Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson found his way into pipe making with something of a butterfly effect. As a child, Adam's mother would watch classic black and white films (which often featured pipes) and he was drawn to them in the many antique stores he was dragged to (and now enjoys). There was just something lovely about pipes that never faded. In a chance encounter with a delivery truck, Adam was able to get his package of pipe tobaccos and nasal snuff while on the way to meet with his academic advisor, John Crosby. While scheduling classes, he and John talked about pipes (which got John back into smoking pipes) and later making them.

A year later, after graduating with an Industrial Design degree from Purdue University, he and John attended the Chicago pipe show in 2004. In October 2005, John mentioned that Todd Johnson was looking for someone to help him with the Medici line of pipes in South Carolina, so Adam sent a portfolio to Todd and interviewed with Sykes at smokingpipes. Packing all that he owned in a pickup truck purchased for $1, Adam moved from his little town of Monticello, Indiana (5,000 people) to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to refurbish pipes for smokingpipes and learn about making pipes from Todd. In March of 2007, Adam began working on his own line of completely hand-made pipes.

Adam now makes about 75 pipes a year in smooth and sandblasted finishes from selected blocks. The stems are all hand-cut from German ebonite rod with turned and polished tenons, though he does occasionally use vintage Bakelite. His shape inspirations come from early English styles, retro Danish, plus modern combinations with innovative designs and textures (such as sandblasted bamboo in 2008). Bamboo is one of his favorite materials to work with, and accents can include silver, boxwood, bacote, black palm, and horn.

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002-437-0051 Adam Davidson and Michael Parks Two Pipe Set with Leather Bag 
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002-437-0022 Adam Davidson Sandblasted Adam's Apple with Silver 
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002-437-0042 Adam Davidson Sandblasted Bent Apple with Boxwood 
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002-437-0059 Adam Davidson Sandblasted Billiard with Bamboo 
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002-437-0061 Adam Davidson Sandblasted Duck Egg 
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002-437-0060 Adam Davidson Sandblasted Fig 
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002-437-0038 Adam Davidson Sandblasted Pear 
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002-437-0040 Adam Davidson Sandblasted Rhodesian with Bamboo 
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002-437-0031 Adam Davidson Sandblasted Tomato with Boxwood 
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002-437-0037 Adam Davidson Smooth Acorn 
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002-437-0048 Adam Davidson Smooth Almond 
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002-437-0046 Adam Davidson Smooth Almond with Bamboo 
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002-437-0002 Adam Davidson Smooth Almond with Mastodon Ivory 
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002-437-0049 Adam Davidson Smooth Apple with Bamboo 
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002-437-0033 Adam Davidson Smooth Blowfish 
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002-437-0013 Adam Davidson Smooth Blowfish with Mastodon ivory 
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002-437-0001 Adam Davidson Smooth Blowfish with Mastodon Ivory 
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002-437-0063 Adam Davidson Smooth Duck Egg 
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002-437-0032 Adam Davidson Smooth Fig 
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002-437-0003 Adam Davidson Smooth Horn 
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002-437-0023 Adam Davidson Smooth Lumberman 
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002-437-0036 Adam Davidson Smooth Orangic Free Range Sitter 
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002-437-0025 Adam Davidson Smooth Persian Slipper 
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002-437-0039 Adam Davidson Smooth Squat Tomato with Bamboo 
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002-437-0044 Adam Davidson Smooth Stretched Dublin with Silver 
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002-437-0034 Adam Davidson Smooth Volcano with Bamboo 
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