The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 315

Kevin Godbee
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7 Responses

  • Brian,
    Another great show. I will miss the Story Time with Alan Schwartz. He was a joy to listen to. I am looking forward to your other guests that will continue in that ilk. I personally think it is a great format. It sounds like you had a great time in KC, as well as taking home a nice haul of tobacco. Congrats.
    As always, I look forward to the next show!

  • Your series with Alan Schwartz has been excellent! He has an amazing wealth of information and experiences from his many years in the business and an engaging articulate knack for sharing them. I’m excited about your plan to have more story segments with pipe luminaries, including the visit you had with Sykes while he and his family were hunkered down with you.
    Thanks for the shout out, and for playing Sweet Afton! Getting to play with Chris, Sean, and Sara on that recording and be part of the early years of Nickel Creek was extremely fun and rewarding. They’re amazing musicians, and phenomenal human beings!
    You’re doing great work with the show, Brian! Thank you!

  • KC pipe show sounds incredible. I have to agree, though, I think the carver contest should be a separate event, but I get that they sell a lot of tickets that way. I do wish people would stop complaining about who did or did not make it, but that will always happen. Very solid end to the summer series with Alan. I love all of the insider secrets that he shared.

  • I greatly enjoyed the “Adventures of Alan Schwartz” this summer. And, yes, please get my “cousin” Mary McNiel back on the show, to do a series of conversations about McClelland and tobacco.
    I’m a great fan of the Thiles, both as musicians and of Scott as a pipe maker.
    Thank you, my friend, for another brilliant show.

  • Alan exceeded expectations yet again, and what a nice finale to the interviews. I very much appreciated and enjoyed the 3 nuns sample you gave me, and had a blast at the KC show. I was very impressed with Alexander’s pipes, and have added them to my “Christmas” list. My friend bought one and said he really likes it. I can’t wait to hear that interview. Chris Thule is an excellent musician and I loved the music. Pleasant smokes!

  • Maybe you can drop in on Brad Pohlman while you are in Portland.
    You gave a very nice description of your trip to the KC pipe show. It always a pleasure to have you drop by the club meeting. It’s my favorite meeting of the year. For a crusty cuss Lee Von Erck is always a pleasure to have a meal with. And I imagine that 90 year old tin that Nate King had was interesting to try. That guy who brought the tobacco at bargain prices really offered some deals didn’t he? I got 2 pounds of 1792 for $80.
    Shame it is the end of the series of “Talks with Alan Schwartz”. They were really good. I would love to hear Mary talk about her years in the industry. So many of us just think that Mike was the driving force behind McClellan but it was really Mary and Mike wouldn’t release a single tin of something new unless Mary said it was okay. She has an incredible palate.
    Let me clear some things up for you. They shouldn’t have been selling raffle tickets at the show; it is against Missouri Gaming Regulations. But they have to do some of it as some people who register for the show don’t pay prior to coming to the show.
    And because you don’t like the “Prince” doesn’t mean that it is a bad shape. It just means you didn’t like it. I don’t remember this hew and cry when we did the “Billiard” which to me is as boring a shape as one can imagine. This contest was technical challenge to see how well a carver could make a “Prince”. It was not a call to give us an individual take on the pipe design. Next year’s contest will permit the carvers to express there artistic instincts to be expressed. That’s what we do: one year it is technical and the next it is artistic. You will love what we are doing next year. You will get all the artistry you can stand in pipe design. And your call to do this at another time is just not practical. I guess you will have to tell us more on how we should do this.

  • LOVE Story Time with Alan Schwartz!!! Wish you
    had many more hours of his stories to share.
    Have you ever talked with Mark, at YouTube
    channel, BREMEN PIPE SMOKER? He is
    a great storyteller and just happens to be a
    pipe smoking historian in Germany.