There is a store in my town that exclusively sells smoking apparatus'. These stores are often known as 'head shops', but thats probably slang. If you cannot find a store in the yellow pages, perhaps try asking some 'kids' downtown. When living in BC I have people ask me where a head shop was all the time, lol. (Oneday i'll have a very mature look about me and not be asked for drugs, haha) I've also seen very nice wooden pipes being sold at cigar shops and convenience stores inside malls. I grew up in a beach community, with lots of summer stores, these items seemed widely available! I'm sure theyre around if you look.
As for smoking, I'm the same as you, feminine earth. I like to smoke, but have never smoked habitually. And never tobacco. Most of my friends smoke cannabis, of which i'd like to partake in the friendly rituals of puffing and passing, haha, but more than one puff of this stuff makes me pretty silly.
Jim, do you know of a blend that includes cannabis?
I'd say pipes are the best bet, i like the small glass 'baby' ones, cause they're cute. Another idea is to wittle yourself one, you can add designs and really personalize it. I think wittle kits are pretty cheap.. like $15 at Canadian Tire (i dont know what the american version of this store is...)
I have some hemp rolling papers, and enjoy smoking with this too.
Hmmm, I'm pretty random, but hope this helps anyhow!