We take a lot of things for granted in life, us humans, like electricity or GPS technology. Often as the world progresses, we lose touch with just how much ingenuity and intelligence was necessary for the breakthroughs and inventions which make our lives today so comfortable and simple. Stoners take things for granted as well sometimes, for example, the invention of the glass bong. A glass bong can be an essential aspect to any cannabis user’s arsenal, and definitely makes having a quick session pretty damn simple compared to twisting up a joint. There are so many beautiful glass pieces out there, yet hardly anybody really understands the hard work and passion that’s required for the production of such an item. For the most devoted glass blowers out there in the world, their creations are more than smoking devices to them, but rather pieces of functional art to be welcomed into their customer’s homes. So, how exactly is a glass bong made?
Heat, Lots Of It
The first step to creating anything out of glass is heat. Specifically, 2125 degrees Fahrenheit of it. This makes glass turn into one big liquid pool of it, meaning it’s malleable enough to shape it into anything. Obviously with such high temperatures, this is a job you definitely want to be careful with. Hollowed steel rods, or blowpipes, are used to literally blow the glass into different shapes. By picking up molten glass on one end of the pipe, a glass blower blows through the rod to make the melted glass bubble into different shapes, and he can adjust it with different sorts of airflow and air speed. In general, glass blowers craft the basic shape of a bong and then will perfect the different sections and parts of the bong after the fact. By reheating their basic model, they can make different adjustments like adding ice catcher notches or implementing unique patterns in the stem.
Words can’t do justice to the whole process but if you’re really interested in this combination of artistry and craftsmanship, there are a ton of super interesting videos to see on the matter on youtube.