Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 381

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 381!  Our featured interview tonight is with Ed Graves of Dark Fired Leather. Ed makes custom leather motorcycle seats, as well as leather pipe bags, cases, and roll-ups. Ed also made a custom Mickey Mouse De Jeep leather lighter cover for Brian, our show host. In Pipe Parts, Brian will do a review of Tobacconist Reserve VA Blend by Sutliff – only available at B&Ms. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Ed Graves with son Isaac
Ed Graves (R) with son Isaac

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Pipes Magazine Radio Show - Episode 381. Ed Graves Interview. Review of Tobacconist Reserve VA Blend by Sutliff.

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2 Responses

  • This was a surprisingly good show. Brian gave us a very good review of Tobacconist Reserve VA Blend by Sutliff. Good to see a manufacturer doing a good turn for B&M’s. Those guys are really struggling right now.
    Ed Graves gave a very good account of himself in the interview. He was very articulate and makes a good case for his products.
    Bing is always a pleasure even when doing a song that he is not known for.

  • I enjoyed this episode along with a pipe full of Hearth and Home Classic Burley Kake. I share two things with Ed Graves. I’m a Leatherman, and I’ve also enjoyed every tobacco I’ve ever smoked (I just enjoy some more than others). My pipe collection is pushing close to seventy pipes and I have a tremendous amount of different tobacco blends in the cellar. Needless to say, I’ve been bitten hard by both PAD and Tad. I learned to do ornate leather tooling from the VA Hospital, after a wound (1987 in El Salvador) landed me in the VA Hospital for a year and a half. As part of my vocational rehabilitation, I took leather tooling classes (twice a week) for a couple of years. It awoke a creativity in me that ultimately led me into pipe making. I’ve been pipe smoker since 1979, so it was only natural that I ended up making pipes too. I was fortunate to have apprenticed under the late renowned Arizona pipe maker Horace DeJarnet (DeJarnet Pipes), from 2002 to 2005, then set up my own shop. I’ve made 20 – 25 pipes a year since. I’ve made many hand tooled pipe cases, for my own use and as gifts to close friends. Like Ed said about one of his products, if I had to charge for the actual amount of work they took, nobody could afford them. It’s great to have passions in life, I make pipes and leather products because I love it. I’ve remained at the hobby level on both, just doing both on weekends and some evenings. It’s a great cottage industry for making some extra money.