In this article I will tell you about main pipe shapes. About straight and bent pipes, classical pipes and freehands, about advantages, disadvantages and features of different shapes.
Canadian, Lumberman, Lovat, Liverpool — What is the Difference?
These four classical shapes are very similar and often confused. They all have straight long shank, short stem and billiard bowl. The differences are in the shapes of shank and stem:
Liverpool and Lovat stems and shank are circular in section, and Canadians and Lumberman stems and shank are oval. Liverpool and Canadian stems are tappered, but Lovat and lumberman stems are saddle.
Canadian (oval tappered stem) is my favorite shape. I love to smoke them and to make them. I have more canadians in my portfolio than any other shape.
Lumberman (oval saddle stem) is very close shape. I love them to, but I make them less often simply because they order them less often.
Lovat pipe has a round saddle stem.
Liverpool has round tappered stem. This shape is most similar to the ancestor of all these shapes - Billiard. The only difference is another proportions os shank and stem. Billiard shank and stem have equal length, but Liverpools shank is longer than stem.
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I you are just are going to start pipe smoking, read this article first. It will help you not to make mistakes while choosing your first pipe.