Aaron Beck was one of the earliest American carvers who turned to freehand pipe making in the modern sense.
He created exceptionally fine pipes since the mid 1950's in Queens, New York. The hallmark of his work was his unique ability to combine bits of wood and other materials in a kind of sandwich manner to stems and / or shanks that added a very special dimension to the smoking instrument. Few other carvers following him could combine substances with the same creativity and mastery as Beck without sliding to produce gaudy trash.
Shank nomenclature: "A. Beck" (in script), "Custom Made".
Aaron Beck passed away in 1984.