White Horsehair Sumi-e Paint Brush with Driftwood Handle
This brush was made with driftwood from the North Shore of Flathead Lake and my premium white horsehair. The driftwood still has some bark on it. The bark has a rich dark black and red color. The handle is smooth and polished.
The brush ferrule was made with birch bark and bamboo. I soak the birch bark for several weeks, then form it to the bamboo, which creates an almost perfect fit.
The super-soft white horsehair bristle has great flex, strong spring, and will make a wide variety of marks, from wide/dynamic to very fine. The bristle has a slight taper around the out edges, and the bristle tips are naturally pointed.
The brush has:
- A leather hanging strap and wormwood bead
- The ferrule is natural birch and bamboo.
Traditional Sumi-e style tapered bristle head:
- The white horsehair is 4" in length and has a tapered shape
- The driftwood handle (including the birch ferrule) is 12" in length
My brushes are made to create a vast array of marks. When I make a brush I think about all aspects of the tool: how it looks, how it feels in the hand, and how it paints - to ensure that the end product is a true "fine art tool".