Phookni is a remake of the conventional fire blower. A device used to blow air to start or maintain small fires. From barbecues to fireplaces, this fire fostering device can be used to blow air in a specific direction and place of the material to be lit. For people using non electrical devices, this tool gives back the satisfaction and utility in making fires.
One of the biggest milestones in humanity has been the ability to start a fire. A point after which everything changed. Like most things sacred, this has been handed over to electronic devices with the use of microwaves to electric barbecues. In order to bring back some of that legacy, I decided to make a revamped version of the phookni. Formerly ubiquitous, this device lost it’s presence since other semi and fully electronic methods came in. Starting with research on it’s form and shape, I started with sketching out various parameters that would govern its design. There were various considerations revolving around form, shape of the inlet and outlet, air flow, material and length.
Going for a simple yet elegant approach, I started exploring forms in wood. Wood is an insulator and the heat would not transfer to the blowing in side. The end towards the fire could be covered in a small piece of metal like brass, which has found its use in fire starting devices since ages. The shape had to be linear to not hinder air flow. Finalizing on a symmetrical shape, he made an indent on the upper blowing in end of the device, this would allow the user to hold it with one finger while in action, considerations were made to accommodate any finger size comfortably.