The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 115

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 Pipe Maker Jonathan Lavezzo. Jonathan has taken his experiences as a pipe smoker, woodworker, and cabinet maker to be able to offer some of the most reasonably priced handmade pipes one can buy. In “Pipe Parts”, Brian will talk about how to date a Dunhill pipe … and not in a romantic way. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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10 Responses

  • Hi Brian,
    Kids! Boy friends, Girl friends- Get the shotgun ready!
    Dating Dunhill pipes, dating any pipe is important to appreciate the history of the pipe. Now, to find a 1949 birth-year Dunhill.
    I have heard of Jonathan Levezzo and moonshine pipes from facebook, but have not seen his work, except through photographs. I like his approach of making a nice pipe at a decent price. The pipes on his website look very nice. The bulldog shape has always been one of the harder pipes to make. Your interview brings back memories of my Dad who made beer and wine. I remember one jug of Tomato wine he made that tasted like Harvey’s Bristol Cream sherry. I like Johnathan’s attitude and he will be a pipe maker to keep an eye on.
    White Christmas, heck, according to the weather map, you may have a white Thanksgiving. Bing is always good for a music selection.
    OMG, a RAVE – Brian, I am thankful we have people (you and Kevin) in our hobby that enjoys hosting the pipe podcast and bring us a plethora of great information. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Great show, keep up the good work!

  • I haven’t been here much lately, but still haven’t missed a show!
    I too will be investigating a birth year Dunhill in the near future. Hopefully I will be able to bring it on the cruise! and are two of my favorite websites. I am always using those for reference.
    I really enjoyed the interview with Jonathan. I think that it is cool that he is making a super affordable handmade pipe. This guys gets what it is all about. I am nonplussed about using molded stems. Hell, even GBD had pipes with molded stems. Pre-transition pipes to boot!
    I loved the music choice. Always been a Bing fan. The only other pipe that has a shaped named after a person (at least that I know of) is the Oom Paul otherwise known as the Hungarian.
    I am thankful for this podcast. It may seem cheesy or corny, but I can’t tell you how much I enjoy it. I look forward to it every week. Thanks, gents. I hope your Thanksgiving was great!

  • I haven’t been here much lately, but I haven’t missed a show!
    I am glad you mentioned and I always use those sites for reference. There is so much information there. I too will be looking for a birth year Dunhill. Hopefully I will be able to bring it on the cruise.
    I enjoyed Jonathan’s interview. I think it is awesome that he is making handmade pipes for under $100. This is a guy that really gets it. I wish him all the luck in the world in what he is doing. As for the molded stems, even GBD made pre-transition pipes with molded stems.
    I loved the Bing selection “Count You Blessings”. I have always been a Bing fan. The Oom Paul is the only other pipe that I know of that was named for a person.
    I am thankful for the whole pipe smoking community! I am especially thankful for this podcast. It is one of the highlights of my week. Not only do you do a great job, you are doing a great service. Thank you.
    I hope your Thanksgiving was a great one!

  • Brian, great show yet again. That was a concise summary of Dunhill date codes. I have a birth year Dunnie but am lucky that I’m an England 26 (some homework for those of you who don’t know the date codes 😉 and they’re not that expensive as the patent years! I’ve seen Mr. Lavezzo’s pipe and it’s good to see people have an affordable artisan option outside of factory pipes. You may or may not remember “The Dagners” on youtube from your Joe Case interview but I believe they are a catalyst of the poker shape. They have quite a following of the younger pipe community members. The son, Jayson Dagner, is a big fan of pokers and pretty much launched Joe Case’s career and popularized the Jake Hackert poker. The Dagner Slayer is one of Joe’s popular shapes. And…it’s a poker 😉 Also, for new carvers, I would say it’s comparatively easier to carve (considering the work it takes to get a billiard or bulldog done right). Loved listening to Bing serenade us this week. They don’t make music like they used to. Have a Happy Turkey day. Your friend in Japan, Andrew. P.S. You need to try GQ BurPer Kake!

  • Great show Brian. “He hates these cans” is a reference to the only good Steve Martin movie, “The Jerk”.

  • Really good discussion of Dunhill Dating. I wish there was a chance in hell of me remembering it.
    Very pleasant interview. I had never heard of Jonathan Levezzo. I did go to his site to look at his pipes and was disappointed to see he had none for sale and wasn’t likely to anytime soon. Obviously business is good. Don’t see how he can really support himself with pipes selling from $75 – $150. You would have to make and sell 2 pipes a day just to get by.
    The Lovat might be considered a shape named after a person.
    You can never go wrong with Der Bingle as a musical guest. Kudos for passing on the tired “White Christmas” and going with the wonderful “Count Your Blessings”.
    You can never go wrong taking a little time and counting your blessings.

  • I have been listening to the show for about a year now. Look forward to it every week. One of the best interviews of a down to earth pipe maker in my estimation. Thanks. Looking forward to adding one of his pipes to my collection.

  • Good to hear of another up and coming pipe maker. Who says the U.S. never makes anything anymore.
    Bing Crosby is my favorite crooner. “Counting Your Blessings” is a wonderful segway song for this time of year.

  • You have given me a couple of missions now. Finding a birth year Dunhill, and looking into a Moonshine Pipe. I like Johnathan’s business model to keep prices down and getting new people excited about pipe smoking.
    Hope that more people with these skills get involved in making pipes. But you are right there are very few blenders. Not too long ago there were tobacconist in all the larger towns now you may have to travel quite a ways to get to a true tobacco shop.
    Great show,

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