Brian Owoc loves donuts.
“There’s just something about donuts that makes people want to smile,” he says. “It is such a familiar, nostalgic, happy thing to so many people.”
Twenty years ago — while working the graveyard shift as a baker at Dunkin’ Donuts — the Portland, Maine, glassblower remembers heading home from a long night making those sweet doughy treats and diving into his home studio to blow off steam and melt glass.
“One of those mornings behind my torch,” says Owoc, “I thought to myself, ‘Man, I want to make a glass donut pipe.’”
That fateful morning proved to be the dawn of a great idea. Fast-forward to the present day and Owoc’s roaring success making unique, functional glass donut-shaped pipes that are a huge hit with cannabis enthusiasts — and so scrumptious looking you’ll probably want to chomp into one.
Retailing on average from $160 to $200 apiece at smoke shops and art galleries nationwide — and some of his water pipes fetching $450 to $1,800 — the glassmaker says he can’t fill shop orders fast enough and has a two-month backlog for his pipes. “It is a very busy time with no signs of slowing,” he says.
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