The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 144

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 James Gilliam. James is an American pipe maker living in Germany. He traveled the world in the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician. One day he decided to try to fix one of his pipes, and the rest is history. In Pipe Parts Brian will talk about the different cuts of tobaccos. Some of us never even think of this, and others have quite specific preferences. We will also have a Father’s Day Gift Guide for pipe smokers. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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3 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    A bit late tonight as I was at a Ham Radio Club meeting…however,
    Congrats on the graduation. You must be a proud Dad.
    Different cuts of tobacco allow for different pipe smoking experiences in terms of packing, burn rate, draw, and eventually taste of the tobacco. Nice Summary.
    You keep coming up with these pipe makers that I do not know, and James Gilliam is another one. I’ll bet he got beyond some blood stained pipes. Amazing that he bounced around so much and was able to learn how to make a quality pipe. It is quite different to hear of a pipe maker who does it for relaxation and not the $$. Nice interview.
    Music – Dom Flemmons song “Loan me your Heart” was interesting.
    I really don’t think you want an asbestos blanker….maybe fire resistant, but definitely not asbestos. Next thing you will want is one of those asbestos pipes from the 1950s. Nice ideas for fathers day. I hope the appropriate people were listening.
    Rant – I agree, a time limit should be placed on elections. 30-45 days is reasonable, not a year + ahead of time. But then again, look how much money is involved.
    Great show, keep up the good work.

  • Congratulations on the graduation. That is just great.
    I really like different cuts of tobaccos. Ropes, plugs, cube cut, ribbon cut, coins, shag, etc. are all useful.
    Enjoyed the interview very much. I could certainly relate to the traveling portion of Jim’s life. From grades 1 – 12 (I didn’t go to kindergarten for some reason) I attended 19 different schools without ever getting expelled.
    Jim’s story of getting into pipe making was a little different than most. I got a kick out of his story of his billiard issues. At last year’s KC Carving Contest for billiard pipes we got over 55 entries and yet there weren’t 10 of them that would pass the literal test of what is a billiard. I am looking forward to meeting Jim at the KC pipe show.
    Just loved the Dom Flemmons song. You could almost hear Louis Armstrong singing this.
    Nascar apron is a good idea but an asbestos anything is bad.
    Denmark runs a parliamentary style government in which the leader of the party is automatically the party candidate for the top job so there is no need for primaries. Becoming the top guy in your party is all about back room wheeling and dealing. You have to work your way through the party system. Their system generates guys who know how to “work the room” to build a consensus and get legislation passed enacted. Ours tends to more about “charisma” and “packaging” and have to learn governing on the fly.

  • thanks for the posts fellas.. I really had a hoot at the show…and it was a pleasure meeting everybody that attended… although I’ve only attended one other show in the U.S. …. this one was right on par with the Speyer Pipe Show .. from the Thursday evening pipe club meeting until my departure Monday afternoon, conversation was great and well worth the 18 hour trip from my house
    as for your choice in music for this podcast Brian.. the Dom Flemmons song was perfect… I really enjoy his musical style…