Cody Vangogh is a professional creative joint roller who has been rolling joints for over a decade now, and has honed his craft in that time. He has been doing creative rolling for about two years and is very passionate about what he does. Cody Vangogh is a rolling machine, seemingly able to turn any idea into a fully smokable joint. He has rolled joints of the Trailer Park Boys, helicopters, Tyrannosaurus, chimera dragon, and much more. Cody enters his creations into the National Joint League where artists go head to head in an instagram competition. Through competing and his dedication to the art of joint rolling, Cody Vangogh has learnt lots of tricks of the trade. He paired up with Queens of Cannabis dispensary in Toronto, to hold joint-rolling classes to share his knowledge and improve people’s techniques.
Cody has structured his knowldge into three different levels of classes; first he has Rolling Joints 101, then the Intermediate class, followed by the Expert class. Through attending Cody’s Rolling Joints 101 I learnt a lot about the different types of rolling papers, practiced new techniques for rolling joints and filter tips. For all the info on what was included in the Rolling Joints 101, that can be found here. Cody highly recommends you take the beginner class prior to attending the intermediate class.
The intermediate class builds upon the knowledge obtained in the first class and teaches new, more complex rolling techniques. Going into the class I was aware we would be learning how to roll at Tulip Joint. This is something I had never done before, and was excited to learn. The class turned out to be so much more than I had expected!
First, Cody started by leading the class through some more history about rolling papers. He talked about the countries that first introduced rolling papers, and this only happened in the 17th century. Prior to this time everyone had been using newspapers to rollup. Cody also shared about the introduction of having a gum line included on your rolling papers. I don’t want to share everything with you, but I was really surprised by how much rolling paper technology has evolved in recent times.
As Cody Vangogh brought the class up to speed on rolling paper history, he instructed us to roll a small and a large reverse plumbers joint. This skill was taught in the Rolling Joints 101 class, and would come into play later on in the class. After the history we started work on the tulip joint. Cody showed us how to create a pouch for our weed to create the bulb of the tulip. We used a wooden skewer to ensure we would get airflow through the bulb and threaded it onto the larger joint previously rolled. Cody guided us through these steps, leading to the trickiest part of the rolling operation, sealing the bulb of the tulip to the stem. Cody used a few tools to help accomplish this, and I was successful on my second attempt. Next we were shown how to add a cross joint to the tulip we just created. This process is complex, but with some very useful tips from Cody and some tools, we completed the cross joint component. It is important to ensure the ends of the wooden skewers all touch in the middle. The skewers ensure proper airflow, so resin buildup wont clog your joint.
Once the tulip and cross joint had been completed, the joint started to look similar to a human. We decided we’d make our joints look like the owners of Queens of Cannabis. We added some final touches, like rounding out the head, adding rolling paper to look like a skirt, and a Shine, gold paper crown. I was really impressed with the finished product, and was surprised how quickly we created them. Including the rolling paper history and the rest of the class, it only took 1.5 hours to complete the joints. This may seem like a long time, but considering it was my first time ever rolling a tulip joint and Cody took it slow, explaining each step to the class, we got a lot done. At the end of the class, Cody showed us another creative filter tip design. This time it was how to create a butterfly filter tip for our joint. This was harder to do than expected, especially when trying to fit it into your joint. The finished products looked great, and were easily recognizable as two women. I can’t wait to enjoy my joint; I’m saving it for a special occasion.
Through attending these classes, it is clear Cody Vangogh is a seriously dedicated joint roller. He has spent years perfecting his craft and puts lots of time into coming up with the plan for his rolling classes. These classes are well thought out, always including some history and knowledge about rolling papers. Then we move on to the rolling portion where Cody helps you step by step through the process, teaching you his tricks. Finally, to finish off your joint he teaches you a new style of filter tip art. I really like the fancy filter tips because it provides a simple way to class up a joint. If there is anytime left in the class, Cody will show you a few simple ways to dress up your joint and make it look a lot more impressive.
Overall, I have a great time at the Intermediate Class With Cody. He taught us the basics of creative joint rolling, from which you can experiment and create diverse joints. I highly recommend you start off with the Rolling Joint 101 class to ensure you have a solid base understanding of the techniques, prior to the intermediate class. If you live in Toronto and are looking to learn how to roll joints, Cody’s classes are by far the best offered. Using his insight and knowledge, he’ll have you rolling beautiful joints in no time. Feel free to follow Cody Vangogh on Instagram and Facebook.