Stoner MacGyver marijuana product review: Ed's Tote N' Toke pipes and dugout
Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games to books. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver.
The latest? Ed's Tote N' Toke pipes and dugout
What is it, dude? Basic Stoner MacGyver'ing at it's best: Old-school wooden smoking devices.Among my earliest marijuana memories was sometime around 1993 with Metal Ray and his bad-ass pipe. See, Metal Ray lived next door to a friend's house where we used to smoke dirt weed after school. He was in a band that wore Spandex and played really, really loud hair metal -- which at the time was still borderline cool, even if he did live with his mom. I don't remember how it came about, but eventually he was bumming dirt weed off of us in exchange for letting us crank up to eleven on his ridiculously huge amps.
How much coin will it run me? That depends on what you're buying and what wood you choose. Wood-wrapped bats go for $5-$13, pipes for around the same. The exotic wood dugout, though. That'll run ya between $25 and $100 depending on how class you want to be.
Where can I get one? www.edstnt.com
But while pretty much everything else from back then seems radically hysterical to me in retrospect, I still recall Metal Ray's awesome pipe -- a metal one-hitter painted to look like a cigarette and a wooden "dugout" case.
To a young puffer constantly looking for ways to lessen the chances of getting caught, this was the most stealth, awesome thing on the planet. It's a fitting memory to recall in order, because to fully appreciate this week's Stoner MacGyver product, I had to set myself back to an old-school mentality. Back to the days when glass pipes meant crack and wood and brass was all the rage for the serious cannabis smoker.
The creator and founder of Ed's Tote N' Toke, Mississippi's Ed Stokes, still keeps it old school, you see. Carving out wooden pipes, dugouts and bats like the set he sent us at Stoner MacGyver.
The dugouts range in price from around $25 up to $100, depending on what wood you select. The $75 one Ed sent out is carved from Hawaiian koa wood, with grains that glisten and shine in a way that almost gives the block movement -- like water flowing over rocks in a stream. Pretty damn zen for an old hippie contraption, and certainly pricey, but that's koa wood for you. The hollowed-out inside was big enough for a Zeppelin concert-sized stash on one side, and on the other, as expected, there's a hole dug out for a cigarette-sized bat.
But not just any brass bat -- although actually, it is. But this one included a hand-carved tube, Jamaican Blue Mahoe-wrapped bat for us to test drive. The bat is more reasonable on the wallet at $12. But a bat is a bat and it burned as warm and quick as you would expect -- just the right amount to go down without coughing (so long as you don't suck the ash through). My love for the country of Jamaica aside, it clearly took some craftsmanship to carve out the dark gray colored wood to such a thin tube to fit around the pipe.
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