The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 185

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 Danish Pipe Artisan Tonni Nielsen. Tonni has been making pipes for 46-years. He started in Denmark working at W.O. Larsen for a few years. He then went on to work with Teddy Knudsen, and Hans Nielsen (Former pipes). He has been making pipes under his own name for several decades now. In the "Pipe Parts" segment Brian will delve into the world collectible pipes again, and this time he will discuss how to date Barling pipes. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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5 Responses

  • Good episode, though I felt your guest was a bit too quiet and reserved. After nearly four years of you doing this show I’d like to see you change those final 5 questions. Maybe you could put together several different sets of questions and rotate them from episode to episode. Just some food for thought as change can sometimes be a good and refreshing thing.
    Also, “no right answer no wrong answer”. Can you clarify “no right answer”?
    Loving the show and am nearly caught up on all the back episodes. This show is invaluable to new and seasoned pipe smokers alike. Thanks so much for continuing to do it.

  • With all due respect to Mike, I’ve been listening to the show since it began, and I’m comfortable with the format. Maybe it’s because I’m old and set in my ways, but I abhor change for the sake of change. Besides, it’s your show, do what you want.
    That said, I really enjoyed the easy pace of your conversation with Tonni.
    I was lucky, a few years ago, to sit with Tonni and Barbara, at our Chicago Show Friday dinner. He and his wife were so gracious to my wife, Linda, and me, as we chatted, for quite a while, about all manner of things. I always make a point of stopping at his table, during our Chicago Shows, to admire his gorgeous pipes, and chat with him and his wife.
    Nice tune. It doesn’t always have to be pipe related. Good music is always welcome.
    Thanks for another fine show.

  • Hi Brian,
    I actually prefer smoking in my den/library as opposed to on the deck. But then again, on a hot night it is nice to sit on the deck and smoke a fine pipe.
    Pre-transition Barling pipes are great acquisitions and smokes.
    Tonni Nielsen is well known in the pipe community. We are fortunate that he came to America. I always enjoy seeing him and his pipes at the Chicago Show.
    Music – Dave Bruebeck -When You Wish Upon a Falling Star – a la base and piano – nice and easy.
    Rant – Walt Disney tv 60th anniversary show – What can I say, so much of TV is a wasteland. I think that was a title of a book many years ago, or something like that.
    Good Show.

  • we all realize, Brian,
    that you are in the midst of YOUR mid life,
    by the way you
    ‘patronize’ your older and wiser guests.
    I’ve been smoking pipes for only two years,
    yet, I am older than Tonni.
    I don’t feel like the doddering old fool
    that I really am,
    and don’t appreciate whipper snappers
    making snide comments about seniority.
    I’m sitting here in my shorts with a bowl of tobacco and really enjoying getting to know this ‘community’.
    Loved the Brubeck music.
    Wonderful show, keep it lit!

  • Well nice discussion of Barling. I believe Tad Gage re-wrote his series on Barling pipes and their history. Jon Guss did some major research that greatly improved the dating of Barling pipes and other things.
    Tonni Nielsen was a great guest. He was a little quiet and he while his English was quite good he still speaks with it a little softly. I am great supporter of the American carver but Tonni Nielsen is my favorite pipe carver.
    The music didn’t do much for me but it was harmless.
    Yeah, those TV shows that are nothing but infomercials on upcoming telecast are insanely annoying.