The nearly lost arts of handcrafted jewelry and cigars have been around as long as humanity itself. Jewelry was made and worn to represent cultures and religious beliefs. Cigars date back to the Mayan culture and were called a “Ciq-Sigan”. Cigars were later discovered by the Spanish and eventually coveted by the British but perfected by the Cubans. Over the centuries, as the world has become more and more industrialized, these once handcrafted items have become mass-produced and imported from various parts of the world. Master craftsman such as Paul Phelps and William Rodriguez Canet are leading the charge to bring back handcrafted jewelry and Cuban cigars. Check back next week to see pictures and video of the entire process.
Master cigar roller William Rodriguez rolls the carefully chosen tobacco leaves into a smoking masterpiece, Saturday Nov. 2, 2013, Dallas, Texas. (TheFieldsReport/Karen Fields)