Who else, but Gary Schrier, would write, and publish, entirely upon his own initiative, and largely out of a personal desire to simply see it done, a monograph on the history of one single, particular pipe design? As far as I know, no one. As Quixotic an endeavor as Schrier's History of the Calabash Pipe might initially sound, there's nothing irrational in the manner Gary has gone about researching and writing the book itself. Make no mistake, this is a thorough account of just about every imaginable aspect of the history and development of this utterly unique category of smoking instrument, touching on everything from the Calabash's popularity amongst fighters of the Anglo-Boer conflict to the finest modern collections - and all with a wealth of accompanying photographs.
Equal parts military history, pipe folklore and collectors reference, this book has something for everyone. I knew I was in for a history lesson on the Boer war, but I didn't expect to see Alfred Dunhill and the early history of pipe design in... Read More England so masterfully woven into the tale. You will want a Calabash gourd pipe after reading this book! You also come away from the book with an even bigger love of pipes, and that is the true gift the author has given the reader. Read Less
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