The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 101

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 Tuesday 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 pipe artisan J.T. Cooke. Brian calls him “The Master Blaster” as he is well-known for the amazing, unique style of sandblasting that he does. (Listen closely, and you’ll find out what the “T” stands for too). See more on J.T. Cooke at In our “Pipe Parts” segment, Brian will continue our series on Oriental, a.k.a. Turkish tobaccos. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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7 Responses

  • Hi Brian,
    I am always glad to create more work for you…It is my mission in life. I am sure that our friend Bill will be interested in discussion your orientals experience as he has been doing something the same. We will be able to discuss it this weekend at Columbus.
    J.T. Cooke is a great pipe maker. I have owned one of his pipes and it is a great smoker. He does a great job of making a pipe and his stem work is incredible. I also had some Briar Workshop pipes which I also enjoyed. I’m glad there will be a part 2 to the interview and am looking forward to it.
    Galloway and Mancinni – Great Music. I wonder if the Pink Panther smoked a pipe?
    Tonight’s smoke was some 1983 crop McCranie’s Red Ribbon in the Chedda/Layton collaboration pipe.
    Rant – under the influence of tobacco – hahaha
    Keep up the good work, see you in Columbus!

  • I am really enjoying the Pipe Parts about Orientals and I am looking forward to your comments.
    I really enjoyed your interview with J.T. He seems like a fun guy to know. His pipes are gorgeous. He sure is fond of his sandblasts. I loved reading about his 5 step process. He is an interesting guy. I look forward to his part 2.
    I loved the Mancini-Galloway. I love that theme and he did it justice! As John commented above, I don’t know about the Pink Panther, but I know Inspector Clouseau did on a couple of occasions.
    I wonder if you can be sited for being under the influence of tobacco? If you can, I’m screwed!
    Another great show and safe travels!

  • Guys, this was an awesome show!! I wish there could be a 3 part interview with JTCooke!!! A second one will not be sufficient!! Very enjoyable listening to it! I research the internet for the A&C Petersen Caledonian Virginia Flake and there was an auction for one tin on the bay. Got it as a present to JT. I hope the tobacco is still in good shape as it is from 2001. Pink Panther theme!! Great. Listening it all the time now. Rant – I laughed so much hearing this one!! Brian, you were really mad at them!!LOL. “What the HELL is to be under the influence of tobacco???” Great punch! “So, there you go school…#%#*%.. figure it out!!!” Great, great. They deserve it.
    I have one request to Kevin: What about an index of the shows. So I can look for specific interviews, specific pipe parts subjects, rants,etc. Wouldn’t it be great?!

  • Another wonderful show. Jim Cooke is a great conversationalist with a fascinating story to tell. I’m anxious for “Part 2”.
    The only J.T. Cooke work I own is a GBD Fantasy that Jim repaired and fitted with a new stem, back in the mid 90s. It’s one of my favorite pipes, and the closest I’ll get to owning a Cooke pipe on a teacher’s pension. I absolutely love the blasted bulldogs he does; such masterful work.
    Well, I gotta go now. I hope to be soon under the influence of tobacco; lighting my “Cooke” with some Samovar.

  • Great show Brian. Didn’t feel the need to post a comment until the “under the influence of tobacco” comment. Another huge raspberry for them from me as well!!

  • Brian,
    I’ve jammed all 100 episodes into the last 4 weeks, and it was always entertaining. Looking forward to future episodes. Thanks for all the good work. I’m glad I had a chance to meet you at the NASPC Show today – enjoy the match books.
    All the best.

  • Another fine show. J.T. Cooke, the original “old hippie” of pipemaking can tell quite a story. Never been a big fan of his pipes. I find the blasts to be overly severe and at times uncomfortable to hold. I did find it very interesting that he basically apprenticed to some else for a period of time before starting out on his own. It is no surprise that J.T. and Brad Pohlmann are two of the best carvers in the world. Today the apprenticeship is served on the internet amongst your peers. That is a very fast way to get good but almost impossible to become great.
    Music was fine.
    And these are the people educating your child. Being smoking Nazis they apparently believe the smell of smoke on you will cause the children to take a moral turn to the dark side and begin growing Latakia in the back yard. And seriously are they going to call a “time out” on you if you show up after having smoked a bowl? One thing groups like that don’t do is give up free labor.

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