The 2016 Chicago Pipe show is SOLD OUT of Exhibitor tables

The Chicago pipe show is SOLD OUT of Exhibitor tables!! However, you may wish to get on our “waiting list” by filling out an exhibitor form as we do at times have cancellations. This DOES NOT guarantee that you will get a table.

We do have tickets available for the Saturday night “cigar dinner”. Please contact us for more information…

January 16th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, January 16th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 30 regular members in attendance along with three guests who subsequently became members. Thanks guys, for joining the club!! We also had one of our long time member whom we haven’t seen in a while attend, welcome back Kirk!!


February 13th, 2016: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

March 12th, 2016: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 16th, 2016: The pre-show “POW WOW” meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

OLD BUSINESS: Upcoming tobacco blending event.

The Humidor of Westmont

225 Ogden Ave.

Westmont, IL. 60559

Phone:  (630) 789-8300

The Humidor will be hosting a tobacco blending event sponsored by the Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

They will be featuring Lane and Stokkebye tobaccos.

It will be held Sunday, January 24th, 2016 from 5-9 P.M.

Soft drinks, coffee, water and pizza will be provided.

This is an “after hours” event, and you MUST R.S.V.P. to

Come and try your hand at blending tobaccos!!


Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an OTP increase to pay for a one week summer transition program for all incoming high school freshmen, and two weeks of summer school for eighth graders identified as “drop-out” risks.

Specifically, the tax plan includes:

15 cents on EVERY mini cigar.

90 cents on EVERY full sized cigar.

$6.60 on EVERY ounce of roll-your-own tobacco including PIPE TOBACCO.

$1.80 on EVERY ounce of smokeless chewing tobacco sold in cans.

Obviously,  this proposal will not only drive business outside the city limits, and to the internet, and is bound to fall short of the $6 million dollars that it will need to support the special interest programs of Mayor Emanuel!! This only applies to the City of Chicago for now, but where will it end?

For more information, please go to the Cigar Association of Illinois OR contact Julie Neumann at julie@cigarsandmore OR (847) 980-8901.

Why should this be of any concern to you? It will drive establishments like Iwan Ries or Up down Tobacco Shop out of business, or at least put a SEVERE hurt on them!!


THE 2016 CHICAGO PIPE SHOW IS SOLD OUT!!! Thank you to ALL of our exhibitors who are attending the 2016 show!!! However, we always have cancellations for whatever reasons, so please feel free to send in an exhibitor form (or email our website with your information), and you will be placed on our waiting list.


The Chicago Pipe Show is now taking reservations for the 2016 pipe making seminar. 12 applicants will be accepted for the seminar on a first come/first served basis. This year the cost of the seminar is $125.00 PAID IN ADVANCE to confirm your reservation. Each participant will receive a pre-drilled briar block with stem. During the seminar, the participants will be taught and assisted in the finishing of a complete pipe by world famous pipe makers. Lee Von Erck is the lead instructor. This year, there will be more demonstrations of pipe making techniques, and Joe Nelson will join the many great pipe makers who instruct participants each year. Rex Poggenpohl and Mike Butera will also be there. The pipe that you complete is yours to take home. To reserve your place in the seminar, please email Craig Cobine at . If possible, the instructors also plan to demonstrate disc grinder shaping and stem tenon turning.

This seminar fills up rapidly, so the time to make your reservation is NOW!!!


We suggest that you make your 2016 hotel reservation sooner than later!! We have been advised that the “Courtyard” rooms WILL NOT be available for occupancy in 2016!! The “Tower” and the “golf” rooms are the ONLY rooms that will be available. Your stay at Pheasant Run helps the Chicago Show to continue. So PLEASE help us, and stay at Pheasant Run for the show!! The Pheasant Run website is www.pheasantrun .com . For reservations, call (630) 584-6300, and be sure to mention the Chicago Pipe Show for the special rate of $155.00/night. You can also use the following link for reservations…

IF you are flying into either Chicago O’Hare INTL. or Midway airports, you can contact A-1 Airport Limousine Service Inc.. Their website is OR you may call (630) 833-3788 for reservations.

Many show participants use A-1 year after year, so be sure to mention that you are willing to share a ride to Pheasant Run.

TRENT McCRANIE: Will NOT be attending this year’s show. The CPCC family hopes to see Trent at next year’s show.

Tom Dinelli,

CPCC Club Secretary


Meeting Schedule


March 12th, at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 16th, at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

May: T.B.A.

June T.B.A.

November 14th, 2015 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, November 14th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 24 regular members in attendance along with three guests. Thank you guys for coming to attend our meeting!


December 12th: Christmas Party!!! this is NOT a regular meeting!!! Catering will be provided by  B.B.Q. Jim (the same gentleman as last year) and was it ever GOOD!!! Please bring your “significant others” with you to our party. Prizes will be given out, along with a raffle. 6:30-10:00 P.M.

January 16th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

February13th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

OLD BUSINESS: None stated

NEW BUSINESS: The 8to8 Cigar Shop’s annual Christmas sale will be held on December 4th, 5th and 6th. 20 representatives from the various cigar manufacturers will be there on Friday only. Cigars will have 35-45% discounts. 25% off on ALL Dunhill cigars!! Dunhill pipe tobacco will also be on sale!! There will also be raffles and giveaways to those who attend…

Craig Cobine, our Show Director is still in the Springs of Monarch Landing Rehabilitation Center. The good news is that Craig’s doctors are planning for Craig’s release on or about January 1st. Can’t wait to have Craig back at home!!!

Mark Drysdale, one of our long time members, passed away Tuesday, November 10th from injuries sustained after falling off of a ladder. Mark will surely be missed not only by myself, but also by many in the pipe community-he was a GREAT GUY!!


As of this writing, we have 189 tables sold with more being taken almost every day. 175 of the 210 rooms at Pheasant Run Resort and Hotel are now taken, and we are WAY AHEAD of last year’s bookings. If you want a room at Pheasant Run, I wouldn’t wait to get your reservation in.

We also have many new pipe carvers that will be attending our show this year. I have 3 new carvers from Italy, 2 from Turkey, 1 from Brazil and 2 from Beijing, China so far. I’ll keep you all posted as new carvers are added to the list…

There WILL NOT be a Cigar Event this year at our show.

Also, there WILL NOT be a New Orleans Pipe Show in 2016. However, there may be one held in 2017.

The CPCC show officers will be having a show meeting in a few weeks, and one of the subjects to be discussed will be the Advanced Pipe Making Seminar. At this point, we need to determine if there will even BE a seminar, or if it will have to be postponed until next year. More information as it becomes available to me…

St. Louis Pipe Show:

The show’s date has been set for February 20th, 2016 at the Masonic Temple in Webster Groves, Missouri. The primary hotel will be the Best Western in Kirkwood/Sunset Hills MO.. If you mention the show, the hotel rate is $114.00/night until three weeks before the show. There are also four other hotels nearby whose rates are a little less…

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Secretary

October 17th, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, October 17th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 35 regular members in attendance with one guest. Thank you sir for attending!!


November 14th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

December 12th: “Christmas Party”!! THIS IS NOT A REGULAR MEETING. If you wish to, bring your “better halves” with you! 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

January 16th, 2016. :Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

NEW BUSINESS: None stated.

OLD BUSINESS: None stated.


Some of you know, and many of you don’t know, that Craig has been hospitalized for the last 3 weeks, and had part of his right foot amputated due to complications from diabetes. Craig, this past Thursday, was transported to a rehabilitation center so that he can learn how to walk again with the aid of a prosthetic device on his foot.

If you would like to visit Craig, the name and address of the rehabilitation center is…

Springs of Monarch Landing

2308 N. Route 59

Naperville, IL. 60563

Phone: (630) 300-1350 Room # 144

If you can’t visit, please give Craig a call or send him a card-he would love to here from you!


Nothing is really new at this point, it’s sort of a slack time. Starting next month, I should have a loot of show news for you…


One of our members, Pat V., has been working in collaboration with Mr. Dan Johnson (The Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania), and Saturday night brought in samples of the following tobaccos. They are:

John Cotton’s No.1: A light Latakia blend with lots of Orientals and Virginia.

John Cotton’s Nos.1&2: Has more Latakia plus a blend of Orientals and Turkish along with a base of Virginia.

John Cotton’s Smyrna: Which is a medium-full Latakia blend, with a healthy amount of Turkish tobaccos.

Bengal Slices: Which is a rich crumble cake with Latakia, Virginia, bright Orientals and a touch of Black Cavendish with a light top note added.

War Horse Ready Cut: Which is a rich blend of Burley, Red Virginia, a good amount of Dark Fired and some Perique with a mild flavoring added. It’s got a nice “Nick Kick” but is pretty smooth.

Pat informed me that there will be samples of each at the “West Coast Show” (Las Vegas), and that they should be available in tins as of the first of December through

Well, that’s it for this time, hope to see many more of our members at our November meeting…

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Secretary

September 19th, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday September, 19th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 24 regular members in attendance. We also had one guest who later that night became a new member of our “Merry Band”!!


October 17th: “Pizza Night”!! at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

November 14th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

December 12th: “Christmas Party”!!! This is NOT a regular meeting this month. Wives, girlfriends and “significant others” are all invited to attend!!! There will be food and drink (non-alcoholic), for everyone who attends, along with a raffle and other GREAT prizes!! This is a great time to get together with our members before the holidays-way better than stomping through some “packed-to-the-rafters” shopping mall !!! 6:30-10:oo P.M.

January 16th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.


Since Pheasant Run is tearing down 175+ rooms that won’t be replaced, THE TIME TO MAKE YOU ROOM RESERVATIONS IS NOW!!!! Here Is the 2016 code that you’ll need, or you can call Pheasant Run direct at 1 (630) 584-6300.

Rooms are being reserved much faster than they were last year, and as of this writing we are already up to more than 500 room nights. Don’t procrastinate!! If you do, you MAY NOT get a room…

OLD BUSINESS: None stated.

NEW BUSINESS: The Dunhill “Trunk Show” at Iwan Ries & Co. will be early this year. The date is Friday, November 20th and starts at 9 A.M.


We will have a CPCC table at both the New Orleans and Las Vegas shows. We hand out registration forms for our upcoming 2016 show at our table for the Pheasant Run show. Drop by and see us if your interested in reserving a table at our show.


This seminar will take place on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 from 9 A.M. until 4 P.M. in the afternoon with a 1 hour break for lunch at 12 noon.

The cost of this seminar has YET TO BE DETERMINED unfortunately, because we are still working out how much the “raw materials” (tobacco leaf) are going to run.

The seminar will also be limited to 32 people at his point. Registration will begin in either February or March of 2016.

I’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available…


A new show is in the works to take place from August 18th-21st at Split Rock PA. The show is being created by Russ Ouellette, Master Blender at . Contact Russ for more info…

Hope to see you at our October “Pizza Night” meeting!!

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Secretary

August 15th, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, August 15th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 19 regular members in attendance.

Meeting Schedule:

September 19th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

October 17th: “PIZZA NIGHT” at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

November 14th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

December 12th: “Christmas Party”!!! NOT a regular meeting this month. Wives, girlfriends and “significant others” are all invited to attend.


OLD BUSINESS: None stated.


If any one lost a “unique” tamper at our 2015 show, please contact me at . One of our members said that he had found this “unique” tamper in the wee hours of the show which I would assume was late Saturday night/ early Sunday morning…



This coming year (2016), we will be offering an “Advanced Seminar” for pipe making. In this seminar, you will be making a pipe from “raw materials”, which are a block of briar wood, and a length of vulcanite rod. The briar block will need to be drilled for both the tobacco chamber and draft holes. The length of vulcanite rod will be turned on a metal lathe, and then hand finished.

The fee for the seminar will be $150.00 . To be eligible to take this seminar, you MUST have successfully completed the “basic” pipe making seminar. We will be taking reservations right after the first of the year. The number of students (due to space restrictions) will be limited to 8. More info to follow in upcoming months…


Were are also creating a new seminar entitled “PIPE REFURBISHING”. This seminar will focus on the PROPER way to clean a pipe (no matter how filthy it is ) and will include subjects such as reaming the bowl, shank cleaning and waxing your pipe using a buffer. More details as they become available…


The price of our “Cigar Dinner” has been raised from $65.00 to $70.00 for the 2016 show. Contact Craig Cobine at for tickets…


This coming year (2016) we will no longer be using tickets stubs for access to the show. After you pay your entry fee, you will be given a thin plastic wristband that MUST be worn on your person to gain entry to the show. The reason for this is that we had to many attendees that either misplaced, lost or just plain forgot their ticket stubs. Should you lose your wristband, you will have to pay another entry fee to get into the show!!


The new U.P.C.A. tobacco blends (there are 5 of them) hit the shelves of your favorite dealers a couple of weeks ago. Tad Gage will be reviewing the tobacco blends in the FALL issue of Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine.

The Chicago Pipe Club’s website now has a way to electronically register for show tables. Please take advantage of this new feature on the website….

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Secretary