Different Types of Calabash Pipe
Calabash gourd pipes are typically made with a meerschaum or porcelain bowl that sits inside them where the smoke is released from. Calabash pipes are difficult to make and require quite a lot of labour hours compared to your average smoking pipe. This makes the calabash pipe more expensive to make and therefore more expensive to buy than other smoking pipes. To make the price of a calabash pipe more affordable, makers of the calabash pipe have used wood instead of the standard calabash gourd. They sell wood (traditionally mahogany) pipes with a similar shape as calabash pipes even though the calabash is substituted for another material. Traditional calabash pipes, made from wood or from a calabash gourd have a long sloping shape with an upward curve at the end where the meerschaum or porcelain bowl is placed. Just below the bowl is a pocket of air in which the smoke is allowed to congregate and mature. The other type of calabash pipe is a briar pipe. It does not contain the same air pocket as other calabash pipes do but they are given the same name due to their common shape.
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