Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Ethan Brandt. Ethan is a law student, pipe smoker and author of The Speakeasy column on PipesMagazine.com. He has a blog all about pipes called Pipe School and has had pipe-related pieces published at SmokingPipes.com, Quality Briar, and works closely with The Briar Portrait Gallery. In the "Pipe Parts" segment, Brian will recount his last trip where he went to the St. Louis Pipe Show, and he also visited the town of Marceline, which is where Walt Disney grew up. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!
James Foster & Kevin Godbee
Rumors have run rampant in forums and social media all week about the merger of Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth. Now they are confirmed. PipesMagazine.com exchanged email and spoke on the phone to Bob Gregory, the Managing Director of Samuel Gawith.
The official release states:
After months of deliberation and negotiation I am pleased to advise that the House of Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth will merge on March 18th.
The men and machinery of SG will move to the larger and more adequate factory of GH. The men will be the same as will the machinery. The brand will be made in exactly the same way as it has been since 1792 with no change to blend, water or branding.
If you’re a regular reader of the Guardian, you’ll recall that they recently took issue with writers’ propensity to repeat themselves. To anyone who counts bibliophilia amongst their hobbies, this was a laughably obvious notion that did little to support the author’s dismissal of John Irving. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said when he most eloquently let this cat out of the bag back in the Jazz Age,
"Mostly, we authors must repeat ourselves—that’s the truth. We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives—experiences so great and moving that it doesn’t seem at the time that anyone else has been so caught up and pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before."
Marshall "Butch" Armstrong
Have you ever thought about pipe smoking? It must seem like a silly question. Of course we think about pipe smoking. We think about it every day. We think about our down time when we can enjoy that next bowl. We think about which tobacco we’re going to smoke next, and which pipe we’ll use. But what I’m getting at goes deeper than that. Have you ever really thought about why you smoke a pipe? This may seem a bit esoteric but I hope not. I think there are deeper reasons why we smoke pipes that we rarely think about. On the surface we like smoking a pipe because of the taste of the tobacco, because we want to try new pipes and new flavors. Because we like to share what we have with others. Because we want to collect pipes and tobaccos. But I still think there are other reasons we smoke that don’t always come to mind. Maybe some of those reasons don’t translate well into words. I’m thinking of contemplative and meditative reasons for smoking a pipe.
G. L. Pease
From the "That Never Happens" department: I just realized that I missed last month's column. Completely. Really. Fact of it is that I very nearly missed January every other way, too. I remember that it arrived, something about New Year's Day, and then a flurry of stuff from every corner occupied my days until, right, February, and then some. I'd love to claim that I slept through it, but judging from the generally weary condition of somnambulation that only barely passes for my waking state, it's clear that didn't happen. In the midst of general commotion and chaos, I do know that I've been working on some interesting projects that I can't yet talk about (such a tease), but they've kept my brain distracted enough to clobber any notion of tempus's fugiting. And, tempus really do fugit. It was a note via email asking if I was still alive , a note that I could not be cruel enough to leave unanswered, that broke the trance, and, here we are. During my apparent absence, a lot of blending thoughts have been perpetually percolating in mine own kopf, so as I dug through the mail bag, I grabbed some contextually apropos submissions to start the first column of the year, a month late. Did you miss me?
When does a fad cease being a fad and become an exciting hobby? And following that line of thought, when does that compelling hobby cease to be a hobby and become an all-encompassing serious obsession?
Personally, I'm at the serious obsession stage right now today. My pipe smoking and collecting began shortly after college, in the 1960s when I came across the old Royal Cigar Store on Forsyth Street in Downtown Atlanta and actually thought I had found heaven.
The appeal of the smells, the tins, the pipes, the cigars, the men smoking both and everyone talking pipes and tobaccos hit me so hard, it was as if I had found the Court of Montezuma and someone handed me a pipe to join in the ceremony.
When I first started seriously exploring corn cob pipes, my question was "Do cobs smoke as well as briars?" Now, my question has become, "Do any of my briar pipes smoke better than my cobs?"
Look, I know there are pipers who are never going to get beyond the esthetics of corn cob pipes. To some, pipe smokers should look like Fred McMurray in a cardigan - a reflective, suave, intellectual man of refined taste. Most cobbers embrace another image. We picture ourselves more like big, strapping lumberjacks -- outdoorsmen, masculine, counter-cultural, rugged, individualistic, non-conformist. This is true even if we weigh 98 pounds when stepping out of the shower.
In my last lighter review and un-boxing, I spent some time comparing the Kiribi Pipe Lighter to the "im corona" Old Boy. So now it’s time to take a look at the “original,” so to speak, and take it for a spin. But first, if you have learned anything from my articles, it’s that I like to dig into a subject a little bit deeper, so lets talk a little about where this lighter came from.
April in Paris: From the classic tune by Vernon Duke to Count Basie's big band playing it "'One More Time," this souvenir of our cultural history transcends generations. PipeSMOKE visits Paris in the spring and tags along as George Fricker, in town on extended business, decides one morning to buy a new pipe. With photographer Pierre Vauthey, we followed George to a few of the best smokeshops and recorded how he found not only the briar roots he wanted, but the blossoms of romance. Here is the treatment for our story.
In the cafe on a mild Saturday morning, George sits alone, content after coffee and croissant, smoking his well-used briar, reading the newspaper, humming:
April in Paris... Chestnuts in blossom... Holiday tables under the trees...
April in Paris... This is a feeling... No one can ever reprise ...
Since I was a boy I've always been intrigued by those who seem to acquire goods and services at a lower price than typical retail. They seemed smarter, more clever and creative than those that simply looked at a price tag and plunked down the cash.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a penny pincher or particularly frugal. I have former spouses that will readily affirm this – ad nauseam.
I find it an interesting challenge to find the best deal on things. Rather like Sherlock Holmes solving a case, it can consume me. Many may regard that analogy as rather too grand.
However, if one considers what is a true bargain, not just the lowest price, then the complexity of the challenge is revealed.
Kevin GodbeeThank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured [...]