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Cultivation of Tobacco in Taiwan began with the colonization of the island in the 17th century by the Spanish, and, more importantly, the Dutch. Dutch missionaries brought with them to Formosa, and to the aborigines Christianity, Pipe, and tobacco. Though there are varying traditions and customs among the tribes, the common word for “tobacco” is “tamaku”. Brightleaf Virginia tobacco was grown in small quantities as a side-crop for personal use. Depending on the season, tobacco leaves were air- or fire-cured, and formed into twists or ropes for storage. Tobacco was highly valued in Taiwanese aboriginal societies, both as a status symbol (often reserved for elders), and as a good for bartering. High quality tobacco was sought after, and to offer another person tobacco would be considered an offering of close-friendship and respect.
Cultivation of Tobacco in Taiwan began with the colonization of the island in the 17th century by the Spanish, and, more importantly, the Dutch. Dutch missionaries brought with them to Formosa, and to the aborigines Christianity, Pipe, and tobacco. Though there are varying traditions and customs among the tribes, the common word for “tobacco” is “tamaku”. Brightleaf Virginia tobacco was grown in small quantities as a side-crop for personal use. Depending on the season, tobacco leaves were air- or fire-cured, and formed into twists or ropes for storage. Tobacco was highly valued in Taiwanese aboriginal societies, both as a status symbol (often reserved for elders), and as a good for bartering. High quality tobacco was sought after, and to offer another person tobacco would be considered an offering of close-friendship and respect.
 
The most common way of enjoying tobacco was by smoking a pipe. Pipe smoking was very common for adults, both men and women, and especially older folks, who would always have their pipe and their tobacco, stored in leather pouches hanging off their belts. Material for pipe-making varied from tribe to tribe, depending on what was more abundant and convenient. Pipes, too, were considered a status symbol, as fancier, wooden and brass pipes, decorated with gemstone inlays and other adornments were reserved for tribal royalties. Bamboo pipes were by far the most common.
The most common way of enjoying tobacco was by smoking a pipe. Pipe smoking was very common for adults, both men and women, and especially older folks, who would always have their pipe and their tobacco, stored in leather pouches hanging off their belts. Material for pipe-making varied from tribe to tribe, depending on what was more abundant and convenient. Pipes, too, were considered a status symbol, as fancier, wooden and brass pipes, decorated with gemstone inlays and other adornments were reserved for tribal royalties. Bamboo pipes were by far the most common.
 
The pipe in the photograph is a modern interpretation of the Taiwanese aboriginal bamboo pipes, made by a Taiwanese pipe maker who also carves briar pipes.  Bowl is made from Makino Bamboo (Guei Zhu in Mandarin Chinese, Kei-Chiku in Japanese), indigenous to Taiwan. Makino is one of the fastest growing bamboos, with an average daily growth of almost a foot. This growth rate is due to its porous and highly absorbent nature, which, luckily for us, makes it an excellent choice as pipe-bowl material. (In Japan, Taiwan, and China, bamboo charcoal is widely used for healthy-living, as water and air purifier) – What is bamboo charcoal? A used bamboo pipe bowl!
The pipe in the photograph is a modern interpretation of the Taiwanese aboriginal bamboo pipes, made by a Taiwanese pipe maker who also carves briar pipes. Bowl is made from Makino Bamboo (Guei Zhu in Mandarin Chinese, Kei-Chiku in Japanese), indigenous to Taiwan. Makino is one of the fastest growing bamboos, with an average daily growth of almost a foot. This growth rate is due to its porous and highly absorbent nature, which, luckily for us, makes it an excellent choice as pipe-bowl material. (In Japan, Taiwan, and China, bamboo charcoal is widely used for healthy-living, as water and air purifier) – What is bamboo charcoal? A used bamboo pipe bowl!
 
The pipe maker named this line of bamboo pipes “Seediq Bale”, after the “Seediq” tribe. (Seediq means “Men”, Seediq Bale means “Real Men”). Pipes of this style are prominently featured in the 2011 Taiwanese historical drama “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale”. These pipes are still being made and used by the aborigines, though not as refined and exacting in construction as the one photographed.
The pipe maker named this line of bamboo pipes “Seediq Bale”, after the “Seediq” tribe. (Seediq means “Men”, Seediq Bale means “Real Men”). Pipes of this style are prominently featured in the 2011 Taiwanese historical drama “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale”. These pipes are still being made and used by the aborigines, though not as refined and exacting in construction as the one photographed.
 
 
Article Quoted in P & T Magazine.

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4-knuckle bamboo? That's cute.
My pipe's got 32 knuckles.

Makino Bamboo, the ultimate pipe material - Light and durable; porous and absorbent; quick heat and moisture dispersion; flavor neutral. 

Every pipeman needs at least one of these superb smoking machines. Besides, they just look so wicked cool.

Please contact me for more information (pre-sale).

Thanks!

Chris
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Chicago show was a blast. Came home with 3 new Rad Davis, and pipes from 4 makers not currently featured on iBriar.com! Stay tuned!

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Happy Easter!

Update 04/08/2012:
2 New Chris Askwith Pipes Added
1 Tin of "Bohemian Scandal" Added

On Sale:
All Dunhill Pipes are marked down 15%!

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2 New Chris Askwith Pipes coming to iBriar.com!
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