The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 55

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We want to thank you for listening and being one of our loyal 15,000 weekly fans. In tonight’s “Pipe Parts” segment Brian will talk about aging and cellaring tobaccos. Some tobaccos age well, and others don’t, and different types of blends are affected differently with age. Our Featured Interview tonight is with Joshua Zehner. Joshua is new to smoking pipes, and he is a member of the forums. He is also in the entertainment business with quite a unique and varied background. At one point he had to make a decision between Law School and Clown College. We’re not sure what the difference is, but Joshua is quite an entertaining chap. Our pipes are packed, drinks are poured, the sound check is done … pack a pipe, sit back, relax and join us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show.

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11 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    It’s Memorex…
    Good info on the tobacco. I found a tin of 1965-1970 Nightcap. Of course the seal was broken. I re-humidified it and it appears to have done well. You might want to discuss this sometime.
    Interesting discussion with Joshua Zehner. Some lawyers are clowns…. Absolutely correct, pipe smoking is an ART. I would recommend the book “The Pipe” by Georges Herment to Joshua.
    Thunder storm coming in so I am going to post now and keep listening in case the power goes out..Keep up the good work, cu in Richmond.

  • Great show guys! Thanks for all the work to make it happen. The interview with Joshua was interesting and proves what an amazingly diverse group we pipers are.

  • Really good pipe parts segment. The guest was upbeat and entertaining. The drummer didn’t do much for me.

  • Great show as always Brian! I never thought about the plastic wrap to help with the seals. I have heard of people vacuum sealing tins, especially the rectangular tins like Gawith and Esoterica. As for that “Hanna-ized” Escudo, more testing to save the Periquey punch is in the works! 🙂

  • Hi Brian
    Great show enjoyed your interview with your guest and I like your suggestion about storing bulk tobacco. Looking forward to next weeks show keep up the good work.

  • Hey Brian, great show once more! Just listening to your interview with Joshua and his personal Q&A — lovely! However, there is a “cork” to keep the tobacco (packed and unlit or already charred, even smoked): I have one of these and use it all the time. It’s fantastic. Yes, it’s pricey, but there’s also one-dollar versions of plastic windshields — not sure whether you have them in the US, they’re relatively common in well-stocked tobacconists across Europe and literally cost here a euro or two. Cheers, K

  • I decided to give the plastic wrap a try this weekend and it worked out great! Another benefit to this is your tins don’t slide all over the place when stacking them anymore! You can easily pick up a stack of tins and not worry about dumping them all over.

  • If you bake escudo you must smoke immediatly, if you wait the pereeky punch is gone, i do not like the bake aspeck for tobacco some like it but after doing several tins i had your same problem Brian.
    No bake!!! If you do it do it one tin at a time and smoke asap!!!!!

  • I found Joshua to be very enjoyable. What a positive personality. Thanks for the tip on the plastic wrap. May have to try that though I think it looks odd for aesthetics. I liked the pick on the Cream. Always a big fan of Clapton (maybe have a song from him sometime?)

  • OK, since I don’t want to take the blame for Brian’s rendition of my earlier comment, let me clarify a couple of things concerning the “cork” for pipes. 🙂
    1. There are inexpensive “pipe windscreens” (that’s what they’re called), small bowl covers — no, they are NOT made out of cork. And no, the link I provided earlier was not for that. Here’s a relevant link: So a third no, as you can see: they’re not restricted to Europe, this is a link to a shop in the US ($1.95).
    2. The link I did supply earlier is for a fancy, quite expensive version, the Tendoro (ca. EUR 70). This is a patented device that is highly durable and really worth its money, IMO. As far as I know, the inventor produces and ships them himself, and he ships worldwide.
    Hope this helps, K

  • kakis,
    Thanks for the clarification! I was worried someone was selling my pipe cork invention! I got tired of the insides of my pockets filling up with tobacco and ash (I often stop part way through a bowl) so finishing a bottle of wine I got the bright idea to chop down the cork and taper it to fit into the top of my pipe. Works like a charm…
    Not sure if the images will work or not, but here goes: