Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 573

Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 573

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 573! Our featured interview tonight is with J.B. “Brandon” Frady. Brandon is a new pipe maker making the Ash Cooper line of pipes which just launched earlier this year. His pipes are freehand and artistic shapes and designs. He is also a freelance writer for any type of project, but has been published for music reviews, concert reviews, and a single anomalous video game review, and other writings in a couple dozen professional publications. His full time job is with State Farm Insurance. At the top of the show we will have an Ask the Tobacco Blender segment with Jeremy Reeves. Jeremy is the Head Blender at Cornell & Diehl, which is one of the most popular boutique pipe tobacco companies in the USA.

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J.B. Frady (Photo by Alex Warren)
J.B. Frady (Photo by Alex Warren)

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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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3 Responses

  • Jeremy’s explanation of “citrusy” tobacco was interesting and enlightening. He made perfect sense out of an often misunderstood tobacco taste characteristic.
    I completely agree with Brandon on the relationship between the craft of writing and editing with other physical crafts. You guys had a wonderful discussion of pipe smoking and the arts. Brandon is quite an erudite and philosophic soul for such a relatively young man. I wish him great success in his pipe carving pursuits.
    I love Susan and Derek! A great band producing great music.
    As the sages cautioned, when you assume, you make an “ass of u and me.”
    Thanks for another fun show.

  • Had a lot of trouble getting into this show. First, pipe parts on what makes a tobacco have a citrus-like flavor was a little hard for me to follow. It sounded like he was sort of saying lighter Virginias convey this sensation but not always. Sounded kind of odd but then again, I have odd taste buds. Frankly, I have never gotten a citrus flavor out of a tobacco,
    I was somewhat put off by J.P. Frady’s involvement with pipes. He sounded like a personable person, but I kept thinking what the hell is he doing on this show. Of course, we have to have newcomers to pipes but I wasn’t sure that a guy that was greener than grass filled the bill. Maybe I was just in a grumpy mood.
    Music was tolerable.
    Most folks make assumptions and then treat them like they’re the Ten Commandments. Oy vey!!

    • I apologize if my chunk of time was a tough sell. And you’re not wrong; when it comes to pipe making, I’m green as a matcha latte, but I’m not new to pipes. I’ve almost been smoking a pipe for half my life. I took to it quickly and I even won a long smoke my 3rd year smoking. The time that’s passed has given me ample opportunity to smoke and see a veritable mosaic of pipes out there on the market.

      When I began to carve, this was for me. I didn’t expect to move beyond personal use. I knew what I’d seen and what I hadn’t, so I wanted to make a pipe that was entirely original and uniquely mine. Next thing I knew, a friend was interested, then another. It’s been a tedious yet organic and exciting process and I’m both lucky and fortunate that when I reached out to Brian for guidance, he not only shared my excitement having seen the photos of my works in progress, but he gave me an outlet to tell others what I’m doing.

      I’m not asking you to change your opinion of me; far from it. I’m only asking that you stay tuned. If I have it my way, in a year or two you’ll chuckle to yourself in remembering, “I remember when that guy such a nobody that it nearly pissed me off.”