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April 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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Glass pipe making class at The Boro School


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Students from right, Alex Frick and Calin Wilkewitz of Colorado, and Jamie Krogh of Seattle, take a class at The Boro School, a new glassmaking school concentrating on borosilicate glass, Tuesday April 1, 2014. Located at 7 Point Studios on Dearborn Street, The Boro School has been open since January 2014 and just started offering pipe making classes. Borosilicate glass was originally designed for laboratory use because of its resistance to thermal shock when heated and cooled, so it is ideal for making smoking pipes. The torch heating the glass is fueled by propane and oxygen and is heats the glass to temperatures over 2,000 degrees.

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Nathan Aweida teaches a class at The Boro School, his new glassmaking school concentrating on borosilicate glass, Tuesday April 1, 2014. Aweida owns 7 Point Studios on Dearborn Street, a collection of studios rented to artists and entrepreneurs, and opened The Boro School in January 2014. He has been working with glass for 12 years, and just started offering pipe making classes for beginners. "It's kind of mesmerizing," said Aweida about the difference of soft glass blowing and borosilicate glass. "There's something about being able to work this closely with the material. You're just right there, hugging the flame."

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Nathan Aweida works with a hollow piece of glass at The Boro School, his new glassmaking school concentrating on borosilicate glass, Tuesday April 1, 2014.

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Nathan Aweida works with a hollow piece of glass at The Boro School, his new glassmaking school concentrating on borosilicate glass, Tuesday April 1, 2014.

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Students work with borosilicate glass rods during a class at The Boro School Tuesday April 1, 2014.

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Located at 7 Point Studios on Dearborn Street, The Boro School has been open since January 2014 and just started offering pipe making classes.

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Borosilicate glass marbles show the incredible level of detail that can be achieved.

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Jamie Krogh of Seattle wears sunglasses to look at the flame during a class at The Boro School, a new glassmaking school concentrating on borosilicate glass, Tuesday April 1, 2014.

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Nathan Aweida partnered with woodworker Josh Bohn to create the guitar / pipe hanging on the wall. It is soon traveling to New York City to be shown in a gallery for 4/20.

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Different colors of borosilicate glass rods lie out for use. For more information on classes, visit theboroschool.com.

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