Adam Davidson: Smooth Blowfish with Mastodon Ivory

Product Number: 002-437-0001

Implied momentum. While a simple concept, moving it from the realm of the mind to imbuing the attribute within a three dimensional piece of art can be an extremely difficult process and one (frankly) that many pipe makers fail to accomplish. We have all seen fine pipes that exude a sense of forward momentum, but when was the last time you encountered a briar where the artisan's aim was to create the sense of oppositional energies and reverse movement?

To digress a tad, Adam has always had a profound admiration for Hiroyuki Tokutomi's blowfish in general and the Nihon master's fins in specific. True to the inspirational force, Davidson creates a profoundly beautiful panel and fin on the left side of the composition and then, in a decidedly non-Tokutomi move, creates a smaller, complementary fin of the right. A fighting spirit is considered by most fugu aficionados as a critical element in the blowfish form, but as Adam pointed out to me, in nature that fight isn't always against another fish, or a return arc to catch a prey. It also can be against oceanic forces or, in the case of this piece, man. Consider for a second a hooked fugu. It turns in the direction opposite to its would-be captor and uses all of its life energy to escape the ensnarement. Frozen in time, energy to escape opposes the reverse energy of capture. Side fins flare in an attempt to brake the backward pull, the tail arcs violently in order to move forward. genius! True to the spirit of artisans such as Tokutomi and Satou, Adam elected to not go with high contrast stain (honestly, this ravishing grain has no need of "second party" promotion) and finishes the composition with a poignantly harmonious bit and tear-drop ivory inlay. Ladies and gents, I present something utterly new to the pipe world, and something that I pray we see more often.

--Bear Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.66 in./143.76 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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