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Smoke_House

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Great forum guys. My usual forum focuses on lower grade pipes and this site is wealth of info on higher grades. On to the point...

I prefer to buy North American carvers for a variety of reasons and am gradually selling my euros. Most NACs have a website, but I can't find one for Cooke. Anyone know a shop, internet or B&M, that sells his work? His blasts look great and I wanna taste the fine reputation he's built.
 

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Occasionally one shows up on eBay. I think he has done some sales at Chicago. You may have to do some research to find his contact info.
 

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You may want to consider buying one of JT's pipes as an estate.His current waiting list is roughly 3 years long and his prices are quite high.I'm up to five now and all of mine were bought presmoked at pipe shows.Below are a few from my collection:







Best,
D.J.
 

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I just noticed that one too! New and an easy score. Unfortunately, I just paid a very large bill and a $1000 pipe is out of the question. Are you aware of any dealers that regularly sell Cooke's pipes? I peruse a number of online dealers (when I should be working, of course), but never see new/non-estate JT's.

Since you own a few, how do you feel about his pipes? I own a couple Roush purchased new and they are fantastic, but JT is up yet another price bracket. I realize this is a very subjective topic...
 

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Smoke_House":wubkblkg said:
I just noticed that one too! New and an easy score. Unfortunately, I just paid a very large bill and a $1000 pipe is out of the question. Are you aware of any dealers that regularly sell Cooke's pipes? I peruse a number of online dealers (when I should be working, of course), but never see new/non-estate JT's.

Since you own a few, how do you feel about his pipes? I own a couple Roush purchased new and they are fantastic, but JT is up yet another price bracket. I realize this is a very subjective topic...
I've finally got around to smoking all of them and there really is'nt a "dud" in the lot! One thing though,Cooke uses a smaller draft hole than I'm used to.I have to pack the pipe slightly looser to compensate for this.

The one that BuB posted a link to from Briar blues is an absolute steal IMO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,
D.J.
 

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I agree, a easy score. However, I don't really like that particular shape. Someone did though... it's gone now!
 

Bruce

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JT Cooke does not have a website. Heck, he doesn't even have an email address and I believe he does not do any business via PC/Internet.

Very nice guy, down to Earth and passionate about his pipes!
 

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I have had mixed experiences with Cooke pipes. I've only had five of them and now I have just two. They have all been good, but some have been better than others as smokers. One just didn't smoke well for me at all but I understand from its owner - who is a friend of mine - that it has really come into its own. It probably just wasn't a pipe for me. (It was a virgin blasted Dublin)

I'm not all that crazy about Cooke's mouthpieces. I find the engineering a bit tight - as Dock has mentioned - and the stem at the button is sometimes a bit thick. Still, when it comes to a North American pipe artisan that is very desired, if Cooke isn't at the top, he sure is in the top two or three.

The canted apple pictured below is a very good smoker and an interesting and unusual shape when it comes to Cookes. I find this pipe to be uncommonly sweet, very balanced, and quite cool.

I also like this blast considerably more than Cooke's more recent work which is considerably craggier.

People buy Jim's pipes because they LOVE his craggy blasts. Personally, I think he is also capable of creating very interesting and quite beautiful shapes; he just doesn't do that as much as he used to.

I have a smooth bulldog that is one of the most beautiful pipes I own. It is amazing in every way and yet it would not fetch much on the resale market (probably) because it isn't blasted. As somebody who puts shape first and finish second, I don't understand this, but I know it is true.
 

Bruce

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Wow Neill....that smooth rhodesian is beautiful!
I also noticed the bit is thinner on the apple. The one thing that turns me off about his pipes are the bits....too wide, thick, and bulky for me.
I have a black blasted billiard from him, and the blast is stunning! I haven't smoked it yet because the bit bothers me.
 
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