The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 334

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! We will have a slightly different format on tonight’s show. We will start with “Ask the Pipe Maker” with Jeff Gracik. Then, we will have a short segment where Brian answers a question from a listener. Finally, we have “The Lost Tapes” from the former owners of the now closed McClelland Tobacco company, Mike & Mary McNiel. This is the third time we’re saying these are the final conversations, but we really mean it this time … we think. 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. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Brian & Dale Levine & Mary & Mike McNiel
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8 Responses

  • Real good show, as always. I really enjoyed Mike & Mary. Their takes on when they knew they would make it was most informative. Mary was much more cautious than Mike on that one. Mike’s usually the one on the lookout for the big meteor, but this time it was her. Love the cigarette story Mike was talking about. As you know for two years I brought some 60+ year old smokes that came in a tin to the KC Pipe Show and opened them. The guys who were decidedly pipe guys wouldn’t have much to do with them but the cigarette people went nuts. They came 60 to a tin so there wasn’t much chance of running out.

  • Great show, Brian. Mike and Mary are incomparable guests. I could listen to them all day. Also enjoyed the old radio commercials. Those were the days. The music was a bit sectarian for my taste, but it is always nice to witness the faith of others. As for the rant, I’m afraid Phillip Morris has been lying to the public for over half a century. Anyway, always a great listen, thanks for your work.

  • Great show. The ask a pipe maker segment got me intrigued so I asked Bill of Kaywoodie if he remembered how they used to make the meer lined pipes. 50 years ago when they produced them they in fact used plugs as Jeff guessed. The plugs were made from massa, essentially a reconstituted meer, but not necessarily ‘pressed’ meer. More likely poured into molds. The remaining stock were sold to Steve Norse, and can be seen or even purchased at Vermont Freehand. This is not to say that every pipe company did them this way, but at least we know for certain that Kaywoodie did. The final segment of the interviews with Mike and Mary were a bit bittersweet. It may have gotten a little dusty in the room when they were discussing their final thoughts, favorite things, and the community as a whole. I do hope to run into them some day.

  • I wanted to illustrate the plugs, but it appears links are not allowed in comments. I shortened it a bit, perhaps that will work.

  • I have a link to the Vermont Freehand for illustration purposes, but my comment will not post with a link. The plugs are called Bowl Sleeves and under woodworking and then meerschaum.