The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 62

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 discuss counterfeit pipes. There are times that it can be caveat emptor when it comes to buying high end artisan or brand name pipes from eBay sellers. Brian will give you some rules of thumb to help you avoid being ripped-off. Our Featured Interview tonight is with Michael Sull. Mike is considered America’s foremost living Spencerian penman. He is a world-class expert on penmanship, and was Ronald Reagan’s calligrapher after his Presidency. He is of course, a pipe smoker and one of the founding members of The Greater Kansas City Pipe Club. 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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Michael Sull, Master Penman (L) created a beautiful Spencerian Script plaque that he presented to Greg Pease at the Kansas City Pipe Show, June 2013. John Cermack, Club President is in the center.

Michael Sull

Calligraphy piece created by Michael Sull for Brian Levine

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11 Responses

  • Hey Brian,
    I had heard of the fake Dunhill pipes, but have not seen one. One of the Emperor Leopaldo stories revolves around ‘fake’ pipes.
    Mike Sull – great penman and pipe smoker. Like Mike, I started smoking a pipe in 1967. I haven’t tried any alternate woods. I saw Mike’s little piece on the national news a while back. Great stories. Great interview. Mechanical drafting has also gone the way of penmanship with the advent of the computer.
    Mail – my comments disappeared into the computer system but finally appeared. I do try to catch you each Thursday evening, Brian.
    Rant – remember, it is easy to criticize, but difficult to build and create.
    Another great show, Brian. Keep up the good work!

  • Fantastic interview with Michael, Brian! Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed hearing this. One of the reasons I love pipes and those that enjoy them is people like Michael. You did a fantastic job allowing his contagious passion for penmanship, people, and pipes shine through. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

  • Hey Brian
    Great show this interesting to hear about fake Dunhill pipes, I guess it’s true where there is money to be made you will usually find knockoffs/fakes of any product. As a cigar smoker I remember reading an article in Cigar Aficionado Magazine about fake Cuban cigars. I also like the idea of maybe having a show in the future and compare some of the pipe tobaccos out there. Maybe with the holiday season just around the corner you can invite some of your experts evaluate who has had the best bulk and tin pipe tobacco for 2013 via having an extend version of your show or doing two separate shows. Till then looking forward for your next show and keep up the good work.

  • Brian!
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you are a damn fine conversationalist. Your interaction with the guests is warm, personable, informative and respectful. One can only wonder, who the hell has the time to make more than 15,000 posts on a pipe forum? You were correct to excoriate this pissant. Ignore these Moishe Kapoyrs. The loyal fans of the show, and we are legion, enjoy our time listening to your program. After all, “Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?”
    What a tremendously interesting guy Mr. Sull is. Bravo, on another wonderful show.

  • Really enjoyed this week’s guest. Lots of interesting topics.
    As one who has thrown a number of show critiques your way, I think your interviewing style works just fine, like 2 good friends talking about pipes. That’s what it’s all about anyway right?
    I also like the fact that you are reading more comments from listeners. I feel it connects you with the audience more.
    Keep doing it. I’ll keep listening.

  • As always I enjoy your shows every Friday morning on my way to work, smoking my pipe. I would like to thank you for helping me this week on my damage dunhill never thought you would have the time of day for a new pipe smoking idiot. Keep up the good work and great interviewing skills always waiting for the next shoŵ!

  • Thanks Brian for another great show. I really enjoyed the interview with Michael Sull. In fact, the interview inspired me to take a look at pursuing calligraphy as a hobby. I started doing some research online, and I’m looking forward to getting started with what seems to be a wonderful art form. This is one of the things I love about this show. All the pipe stuff is great, but I really love learning about interesting people. Thanks Brian and Michael.

  • Another fine show! The pipe parts segment was informative as usual. I loved the interview with my friend Mike Sull. It would be a tough job to find nicer or more humble person than Mike. With the podcasts being extended an extra 15-20 minutes the quality of the interviews has went way up. It has given Brian the time needed to really connect with the interviewee. As for the rant, I hate to see anyone banned from a site but the person in question deserved it. It’s one thing to be critical but it is another thing to engage in abusive and derogatory personal comments.

  • It is humorous to see negative postings at the end of articles on the web. I can only imagine some small minded egomaniac, drumming their fingers, awaiting ANY response to their specious and abrasive comment. Humorous but annoying. This type of passive aggression is what keeps me off most boards. I post ALL that to say this, great show Brian! I look forward to your hearing your insight into the pipe world, your rants and most of all, your guest interviews. I hope you and yours have a great turkey day!!

  • LOVED the interview with Michael Sull. Thanks so much for featuring him. As for the rant. . . Well, I was disappointed that you had to call someone out by name like that or that you even felt the need to respond to an individual critique. After all, you regularly ask people to respond and comment on the show; you ask people to leave iTunes reviews. I don’t think you should assume that all of those comments and reviews are going to be glowing. But I also don’t think you should feel obligated to defend yourself against negative comments. (However, I do think it’s appropriate for you to correct someone’s misconceptions — such as the amount of time you spend prepping for a show.) Just MY .02. – Bob

  • Bob, we don’t take issue with critiques. We take issue with people that admit that they don’t really listen to the show, and then say negative things about it.