The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 265

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 Paul Bender from the Chicago Pipe Club. Paul is the secretary and acting president of the Chicago Club. We talk his membership in the SOBs (Sons of Briar) Charatan Pipes and his collection of military swords. In Pipe Parts, Brian will do a review of the quite popular McClelland 5100 tobacco blend.  Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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4 Responses

  • It was great to hear my good friend Paul in conversation with you. He’s one of the absolute giants in our community. Paul is erudite, not only about pipes, but about subjects both common and arcane; a terrific raconteur.
    As for his lovely wife Sue, who is my table-mate and boss at the Chicago Show check-in table (and I do mean BOSS), who could not help but love her? She’s a sparkling gem of a person.
    The music was quite entertaining. And, your rant was spot-on. If you look up “prate” in the dictionary, there is a picture of a twenty-something, rambling on, with a distinct rolling of the eyes.
    Thanks for a great show,

  • The college I dropped out from didn’t feature many pipe smokers and this was back in ’66-’68.
    I was exposed to new smoking experiences, however.
    Great show! Didn’t realize it was long.
    The announcer is a liddle hard on Brian.

  • What a treat, I love the interview with Paul. His enthusiasm and passion for Charatan pipes was clearly evident. I was familiar with the various Charatan grades, but hearing Paul describe them made them come alive. As I write this, I’m smoking the one lone Charatan on my rack, a giant “Countryman” shape. I’d love a chance to ask Paul if he was aware of the origins of this shape, which to this point, is simply a mystery.

  • Paul Bender was a terrific guest. Very loquacious in speech. I can’t imagine a good reason why he hasn’t been awarded a Doctor of Pipes Award. I don’t really care for Charatans or any “old English wood” but I do enjoy listening to the fellows who do like them. Those folks have an amazing depth of knowledge.
    Enjoyed the pipe parts segment on McClelland 5100 despite the fact that it is not one of my favorites. It smells like a brick from the old Walt Disney house. You have to give props to Mike McNiel for doing an incredible job on all his Virginias.
    Nice photo at the end. How’d they do it??