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The basic form of the pipe has changed little over the long history of pipe smoking, however there have been notable variations in pipe styles effecting the size of the bowl and the length of the stem.

Many of these variations were the result of fashion, but many were the result of the growing skills of pipe makers.

1640-1660: The size of the bowl increased slightly during this period and stems increased to between 10 and 14 inches.

The spur became rounded, perhaps to allow the bowl to rest on a table top during smoking without marring the finish of the table.

These early pipes are sometimes referred to as "belly pipes" because of the pot-belly or barrel shape of their bowl.

The effects of English pipe manufacture eventually came full circle back to the American Indians through the fur trade sometime early in the 1600’s. Rooms, suites and cabins are spread throughout the property, from the Mc Keever Lodge to private residence areas for the larger accommodations.The resort offers a plethora of activities for year-round fun in Pipestem, West Virginia.One of the most notable designs was Jonah about to be swallowed by a serpent, perhaps depicting King James I who tried diligently to stamp out smoking. 1660 - 1680: There is a noticeable size increase during this period.

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