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Tricks of the Trade – Rolling and Growing Tips
Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

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I can only answer this question from my own point of view – why other people do it, I couldn’t say. So, without further ado, here is why I like to grow (and roll) my own tobacco:

·         It is fun and a better hobby than say, spending eight hours trying to beat Bald Bull on the Wii and trying to recapture some of that glory of my youthful days playing Mike Tyson’s Punch Out on the NES system (I’m getting old…)

·         Like cooking, it allows me to experiment with different seeds and blends of tobacco than I might experience in a rolled cigar.

·         It allows me to appreciate the effort that goes into making a good (and even a crappy) cigar, which in turn leads me to enjoy the rolled cigars I do buy even more.

·         Tobacco growers can add upwards of six hundred chemicals to their plants. Growing your own tobacco let’s you control how many chemicals you use, the type you use, and let’s you know first hand what you are adding to the mix.

·         Some people say growing your own tobacco is cheaper and that they like to avoid paying the government taxes. I don’t know about either of those statements. What I do know, is that I also like art and to me, cigars are art. I could go and paint a bunch of stick figures on my walls, but it won’t be nearly as nice as a Rembrandt (well, a Rembrandt print I should say…).

Getting Focused

Obviously one article is not big enough to cover both rolling and growing your own tobacco (not even a book would do). So for that reason, I will start backwards: first we will learn how to roll cigars, then we will learn to grow tobacco.

Why backwards? Several reasons. First, explaining how to roll is simpler. Second, everything you need to roll a cigar is readily available to you – growing your own tobacco takes months to reap the reward. Lastly, it’s my article. I’ll do what I want!

Tools You Need

Rolling a cigar is not fancy business, though if you ever see a roller at a wedding or bachelor party, they sure make it seem that way. There are no high tech gadgets needed, and the cost of tools are pretty cheap, especially if you purchase them in a kit.

The first, and most important tool you are going to need is patience. And perseverance. And practice. Do not expect to get it right the first time, the second time, and so forth. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and that Davidoff your smoking took a lot of practice to get right.






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0 # RE: Tricks of the Trade – Rolling and Growing TipsJeff Sheldon 2010-02-10 20:05
An enjoyable start--much appreciation to the writer. The desire to craft a cigar from the very beginning to its inevitable smoke hits close to home.

Also close to home is the Cigar Factory down in New Orleans where cigars are rolled in front of visitors. If anyone's heading that way for Mardi Gras, there are two locations in the French Quarter where the tools mentioned above are demonstrated. I haven't visited either location yet, but one's just down the street from the ever popular Cafe du Monde and the other on Bourbon St. Some videos on YouTube give a general impression of what to expect.

Louisiana still has some tobacco farms along the Mississippi river, but to my knowledge, they started off (like any farm) as family businesses and have seen a steady decline in interest from succeeding generations. Poche Farms--one of several farms which grow perique in the same general area--still gives tours. I imagine most of these people are fairly approachable.

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