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 author and pipe smoker Regis McCafferty. Regis has written myriad stories and several great fiction books where the hero is always a pipe smoker. He is also the co-founder of the The North American Society of Pipe Collectors. In "Pipe Parts", Brian will talk about some of his "at-home" fixes you can try if you have a pipe with some issues on the inside of the bowl. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!
If you’re like me, and you scan the same channels on cable over again and again - you may end up on History, Discovery, Animal planet, maybe some news sprinkled in. You may have also stumbled across a survival show with a guy smoking a pipe. That guy, is Team Sergeant Terry Schappert.
I reached out to Terry and inquired about his pipe smoking and he agreed to sit down with me and share some of his busy schedule with us to talk about pipes, and the show. So strap in!
The Kaywoodie Christmas Dinner and Northeast Regional Slow Smoke Championship was the highlight of my holidays this year. There aren’t enough pipe parties these days, and this combination pipe show-swap-sale, gabfest, dinner, and competitive event is the perfect mid-winter reunion for old pipe buddies and new. Since I was unable to attend the Chicago show or any others this year due to a hectic schedule, Kaywoodie was the one place I’d be seeing many of these folks in 2014. Amid all the stress and obligation of the holidays, this was sure to be the anodyne I needed.
Marshall "Butch" Armstrong
The sun is shining, the temperature is 10° F/-13° C, the roads are covered with snow and the lakes are frozen over. It’s winter in Minnesota and I am headed to St. Paul for the Great Northern Pipe Club’s monthly meeting. (I like the name. It reminds me of the "Great Northern Railroad" which was started by James J. Hill who lived in St Paul. You can tour his mansion here.) I’ve been thinking about going for quite a while now but St. Paul is over 50 miles from where I live so I haven’t done it yet. Well, it’s finally time. My friend Ted, of "Vig Guitars," also in St. Paul, invited me up, so here I go. The Great Northern Pipe Club meets on the third Sunday of the month at the Golden Leaf Tobacco shop on West 7th street near downtown St. Paul, and the meetings are open to everyone. It took about 50 minutes to get there and another ten to find a place to park that I didn’t have to pay for. The Minnesota Wild hockey team are playing at home today so the streets are filled. The wind is up and it’s cold out here.
G. L. Pease
This time of year, I find myself feeling a little sorry for those who live in other parts of the country. It has nothing to do with the weather, though I suppose that might be reason enough, but everything to do with the opening of the season for that magnificent regional delicacy, the Dungeness crab. Don't take me wrong. Other crabs are delicious too, and of course, easterners have their lobsters, but the Dungeness crab is special. Its meat is firm, sweet, delicious, and the things are brawny enough to offer a more tangible reward for the not insignificant effort of divesting them of their hard, sharp shells.
Nothing is better on an early winter's day than playing tourist, and buying a couple of these delectable crustaceans from the crab mongers along Fisherman's Wharf who boil them in giant pots, crack their shells with a mallet, and bundle them up in butcher paper. Add a loaf of crusty Boudin sourdough, which also cannot be found anywhere else, a stick of butter, a bottle of crisp, unoaked Chardonnay, and a beach towel (eating crab can be messy business), and you've got everything you need for a fabulous movable feast, unique to the left coast. If it's not raining, find a quiet place and tuck in. You can have a salad later, if you must. I know what I'm doing this weekend...
Not to beat a dead horse. . . . Well, okay, maybe one more time. It's a new year. Trying to get a read on the Food and Drug Administration is like attempting to decipher one of those post-World War II 10-inch television test patterns: You get a lot of numbers, voodoo math figures, shifting scenes, screen noise (read that as pixels the size of dimes), all in black and white, which is not how the FDA deals. The FDA has never-ending shades of gray produced by a bloated bureaucracy, which eats your tax dollars by the millions.
This month's column will harken back to my first piece in that I will remark on points of etiquette and behaviors both to avoid and adopt as one may wish to cultivate the gentleman's demeanor. Resolutions of the New Year sort are much discussed now and admit I rarely make them. I am, however, quite willing to suggest some to others.
We've offered our predictions for the year ahead, and now it's time to share our New Year's resolutions here at the PipesMagazine.com editorial offices. There's an easy theme to spot amongst the suggestions, and that is: participate!
Savor your time. Set aside an hour or two, once a week, in which you are focused on one thing, and one thing only: enjoying the pipe. Allow it to be completely passive: no reading, emailing, facebooking, or playing games on your mobile; truly let yourself relax into the smoke. Rediscover the lost art of daydreaming, maybe even just see how long you can keep it lit—it makes good practice for slow smoking contests.
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 ...
The period informally known as the Prohibition Era was a terrible time in American history: the mob gained power, otherwise law abiding citizens were arrested for illogical reasons, and a number of businesses went under as a result. It seems we didn't learn too much from history, looking at how tobacco is currently being treated in the United States and in many places around the globe, but I digress...
Some good did come out of Prohibition. Bartenders manning speakeasies had to become more creative with their creations: supplies were limited, demand was high, and quality of the product often left much to be desired.
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 [...]