03-03-2012, 01:35 PM
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  • Rod_Neep
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Just a small selection of my work....

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Stone handles of various shapes

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The fabulous rare Masur Birch, acrylic coating so that it is 100% waterproof.

High quality hand crafted shaving brushes in wood, resins and real stone.

http://www.pensoftheforest.co.uk/shaving...brush.html

I am happy to take on orders for custom brushes.

Rod


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 03-03-2012, 01:52 PM
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  • bullgoose
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Those are beauties Rod!

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 03-03-2012, 02:21 PM
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  • MaxP
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Rod-

The birch is quite handsome. Would you tell me a bit more about it?

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 03-03-2012, 04:02 PM
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  • Rod_Neep
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It is a tree that is found in Norway and Finland. It was once thought that the "squiggles" in the grain were caused by a type of beetle larvae, but that has now been disproved, and shown to be a genetic thing, and the tree has now been given its own name.

It is pretty rare, and hard to come by.... and expensive!
This little "log" 7" diameter cost me around $130.... but there are quite a few shaving brush handles in it.

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That log has already been rescued from my wife carrying it into the house for the woodburner. Rolleyes
I had to cut it by hand, because I couldn't find anyone, even a lumber yard, who would cut it for me on a bandsaw. They claimed that it was too dangerous or too hard to attempt to cut it. One slice took about 45 minutes to cut through with a hand saw. Biggrin

It has been worth the effort though, as the wood not only has that interesting squiggly pattern, but it moves in the light like a hologram too. (Kind of like fiddleback maple, but on a larger scale).

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Cheers
Rod

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 03-03-2012, 04:06 PM
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An outstanding material, and the result is even more outstanding!

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 03-03-2012, 05:11 PM
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Wow, those are gorgeous.

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 03-03-2012, 05:11 PM
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  • MaxP
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Rod-

Beautiful! Simply beautiful.

Thanks for the post.

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 03-03-2012, 11:55 PM
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  • Tonality
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  • Boston
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Those are some beautiful brushes. Very quality work.

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 03-04-2012, 12:05 AM
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stunning work man!

I especially like the 1st brush you posted.

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 03-04-2012, 12:03 PM
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  • mikeperry
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(03-03-2012, 01:35 PM)Rod_Neep Wrote: Just a small selection of my work....

Hi Rod

Beautiful craftsmanship and work...

Take care, Mike

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 03-04-2012, 01:41 PM
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  • greyhawk
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Beautiful. I love that birch, but the stone handles are great as well.

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 03-04-2012, 02:04 PM
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  • freddy
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Rod, they are all spectacularly beautiful.

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 03-04-2012, 06:26 PM
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A display of true craftsmanship! Beautiful brushes.

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 03-05-2012, 08:50 PM
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  • function
  • lavendarian
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That birch is amazing, nice work.

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 03-05-2012, 09:04 PM
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  • Rod_Neep
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Thanks gentlemen. I really appreciate your kind comments.

Cheers
Rod

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 03-06-2012, 04:10 PM
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  • Johnny
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Rod,

Absolutely stunning. I see one of your boar brushes in my future.

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 12-17-2012, 02:49 PM
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  • UFO
  • Artisan
  • Seville, Spain
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Precious handles, congratulations on your work
Sorry for my clumsy English translator of google

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 12-18-2012, 01:52 PM
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Beautiful looking brushes! The birch is my favorite.
Cheers

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 12-18-2012, 09:18 PM
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That is some gorgeous work sir impressive indeed

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 04-29-2013, 09:55 PM
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(03-03-2012, 04:02 PM)Rod_Neep Wrote: It is a tree that is found in Norway and Finland. It was once thought that the "squiggles" in the grain were caused by a type of beetle larvae, but that has now been disproved, and shown to be a genetic thing, and the tree has now been given its own name.

It is pretty rare, and hard to come by.... and expensive!
This little "log" 7" diameter cost me around $130.... but there are quite a few shaving brush handles in it.

[Image: mat-masurbirch-03.jpg]

[Image: mat-masurbirch-06.jpg]

That log has already been rescued from my wife carrying it into the house for the woodburner. Rolleyes
I had to cut it by hand, because I couldn't find anyone, even a lumber yard, who would cut it for me on a bandsaw. They claimed that it was too dangerous or too hard to attempt to cut it. One slice took about 45 minutes to cut through with a hand saw. Biggrin

It has been worth the effort though, as the wood not only has that interesting squiggly pattern, but it moves in the light like a hologram too. (Kind of like fiddleback maple, but on a larger scale).

[Image: g2-masurbirch1-200.jpg]

Cheers
Rod

It's a superb wood. I have used it to make knife handles and scales. It has marvelous chatoyance and when finished like you have done , is just plain trippy to look at. Enjoy!

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