Brad Tenner, or “BT” of BT Glass, met Bob Snodgrass in the parking lot of the Sacramento Cal Expo Grateful Dead shows in 8/4 – 8/6 of 1989. They discussed glass pipes and what was going on at the time. Bob showed Brad some things he was working on. They met up again in the parking lot of a Dead show in 1991. This is the meeting that led to Brad being one of Bob Snodgrass’s and Bob Snodgrass III’s early students. Brad went on to work on and go on tours with the Dead, and learn to blow glass with Bob Snodgrass and his family.
Brad comes from the Snodgrass school so fuming is king. It’s OG fume work by Brad that played a role in building this industry. In fact Brad was asked by Slinger to be in his “True OG’s” show recently. That show was put together to celebrate the artists who have helped shaped the industry from boro’s earliest days in the 90’s. Brad now lives in Eugene OR and is at the Snodgrass compound blowing glass daily.
This is a beautifully fumed Sidecar Steamroller by BT. Intense fuming that’s heavy on the silver so it tends towards blue. Shimmering with various hues of color across the pipe, this is beautiful in the sun. Several approaches to the fume on this steamroller are amazing. The color change with use will be interesting to see. There’s a nice thick bulb shaping on the carb end of the stem that is perfect. Makes it so easy to get a seal with your index finger. Comfortable and ergonomic for use in either hand, and a fantastic heady piece of glass art.
It’s 4.75 inches long, 2.5 inches high, and 2.25 inches wide. Easy to work in one hand. This is a signed piece with “BT” in fuming on the bottom of the can. Remember, the oxygen blast of a steamroller tends to cause headrushes, so it’s best to be sitting down when you steamroll. Beautiful work from Brad Tenner of BT Glass!