The Pipe Book Author:William Goldring THE PIPE BOOK A History and How-to tells the fascinating story of smoking devices from the days of the pre-Colombian Indians to the present. — The author, William Goldring, recounts how, after the discovery of America, tobacco smoking became the rage of Europe. Smoking became so fashionable during the Elizabethan era, in fact, that there were eve... more »n professors of the "art of whiffing" who taught the dandies of that period such deft tricks as the "Cuban Ebolition" and the "Corollary."
With the aid of easy to follow diagrams, the author also describes how to make a wide variety of homemade pipes, so that any reader will be able to discover the satisfaction that comes from smoking a pipe he has created himself.
Along with descriptions of the structures and varieties of all the traditional pipes (the briar, meerschaum, and porcelain, for example), Mr. Goldring also discusses such precursors to the modern pipe as the chillum and nose pipe.
Waterpipes, which have had an upsurge in popularity lately, are covered in particular detail. The author discusses the history and philosophy behind the hookah and describes how the ancient Turks made these pipes and how one can make them at home today. Hints are even given for sweetening the water.
Chapters are also devoted to contemporary pipe novelties and descriptions of how various smoking compounds are blended. THE PIPE BOOK, which is lavishly illustrated, will be of interest to all pipe and tobacco fanciers who believe that smoking is more than just a drag.« less