The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 171

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 John Crosby. John holds a Masters in Fine Art from Purdue University, where he teaches the same. In addition to making pipes, John also does sketches and paintings of pipes as well. In the "Pipe Parts" segment Brian will discuss strange Christmas traditions from around the world. We will have Christmas music and more in this Special Extended Holiday Edition of The Pipes Magazine Radio Show.  Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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8 Responses

  • Hi Brian,
    I see I logged in correctly tonight.
    My strange pipe tradition is to smoke my Santa Clause Meerschaum once a year, during the Christmas Season.
    John Crosby dove into the deep end of the pool when he visited the Chicago Pipe Show 4 months after starting a pipe. I think he exemplifies the need for a steady job while getting into pipe carving. You don’t get rich quick. It is refreshing to see someone who makes a pipe just for the art in itself. I believe I have seen him at the Chicago show. Anyone who like McClelland #5100 is a friend of mine. Great interview.
    Note to Brian – a “boilermaker”, in Pittsburgh, is a shot and a beer i.e., a shot with a beer chaser.
    Music – Like old blue eyes, you can’t beat der Bingen at the holidays.
    Rant/Rave – I agree
    Have a nice Christmas, Brian.

  • My holiday tradition is smoking my Ben Wade Golden Matt Freehand that I bought 30 years ago at Tinder Box, it was the first high end pipe I ever purchased, it cost $150.00 and I had to put it in layaway and make payments on it. John Crosby was a very interesting individual. Great choice for music, I like the old traditional Christmas songs. Have a Merry Christmas Brian!

  • Another fantastic show, Brian! Helped me survive yet another session on the Elliptical Machine of Death and Despair this afternoon… I Especially enjoyed the unusual Christmas traditions, along with Bing, and Burl. We have a skeleton crew for Christmas at our home this year too, but looking forward to a more relaxed celebration that will afford. Hope your son finds a way to bless some folks, and finds himself blessed as a result.
    I the interview with John Crosby was fantastic! John was very active on the Pipemaker’s forum when I first started making pipes in 2006, and I enjoyed meting him at a show in 2007. I think the first was St. Louis in 2007, but it may have been Chicago that year. I found a lot of encouragement and inspiration from both his pipes and his posts on the forum. Both Kurt Bosi and Tyler Beard helped a bunch of us coming up in those years!
    John has his own style, and he found it early on. Always enjoyed seeing him at the pipe shows, and miss him and seeing his excellent pipes! His pipe concept sketches are wonderful too!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Brian!

  • My holiday tradition is to smoke a 1940’s Kaywoodie Churchwarden that I restored. It only gets smoked twice a year, Christmas and Thanksgiving.
    “Krampus” is also a Bavarian (Alpine region) tradition in Germany that my mothers family celebrated. We put out shoes out on Dec 5th in hopes of receiving candy and treats OR switches if we were bad. Somehow, I always came away with treats. A few years ago, I found this ceramic Krampus that goes on our fireplace hearth that evening. My wife hates it and the tradition, so that makes it even more fun!

  • The Xmas traditions segment was a lot of fun. I don’t have a smoking Holiday tradition but I have watched “A Christmas Carol” with Alistair Aim every Xmas Eve for some 40+ years. “Family Guy” would tell you Krampus serves the useful purpose of punishing bad children while Santa Claus just wants to spoil them.
    A number of years ago at the KC show I met John Crosby, Adam Davidson and Steve Morrisette. Really nice fellows all of whom were just starting to make their way in the pipe world. I can’t remember if I bought my first of two Crosby’s at the show or off his web site. The second I got at the St. Louis Show. I don’t usually care for big bulky pipes so John’s pipes were made to order for me. For small pipes they have a good amount of wood around the bowl which I need. Maybe John will return to pipe making someday.
    Loved the Bing Crosby song. Very few of us today realize what a major player Bing was in the entertainment industry in his day. Huge in record sales, huge in the movies, huge on radio, and he didn’t do bad on TV. I have always liked Burl Ives as a singer. I expected to hear “Holly, Jolly Christmas” but the reading of “The Night Before Christmas” as wonderful. Probably the more so because I didn’t get around to listening to the show until Xmas evening.
    Your advice to your son was spot on. If you are going to do a job do the best you can with a positive helping attitude. You will feel better and those you help will be very appreciative. And every once in a while you will have a significant impact on someone’s life.

  • Hi Brian,
    The St. Louis Pipe Club would greatly appreciate your mentioning our upcoming Pipe Show and Swap, February 20th, 2016 at the Webster Groves Masonic Lodge. I posted more details in the forum section under radio show and general discussion. Also, anyone interested, that is not on our mailing list, may contact me for more information. The show web site is: My name and phone number is: Bob Metzler, 7630 Bracken Circle, St. Louis, MO 63123 314-434-0920. You may also contact a fellow show coordinator, Harry Malin, by text during the day at 314-619-0822 or by phone at that number in the evening.

  • Hi Brian,
    Fantastic show! Our only Xmas tradition is listening to the soundtrack of ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ by Vince Guaraldi Trio. Now, this year, a funny thing happened – my wife and I forgot to listening to it but our little 2.5 years old daughter put it by mistake in our CD player! It was a surprise to see the songs playing even though we had forgot about it!
    The interview with John Crosby was great! I really love art and loved the way he described pipe making. It was very ‘poetic’. For instance, when he talked about the pleasure of polishing the Briar. I listened the whole thing twice!
    Great song. I listened it 4 or 5 times again since the show. The closing with ‘The Night Before Christmas’ was very touching indeed.