03-25-2014, 05:58 AM
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  • vferdman
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I have been restoring shaving brushes ever since I started wet shaving a few years ago. I have also been making handles in my shop out of exotic woods. Since I do not have a lathe I create my shop-made handles without turning them. It's more challenging and the result has a different character from a lathe turned piece. I have been using my own brushes pretty much the whole time. Most of my arsenal is TGN two band finest restores or my shop-made brushes. I am very happy with them. so much so I want to share them with the world. To that end I have created an Etsy store where I am starting to offer some of my work. I am currently working on building up inventory. I have a good number of vintage brushes to restore as well as some interesting handle blank material I am experimenting with. I will put some pictures up in this thread with some links to the product page in the store. I would be glad to receive feedback on this. I am very new at this and need all the help I can get.

So, without further ado, here is my current crop for sale:

One of my latest shop-made brushes. This one came out really nicely. The knot is TGN two band finest bulb and is set at 25mm/52mm. Test lather of this brush was amazing.

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This one is one of my personal brushes I restored for myself. This is an older celluloid shell handle. Inside the bottom part is a gypsum-like substance for weight and structure. The top part used to be rubber (I think), but is now epoxy holding down a TGN two band finest bulb knot set at 21mm/43mm. This is a fantastic small face lathering brush with a very ergonomically correct handle.

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This one is another one of my shop-made efforts. It is made of several piece of wood and there are some interesting patterns in the way the wood was laminated. I have finished this handle with two ton epoxy for total water seal. The almost glassy finish is very thick and feels great to the touch. This is a TGN two band finest fan set at 23mm/48mm. A really wonderful handle shape that I am definitely going to reuse. Feels really good in hand.

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This is an Ever-Ready 650PB restore. This is an amazing handle and I have not seen another one like it. It is solid resin and is just amazingly elegant. I set it up with a TGN two band finest fan set at 22mm/46mm.

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So far this is all. I do have another brush that is almost ready in pearl white resin. Will add that today, most likely. Stay tuned.

As you can see, I am a big fan of TGN two band badger. However, I can work with any type of knot. In fact I am also working on an Omega boar knot brush. It will have the Pro-49 knot and some sort of special handle. I can also take custom orders.

Thank you for your consideration and feedback.

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Vladimir

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 03-25-2014, 06:11 AM
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  • Agravic
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Nice work, Vladimir.

Welcome to the Artisan Corner.

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 03-25-2014, 06:12 AM
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  • Johnny
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I like the restoration of old brushes and your woodwork is stunning.

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 03-25-2014, 07:11 AM
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Welcome and all the best to you!

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 03-25-2014, 07:26 AM
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(03-25-2014, 06:11 AM)Agravic Wrote: Nice work, Vladimir.

Welcome to the Artisan Corner.

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 03-25-2014, 07:42 AM
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  • vferdman
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Thank you all for kind words and warm welcome.

Here is another brush I just finished and listed in my store. This one is my first attempt at resin handles.

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Let me know what you think. I have this stuff in amber as well and have plans on making a stubby style brush with that. What do you think? 24mm-25mm knot set low and dense, like 46mm or so with a fairly short handle.

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 03-25-2014, 07:51 AM
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That first brush is beautiful Vladimir. Is that Dymondwood?

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 03-25-2014, 11:59 AM
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  • vferdman
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(03-25-2014, 07:51 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: That first brush is beautiful Vladimir. Is that Dymondwood?

I think that's what they call it, but I am not sure. It is some engineered material made with several groups of 4 plies. It is fantastically strong, water resistent and not all that easy to work with, but makes gorgeous handles. The more curves, the more beauty.

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 03-25-2014, 12:06 PM
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  • beartrap
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They look great, congratulations and good luck!

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 03-25-2014, 04:24 PM
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All I can say is wow nice brushes. I really like the white resin one. Could you explain how you make these nice brushes without a lathe?

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 03-25-2014, 04:56 PM
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  • vferdman
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(03-25-2014, 04:24 PM)boxerman Wrote: All I can say is wow nice brushes. I really like the white resin one. Could you explain how you make these nice brushes without a lathe?

Craig, I make some of these using a drill press and a mandrel to turn the blank and some rasps to shape. I then sand the handles down to 220 or sometimes 400 grit. some of the handles are made just by using a sander clamped into a Black and Decker bench. That takes more time and results in pieces that are not perfectly concentric. That gives some pieces a different character. The brush with a redwood handle was made that way. Interestingly, it is one of my favorite shapes and feels very comfortable to hold.

I got two more handles being finished right now. Will post some pictures tomorrow or the next day when I install the knot.

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Vladimir

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 03-26-2014, 05:38 AM
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Thanks for explaining how you make them. There's a guy on another forum that carve's his own brushes that are neat. Yes the redwood brush is really nice also.

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 03-27-2014, 10:23 AM
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  • vferdman
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I have created and entered into my inventory two more brushes. Both made of Dymondwood stock. They both came out to exactly the same dimensions:

Overall: 96mm
Handle: 48mm
Loft: 48mm
Knot: 24mm

I cleaned the knots out for post bloom photos.


Brush number 1

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Brush number 2:

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 03-28-2014, 09:00 PM
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Very cool brushes you are making.

Keep the pictures of your work coming.

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 04-01-2014, 07:21 AM
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  • vferdman
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I am working on a number of restorations right now. First one is this barber-style brush. Original shape of it was rough and I apologize for not taking pictures before any of the work began. at this stage when the pictures were taken the handle and the plastic top have been separated, the original knot removed and the wooden handle stripped of the original coating, which was only partially present. Also, the handle has been sanded up to 220 grit and all the cracks filled with CA (crazy glue) and two coats of polyurethane applied. The red plastic piece has been also cleaned and hole slightly opened to accept the new Omega boar knot from TGN. TGN sells this as a 27mm knot with a plastic bucket that you often see in a form of a ring around the knot on their brushes. Well, that plastic ring really didn't work with the red piece, so I cut it off the knot leaving just remnants of the plastic bucket in place. The knot is glued as usual with some sort of "knot glue" inside the plastic bucket, so there is no risk of degrading the integrity of the knot in removing the black plastic ring. As you can see in the pictures a dry fit is very promising. I really like the way this is going. The original knot looks almost the same as the replacement, which is really nice, especially seeing as how the replacement is an Omega boar from their famous Pro 49 brush (as near as I can tell by reading specs). I made sure all the cracks are filled and wood is fuly stabilized with 3 coats of CA. CA not in cracks has been sanded and polyurethane applied on the wood. I plan to give it at least 5 coats of poly before I assemble the brush. The cracks are going to be visible, but sealed. This will give that vintage flavor to the brush. I hope you like it.

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 04-01-2014, 09:58 AM
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It looks great. I really enjoy that type of handle on a brush.

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 04-04-2014, 11:02 AM
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  • vferdman
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I finished the brush. I love it. I set the loft lower than the original knot was. I set it about 60mm - 61mm or so.

Here are the pictures:

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This brush is now available in my ETSY store. I hope you like it. I really LOVE it.

Next up are a couple of brushes I really like. A lucite one:

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And the other one appears to be made with celluloid shell:

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I am thinking boar on the green and white one since it states "Pure Bristle" on the handle. I really like it.

Thoughts?

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 04-05-2014, 08:10 AM
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Vladimir, I'm really enjoying following your fine work. Thank you for sharing.

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 04-15-2014, 12:35 PM
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  • vferdman
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Tom, thank you for the kind words. There has been a pause in my activity here as I am waiting on some knots from TGN. I got some more coming. Hoping people would buy these wonderful creations. They really are very good brushes if I say so myself.

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 04-15-2014, 12:46 PM
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Very beautiful work! I really like your handles! Not using a lathe seems to work for you!

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