The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 56

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 the differences between pipe smoking and cigar smoking—and there may be some you weren’t aware of. Be prepared for some math and dollars and cents. Our Featured Interview tonight is with Danish Pipe Maker Extraordinaire Tom Eltang. Tom is one of the most well-known, and well-respected Danish pipe makers. He is recognized for his special contrast staining, and for being able to make perfect renditions of classic shapes, while at the same time being expert in creating extremely unique pipes. 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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(L-R) Founder & CEO Sykes Wilford, Pipe Maker Tom Eltang, and Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Kevin Godbee at Eltang’s workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark in July 2010.

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9 Responses

  • Hey Brian,
    The bags are packed, ready to go tomorrow with Bill K. to Richmond. Looking forward to seeing you there.
    I like you economics…
    Tom Eltang — long history in pipes. He makes some very nice ones. His contrast stain is very distinct.
    Very nice music selection…especially for one learning guitar.
    Interesting rant.

  • My bag is also packed for Richmond and I have the last three radio shows downloaded on my car’s thumb drive. Perfect for the three hour trek to VA. See you all there!

  • Another great show Brian. Eltang’s Tubos shape sure is something else. Would be great to have one of his pipes someday. I enjoyed the music selection. Reminded me of one of my favorite fingerstyle guitar players Billy McLaughlin. He plays with both hands on the fretboard. If you get a chance check out “Hold on to Forever” by him. Amazing piece.

  • I a guy can control his PAD and TAD smoking a pipe is really economical. I have failed miserably at both.

  • Cigars are very expensive; though I love them I very much limit how much money I spend on them anymore. Though cigars have flavors, pipe tobacco has so many more. The permutations of VA/burley, perique, latakia and orientals are endless.
    Eltang’s contrast staining is the best in the business.

  • I’m afraid you slightly misrepresented my comment on the pipe hood (aka windscreen, what you call “cork”). 🙂 I will post a clarifier on show 55 shortly. Great interview with Tom E, the master!

  • I really enjoyed Tom’s interview. Particularly the line he used how he strives to push the limits, but not break the unwritten rules of “proportion, balance and harmony”.

  • Hi Brien
    Great interview with Eltang Pipes got to see some of their designs available on was tempted in ordering one. Like many I too got started in smoking by first trying my first cigar. Would go to our local Davidoff store and pick up a cigar such Zino, Ashton, but I really like to splurge on getting robusto or churchhill size cigars from Cuba. Nothing like a handsrolled Partagas D size robusto or a Hoya churchill size habanos.