The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 123

Kevin Godbee
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6 Responses

  • Hi Brian,
    I followed the photos of your Disneyland trip. Looks like you had a good time.
    IMHO, either store tobacco in the original tin or else use mason jars. Your thoughts are good.
    Tyler Beard (Tyler Lane pipes) is a name that is familiar to me. I have not smoked any of his pipes, but who knows? The progression of pipes, pipe making, and pipe smoking on the internet has definitely been interesting, and now we have facebook groups and instagram.
    JRR Tolkien, a customer in a tobacco shop – great find. It did sound like him, but I will have to go through some of the recordings in my collection. – nice.
    Rant – abbreviations are the way of the future. You better get use to it. Sometimes it takes a while to figure it out. Just remember, FM=Frog Morton, FMOT= Frog Morton on the town, and FMOTB= Frog Morton on the Bayou. Better just get use to it.
    Good show, Pete.

  • It is always good to hear the best ways to store tobaccos. You didn’t mention keeping the tobacco in its original sealed tin for aging. I have a number of tins that are stashed away getting some years on them.
    I have got to hand it to Tyler. Taking a sabbatical to spend time with his family is the best investment and use of time a person can make. That in and of itself is commendable. I know that I, for one am happy to see him making pipes again. Now I will have a chance to pick one up.
    I used to be one of the users to abbreviate prolifically. I stopped doing it a while ago when I heard people using terms like “vacay” for vacation, or Cali for California. Are we getting so lazy now that we can’t even pronounce the complete word?
    JRR Tolkien doesn’t sound at all like I imagined him to sound. I don’t know why. That was a very cool clip though.
    Great show, gentlemen.

  • One of the very best shows. The discussion of how to store tobaccos was really useful and seemed to be spot on. I guess I am going to have raise my opinion of Brian’s opinion.
    Just loved the Tyler Beard interview. He seemed to be the guy that was there at the beginning. He had to learn how to carve his own pipes rather than getting on a website forum and getting quality instruction. His PipeMakers Forum is just a godsend to new pipemakers. I really don’t think we need any more new carvers, but if you are going to be one of those you have to take advantage of this site.
    I have told more than one young carver not to take commissions but they just don’t see it. To the newbie it is a badge of honor to get commissions but in the long haul it just buries the carver in work he really doesn’t want to do.
    Many of the newest carvers are using Instagram/Facebook as their internet presence rather than having a website. It isn’t better but it sure is cheaper and faster.
    Tyler has done great work in raising the level of interest in pipe smoking and pipe clubs in the Oklahoma/Texas region.
    I went to his website and he does the one thing that drives me crazy about carvers and their websites. Yes, it is good to know that the pipe is sold, but for the love-of-the-briar could you leave the selling price on display?
    The old radio clip was absolutely cool!! I do have a question. If this museum has clips of the calls of extinct birds how do they know it is really that bird??

  • I enjoyed the interview with Tyler, he is a pioneer in the artisan world.
    On abbreviations or acronyms, unfortunately they are paRt of every Web forum, no matter the genre. A rookie would be well served to learn some basic terms. We have at least one thread here on those terms. Don’t forget, like on doing right now, many folks use their phones for posting. While I can “swerve” type quite well, “My Mixture” takes four additional steps to display properly. Additionally, if folks tag their posts, that makes searching more effective.
    The Tolkien audio was priceless.

  • I agree with kcghost that pipemakers should leave pricing or have pricing listed even after a sale. I like Tyler’s pipes, but need more information.
    I never use MM965 as a descriptor, I use Dunhill 965. But I don’t mind Peterson’s called “Petes” or Savinellis called “Savs”.

  • I’m glad you guys found the interview worthwhile. It was a pleasure talking to Brian.
    Leaving prices up on a website is a difficult and complex decision. If one’s prices were static, it would be simpler. Also, if these were factory items with a simple price-tier structure it would be easy. Instead, each price is semi-unique to the piece. Different embellishments, different grain/flaw qualities — not always apparent in photos — makes for prices that aren’t easily differentiated on a website. As I mentioned in the interview, my website acts as a brochure. I haven’t updted it in about 4 years. The price of those pipes wouldn’t perfectly reflect what I might charge today.
    If you were to inquire about a pipe I had just posted on Instagram, and I tell you the price is $450, I don’t want to get in a a situation where someone feels cheated because the “same” pipe sold on my website for $375.
    I don’t retain prices because I don’t want to mislead anyone. If I am hearing you guys correctly you are frustrated because you have no idea if you want one of my pipes because you haven’t a clue how much they cost. Makes sense. Maybe the solution is posting a price range somewhere on the site?
    To clear things up:
    My pipes start at $400 for blasts, and $750 for smooths. That is the base price, and they go up from there depending on factors like embellishments and grain/blast quality..
    Obviously I have gotten over the shock of $75 pipes! 🙂
    Again, thanks for the kind words guys.