Vol. 3, Issue #20 Oct. 24th - Nov. 7th, 2008

Spliffigami: Roll the 35 Greatest Joints of All Time
By Chris Stone (Ten Speed Press)
Book Review By: Wilhelm Murg

In case you are wondering, the title is a combination of “spliff,” slang for a marijuana cigarette, and “origami,” the Japanese art of folding paper. This book starts you at the beginning, with a simple joint, and works its way up, through blunts, to works of art that are meant to be smoked.

Some of the more eye catching examples are the “Double Dutch,” which looks like an arrow with a leaf surrounding it, the “Flaming Fork,” where three joints go into one, thus the fork design, There’s the “Wheel of Fire,” a circular cigarette with one piece coming out to smoke from (presumably,) the “Jolly Roger,” which takes four pages to describe and looks like a sailing ship with three joints aiming toward the sky and four others sticking to the side of them, the “Jumbo,” which looks like a model jet with three joints coming out of the sides, like wings, complete with a tail, and the “Spaced Station,” which has a central hub with four joints sticking out to hold the outer circle.

I am not sure I understand the audience this book marketed toward. While there is a certain artistic aspect to all of this, from evidence at our local record shop, flower vases and decorative glass tobacco pipes seem to get the job done. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to try to make a practical “Spaced Station” the first dozen times.

While neither I nor NONzine advocate such illegal and bizarre behavior as using illegal drugs, Stone advocates using tobacco to fill in the vast amounts of space in these smoking devices, which I would not advocate myself; a little pot is bad for you, but tobacco will kill you.

Still, if you are one of those hardcore aficionados who is jaded from using every smoking toy in your local head shop, this might just be the book for you. It is more interesting than carved cheese, and probably easier to get rid of once the project is finished. For more information visit tenspeed.com.

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