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Tools of Traditional Hash Consumption: Modularity on Lock with Many Moons Glass Hash Pipes

Updated: Jan 21

A New Hash Pipe


Within every craft is an art and a science, just ask Strottle Gang. The artist plays with the physical and chemical forces that turn raw materials into new creations. Every decision made along the way is reflected in the result, and perhaps no craft demonstrates this more than glassblowing. In addition to making pieces beautiful to the eye, glass artists need to consider weight distribution, ergonomics, and fluid dynamics, balancing all to yield a vessel that hits just right. With just five years at the torch under his belt, Oregon-based Many Moons Glass has found his balance making some of the most innovative hash pipes of the modern age.


If I Had a Hammer

Many Moons, born Mike Ybarra, grew up in a cannabis-growing household, so hash was always in the orbit. Even with its ubiquity, he says there wasn’t a consistent way to consume it, and that traditional three-hole pipes hadn’t kept pace with advancements in hash to fit the needs of new-school heads. Early in 2022, after rediscovering an old three-hole in his collection, Ybarra says “the light turned on”, and he took on the challenge of bridging this evolutionary gap in the glass world, debuting a prototype of his Hash Hammer design in June 2022. 


Many Moons Glass hash hammer with Hashwriter.org coaster and IC Collective hash rosin
One of the first Hash Hammers (and a snazzy coaster!)

The Hash Hammer resembled a typical hammer-style dry pipe, but with a deeply recessed chamber replacing the shallow bowl. Air intake holes halfway up the chamber allow for greater hot wand tech efficiency as a chunk of hash is churned like butter and bubbles against the chamber walls. As Ybarra refined the design into a more elongated, somewhat gothic shape, the welded chamber became a removable insert and accompanying wands received a maria to create a carb-capping effect when the wand is fully plunged into the chamber. “The removable chamber was essential to have a fresh session every time,” says Ybarra, having adapted the concept of a rig and removable banger to suit more solid material. 



Lock, Stock and Barrel

Hot on the hammer’s heels, Ybarra launched the Hashlock, a highly modular standing Sherlock that kicked the door of possibility off its hinges. Usable with or without water, early Hashlocks came with two inserts - one with holes halfway for hash-mashing, the other with holes at the bottom to set a banger on and use as a downstem for a standard dabbing experience. Ybarra added this option to enhance the piece’s versatility and create a “Swiss army pipe”, though hash never left his focus. “Quartz buckets still reign supreme if you’re trying to glob, but full-spectrum hash in particular really shines with this new tech,” the artist says. 


Many Moons Glass V1 Hashlock
An original Hashlock, still a favorite for travel

As the form and function of these models evolved, gorgeous iterations surfaced featuring more technical elements of glassblowing such as encalmo, marble attachment, and Ybarra’s signature “chaos fume” pattern. Then came the biggest leap forward yet: the V3 Hashlock, complete with an all-quartz insert called the Terp Chakra and a corded electric heating wand (a ceramic soldering iron cleverly modified with a fitted quartz sleeve) known as the Terp Iron. 


Many Moons Glass V3 Hashlock with silver fume and blue dichro accents
A stunning V3 Hashlock with silver fume and blue dichro accents

V3 'Til Infinity


Choose your Hashventure

The V3 features a 14mm fixed downstem that shields the Terp Chakra from water and accommodates a range of bangers and inserts, enabling smooth, shredding function regardless of vaporization method. The Terp Chakra presents its own set of options, with a slide handle at the rim that allows users to hold and torch the insert directly before delivering a dab on the tip of the wand. Alternatively, users can drop material into the Terp Chakra and hit it with a hot wand or go torchless and use the Terp Iron for continuous and controlled heating. 


Many Moons Glass V3 Hash Hammer with Terp Iron and Ice Kream Hash Co. Bubble Hash
A tinkerer's delight

Using the Terp Iron effectively takes practice and dialing in, literally, as the Celsius-reading temperature dial requires fine adjustment and some mental conversion for Fahrenheit-accustomed users. But oh, how satisfying it is to reach the sweet spot, which varies depending on the material being melted. The 225℃ setting was plenty for the 3-4* grams I picked up from Ice Kream Hash Co., freeing the resin from the trichome residue with minimal charring on the sleeve. At this temperature, which takes about 45-60 seconds to reach from activation, 0.1g servings lasted no fewer than three good rips apiece. For higher-grade melts, 250℃ was more efficient, and dry-textured rosin demanded no less than 300℃ on the dial to avoid waste. 




Ironing Out the Kinks

Admittedly, I chazzed my Terp Iron sleeve in my first few uses, due partially to stoned confusion about the temperature conversion, but it didn’t seem to negatively impact t