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by William Serad

I received a number of emails related to the several subjects discussed in the last issue. From Steve Hersey in the U.K.:

“I received the magazine in this morning’s post. As usual, a great read, and I was particularly aware of your mention of Sam Gawith’s Cabbie’s Mixture and John Cotton 1 & 2.

“I am a member of The Pipe Club of London (though I live much farther to the north in the U.K.) and have frequently met, at PCOL meetings, Bob Gregory from Samuel Gawith, as well as Bernard Allotey, who is the club’s president. It was this latter Mr. Allotey for whom (and, incidentally, in partner- ship, by whom) Cabbie’s Mixture was created. The gentleman concerned is a taxi driver, hence the name of the blend. It has proven to be an absolute favorite amongst members of the club and many others on forums and online clubs.

“As to the John Cotton blend, last autumn I won a bag of this mix in a raffle organized by my pipe club. I’m not sure how it arrived into the hands of the British organizers, but I was rather pleased to have a blend that is relatively unknown  here  in  the  U.K.  It  was  as dry as sawdust and so, back at home, I attempted an amateurish but effective rehydration, and it did the job. I found it to be a great smoke, very pleasant and satisfying and a smooth, cool and enjoy- able experience. I noted the favorable reviews of these two blends elsewhere in your magazine. Good smokes.

“Thank you for the insights that your article gave. Very interesting reading about college life. In the mid-’70s when I was a student, smoking was indeed common  and  acceptable  everywhere. At least two of my art tutors smoked a pipe, and one of them, I firmly believe, unwittingly influenced my own leanings towards the pipe with his all-day puffing of St. Bruno Flake in a Falcon, two items still key to my daily enjoyment. A small group of students, amongst the much larger group of cigarette smokers, sat every day in the cafeteria (or rectory, as it was called) puffing on their post-lunch briars. Good memories.”

It is good to know that my tastes are not off these days, and that others find Cabbie’s and the Cotton blends as delectable as I. Mr. Hersey and I are about the same academic vintage, it would seem.

And  in  the  Groves  of  Academe  back then,  there  were  a  disproportionate number of pipe smokers. Good memories, indeed. Per Horace, Atque inter silvas academi quaerere verum (And seek for truth in the Garden of Academus).

pipefuls1On  the  dual  topics  of  pipe  smokers in the movies and the Ardor Great Detectives series, I received this communication along with a picture from Terry Carpenter:

“I read your comments concerning the  Ardor  Great  Detectives  series  of pipes in the Summer 2016 issue with much interest. I just happen to have the three pipes in the series in the Urano finish  and  would  like  to  make  some observations based on my perceptions of  the  characters  they  were  meant  to honor. Overall, I’m quite pleased with the workmanship and smoking qualities of these pipes. After all, they are made by a reputable company. My problems come from the three pipe shapes chosen  to  represent  Holmes,  Maigret and Marlowe.

“In my opinion, the only one of the three  that  truly  represents  the  man it honors is the Maigret. It’s a stubby billiard almost exactly like what Simenon portrayed in all the Maigret stories. I think the artisans did an exceptional piece of work with this pipe. It screams ‘Maigret.’

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