10-16-2014, 08:27 PM
  • Shanman
  • Reserve Collection Squirrel Hair
  • NE Florida
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It all started with this brush, the gorgeous Oscar11 in smoke and black.

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I hounded the current owner Coyote, who kindly declined the offer to sell. I sent multiple emails to Oscar11, pleading to come out of brush retirement to make me the same brush, but with a twist. Denied. I contacted other artisan brush makers with some requests to make the replica, and was kindly denied again.

A recent BST thread of this brush made by Scott Pavkovich really got my me thinking about what I really wanted to have made. The flat "hornet rings" really struck a chord with me.

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Enter Doug, aka 55Dougie. I had seen a few of his brushes, and they really stood out as something special, his lathe work is fantastic. Even better, he casts his own resin. I contacted him and explained what I was trying to do, and he accepted the challenge! I sent him some emails back and forth, batting around ideas and ironing out specifics. I sent him my oscar11 brushes to use as a guide, along with a TGN Finest XH 26mm knot I'd been hoarding since 2011.

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He got to casting some colors for me...

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I went with #1 as it looked to be the darkest smoke I was trying to replicate. I sent him some crappy prototype drawings, spoke about what type of rings I thought I wanted, and he started cutting...

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The first lathe spin revealed an unexpected root beer color result. Not what we were going for, but I loved it!

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The bottom rod stock attached and turned...

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Rookie me didn't realize I furnished Doug with a 26x72 knot, so the resulting brush was a little larger in proportion to the Oscar I provided as a guide due to the taller initial loft of the knot.

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As you can see, the result of the unexpected root beer coloring was stunning...

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Focusing back to my original plan of the black/smoke brush, I order the correct 26x65 knot from TGN and ship it directly to Doug. Meanwhile, Doug is back on the lathe- this time we decide on beehive rings for that special "twist".

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Bottom half is glued and spun again...

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And polished up...

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And the knot set...

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Comparison shot...

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And the final glamour shots...

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I would like to thank Doug for such patience and willingness to make these awesome brushes from molded rod to final product, the pictures truly speak to his attention to detail and lathe talents. I am one happy dude.

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 10-16-2014, 08:52 PM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Very nice, Jeff.

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 10-16-2014, 09:12 PM
  • jamesrobson5
  • Chubby Chaser... Big Brush is Best!
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Beautiful! I would love to see a bloom shot. Biggrin
Thank you for sharing Jeff.

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 10-16-2014, 09:16 PM
  • Shanman
  • Reserve Collection Squirrel Hair
  • NE Florida
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Absolutely, as soon as I get them I will post some bloom shots. The root beer brush has the old TGN extra stuffed knot from 2011 that hopefully verges on gel tip status. I own an RV beehive of the era with the TGN xh hair from back then and it was a stellar batch of 2 band. Fingers crossed.

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 10-16-2014, 09:33 PM
  • refles
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So this is the brush you were mentioning, that's amazing work designing and creatively putting the pieces you like together. That's a real partnering there with Doug and yourself as it definitely didn't get produced overnight. Great skill craft with the lathe.

Thank you for sharing, pictures really show the painstaking time it took to design and assemble it..

Have to add I generally don't gravitate to beehives as I think the visual look is hard to get 'right', but that is a real looker there and I would love to add one to my nook Exclamation .. again congratulations to both parties.

Jeff, enjoy the lovely brush!

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 10-16-2014, 09:52 PM
  • JrReyes
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  • Ft. Worth, TX
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What a journey! Im glad to see that it all worked out for you in the end.

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 10-17-2014, 03:33 AM
  • Lando
  • This deal is getting worse all the time
  • Bellevue, WA
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very cool pictorial! and nice brushes there

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 10-17-2014, 03:48 AM
  • Coyote
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What great looking brushes Jeff!! Y'all did very well!! Persistence pays off again!!



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 10-17-2014, 05:01 AM
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Jeff, those are two beautiful and unique brushes with a great story behind them. Congratulations to both you and Doug.

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 10-17-2014, 07:54 AM
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Congratulations, Jeff! Now, you have two lovely brushes! Biggrin

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 10-17-2014, 07:57 AM
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That is beautiful man!

I so want this skill.

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 10-17-2014, 08:26 AM
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They look fantastic! Bespoke brushes are the best!

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 10-17-2014, 08:34 AM
  • CRAusmus
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Both of those brushes are gorgeous. Truly wonderful collaboration and awesome skill at the lathe.

Congrats to both artisan and owner...

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 10-17-2014, 08:39 AM
  • Shanman
  • Reserve Collection Squirrel Hair
  • NE Florida
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(10-17-2014, 08:26 AM)tailoredfamcam Wrote: They look fantastic! Bespoke brushes are the best!

Yes, quite the learning experience. I had no clue the knot loft you buy effects the outcome of the final brush size- especially when using translucent resins like these. Also, the resin looks one way when poured, another when cut, and another when polished. Add a dark opaque color up top, and it changes yet again!

Doug got so jazzed with my stuff, he even spun up one for himself!

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 10-18-2014, 03:20 PM
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Man, that look awesome Jeff. Makes me want to get one too.

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 10-18-2014, 04:41 PM
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Wow, this is very impressive Jeff. Some beautiful brushes here. Nice work!


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 10-18-2014, 06:50 PM
  • MaxP
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  • Des Moines, Iowa
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Hearty congratulations Jeff.

Very well done, both you and Doug.

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 10-18-2014, 10:14 PM
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Congratulations on two stellar brushes! Gorgeous!

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 10-18-2014, 11:35 PM
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I'm glad your happy with the result. It took a whole for you to get there!


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 10-19-2014, 01:58 AM
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Stunning work! Kicking up the brush acquisition disorder.

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