The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 308

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 pipe maker Chris Askwith. Chris is a British pipe maker residing in Plymouth. He was a silversmith that discovered pipe smoking, and then realized that many of his tools could also be used for pipe making. He has been producing high quality standard English shapes, some with his own twist, for 10-years. In Pipe Parts, Brian will discuss a few of his favorite things when it comes to pipes and tobacco. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

Tonight’s show is sponsored by, Cornell & Diehl, Missouri Meerschaum, and Savinelli Pipes and Tobaccos. Please give them some consideration when making your next pipe or tobacco purchase.

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4 Responses

  • Good Show. I wouldn’t worry about twenty-five years from now because you won’t have any idea which end of a pipe to put the tobacco in.
    Tough interview with Chris after all the shows you have done lately where all you had to do was introduce the guest and then sit back like the rest of us and see where he takes us. For a young guy he makes some exquisite pipes.

  • I enjoyed Chris despite the audio problems. I did wonder at who the pipe maker was that first took him in. The name was inaudible.
    Like you I was very interested in his use of polyester for his stem work. I wonder why others don”t use it.
    I understand your response regarding the disappearing web sites, etc. I guess in their place the YouTube explosion has emerged. I don’t enjoy most of the YouTube stuff. I assume your show will not disappear during my lifetime.
    Finally, I’d be honored to be a guest on the show!

  • Great to hear the Chris’s on the show, Brian!
    Chris Askwith makes excellent pipes at very fair prices. I like his contemporary take on the classics. Enjoyed the interview in spite of the audio, which will help us appreciate your usual high production values all the more. I got to meet Chris when he had a table down from mine at the Chicago show the first year he came (may have been the only year he came). I think he’d only been making pipes a year or two at that point, and they already looked great!
    Thanks for playing the cut form Chris Thile’s, Thanks for Listening! Your right, it’s a different type of project for him–a collection of his Songs Of the Week from the Live From Here radio show. I’ve been enjoying this collection a lot, but it’s possible I’m a bit biased 😉
    Cool you get to spend the week working at McCranie’s! I’d love to spend a bit of retirement time that way, especially in a shop like McCranie’s!
    I don’t often remember to comment, but I always enjoy the show!

  • Great show. I love following Chris, it is great to hear him on an interview. A number of pipe companies have used polyester and nylon over the years. It is great that Chris uses it, and like all materials each one is different, but my experience is that it is less used because of how brittle it is. If you are a heavy clencher, it can have a tendency to crack or collapse on you. I am by no means saying that the material Chris uses has this issue, since polyester can vary greatly based on the process. Finally, yes, all good things come to an end. In my few short years as a pipe smoker I have seen some groups grow and disappear already, multiple companies close, favorite makers and blenders disappear or discontinue a line that I loved, etc. Just enjoy your current favorite or friends and move on when the time comes. Although all things end, new ones tend to appear as well.