Luigi Radice has had a long and varied history in the world of pipe making- so long and varied that he now holds the honorary title of Oldest Italian Artisan Pipe Maker Still Actively Involved In His Craft. Gigi, as he is known to his friends, actually started off in the jewelry trade as an engraver. He carried this skill over when he began in the pipe trade with the great firm CASTELLO, situated in a village not far from his own. In 1970, he and another talented pipe maker, Pepino Ascorti, founded the CAMINETTO brand which was sold for ten years before internal difficulties forced its dissolution. In 1980 Gigi made, for the first time, a brand under his own name and with his own individual style. Known throughout the pipe making world for his skill, inventiveness, and panache his work is always recognizable as RADICE.