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:
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.
All times are shown in EDT (GMT -4) Eastern Standard Time
Tools & Materials Needed:
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.