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Brush Making – Aspen Golann – Live Online

Jul 25, 2020 - Jul 30, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm $135
aspen golaan brush making

set of three handmade brushes

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set of three handmade brushes

woodworking table with three handmade brushes


Aspen Golann

Florida School of Woodwork Instructor, Aspen Golann

Brush Making with Aspen Golann

Live & On-Line

This is an easy starter class in the wonderful craft of brush making – both a fun and useful craft to get under your belt.

This is the perfect time to learn a new skill and create an awesome brush from the comfort of your home or workshop.  Learn to design and make your own elegant brushes for home and shop use. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new way to apply a lifetime of woodworking experience, brush making is an exciting and accessible craft. 

Learn along with other woodworkers as you participate in this live video conference class taught by Aspen Golann while you chat with your classmates from around the nation and world in real-time.  There is a lot of interaction, and you’ll get to watch and engage with Aspen as she leads you through the process of making these awesome brushes.  It’s as close as you can get to sitting at her workbench with her.

The class is split into manageable sections of approximately one and a half hours online followed by work periods where you will work in your own workshop.

This class will help you hone your carving skills, flex your design muscles, and blend function and sculpture.

We will cover:

  • wood shaping,
  • fiber choice,
  • brush construction,
  • angled drilling,
  • design, and traditional and modern carving techniques.

We will also touch on bleaching & ebonizing, sharpening, and adhesives. 

We will cover all of the technical and design principles you need to know to design your own brushes from scratch. We will also survey a broad array of utensils from throughout history to inspire your design ideas – we will also discuss newer examples of experimental and non-functional design. All levels welcome.


The class is for all levels of experience and everyone is welcome.

We’ll have a “Tech Check” call a few days before the start of the class for you to verify your connection and get familiar with Zoom if you need to.

You’ll also be invited to join our private Facebook group where you can chat, post questions, and get advice outside of class hours.  Come and join the quarantine team!

Finally, will we record each day, so that you can refer back to it as you work through your assigned tasks and homework.

Class Schedule & Times

The class is broken up into sections over four days. Plan on attending all of them all, just like you would in real-time.

  • Sat July 25th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Sun July 26st, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tues July 28th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thurs July 30th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All times are shown in EDT (GMT -4) Eastern Standard Time

Tools & Materials Needed: 

  • A laptop with a camera and wifi connection
  • Drill or drill press with 3/8th brad point drill bit
    • Two squares (any size) anything from an old framing square to a Starrett will do
    • Two mirrors (any size) that you can move around will do the trick
  • Something to hold your handle steady while you are drilling: Vice OR Handscrew and clamps
  • Shaping Tools
    • Essential:  Rasp (half round) and a File (half round)
    • Very useful:  Bench chisel (1”) and/ or a Small spokeshave
  • Piece of scrap plywood for sizing holes and for use as a backer board (eg.1/2″ plywood approx 10 x 10″)
  • Tape – Just a piece of blue tape or colored electrical tape
  • Sandpaper 80 (2-3 sheets) 120-600 (1 @)
  • Sanding Block: Piece of scrap hardwood or similar to wrap sandpaper around
  • Sanding Sponge: Any grit is fine
  • Extra thin CA glue This is the brand that I like
  • Epoxy: Standard hardware store 5-minute epoxy 
  • Wood finish – your choice.  I like Rubios Monocoat and Salad Bowl Finish, with a coat of carnauba wax

We will mail you a package of Tampico fibers that are used for making the “brushy” part of the brush, brass tubing, a card pattern stock, and a walnut wood blank for the brush handle.


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