How is a Calabash Pipe is Made?

A calabash pipe is a pipe made for smoking with a curved stem and a large bowl created from a calabash gourd. So what the heck is a calabash gourd? I’m glad you asked. A calabash gourd comes from a vine knows as a calabash. If the vine is harvested early it can be consumed as a vegetable and if it is harvested late it becomes hard and can be used as a smoking pipe, bottle or utensil. The rounded calabash species are known as calabash gourds or bottle gourds because they make bottles out of them. Actually, the calabash gourd is one of the first vegetables ever harvested, for a purpose other than food. I guess that way back in the day they just forgot the calabash on the vine and when the realized it was inedible they decided to use it as a container. Common sense, right. The stem of a calabash pipe is made from the gourd of the calabash fruit. A gourd comes from the same family as the pumpkin. Physically it is the shell of the fruit which is dried but it can also refer to the entire plant. The gourd from a calabash has been used to make African bottle gourds for eons. In the very early years of human civilization gourds become quite popular through trade. Calabash gourds are made to make bottles and bowls among other things like musical instruments which are quite common in the Caribbean. All we know is that a gourd makes for a terrific calabash pipe. Find a Calabash Pipe For Sale

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