The Importance of Wood is Both Its Form and Function
At CustomMade.com we have several talented artisans making unique, custom humidors. These hand-crafted gems use various striking woods and finishes. They offer a range of shapes and sizes, and each presents with a unique interior space and function.
The woods used in these humidors are not only beautiful but also selected for their function. Humidors are an essential part of cigar smoking. A humidor will help you store your cigars for months or even years without sacrificing the quality of your smoke. Cigars are hygroscopic, meaning they take up and retain moisture under certain conditions of humidity and temperature. Your smokes must be stored in a cool, dry place in order to keep them tasting fresh and not drying out. But you can’t just put them in the fridge because a refrigerator must heat itself up in order to defrost—in the process foods dehydrate. (Vegetables are hygroscopic too. Any vegetable you place in the refrigerator will dehydrate and wilt after time. Wouldn’t the same happen to your cigars?) The solution is the humidor.
The type of wood used in a cigar storage case will have a dramatic effect on the overall aging process of a good quality cigar. There are three types of wood that are most often used for these cases (especially for the inside): Spanish cedar, America red cedar and Mahogany. Each does a great job at battling humidity and absorbing moisture. But, each has a downside as well. The odor of some woods bothers some aficionados, and who knew that Mahogany does not keep tobacco worms away?
Understanding the properties of certain woods is not only of aesthetic concern, but understanding their advantages and disadvantages is also critical to function in the creation of humidors. How about in your work? When is the choice of wood more than just about how it looks?
This article is by CustomMade.com, the internet’s largest marketplace for custom made goods.