Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mississippi Factory Humming

Mark has been busy down at the Two Cousins' southern facility .

Monday, June 27, 2011

Assembly Line

Working on a couple of exclusive designs for a pipe and tobacco retailer - more on this later. I don't want to put our eggs before the cart. -T

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Pipes from Vollmer + Nilsson

A few months before the Chicago Pipe Show, I emailed our friends Anders Nilsson and Martin Vollmer about some ideas for pipes I wanted them to make. Two were sandblasted versions of Comoy shapes - a saddle billiard and a saddle prince. The 3rd pipe was a copy w/ improvements of an old beat up Dunhill prince I've had for years. The Dunhill has a silver repair band on the shank that gives the pipe an odd look ... that I like. Being to great guys they are, V+N agreed and even seemed enthusiastic about the projects. I picked up the results in Chicago and have been smoking them daily since. Great pipes as usual from the Swedish duo. Thanks Martin and Anders! -T

Friday, June 10, 2011

2 Cousins w/ Wolfgang Becker

Here we are in Chicago w/ our friend Wolfgang Becker. We look a bit crazed. I think we were just tired and excited, not psycho. I'm surprised Wolfgang doesn't look worried. Also here are 2 pipes I got from Wolfgang. I don't need to say anything about them. They are Wolfgang Becker pipes- they're great! -T

Monday, June 6, 2011


One of the best things about making pipe racks is coming into contact w/ people from all over the globe. How else would to guys from the southern US do this. I'm sure there are other ways, but for Mark and I this seems to be a good way ... in other words, the easy way. One of the latest pipe racks shipped went to Australia. This was our first customer from DownUnder and we are very excited to receive some photos. -T

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bocce Saturday

It was the 1st Friday get-together of "the guys"yesterday. Yes, we had it on Saturday so we could spend a good bit of the day playing bocce. It was a great day for it- sunny w/ temps hovering right at 100. Perfect day for firing up the grill and standing around in the sun. We played, we ate, we drank and of course we smoked pipes and cigars. As the evening progressed we turned our conversation to the sorry state of the world and I think everyone left feeling slightly depressed, but still pleased w/ our day. We did what needed to be done. -T