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Silver Gray is an American pipemaker taught by Brad Pohlmann, with whom she shares a workshop. Though Brad introduced her to the craft of making pipes specifically, Silver has had a lifelong love of making things by hand, and growing up her father taught her the importance of resourcefulness and knowing how to improvise. Along with the habits of exactness and attention to detail that she developed during a three decade career in accounting, Silver did not come into pipemaking unarmed, as it were - though she has with good nature admitted that she and Brad do still keep the very first pipe she made as a lesson in humility.
After years of apprenticeship under Pohlmann, Brad has naturally had an influence on her shaping style, but Silver makes a point of working on shapes different from those Brad may be working on at a given time to help keep her own style fresh, in addition to drawing upon other influences. Among those other influences she counts the work of Sixten Ivarsson first and foremost, as his innovative shapes and style captured her appreciation from the very beginning of her pipemaking journey.
As much as interesting style and experimenting with shaping do play into Silver's work, she still remains a pipe-as-smoking-instrument-first sort of artisan, counting the feel in hand and sound drilling and engineering as the most important aspects of her creations; it's not a great pipe if it is not a great smoking pipe, at the end of the day.