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  • Day 54 of Jacob's Journey: A Wild and Woolly Winter

    Posted on October 17, 2012

    Image via Fox Haven Journal


    September 25, 1819


    It's now officially autumn and that means 'tis the season for Woolly Bear caterpillars, which turn into Tiger moths. With our flatboat stopped, we disembarked and I took Pioneer for a walk and some grass and found one of the little critters amongst the leaves. Brown, black and fuzzy, he instinctively curled up in the palm of my hand when I picked him up for a closer look. Legend has it that the brown band in their center can indicate what kind of winter we can expect. Less brown means a harsher winter, more brown a mild one, and then there's the combination that says we're smack in the middle.


    Snow in moderation seems to be the message the little fellow I picked up was telling me, but I'm taking no chances: when my factory is up and running, I'm producing plenty of items to keep those home fires burning bright, such as this Vintage Coal Hod. With this handy dandy hod by your hearth's side, you'll be able to keep your fireplace clean or a steady supply of firewood or wood chips nearby to keep those home fires burning bright. No matter what the woolly bear says.

    This post was posted in Travel Log
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  • Day 49 of Jacob's Journey: Stogie's Smokies

    Posted on October 2, 2012

    American workers roll cigars in the 19th century. Image via Cigar Box Label Blog.


    September 12, 1819


    Today I learned that there's nothing quite like enjoying a smooth smoke with the river running beneath your feet as the sun says fare thee well to another day. That's because Samuel insisted on sharing some of his just-bought cigars with his flatboat comrades as an after-dinner treat.


    Right now cigars are not so common in America, although Sam seems to know where to sniff them out on our daily stops off the boat. That's literal sniffing, because these cylinders of tightly wound tobacco sure are pungent and not for the faint of heart. But one puff, and I could see why Sam, or Stogie as we call him, is fond of them. He claims he even averted a possible attack by Native Americans on his travels by courting them with his prized cigars; imagine that!


    Poor Benjamin didn't fare so well. A cough, a sputter, and a watering of the eyes ended with a slap to his back and Stogie chuckling, "Slow it down, son" as I offered him a swig of water from my canteen.


    Stogie tells me that the hardest part of being a cigar lover is keeping them fresh. I've assured him that when I reach Cincinnati and set up shop, that a stogie container and humidor will be at the tops of my product list.

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  • Create Your Very Own Jacob Bromwell Item

    Posted on September 24, 2012

    I 'spect that by now you know that Jacob Bromwell turns out swell flour sifters, tin cups, popcorn poppers and more faster than the bolt of a horse who's just felt the branding iron on his rump. But did you know that we can create your very own copper, tin, or stainless steel Jacob Bromwell item just for you, based on your imagination? We call it My Custom Creation. So far some mighty creative folks have asked us to make guitar picks, an iPhone case, bracelets, money clips, matchboxes and more. Why, we've received hundreds of requests and nothing has stumped ol' Jacob and my factory workers yet! The pricing starts at $99.99 and includes a consultation, design, engineering, materials and custom tooling. Imagine the pride and joy of owning or custom made Jacob Bromwell creation, or bestowing one upon a dear one.
    So what are yer waiting for, friend? Learn more about My Custom Creation by clicking right over here.

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