Smoking Pipes

pipesThe venerable smoking pipes, no matter how traditional, will always remain classy as they became trademarks in the evolution of tobacco smoking. Sometimes seeing it triggers nostalgia, especially for those who have seen the best of years as regards to having witnessed fathers or grandfathers enjoy a leisurely afternoon with their smoking pipes.

Production of tobacco pipes can either be handcrafted or machine-crafted. For the former, they have a tendency to be so intricately designed since they have undergone the artisanal craft of a pipemaker. Pipes usually are made of three parts, the bowl-the part into which the tobacco is laid, the shank-which consists of the long stem, and finally the mouthpiece. Moreover, what makes these pipes special when it comes to manufacturing them is the fact that they undergo a sweetening process.

However, contrary to the story, the pipe bowl of tobacco pipes does not come from only one material. Generally, the bowls are made of briar, corncob, meerschaum and clay. Cherrywood, olivewood, maple, oak and mesquite are almost rare. Some are even made of gourds, as that of the calabash pipe or pyrolytic graphite.

For the best part, tobaccos for smoking pipes are not the same as found in cigarettes. They are blended and treated to achieve a distinct flavor. Latakia, Perique, Virginia and Burley are example of some of the spice tobaccos used for pipes. Some of these are cured with spices, certain sweeteners and flavorings.

Smoking pipes require a certain amount of care since they are not like cigarettes in cigars that can be disposed of after smoking. Basically what builds up inside in a pipe and cause it to break as that of a meerschaum pipe is called cake. Cakes are solidified ash that accumulated overtime through use.

Whoever thought that pipes are at a brink of obsolescence know little about it. As usage of such goes way back long before the first Europeans discovered that tobacco smoke can be inhaled.

Smoking pipes, therefore, are not just some sort of ticket to experience history itself. It is also an access for spending one pleasurable afternoon as you enjoy the company of nothing else but your pipe alone.

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