The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 86

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 Scott McClelland (no relation to the tobacco company). Scott is not your stereotypical grandfatherly or fatherly-type pipe smoking figure. He is a carnival sideshow performer, and a Necromancer. He is certainly a colorful and interesting fellow. In our “Pipe Parts” educational segment, Brian will advise on a few different ways you can tell if a pipe will smoke good for you prior to purchasing it. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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9 Responses

  • Brian Excellent interview with Scott, I love to hear about those crazy Canadians. I have seen some similar shows i.e. the Jim Rose Circus that he mentioned. It is amazing to see people doing the things that they enjoy. Even though I don’t understand all the reasons that they enjoy it, one can tell that they really enjoy the rush they get from the performance.
    I agree with Scott that I have found some enjoyment in very inexpensive pipes. After going to the Chicago show I now see myself as a tobacco person more than a pipe person.
    I like really like the Disney Peace pipe I got to look at it during the discussion on Friday night. Rick’s presentation on Friday night was worth the trip to the show just by itself. I really learned a lot and hope he puts that out there for others to see.
    I truly enjoyed the discussion and time during dinner on Friday it was really great to talk with you and Kevin. You pointed out several things in the sample tobacco that aided me in evaluating the tobacco samples I saw during the pipe show.
    By the way your jacket gave your identification away much like my badge.
    Look forward to seeing you when our paths cross again.

  • Hey Brian!
    I thoroughly enjoyed the rather bizarre but wonderfully entertaining conversation with Scott.
    And, I truly enjoyed talking with you at the Chicago Show. The Friday evening panel discussion was fun and enlightening.
    (By the way fellow listeners, Brian-in-person is the same warm, genial, funny and slightly twisted person he portrays on the show.)
    Till we meet again.

  • Great interview. I have known Scott for almost a quarter-century, and it was great to hear him on your programme. I was particularly delighted when his answer to his favourite pipe-smoking memory was that of us enjoying a smoke together during his visit back to Calgary this past Christmas. A great show as always….kudos.

  • Great show, I especially liked the music selection “These Things Take Time” seems to be true pipe related song.

  • Thank you, Brian, awesome show! Scott, the pipe you’re smoking on that picture is the exact kind of a basket pipe I bought in Toronto and it also shows in my avatar. It looks and smokes great!

  • Very good show, The “Pipe Parts” segment was a good one. I hate conical bowls, they just don’t work for me. There are a number of test I do before selecting a pipe. Does it please my eye, can you hold it comfortably, does it fit comfortably in the mouth, does a pipe cleaner pass easily through it, etc.
    Chuck Stanion is just one of the great guys in the hobby and he doesn’t near get the recognition he deserves.
    Liked the interview. Scott really came across as a fellow with his feet on the ground even though he makes his living in an unusual manner. Not so sure about the paranormal and necromancy stuff, though. He clearly a disciple of Hanna’s “Brand Over Briar Myth”.
    The Chicago Show was a big success, but there were a few problems. The Friday Free dinner had issues. It is hard to complain about a free meal, but they ran out of some food items way too early and seating became really difficult as the evening went on. Some of the attendees were rude enough to try and “save” seats by sitting in every other seat at a table, or leaving one of their possessions on the seat. And ten chairs at a table was ridiculous. We were practically eating off each others plates. Those tables were really designed for eight people.
    The Pipesmagazine panel discussion couldn’t be heard past a couple tables. For some reason the steel kettle band had plenty of amplification but not an event I would like to have heard.
    On a different note, no one is mentioning the domination of the IAPSC at the UPCA National Pipe Smoking Contest. They had the overall winner, three of the top ten, and won the team championship. That’s pretty impressive.

  • Hi Brian,
    OK, late again, but I had to give a daughter away this past weekend and left the Burgh on Thursday for Luray, Va.
    Evaluating the pipe before purchase is not too difficult as, if Brian says, you tend to get what you like from a good factory or carver that you know.
    Scott McClelland is a very interesting pipe smoker. His occupation is quite different.
    The organ music selection coordinated well with the interview.
    Glad you liked the peace pipe! I hope I can find you more.
    Rant: AS soon as you said “Mark Twain” I knew it was Chuck Stanyon. I remember from #Pipes chat channel when he was writing is Dissertation. He represents the best in pipe collecting and pipe smoking. It was great to see him in Chicago.
    Great Show, Brian.

  • @kcghost – we have coverage of the slow smoke contest on deck. It will be published early this week.