This article appears in Volume 4 – Issue 2 of SKUNK Magazine.
TIRED OF MASS-PRODUCED, cookie cutter plastic made by an eight-year-old in China? Has your local head shop sold out and begun carrying shitty production glass from overseas? Want to toke from something a little nicer than a dented Pepsi can with a pen-drilled carb hole? Look no further than Celebration Pipes, a cultural icon now celebrating its 35th year of bringing beautiful stone pipes to the stoned masses.
Quickie Q&A with Da Piper
I interviewed Celebration Pipes founder and lavastone and gold craftsman Da Piper from his home in California in early 2008.
What’s the most popular Celebration Pipe model?
Hanalei Blue is the number one seller. But it varies. In Japan, Black Coral is the big seller. The original, the 22 kt. gold piece, is still popular at number three.
What’s the best way to clean a Celebration Pipe?
Just a simple soft cloth and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Don’t use anything abrasive; it’ll scratch the gold bowl. The rubbing alcohol will actually polish the gold.
How durable is a Celebration Pipe?
They’re literally rock hard. You can drop them on any flooring surface except concrete or tile. You can literally put nails in the wall with the bottom of one. It’s stoneware; it’s as close to lava as we could make it.
What gave you the idea for the new King Tut model?
The King Tut debuted in about ’78 when the King Tut exhibit came through San Francisco. I made the first four King Tut models for Hugh Hefner, Cecelio & Kapono (the Hawaiian Loggins & Messina) and Dr. Andrew Weil, who came through Maui in the mid ‘70s. The King Tut theme gave me the idea to make sunrays coming out of the bowls.
There’s certainly a utility to your pieces, but they’re art. The fact that the King Tuts were inspired by other art is fitting.
Well, back to your durability question, these pipes will be around every bit as long as King Tut. They can be buried for thousands of years and somebody will pull them out and it’s gonna be like digging up a gold doubloon from the bottom of the sea.
So an electromagnetic pulse might destroy all of our reader’s favorite YouTube gravity bong videos on the Internet, but at least they’ll be some proof of the stoner culture for the archaeologists to dig up.
[Laughing] Right. Indiana Jones will find a Celebration Pipe one of these days.