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Glassblowing Tools of the Trade
Glassblowing has a language all its own. What do these terms mean?
Annealer – A large, brick-lined cabinet used to slowly cool down the finished piece over a 24-hour period
Bench – Where the artisan sits to turn, shape and mold glass
Block – Wooden spoon-like vessel with a handle, soaked in water used to shape glass
Blow Pipe – Hollow, stainless steel tube used to get glass out of the furnace and shape the glass
Crimps – Used to design and shape the glass
Furnace/Glory Hole – 2000-degree heating and reheating chamber
Jacks – Large tongs used to score, flatten and shape glass
Marver – Steel surface to cool and shape the molten glass
Molds – Forms made of wood or different metals to give glass a specific shape and texture.
Paddle – A wood or graphite tool used to form glass
Punty – Solid rod used to scoop glass onto for bits and pieces added to the main item.
Pyrometer – High heat thermometer used to gauge temperatures inside the glory hole, furnace or annealer
Tweezers – Used to design and shape the glass
Yoke – Metal stand on wheels in front of the glory hole used to help support and stabilize the blow pipe
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