Castello: Sea Rock Briar Paneled Billiard with Boxwood Stem (with Extra Stem) (16) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-386-4578
In the summer of 2021, our own Sykes Wilford traveled to Italy to visit various pipe makers, a usual and regular tradition that involves hand-selecting pipes and fostering long-standing relationships. While visiting Castello on this particular trip, Sykes collaborated with Franco Coppo, who manages the Castello workshop, and the pair conceptualized special, limited-production Castello pipes exclusive to Smokingpipes that all featured hand-cut stems of boxwood. When Castello's artisans opt to accent a pipe, they most often utilize sterling silver, fitting with the workshop's traditional and refined style; they rarely ever use boxwood, let alone as a stem material. Such a feature makes this Billiard a highly collectible and extremely rare piece from the revered Italian marque, and it's an exciting collaboration for us here at Smokingpipes.
This limited-edition rendition of the Cantù workshop's "15" Billiard shape features a proudly poised bowl upon a firm, almost protruding heel in typical Castello style, fitted to a tapering shank that reinforces the bowl's visual weight in profile. The shank end bears an acrylic military mount to which fits this special release's boxwood stem, and the pipe also comes complete with a second stem of black acrylic safely housed in a Castello-branded, leather sleeve for easy portability and storage. This particular "15" rendition is among the first 25 pieces made for this exclusive collaboration and is stamped as number 16. It's furthered by crisp panels comprising the sides of the bowl, which combine with the Sea Rock Briar's rusticated finish for a delightful in-hand texture, while the traditional, mahogany stain draws further attention to the lighter hues of the boxwood stem.-Truett Smith
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.81 in. Weight: 1.3 oz.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in. Chamber Depth: 1.48 in.
- Outside Diameter: 1.30 in. Bowl Height: 1.79 in.
- Stem Material: Acrylic
- Length: 5.87 in./149.10 mm.
- Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
- Stem Material: Other
- Filter: None
- Shape: Billiard
- Finish: Rusticated
- Material: Briar
- Country: Italy