The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 141

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 Ping Zhan. Zhan is a Chinese pipe maker that has been making pipes since 2011. His pipe making skills have benefited from input by Tom Eltang, Per Billhall, and Jeff Gracik. In Pipe Parts Brian will talk about the interesting history of Tsuge Pipes along with some world history events that coincided. We will have music by the band Mother Folk whose members are all pipe smokers. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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7 Responses

  • HI overseas Brian,
    I have only ever smoked one Tsuge pipe that I broke in for a friend. I found it to be well made and smoked very good.
    Ping Zhan is someone with whom I am not familiar. I believe I saw him in Chicago this year. If I understood, he is seeking an international reputation so that he can then sell the pipes in China. Like all of us, he had a great time in Chicago.
    Music – Mother Folk, pipe smokers all – Nice song.
    Rant – Microsoft is a large Corporation….what do you expect? Sorry bud, you can’t get the best calculators ever made – Hewlett Packard- they don’t make them anymore. I have some old ones if you want one.
    Nice show. Safe travels.

  • The story on the Tsuges was very interesting. The Japanese have always placed a high value on hand craftsmanship as evidence by their “Living National Treasures” program. Their is a nice write up on the Tsuges on the Al Pascia website.
    Ping looks like he has some impressive pipes. I would like to have seen what they go for but none of his dealers had any for sale. The Scan Pipes people don’t take on just anybody. I was very impressed with his English. I always marvel at the people from other countries who can speak multiple languages where the best we can do is order a beer other languages.
    Microsoft like all pseudo monopolies can do just about whatever they want. They never give you an upgrade that doesn’t take something away. I still can’t Believe they took away the ability to search for files by file name.
    I didn’t comment on this last year: The Country Squire interview you did was wonderful. Those guys do a really nice job.

  • I loved hearing Mr. Zhan’s interview. I found it amazing to the extent he went to learn English. I guess there are worse methods than gazing at a young Jennifer Aniston.

  • Hi Brian, I have one Tsuge Ikebana pipe and it smokes wonderfully and they are beautiful to boot. Ping’s pipes are impressive and the music selection was very good.
    I did listen to the Country Squire show interview…thanks for the link as I can now download another show to my MICROSOFT iPad.

  • A very interesting show, as usual.
    I met and spoke and shared a smoke with both Sab Tsuge and Ping Zhan in the tent, at the Chicago show. Both artists were wonderful and outgoing conversationalists. I also stopped at their tables in the Mega Center, and marveled at their work.
    I, too, saw the “Country Squire” interview. It was very entertaining. And, as many have said, you do have the perfect face for radio.
    Really enjoyed Motherfolk.
    Till Tuesday,

  • A good show as usual…BUT… I skipped past the interview with Ping when he basically bashed Savinellis as being cheap and poorly engineered. I have 5 different Savinellis and they are some of my better pipes. I’ve never heard of anyone saying they had to send their Savinelli back because it wasn’t drilled properly or that the airway needed opening. To me, I associate anything made in China to cheaply made products and knock-off copies of brand name.
    I enjoyed listening to you on the Country Squire podcast also.

  • Good show Brian!
    Interesting stuff on Tsuge. I have a Tsuge dublin that smokes beautifully. Great virginia pipe.
    I was excited to hear you were interviewing Ping. I’ve been following him on Instagram for a while and his pipes look spectacular. I’ve been wanting his blowfish for a while now. If you haven’t looked at his pipes on there definitely check them out!