The handle making has been progressing slowly even by NT standards but I thought I would give an update on the joys of handle making and show my latest handle.
Brush 1 - It has been in continuous since the middle of last month and is now well and truly broken in. During the breaking in stage the Golden Nib boar was nice to use even if the first couple of uses required a bit more elbow grease than normal to get a lather. Even with my lack of being able to smell I felt it was about ten shaves before the boar smell disappeared (If you ever wondered why I'm not into all the pretty smellies in the soaps and lotions you blokes use it's simply because I cannot smell them so I don't bother). A beautiful brush to use and the handle is very comfortable but; there's always a but. The Tru-oil has started to fade; water still runs off but I think I'm going to have to give it a break soon and retreat the handle.
Brush 2 - It is waxed up and ready to receive the knot. Looks fantastic even if I do say so myself.
Brush 3 - As I inferred earlier with this handle, I don't have a lathe so the world is my oyster. I don't have to make the handle round so I can let my imagination run wild and leave round handles to those who have lathes. I just love the feel of this handle and because it's drilled to the same hole size as Brush 2, I'm thinking it might get that knot. The one thing holding me back is that the cheap timber I used has a flaw in it that I feel may chip out.
Brush 4 - Budgeroo timber. Don't ask me, I hadn't heard of burgeroo either but it appears that it is a timber that grows in western Queensland but not in commercial quantities. Again I had a vision and carved the handle to that vision. Feels very good in the hand but I thought I would try a clear polyurethane coat on this one. We'll see.
Isn't boredom a terrible thing. I didn't have much on yesterday and I didn't feel like mowing the lawns so I decided to cut the tip off the buffalo horn and then carve a knot holder to suit. To my pleasant surprise the tip was solid where I cut it off. Even with my lack of smell the horn absolutely stinks when the Dremel tool starts on the horn itself. It's a good thing my wife is not here at present. I'm now in think mode again as to whether to use the Tru-Oil and Neatsfoot oil or a polyurethane finish. Present thinking is to stay with the Tru-oil/ neatsfoot combination. I think I would like a contrasting colored spacer at the join of the buffalo horn/ wood.
If I can squeeze a little bit more solid out of the horn I will be able to carve a full buffalo horn handle.
I've now mounted the 25mm Golden Nib High Mountain knot into the second handle I made. It feels good to use but like an idiot I didn't take the first brush out of the bathroom and found myself continually reaching for the 27mm boar. I like that brush.
I finished the buffalo/ oak head handle yesterday and fitted it with a 24mm Golden Nib Boar. Look out tomorrow, I'm taking it on its maiden run. Also yesterday I glued another 24mm Golden Nib Boar into the bush wood handle.
Its been a couple of weeks now since I started using the long handled buffalo tipped brush so it's about time for an update. I'd made the brush and decided to use it without even thinking how this long handled brush would/ could be used. Without thinking about its use, the brush just naturally fell into a natural pen hold position. I'd like to say that the finger hold shown in the photo were designed that way but in truth, it was not in my calculations. The bump was designed as a stand to keep the knot off the bench, it's just one of those luck breaks we have every now and again that worked so well. Using the pen hold position I have complete control of the brush and can cover the face without any trouble. I actually like it. After the first three shave I noted that the Golden Nib boar was becoming quite floppy, very unboar like. I'm now not soaking it before use but if it continues to loose backbone, out it comes.