Downtown Toronto Pipe Club

May 11th, 2015 by Eric

Spring Opener

I’m pleased to say that it’s finally time for our Spring Opener! (Sorry for the radio silence up until now; I was out of the country for the second half of April.) It will be on Wednesday, May 20th beginning at 8:00pm.

Given that patio smoking is now illegal in the great province of Ontario it has necessitated a change of venue: We will be meeting in the middle of Trinity-Bellwoods Park, just a few blocks further West on Queen St. than our previous locale. To those of you who are not familiar with this area the choice of venue may sound a little strange. However, TB is a very large, very busy, and well-lit urban park – it will be so full of people that we won’t stand out in the slightest. The arrow in the map below points to the general location that we will be setting up our (metaphorical) tent: Once you find the giant crayons sticking in the ground you know you are in the right area; just look for the pipe smokers. (More specifically – the ones smoking pipe tobacco.) If we’re very lucky we may even be able to grab a nearby picnic table.

You are strongly encouraged to bring a lawn chair or two. (This is what I will be doing.) I will bring some snacks, but you are asked to provide your own refreshments. On that note: TB park has been renowned for its tolerance of casual imbibing in the park. However, in the last year there were general complaints so the police have shown an increased presence so please be discrete depending on your choice of beverage.

Spring is a temperamental season, and last year despite even sunny forecasts it seemed to rain before pretty much every planned smoker. If the forecast calls for rain or it’s too cold then I will reschedule the event. Please check this website and/or our Facebook page before you head out.

TB-Map

 

January 22nd, 2015 by Eric

Winter Smoker

Great news, everyone: a member — Shane — has generously offered to host a pipe club meeting this month at his place! (Trivia: Shane attended the very first meeting of the DTPC on November 28, 2006. There were three of us. Bonus points to anyone who can guess who the other fellow was!)

So, who wants to get together and smoke indoors?!?

Details

When: Thursday, January 29th from 7:30pm

Where: Contact us for details; this information is sent via our mailing list.

See you there!

September 19th, 2014 by Eric

September Closer

The DTPC smoking season officially closed up with our September Smoker! It was nice to see such a big crowd — and we were certainly lucky with the weather: I think it was nicer and warmer than our meetings in July or August.

Mike Parks was kind enough to make the trek up from Bowmanville to present one of the raffle pipes to Jack DePoe. Below are some pictures of the pipes in their early stages:

The pipes in their original state.

After being blasted by various members of the DTPC.

Finally, the blasting having been finished and the pipes stained and stamped with "DTPC&LSPC".

If the weather forecast appears nice enough in October I’ll put out an email for a “flash mob” Smoker — but no promises!

September 9th, 2014 by Eric

Parks Art Deco Set

In the last of our series, pipe maker Michael Parks spends a few minutes talking about something not directly pipe-related: the process of creating an Art Deco inspired seven-day set of cigar holders.

September 9th, 2014 by Eric

Parks Tsunami

In the second installation of our Parks in the Workshop series (I just made that up now) we hear about the process of making the “tsunami pipe” for the Pipes and Tobacco Magazine museum.

September 9th, 2014 by Eric

Parks on Calabashes

In this video, recorded at our September BBQ, pipe maker Michael Parks discusses the art and technical challenges of the making of calabash pipes.

 

September 8th, 2014 by Eric

September BBQ: Recap

A whole lot of pipe smokers descended into Bowmanville for a smoke and food-filled event. We started the morning with coffee, traded pipes and tobacco, chatted, and listened to pipe maker Michael Parks talk about some past projects and the art and craftsmanship of pipe making.

A highlight was several of us trying our hand at sandblasting three pipes that were donated and raffled off. Mike will be finishing them off — including staining and stamping — and presenting them at our next smoker.

Thanks to everyone who came out, and especially the Lakeshore Smokestacks for all their work in helping to make this happen. Also a big thanks to Kevin and Julian from Victory Cigars and Mike Gluckler of Briar Blues who provided some great items towards the raffle!

 

September 2nd, 2014 by Eric

September Smoker

Our next Smoker is slated for Wednesday, September 17th at 7:30pm at The Raq(This could be our last one depending on how things look in October.) Look forward to seeing everyone there!

August 24th, 2014 by Eric

DTPC and Lakeshore Smokestacks Fall BBQ with Michael Parks

DTPC and Lakeshore Smokestacks would like to invite you to join us at the workshop of pipe maker Michael Parks for an event-filled day of smoking, eating and many other sandtastic activities. It will be a blast! (Okay, I’m done with the puns. Promise.)

Schedule

10am – Meet and Greet + Buy, Trade or Sell (Coffee provided by us—you provide the greetings as well as the stuff you want to trade or sell. Bringing money is also a good idea from a buying perspective.)

Noon – Free BBQ Lunch catered by Buster Rhinos.

1pm – Presentation on the art of pipe making by Michael Parks.

2 pm – Blast and Raffle – Pay 10 bucks to get a turn at blasting a pipe for 5-10 minutes. We’ll raffle off the pipes and the winners will get a pipe that will be finished, stained (to your choice of colour) and stamped by Mike.

4 pm – Party is over. Get the heck out!

Note: If you want to ensure a place to park your posterior, we suggest bringing along a folding chair as we cannot guarantee an adequate amount of seats.

Registration

We will only be providing lunch to those who have done us the courtesy of signing up for the event in advance. (Lunch is free.)

To sign-up for this event and view location, please use the link below:

https://sept-bbq.eventbrite.ca

July 20th, 2014 by Eric

August Smoker

Egad. It’s almost August already. That means only about 3 smokers left for the season! On that mildly depressing note: Our next Smoker is slated for Wednesday, August 13th at 7:30pm at The RaqLook forward to seeing everyone there!