For the love of Castello! Or maybe better said -
for those that love Castello pipes. There are a few places we may
visit that offer some great information on Castello pipes. At this
time there is not one place we can visit that has compiled all the
available information. That is about to change!
As some of you know I am a huge fan of Castello's.
The way they smoke. The shapes. The way they smoke. The finishes.
Did I say the way they smoke?
I have very vivid memories of my very first pipe show.
1995 in Los Angeles. To that point I had never owned a Castello.
At the show Bob Hamlin had a large selection of new Castello's.
All way above my pay grade. However, Nikos Levin, had a great
display of pre smoked Castello's. I think I traded a dozen or more
of my pipes to acquire 5 or maybe 6 Castello's. After lighting the
first one, I was hooked.
Since then I have collected a variety of brands and
artisan pipes. My collection has changed many times over.
How many personal pipes I have gone through boggles my little blonde
brain. How many dollars I have lost buying high and selling low
makes me cringe. Yes, Vernon I have walked your path also.
Side bar - for those that have never met Vernon Vig,
please make it a point to do so. A nicer man you'll never meet.
At a Seattle Pipe Club annual dinner I attended the guest speaker was
Vernon Vig. He began by saying just the above. "
I have bought allot of pipes for high dollars and sold just as many for
Anyone that has seriously been a pipe collector can
relate to that very well.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Castello
Pipes! It has long been a dream of mine to be able to offer a
place that anyone interested in Castello pipes, might go to find out
information. Some history. Current prices. How to date
the vintage of your Castello pipes etc. I have tried to offer that
on the site and am always looking to update and add information.
Now I am going to step it up and add a complete shape
guide. NO it is not complete at this time, but it has started.
As with the other information we have gathered I need your help.
No one person has all the information needed. As a group though, I
am sure we can compile an incredible amount.
The shape guide goal is to show the basic shapes, plus
as we gather more photo's etc I'd like to show variations on "classic"
Castello shapes. The basic chart is at this url.
As you can see it is far from complete. What I
have placed there are from photo's of pipes that have come through my
hands. I wish I had started collecting photo's when I began
Briar Blues, as I would have photo's of some of the rarer shapes, such
So I am going to ask you as fellow lovers of Castello
Pipes to contact me, if you might have photo's of pipes we can add.
After the shape guide we'd also like to add a complete
finish guide, POY guide, and other special pipe creations that Castello
The goal is to have a one stop place that we Castello
Collectors can go to find all available information.
So, please, all of you that have information and
photo's please contact me. Greg, Daveinlax etc, I know you're out
there. Let's make this a reality.
Michael J. Glukler