By: Ben G. Rowin
I met up with the guys from BOOM over at the CHAMPS Trade Show and was blown away by some of their stuff, especially the BOOM RX line! The boys at BOOM sent us a bunch of pipes to review, which included their RX line, and I have to say this is high quality, American-made glass! I just had to take some space to tell you, the NUG readers, about BOOM!
The artist known as Boom Felazi first started his glass endeavors in theÂ spring of 1998. Drawing from a general background in different arts ranging fromÂ ceramics and sculpture to drawing and music, glass was the next medium for Boom.Â With no formal training other than a couple of peeks atÂ a popular Bandhu book, he picked his firstÂ setup from Hacker Glass in Buena Park, CA. AfterÂ 6 months ofÂ trial and error, his good childhood friend, who was trained in lampworkingÂ out of Santa Cruz,Â stopped by and exposed Boom to a coupleÂ of standardÂ techniques.Â â€œThat was theÂ start of it all,â€ Boom explained. â€œFocusing on glass asÂ my career happenedÂ within the next 2 years.â€
WorkingÂ in a home studio and providing glass toÂ only a handful of fortunate shops in the Southern California areaÂ was the foundation for Boom Felazi.Â A large local company that produces some pretty popular brands picked up Boomâ€™s production for distribution in 2001 and eventuallyÂ brought him on for design and prototype from 2006 to 2010. With the opportunity, Boom was able to focus on developing his lathe workingÂ skills. Years into it,Â feeling stifled and ready for more,Â Boom recognized that leaving theÂ company was the next natural step. Having taken only one formal class with the Living Glass Works studio in April of â€˜08, Boom takes pride in being mainly self-taughtÂ in hisÂ explorations of glass. â€œI think itâ€™s time. Iâ€™m ready to expose myself and my art now,â€ he stated. â€œI plan on taking more classes and workinâ€™ on collabinâ€™ with others this year.â€
Teaming up with KD GlassÂ in July of last year, theyâ€™ve created a spaciousÂ pro shop with the intention of providing a clean andÂ inviting workspace for collaborations in the Southern California area. The new Boom Felazi line of tubes is in its first year of design and production, and it is proving to be a new contender in thisÂ increasingly competitive marketplace. â€œIâ€™mÂ really happy with the new line. I think it will allow the company to grow and give me opportunities to work on more intense applications,â€ said Boom. â€œMy focus artistically will be to combine hand and lathe techniques that will hopefully inspire.â€
Now with a solid team consisting of friends and family, Boom Felazi will be able to push into the ever expansive world of glass with the confidence
and ability he needs to succeed.
On to the review of the RX lineâ€¦.
First off all, the BOOM pieces we received are super sick, thick, heady, and American-made glass, but the RX line was exceptional! Each RX set comes with your choice of Tube, a Flower Bowl, a Concentrate Bowl, a Concentrate Wand, a Bell Bowl, a Flower Taster Straight Pipe, and a jar! Whewâ€¦thatâ€™s a lot of stuff! We tried it ALL and everything was superbly made and worked great! I strongly suggest the RX line for every patient. You can see more BOOM pieces at: www.boomfelazi.com
BOOM is available at the following locations:
-Outer Limits in Oceanside
-Inner Limits in San Clemente
-Puff Nâ€™ Stuff in San Diego
-Smokies in Santa Ana
-One Stop in Huntington Beach
-Rickwickeds in Long Beach
-Empire in Vacaville
-Rock Zone in Gilroy
-Paramount Imports in San Jose
-Pipeline in Santa Cruz
-Heads Up Tahoe in Tahoe
-And many more locations all over