Carlo Scotti created the Castello pipe in 1947, in a little artisan workshop. His aim was to produce a pipe which was technically and aesthetically at the absolute summit of the quality "parametro". This quality means many things which are hard to explain. It means working only and exclusively the best briar, that is, extra-extra. Knowing how to work at the right moment, not before or after. Knowing how to work with respect for precise parameters of functionalism, aesthetics and good taste. Choosing only shops of the highest professional reputation, once the briar has been transformed into a pipe. And many other things. So today the "imagine Castello" has been created as a perfect reflection of what Carlo Scotti set out to do 50 years ago, and that is what Castello pipes are really all about. Castello produces around 3,500 pipes a year, and are collected and sought after all over the world. Carlo hired craftsmen that would produce pipes beautifully shaped, finished, and top-notch in all aspects. His son in law, Franco Coppo, now runs the factory. Castello pipes have a tremendous amount of loyal followers and collectors. Each pipe is made by hand by one of six artisans from aged briar and slab acrylic for stems. Smooth finishes are available in many different colors, as are the rusticated 'Sea Rock' and sandblasted finishes.