The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 75

Kevin Godbee
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7 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    50 degrees in the burgh today, snow on Sunday. Happy IPSD!
    What are you doing with two such illuminaries in the pipe world? You had well thought out questions that hit some key areas for all pipe collectors and people in the hobby. Questions that I would want to ask them at a show.
    Your rant preaches to the choir.
    Good Show Brian.

  • Hi Brian
    Great show this week enjoyed your guests especially when they compared the different pipe designs around the world. Especially their opinion between mass produced pipes and artisan made pipes. I am hoping that you may have similar guest talking about the latest tobacco blends especially the different bulk blends and how they compare to the tin blends out there.

  • Wow! Three, count ‘em, three giants of our community talkin’ pipe! More than an hour of informative, erudite and entertaining discussion.
    It was like sitting at one of the tables in the smoking tent, at the Chicago Show, listening in, while “people who know” free-wheeled about their love of all things pipe. Nice job, Brian.
    And, thanks Rick, for that wonderful Ed Lehman story. Ed was a prince of a guy with whom to share a bowl and conversation.
    That’s the beauty of your show, Brian. You are, as Kasper Gutman says to Sam Spade, “a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk,” and, we get to listen in. How cool is that?

  • Great show. Nice to hear new diverse opinions on pipe parts. I do appreciate your opinion Brian, but its nice to know that there are many right ways in the pipe hobby.
    It was great to hear Eric Paulson mentioned. I too Googled for a Devil Anse shape and found Eric Paulson. I have had my Paulson Devil Anse pipe for several months and really like it…great little smoker.

  • Thanks guys, I savored the whole thing. And now I know I’m not alone. I am a retired tradesman and this was true bench talk. What a joy to find.

  • Brian,
    This was a great way to celebrate IPSD with the round table discussion with the three of you.
    They brought up some great points for contemplation. The first point that hit me was the talk about troubles finding pipe supplies while traveling. I recently was on a business trip in Charlotte NC. I had brought a couple of pipes, extra pipe cleaners, plenty of tobacco and even an extra pipe tool. However, since I was flying I only brought a few matches because I thought I would be able to pick up more at the hotel. Then after using my last match I went to the counter and the clerk told me that seeing as it was a non-smoking hotel they do not keep matches. I was dropped off at the hotel after our meeting and was planning to use the airport shuttle the next morning. I wound up having to walk down to a convenience store to pick up a little lighter. Fortunately I did get to have a nice smoke eventually but it took a bit of a hike across busy streets around the airport to find a light. I even had a few people show up when I was sitting out on the bench in the parking lot to talk to me about my pipe.
    The other point that I liked was that since the interest in pipe smoking has declined over the years the mass producers have to modify their processing to stay in business. This has made the individual pipe makers more appealing to the general smokers. This seems to be a return to basics for both sides of the pipe making industry. So we need to embrace this to get the best out of both sources.
    Great show,

  • Wonderful show. A lot of nice back and forth between everyone. Like many in the hobby I am really taken aback by the prices a number of new carvers want to charge. And just about all these carvers have the same weakness: poorly executed stems. I know everyone wants to make a reasonable sum for their time invested but you have to reach a certain level of craftsmanship to do that.
    The real problem with IPSD is that the piping community doesn’t take it seriously. Oh, there are some reminders and such about the date, but nothing is done to promote the hobby.