Mike Butera, previously an American insurance broker, started his pipe making career toward the end of the 1970's with a pilgrimage to Europe. Upon his return to the USA, Mike launched his carving career and has won multiple awards for his pipes. Today Mike focuses mainly on the blending and distribution of cigars and pipe tobacco, with the latter split across the Royal Vintage line, currently produced in the US, and Kingfisher and Pelican, produced by Germain in Jersey, British Isles.