The Italian Tobacco Pipe Artisans©
Claudio's background as a pipe maker is not a common one. He spent most of his adult life working as a farmer, and when you see his rough hands, you will not believe that those hands can produce such elegant, delicate works of art. Claudio was born in 1952; out of those years, he spent more than 30 years working his land. A few years ago, though, Claudio retired from farming, and since then he has dedicated all his time and energy to making pipes. He's married to Daniela who plays an important role in the production of the Cavicchi pipes. She polishes mouthpieces, uses fine sandpaper to give the pipe the final smooth feel, and above all, does all the labor-intensive and physically demanding rustication. Claudio and Daniela have one grown up son who no longer lives with them; he has nothing to do with the world of smoking, let alone pipe making.
Claudio has always been a passionate pipe smoker. That is how he started making his own pipes in 1974. Gradually he started making pipes for friends, which led him to receiving the first order from a tobacconist in Bologna in 1985. In Italy, as well as elsewhere, the name Cavicchi is well known; Claudio has won several international pipe smoking contests and championships, including the World Cup in Interlaken, Switzerland, in 1994. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Claudio holds the record for the longest pipe smoke: More than 3 hours and 19 minutes. Unofficially, he once managed to keep his pipe alight during an Italian contest for well over 4 hours, with 3 grams of tobacco! Claudio continues to participate in Italian contests whenever he's not in his workshop making pipes.
Claudio has always been a fan of pressed Virginia tobaccos, with as much Perique as possible. He has smoked Three Nuns and Escudo for a very long time, and he can't imagine ever being able to enjoy a different tobacco. He smokes these tobaccos in pipes he has made for himself in the past 36 years. He has always preferred big pipes, as a smoker and definitely as a pipe maker.
You can see Claudio's pipes here: The Cavicchi Pipe Snapshot .