Monday, June 14, 2010


Hi all, just getting a few minutes to put digital pen to paper to write about the Monjour Pipe Show.  The show took place on Friday June 11th, 2010 from 11am - 6pm at Barclay Rex, 75 Broad Street NYC.  As always Steve Monjour, the representative for Brebia, Rinaldo and Ardor, was on hand to answer any questions about any of the pipes.

There were, as always, some rather unique pipes including two with bowls so large that they could be used as a weapon.  There were a few that I saw that I really liked, but they were out of my price range.  I did find one, within my price range, that I purchased.  It has the same pattern as my squashed tomato bowl but this one is a straight pipe in what is called a Canadian style as the bowl has a canter that tilts the bowl away from the stem.  Will have pictures and a review once I get a chance to enjoy a few bowls in this wonderful pipe.

Here are pictures from the pipe show so can see the wonderful pipes. See images here: Monjour Pipe Show.

Well that's all she wrote, whatever that means, from the Monjour Pipe Show.   I will see what the cigar ash has in store for us in the coming days.  If nothing occurs I'll report back with my review of my 3rd Brebia Pipe in the coming days.

Friday, June 11, 2010

June Pipe Club Meeting

Hi all, it's been a while since I posted anything to the blog. I've had an interesting couple of months off, heading back to Jamaica, the island not Jamaica NY,  to celebrate my grandmother's 98th birthday (who'd believe that) and just lazing around smoking my pipes and the occasional cigar.   I thought this would be a good time to get back into the swing of blogging once again.

Tuesday June 8th, 2010 was the 6th meeting for the calendar year and an important milestone. We had the passing of the ceremonial smoking fez from our past president Vernon Vig to our newly elected president Lou Carbone. We all raised our pipes in honor of Lou officially taking the reigns as president.

In addition to the usual smoking and eating we had a few special things at this meeting. First we had a raffle where the prizes offered were: an NY Pipe Club hat, 3 pipes used in the slow smoke contest at the major shows, a few t-shirts from various pipe organizations, a hand drawn chart showing the different types of Dunhill Pipes and a leather tobacco and pipe pouch.

Our new president secured 4 different varieties of Uhle pipe tobacco. I secured two of them to try at my leisure to see how they smoke. One was called Bishop's Move and the other is called Perfect Plug.  Will smoke them and post a review here on the blog.

Peter Guss presented the club's 2010 pipe that'll be made for those interested. This year's pipe will be a meerschaum, not too ornate, with a tam and white stem. Price is set at $75, but Peter will send out an email with a link so those not in attendance can see the pipe and decide by the July meeting if they'd be interested in purchasing one. This reviewer has expressed an interest in purchasing one to add to my collection.  Here's the link to the New York Pipe Club's Site NY Pipe Club so you check out the site in general as well as see the 2010 Meerschaum that will be produced for the Pipe Club.

We ended the meeting with a discussion as to the dates for the summer picnic. I suggested that a couple of dates be sent out to the group and see which garners the most votes.

Well that's all for now until the next event, which happens to be the Brebia, Ardor and Rinaldi pipe trunk show at Barclay Rex, 75 Broad Street NYC, from 11am - 6pm June 11th. I will try to attend and take pictures of the pipes available. Who knows I may wind up buying a pipe, if I see an eye catching one, and post a review of it on this blog.

For those who won't be in cyberspace enjoy the summer holidays and I'll keep the blog updated pending your return.