This is, without a doubt, the most difficult Old Devil product to produce. A fine porcelain bubbler pipe is built and fired to 1800 degrees. I then hand-draw an octopus onto each pipe with graphite. I use drops of liquid wax to create each of the octopus’ suckers. Then I paint pink cobalt oxide onto the pipe to delineate the octopus. A clear glaze is applied over the cobalt, and a red iron glaze is applied to the bottom. The pipe is then fired again. During the firing the wax burns out leaving white suckers on a cobalt blue octopus. This bubbler holds up to 6 ounces of water and features a large inner chamber for a cool and mild smoke. The interior can be easily cleaned by soaking for several hours in isopropyl alcohol, or everclear.
The octopus has been represented in human art since at least the bronze age. The ancient Greeks glazed them onto their pottery perhaps as long as 4000 years ago. The octopus holds a place in the mythologies of numerous cultures. The Hawaiians thought it was the lone surviving remnant of a previous universe. Northern Europeans told stories of ship-sinking Kraken in the seas around Greenland. Nineteenth century Japanese printmakers made beautiful (and occasionally erotic) prints of octopus and the fishermen who encountered them. They’re earth’s most intelligent invertebrates, with the ability to learn and use rudimentary tools. Perhaps the most alien of beings in which we can see so much of ourselves.
Our pipes are fired to 2250 degrees to create strong, durable ware which will last as long as you let it. Its elegant and ergonomic design has been tested and refined for ease of use. 100% American made.
Your health is important to us. Our glazes are non-toxic (conforms to ASTM D-4236) and safe at all temperatures.
We sell pipes with the expectation that the customer will use them in accordance with US and local law. This pipe is for display or tobacco use only. Must be 18 or older to purchase.