Poul Nielsen had an idea. He couldn't get the raw briar he needed for pipe making, nor could he get the English pipes his customer's prefered to smoke. So, in 1942, Nielsen began carving pipes from beech wood for his fellow Danes. Although nearly 70 years have passed, today Nielsen's genius remains present in the company he founded: Stanwell. Stanwell exemplifies creative design, quality craftsmanship, and consumer affordability.
Many Danish masters and skilled artisans have designed pipes for Stanwell over the years, including all three Ivarssons, Jess Chonowitsch, Tom Eltang, and Lasse Skovgaard. The company was very skilled in setting up machinery to duplicate these hand made shapes, and currently uses acrylic stems with a separate pre-made tenon. Just recently closing their doors in Denmark, Stanwell pipes are now made in Italy with the same style, finishes, and designs that made them famous for decades. The pieces are either smooth, sandblasted, or a combination of both.