Stanwell is one of the most well-respected pipe manufacturing companies in the world. Many a pipe smoker considers his "Stannies" among his favorites, and I'm one of them! Unbelievably, Stanwell had its beginnings right in the middle of World War II. In 1942, Danish businessman Poul Nielsen saw a need for Danish-Made pipes, since popular pipes previously imported from other countries such as England were unavailable during the war years that were ravaging Europe. Poul ran a woodworking company called Kyringe, which began to make pipes initially out of Beech wood. After the war, Poul changed the name of the Company to Stanwell and began creating Danish made pipes from imported Mediterranean Briar. Before long, Stanwell was exporting pipes from Copenhagen, the most modern pipe manufacturing facility of its time. Many of Stanwell's shapes were designed by some of the great Danish Masters, including Sixten Ivarsson and Jess Chonowitsch! Today, while Stanwell is still a Danish company, its pipe production has moved to Italy, where Stanwell continues to create some of the most incredible smoking instruments, many of them at budget friendly prices.