Corncob pipes are often considered the quintessential American pipe. Also known as "farmer's meerschaum", these pipes are synonymous with simple living and simple pleasures.
Wikipedia describes corncob pipes thusly:
"Corncob pipes remain popular today because they are inexpensive and require no "break-in" period like briar pipes. For these two reasons, corncob pipes are often recommended as a "Beginners pipe." But, their enjoyment is by no means limited to beginners. Corncob pipes are equally valued by both learners and experienced smokers who simply desire a cool, clean smoke. Pipesmokers who wish to sample a wide variety of different tobaccos and blends also might keep a stock of corncobs on hand to permit them to try new flavors without "carryover" from an already-used pipe, or to keep a potentially bad tasting tobacco from adding its flavor to a more expensive or favored pipe."
While you it doesn't take any special talents to make your own corncob pipe, you'll get more pleasure from a corncob pipe if you start with a qualtiy pipe. Made from specially grown corn specifically for this purpose, the Missouri Meerschaum company makes the best corncob pipes in the world. The Tobacco Barn is proud to carry these fantastic pipes.