Sunday, December 19, 2010


We think it's bad here in the UK. Well it's cold in China. Production of my new brushes has been delayed because it's difficult for badger hair to dry in extreme cold. And in North West China they are having their coldest spell for 60 years. The New Forest High Mountain brush should still be ready for an early January launch.

Friday, December 10, 2010

New Forest High Mountain 2221

I'm really looking forward to delivery of my New Forest High Mountain 2221 brushes. I have used this sample quite a lot now. The new brush will have a slightly flatter head than this. These photos show something of how well the brush looks after regular use - and the whiteness of the brush tips.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A new fan shape

I have been testing fan shape brushes. I was supplied with my manufacturer's standard shape. It was very good, but I preferred to have a slightly flatter shape. With lofts below 50 mm the normal fan shape tends to be similar to some bulb shapes. So a new fan shaper has been made. Here's a rather fuzzy photo I have been sent to illustrate the look of the new fan shape. This will be the brush head used in my New Forest High Mountain brush, due out in January. It's not completely flat but just enough to make a difference.

Just a little insight into the challenges of brush specification!

Brush head shapes

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas is coming

A big thank you to all my customers. When I started this venture I had no idea how it would go. The past few months have been a real eye opener about the commitment needed to run any small business from home. And this is tiny! There has been some hassle along the way but this has been wholly offset by the enthusiastic response from buyers. I cannot believe the amount of emails I now get, nearly all friendly and supportive. I have no idea how long I'll keep going. I will certainly bring out several new brushes next year and continue with some small numbers of locally made brushes. Then I'll assess future direction.
I'm going to take a little break now from posting here. The next major event will be the launch of the New Forest High Mountain Badger 2221 early in January - if all goes well!

Have a great Christmas season.