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Cigar Rolling Workshop – Chicago Pipe Show 2024

April 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This is a hands on rolling workshop led by two professional cigar rollers. A professional roller will roll your first cigar. You will roll the other 2 cigars on your own. Each attendee will walk away with 3 cigars in total. Buy your Cigar Rolling Workshop tickets here.


Born and raised in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Oscar started in the cigar world at the age of 5 and followed his grandfather’s steps. He learned how to plant, take care of the tobacco, harvest, fermentation process, and production of cigars. At the age of 9 he started to make “Pachuche” which is a small cigar with an orange tree leaf wrapper. He used to hide and smoke pachuches here and there. At 13, his grandfather took him to a bigger factory owned by one of his friends. The factory was “Cigarros Noris”. After 3 years at Cigarros Noris, he went to work for “La Aurora”, and at the age of 20 he went to work for “Arturo Fuente Factory”. After a few years at Fuente, he went to Davidoff and spent 5 years working with Eladio Diaz and his people. Later on, he worked in different factories until the destiny brough him to meet Ismael Olivan, and the rest is history. Working with Ismael Olivan has been and still is the most challenging job I ever had in my life, but for sure the most rewarding job ever. Being the general manager of “Rodriguez Olivan Cigars Factory” is a nonstop discovery of new leaves around the world. I still not sure how Ismael does it, but he surprise me in every call even when I though there weren’t more possible surprises, and that’s why after 47 years in the industry I keep learning and never get bored.


Born and raised in The Basque Country, Spain. Ismael Olivan known as Ish in the USA, was raised seeing on daily bases people rolling their own tobacco, from cigarettes to cigars and everything in between. So, he is not a stranger to the industry. Due to his other jobs, non-tobacco related, he traveled to 69 countries and always landed in places where people were smoking cigars and rolling their own cigars. Probably that’s why Ismael is always exploring new tobacco from around the world, and never sticks to just one country. After blending for many years for another brands he, and his business partner at the time (both former military and Law Enforcement) decided to make their own cigars, and that’s how B.A.M.F. Cigars was born in 2015. In 2017 he and his former business partner opened a new brand dedicated to the man’s best friend, the dog, and K-9 Cigars, Spirits & More was born. In 2016 he opened his first cigar factory in the Dominican Republic named “Rodriguez Olivan Cigars Factory”, and now he has 3 small factories in the DR and a sister factory in Zimbabwe. His passion for tobacco and natural flavors is what makes him travel around the world in search of different tobacco leaves, and that’s why many people in the industry calls him “The tobacco mad scientist”, “Professor ponytail”. Rodriguez Olivan Cigars Factory, not only produce their own brands, but also cigars for 92 different brands around the world. As well as they are exporters and importers so all the cigars go from his factories straight to him and no middle man is needed.


April 11
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club
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Smoking Tent – Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago
9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018 United States
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