Looks very even for a freehand. Nice! Sounds like a tasty blend, simple but I was thinking of the same thing,I like Criollo 98 ligero is pretty tasty.First roll ever from last night. This one was free hand and have one in the mold. Pretty pleased. The head is a little soft but that is my only real complaint. Will wrap the one in the mold tonight and may try capping that one.
Dominican Criollo ‘98 Seco Filler
Ecuadorian Seco Shade wrapper
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Looking fantastic!Here is the one from the mold that I bunched the other night. Took out of the mold and draw was real tight so spritzed with some water and let it expand for a few hours before I wrapped. I think it helped the draw a little. Tried to flag with it attached to the rest of the wrapper but didn’t judge things right and didn’t leave myself enough to finish the wrap before the flag so had to ditch that flag. Made another flag and then a cap on top. I think I’ll do a separate flag next time and should turn out a little better as the wrapper near the head got twisted trying to get the attached flag to work. I also had the perfect amount of wrapper off the foot to do a closed foot. Love how that turned out. I’ve already learned a ton on these first two.
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Sorry i do not follow. i think i know what your saying but not sure. the holes would have to be less round and more of a oval with straight sides so the bunch and be tucked into it rather than just sat on top. i just took 2 pieces of cedar and drilled 2 holes and then carved them with a xacto blade.The hemi-cylinders of this type of mold should be deep enough so that its sides, at the verge of the mating surfaces, are vertical. If you draw a line through the center of a circle, it intersects the circumference at a right angles to a tangent drawn at each intersection.
So my first go i used 1 board. Drilled and then ripped in half and realized that happened. This one i took 2 boards and screwed them together, drilled the seam so that i didn't loose any material when ripping and they stayed circle. Which they did loose some material from chipping and sanding. I have a perfecto mold on it way which i am stoked about so in anticipation i made this one. The bunches were so perfect fitting that it didn't alter the shape so they just sat in there. Thought it would help with the rounded cap but it didn't do much. They prob would be better if i did them freehand. I have gotten pretty good with draw and sizing. I want to up my blending once i can afford it as i only have a few varieties of cigar leaves.Part of the circle is lost from cutting the drilled hole in half. I've exaggerated that loss in the pink below:
The result of that missing material is that the curve of the circle does not quite make it to the tangent (at point B), so the two mold halves combined don't form a circular cross-section.
I should emphatically add that the shape doesn't matter much, so long as the draw is satisfactory.