Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 402

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 402! Our featured interview tonight is with Steve “PipeStud” Fallon. Steve has one of the most popular consignment-auction businesses for estate pipes and vintage tobaccos that he’s been running since 2006. If you know Steve, you know he’s a big fan of the original Dunhill blend, Royal Yacht. This show is our third in a series of “Seven Questions for Seven Experts”. Over the course of seven weeks, we will ask seven prominent pipe collectors the same seven pipe related questions, and see how their answers compare. At the top of the show, for our pipe parts segment, we will have “Ask the Pipe Maker” with Jeff Gracik. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Steve Fallon a.k.a. "Pipe Stud"
Steve Fallon a.k.a. “Pipe Stud”

Pipe Stud’s Consignment Shop

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4 Responses

  • I am really enjoying these “7 Questions” shows. And, Steve was a terrific “contestant.”
    Besides being an honest and accommodating businessman, he knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to say so. Steve is also the nicest of guys.
    Louis. “Oh, Yeah.”
    As always, thanks for a fun and informative show.

  • Another great show in the can. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series. Always interesting to hear others opinion whether I agree with them or not. I finally finished the back shows and what a difference from the first 25 shows to the current shows. I hope you keep going another 400 shows.


  • I’m smoking Mac Baren Classic Dark Twist while listening to this weeks episode of The Pipes Magazine Radio Show. This was another great installment of the ‘Seven Questions’ series, Brian, which I am enjoying very much. Steve Fallon is easy to listen to, and has a very humble wealth of knowledge. I’m not a fan of ‘Royal Yuck’, but hey, to each their own! Your Pipe Parts question to Jeff Gracik, was one that I can chime in on, based on personal experience. I’ve been a pipe maker since 2002, and I prefer to use alcohol based dyes. The majority of the dyes I use are leather dyes, because I like the array of available colors they offer, they are what I am acoustomed to working with, and in keeping with tradition they are what my mentor, the late Horace DeJarnet (DeJarnet Pipes), used. Different colored alcohol dyes mix together on the pipe itself, for example two base coats of yellow followed by a coat of red will yield a beautiful amber color etc. I was taught to light the pipe on fire after applying the dye to burn off the alcohol, which gives two distinct advantages. Firstly, it dries the dye almost immediately, and secondly the heat drives the dye deeper into the briar than air drying would have. I buff the pipe between each coat with White Diamond compound, to achieve the desired shade of color, eg: more buffing equals a lighter shade. A trained eye and experience reveals when enough buffing is enough. This technique yields some stunning results in getting the grain to pop, as well as allowing each pipe to be beautifully unique in color. That’s my two cents, loved the show, see you on the next one!

  • This was just another great show! Steve Fallon who has never met a stranger is simply a great guest. Steve has a great site on which we can still sell or buy fine tobaccos. And he uses eBay to sell pipes. He does it all. The part where he talked about selling his favorite Ashton for $425 was a real hoot. I always new Steve could be bought and now I know how much it will cost me. I’ve always lusted for a Brad Pohlmann pipe. He once made a set of pipes that were identical except one was a straight grain and the other was blasted and were being sold together in a case. Some guy came by and complimented Brad on the straight grain while I spoke about the sandblasted one. Brad just beamed when I made my remark about the sandblast pipe. I know whoever got that set was going to be happy.
    Ol’ Satchmo can just sing a song. Anybody else singing “It’s A Wonderful World” is just wasting his breath.