Smoking pipes have been a popular and common form of tobacco use for centuries. In fact, they were the first way to smoke and remained popular through the growth and expansion of cigars before losing steam when cigarettes started taking the headlines during the 1940s and 1950s. While pipe smoking has remained a great pastime, it took a while for it to regain a stronger footing.
What helped revitalize tobacco pipes was a trilogy of movies that came out from 2001-2003. The Lord of the Rings was the award winning film adaptation of the beloved book series by J. R. R. Tolkien. With a number of pipes showcased in the film, smokers began to relearn about the quality of smoking pipes and why they are great options that should be considered when looking to enjoy tobacco.
The biggest beneficiaries of the renewed interest were the Churchwarden shaped pipes. Since that is the style of pipe smoked by Gandalf, Bilbo, and the rest of the Lord of the Rings characters, people clamored to pick up their own. So it comes as no surprise that with the greater demand, more companies began to produce Churchwarden smoking pipes that keep getting snatched up by fans and collectors alike.
Nording's entrants into the Churchwarden category hold onto the same excellence that all of the tobacco pipes produced by Erik Nording carry. The pipe bowls are smaller than the traditionally larger Nording pipes since anything larger would unbalance them because of the long stem. Just because they are smaller, though, does not mean that they are any less artfully designed. The Churchwarden pipes from Nording maintain the unique designs that the company is known for, with their whimsy and creativity on display. The designs make these pipes some of the best and most unique pieces you will find. However you choose to pick your smoking pipe when you get a Nording, you know you are getting something one-of-a-kind.