......Our History
The Pipe Club of London was
formed in 1970 in association
with the late Pipe Club of Great
Britain with a view to encourage
the appreciation of quality pipes
and fine tobaccos, and, to
promote the interests of
members by offering them social
entertainment and educational
facilities connected with pipes
and tobacco.

The Club is truly international in
scope, having approximately 300
members in twenty-six countries
around the world.

Meetings are held at various
venues in and around the greater
London metropolitan area. Please
click on the Club Calendar tab for
specific venues, dates and times.

All pipe smokers whether novice
or expert, men or ladies are
welcome to attend. Activities
include tobacco tasting, talks on
pipes and tobaccos, pipe-
smoking competitions, visits
to pipe factories--and the
camaraderie of like-minded
pipe smokers. [More
Club Officers
 Life President
Peter C. Wiseman UK050L
& 1st Lady Bridgette Wiseman
Tel. 01689 607528

Bernard Allotey UK372F
Tel. 0795 0605617

 Vice Chairman
Gottfried Panzer UK165L
Tel. 0208 8470983

Secretary & Treasurer
John Green UK270L

Public Relations Officer
David Buist UK678F

Journal Editor
Laurence Kothari UK439F
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Committee Members
.for 2014 HERE.
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Upcoming Meetings
20 September - Saturday
Visit to Mike Billington's BLAKEMAR
BRIARS. Website
9 September - Tuesday
James J. Fox, est. 1787
19 St. James's Street (A4)
London SW1A 1ES
Free counters!
Email your pipe-smoking friends round the globe with an invitation to log onto our PCoL HOME page
so that their national flag will join yours in all its glory!
CLICK on the above map to pull up the Flag Counter menu.

CLICK the DETAILS tab, and CLICK the + sign by any flag to see which states or regions have visitors represented.

Viz. Under the UK flag are England, Wales & Scotland.


James J. Fox
2nd Tuesday of each month.
Website: www.jjfoxpipes.co.uk
Facebook: HERE
19 St. James's Street
London SW1A 1ES

Time: 6:00 ~ 8:00pm
"Pipe Dreams" HERE
YouTube Channel: HERE


Thatcher's Arms
3rd Saturday of each month
unless there's an away event planned.
Always check the Club Calendar for

Warley Street
Great Warley,
Essex  CM13 3H
Tel. 01277 233535

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm start
HERE for a map.

How is meerschaum carved into such
fantastic shapes? Simple...
As the story goes, Michaelangelo was
asked how he created the statue of
"'Twas simple," he said. "I took a
great block of marble and chipped away
everything that did not look like David!"

Click HERE to watch Turkish master
carver Huseyin Yavuz take a block of
meerschaum and chip away everything
that doesn't look like Che Guevara.  

Meerschaum pipes in the personal
collections of a few of our club members
may be seen here on our website in the
Collectors' Corner Meerschaum page -
View the video of another of
Yavuz's fantastic creations
First, you see details of the pipe's
varied scenes. The actual carving
will begin at the 3' 39" point.

Click HERE to see scores of images
of meerschaum pipes from simple to
stunning. ENJOY!

HOW do you colour a meerschaum
pipe, and by what process do these
amazing hues arise - from white to
translucent browns, reds, oranges
and blacks? NYTimes 1874
challenge to read, but persevere!)
Fred Bass' excellent article is HERE.

WANT TO TRY your hand at carving
a meerschaum? There are several  
web businesses that offer you that
opportunity! One of the better ones
HERE. Next month? The BRIAR!
Q1. What is the German word for
Q2. What is the German word for
Q3. Given that the German word
for the head atop a glass of beer
"bierschaum," what would the
German word for "sea foam" be?

If you answered "meerschaum"
you're spot on. Lighter than
water, lumps of this whitish
sepiolite, were often seen  
floating on the Black Sea, thus the
name "sea foam." The French call
écume de mer.

Hydrous Magnesium Silicate,
registers at 2 on
the hardness scale. It is so soft
you can scratch it with a fingernail.

But, next to the calabash, a
"meer" may be the coolest smok-
ing pipe of all - which more than
makes up for its chief weakness,
fragility. Last month we featured
the calabash which, you might
recall, often use a meerschaum
tobacco chamber atop its gourd
body - the best of both worlds?

Sepiolite occurs in many parts of
the world from the Greek island of
Samos to South Carolina USA, but
it is almost universally agreed that
the best material for pipe carving
comes from  Eskişehir Turkey -
eski "old", şehir "city".

Meerschaum carving is a noble
art, but, how is this mineral
obtained? In a fascinating 12
minutes, this YouTube video will
show you, and you're likely to find
yourself thanking God that you
were not born into the family of a
Turkish meerschaum miner! Click
HERE - then continue at left.
Click the map to enlarge.
Fit for a King

(Hydrous Magnesium Silicate)
Special Tobacco on Offer
by Samuel Gawith, Ltd.
Exclusively for the Pipe Club of London
“Aged Limited Edition”
2 Year Old Full Virginia Flake - 50g tin
Click HERE for the fascinating story
of how this special tobacco came to be.
Samuel Gawith & Co Ltd.
Kendal, Cumbria, England LA97BY
WINNER of the 2014 Radford Cup?
Why, BRIAN OLIVER, of course.
Yes... again! Congratulations, Brian!
Tobacco: Robert Lewis's Orcilla Mixture