The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 225

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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 Ken Barnes. Ken has quite a history in the British pipe world. He has three generations of family in the pipe and tobacco business. When he was 15-years old he got a summer job sweeping the floors in the Charatan pipe factory. Eventually, he became the Managing Director of the company. He has also been involved with Ben Wade and Upshall pipes. In the Pipe Parts segment, Brian will start the first in a series of famous pipe smokers from the past. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Photo by Rick Newcombe. See his article that includes Ken here

Ken Barnes on Radio Show Episode 178, February 9, 2016

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3 Responses

  • Yes! That’s the way to start off a New Year! Mr. Barnes was just amazing. And, really, “Ken and Barry Pipes,” how exciting a prospect is that?
    The Earl Hines tune was terrific.
    When I quit smoking cigarettes in 1966 (50 years ago!), I was up to two packs of Camels a day. Despite what that commercial said, I’m sure there’s quite a multitude of alveoli I scorched, back in the day.
    Rock hard buns and cold butter (I’m sure there’s a joke somewhere in there). I am so with you on this. If you’re gonna charge me “Market Price” for a New York Strip, there’d better be some warm bread and whipped butter on the table.
    Merry New Year!

  • It’s nice to hear that Mr. Barnes has discovered renewed interest in the art and craft of pipe making.
    I’ll enjoy looking at any and all of these next productions he manages to complete.
    That he can look at his endeavor on his own terms with only self ascribed time constraint, and with collaboration of an old and trusted friend, is a gift I hope he enjoys to the fullest.
    So many informative tid bits in his interviews! What a storied pipe history!
    Nice work gentlemen.
    Mike (almost 3 yrs into my ‘new’ hobby)

  • Another fantastic show, Ken has so much to offer. It’s exciting to learn of his renewed contact with Barry Jones and the possibility of a pipe from that team. I also hope Ken can follow thru and document his life experiences with pipes via a book.