The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 166

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 Tim West. Tim is well-known as an artisan pipe maker, is an excellent pipe repairman, and the owner of pipe making and repair parts supplier J.H. Lowe. He has been making pipes since the 1970s, and his repair business took off in the 1990s. In "Pipe Parts", Brian will recount the answers to the "Fast Five Final Questions" that were submitted by several attendees of The West Coast Pipe Show where he was also the guest speaker. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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4 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    Hope you and Mickey are having a good time.
    Of course I know Tim West. He is one of the best pipe repairman, pipe carver, and parts supplier around, and he is a great all-around guy. He is my go-to-guy. He may not be the fastest, but he is the best. I am privileged to have a pipe he made which was presented to me by my co-workers upon my retirement. It is just fantastic, with the engraving and all. Great interview with good questions.
    Music – Louis Armstrong – When you wish upon a star is always great.
    Rave – Nice on getting the shirt you enjoy. There are so many good people in the pipe community.
    Great show.

  • Great show as always Brian.I know Tim personally,he has always given me great advice on pipe repair and how to start in the business. Through our conversations over the years at the NASPC show I found out that he is, like myself, a Freemason , so we share that fraternal bond along with the pipe smoking bond , I also own one of his pipes and have purchased some from his ebay store as well.My fast five are:Chuck Sands, PS Luxury Twist Flake, Iced Tea , Book , and smoking a pipe with Steve Fallon at the NASPC show this year. Keep up the good work.

  • I guess I haven’t listened to the intro carefully enough until tonight. It referred to your “vast mind”. I thought it was half tight.
    The review of “Fast Fives” from the Vegas show was entertaining. “Blood and Sand” is a scotch cocktail that blends scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, blood orange juice, and cherry. It was named after the famous Rudolph Valentino bull fighting movie “Blood and Sand”.
    Enjoyed the Tim West interview. Interesting that unlike today’s new wave carvers he did it because he needed to make money. Didn’t know he was an accomplished musician. Envious as all get out. I love music and the next note I hit will be the first. Tim does a good job of explaining why pipe repair can be very difficult.
    Louis Armstrong is great but he is no Jiminy Cricket.
    It is no news that Sally Gottleibson is a great person. I must admit I am a sucker for redhair (e.g. Maureen O’Hara ). And yes, the pipe community is just full of great people.

  • Another good show. I liked the reading of the “fast fives” from various pipe celebrities. This segment once again reinforces the fact that I am not a celebrity.
    A “Blood and Sand” cocktail is a mixture of Scotch, Cherry Heering, juice of a blood orange and sweet vermouth with a cherry. It is named after the Rudolph Valentino bullfighting movie of the same name.
    Tim West’s start in the pipe business was so much different than today’s wunderkind. He needed to make a living; it wasn’t just some whim.
    Satchmo is great but he is no Jiminy Cricket. Time to move on.
    Have a great time in the Land of the Mouse and pray he doesn’t find out about you and Minnie.
    Sally Gottleibson is just the greatest person. I enjoy her immensely. And yes, the pipe community has a ton of really great people. And a lot of them are hiding behind facades as irascible bastards.