Sam Adebayo first began making pipes as a hobby, completing around 100 of them for friends and acquaintances before he seriously considered "going public," as it were. Previous to that, he was no stranger to pipes, having picked up his first while still a teenager, though he didn't really get serious about them until his early twenties. As he puts it, his first briar was acquired simply because he thought it would make him "a cool jazz cat like Mingus or Dolphy." As his pipe-related intentions matured, his tastes turned towards classic English smoking instruments, and the inspiration to make pipes grew from a desire we've heard before in the backgrounds of a few greats: he desired pipes he couldn't afford to purchase. So, he would try making those pipes he desired instead.
As a pipe maker Sam's influences are numerous: Todd Johnson, Rad Davis, Tyler Beard, Bruce Weaver, and Adam Remington are artisans he got to know personally from attending the Chicago show, while he also expresses admiration for the work of Tokutomi, Adam Davidson, Abe Herbaugh, and Chris Asteriou.