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'''Important Update:''' We were very saddened by the news that Paolo Becker passed on from the World of making pipes in mid-December 2014, and joins the many great pipe makers in what I hope is an afterlife that includes pipes in some way or another. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Our hope is that the Becker brand may continue. Meanwhile Paolo, and Fritz before him leave a wonderful body of work to be explored on the Estate market, as well as through various photographs and essays.
 
Luca De Piazza of Neat Pipes wrote a wonderful tribute to Paolo, which you can read [http://www.neatpipes.com/blog/ciao-paolo/&id=80 here] [[User:Sethile|sethile]] ([[User talk:Sethile|talk]]) 20:46, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
 
Article Courtesy of [http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/new/ Smokingpipes.com]
[[Image:Paolo_Becker.jpg|right]]
'''A:''' With more work space available and my full time commitment, the number of pipes began to increase so much so that we decided to expand our market to other specialized sales points in Italy. Once again, we were greeted with another success. My father always stood behind me, ready to give me advice and help, but by this time I was fully in charge of designing and carving most of the production and, in particular, the neo-classic styles that I have always liked best.
[[Image:BeckerStrawberrywood.jpg|left|thumb|Strawberry Wood Sandblast - Four Clubs<br>courtesy Dennis Dreyer Collection]]
'''Q:''' Becker pipes expanded rapidly on the international market, too. In particular, in the United States which has always been an important outlet for Italian handicrafts. How did you reach the American market?
'''A:''' Well, that depends ... I'm certainly in favor of freedom of design, but there has to be respect for the flair of a tradition that is now over thirty years old...
 
[[File:Lepipe Becker.jpg|thumb|link=http://www.lepipe.it/en/pipedia.asp?utm_source=pipedia&=utm_medium=pipedia&=utm_campaign=pipedia|'''An excellent selection of Becker pipes is available at Pipedia Underwriter, [http://www.lepipe.it/en/pipedia.asp?utm_source=pipedia&=utm_medium=pipedia&=utm_campaign=pipedia lepipe.it]''']]
'''Contact information:'''
Website: [http://www.beckerpipes.com/ Paolo Becker]
Email: mailto:info@beckerpipes.com
 
== Off site links ==
[[Image:logopip.gif]] '''[http://www.pipology.com/interviste/paolo-becker-parte-i Intervista a Paolo Becker] ''' the pipology.com interview with Paolo Becker (january 2011)
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