The smoking pipe is an object of ancient tradition, used for smoking tobacco or other substances, particularly those for healing purposes.
Ancient Babylonians, Greeks and Egyptians all crafted and smoked pipes. Hippocrates, the founder of ethical medicine, prescribed smoking herbs to treat certain conditions.
Many believe Christopher Columbus discovered the use of tobacco and brought it to Europe together with the smoking pipe. However there are some discrepancies in the story. What is not up for debate is tobacco is native to the Americas and was smoked through pipes carved from wood or stone. In the early 1500s Iroquois tribes were observed smoking pipes. Various tribes throughout the Americas participated in smoking rituals, some of which involved in passing the pipe from warrior to warrior as a peace offering.
The pipes and the smoking of tobacco did eventually make their way to Europe and by the sixteenth century, the use of tobacco and the smoking pipe had become very popular in Europe. In 1559 France Jean Nicot de Villemain indroduced tobacco as a medical multi- remedy and tobacco pipe smoking gained fashion within the French nobility.
Early sailors and fishermen became widely known as pipe smokers who used pipes made from clay, gypsum or corncob.
The French were the first users of briar, the root of the white heath ( Erica arborea ) srub, as a material for smoking pipe. Briar pipes became very popular do to their heat resistance. light weight and durability. As a result pipes made from plaster and clay and other materials became much less popular. Saint Claude in Jura France is still the main center of briar pipe production.
Giving birth to the modern hand pipe. Through the 1880s to early 1900s the largest and most well known hand pipe manufactures were located in Britain, France, Italy and Scandinavia. This period also produced some of the most famous hand pipe smokers to date including: Hemingway, Sherlock Holmes ( having the Sherlock Pipe Style named after him ), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Tolkien, Einstein and Hubble.
Despite mass production, many pipe manufactures have retained there desire for uniqueness and quality. Today hand pipes are collected by many people.
Information on when glass became a popular material for making pipes is hard to pin down. That is because it appears to have spawned slowing and in particular parts of the world. The Northwestern United States is most certainly one of those places.
Glass is a superior material for smoking pipes.
1. It stays cool. Glass is a poor conductor or heat and it cools very quickly.
2. Glass is very easy to clean.
3. High Quality Glass like Borosilicate is very durable and lasts a long time.
4. Glass Hand pipes do not require screens, making them very low maintenance.
5. Many are hand blown so they are all unique works of art.
6. Glass is so versatile, pipes made from glass can be very artistic and unusual.
7. It burns very clean.
For these reasons we feel that glass hand pipes ( given the nickname spoons because they are shaped like them ) are by far the best pipes for smoking our products and the best hand pipes for the best price overall. Eventually we will be offering glass pipes exclusively.