The long horsehair bristles of this brush sweep tabletop wood shavings and paper scraps away into the waste bin, and a smooth lacquered handle won’t give you any splinters.
Beech wood, from which the handle is made, is typically chosen for tables, floors, and other areas that endure a lot of traffic, so it's well-suited to frequent use. The horsehair bristles work fine on dust, but are best for larger scraps. The brush is easily washed out with mild soap and warm water.
The bristles of the brush are painstakingly attached to the wood handle with stainless steel wire, which is woven in and out of the holes to hold the bristles in place. The visually impaired craftsman who produces this brush has typically undergone 6 months' training with a master before beginning independent production, and most of the 30 craftsmen employed at the company have been making brushes for over 10 years.
Dust off the work table when you're done for the day. Push scraps that aren't big enough for the shop vac into the waste bin. In our office, we've found this brush works best for desks after a mass mailing, or after doing a little houseplant maintenance that leaves behind trails of potting soil. The bristles wash out easily. To clean, use mild soap. Rinse completely and air dry.
The manufacturer of this particular brush opened in 1975 to employ visually impaired craftsmen. The tradition of employing the visually impaired to make brushes began in 1889, with the opening of the Swedish blind association. The association prioritized vocational training for the visually impaired, in crafts such as brush making and basket weaving, among others.
Many of the artisans typically make about 7-8 brushes per hour, depending on the number of bristles the brush has. The company uses all natural materials: handles are usually made of oak, beech, or birch, while bristles are often made of horsehair, Tampico fiber, goat hair, or piassava (bass) fibers. About 30 members work together to craft each brush by hand, using century old Swedish construction techniques.
Table brush with 2 inch horsehair bristles. Beech handle is lacquered and smooth. Bristles are wired by hand by a visually impaired craftsman. 4.5 inch handle. Made in Sweden by a company that's been making brushes for 75 years.
- 9.5 inches total length (24 cm)
- 4.5 inch handle 11 cm)
- 2 inch bristles (5 cm)
- Horsehair bristles
- Beechwood handle
- Steel wiring
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