcast about all things pipes and tobacco. Beau and Jon David have a great chemistry and keep you entertained every week. Check their website for show times. They mix it up a lot YouTube | Website
(1:00 PM Eastern Time)
PipesMagazine Radio Show
A different interview every week with Brian Levine a well known member of the tobacco industry. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show! iTunes | Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )
Pipe and Tamper Pipecast
A Podcast for the Tobacco Pipe Enthusiast. Interviews with pipe carvers and industry influencers. Quick tobacco reviews and segments on pipes and tobaccos. New episodes are available on the 1st and 15th of every month. iTunes | Website
Sherlock Holmes Podcasts
I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.
Shows come out twice a month. iTunes | Website
Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From the producers of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes | Website
Other Important Links for Smokers