He is a popular lecturer at pipe clubs, his articles on pipe and tobacco history appear regularly in Pipes & Tobaccos magazine and, until Spring 2011 when it ceased to be published, his articles occasionally appeared in CIGAR magazine as well. Achievements and affiliations include: member, Pipe Smoker’s Hall of Fame (1973); Consultant, Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, University of Alabama (2001). As a certified personal property appraiser, Ben has conducted formal valuations of pipe collections for several museums and for private collectors. Additionally, for the past 30-odd years, Ben has operated a special niche, mail-order business, selling rare, out-of-print, and in-print books in English and in several foreign languages on all manner of pipes and tobacco. He has prepared a "Recommended Reading List" for those interested in a rather complete bibliography of books on these two topics.
For the past 30 years, Daniel Beck has been an admirer and a privileged collector of this art form. He was inducted into the Confrérie des Maîtres Pipiers de Saint-Claude, France, in 2012.
(Addendum from Ben Rapaport) Daniel Beck is wholly, totally, and solely responsible for this extraordinary idea and for its realization. Those who find what they see on this site a delight to the eye, informative, and educational, owe a vote of thanks to him!