The Greater Kansas City Pipe Club, GKCPC, is a social group whose members enjoy Pipes, Tobaccos, and Pipe Collecting. Our collections range from a handful to over 4,000 pipes.
We gather monthly and swap tales and pipes, share a good smoke, feature programs on various pipe subjects, sample tobaccos, and occasionally a enjoy distributor's trunk show.
We also host the KANSAS CITY PIPE AND TOBACCO SHOW ---->
8pm - 10pm
Cigar & Tabac, Ltd.
6898 West 105th Street
Overland Park, KS
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1. REMINDER: Next Meeting on June 20, 2013, at 8PM at Cigar & Tabac.
2. We expect a number of visitors in town for the Pipe Show to drop by the meeting.
3. If you haven't gotten your renewal dues in yet please do so.
2013 GKCPC PIPE SHOW
We are all set now for the 2013 Pipe Show. The show dates are June 21-23, 2013. Once again we will be at the Double Tree Hotel in Overland Park. We have a special room rate of $95 for our guests. Just call (913) 451-6100 and say you want a room and that you want the rate for the Greater Kansas City Pipe Club. If you have any problem email me (Dan Coomer) at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get it straightened out.
It is very important that you register using the GKCPC block. As part of the arrangement to get this facility we had to guarantee so many room nights.
We will be having a Friday evening reception buffet. The cost will be $20 per person. After the buffet we will adjourn to the smoking pavilion. We will also be offering some some vintage tobaccos for your enjoyment. Anthony Harris will be giving a wood turning demonstration.
On Saturday night we will have our annual banquet. Our guest speaker will be the inimitable Greg Pease. The cost will be $50 per person.
After the reception buffet we will adjourn to the smoking pavilion. We will again be offering a selection of vintage tobaccos for your sampling pleasure. We will also have a pipe turning demonstration at that time. A cash bar will be available.
After the Saturday banquet we will again adjourn to the smoking pavilion for drinks and camaraderie.
You can register for the pipe show at our website (www.gkcpipeclub.com). You can reserve tables, meals, purchase raffle tickets, and register for the pipe smoking contest. If you want to enter the carving contest you can register there, also. There is a $20 fee to enter a pipe.
Tables are $100 a piece. The tables are six feet in width. If you buy four tables the fifth is free. We can get electricity to your table for an additional $25.
There will be free wi-fi.
We will also be raffling off merchandise and prizes in our Grand Raffle. We expect to have 12 drawings in this raffle. Raffle tickets cost $5 a piece or 5 tickets for $20.
In conjunction with the Carving Contest we will be raffling off the winning Seven Day Set of pipes. The seven pipes will be mounted in a case created by Anthony Harris. The winner of the raffle gets the seven pipes and the case. Tickets for this raffle sell for $25 a piece or 5 for $100. A maximum of 400 tickets will be sold. Last year we were able to offer quality prizes for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in the drawing.
The 2012 Seven Day Set
The GKCPC is proud to announce that we will be returning to the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, KS, for our 14th Pipe & Tobacco Show. We have increased the number of rooms that will be available. We will pass along the reservation information as soon as we have it.
June 21-23, 2013
The Greater Kansas City Pipe
& Tobacco Show
American Carvers Pipe Making Competition
Shape: Dublin Family
Greetings fellow pipe makers. I am pleased to announce the shape for the 2013 carving contest. This year it is the Dublin Family. The family concept worked very well last year with the bulldog and we will try the family approach again this year.
Shape: This family includes the traditional English Dublin shape as well as the Zulu, Yachtsman, Cutty and Belge, plus free-form interpretations of those shapes. Although pipe shapes in general are difficult to describe in words, the Dublin/Zulu/Yachtsman/Cutty/Belge group is distinctive and easy to recognize on sight. The primary characteristic is a gracefully forward tilted bowl that, for the most part, tapers downward from rim to heel (in the opposite direction of a volcano). The overall look and feel of the pipe will be what the judges use to determine if it is part of the group. Beyond that, anything goes: bent, straight, panel, plain/adorned shank/stem, smooth, rusticated, sandblasted, color(s), etc. Raw creativity will also be a factor. Finally, keep in mind that every detail counts. This applies to the entire pipe; the bowl, the stem, the execution, the aesthetics, everything counts.
Size: The selected pipes must fit in a custom made case that will, of necessity, be made ahead of time. Variation in size is expected, but unusually large or small pipes (or long, like churchwardens) are at risk of elimination if they will not fit in the case.
Eligible Carvers: If you make pipes, either professionally or as an amateur, and live in North America, you are eligible. Citizens of North America who don’t live in North America are not eligible. You do not have to attend the show to enter. Entry is limited to one pipe per carver.
Additional Recognition: This year, “Honorable Mention” will be available, at the judge’s discretion, for pipes that don’t make the set.
Registration: The gkcpipeclub.com website will be updated soon to allow you to register. There will be an entry fee of $20.00.
Judging: The pipes will be judged at the Kansas City Pipe & Tobacco Show, DoubleTree Hotel, Overland Park, KS. June 22nd& 23rd, 2013. The judging will be on Friday night, June 21st.
Newcomers to the carving contest, please read!
By entering the contest, you are NOT donating your pipe. All non-winning pipes will either be returned directly to you after the contest, or, if you prefer, offered for sale at the show, at a price that you set. If it sells, we send you the money.
If your pipe is chosen for the winning 7 day set, it is the same as being sold. The winning pipe makers will equally divide the proceeds of a raffle that awards the set as the grand prize. Last year, that amount was $4,900.00 ($700 for each carver).
Everyone that participates in the contest will have a picture of their pipe published in a photo spread in Pipes and tobaccos magazine along with their name/contact info/web address (space allowing). Thank you Chuck Stanion! If you don’t subscribe, please do. He is supporting us in a big way. The least we can do is subscribe to the magazine. Ask your customers to support you, and the magazine, by subscribing.
I strongly recommend that you pick up the Fall 2012 issue of Pipes and tobaccos magazine and read the article about the contest. The interview with the judges (Greg Pease, Tad Gage & George Dibos) will give you excellent insight into what the judges are looking for and what they consider important .
This contest came to be in an effort to support and promote American Carvers. It is working, just ask the carvers who have participated in the first three. We all win, some get money, some get new customers, some stretch and make a pipe beyond their previous abilities, but we all win. We are showcasing American Pipe Maker’s talents and the world is noticing. Each year the caliber of pipe needed to be included in the set goes up. This is a friendly competition within our small community with the common goal of supporting and promoting all of us. Welcome to the contest and thank you for your participation.
Please pass this invitation on to other pipe makers who you feel would enjoy participating in the contest. As always, if you have questions or comments, please contact me.
Please ship Pipes to:
Overland Park, KS 66213