The History of Glass Pipes and Bongs

December 1, 2022

Glass bongs and pipes have been around for decades. They come in all shapes and sizes and are a great feature of any collection. So, where did glass bongs and pipes come from, what is some of the history of glass pipes and bongs, and do you need one? Keep reading to find out more.

The History of Glass Pipes and Bongs

Glass bongs and pipes hearken back to the 1960s. Though the art of glassblowing and making vases and other vessels out of glass goes all the way back to the Roman Empire, the first glass pipes did not really hit the mainstream market until the 1960s. These pipes were still rare and rather expensive, with most people that owned them being rich and affluent. In the 1970s and ’80s, the art of the glass pipe and bong emerged and was perfected, and glassblower Bob Snodgrass helped to develop techniques of pipe making that made glass pipes and bongs more widespread and affordable.

In the early 2000s, the government attempted to crack down on those that sold glass pipes and bongs in an effort to cut down on the number of people selling drug paraphernalia. Many shops were targeted, and many artisans that made these pipes and bongs were then not able to sell their wares. Today, glass pipes and bongs are more popular than ever, and many people actually collect them for their beauty and their unique style and overall looks. The art and skill that it takes to make a glass pipe or bong is immense and takes years for a glassblower to reach the level of skill needed.

Types of Glass Pipes and Bongs

There are tons of different types of glass pipes and bongs including chillums, bowls, bubbler pipes, traditional bongs, percolator bong styles, and dab rigs. These are all made differently, and if you are able to get these items from an artist, you certainly have something special. These glass bongs and pipes take weeks to make. It takes years for the artisan to really work up the talent and skill that it takes to make these pieces of artwork that can be used. Glass pipes and bongs are special, they are unique. They are a collector item that will be useful for those who smoke and will be a stunning art piece for those who want to display them proudly.

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