Monday, December 30, 2013

Nice End of the Year Walk in the Woods


Took along my new David Enrique and Chris Askwith pipes. Very enjoyable. -T


Friday, December 27, 2013

Chris Askwith Christmas Pipe


My darling wife cajoled me into getting a Xmas pipe (and it doesn't take much cajoling to persuade me I need a new pipe). Fortunately Chris Aswith had this lovely little canadian for sale on his website and he was kind enough to rush it to the post office in time for me to have it for Xmas. It really is a wonderful pipe. Relatively small but with a generous bowl, it is light and very well balanced- I'm once again very pleased with Chris' skill. Merry Christmas to me! -T


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bing at Holiday Inn


I don't know why I haven't noticed all of Bing's pipes in the past- I've seen all of the Christmas movies a gajillion times. Whatever the reason (snow blindness?) finally this year I am seeing them and I want them all....-T

I've been wanting a panel billiard ever since I saw Chris Asteriou's take on the shape


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Stained Variation from Mark

A nice natural variation of Mark's Port Royal series.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shipping Them Out!


Doing our best to help Santa

Chuck w/ today's load for UPS

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Another One for Sale!

Here's one from Mark. He made 2 for a customer to choose from. They went for a stain that matched a desk in their house. Here's your opportunity to give yourself a great Christmas present. $350+ shipping




Saturday, December 14, 2013

4 Sale

Holds 10 pipes with ample storage below
Here's a rack that I came up with for a customer, but they decided to go for something more elaborate. I decided I wanted to make one anyway, just to see what it looked like. I think it turned out pretty well. I'm going to call it "The Gamesman". Our pal Chuck felt it would look right at home in the Ghillie's cottage on any highland estate. -T
It's for sale if anyone needs a last minute Christmas gift! 
$135 + shipping  SOLD

2 More Ready to Go

Working to get all the Christmas orders out on time! -T


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Another New David Enrique!

What can I say- it was my birthday ... -T
This pipe is the perfect size. Large bowl capacity but very light weight.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Cut-Off

It's about time to stop taking orders for Christmas. We can probably squeeze in a couple of small racks, but anything else can't be guaranteed for delivery by the holiday. Smokingpipes has a good selection of our racks though- so check them out. -T




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tantrapur Variation

We had a request from a customer for a stacked Tantrapur that would be wall mounted. I wasn't sure about this. It eliminates the bottom storage, which I thought was kind of cool, but I think it turned out pretty well. I hope the customer likes it as much as I do. -T


Monday, November 18, 2013

1/2 Way There

Ready for layers of paint and varnish-T


Sunday, November 10, 2013

New David Enrique

David's take on a Holbek design. I love it. -T


Friday, November 1, 2013

Grinding to a Sandstill

The old Delta belt sander died after many years of faithful service, so everything came to a grinding halt or should I say - sanding halt. Waiting for the new Kalamazoo sander to arrive at the beginning of next week. I loved the old Delta, but I'm pretty excited about getting a new tool. Hopefully this won't put us too far behind schedule. -T

The new Kalamazoo

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Askwith Camping Pipe

I'm gearing up for camping season so I asked Chris Askwith to make me the perfect going to the woods  pipe. I received it in the mail yesterday and it is perfect. I couldn't wait for a camping trip, so I smoked it in the back yard by the fire pit. Once again I am very pleased with Chris' work. -T


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tishomingo Camp Trunk and Table

Here's one I made for myself. I wanted something a little nicer for camping. Something w/ a little Campaign Furniture like. Here's what I came up with. I'm pretty pleased. I can't wait to take it to the woods. -T


Holds 8 pipes and has storage for more and plenty of room for tobacco and a book..

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Savannah Roller's Cabinet

Chuck and I are working on a new cabinet. More photos to come.- T


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

From Mark in China


Robster? Self deprecating humor? OK- maybe, but "Dairy Fresh"?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Newton Abbot Variation


This one is ready and heading to Louisiana.

added a couple of drawers that weren't on the original design

and a couple of drawers in the inside too

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Mark's in China


Mark reports from China that he is bummed to find not only are there places that burming is prohibited but also trumpeting. -T



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The 3rd Cousin

Chuck may not be related by blood, but he's certainly family. I asked him to lend a hand on some orders in an attempt to not get as behind as I was a couple of months ago. My only worry is ... I just hope the racks that Chuck works on aren't obviously better that what I normally turn out. -T



Friday, July 5, 2013

Bocce Action

The intense play was almost too much for us ...

Mark ready to throw. Chuck and I at the far end. Photo by Barbara Wallace

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!


Here's how the cousins will be spending the day. -T


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New and Big Commission

Mark recently finished up this behemoth. It features profile pipe rests. Pretty nice! -T


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mississippi Shed

Last week I drove down to Mark's place in Mississippi and helped he and his son John build a shed on the side of the workshop. We didn't have a clue of what we were doing, but it turned out pretty well and we had a good time. -T










Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chicago pipe - Chris Askwith


This isn't really a Chicago pipe. I didn't purchase it at the show. I received it in the mail a couple of days before heading north, but I did fire up my first bowl in it in Chicago.
It's really a lovely pipe. The briar bit is just as comfortable to smoke as ebonite. I asked Chris to make a regular black bit too, because I was afraid the briar would be too delicate, but so far it seems very hardy. Every time I get a new Askwith pipe, I think "this is my favorite", but I have enough now that it's getting harder and harder to pick a favorite. I love them all. -T

Friday, May 17, 2013

Chicago Pipe - Vollmer & Nilsson

Two of our favorite folks to see in Chicago are Martin Vollmer and Anders Nilsson. Even if they weren't great pipe makers and we didn't love their pipes we would still want to hang out with them. They are interesting and very funny. Unfortunately this year Anders was sick. Sick as a dog sick. So we didn't get to spend much time w/ him (and we hosed ourselves down w/ disinfectant as soon as we could run back to our rooms), but we did get to spend some time w/ Martin and he didn't disappoint.
Here's one of the 2 pipes I purchased from them. It's a beautiful smooth lovat. Excellent! - T


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Another Pic from Chicago

Here's 2 more that I missed.

Mark and Pipe Maker Scott Thile

P&T Editor Chuck Stanion and Pipe Maker Martin Vollmer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chicago Photos

Steve Liskey and Mark

Collector Dustin Babitzke and Mark

Friday Pre-show 

Gregor Lobnik and Matt Guss


Mark and Matt Guss

Mark and P&T Editor Chuck Stanion

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The Smoking Tent

Matt Guss, Gitta and Wolfgang Becker (Brad Pohlman in the hat)

Smokey Smoking Tent