The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 9

We are pleased to bring you the 9th weekly episode of the Pipes Magazine Radio Show. Our featured guest tonight is Jim Craig of Ashton Pipes. In tonight’s “Pipe Parts” segment, Brian talks about taste-testing different tobacco blends, using various pipes, separate packing methods, and different moisture levels. You will probably learn a neat trick while listening to this segment.

Tonight’s show is sponsored by, Missouri Meerschaum, and Please give them some consideration when making your next pipe or tobacco purchase.

We hope you enjoy our 45-minute show produced just for you—the pipe smoker and collector. The following link will launch a pop-up player. Alternatively, you can download the show in iTunes after the initial broadcast is complete here.

The origin of Ashton Pipes goes back to 1983 when Bill Ashton-Taylor started the company after gaining many years of experience at Dunhill. Like Dunhill, Ashton Pipes are oil-cured and handmade in England, and are high-quality. It was just a little bit before the Richmond show in 2009 that Bill Taylor passed away after succumbing to injuries from an automobile accident. Ashton Pipes continues to deliver handsomely designed, excellent quality pipes with Jim Craig at the helm.

Here’s Jim at the C.O.R.P.S. Show in Richmond, October 2010.

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17 Responses

  • Brian said that people say that you don’t really know a tobacco until you’ve smoked at least 2 oz of it, which is a full tin.

    All of the tobacco reviews we do on PipesMagazine don’t get written until an entire tin has been smoked.

  • LOVED the rant and that is usually my least favorite part of the show! I agree wholeheartedly! Anyway, great show and I wanted to put in my 2 cents that I do enjoy the trivia section.

  • Great show and rant. I enjoy the commercials and music alot. Very interesting interview this show as well!

  • Best interview so far. I did not know what happened to Ashton after Bill passed.
    Would like to hear a range of opinions about how people pack a pipe, smoke a pipe, store a pipe, whether they like their tobacco moist of crunchy. One opinion is good but more is better.
    Would like to hear more mail bag questions that apply to content from upcoming or past shows.

  • Another great show with a superb interview. The James Bond theme music was appropriate.
    I, for one, love the trivia.

  • I too enjoy the trivia, and as someone new to pipe smoking, find the various acronyms insufferable. It’s bad enough trying to make heads and tails out of the terminology to begin with. The acronyms just add another needless layer of abstraction.

  • I’m with you 100% on the rant.
    (‘Baccy’? Really? Sounds like something a two year old would say because they can’t properly pronounce their words just yet…)
    Great show as usual, BTW. YMMV, TANSTAAFL…

  • Brian, I always enjoy the show. I am new to the pipe thing and had not heard much about Ashton pipes before (although I knew they were top of the line) so thanks for the cool interview.
    I agree with you on the over-abbreviated words (OAW’s). You don’t have to be old to see the misuse either! Sometimes using the search function is almost useless!

  • Great show. I like the trivia (it’s a great way to learn), but didn’t realize that you’d like listeners to respond on the comments. Maybe that should be promoted more; maybe it would be a way to get more people to the forum. I liked the James Bond theme of the show. “Live and Let Die” is one of my favorite Bond theme songs as well. I think you should include more sound clips from Bond movies in your show (not all the time just once-in-a-while). Movie sound clips are great. Older movies’ sound clips bring back lots of great memories. Thanks Brian!

  • Nice Show, Brian! Interesting Interview & Rant… I enjoy the trivia also.
    The question is – What did Mr.Craig have to do to get the “secret sauce” OIL Curing formula – out of Bill Ashton Taylor ??? Did Bill “dare to share” the whole truth??? The mystery continues…

  • Another great show Brian, thanks very much. Great interview with Mr Craig, liked the opening segment also. I love the rant, I hate abbreviations and it pisses me off when my kids do it in text and I have no clue what they are saying. I think abbreviations should be outlawed on the site along with +1. I guess us old guys remember when full sentences were used to convey ones thoughts. Best rant so far.

  • LOVE the show. It has become part of my routine during my extra job to toss on the headphones, and turn fire up the podcast.

  • Excellent discussion of tobacco tasting, and some great advice. Pleasant interview too. As for the rant, I’m in full agreement that proper English should be used. What bugs me in particular is the incorrect use of homonyms — words that have the same sound but different spellings and meanings — especially misusing the word “to” when “too” was intended.

  • Working my way through the back catalog of the radio show. While I agree that overuse of jargon and acronyms can lead to communication difficulties, the term “baccy” as shorthand for tobacco has been around for a long, long time – it appears in Rudyard Kipling’s “A Smuggler’s Song”, published in 1906 as part of “Puck of Pook’s Hill”.