I normally just make custom straights but recently have been tinkering with shaving brushes, and I have been loving it! Turning on the lathe is so therapeutic, I could and have spent hours on it!. I started off with polyester resin making my own blanks, but found it difficult to turn ( really chippy) and also was shocked how fragile it is, one drop on the floor and it's all over! So have moved on to alumilite which is great it turns well, polishes well, and more importantly does not shatter when it comes into unison with the bathroom floor!. My last couple have pine cones cast into them which in loving. Cheers gents Ed.