Hello World of Bongs Community, we are back with a interview with Herb Carson, the teammate of Kraig Hansen at Boro Farm.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN GLASS IN THE FIRST PLACE?
When I was 15 I used to buy weed from a guy that blew glass. Overtime became friends and by the time I was 19 I was learning how to make pipes in late 2000.
WHERE DID YOU LEARN YOUR SKILLS?
I learned in Oregon close to Mount Hood.
DO YOU CREDIT ANY OTHER GLASS BLOWERS WITH HELPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR SUCCESS?
I credit the whole Glass community with any success. I’ve worked with many different glassblowers for the last 15 years. For the last seven years I’ve owned and operated Boro Farm with Kraig and Summer and Hansen.
TALK TO ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR STYLE.
My style is hard to categorize I like every aspect of the form of glass. From artistic to technical to Functional. I don’t feel I’ve ever settled into a style because when I’m happy with the concept I’ve created, my mind wants to move on to another. But I do have a Northwest sort of style I guess.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU MOST LIKE TO WORK WITH?
I most like to work with color in all forms.
WHAT’S THE MOST FAVOURITE PIECE YOU’VE EVER MADE?
I’ve worked on a lot of large construction pieces with kraig, Gordman, Lawdawg, CJ Freestone, Carsten Carlisle, wierdear, calm, and more. Large piece construction is my favorite.
WHAT WAS YOUR WORST MOMENT ON THE PATH TO “MAKING IT” AS A GLASS ARTIST?
The most embarrassing thing I did was sell myself short early in my career. I took a break from pipes as my main income for a couple years, and when my daughter was born in 2007, I went back to it full-time.
AND WHAT WAS YOUR BEST MOMENT?
I feel I have a lot of proud moments in my Glass career. From forming great business relationships, to doing demos all over the US, and some of Europe. I’ve made a lot of friends in this industry.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW GLASS ARTISTS?
My advice to a novice would be to do a whole lot of research, know your suppliers, and ask questions find out what it takes to either rent space in someone studio, or build a home shop. You can do it alone, but you will find better success if you can apprentice someone. Just ask around about that someone first.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE STRAIN/EXTRACT, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE TO DAB IT IN?
My favorite strain is Chemdog and sour diesels. I prefer flowers and a small bong or joint.
IF YOU COULD MAKE YOUR “DREAM” PIECE, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
My dream piece to make would be an artistic installment, either indoor or outdoor, on a massive scale, with the top artists of the glass industry.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE, MOST OF ALL IN THIS WORLD, TO HIT YOU UP FOR A PIECE, AND WHAT PIECE WOULD YOU MAKE FOR HIM/HER?
I’m more inclined to make people what they want, but with my style, like a tattoo artist. No matter who it is, when someone hits me up for a piece, I like most of all when they have an incomplete vision, but trusting me to do what I do to make it dope.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR GLASS ARTISTRY IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY?
Who knows what the new direction for Glass and Cannabis is, but one thing is for sure, glass pipes evolve right alongside Cannabis.
IF YOU WERE SHIPWRECKED ON A DESERT ISLAND AND YOU COULD ONLY HAVE THREE ESSENTIAL PIECES WITH YOU, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE, AND WHY?
I really only have three essential pieces in life, so I guess it would be a small hand Pipe, a small bong, and a BoroFarm traveler rig.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC TO WORK TO/DAB TO?
I put Pandora on shuffle when I work. I want to hear all the great music from every genre.