Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 609

Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 609

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 609. Our featured interview tonight is with pipe maker Anthony Hopkins. Anthony makes the Castle Briars pipe brand. Anthony became interested in pipe smoking from observing his English and music teachers. He started smoking a pipe as a senior in high school, and then made two pipes in wood shop. He went off to college to become a mechanical engineer, and built a career in the field, but never forgot about pipes. He realized that a great deal of engineering goes into the making of a pipe, and in 2019 started researching pipe making. Then in 2020 he started making pipes. At the top of the show, we’ll have an “Ask the Pipemaker” segment with pipe artisan Jeff Gracik.

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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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2 Responses

  • Nice discussion of bamboo as shank material with Jeff.
    Anthony was a very genial guest. His journey as a pipe smoker and creator was quite interesting and absorbing. His pipes seem to be cleverly crafted works for so nascent a professional carver.
    “Drowning on Dry Land” by Albert King was soooo good!
    Grandparenting is so much more fun than the tsuris of parenting.
    Thanks for another always entertaining show.
    Dino

  • This was an entertaining show. The Pipe Parts question was one I hadn’t thought of. Jeff seemed somewhat taken aback by this question and sort of danced around it, but then he got rolling. I usually only smoke one type of blend per pipe. Don’t really have any strong feelings on the issue, mainly because I only have a few bamboos and don’t smoke them except on rare occasions.
    Anthony was a creditable guest and very open in his thoughts on pipe smoking. It was interesting to listen to him talk about the people that influenced him. The guys today don’t realize how open pipe making is today compared to the “bad old days”. I guess we have to thank the internet for that.
    Albert King is always a welcome to the Music Segment of the show. Good tune.
    Raising a kids as a grandparent is an amazing luxury. My kids would look at me with horror when I would suggest something about their kid. I would invariably get yelled with cries of “I know what’s best for my kids”. Meanwhile me and their kids get along like champs. There is no back talk at all. I think it is because I no longer address them from on high with imperial commands but rather just a simple suggestion.
    Dan

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