Amco’s SPOTLIGHT on Arkansas Glass Blowers

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Andrew “Panda” Lucariello, owner of Backwoods Glass founded May 2000 Located in Eureka Springs Area

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
Kaleidoscope, Springfield
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
Starship, Tulsa
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.”

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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.

About AMCO_patient_oo7

Little Back ground on my self ,i am a dyslexic medical cannabis patient that has fought threw life for more then 20 years in pain after a string of botched spine surgery .I have been prescribed just about every thing you can think of that is for controlling pain or that the drs thought may have a side effect to help control a symptom caused by 4 failed operations of the spine from Therasic 10 to the Sacrum 1 ,(bout half my spine) that has left me unable to do much of anything sence the failed fusion threw out Lumbar region . I have broken implementation in my spine , im non surgical at the moment tho i need two operations or combo surgery sometimes called , alfit and tlift .surgery on the front of the spine threw my gut and then replacement of instrumentation from the back side the spine as well.So to say i have complex intractable pain is a understatement. From bull toothache type pain radiation form the bones and screws to the nerve pain that shoots from my waist to different location in the rump leg and foot. I have hypersensitivity of the trunk from center line of my back above the spine to midline under my arm.This area of CRPs (complex regional pain syndrome) effects my rear thigh and saddle area at times.I been on a cane most my life and that ruined a shoulder and my ankle on the same side is damaged goods as well. Enough about what hurts for now and lets get into why im exspaling what symptoms i live with and have for over half my life. Pain Management in Arkansas , wow is it a labyrinth at best . I spent so long on opioid care that i was a opioid patient before the term pain management even existed i think. From Fyntinle to tramadol i have had it all one time or another. today im on 240 MME (morphine medical equivalent) less Medications then this time last year yet my condition is deteriorated and continues to daily. I found my self being told to consider implants of computers to shock my spinal cord or pumps to implant in my spine in order to continue to receive opioids control of a life debilitating immobilizing pain that is ever day life for a person whom spine has been cut in half and screwed back together.Over the years i have had to allow my spine to be injected my nerves to be burnt all these procedures that didnt work but had to consent to or not receive you relief for pain.Well the state of arkansas decided that patients could use medical cannabis for a list of symptoms and i am the lucky guy to have more then a couple of those. I hope to answer questions by direct message on the topic of medical use , as best to what my experiences are for all the people of arkasnas whom are on this path cannabis and natural medican s . Many loosing opioid care left no where to turn but to cannabis. I will tell you here from time to time what canna products have helped and have not helped me with my symptoms and maybe it will help educate the masses
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