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 Thursday 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! We have a special edition of the show tonight for International Pipe Smoking Day. Joining us for a round-table discussion are Sykes Wilford, the Founder & CEO of SmokingPipes.com, and Rick Newcombe, noted author of several pipe books and an avid pipe collector. We will have an extended discussion with these two pipe experts and not have "Pipe Parts" or music tonight. Our pipes are packed, drinks are poured, the sound check is done … pack a pipe, sit back, relax and join us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show.
In Part II of of our interview, we talked about the proliferation of pipe smoking information on the Internet, anecdotal evidence that pipe smoking is becoming more popular with younger adults, and Sykes was telling us what makes SmokingPipes.com unique from any other pipe and tobacco retail business. We learned about the rigorous process each pipe goes through including multiple inspections, and each pipe being individually photographed even if that make and model was photographed before. Each photo on the site represents the exact pipe you are getting.
In Part I of our interview, we left off with Kevin Godbee asking Sykes Wilford:
“Are there some things that you think the industry in general, or SmokingPipes.com specifically can be doing, or is doing to help promote new people coming into the hobby?”
Sykes Wilford: This is something I’ve given a lot of thought to. How do we reach people who are potential pipe smokers but not actual pipe smokers? And how do we do it navigating the anti-tobacco climate? How do we do it with such a small industry? Read Part I of the Sykes Wilford Interview Here … or Continue to Part II …
Smoking a pipe is such an enjoyable pastime that I sometimes feel bad for the people that have never had the pleasure of experiencing a fine tobacco in a briar pipe. I get excited about the prospect of a new pipe smoker and jump at the opportunity to welcome them into the world of pipes with encouragement and acceptance. No pipe smoker wants our hobby to die, but it will without new young adults coming into it. Getting new people into pipe smoking is best done via the Internet. No offense to any of the older generation that might not like to hear that, but it is nevertheless, a fact.
While spending time with Sykes Wilford, CEO and founder of SmokingPipes.com at the Chicago Pipe Show, we discovered two strong commonalities. We both have a passion for wanting to get new young people into pipe smoking, and we both have Internet-based businesses that strive to do so. We had a great time talking about this, and Sykes invited me to come to Little River, South Carolina (right near Myrtle Beach) to check out his operation.
I spent the entire day there on a recent Friday, and now welcome you to our “insider’s view” of SmokingPipes.com.