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.A photo essay including Adam Davidson