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Cooke Rhodesian

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  • Started 1 year ago by peckinpahhombre
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  1. peckinpahhombre

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    Well, I have been in line for a Cooke black blasted billiard (with amber stem) for a month or so now and the commission timeline is some time this August. However, tonight JT posted a tan Rhodesian for sale and, in a fit of split second PAD excess, I pulled the trigger on it. This will be my first Cooke pipe. I told the wife it is my Valentines present. I find his craggy blasts very fascinating, so I hope I will like this one when I meet it in person.

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  2. matchstickman

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    Thats a pretty unique looking blast. Stem is an interesting color too. Its nice to see an artisan carver going with a simple shape that is functional and not going nuts just for the sake of making a pipe look cool. Unique, simple, functional, and honest. I like it!

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    I find his craggy blasts very fascinating, so I hope I will like this one when I meet it in person.

    Well if you don't you could always give it to me :nana:. In all seriousness, that is an awesome pipe.

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
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    Heck of a blast on that one! Nice!!

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    Thanks guys. I have never held a Cooke pipe. Will be interesting to discover what the tactile feel is when I hold it.

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    Cool blast, it reminds me of a walnut shell or peach pit

    BLACKBLOODs for life...just please keep making Black House!
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    Very nice !

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    J.T. certainly knows how to blast a pipe! I can well understand you anticipation, Peck

    The owner of the Rarememories.com website who deals (delt?) in high-end estate pipes, met Mr. Cooke at the 2008 Chicago pipe show, the following conversation ensued:

    "I told Jim that I loved his blasted pipes but could not afford one.

    Jim said, 'Bruce, I understand, neither can I!'"

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    He certainly has an interesting blast. I'd be interested to know from you Lonestar, and any other pipemakers out there, what he does to make his blast look so craggy. I wouldn't want every pipe I own to look like this, but it is nice to have at least one that is a bit out of the ordinary. Some time back I passed on an apple pipe he had for sale, only to see it sell on ebay recently for $500 more than it sold for originally. No clue who would pay that much above retail for a pipe - I can only assume it is someone with way too much money to burn, likely in the far east. Pipes are a bizarre market.

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    That blast is incredible...very nice pipe. Congrats...enjoy every puff.

    “Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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    Someone told me that Fred Hanna has had a commission in for a JT Cooke smooth pipe for a few years now and Cooke has just never gotten around to it, Apparently he told Fred "No one wants my smooth pipes Fred - those are my seconds", or something along those lines.

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    Wow, one heck of a valentines present! Your wife must think you're amazing! That is one beautiful pipe!!!

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    I hope she appreciates it instead of flowers or chocolate! Somehow I think not ...

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    Very cool. Congrats!

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    Very nice. I like everything about it. Enjoy.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Many thanks. I will report back on how it smokes.

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    Very nice blast. I've heard his waiting list can go for years. I doubt I will ever own one, but they are nice, congrats!

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    peck, that is an awesome looking Cooke. I cannot wait to hear how it smokes. As you know I have also been wanting one but so far have not found one in my price range on the estate market. It amazes me how he sells his brand new pipes within 5 minutes every time he lists one. His blasting technique is totally unique and he is known as maybe the finest blaster in the world. I have read that he takes anywhere from 15-20 hours on one of his blasts, which makes his pricing understandable.

    Harris
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    Congratulations on your new pipe. I hope you enjoy it for many years.

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    The blast is odd, but the pipe looks killer! Dont forget to let us know how she smokes.

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    Wow, congrats!

    J.T. Cooke, absolute bad ass of the sandblast

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    I'd be interested to know from you Lonestar, and any other pipemakers out there, what he does to make his blast look so craggy.

    When you talk to well known pipemakers there are "secrets" you can pry out of them, and some you could pull their toenails and never find out. Sandblasting generally belongs to the second category You might get some generic answer about glass bead versus aluminum oxide, but you wont get very far. JT Cookes career revolves around that beautiful blast, and I'm betting the exact technique he uses will die with him.
    But the short answer I think is a lot of time, a lot of work, and a series of different blasting media and nozzles.
    The results are spectacular though.

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