Ramen is a bowl of happiness for me, perhaps just as much as a bowl of tobacco. This Japanese comfort soup becomes more and more popular in the United States, but it can be hard to find in remote places like my state of Northern Nevada. We are lucky enough to have one place I enjoy, and it’s the real deal. Great noodles, delicate dashi, and a host of other great ingredients like pork cashu and soft-centered eggs. With plenty of sansho for me please: the Japanese peppercorn.
Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 423! On tonight’s show our featured guest is Jonathan Lavezzo. You may remember Jonathan from Moonshine Pipes. He sold Moonshine Pipes to BriarWorks after establishing a very successful Moonshine fly-fishing rod company. Now he has a brand new workshop, and a new line of pipes called, Prohibition. In our opening, “Pipe Parts” segment, We will have “Ask the Pipemaker” with Jeff Gracik. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!
Okay, so the world is coming to an end! Do not panic. Remember, this the “howling month” of Halloween. Do not despair.
The Pundit says “supposed” final endings are passing fads, they come, and they fade away. Nothing to fret over. Just get out your pipe and favorite tobacco, fill up a bowl, light, and puff away, happily ever after.
That’s not a whim. That is what you call a beautiful dream come true in uncertain times.
Besides, have you noticed a little change in the air. Ahhh, yes, I thought so. Yes, call it Pundit optimism.
Can you say it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas?
And, no, it is not too early to be whistling Jingle Bells. See, Christmas is not that far off.
From the Editor: Trevor Barton was a British pipe collector that favored historical non-briar pipes, such as: native American, tribal, ceremonial, art pieces, porcelain, ivory, and meerschaum. He ammassed a huge collection of pipes, along with smoking ephemera such as tobacco boxes, carved wood pipe cases, books, and large tobacco advertising figures in carved wood.
Via Press Release: Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers are to disperse one of the world’s finest collections of pipes and smoking accoutrements across a number of sales this year. The Trevor Barton (1920-2008) collection represents more than 50 years of acquisition and study, by a Hertfordshire pipe collector known to many in the antiques trade as ‘The Pipe Man’.
Mr. Barton began collecting pipes and other tobacco-related items in 1947, shortly after he was demobbed (British for discharged from the military). His son (also Trevor) recalls life in a small Tudor cottage in Hertfordshire surrounded by hundreds of pipes and regular visits from other enthusiasts, including fellow members of the Academie Internationale de la Pipe (the collecting association formed in 1984). “Dad was a true collector. One day he bought an antique pipe on a London street market. Within a few weeks he had ten, then 20. The collection then just kept growing for the next 50 years.” His father would unfailingly rise before dawn every Friday to attend Bermondsey market and then Portobello on Saturdays – the stallholders all familiar with ‘The Pipe Man.’