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DrumsAndBeer

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PostSubject: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyMon Sep 04, 2017 7:09 pm

Sad news came across my newsfeed on Facebook today, Master Tobacconist Steven Books has passed away.

I have enjoyed many of the House of Calabash blends over the years. Steven's tobaccos were always top notch. He will be missed.

RIP Mr. Books. Crying or Very sad
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Age : 66
Location : Arid-zona
Registration date : 2011-05-04

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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyMon Sep 04, 2017 7:17 pm

Aw man, that breaks my heart. His blends were unique and he was a master blender that should've gotten far more notoriety. He will truly be missed!

I'll smoke some Seven of Nine tonight in his memory.

Crying or Very sad


Cheers,

RR

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huffelpuff

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Age : 49
Location : Laramie, WY
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyMon Sep 04, 2017 8:47 pm

What a shame to hear. Rest in peace Mr. Books.

Jim
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DrumsAndBeer

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Location : Northern, CA
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyMon Sep 04, 2017 8:59 pm

Smoking a bowl of Wild Rose in his honor.

Rande, I agree. He should've been much more recognized in his craft.
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyMon Sep 04, 2017 9:07 pm

He was truly a Master Blender and will be sadly missed. His Bing Crosby Christmas Blend is simply outrageous. My opinion, the most overlooked tobacco blender of out time.

Rest In Peace Mr Steven Book


A sad day in the tobacco World
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WarlockBob

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Age : 27
Location : Beaverton, OR
Registration date : 2012-09-30

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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyTue Sep 05, 2017 10:14 am

I had the supreme pleasure of being acquainted with him this past year, as part of the Portland Pipe Club. We had too many conversations to count, including how most blenders nowadays overlook the impact of relative pH in a blend can make or break it for certain people, and some awesome stories of his time in England with Comoy's.

I had a bowl of his Scottish Mixture yesterday, the final bit that I had socked away. He will be dearly missed as a master blender and as a good friend.
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Richard Burley

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Location : North Coast NY
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyTue Sep 05, 2017 10:44 am

Always sad when one of these old boys go. Wonder if he published anything, left notes or an apprentice or two?
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WarlockBob

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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyTue Sep 05, 2017 10:47 am

Richard Burley wrote:
Always sad when one of these old boys go. Wonder if he published anything, left notes or an apprentice or two?

He left his recipes and at least attempted to train his daughter, Eva; she's asked for us in the club to place orders in the past with her, but as of now I've not seen any blends come from her. I hope she's able to at least keep blending some of the same blends that Steve made.
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glassjapan

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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyTue Sep 05, 2017 11:49 am

Sad news indeed. He always sounded like a unique personality in the pipe/tobacco business. His blends were always spoken of highly. Hopefully his recipes can live on thru his daughter down the road.
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loneredtree

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Age : 77
Location : Nevada City, CA.
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptyFri Sep 08, 2017 11:41 am

I agree with all the above. I always stopped at the shop when passing through Oregon. He was a unique and valuable man to grace our community. I was in the high Sierra this week and missed this topic. I hope that Eva can keep his blends and practices going.

Last night, I smoked a blend in his honor, that I picked up in the shop last year when it was closing. "Steven's Own" in a gourd calabash no less. Delicious!
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Age : 71
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptySun Sep 10, 2017 9:36 am

I used to go to his shop in Oregon City and he would drag two folding chairs out front into the sun. We would light up a blend of his choice and he would tell stories. Good times. Bye Steve.

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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptySun Sep 10, 2017 1:31 pm

Did you ever get to see the back room where he kept the raw leaf? I wish I had asked to.
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Pipe - Steven Books   Broken Pipe - Steven Books EmptySun Sep 10, 2017 1:58 pm

No, never did. I guess when he worked for Rich's it used to be in the "basement". I bet that was amazing too.

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