My favorites are skunk, elk, and deer.
I have had a skunk tail brush for over 25 years now-I took a photo of my collection-you can make your own-its easy-1st look for some fur-you can buy it I’m sure on the net but for me its road kill-. The skunk tails need to be hung outside for at least 6 months to air-Deer and elk do not need this-use the longest fur for brush making-I have a few hunter friends who bring me deer and elk-No body ever brings me skunk tails-for that carry some rubber gloves and a paper and plastic bag in car/truck, and a very sharp knife.
I like bamboo and we grow all kinds on the property- but one can buy it at a garden store-then cut it down in segments-I like the built in bucket hangers if you leave the branch nubs on the bamboo-see some in photo
That way brush hangs off glaze bucket lip
I like to wrap the fur at connection point with sail seizing twine from a marine store-usually this is waxed (like westmarine.com). This stuff holds up over the years of wet and drying. I coat the ends and the twine with a two-part epoxy like the slow set JB wield. The other trick is leave along tag line on the wrap, which goes up thru, brush handle and becomes the hang loop. Depending on the bamboo segments this can or cannot work. You will need to drill hole in top for hanger and larger one in bottom of bamboo for hairs.
I also screwed some metal hangers in tops as well to hang from.
These brushes last longer if you hang them up at end of day so they dry.
I do not have the process digitalized in photos so you will have to think these steps thru but it is easy. -Plus learning will make them better each go round.
I put a few cone boxes in for scale, as these brushes are big boys.Anyone notice the old short orton cone box-name the decade for bonus points.
So start collecting fur and build your own-My family has collected brushes for me from trips to Japan/China/Eastern block countries back in the 70-80s and none are as nice as the ones you can make yourself. Start looking when you drive in the country
This post has been edited by Mark C.: 25 February 2012 - 04:49 PM