The weather recently took a pleasant nosedive here in Northern Nevada. Days pushing triple digits went down to the low thirties nearly overnight, and it rained and it snowed. I had absolutely no sympathy for the tender California economical refugee transplants complaining their “…fall was ruined.” No, it wasn’t. Snow-dusted red maple trees and blooming sagebrush are gorgeous, fried green tomatoes rescued from frost are tasty, and feel free to start wearing weather-appropriate clothing. October could very well be the best month of the year, as I very much so enjoy Halloween (despite my cantankerous disposition toward candy and children), and call me a basic bitch, but spiced tea, cider and whiskey after buying fake bats and skeleton cats sure is fun.
Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 370! Our featured interviews tonight are from Richmond, Virginia at the 2019 Pipe Smokers Gathering at Sutliff Tobacco. It’s an indoor / outdoor show with people from all over the U.S., which includes a factory tour, tobacco blending seminars, a cookout, and of course, lots of tables of pipes and tobacco. One of the interviews is with me, Kevin Godbee, the owner of PipesMagazine. We also have Leo Valdez, who has worked at Sutliff for over 30-years doing pressing and cutting of tobaccos, and several other show attendees. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!
I had a chance to sit down with Chris Gawith and chat to him about his two brands, Samuel Gawith and Gawith and Hoggarth. It was an audio interview, so I have transcribed it as such.
Are you thinking about dropping one of the brands?
No, not at all. They are all made under the same roof; when Sam Gawith came over to us we bought the men, machinery, and the brands, basically everything just sort of moved, more or less all of them stayed, maybe one or two decided to move on. It has been run up to now as just their company under our roof, which works to a point. But now we’ve discovered what the demand is, but the two brands will remain as they are.
The problem with leaving it just at that stage which we are trying to address. You can’t operate as a business with two teams of people; we need to manage the equipment and the human resources to deliver what pipe smokers want us to deliver. Gawith Hoggarth can produce tobacco a lot quicker; it’s just the nature of how the tobacco is made at Samuel Gawith.
In the fire and fury of Colorado’s early beginnings – millions of years ago, mountains were pushed up to massive heights like wrinkles in a crumpled rug.
Over the vast eons of geologic time, the Great Rocky Mountains climbed skyward, elongating from Northern British Columbia down through central New Mexico and on West.
One of those Clovis-point-looking summits is Longs Peak, a mammoth of mountains in Northern Colorado.
The city of Longmont is named for Longs Peak, which can be seen from its downtown area, a town that still resembles the remnants of what earlier settlers left behind in 1871.
What has this to do with pipes and tobacco? Glad you asked.
Longmont is a city of about 70,000 people. It was initially created with a downtown main street and neighborhood streets splaying off in grid-like fashion laid out in 1871.
In addition to Main Street, the neighborhood streets are lovely tree-shaded lanes with many Queen Anne-style homes and Craftsmen-style bungalows.
Last May I attended the Chicago Pipe Show, and the first person I saw was an Englishman named Reggie Stevens. Reg lives in Birmingham, England and speaks with the accent of someone who has lived in the north of England his whole life. He sounds a little like Ringo Starr.
“Reg!” I said, “It’s so good to see you!” as I gave him a big bear hug.
“Well, I’ll tell you, mate,” he said, “I’m feeling a little better now. My wife of 54 years died in January, and this is the first time I can feel the cloud lifting a little – because of all the love and friendship there is at this pipe show.”