Video: Gawith & Hogarth Factory - Making Rope/Twists

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condorlover1

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What I thought was interesting was seeing the part where they cut the twist into lengths and wrapped it in wax paper. When I started smoking you purchased your twist exactly the same way but wrapped in silver foil paper with the packaged sealed with a sticky label exactly as in the film. To this day I use a waxed U.S. Post Office envelope folded in the same manner to carry my twist about if I haven't pre-sliced it so it doesn't get dry or contaminated with Lakeland essence from my baccy flap which normally now has either Grasmere Flake or Warrior Plug. The coils of Black Rope which used to be sold by the long gone Smiths Snuff on Charing Cross Road and Inderwicks of Carnaby Street had a wooden spike through them and were called 'Bee Hives' as they resembled the old rope woven bee hives. I don't remember the weight by they would cut off a length and put it on the scales and sell it to you in any amount you wished to buy.
 

Jaylotw

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That was awesome. I know that much of the process remains the same, but packaging has changed...

The thing that surprised me the most was the guy slathering the ropes in olive oil!
 
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mingc

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That why the black twists are so shiny. Its rather strange that the olive oil doesn't impact the taste but it does explain why they remain pliable long after brown twist has dried out.
I can taste the oil. I find it singularly unpleasant, but to each his own. What I do find remarkable is that the product doesn't feel greasy at all; you wouldn't know that it was covered in oil. I suppose the baking processes burns it all off.
 

condorlover1

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I don't know really. It doesn't taste too bad to me but then I am notorious for my bad taste when it comes to tobacco. I think you can even buy the stuff pre-shredded and I have often wondered if it tastes the same but I have never felt compelled to buy the stuff.
 
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verporchting

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Does anybody have links to any other videos from G&H factory? I’d love to see how the flakes are made and the perfumes added!!!
 
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Tommy Boy

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Very cool to see indeed how much time and effort went into making a twist. I wonder if its still anything like that now. Did make me laugh when they where casually ponding nails in it and setting on the floor.
 

smudgersmissingleg

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Does anybody have links to any other videos from G&H factory? I’d love to see how the flakes are made and the perfumes added!!!

I don't have any videos but I did find these photographs from a tobacconist who visited Gawith during the 1920's.

Spinning twist:
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The store presses of Kendal Twist🤤:

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Here a link to the original website where I found them. It's an interesting little read.

 

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