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Bespoke Humidors


Richard Hennessy Cognac Humidor

Richard Hennessy Humidor1 THWe had the privilege of creating a limited series of humidors for Hennessy Cogac.  The first batch was designed to fit a bottle of Hennessy XO and 12 Mombacho Cigars.  The second humidor was a a custom one-off humidor to fit a very rare bottle of Richard Hennessy signed by Maurice Hennessy himself.

It was a priviledge to work on this project.  Enjoy the photos.

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Bespoke Chessboard Humidor.

vanderburgh chessboard humidor THThis was a fun and interesting project.  First of all, the client wanted to integrate the chessboard as a permanent feature.  I thought that it might be nice to have the option to remove the board in case it wanted to be used seperately on a table.

All seemed fine, until we received the chessboard itself.  It was a cherished piece that was passed down for many years.  The years had definitely taken its toll on it as it was badly warped in on many planes.  Working with warped wood is often difficult, so we figured out a unique way to install the lid, while still being made removable.

Enjoy the photos!


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Crush and Roll West - Humidor

crush roll west vanderburgh humidor THCrush and Roll West Charity Humidor 2009

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Lou Rodriguez Cigars Humidor

When Lou Rodriguez first commenced his cigar company, he wanted to start off with a grand entrance with some custom humidors for his brand.  He contacted us to build a few custom humidors for his new cigar brand launch.  

Here are some images of the project which perfectly aligned with the quality of Lou's cigars.  If you haven't tried Lou Rodriguez' cigars, you are truly missing out.  My personal favourite cigar is the Premier Edition.  Have a look at Lou Rodriguez Cigars and pick up a box.  Let him know that you heard about them here.

Enjoy the photos.

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Chief Hava Humidor

Limited Edition CHE 'Chief Hava Edition' Humidor

The Hava Cigar 'Chief Hava Edition' humidor was a very intricately and carefully planned completely custom cigar humidor that we created for our friend Skip Martin who was a co-owner of the Hava Cigar Shop and Lounge in Galveston, Texas.


The Story of the CHE.

Many of you know, that Galveston took a hard hit from Hurricane Ike in 2008, and unfortunately the Hava Cigar Shop and Lounge was one of the many shops that got wiped out from the storm.

The humidor was created from solid Sapele Mahogany, and was 'quarter sawn' from the tree. This means that the wood has been cut similar to how a piece of pie is cut. This gives unique grain characteristics in the wood, and beautiful black and golden stripes are revealed through the grain.

This custom humidor was made in our 'raised panel' style, and because of the construction details, the beauty of the solid woods is very much emphasized.

However, you dont notice the intricate details of this humidor until you actually open the lid.

Inside we created a very unique tray, where the air slots (usually strips cut in the tray) were actually part of the Hava Cigar logo.

Not only that, but after the tray has been removed, the beauty of the polished black granite bottom shines through and offers rich and luxurious character to the whole entire humidor.

The entire humidor is lined with 1/4" Spanish Cedar, which - because of its unique characteristics is a perfect wood for aging cigars.

Skip's preference on humidification is the Boveda system, which required a custom made shelf integrated on the underside of the lid, perfectly made to fit just the right amount of Boveda Packs.

Finally to top the whole project off, we engraved, upon Skip's request, a poem called CRIMSON written by Carl Sandburg.

So enough of us talking about this humidor, let Skip say it for us:

Skip's Testimonial

"My custom humidor arrived this afternoon. After removing it from the shipping materials, I spent almost an hour examining the intricate details and the craftsmanship.

While these are easy to appreciate on a superficial level, I want to convey what this humidor means to mean on an emotional level.

First, it is an enduring representation of the passion and quality I put into my cigar business. As you know, my store was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The inclusion of my business logo into the design will ensure that I am reminded of that period of my life every time I open the lid.

Second, the addition of the Carl Sandburg poem CRIMSON on the underside of the lid reminds me of the legacy of my father and grandfather, and my experience as a boy on the outskirts of their ‘circle of men’….smelling their cigar smoke and absorbing their wisdom.

This is so much more than a box to me. I can’t thank you enough."-Skip

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