Have you noticed that pipe smoking seems to be getting more popular these days? One reason is that many people feel that smoking a pipe must be healthier and less harmful than smoking cigarettes. Pipe tobacco does not have as much of the tar and other dangerous chemicals that are found in cigarettes. In addition, many people find they enjoy the various little pipe smoking rituals they develop. Sometimes pipes are enjoyed and passed down to the next generation as treasured keepsakes.
The tobacco pipe has a bowl on one end in which pipe tobacco is put and then smoked. The bowls may be made from a variety of materials including corn cobs, clay, meerschaum or briar. Some are made out of different kinds of wood. The woods that are very hard are believed to be better for making pipes. Sometimes pipes are carved into very attractive designs and they become a work of art.
Pipe tobacco comes in many varieties of forms and flavors. Thus the user can create customized blends that they enjoy. It is best to keep the tobacco in tightly sealed containers so it does not dry out.
Some varieties of pipe tobacco are made into thin ropes that are sliced to fit into the bowl of the pipe. Usually the tobacco is ground by hand and put into the bowl in layers. Pipe smokers often like to use a small tool to pack the tobacco in the bowl in such a way that good airflow is achieved. The many ways that a person can enjoy pipe smoking is why this activity is so popular.