For those opting for the most economical path, there's the do-it-yourself stash-box. If you choose to go this path, you'll want to keep the following criteria in mind when retrofitting or building a box to accommodate.
1) Size: Everyone's collection is different, but you'll want to make sure that you select a box that will be big enough to contain all your goods without being too bulky . The best size for you will depend on personal preference and primary use. If you are going to travel a lot, you'll want something smaller and compact. If you intend on keeping your stash box at home, you may want something that holds more gear even if it takes up a little more space. 2) Protection: Adequately outfitting your stash-box to protect your pieces can seems daunting at first, but we have a few tips to help. If you are willing to spend a little extra, urethane foam inserts make superior padding. You can purchase this foam in several variations including convoluted, pack-and-pluck, and standard flat sheets. It's the same stuff you'll find in Pelican cases - the industry standard for traveling with delicate, expensive pieces. If you don't want to spend the extra money, consider padding your box with some cloth material. 3) Discrete vs. Style: Do you want to show off your collection, or hide it away? Finding a stash box that is both discrete and remarkable can be difficult, but if you can pull it off it's worth the trouble. Starter Ideas: Old cigar boxes or lunch tins can be great for storing your stash. They are simple, inexpensive, and bring a great sense of nostalgia to your sesh. You can usually pick up an old cigar box for under $10.00 from your local cigar shop or flea market. Lunch tins can commonly be found in gift shops, antique shops, and sometimes your local headshop. There are thousands of options out there.
DIY stash boxes can be a lot of fun, but serious collectors may want to consider a more professional option. If you've already invested in some high-quality glass artwork, chances are, you'll want to go the extra mile to preserve and display it with pride.
Imagine you've just added a new piece to your collection. It looks awesome, smokes like a champ, and you've already given it a name. You can't wait to unveil it at the next sesh with your crew. If you were going to make the ultimate stash box for this precious piece, what would it be like?
You'd probably want something classy. Maybe a black bamboo finish, with a glass lid to showcase the artwork. And what better way to present those mesmerizing colors than on a contrasting black velvet background? At least, that's what we were thinking when we designed our stash-box. Introducing the Journeyman...
We wanted to create a multi-functional box that would work well with any collection, and be customizable for our end-users. It had to display and store the various accessories effectively. On top of this, we also wanted a box that would be more functional during an actual smoke session. From our research, we noticed there weren't many stash-boxes on the market that did all these things well. After months of development and several iterations, we found a stash-box design that would solve many of the home storage problems serious collectors.
1) Customization Features: At 11" x 7" x 4", these boxes are large enough to hold most small dry-pipes/water-pipes and other essential accessories. Each box also comes with pick-and-pluck urethane foam inserts that can be customized to fit all shapes and sizes. This provides superior protection for, ensuring everything stays firmly in place during transportation. A piece of velvet, offered in several colors, can be fitted over the foam to add to the luxury aesthetic. Check out our how-to video on custom fitting the Journeyman to your collection. 2) Serving Features:One of the most useful features of this stash-box is the slide-out serving tray. Whether you are rolling up a fat one or smoking from a water-pipe, it's really nice to be able to keep all your stuff contained to one area. It saves a lot of time on clean-up, and it really adds to the overall experience when you serve your smokables to guests on a nice tray. It's kinda like when a flight is served to you in a cool wooden glass-holder at one of your favorite breweries. Presentation counts. 3) Display Features: The black bamboo finish, velvet padding, and glass lid work well together to bring the most out of your favorite piece. It'll look great displayed on a mantel or bookshelf, and when you've got several pieces rotating through your collection, it's an easy way to display everything nicely while also having it ready on the go.
At Old Boy, we take a lot of pride in our collections and we know you do too. Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed the article.
We took customizing stash boxes to a new level. What better way to display your favorite piece than to nestle it in black velvet behind a clean glass case. In this video tutorial we cover the basics of custom-fitting your Journeyman stash box for your own collection. In this video we cover:
1) Outlining the shape of your piece on the urethane foam
2) Picking-and-plucking the shape
3) Fitting the velvet to the foam
4) Doing final trim and form fitting for velvet