Hand Made Luxury Shaving accessories by Rodney Neep

 

MAKING AN ELM BURL
 SHAVING BRUSH

Stages in the making of a shaving brush

No mass production. Each brush is individually hand crafted. Every one of them is different.


 


Elm burl is particularly difficult to work with, as it is full of tiny holes and voids. The whole process takes much longer than a resin handled brush, or even a stone one.


A lump of elm burl, and a shaving brush blank cut to size and drilled out for the knot

The darker areas are where I have impregnated the hols and cracks in the wood with very thin viscosity superglue to help stabilise it ready for turning.


Mounted on the lathe and starting to turn the square block into round


Turned round. Note the voids and knots in the burl wood

 


The lower part of the handle turned down. Note the voids in the wood. These are sealed with extra fine viscosity CA glue which soaks right into the holes and grain.

There are some large voids that need to be filled

The handle is sanded, then coated with very thin super glue, and then whilst it is wet, the sanding dust is added at speed on the lathe.... which fills the voids.


The handle is then sanded smooth using various grades of sandpaper


Thye stub at the base is turned off, and a decorative groove has been cut into the base

Finer sanding


Final sanding down to 1200 grit

The first coat of acrylic finish is applied. 10 coats of acrylic are built up, and then sanded down smooth, working down to 2000 grit wet and dry, followed by wet abrasive pads, through to 12,000 grit, and finally a polishing paste. The acrylic finish is now a high gloss, and fully waterproof.

 

 

 



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