The United States Naval Academy is an institution rich in history and traditions. One of the lesser known is its storied background in boxing. Superintendent Admiral David Porter started the sport at the academy in 1865. The sport was initially treated as a casual recreation in the beginning.
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The glass glows bright orange as it is heated to 2500 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven’s “glory hole.” Tim McFadden, who has been blowing glass for 12 years, shapes and cools the glass, manipulating it to his vision. He uses a blowpipe as he slowly spins the hot liquid glass and expertly molds the colorful mass.