The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 324

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! Tonight’s featured interview will start our series with the former owners of the now closed McClelland Tobacco company, “Storytime with Mike & Mary McNiel”. Most people know that McClelland was one of the most popular boutique pipe tobacco companies for 40-years. Their story is well told in Tobacconist Magazine. The part that only pipe show attendees know is that Mary & Mike are a joy, and a pleasure to listen to, so our show listeners are in for a real treat. In Pipe Parts, Brian will finish the series on quintessential pipes with old estate pipes that are no longer made. 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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7 Responses

  • I’ve just begun listening to this episode but had to write. So much history from these two! Carl Ehwa wrote what I still consider the best book ever on pipes and tobaccos; Barry Levin’s mailings got me hooked on pipe collecting back in the ‘80s. What tremendous people. And it breaks my heart that McLelland is no longer in business. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

  • very much enjoyed this show. I look forward to much more from Mike and Mary. I had to listen to it on my computer as iTunes was unable to download the episode. Just letting you know.
    On a different topic, have you ever dedicated a Pipe Parts segment to Morta? Where it comes from, who first started making it into pipes? How it compares to briar? Just an idea if you haven’t.
    Keep up the good work and Hppy Hannukah.

  • What a totally delightful program! My “cousin” Maria was her usual sparkling self, in an amazingly informative, historic and completely entertaining conversation. What was even more amazing was how Mike only got in a few words. I really love these two. They are the nicest and among the most important people in the pipe community. I can’t wait for more “Storytime with Mike & Mary McNiel.”
    And, Bing’s tune was just the right note to start the season.
    Thanks again for a terrific show.

  • Thanks for including Kaywoodie. I recommend a four digit number with four holes in the stinger. Most cannot be removed, Kaywoodie makes the stinger screw in to hold the pipe together at that point. Still worth it. The interview is absolutely incredible. Thank you. Music was a great start to the holiday season. Not only does he have a pipe shape named after him, but his personal blend is still for sale. I could not agree more with the rant.

  • Amar blends was mentioned in the program. Amar was formally Atlas blending Co which Alan Schwartz mentioned in one of his story time segments. Craig Tarler bought the Amar and founded C&D.
    I wonder if Arlington pipes was the pipe maker Marry could not remember.

  • Mike and Mary have a great story and tell it well. I especially enjoyed the background on the tin art and the descriptions of the industrial caves and the big tobacco manufacturing plants.

  • This was just a spectacular show with Mike and Mary. In the very early years Mary was learning from Carl and Mike hadn’t even arrived. What a great story they are telling! They are the nicest people in the world. The KC Club is proud to call them life time members.
    Pipe parts was very interesting on what people should be looking for in collectable old English would.
    Ah, Der Bingle! He was one of the giants in those days.