Welcome to Russ Cook Pipes

About me and my work

Providing pipe smokers the highest quality smoking instruments since 1998

 Making a great smoking pipe takes more than just an eye for form. I use the best tooling equipment and experience to provide a quality pipe that will be cherished for a lifetime. I keep my prices affordable so they won't break the bank for your average pipe smoker who wants a premium pipe.

More than just selling pipes through my online store, I go to many pipe shows every year. I really enjoy talking with past customers, fans of my work, and the friends I've made over the years at shows like Chicago, Columbus, St. Louis, Richmond, and more. If my offerings on my site or table don't impress you, I am happy to do commission work. In fact, most people who buy my pipes are repeat customers, and of those repeat customers, over half of their purchases from me are commissions.

Briar pipes


 My goal is to find the highest quality briar possible. I tend to use Italian briar for nearly all my pipes, but have been known to use other mediums than briar in the past; such as "Michigan Morta" (fossilized oak). I normally age my briar after I buy it for a minimum of two years or more. 

Stem Material and Accents

 I use german ebonite and cumberland for my hand cut stems. For accents on the shank, I use corian, zebra wood, olive wood, bamboo, and bocote. Lately I've discovered a neat way to do an arched ferule that is really sharp.  


Want to get to know me? This video is an insight into who I am, my work, and my shop.

Thank you to Dan Nemets with AmericanPipeMakers for coordinating this for me.


My Interview with Brian Levine

Click the photo to listen to the show!

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 maker Russ Cook. Russ has been making pipes part-time for 20-years. He makes one-of-a-kind pipes in both classic shapes and freehand designs. Russ has a devoted following, and also takes custom orders for pipes as well. He’s lived in the state of Michigan his entire life.  In the Pipe Parts segment, Brian will discuss why he uses a coffee grinder to break up hi flake tobaccos. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

Courtesy of Pipesmagazine.com 


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