The history of smoking is rooted in the past. Scythians liked to breathe the smoke of dried plants, various nations used smoke tobacco as the component of magic rituals. It is unknown who was the first person to whom the thought to inhale smoke came to. In 4‐5 centuries C.A. people tried to use stems or hollow bones of animals. But such pipe prototypes did not suit them anymore. Human imagination does not have limits, there were sufficient materials for free creation. Fantastic‐fantastic‐pipes from clay and wood appeared. Gradually pipes bought forms of present smoking pipes. First pipes of such form were found in America.
Besides quinine, trepanation of the skull and potato, America natives introduced tobacco and smoking pipes to Europeans.
The thing which became a kind of getting pleasure for American Indians was one of the methods of spiritual contact. It does not matter if they smoked tobacco during such rituals or did not. Such kind of smoking may be compared with sacrifice. Every nation has its own methods of spiritual contact. Pipes made from red stone or clay decorated with figures of people and animals were family relic among Indians. The form of pipe varied.
Indians were very matter-of-fact and ingenious. They could delight in smoking sitting near the fire. Then they invented pipe tomahawk which was very convenient, they could smoke and kill enemies with the help of this device. With the time smoking pipes spread all over the world.
Pipe tobacco can be bought in several forms, which vary both in flavour (leading to many blends and opportunities for smokers to blend their own tobaccos) and in the physical shape and size to which the tobacco has been reduced.
Most tobaccos resemble cigarette tobacco, but are substantially more moist and are cut much more coarsely. Too finely cut tobacco does not allow sufficient air to flow through the pipe, and overly dry tobacco burns too quickly with small flavour. Pipe tobacco must be kept in a humidor or an airtight container to keep from drying out.
Some pipe tobaccos are cut into long narrow ribbons. Some are pressed into flat cakes which are sliced. Others are tightly wound into long ropes, then sliced into discs. Flake tobacco (sliced cakes or ropes) may be prepared in several traditions. Generally it is rubbed out with the fingers and palms until it is loose sufficient to pack. It can also be crumbled or simply folded and stuffed into a pipe. Some people also prefer to dice up very coarse tobaccos before using them, making them simpler to pack.
Pipes have been used since ancient times. As tobacco was not introduced to the Ancient World until the 16th century, the pipes outside of the Americas were usually used to smoke hashish, a rare and expensive substance outside areas of the Middle East, Central Asia and India, where it was produced.
Native Americans smoked tobacco in pipes long before the arrival of Europeans. Tobacco was introduced to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century and spread around the world rapidly.
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www.blakemar.co.uk A small video showing the methods used to make a handmade Blakemar Briar. This pipe was made on Thursday 30th September, the whole process taking just under an hour. It was turned from a plateau of Briar bought from Jaume Hom of Spain. The stem is an ‘EXTRA’ quality vulcanite from Carlo Giudici of Italy. Pipe made by Mike Billngton. Video filmed and edited by Sean Billington. Copyright© 1997-2010. Blakemar Briars. All rights reserved.