Smokin' Sculptures
May 30, 2003 6:59 AM   Subscribe

"I don't think it's your average everyday pothead that is buying these pieces." [Via Zed]
posted by debralee (14 comments total)
He seems very nice, but is more of an artisan.

A glass artist would be Chihuly.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 7:11 AM on May 30, 2003

That guy makes some beautiful pieces. It's unfortunate that these artisans have been targeted by the government, especially given that it's true, potheads and children aren't buying these pieces.

I can't speak for anybody else, but when I was 15 I was smoking pot Macgyver style. I didn't get proper equipment until I was older, and I didn't buy anything that could legitimately be considered art until I was in my twenties, around the same time that I purchased a proper set of bar crystal.
posted by mosch at 9:00 AM on May 30, 2003

Out of curiousity, what is "proper" equipment?
posted by five fresh fish at 9:27 AM on May 30, 2003

The world needs more dedication to craft.
posted by archimago at 9:28 AM on May 30, 2003

This guy's stuff is brilliant. There are [ahem] some who enjoy the occasional smoke and will purchase something nice with which to enjoy it in style.
posted by scarabic at 9:43 AM on May 30, 2003

Out of curiousity, what is "proper" equipment?
My thought too, maybe equipment that won't allow the flame/heat burn your lungs & filter the smoke. A cola can would be improper equipment.

Anyone see a price list?
posted by thomcatspike at 10:34 AM on May 30, 2003

Glass sculpture for the counter culture has always been out of my price limits. When I was in Hollywood last I visited the Hustler store and was shocked to see the prices on their glass items.

As for what is "proper" equipment what's wrong with the standard Zig Zag papers and a nice glass water pipe? As they say, weed will get you through times without money better than money will get you through times without weed. Who needs a $500 pipe when an avacado, a snorkle and some duct tape will do?
posted by DragonBoy at 11:43 AM on May 30, 2003

Who needs a $500 pipe when an avacado, a snorkle and some duct tape will do?

drug dealers
posted by wrench at 4:13 PM on May 30, 2003

Cheap bongs and pipes end up costing you too. You ruin or waste more weed than you would smoking from a good quality pipe. That said, five hundred dollars seems a bit expensive. I'm perfectly happy with a twenty-canuck-buck pipe, though I'd like to upgrade to a fifty-dollar pipe (the sort you used to see old men in children's cartoons smoking, with the giant wooden bowl and black ceramic bit).
posted by Pseudoephedrine at 7:24 PM on May 30, 2003

Pipe? Sheez, man, what a waste of dope. When you burn pot the majority of the THC goes up in smoke, ie.) is destroyed by the heat, is no longer psychoactive, is wasted.

Whatcha want is to vapourise your dope. That means getting the temperature up to something around 200c/400f (IIRC). That's well below the burning point of the plant material, and does not destroy the active component.

You'll use probably 1/5th or less of the amount of pot for the same amount of high. Or, I suppose, get five times higher for the same amount, though I can't imagine that's a very desirable thing. Five times longer, yah, but not five times more stoned...

Anyway, a vapourizer can be as simple as a glass pipe, test tube, or even a lightbulb. Just so long as the flame doesn't touch the plant, and doesn't get it too hot.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:34 PM on May 30, 2003

Oh, and I can't imagine huffing out of a coke can. Those things are plastic-lined. Inhaling plastic fumes sounds like death to me. Ugh.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:35 PM on May 30, 2003

i've seen maybe one glass piece that compares to the work this man does. the owner told me it was a lot like fine china...used on holidays, special occasions, etc. he kept it out on a bookshelf and called it glass art, which worked because unless you knew better and looked pretty damn closely, it looked as innocent as the family picture on the hallway wall.

as for me, i don't really need a mantlepiece; a nice, portable little inside/out job is more than enough. if i do have to do it "macgyver style," it's knife hits. they're the closest thing to vaporization i can get anyway.
posted by carsonb at 12:44 AM on May 31, 2003

Obligatory comment: Waste of money for the government to make paraphernalia illegal when someone can use a soda can or fruit. Sigh....
posted by mcchesnj at 4:59 AM on May 31, 2003

By proper equipment I simply mean bowls and bongs that are well-constructed, and built for that purpose, rather than something made out of a gatorade bottle, a bic pen, and a coke can.

This guy's sculpture is far beyond the realm of proper equipment, this guy makes what I would refer to as 'the good, good china'.
posted by mosch at 6:48 AM on May 31, 2003

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