And then it was our turn. Janice went first. We had to hold our hollow steel blow pipe and collect a lump of molten glass on the end of it. Nick opened the door to the furnace, and I was immediately glad of the protective UV eye wear we were sporting, not because of damage to my eyes, my first concern was my eyebrows. Did I have any left? That pure white cauldron inside was holding molten glass at about 2,025F and you could feel it. I was certain I'd immediately combust on the spot as he made us stand close to the open hatch.. My first instinct was to back away, but we had to actually walk towards it to collect our glass, obtained by dipping the end of the pole into the pool, twisting it and collecting the glass like cotton candy on a stick.
Hopkins Ordinary, and a little later we were outside the building waiting for it to open.
Kenny Sullivan, will be your personal chauffeur out for excursions. As his website says, this 1956 Ford Fairlake is an eyecatcher!