Course Horsehair Paint Brush with Antique Wood Bobbin Spool Handle
This brush will be made to order by Elizabeth. It will be a stiffer/course/rounded horsehair bristle that will make a wide variety of marks, and texture. The handle will be made from a vintage quill bobbin (the same or similar to the one pictured). The finished brush is surprisingly light (@2.5oz), it has metal caps on the ferrule, and at the end of the brush. The brush end also has a leather hanging strap. The ferrule also has metal rings, 3 in total. These handles are old, the wood has a nice patina and the metal ferrule will show its history.
- Handle: @8.5" in length
- Bristle: @2.25" in length
My brushes are made to make art :) - they are versatile, and a stiff blunt bristle head will be a terrific mark maker, offering the artist a ton of mark-making options.
Antique Wood Bobbin Spool History
"The Industrial Revolution (1790's - 1860's) was an important time in America's history. The Revolution brought about many changes in the labor and textile industries. On average women worked a 72-hour week with few breaks. The mill itself was a dangerous place to work with shuttles flying off looms, and a constant humid, 100-degree climate. In response to the poor working conditions, the women of the mills organized America's first labor strikes and formed the first labor unions.
Bobbins and the machinery they ran on were some of the greatest inventions of the Victorian Era. Developed as a way to manage heaps of thread, bobbins revolutionized textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution. Many textile mills had their own machine shops and their own favorite shape of bobbin which accounts for their varied designs. Traditional wooden bobbins have been retired from most current day manufacturing. Modern economics does not favor the use of wooden bobbins since a large degree of handwork is involved in making them and they are not well suited to synthetic fibers and high-speed machinery". (source Bemidji Woolen Mills)