Inside the Glass Studio of a Guy Who Makes $100,000 Pipes

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For this edition of First-Person Shooter, we sent a disposable camera to Josh Opdenaker, a.k.a. JOP!, a seriously skilled glass pipe artist based out of Philadelphia. Josh has been blowing glass for 15 years and runs a studio called Jop Glass. While he was the first in Philly’s Fishtown area to make a name for himself in the field, today there are five glass studios and 18 glass blowers on his block alone. “I was there when there was no money in the scene,” he says, “and I’ll be there if the money runs out.”

Josh snapped a few pics of a glass pipe he’s working on that’s shaped like a large cassette (complete with badass flames coming out of its sides), gave us a tour of his studio, and also showed us the most expensive tool for smoking we’ve ever seen: “The Baby Mecha Ganesh,” which is valued at over $100,000. Here’s what else the glass guru had to say about his niche, incredible craft.

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