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.
BEFORE THE COLD WINDS COME (and that S-WORD stuff falls), we’ve decided to have at LEAST one more wonderful, out in nature, epic comradery (as always!), before we’re forced inside in order to avoid frost-bite, pipe smoking, BBQ eating, ale or ice-tea or coffee drinking, monthly CORPS-style (chaotic but fun-as-can be) meeting!
So, join the Conclave on TUESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2015, at:
EXTRA BILLY’S BBQ
Midlothian / Alverser Location 1110 Alverser Drive, Midlothian, Va 23113 (804) 379-8727
Typically we get there at 6:00pm – you do YOUR thing.
You know where it is – conveniently located (tho’ hidden in a special spot) on the northwest of the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike (no tolls since something like 1899) and Huguenot Road, on the hypotenuse-like Alverser Drive.
Of course we will overtake the patio as we’ve always done, sending smoke signals that don’t have a BBQ aroma – unless you get your BBQ that’s cured over Virginia, burley and latakia fires (hey, if you haven’t tried it…). It ALL smells good to us tho’!
Yes, we announced at the last meeting that we were going to another place, but, you know, things change. You may care MORE for EB’s than that other place anyway, so the CONCLAVE is accommodatin’ your needs!
- We MAY have a special speaker – a pipe tobacco industry icon! We’re hoping, but not sure yet. (See the last five words of the opening sentence of the paragraph right above this one….)
- We WILL introduce the PIPE OF THE YEAR – 2015 and see at least ONE example of it – so do come (early or late) or you might miss such a good thing!
- Please report your own findings of places to meet in the future. WHAT? You haven’t found anywhere? Well, you have over two weeks to do just that! Get t’ lookin’!
- BRING one tobacco you’d like to introduce to everyone and share!
See y’all 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!