View Full Version : Creating is My Passion

10-17-2013, 10:57 PM
While I was letting some sayas get all glued up, I decided I wanted to make a shaving brush. I'll be setting in a 22-24mm knot, at a nice and low 48mm, give or take. I can't stop holding this piece, and looking at it. It feels damn nice in hand, and to be honest, I just love making things - useful things.

Here's the handle, all finished up. It's much shinier in real life, but the lighting in my kitchen is only average, at best. :) It's one solid piece of ebony, and yes, I'll be selling these when I get them made, sporadically. Well, likely not this one....


Let me know what you think!

10-18-2013, 12:06 AM
Just because...I don't own a lathe. :D

Baby Huey
10-18-2013, 12:44 AM
Awesome. I would probably pick one up. Great work.

10-18-2013, 12:46 AM
I'd need it a little longer. Then it would be a dandy little club to tap hubby's forehead to get his attention...

10-18-2013, 08:47 AM
Nice! Show us a pic when you set the knot. I wonder if Dave's board wax mix would be practical for wooden brush handles?

10-18-2013, 09:08 AM
I will, for sure. It might work, but something more along the lines of Danish Oil might be better. I'm still trying to decide what's best.

10-18-2013, 09:31 AM
I'd totally be interested in one of these. Beautiful work!

10-18-2013, 01:31 PM
From one that has a full beard.....doesn't it need bristles? Looks great.

10-18-2013, 02:14 PM
no lathe?

10-18-2013, 03:26 PM
Here it is all finished up. I got my stamp on the bottom and everything. :D

The knot is a Super Badger, with a 24mm x 48mm setting. As always, I'd love your thoughts.


10-18-2013, 03:29 PM
My thoughts? I think its beautiful Tom.

10-18-2013, 03:53 PM
You did that without a lathe? Are you nuts? ;) Looks nice.


Mucho Bocho
10-18-2013, 04:23 PM
Tom, You have my address correct? Oh you didn't say if it was for sale. If its not, you're going to have to make more. Very nice shape.

10-18-2013, 04:30 PM
Yeah, lathes are expensive, and I'm not in the business of making brushes...yet. :D

Thanks for the comments, guys. I really do appreciate them. I realized that this shape is basically the Stanley Cup, turned on its head. Who knew the coolest trophy in sports was such a practical shape?

Also, I do plan on making these for sale, when I need a break from knife/saya work, but I'm a bit lost on pricing. I'm no Rudy Vey (not even close), so it's tough to price them out, as a result of the increasing knot prices.

10-18-2013, 05:46 PM
Nice Brush, now lets have a matching razor!

10-18-2013, 06:19 PM
I have a Sheffield in need of some scales.... :D

10-18-2013, 08:07 PM
Great looking brush! well done Tom :)

10-20-2013, 05:23 PM
I think I'd be in for a sharpandshiny brush :D

Don Nguyen
10-20-2013, 11:15 PM
So Tom when are we going to see a SharpnShiny knife????

Michael Rader
10-20-2013, 11:24 PM
I might know a guy with a small, small lathe that would be perfect for those....

10-20-2013, 11:33 PM

10-26-2013, 06:54 PM
Here's another one I just finished up. I'm waiting on knots to come straight from the source, but this is made for a 22mm Finest Badger, and will be set around 45mm for a dream face-latherer. I had time while gluing up a couple sayas, and this happened. It's my take on a Persian Jar (one of my favourite shapes), made out of stabilized satinwood from Dream Burls.

As always, comments welcomed. Oh, and I still don't have a lathe. Haha.


10-26-2013, 07:07 PM
Looks great Tom. I have a TGN 22mm finest. Good choice. I sincerely like the handle.

11-12-2013, 05:32 PM
The last handle (PJ) went in the trash. It didn't end up being symmetrical, and well, it was boring. Michael Rader sent me a mini-lathe, as a gift, and I'm paying him back with a brush. He asked for nothing, but that would be awfully rude. Here's the handle I just made for him, today.


All pores were filled with CA, and it's been finished up to 800 grit wet/dry, with a bit of gunstock oil.

Let me know what you all think. Once my knots come in, this is getting a 24mm Silvertip Badger, set at about 48-50mm.

Thanks, guys!

Pensacola Tiger
11-12-2013, 05:57 PM
Nice handle, Tom! What's the wood?

11-12-2013, 07:59 PM
WOW... Tom these are amazing!

Now make a citrus reamer!

11-12-2013, 09:12 PM
It seems silly...just silly enough that I might actually do it!

And thanks, guys.

11-13-2013, 12:29 AM
Very stunning, Tom! But do I understand you correctly that the second one you posted a pic of ended up in the trash? I kind of kind the subtleties if its shape. Bah, what do I know?

And a citrus reamer would be awesome. Then maybe an oyster shucker!