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Tricks of the Trade – Rolling Your Own Cigar – A User’s Guide
Written by James Payne

Monday, 15 February 2010

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I am going to assume that you are using unshredded tobacco leaves for your filler. You can buy them shredded, and if you did, then skip this part. Otherwise, keep reading.

If you are making a smaller cigar, I suggest shredding the tobacco for the filler, since we are new at this. We can do this in several ways. First, we can use our handy-dandy scissors to cut fine pieces of the tobacco leaf. This is simpler than using whole leaves for the filler, though we can certainly do that as well. In addition, if you want to save time you can use a food processor or that crazy Slap Chop device. It saves you some time, but takes away from the tactile sensation.

If you want to get adventurous, you can not shred the tobacco. Leave it whole, and run the tobacco through your hands to take out in creases and folds that can cause airway obstruction down the line. After that you will have to decide which method you want to use – the booking or entubar method.

Booking is the easiest of the two when not shredding your tobacco. In booking, you lay your filler down, leaf upon leaf, and the roll it, similar to the way you would roll up a map or old scroll (or spitball shooter).

The entubar method is trickier and calls for you to fold each leaf onto itself. After you have folded them, you then bunch them together. It is not as simple as it sounds and can often lead to a bulky cigar.

Getting the Binder Ready

It is important for your binder leaf to be moistened when doing this process, or you run the risk of it cracking. The moisture makes the leaf retain its flexibility, which we will need. Take your scissors from before and cut out the middle rib. After that, you will want to shape the binder, using your chaveta to cut it into the shape you want.






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