The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 77

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 Thursday 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! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Jeff Knoll. Jeff is the Secretary/Treasurer of The North American Society of Pipe Collectors (NASPC), which currently has over 1,000 members throughout the U.S. and internationally. They put on the Columbus Pipe Show and publish the quarterly newsletter, The Pipe Collector. In the “Pipe Parts” segment, Brian takes one for the team by conducting an experiment smoking the same pipe all day long over and over. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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8 Responses

  • Hard to believe I am making the first reply. Is John Seiler okay??
    Another top flight show. I have never tried Brian’s experiment of smoking one pipe and one tobacco all day. I have had to smoke the same pipe and tobacco twice in a row and found the second bowl to be very boring.
    Jeff Knoll is a just a good person. We really appreciated him and Eddie coming to the KC show last year. They have done yeoman work to keep the The Pipe Collector going. People need to get off their backsides and subscribe to both the NASPC to get the TPC and to Pipes & Tobaccos magazine.
    I guess the eBay thing didn’t bother me much. I rarely sell so this is something that will not effect me. Don’t know how often a seller would be confronted with selling 50+ items in a month but not needing to do that again for a long while? Even if it happens just sell 45 item this month, and then 45 items next month, and then ……

  • Hi Brian,
    Couldn’t make the podcast last night was at a headbangers concert. It was quite good, quite loud, and quite different. But then again, the guitar assignment this week is “Iron Man”.
    RE: your experiment, I let my pipe rest at least 24 hours between bowls.
    Jeff Knoll, one good guy. The work they do to continue the Pipe Collector attests to Bill’s Memory. They do a great job. Any pipe smoker who is not a NASPC member should be if only to get and read “the Pipe Collector”. I like the plan to open the show on Friday night. THE NASPC show in Columbus is always a great show, and only a 3 hour drive for me. Great interview.
    I liked ‘Spoonfull’
    Rant on Ebay, ebay stores? What next? They regulate the business to make money, and so they will. They forgot where they came from.
    Good Show Brian.

  • Brian,
    Excellent interview makes me look forward to Chicago pipe show. I look forward to the chance to learn from some of the more seasoned pipers.
    It seems that pipe smokers have this strange similarity, we share an uncanny thirst for knowledge in about anything that takes our interest. We are a rare breed that do not just pick up a pipe, pack it and light up. We want to understand the nuances of the flavors, differences of the tobaccos, as well as the ways to get more enjoyment out of the experience. Much like anything we take an interest in we want not only to enjoy the hobby we want to understand why we enjoy it and find ways to enjoy it more completely.
    Great rant, the original founder of eBay was a man who wanted to provide his wife with a versatile tool in order to trade, sell, and buy her Beanie Babies. Seems that something has been lost over the years…

  • Absolutely loving this show, keep up the great work! I found this show about two weeks ago and am listening to the old shows on my commute to and from work. I am back to show #60. The only bummer is that I am not listening to my satellite radio that I pay for!
    Is there a searchable index for past shows? Has Mike from Walker Pipe Repair or anyone from Walker Briar Works ever been interviewed? They’ve done work for me on three pipes and do phenomenal work.
    Thanks again!

  • Hi Brian,
    Great show as always. I enjoyed your interview with Jeff- I joined NASPC right after I listened to the podcast. Happy to support clubs and individuals who contribute so much to our hobby.
    I like it when you do “experiments” and discuss your findings. I enjoyed the aged Escudo test, and your report of smoking a pipe over and over. I have done the same when I travel as I only take along 4 or 5 pipes despite being away for 2 or 3 weeks. I find that the number of times you can smoke a pipe before it becomes bitter depends a lot on the temp/humidity of the day. When it is very humid, I can do a maximum of three bowls in a row (cleaning with a pipe cleaner between smokes) before the pipe seems off and needs to rest for 4 or 5 days. When the weather is cool and dry, I can usually do 4 smokes in a row and it still tastes good. I think it also depends on the tobacco. An individual pipe will do well with multiple bowls if you smoke a dry clean Virginia or VA/Per. A smoky Latakia, or a wet English flake will put a pipe out of commission faster. I don’t know about aromatics, because I don’t smoke them. The brand of pipe doesn’t seem too important, but if a reasonably well made briar pipe starts out the day very clean and dry, I find you can enjoyably smoke it more times in one day. A filter pipe seems to last longer too if you change the filter after every smoke or two.
    But if it is really hot and humid, the only pipe that seems to be good for all day smoking is a cob. I used to travel in South East Asia, and my Missouri Meerschaums were great to take along!
    Of course these are my findings, and as you say, I am an expert on my own opinion. I would enjoy hearing about other people’s experiences.
    Thanks again for another great show.

  • Hey Brian
    I really enjoyed the last few shows, but then again I guess I must if I listen to them all.. anyway just wanted to pass on my condolences to all those that knew Spider.. when I used to order faders tobacco I always tried to get him on the phone.. he was nice to talk to and always willing to help in providing advice for other tobaccos similar to what used to be 14K .. the tobacco that was my favorite for many years.
    enjoy your weekend

  • Hey Brian,
    I live in Japan so when the show is airing, I’m at work and it’s Friday morning. But I want to say a friend told me to listen as I’ve been a member of the forums. I have to say, I love coming home after a day of work and listening to your show. Been great going back through past episodes and hearing all this wonderful sage wisdom, and then your rambliins too! 😉 Thanks a lot and keep up the good work. I’ll be listening to today’s show tonight when I get home from work.