Tuesday, February 25, 2014


The front entrance to Nat Sherman's Tobacco & Pipe Shop on E 42nd Street.

Howdy folks and a Happy belated New Year.  How time's flown since I last posted anything new.  Well this month, February, has a few things worth talking about.  We've gone thru 2 monthly pipe club meetings plus celebrated International Pipe Smoking Day.

We had our January and February meetings at Circa Tabac in Tribecca.  As always the atmosphere was inviting and the people friendly as ever.

This past Thursday February 20th,  was the official International Pipe Smoking Day.  To celebrate I went to see the Erik Stokkebye pipe event where he was on hand selling his 4th generation tobaccos, the revived Comoy pipe line as well as a few freehand Danish Pipes.  A great time was had and I was able to sample two Virginia blends plus an English blend from his 4th Generation tobacco collection.  Each blend  carries a year instead of a name which Eric explained was to celebrate the birth year of the gentlemen in the Stokkebye clan.

The New York Pipe Club, as always, celebrated International Pipe Smoking Day on Saturday February 22nd.  This year we were invited to celebrate the day at Nat Sherman's Cigar / Pipe Shop located on E 42nd Street.  Newly hired pipe and tobacco aficionado  Chris McGrath invited the pipe club to celebrate the day at his exclusive smoking lounge.  He even blended a special English Blend, named 702 Dragoon, for the occasion. He has also agreed to, if requested, blend tobaccos based on NY Pipe Club member requests.  As at past International Pipe Smoking Days the host, this year Nat Sherman, offered discounts on pipes, tobacco and related products which a few of the members took advantage of.  We were at Nat Sherman's from 3pm - 7pm and a good time was had by all in attendance.  Afterwards a few of us went over to Merchant's Cigar Lounge where we smoked a few more bowls and had some food and drinks. Pictures were taken by your's truly as well as by Club President Lou Carbone.  My pictures can be seen here, IPSD,  and Lou's can be seen on the club's Facebook page.

Well folks, as always will be keeping my ear to the pipe ash to see if anything develops.  See you at the New York Pipe Show, our next event taking place at the Wyndham Newark International Hotel on March 8th, 2014.  Those interested can join us afterwards at JR Tobacco Shop and Lounge in Whippany NJ where we'll smoke our pipes and enjoy some great food and drink.  Our next Pipe Club meeting is scheduled for March 11th, 2014 @ Circa Tabac in Tribecca starting @ 6:00pm - onward.

Till next time happy smoking to all.  I will make my way homeward by enjoying a bowl of the 702 Dragoon from Nat Sherman Tobacco and Cigar Shop.