Adam Davidson: Sandblasted Tanshell Prince with Boxwood

Product Number: 002-437-0130

Adam's portfolio consists primarily of rounded, organic pieces — such as his signature Fig, Amoeba, Almond, and Figu shapes — and often his work is imbued with asymmetry or adorned with bamboo, furthering this organically inclined aesthetic. It might come as a surprise, then, to learn that Davidson loves classic English shapes, exemplified by his Lorraine shape, a personal favorite of his signatures. (He himself smokes the first Lorraine he ever made). Such a admiration for vintage English pipes coincides well with Adam's love for antiques in general, the American carver especially drawn to colonial-era furniture and tools. With all that for context, this Prince piece fits quite nicely into Adam's personal style.

Elegant of bend and trim of stem, the visual weight rests on the stummel, which is a touch more muscular than one would see on say a patent Dunhill or early 1900s Comoy's; rather, that addition bespeaks Adam's Industrial Design background and inclination toward heartier forms. The extra mass makes for a substantial in hand feel and more insulation about the chamber, yet the piece maintains a lightweight disposition overall. Like the form and proportions, the finish is a blend of old-school and modern — the Tanshell sandblast calling to mind rare Dunhill estates, while the boxwood military mount is accent of much more modern artisan pipemaking. The end of the boxwood is fitted with trim ring of brass about the mortise for reinforcement, testifying to Adam's precise and expert engineering, supported by the rest of the piece's craftsmanship.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.78 in./146.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.14 in./28.96 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Prince
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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