Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 403

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 403! Our featured interview tonight is with Sykes Wilford. Sykes is the Founder and CEO of SmokingPipes.com, and Laudisi Enterprises. This show is our fourth 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, Brian will discuss bowl cake, or “Flakey Cake” in a bowl. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Sykes Wilford, Founder & CEO SmokingPipes.com & Laudisi Enterprises
Sykes Wilford, Founder & CEO SmokingPipes.com & Laudisi Enterprises


The Pipes Magazine Radio Show features interviews with pipe makers, tobacco blenders, pipe and tobacco aficionados, collectors, and more. Episodes air every Tuesday.

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Sykes Wilford Interview

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3 Responses

  • Again, congratulations to Sykes on having the honor of Doctor Of Pipes conferred upon him.
    And, he was a treat to listen to for the “7 Questions.” It’s good hear from a fellow ADD sufferer.
    HCJ is always fun; the new soul of NOLA.
    Totally agree on the rant. Thanks.

  • Congratulations to Sykes for receiving the “Doctor of Pipes” award. It was well earned. Sykes knows a lot about the pipe business but seemed a little weak on the actual smoking of the tobacco. He seemed like just another guy who smokes pipes who somehow got miscast in the role as an “expert”. Seemed like there was a logical fallacy in your rant but it was entertaining.

  • A third congratulations to Dr. Sykes for his elevation to Pipe Doctor. I enjoyed the 4th installment of your ‘Seven Questions’, it’s interesting to hear these experts individual answers. There seems to be a consensus (so far) about it not making much of a difference, in the long run, if the briar is oil cured or not, there is no preference on bowl coating, and a longer shank doesn’t make a cooler smoke. I don’t have any experience with oil cured briar, but I agree with the other two points. I don’t mind a bowl coating as long as it is natural (and not silica based), and the only long stem pipes that I notice smoking cooler are the churchwardens. I have about a dozen churchwarden pipes, and they get regular use at home. I resently purchased a carry case that will hold two churchwarden pipes and the associated paraphernalia, so I can now tote a couple of these pipes to the smoke shop, and hang out in style!