Production of big corncob pipes will be cut in half this year
Washington, Missouri is the "Corncob Capital of the World." Yes, the world. (If you can't get your head around that, there's a museum in WashMo to help you.)
Folks have been making corncob pipes there since about the end of the Civil War, yet only one company is still standing strong: Missouri Meerschaum. They apparently make 5,000 pipes a day and ship them the world over.
General manager Phil Morgan told Pipes Magazine last week that while the drought will not affect production of the popular smaller pipes,
impact for Corn Cob Pipes is that production will be cut in half for
large pipes....This does create a loss in sales of tens of thousands of
pipes, and much greater numbers when measured in dollars.
Some people really like the big pipes. Like this guy, Scott, who started his own company, Aristocob, to trade them on eBay. He's surprisingly active on YouTube. He has his own channel. And he seems genuinely bummed about the lack of large corncob pipes: