Carl Pollner & Sohn has been in business since 1878 when Carl and Elise Pollner began selling turned wood items from a home in Bunde, Germany, and continues in operation to this day, selling not only tobacco and pipes but also cigars, chocolates, spirits and other items.
Otto Pollner was trained as a pipe turner in Munster, graduating in 1900. The business grew at this point, first being registered as Carl Pollner & Sohn in 1920 and that same year moving to a larger store.
In 1958 the company was taken over by Otto Pollner, II and his wife Wanda (and later second wife Christel), and the business began to concentrate more on tobacco. It was Otto Pollner, II who first developed the OP Studio Pipe, and he was considered by many to be the grand master of German pipe carvers. Otto Pollner, II was a member of the Confrérie des maîtres-pipiers de Saint-Claude since 1992, and a recipient of many other awards. Sadly Mr. Pollner is a broken pipe, having passed away in 2003.
In 1990, Otto Karl Pollner, son of Otto Pollner, II, took over the business with his wife Lil, and Lil's nephew Julian Gronau makes five generations of family involved in the business. They continue to value the pipe, which is included in the logo of the store, and are a Dunhill Pipe Dealer Principal as well as continuing to sell the OP - Studio pipes.