House of Calabash

Steven Books began working with tobacco at age 11, and after fifty years and several apprenticeships both in the states and in England, he is one of this country’s few Master Tobacconists. His storefront, House of Calabash, opened in 2011, and serves customers world-wide.

Capturing this man’s story, his incredible ability to identify over 3,000 blends by touch, smell and look, and the way he hand mixes every single one was not a simple task. His face lights up when he speaks of his craft and its heritage. I learned much from this man as he shared his story with me.