Adam Davidson: Smooth Figu

Product Number: 002-437-0133

Developing a signature shape is a significant milestone within a pipemaker's career, and one that's defined not only by a distinct design — more than simply a rendition of an already established form — but also an immediate association between the shape and its originator. In the Figu, Adam Davidson has taken that a step further, creating a hybrid design from one of his signature shapes. Said signature shape is his Fig, defined by a high-waisted bowl and nubbed heel, full of organicism, and in the Figu, it's combined with the Fugu (Japanese for the Blowfish shape), often marked by the sweeping "fins" about its transition.

Essentially, Adam has combined the two shapes along a vertical plane, each flank of the Figu resembling either the Fig or Fugu. In the same way the design's name is a combination of the two shapes, the form itself is a portmanteau of sorts — seemingly pressed together until fusing seamlessly. On one side is displayed the Fig's defining nub, while the other side trades that for the ridgelined fin of the Fugu. Depending on the vantage point, this piece appears either as a Fig or Fugu, Davidson playing with perspective while maintaining a consistent composition throughout. Compared to previous iterations, this particular Figu features a stouter shank in profile, but with the sides quite pinched for a sleek, aerodynamic design when viewed from the smoker's perspective. Dressed in a smoky, consistent color palette, it's yet another testament to Adam's ability to create a signature shape and still manage to render it different every single time.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.25 in./133.35 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.06 in./52.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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