County Road 12: The Sipper Brothers make sweet sounds and swings

Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 6:09 PM CST
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LUVERNE, Ala. (WSFA) - When you mention the Sipper family, you can’t help but think about Luverne, Alabama.

“This house has been here a long time, 107 years,” said Kayo Sipper.

“We were born and raised in this house,” added Tommy Sipper.

“My daddy and his five siblings were born here too,” Kayo explained!

The Sipper brothers live on that same property today, Kayo on one side and Tommy on the other of that old family home. What used to be a place where they ate and slept is now a place where they both work. When it comes to working with wood, these guys are both true artists.

Tommy and Kayo Skipper know this land in Crenshaw County well. They grew up here. They live in...
Tommy and Kayo Skipper know this land in Crenshaw County well. They grew up here. They live in homes surrounding the century-old family home but come together in the middle to work almost every day.(WSFA 12 News)

“I don’t even know why I started,” Tommy admitted. He painted homes for more than 50 years, but when he retired, he took up making guitars.

“I just like having a hobby, never had a hobby before,” he explained.

His version of the Dobro guitar is called the Sipbro (for Sipper brothers). He learned by trial and error, and the attention to detail is impressive.

“This here has over 17,000 pieces,” he said, pointing to one of his works.

Tommy’s younger brother Kayo is just as talented when it comes to working with wood. Once a cabinet maker, he’s now into building custom swings.

“I build them out of cedar, cyprus, poplar, red oak, different kinds of wood,” said Kayo.

He has quite the set up outside, pretty much his own saw mill. With his expertise, it goes from a huge tree, to something to swing on.

“This my trademark, the little dip on each side,” he pointed out. “I enjoy when I get them done. They are real nice. I’ve sold $5,000 worth in the last year.”

The Sipper brothers are right at home, working side-by-side every day.

“We enjoy one another, working together, you know,” said Tommy. His brother chimed in, “We always get along and never fussed, like my grandma said.

Both the guitars and the swings are for sale. The Sipper brothers can be reached at 334-300-7795.

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