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  1. cacooper

    Best Pipe Shop In Your Area

    Here in the Salt Lake City area the selection of tobacco shops is obviously limited. We have three that are noteworthy: Beehive Cigars, south of downtown, is probably the best for pipes and tobacco. Tinder Box in Murray is a nice store, but with a limited selection. Jeanie’s downtown near the...
  2. cacooper

    Grabow Stem Leaking

    You’re very welcome. I’m a big Grabow fan and toured the factory several years ago. Very dedicated bunch of folks, but occasionally their QC is lacking. The leaking stem problem crops up now and then. Being a dedicated Grabowphile, I try to fix things the production crew missed. I do believe...
  3. cacooper

    Grabow Stem Leaking

    I’ve found that the leak usually occurs at the area in the photo. Clean the area well with alcohol, then carefully apply some clear 5 min. Epoxy around the junction of the aluminum and stem with a toothpick. Wipe off any excess. Let it cure overnight. This fix usually takes care of the problem...
  4. cacooper

    Lane 1 Q

    I usually mix 1-Q with BCA 50/50, then add a pinch of bright Virgina flakes to dry it a bit and enhance burn rate. The BCA ramps up the flavor and depth. The ribbon cut of 1-Q burns consistently, but smoked straight it can have a little bite and burn hot. The addition of BCA cools it down and...
  5. cacooper

    Ordering From Savinelli's Website

    Highly recommended also. I’ve ordered several pipes and am astonished at the delivery time. 3 days from Barasso, Italy, through customs, to Utah, for $20 shipping. It takes nearly 10 days from the east coast from other suppliers. Always excellent communication and order tracking. Great company!
  6. cacooper

    What Does Your Scene Look Like?

    The inner sanctum, the Man Cave, upstairs above the shop, in a separate building. Warm, cozy home theatre where I can relax in comfort while viewing classic films and TV shows, away from the scolding, disapproving eyes of the neighbors. Here in the Mormon stronghold of Utah, there are precious...
  7. cacooper

    Your First Pipe & Tobacco

    Remember like it was yesterday, but it was way back in 1976. First pipe was a carve-your-own block that I carved badly. Ended up sawing it in half on a bandsaw to see how it was drilled. Tossed it long ago. Second “real” pipe was a Hilson second that I still have, but rarely smoke. First pipe...
  8. cacooper

    Corn Cob Mods?

    I always wanted a full bent cob. MM doesn’t make such a deep bend. So, I take a Country Gentleman, cut off the shank, bore a 1/2” dia. hole at a 45 deg. angle on my lathe with a milling attachment for a new shank that I also turned on my lathe. This one is zebra wood. I then fit the standard...
  9. cacooper

    Adding Denver to The List of Places I Won't Visit

    We moved to Denver in ‘05 and moved out in ‘16. When we moved there, CO had a Republican governor, fairly conservative legislature, 30 round magazines were legal and recreational marijuana was illegal. In the 11 years we were there, all of that flipped 180 degrees and the slow, steady decline...
  10. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    The house as it appeared in the film: The house present day: Quite a bit has changed, but at least it's still standing!
  11. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    The Floor varnishers pipe, does appear to be a Pete System:
  12. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    Best photo I could find with a top view of Douglas' pipe with white spot and fantail bit: And, I present to you The Blandings Collection that I produced for a limited time:
  13. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    Ok, here are some photos from the office scene: Close up of the tin with #175 written on it: Close up of Grants pipe:
  14. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    A running gag throughout the film is Douglas pilfering tobacco from Grant, never using his own, right to the final scene. The publicity photo I have clearly shows the tin as Dunhill My Mixture with the number 175 written on the side. Grant’s pipe is most likely a Kaywoodie, while Douglas’ pipe...
  15. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    From what I’ve been able to ascertain, both actors smoked the same two pipes throughout the film, Douglas the Dunhill billiard with the white spot very evident in several photos in my possession, and Grant the Canadian/Lumberman with a larger white spot with a dark center, indicating a Kaywoodie...
  16. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    You are correct. The house built for the movie still exists, though it looks far different than it did in the film. It’s been modified and is painted a different color. They filmed in sequence as the house was being constructed. Several were built around the country as a publicity campaign...
  17. cacooper

    And Here We GO in Ohio!

    Don’t feel bad. Here in Utah, tobacco tax is 86%, and several online retailers won’t ship here anymore. A few still do, but for how much longer I don’t know. The state is cracking down on all internet sales, collecting sales tax on every online purchase. State law dictates tobacco can only be...
  18. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    I’ve got a publicity photo of the scene in Blandings office where Douglas is searching for the tobacco tin in the drawer. The photo is in very sharp focus and the tin he is holding definitely is a cutter top Dunhill My Mixture, but it’s marked #175. I’ve researched that particular blend to no...
  19. cacooper

    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (And Smokes Pipes) Airing 11/8/19 On TCM

    Mr. Blandings is probably my favorite classic film. I’ve done a lot of research on the movie over the years, collecting production stills, online photos and magazine articles, etc. Several years ago, I even crafted a boxed, two pipe set replicating the pipes used in the movie, called “The...
  20. cacooper

    Moving to Utah, Recommendations?

    Definitely visit Beehive Cigars in Salt Lake City. Decent amount of pipes, large tobacco selection, both house blends and tins. Large cigar humidor. Smoking lounge requires a fee due to state law. Be prepared for high tin prices because of the heinous Utah tobacco tax at 86%. The Mormon...