The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 111

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Glynn Quelch. Glynn is a retail tobacconist, and tobacco blender in Nottingham England. He creates some quite interesting and unique tobaccos that are unlike any others. He also mostly keeps to the old British Tobacco Purity Laws. In “Pipe Parts”, Brian will talk about different ways to pack flake tobaccos. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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7 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    There are numerous ways to smoke flake tobacco. I use a ‘spice (or other substance)’ grinder with two twists and fill the pipe. Flakes are a treat.
    Glynn Quelch is working in a disappearing part of our hobby (if the tax crazy people continue down their path). I’ve seen the Utube videos of the Nottingham pipe club. They look like they have a great time. It’s got to be the best of jobs to earn your keeping through blending boutique tobaccos. AS I like mature Virginia tobaccos, I will keep an eye on Glynn to when he masters the VA blends. Will he become the British Greg Pease? Time will tell. Interesting interview.
    Boris Karloff was a great pipe smoking actor. Never kick a black cat! Never kick a black cat, especially if you are going to be on a catwalk!
    Rant – Yes, political correctness to the max. I think I would cancel my opera membership, If I had one. I’m not that highbrow.
    By the way, will you be doing anything special for election day? I am glad that the opera goes on, but the threatened cancelation should not have happened.
    Good show, keep up the good work at the new location.

  • I was very pleased with your interview, Brian, and I also thank you for the credit you gave me during your broadcast. Glynn is an interesting fellow who makes terrific blends, and you brought out the best in him as a good interviewer should. Lots of good information always makes for a worthwhile listen. As a fan of Glynn’s blends, I hope the podcast will bring him lots of business. I know the tobaccos will make the smokers happy they bought his products.
    Too bad you’re not dressing up for Halloween. You could go to the snobby sections of LA dressed as a smoking pipe, and watch the home owners faint. Don’t worry, there’s enough people on this site to post your bail!!

  • I have always liked to roll two Escudo coins together and then jam them into my pipe. Not too deep, of course. Them I tear off the excess sticking out the top of the bowl. I will have to try your method on other flakes.
    The interview with Glynn Quelch was quite enjoyable. Probably because the topic of emphasis was something different. Good discussion of blending. Shame it is such a pain in the keister to order tobacco from the UK. In looking at his website he seems to have a lot of aromatics.
    Loved the Boris Karloff reading. Probably his most well known reading was his narration of “The Grinch that Stole Christmas”. Never cared for horror movies so my favorite movie of his is “Charlie Chan at the Opera”.
    I, too, have given up dressing for Halloween. We don’t get enough trick-or-treaters to make it worth while. I have reached an age where most people would tell you my non-costumed look is far scarier than any costume.
    Carmen is a wonderful opera. Elina Garanca’s performance as Carmen a few years ago at the MET was incredible. Her rendition of “La Habanera” would be a wonderful musical interlude. The West Australian Opera Company can eat kangaroo dung and die for all I care.
    I agree that vendors should stay for the whole show but sometimes it is not always practical.

  • I loved the “All Tobacco” show! Your conversation with Glynn was both entertaining and informative. And, the other Englishman, Boris Karloff, supplied the perfect aural intro for Hallowe’en.
    You know, doing the show in your basement will have a truly echt podcast feel to it.
    It seems “Down Under” has a real problem with Carmen. Back in the 1990s the Auckland Opera Company got complaints for an advertising poster showing Carmen with cleavage. Philosophy professor and arts critic, the late Denis Dutton, responded with a synopsis for a “Smoke-Free Carmen” on his arts blog. Those who are familiar with the opera’s story (and even those who aren’t) will enjoy this politically correct satire:

  • The tried and true “Mac Baren Fold”! I first saw this on the Mac Baren website. If you use this method, be prepared for a long smoke. And according to Per this is how the flakes and coins are supposed to be enjoyed. But I find that if I don’t have the time for a 2 hour smoke, I have to rub it out.
    I loved the interview with Glynn. I have been watching his videos for quite some time on You Tube and enjoyed every one. He is definitely passionate about his craft. I will certainly be trying some of his blends.
    The Boris clip brought me back to my childhood watching the old Creature Feature movies. Loved it.
    The PC community is as pervasive as a virus. I am glad to hear that the WAOC back pedaled on their decision. Although it took the Australian PM’s influence to do it.
    Great show.

  • Another Fantastic show, being in the UK I’m saddens to say I haven’t heard about Glynn or his tobacco’s sooner. My next stop after this is his website. Next time I have some Flakes I’ll try and remember the new method, I usually just shred them.
    The black cat was too scary for me, I’ll try it again when I’m not alone outside in the dark and I agree with the rant, it’s just daft to edit something like that using our “Modern Sensibilities” (Which are stupid enough on their own) all in all another fantastic show, can’t wait for next weeks. Hope the studio move goes smoothly.

  • Great show Brian and Kevin!! Really, great show. Love to learn more about tobacco!! I gotta try this flake folding method, I usually only use a grinder and can’t complain about the results. What a great interview. I want to hear more! Hope I can get some of his blends down here in Brazil. Rant – some people have nothing better to do in their lives! Complaining about a great opera because it contains a smoking scene!! Watch Bobby McFeerin singing Don’t worry – Be happy in utube and suck it up (30 million views by the way!!)He is even smoking a pipe in the beginning of the video!!! Can’t miss a single show guys. Is that good!

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