The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 139

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 Dan Nemets. In 2009 (the same year that started) at just 19-years old, Dan was mentioned and pictured in a Wall Street Journal article about the resurgence of pipe smoking amongst young adults. He is one of the original members of The Order of Collegiate Pipe Smokers, and now the owner of Pipe Parts will about Unsmoked Aged Pipes from this forum thread.. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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8 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    It has been hot here in the burgh. The small size of a large number of finished pipes can easily be hidden or lost in a large plant. They may have cost too much to have finished if a company was going out of business. Now, they may be financially justified to be finished and sold. A good way to have a nice pipe if you are new to the hobby.
    I have seen Dan Nemets at the Chicago show several times, including this past one. His observation of the Chicago pipe show is dead on. As he noted, the difference between a ‘basket’ pipe and hand made pipes is quite distinctive. Once you cross that boundary, there is no going back. His ideas for American Pipe Makers is a good one – spreading the word about new talented pipe makers. He has a great idea and I hope he succeeds. Anyone that like McClelland #5100 is a star to me.
    Music – “KIss the Girl” was a good selection. Yes, it sounds like the Beach Boys.
    Rant – A big part of a show is just getting exposure. You may be surprised to find out you get sales after the show. Happened to me.
    I have been smoking a morta pipe that I picked up from Rick Black, whose table was next to ours at Chicago. It is quite different. I can’t smoke it like a steam engine. It forces me to smoke slowly, like our friend Bill and it gives a unique smoking experience. Could you have a guest (perhaps Trevor Talbert) that could tell us about Morta pipes?
    Great Show.

  • I enjoyed the discussion about unsmoked finished pipes was enjoyable. Very informative as usual.
    Nobody deserves a Doctor of Pipes award more than you.
    The Chicago Show keeps getting bigger. I spent all-day Friday just going to activities and not the pre-show. I must say Ben Rappaport is a curmudgeon. I am not in his league.
    What can I say about the interview? I am really surprised no one else has thought about spreading the word about American Carvers. I can’t wait to tell Mike Butera and Lee Von Erck they predate history. Not sure how you can predate History and still have been heard of. They must have went to the fossil record.
    I really like “Kiss the Girl” but the guy in the movie was far better than Brian Wilson.
    Loved your rant. Most vendors view a show based on their sales success. One of the real problems with all shows is that we have way too many sellers. It would be nice if we could get back to being half-sellers and half-displayers.

  • I can’t believe anyone would say the Chicago Show wasn’t a good show! Most of the makers I talked to did better on Friday than they did Saturday or Sunday as far as actual selling, but the place was packed and I think John Seiler is right: it was great exposure!
    My only complaint about the interview with Mr. Nemets is that it didn’t happen BEFORE the show. I would have sought him and his table out. I must have missed his table there. There was just too much to take it. I think it’s awesome to know that there’s a retailer out there with the passion and approach he’s taking. I’m going to be keeping an eye on his site when purchase time comes around. This hobby never ceases to amaze me. The character, integrity, and dedication of makers, blenders, retailers, and collectors is unparalleled in my opinion (Brian, you can be an expert on my opinion now too). Also, thank you again for your Disney World advice Friday night. It’s always great to talk with you and I can’t wait to do it again.

  • Thanks to Brian Levine for dealing in detail with my Forums question about how troves of partially completed pipes survive decades and return to the retail market, on the pipes magazine talk show. His experience with pipe makers gave him insight on how hundreds of partially complete pipes made for specific retailers who may have gone out of business get packed away in boxes to be rediscovered many moons later, when the briar has had time to dry and lose weight, so these pipes are often fine smokers at great prices, such as the Hilson and Ropp pipes that have surfaced over the past few years. Great information from “the inside.” Thank you so much!

  • I just listened to the show AGAIN!…I just had to hear Lori’s voice. I admit that the first time through I may not have been paying attention, but after reading her two articles recently, I was intrigued to hear her talk with those in mind.
    I love the exit song! Happy Trails!

  • Your interview with Dan Nemets was interesting because it is always good to see young people involved with the world of pipes. At this year’s show I shared my table with Coco Joura, a 25-year-old who is earning her master’s degree as an opera singer. Her father is Karl Heinz Joura, who makes some of the best smoking pipes ever, in my opinion. I first met Coco when she was 12 and wrote about my visit with her father and family in “In Search of Pipe Dreams.” I also spent a lot of time at this year’s show with a Belgian collector named Steven Van Puyvelde, who is 34. There is something energizing about spending time at a pipe show with young people.