Adam Davidson: Smooth Blowfish Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-437-0178

Stylistically, Adam Davidson's oeuvre draws on design schools from across the world, with particular influence from the Danish and Japanese masters reflected in his keen eye for measured asymmetry and effortlessly organic composition. The Blowfish is one of Davidson's less frequently seen shapes, though it's a silhouette he carves in myriad different forms, ranging from boldly sculptural to rather reserved and compact: each iteration showcasing Davidson's skill in rendering both crisp, sharp edges and fluid curves. This particular take on the silhouette handily demonstrates Davidson's ability to carve pipes of a sophisticated asymmetry and how he can split that asymmetry across two separate planes.

The Blowfish's iconic silhouette is defined by a number of wrapping ridgelines running through both the shank and the bowl, flowing down the contours of the shape and outlining it with a sleekly defined sharpness. Though these ridges can create a variety of shapes at the shank and stem, the bowl's construction is a bit more inflexible, necessitating the creation of twin panels, one on either flank, where both panels display a unique outline. Here, the shank is lined by five ridges, one at the top, two at the right flank, one at the bottom, and one at the lower left flank, creating a mostly geometrical flare of briar out of the transition whose muscularity is tempered by a broad, curved shaping between the top and leftmost ridges. As it flares, the shank curls upward gently, meeting a sleek black vulcanite saddle stem whose base continues the shaping of the shank before giving way to a slender, arcing bit. Of the five ridges that line the shank, three of the five continue through into the bowl, with a single ridgeline at the right side gently curving through the briar and forming a slightly raised peak before splitting and encircling a small area of the bowl. The left flank, however, is more dynamic comparatively, the lowermost ridge descending and underlining the entire left side, lifting at the fore and curling upward before arcing back and around to form a fin-like structure near the lower aft: this sweeping pattern of complex lines defining both the lowermost and leftmost ridges with a single, continuous line. Dressed in a warm, rich stain and a smooth finish, the stummel here showcases an incredible array of grain, with a wrapping band of cross grain dividing both sides of the bowl into twin swaths of birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.43 in./163.32 mm.
  • Weight: 2.32 oz./65.77 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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