Give us a little back ground ? What Cannabis do for you ?How Long you been in the glass world ?
My work is available in Eureka Springs, Green Forest, Fayetteville, Rogers, Ft. Smith, Harrison,Mt. Home, Jonesboro, Russellville, as well as several markets in SW Missouri. (List BELOW) I would say that cannabis helps me medicinally mostly with mood/mental health issues andsleep. I prefer a small amount of indica at the end of the day when needed. It helps with anxiety and removes the barriers that keep me from my spiritual life. I had just turned 27 when I started blowing glass, so that makes this my 20th year. It’s been my full time profession most of that time, and for the last decade to be sure.
Shops that carry Backwoods
Glass Smoke Boutique, Fayetteville and Ft. Smith
Glass Station, Fayetteville
Crazy J’s, Fayetteville and Conway
Happy Daze, Rogers and Centerton
Granny’s Place, Eureka Springs
Puff N Stuff, Green Forest
Flippin’ Hippie, Harrison and Mountain Home
Atomic Squid, Russellville
Emerald Triangle, Brookland
That Hippies House, Branson
The Music Center, Neosho
Fuzzy Bubble, Springfield
Eddie’s Headies, Springfield
Mr. Nice Guy, Springfield
The Ozz, Lebanon
Flippin’ Hippie, West Plains
Pleasure Zone, Rolla
Rodao Drive, St. Louis area (3 locations)
Pinky’s Smokeshop, Tahlequah and Muskogee
The Friendly Market, Norman
CBD Wellness, Fairfax
Glass Monkey, Green Bay (2 locations)
Who Taught you your craft? Please Tell us more about your path .
I learned from Adam Yoo out of Austin TX who learned from the late “Fat Mike” Lewis who is perhaps best remembered as part of the Asheville NC glass scene. I met both those guys when we all lived in Fayetteville AR during the late 90s. Fat Mike was already making pipes at that point, taking Adam on as an apprentice when they both ended up out in New Mexico. Eventually Adam went off on his own and moved back to the Austin area, inviting me to come be his first apprentice. I was tired of farm and factory work so I jumped at the chance to learn a skill that would eventually allow me to be self-employed.
While the original plan was a six month apprenticeship, circumstances dictated that I cut it short at around three months and return home to Northwest Arkansas. I immediately set up a small studio and Backwoods Glass was born. I built on the basic outer surface, fume/wrap and rake production style of the “Fat Mike/Adam Yoo” school as I refer to it sometimes. Back then that was how most people started, usually moving on to inside out and/or working toward the higher end or “heady” market. I chose to stick with those early basics and slowly expand on them, developing a look and style that I like to call “production work with character.”
So If you gave a tip to the new blood what would it be ?
If I have anything to tell people just starting out it would be to make sure you love it as an art first before trying to make a living with it. It’s harder than ever these days with so much glass on the market, both foreign and domestic. Don’t limit yourself to pipes/smoking accessories either. And be aware of the possible health risks of glass blowing. Don’t skimp on ventilation. Without it you run the risk of respiratory issues, heavy metal poisoning, etc. Things like repetitive motion injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc also need to be considered, as well as protecting your
Whats the your Goals or whats the future hold for Backwoods Glass?
My goals as a glassblower/artist/craftsman are to keep offering the public affordable glass smoke ware that meets their needs. This means keeping up with trends in the cannabis industry, especially when it comes to different forms. In recent years, the growing popularity of concentrates has forced me to educate myself in order to stay relevant in a rapidly changing industry. While paying attention to form and function, I also hope to discover new techniques in terms of aesthetics.