The Conclave Of Richmond Pipe Smokers, C.O.R.P.S. (pronounced “CORE” like the Marine Corps), is a non-profit organization, founded for its members and the public to learn about and enjoy the Ancient & Honorable Art & Sport of Pipe Smoking; and to educate and communicate all positive aspects thereof. We also, as much as possible, support Richmond area children’s charities with funds beyond our operating expenses. Membership is open to any person or organization interested in any aspect of the Art & Sport. A dues or sponsorship payment is required (currently $25 per year for individuals).
We meet monthly in a social meeting, with some limited business, to enjoy one another’s company for dinner, drink and sharing our love of pipes and tobaccos. The meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of the month, but the day, time and location will vary. See below for the location of the next meeting. An irregular e-newsletter is issued, which provides meeting info, hobby happenings, literature, art and the like.
COME SAMPLE SOME RESURRECTED OLD ENGLISH BLENDS FROM DAYS OF YORE - October 20th. 6p – Legends Brewery
For those of us who were privileged to enjoy the myriad of tobacco blends from England/ UK from the ‘60’s thru the ‘80’s, and those who have only read of these exquisite blends but wish to just once try them (without paying the super-ridiculous prices such tins achieve on Ebay) the next meeting of the Conclave Of Richmond Pipe Smokers will be really special!
The three John Cotton, Bengal Slices and Warhorse blendsare being resurrected by the Standard Tobacco Co. of Pennsylvania! Blender Russ Ouellette of Pipes and Cigars, in conjunction with Meier & Dutch, has begun the exciting work of recreating several vintage British pipe tobacco brands, including three from the revered John Cotton’s line. In a licensing agreement with The Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania, Meier & Dutch will have exclusive rights to produce and market pipe tobacco under the John Cotton’s, Bengal Slices and Warhorse marks.
Mr. Dan Johnson, of Standard Tobacco Co., has sent the Conclave their entire range of these revered blends to sample!
Armed with a these five blends, we will enjoy the hospitality of Legend Brewery, 321 West 7th Street Richmond, VA 23224on Tuesday, 20 October 2015! Come early or late (you know that we “start” at 6:00pm) and be prepared to dive into modern versions of some of the finest blends that were enjoyed for many decades! Of course, be prepared to voice opinions on the blends so that we can share our reviews with Dan and Standard Tobacco.
If you would like to preview the info on these blends, go to http://www.standardtobacco.com/ . Dan has included info sheets on them, which will be available at the meeting.
As well, we will talk more about the future for the CORPS there, whilst immersed in the revelry of fine tobaccos and our gathering of friends. See you there!
Road Trip to Boswell’s Pipe Shop, Chambersburg, PA – We BOUGHT stuff & had a GREAT time
On Saturday, August 8, 2015, four enthusiastic members of our Richmond pipe club, the CORPS, met at 7:00 a.m. for a road trip to J. M. Boswell’s Pipe Shop in Chambersburg, PA. The trip is long, three and a half hours each way, but well worth it.
As always, we were greeted and welcomed by everyone there. This is an old style store with its primary feature being, it is a pipe shop that sells cigars rather than a cigar store which sells pipes, as many are today. The other significant feature is that the only new pipes sold there are Boswell pipes. But, once you own and smoke one of those, why buy anything else? There are a few estate pipes for sale, all the pipe and cigar accessories which you need, and a great selection of pipe tobaccos. Tinned tobaccos include almost all of the McClelland’s blends, Dunhill, Peterson, Rattray’s, Samuel Gawith, about 28 Boswell blends and several other brands.
Finalizing plans for our CORPS pipe of the year was accomplished with J. M. disappearing for a short while and returning with a prototype. We suggested a few modifications and he returned again with what promises to be a great finished product. If you don’t have a Boswell pipe, and are a dues paying member of the CORPS, this year will be your chance to experience pipe smoking excellence. You can be the owner of one of the best ‘made in the USA’ pipes available.
We all had a relaxing smoke with samples of Boswell blends in our pipes while we admired the craftsmanship of J. M.’s pipe designs and the quality of the briar used to make them. Standard shapes and artistic variations were all impressive. For you Civil War fans, he has a great mini-ball pipe design. If you have seen his pipes online, they are much more impressive to hold and study up close.
While there, I inquired about repairs to three of my pipes, none of which were Boswells. One had a cracked shank, one a missing ferrule and one a military mount which was just too loose. Another member inquired about having a churchwarden stem made for one of his Boswell pipes. Expecting them to be returned in a week or two, they were repaired and ready for us when we returned from lunch. What a great job he did on each of these! Very impressive workmanship and service! Naturally we stayed, smoked and toured his upstairs museum. We all checked out with our purchases and repairs as he closed the store at 4:00 p.m.
Being a young and enthusiastic group, we stopped in Winchester, VA, (it is on the way) and visited Matt Hayes’ store. He is open till 9 on Saturday. Matt had gone home by the time we got there, but those who had not been there before, got a chance to visit and make a few purchases there also. Our next stop was for gas, snacks and coffee. While there, we happened upon a car show at the local Roy Rogers restaurant parking lot. Lots of “cool” cars from our younger days were displayed. Finally, we returned home with all of our new tobaccos, new and repaired pipes, pipe racks, and other accessories along with the memories of another great pipe smoking adventure. LIFE IS GOOD FOR CORPS PIPE SMOKERS!