Chillum is a traditional indian pipe.
It’s used to smoke the resin, the flower or the pollen of the plant.
who am i
I am an italian chillum maker, nick-named Freccia living in Bologna.
I produce cillums made of natural italian clays, no colorhobby clays.
You can read my product philosophy.
I can make any kind of chillum, it’s hand made with perfect straight and shiny inside compliant to the italian tradition.
My chillums are baked at a professional ceramist no DIY and are Not coloured with artificial paint.
I get different colors only by using different clay mix.
You can see pictures (near each picture you find some useful info: cilum code, cm long, cooker diameter, mouthpiece diameter):
what is a chillum?
The chillum is a traditional Indian pipe, used for divination purposes since ancient times. Chillum pipe is traditionally smoked with resinous extract of the plant or pollen. There are also some yoga practices which use chillum pipes without combustion and as a breathing exercise.
The chillum pipes in this site are processed entirely by hand without use of molds, lathe, cores of wood or other gimmicks. That’s why they are always unique craft and never geometrical shape. Are derived from a single piece of clay shaped by rolling on a clean and smooth glass.
This ensures the compactness, durability and robustness in the event of a fall. In addition, the inside is excavated from the block at a later time when the chillum pipes is no longer soft, but solid and consistency of leather.
Finally, each piece is cooked professionally at a temperature above one thousand degrees, from a laboratory ceramists experts.
The extent of the exterior and its thickness are chosen according to characteristics that each use and portability.
The cooker interior is of conical shape, without dips and curves. This serves to allow a direct flow of the smoke.
Moreover, the polished cooker iterior is made to facilitate cleaning after use.
The stone that is placed inside serves to retain the impurities and the ash during inhalation, and has a shape of a truncated pyramid hexagonal or square. Depending on the tube-stone combination you have perfect inhalation and the desired cooling.
The 5 measures that characterize a chillum pipe are:
Length: as the length also increases the mixing and cooling of the smoke. Let’s start with a length of 10 cm up to half a meter. Obviously you would prefer a small chillum if you want to bring along, and a larger one to keep home.
Width of cooker: cooker is where combustion occurs. If the diameter is very wide, the mix will burn faster than if the diameter is narrower.
Length of stone: a long stone makes inhalation fresher but less abundant, a short stone makes inhalation abundant but more warm.
Depth of the cooker: is given by the presence of the stone. If the stone is large, the lower is the depth of the cooker. We always remember that an ideal cooker will have this proportion: depth equal wide, up to depth equal one and a half the width. Different proportions usually give unexpected shutdown of the mixture.
Width of the mouthpiece : the mouthpiece allows smoke inhalation, and must allow a uniform amount of smoke.
For smoking and for good hygiene, the mouthpiece should never touch the smoker’s lips, better smoke from the hand. The mouthpiece can be wound in a cotton gauze (replaces Indian saffi).
Aromatic grass and petals: choose a chillum with the the stone to a depth of about one and half times the width, and a medium mouthpiece. The length of the stone must be proportionate to the length of chillum pipes. We do not recommend a stone that draws too much or too short.
Grass or pollen: choose a medium chillum with the stone at a depth of one to one and half times the width, and a medium mouthpiece. Use long or medium-sized stones.
Compressed pollen and resin: choose a medium to small chillum with the stone to a depth equal to the width, and a small mouthpiece. Use long or medium-sized stones.
The chillum must be emptied by tapping gently on the wood vertically, not blow in and do not beat him to the ground.
Must always be kept clean and possibly the person wearing it, only the wearer authorizing others to do the last shot, and clean it. This rule prevents breakage and negligence, and you can make it last a lifetime.
Better not wipe it with paper, with water or by boiling: it becomes smelly.
Use a wooden stick wrapped in soft cotton T-shirt or cotton gauze.
If the chillum pipes has reached the end (stinking) you can make a second firing and have it back new.
the value of a chillum
what types of chillums can you find?
You will find many types of chillum pipes on the market:
an indian chillum that hides in one hand,
indian chillum pipes cooked at low temperature and very fragile
wooden chillum pipes,
chillum pipes for side smoking,
glass airbrushed tube
and chillum pipes made with machines.
Unfortunately the most chillums declated as handmade or handcrafted are most likely to have been produced using molds, presses, turnings and other mechanized systems.
The material means a lot: artificial clay and enamel is often used to create a polished coloured piece.
what will you find here?
All chillum pipes found on this site are guaranteed 100% produced entirely by hand using only natural clay, mined in Italy: Tuscany, Faenza clay and kaolin.
The process begins from a block of clay on a glass plate.
With an iron sword you dig up the interior to obtain a shiny polished cooker.
As a result of this the chillums are always clean inside.
The outside is decorated by hand without molds and without enamel.