Although the use of any tobacco products is not recommended in this day and age, there are many people who still enjoy the relaxation that comes about from smoking pipes. There are basically three ways to enjoy smoking tobacco, if this is something you aspire to do, and that is by cigarettes, cigars or the use of a tobacco pipe. It has been stated that the tobacco pipe is really the only one of these three to actually give the smoker a sense of relaxation and pleasure.
Pipe smoking has been a pastime of men and women for many years and the use of a pipe combined with the many different aromas and flavor that tobacco that can be purchased in make this type of smoking a science and an art. A well-crafted pipe for smoking tobacco can be looked at as a thing of beauty. Many of them are handcrafted or carved out of wood and are considered to be works of art within themselves.
If you are new to the world of smoking pipes there are a few things that you need to know. First of all, there are five parts to a tobacco pipe. There is the bowl where the tobacco is burned, the shank that is the neck of the pipe, the stem that fits into the shank, the lip is a raised ring around the stem and the filter, which is usually made of metal and attached to the stem. Although simple in its design you can find them in many different types of designs and materials and the prices can vary from inexpensive to very pricey.
A good pipe is not something that is just thrown together hastily it requires a certain amount of skill to properly construct a pipe that not only looks good but also smokes well. The Indians of South and North America over the course of many years crafted many pipes that they made of clay or stone. However, it was the Europeans who finally perfected the art of pipe making throughout the course of many centuries. Some of the most popular materials that pipes are constructed from include the briar pipe, the meerschaum pipe, and the classic corn cob pipe. In fact, there is a small town in Missouri where the corn cob pipe industry still makes around 150,000 pipes a year and the pipe industry itself manufactures around 30 million pipes per year throughout the world.
When smoking pipes there are certain pipe accessories that you will need and they include pipe cleaners, matches or a lighter, and a pipe tool. This tool has on it a reamer, a tamper and a pick, very similar to a folding pocket knife. When smoking a pipe for the first time it should be a relaxing enjoyable experience. Depending on the type of tobacco that you have filled your pipe with this experience can be enhanced and thoroughly enjoyable. If pipe smoking is one of those things that you find yourself compelled do to then gather your accessories, some aromatic tobacco, a good pipe and light up to enjoy a one-of-a-kind smoking experience that has been around for many years.