Il Ceppo Italian pipes have been around for over 30 years. The brand was founded by Giorgio Imperatori, an architect by trade, who always had a passion for tobacco pipes. He brought his design background to pipe making in 1978 when he began Il Ceppo. The brand quickly became known for their high quality pipes at an exceptional value. In 1995 the company changed hands. Franco Rossi is the current owner and carver of Il Ceppo and makes all of the pipes along with his sister Nadia.
All Il Ceppo pipes are handmade in Pesaro, Italy. They are considered part of the Pesaro School of Pipe Design along with Mastro de Pajo and Ser Jacopo. All three of these brands have a certain look to them that are characteristic of the Pesaro School but they all have some differences to set them apart.
The briar used for all Il Ceppo pipes is very high quality Italian Briar that is aged at least 2 years before Franco and Nadia can begin to work their magic. As with most Italian pipe makers, the stems on Il Ceppo Pipes are acrylic. From a sandblasted plateau to a high gloss straight grain, Il Ceppo pipes offer great quality at a good value. They make a great introduction into the world of handmade Italian pipes. Take a look at our current offerings from this great small Italian pipe maker.
I personally own an Il Ceppo sandblasted bent billiard. It has been a great, cool smoking pipe with that classic, and classy, look of a high grade Italian Pipe.