Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 565

Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 565

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 565! Our featured interview tonight is with Les Young. Les has been a fixture at pipe shows for many years. He is the 2023 U.S. Slow Smoking Champion, and goes by “lestrout” on the PipesMagazine forums. Hailing from the Philadelphia area, he worked for Dupont for 40 years and is now retired. He started smoking a pipe while attending MIT in Boston in 1961 – the good ol’ days when you could smoke in the classroom. At the top of the show we will have a Pipes 101 Revisited segment with a discussion of the draft hole.

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Les Young (L), Erik Stokkebye (Center) - Photo by Dan Z. Johnson
Les Young (L), Erik Stokkebye (Center) – Photo by Dan Z. Johnson

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2 Responses

  • You presented a very good explanation of and tips about the draft hole.
    I, too, know Les from the Chicago Shows. We’ve had wonderful talks about pipes and jazz.
    He was an affable guest with a familiar (to me) pipe smoking journey (ah, smoking in class…those were the days). The discussion of techniques and methods in slow smoking contests was quite fascinating and fun.
    Jennings’ choice of “Two Kinds of Blues” was a very tasty tune. I’m a fan of the Jimmy Giuffre Trio (with Jim Hall and Ralph Peña). I would have chosen a tune by tenor sax man Lester Young, in honor of your guest.
    I salute your rant about the misuse of our flag.
    Thanks for an always entertaining show.

  • Really good show!! The draft hole discussion in the Pipe Parts segment covers a very important segment of the pipe. I can’t stand a pipe that has a poorly designed bit. You but one in your mouth and if it doesn’t fit right there’s no reason to go further.
    I have met Les at the Chicago Show two or three times. He’s always welcoming, and our conversations have always been enjoyable. I enjoyed listening to him describing smoking in class and it reminded me of my days in college. Yea, the good ol’ days when times were bad.
    Your rant was reasonable, but I don’t get as wrapped up in this as you do. I think that when displaying the flag formally that one must do it properly. Put in day-to-day life it doesn’t bother me when people like to use the colors of it as part of a costume’s design. Think of Garth Brooks wearing the flag as his shirt. Sure, there are some lowlifes who burn the flag as a sign of disrespect and deserve whatever penalty they deserve but the Supreme Court, as usual, says this is just a form of free speech. This is just another way the court aggravates us.
    The music selection was dreadful.