Becker - three generations of pipe makers - Fritz Becker created Becker pipes in the late 70's. When WII ended he landed in Rome and lived there until his death in 1991. Becker was a man of many talents, a painter, sculptor and designer and a superb pipe maker.
Fritz and Paolo, his son, began making pipes in the late 1970s using XX grade Calabrian plateau briar from Southern Italy. XX plateau is the top grade and is one of the worlds best. In 1979, they stamped "Becker" on the shank. Fritz was a very talented artisan and Paolo learnt the skills from his father. From then on both of them worked on Becker pipes, until Fritz's death in 1991.
Aesthetically, Becker pipes exhibit a fusion of Italian design and their artistry; pipes from the Becker’s have a clearly recognizable profile. Becker pipes have certain consistent look. Bowls are often standard shapes with a delicate pencil shank or have the line from bowl to a shank with a definite waist. He used both acrylic and vulcanite for the stems and any shank arnamentations were always understated - a thin band of boxwood or ring of silver - never garish. Briar was the most common material for Paolo to use. Later he pioneered the use of sandblasted Morta and strawberry wood .
Paolo graded his pipes with the nomenclature of playing cards. The higher the number of the suite, or if you will the better the hand, the more select the pipe. Paolo Becker died in late 2014. The Becker name had come to be one and the same with Paolo in the minds of many, Becker remains - a family brand. Frederico, Paolo's son is the 3rd generation Becker pipe carver. His style and aesthetic follows that of his family tradition, with the same engineering excellence.