The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 192

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 Japanese Pipe Artisan Smio Satou. Satou makes high-grade pipes that are works of art, and wonders in engineering at the same time. He was trained in both the Danish and Japanese styles of pipe making, and combines both skill-sets in his masterpiece pipes. In the "Pipe Parts" segment, Brian will talk about the fascination or fad of the reverse calabash pipe. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Below are examples of tsuishu (very thin multi-colored layers of Japanese lacquer that takes months to produce).

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4 Responses

  • Liked the music.
    As for your rant……
    You’re a PC.
    I am a Mac.
    I don’t have the same problem.

  • Well, hmmmm, oh well. Smio Satou interview was somewhat difficult interview to follow. It was somewhat difficult to follow as you had to listen to the translater, get the answer and then listen to the answer. And, of course, Mr. Satou was a very reserved speaker.
    Music wasn’t very good.
    PC problems can be a nightmare.
    Very funny the joke at the end.

  • I enjoyed the interview and thought it was quite unusual and very informative. The fact that the two pipes that Satou-san is holding in his hands in the picture above are pipes that I purchased made it all the more special. I am a huge fan of his and now have 8 of his pipes. All are just staggeringly beautiful and make me smile every time I pick one up. They wreak quality and you could tell from the interview that this man gives his all to every pipe he makes. And it shows. He is surely a model to which every pipemaker should aspire.

  • Hi Brian!
    I appreciate that your guest list is as eclectic as your music choices. Over the years, those with whom you’ve had conversations, have been from all over the pipe world; young and old, traditional and revolutionary, legendary and soon to be so. It is important, for those new to the community, to be aware of the people, ideas, techniques and traditions that helped nurture the present state of our pipe community, so that they may build upon, or react to, that ethos.
    The fascinating conversations of the past few weeks, with Peter Siegel, Andrew Marks and tonight’s guest, Smio Satou, attest to that rich history and artistry, which makes us such a special group.
    And, the old farts in the fly-fishing vests, and the tattoed, braided-beards can indeed work, symbiotically, to continue to nurture our “club.”
    Thanks again, for your own important contribution.