Episodes
Our featured interview tonight is with Kirk Womack. Kirk is a 27-year old locksmith and is part of our new series of pipe smokers that are under the age of 30. One of his passions is participating in Civil War reenactments, and that is what led him to pipe smoking. He's been smoking a pipe for three years. At the top of the show, Brian will discuss room note.
Published 06/19/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Ezekiel Rogucki. Ezekiel is a 26-year old graphic designer from Ohio and is part of our new series of pipe smokers that are under the age of 30. His partner likes to smoke cigars, but when Ezekiel tried them he felt they were too harsh, and that led him to smoking pipes. He has three pet snakes and says he has "a profound interest in wildlife and the natural world and the sometimes-unnatural world." At the top of the show, we’ll have an “Ask the...
Published 06/12/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Pipe Maker Brad Pohlmann. Brad has been crafting pipes for decades. His pipes are works of art and masterpieces in engineering. You’ll often find exotic woods, horn and bamboo as accents on Brad’s pipes. He now shares a workshop with fellow pipe maker Silver Gray. At the top of the show Brian will discuss the best way to sell pipes that you no longer want.
Published 06/05/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Parks Turner. Brian recently called for pipe smokers under the age of 30 that wanted to be interviewed. Parks is 24-years old, grew up in rural Georgia, and is a third-generation Presbyterian pastor. He recently received his Master of Divinity Degree. Parks was always fascinated with pipes. He would pretend to smoke a corn cob pipe when he was just seven, and started smoking pipes for real when he was 18 years of age. At the top of the show we will have...
Published 05/29/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Donovan Broadway. Last week, Brian called for pipe smokers under the age of 30 that wanted to be interviewed. Donavan is 28, grew up in Nashville and started smoking a pipe during the pandemic. During quarantine, along with his brother they came up with a comic series. The character Donovan created was "an older, wiser gentleman", so it was decided that he should smoke a pipe. This lead to Donovan's interest in actually smoking a pipe. At the top of the...
Published 05/22/24
Our featured interview tonight is with pipe maker Anthony Hopkins. Anthony makes the Castle Briars pipe brand. Anthony became interested in pipe smoking from observing his English and music teachers. He started smoking a pipe as a senior in high school, and then made two pipes in wood shop. He went off to college to become a mechanical engineer, and built a career in the field, but never forgot about pipes. He realized that a great deal of engineering goes into the making of a pipe, and in...
Published 05/15/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Nathan Davis of Greywoodie Fame. Nathan has been known as one of the biggest fans of Kaywoodie, and now he owns the company. Nathan started as a collector of Kaywoodie, then became a dealer and launched his Greywoodie site. Kaywoodie is a 173 year old company owned by the same family for four generations until now. He goes by CrashTheGrey in the Pipes Magazine forums, and is also the organizer of the Capitaland Pipe Show, and has his own podcast. We'll...
Published 05/08/24
Our featured interview tonight is with pipe maker Brian Laurent. Brian has worked with his hands since he was 14-years old. He's been a woodworker for over 20 years. After he became a pipe smoker, he started making pipe racks, and then graduated to making pipes. He also enjoys painting, working on hot rods, cooking and baking. For his regular job he is a dental technician, implant specialist, and full mouth reconstruction specialist. At the top of the show we will have an Ask the Tobacco...
Published 05/01/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Per George Jensen. Most pipe enthusiasts know Per as the longtime Mac Baren Tobacco Company spokesman. Last year he made some changes in his life. He got married, moved to Germany and parted ways with Mac Baren, but not with the tobacco business. He is consulting with Sutliff Tobacco Co., and he created the popular and unique signature tobacco series, “Pipe Force”. Tonight's discussion will include details on Per’s line of blending tobacco, which has...
Published 04/24/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Pete Prevost. Pete is a pipe maker and the President of the BriarWorks pipe factory in Columbia Tennessee. BriarWorks is a a pipe maker co-op with several other pipe makers, including Todd Johnson, who co-founded it with Pete. Brian and Pete will be talking about what's new at BriarWorks, and how they are getting ready to attend the Chicago pipe show. (This was recorded before the show that took place last weekend.) At the top of the show, Brian will...
Published 04/17/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Jon David Cole. JD is the Owner/Tobacconist at The Country Squire in Jackson, MS, and he is the former co-host of the podcast, Country Squire Radio, which ended their 10-year run last year. We’ll have JD with the “From the Country Squire” segment talking about all the new things happening at the store and in the business in general. At the top of the show, we’ll continue our audio tour of Brian's pipe collection.
Published 04/10/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Rick Newcombe. Rick is a well-known author of two pipe books, and he is currently working on his third book about pipes. He is a prominent collector of Danish pipes, and vintage tobaccos. He has traveled the world visiting pipe makers, and learning their different techniques. He is also the founder and chairman of Creators Syndicate, which currently represents more than 200 writers and artists. At the top of the show we'll have a Pipe Smoking 101 segment...
Published 04/03/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Kevin the Hobbiton Piper. Kevin was originally on the show in August 2021. The Hobbiton Piper YouTube Channel has 9.24k subscribers and over 120 videos with pipe and tobacco reviews, box openings, food, drink, and more. Kevin's interview was one of our early novice pipe smoker features, so we'll check in and see how his pipe smoking and YouTube channel have progressed. At the top of the show, we'll have an "Ask the Pipemaker" segment with pipe artisan...
Published 03/27/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Rich Esserman. Rich is one of our regular guests that has been on the show many times, and is returning after a 15-month hiatus. Rich has penned innumerous articles about pipes and tobacco for several publications, and he is known for collecting quite large pipes. We'll get caught up with Rich, and also get his take on some of the same questions we asked Steve Fallon on his recent episode. At the top of the show we'll have a tour of the tobaccos that...
Published 03/20/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Dylan J. Schlender. This is the return of our series of interviews with “Journeymen Pipe Smokers” – guys that have been smoking pipes between five and 10 years. Dylan started smoking in 2018 with a Winslow pipe, and Captain Black. (He soon learned that he likes English-style blends much more.) He resides in CT and works in IT. He also co-hosts his own podcast, "Reels of Justice - The Official Fake Movie Court Podcast". He is one of four co-hosts where...
Published 03/13/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Jeremy Reeves. Jeremy is the Head Blender at Cornell & Diehl, which is one of the most popular boutique pipe tobacco companies in the USA. Jeremy has been a pipe smoker for over a decade and is passionate about pipes, pipe tobacco, and blending tobacco. Tonight’s discussion will focus on Oriental Tobaccos, and Brian said HE even learned something. At the top of the show, Brian will continue the tour of his pipe collection with the "Satou Reds".
Published 03/06/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Steve “PipeStud” Fallon. Steve has one of the most popular consignment-auction businesses for estate pipes and vintage tobaccos that he’s been running since 2006. If you know Steve, you know he’s a big fan of the original Dunhill blend, Royal Yacht. The last time Steve was on the show was in 2020, so we'll see what's new with him, and the estate pipes and vintage tobaccos business. At the top of the show, Brian will discuss what to do with the tiny bits...
Published 02/28/24
Our interview on tonight's show is with Charles Lemon. Charles does pipe repairs and restorations, and is the author of the new book, "Brigham Pipes, A Century Of Canadian Briar". It tells the story of the first 100 years of Brigham pipes, and includes an extensive shape chart with actual photos of the pipes. The book lays out not only the chronology of Canada’s most prominent pipe-maker but also never before compiled information on the pipes themselves, including the stamps, grading schemes...
Published 02/21/24
Our interview on tonight's show is with Tyler Edwards from Levoy's Leathers. Tyler is a commercial truck driver from Amarillo, TX. When he is not driving, he follows his passion for making handmade leather goods. The leather pipe accessories include pipe cleaner holders, valet trays, and leather pipe socks. He also has wallets, drink coasters, and passport holders. They all look beautiful and are reasonably priced. At the top of the show, we will have a Pipes 101 segment to discuss long pipes...
Published 02/14/24
Our interview on tonight's show will be with Jon David Cole. JD is the Owner/Tobacconist at The Country Squire in Jackson, MS, and he is the former co-host of the now discontinued podcast, Country Squire Radio. Country Squire Radio ran for 10-years and is still one of the most popular pipe-niche podcasts. Brian and Jon David will be talking all things pipes and tobacco, and we will get an update on what's new at The Country Squire. At the top of the show, Brian will continue the tour of his...
Published 02/07/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Piping Artist Steph from the Steph & Skip Cain Show on YouTube. Steph is an artistic painter amongst other pursuits. She started smoking a pipe in 2017, smoking aromatics, like many of us pipe smokers. Then she discovered the joys of Latakia, also like many of us. Steph actually introduced her second husband, Skip, to pipe smoking and not the other way around as you might think. Their YouTube channel is six years old with 363 videos, and 1.4k...
Published 01/31/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Truett Smith. Truett is the Pipe Manager for SmokingPipes.com, which includes buying pipes from large-scale manufacturers and individual artisans. He has been with SmokingPipes.com for five and a half years. He started in copywriting, then merchandising, and became the pipe manager / buyer in June 2023. Prior to working for SmokingPipes.com, he smoked pipes for several years, and was one of their customers. He's been smoking pipes for 12-years now. He...
Published 01/24/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Jonni Adams. Jonni makes the J. Adams line of pipes. He is originally from Leeds in West Yorkshire, England, and moved to the US in 1997. His background is in electrical engineering, audio electronics, and he plays guitar. His first interest in pipes started when he was a boy when his father smoked a pipe. Jonni started making pipes during the 2020 lockdown. He likes doing fluted fans and almost automotive-themed engineered pipes, pokers and more. At the...
Published 01/17/24
Our featured interview tonight is with Jim Steffey. Jim is the owner and tobacco blender for Emerson Southern Forged Custom Tobacco Blends. He specializes in English, Balkan and Virginia/Perique blends, and hails from Moore, South Carolina. He has a YouTube Channel, Podcast and Instagram all related to pipes and tobacco. At the top of the show our segment will be about the most important pipe shape, in Brian's opinion, of course.
Published 01/10/24