An excellent craftsman engages in a process that eventuates in a beautiful and useful object, and if the object is truly well made, it isn’t just beautiful and useful. It gets the job done well, too, without a lot of effort on the part of the user. Case in point: this scrub brush. Made of a strong beech wood handle, and abrasive Tampico fibers stiffened by calcium oxalate, this brush works very hard against surfaces, and the bristles maintain their shape even on the most difficult jobs. The bristles come from the Agave schottii plant of the Mexican desert, and are so rigid they're known in Mexico as “shin daggers." Tampico has been exported for centuries for its use in ropes and cords, and shorter cuts of it are well suited to scraping and scrubbing. Beech wood, for the handle, is typically chosen for tables and floors, and other areas that endure a lot of traffic. The wood is hard – 30% harder than teak - with a straight, uniform grain that wears well and stays smooth when subjected to repeated function. Some people have even used the scrub brush as a boot scraper, for the most mud-caked of boots.
Use this brush for your toughest surface scrubbing jobs. Wash the cement floor of the workshop, scrub the bottom of the tub, or scrape mud-caked boots. The brush is easy to clean with warm water and mild soap. Stand it on its bristles to dry to keep the wood from splitting. Oil as needed with mineral oil.
The manufacturer of this 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.
Flat scrub brush with coarse Tampico fiber bristles. 8” long, 1” bristles. Useful for tough scrubbing jobs, like the bathtub, the workshop floor, or as a boot scraper. Made by a visually impaired craftsman in Sweden. (more info)
8 inches long (20 cm)
5 inch handle (12.7 cm)
1" bristles (2.5 cm)
Tampico Fiber Bristles
Unoiled Beech Handle
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