When you enter the home of Jim Cooke in the New North End of Burlington, the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s dusty and so is he. Both with good reason.
Jim is a master pipe maker. He hand crafts smoking pipes from briarwood imported from the Mediterranean. His JT Cooke Pipes are sandblasted using a blasting medium of tiny glass beads and briar dust. Jim produces between 50 and 100 pipes each year and has a waiting list almost four years long for a custom creation. The pipes are much sought after by collectors and sell for $750 and higher.
VPR’s Ric Cengeri visited Cooke’s workshop and brought back this report.