The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 195

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 Scott "Sparky" Harris of Sparky’s Pipes. Scott started smoking pipes in 1989 while serving in the military in South Korea. Like a lot of pipe makers, he started making pipes because he couldn’t afford high quality pipes. Now, he makes pipes that are intricately hand-carved works of art. In the "Pipe Parts" segment, Brian will discuss the English factory’s classic shaped pipes from the 30s, 40s and 50s—Dunhill, Comoy’s, GBD, Charatan and more. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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5 Responses

  • WOW! I was completely blown away by tonight’s show.
    “Sparky” Harris’ story is an amazing one, and the conversation was just outstanding.
    The mini collection you spoke of in Pipe Parts, is very similar to mine; one, or a few, of those wonderful English oldies, including a Pre-Trans Barling’s pot.
    The music selection was tremendously powerful. Gaelynn Lea’s song, and her awesome story of triumph over disability, is truly inspiring.
    This show, of people making the absolute best of the cards they were dealt, should be required listening for that person “banned” from the Forum.
    But, then again, it might be as fruitful as explaining Django Reinhardt’s music to a Koala.
    Thanks for a most engaging and meaningful show.

  • I was enthralled, and listening to Sparky, his story about getting zapped, and thought: Oh! Maybe that’s why they call him Sparky?
    Then, as the conversation ensued, I thought: Oh boy, I can’t wait to hear Sparky answer the fast five.
    What’s your favorite pipe memory?
    Mine? OH! I’ve got pipes!

  • Brian,
    Your interview with Scott Harris was not only entertaining and educating, but man what a fascinating and inspiring story. I have followed him on social media for years, always impressed by his creations and now, after hearing this interview, am even more impressed. What really struck me was not once did he express any regret or pity but instead held a zeal pipe carving and truly living one day at a time. Also thought highly of him for protecting his weekends as family time – seems to have his priorities straight as well. Well done!

  • A really fine show. I especially liked the Pipe Parts segment on the old standards of our industry. Dunhill, Barling and Comoy are the gold standards of our hobby. Granted their best day has long passed but their “Old Wood” pipes are really something.
    Your interview with Scott Harris was highly entertaining. He is a very pleasant person. Considering his back story its amazing that he is alive. Its interesting the compensation he has made to live a normal life. His pipes do have an an original flair.
    As for people getting banned form the forum some folks just don’t get it. It is so easy to disagree with someone without resorting to belligerence. I was on one forum where you could just easily muzzle some one by muting them. if you don’t see their posts you don’t get mad. Some peoples opinions are just not worth hearing.

  • Mr. Levine is a super nice guy, really down to earth and want to thank him for everything. My family and myself were very grateful that he allowed me on the show as it is a highlight of my pipe making career! Its a good day to be a pipe maker!