Adam Davidson: Sandblasted Cutty with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-437-0102

It's no secret that Adam Davidson loves to use bamboo, as his body of work shows no shortage of unique applications of the medium. From arrow-straight, honey-blonde shoots, to curled, often slightly gnarled darker-hued fellows, his acute ability for pairing just the right piece to a given pipe is undeniably deft. And so, happening upon this Cutty shape in today's batch from Adam, I was immediately drawn to it, as it quietly evokes the look of another dark bamboo-adorned piece from the carver, and one that happens to be a cherished piece of my collection.

However, the dark-hued series of knuckles making up the upward-curling shank, as cool and whimsical as it may be, is not the star player of this composition. The real treat is the forward-ebbing Cutty bowl, which Adam has lent a special, time-consuming treatment involving sandblasting, oil-curing, contrast-staining, and a further, light blasting away of the remaining cured briar. The result is the dark, patina-like finish on display here, lent a hint of underlying warmth, evoking the look of older iterations of Dunhill's Shell Briar. And with a weight just under 26 grams, it's safe to say that this one isn't likely to be around long.

- Daniel Bumgardner

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.12 in./155.45 mm.
  • Weight: 0.90 oz./25.51 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Cutty
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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