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The word “bong” is an adaptation of the Thai word “baung” which is referring to a cylindrical wooden tube or cut from a bamboo stalk and also refers to the bong used for smoking purposes.

Their is some dispute over where the bong was invented as they have been found through out Asia and Africa but bongs have been found made out of various materials for a couple of thousand years.

Now days glass manufacturing techniques have come a considerable ways since the times molding techniques.

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    Glassblowers gather the molten glass onto a hollow steel tube also (know as a blowpipe) from a furnace.

    Once the glass has been stabled, it is taken over to a steel table called a marver where the process for shaping begins.

    Glass shaping begins by rolling the molten glass back and forth across the marver.

    Next, the glassblower blows into the pipe and then covers the opening with a thumb so that the air trapped inside the tube will expand and in turn creates a bubble in the glass called a parison.

    This process is repeated over and over again until it’s the size the glassblower wants.
     

    Once the piece is shaped they cut in a jack line by cutting score marks along the neck, then they open the end and finish the piece by transferring the bong to another rod called a plunty.

    The bong is cooled by the glass blower placing his thumb over the hole and dipping the pipe into a bucket of water.

    Then they trim the lip and crack the piece off the pipe.

    Next the piece taken to an annealer which is an oven that cools glass at a controlled rate.

    They let it sit over night and the bong is finished.

Today the glass bong is one the most beloved and popular smoking devices still and most smokers swear by them allowing the user a much smoother hit and overall a much more satisfying experience.