The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 147

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 Steve Norse of Vermont Freehand. Steve has been making pipes for 10-years. In addition to making pipes, he offers pipe making supplies, such as briar, bog oak, olive wood, and meerschaum blocks. Steve also plays mandolin. In “Pipe Parts”, we will continue our summer series on the history of tobacco, going into the 17th century where some pretty interesting things happened, such as tobacco taxes. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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5 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    …and the history of tobacco continues.
    Steve Norse, another new name to me in the pipe world. Interesting, pipe maker first, pipe smoker second and pipe making materials supplier last. A man for all seasons. If his website were a catalog, it would be quite thick. A pipe maker that only makes about 12 pipes a year. I will try to see if I can find one of his pipes. Very interesting interview.
    Music – Jethro Tull, “Thick as a Brick” is a song that I had not heard before. nice.
    Rant – Selfie sticks is a trend. Taking and posting too many selfies tells a lot about the poster. Enough said.
    Nice show.

  • Thanks for hosting a very informative podcast this evening. I just started making Pipes 9 months ago and I learn something new every time I step into my shop. I have been ordering all of my supplies from Steve and he has been a great resource. Tonight was the first time that I listened to your show, looking forward to digging into the archives.

  • A wonderfully fascinating show tonight! The conversation with Steve covered so many interesting aspects of pipes and pipe making. Delightful!
    I remember coming home from the record shop (that’s a B&M store that sold record albums, LPs, for you younger folk), ripping off the shrink-wrap, putting the record on the turntable, cranking it up to 11, unfolding the album cover, which became a full 12 page tabloid-sized, fake newspaper, “The St. Cleve Chronicle,” and read the entire paper (written by Ian Anderson and his band-mates, as a Python-esque spoof of small village weeklies), LMAO as the speakers rattled glassware throughout the house.
    Man, I love that album! A true classic. (I’m also a Kokomo fan.)
    And, really John, we’re of the same generation. You’ve never heard “Thick as a Brick?” Where the hell have you been for 43 years?
    Again, Brian, terrific show. Thanks.

  • Great show! As a woodworker but not a pipe maker, I really enjoyed the interview with Steve Norse. You did a nice job of lifting the curtain, so that we non-pipe makers could gain insight into the making of the pipe we enjoy so much. Thanks. Also enjoyed your interview of John David and his of you. And glad you mentioned the Oom Paul podcast; new to me and just subscribed.

  • The Pipe Magazine Radio Show has outlasted Selfie-Sticks for one simple reason. The Radio Show has socially redeemable qualities and is educational and entertaining.