There seems to be quite a few TSDers making their own brushes now. Most seem to be turners using a lathe to make their handles, but others have carved or shaped their unique creations as well. I’ve been thinking of starting a thread to discuss different styles, techniques, tools, finishes, etc. Basically, I think a sharing of ideas around making brushes and other shaving related turnings and carvings can be really interesting and worthwhile. Not for accolades, per se, but so that we can learn from each other. Here are a number of my own brushes that I have kept: I’ve experimented with different shapes, but often have a lot of similarities in what I’ve made. I often use paint for effect, and have recently started to experiment with texture, as with the Chubby handle near the right edge above. I have also mixed materials a bit, with some brass ferrules (above) and resin/wood mixes (not shown). I also made the 30DC LE brushes that are posted on the forum pretty regularly. Mine is above, and I took a family shot of some a few years ago: As far as techniques- after rounding the stock, I use a four-jawed chuck to secure it below the bottom of the handle. I shape the brush the way I want it, and then I hollow out the hole. I used to use lathe tools to hollow the hole to custom specs, but now I use a sawtooth bit in a Jacobs chuck in the tailstock to make the hole more precisely, if not as uniquely. The handle is then parted off, and I turn it around and load it in an expanding Collett Chuck and hold it in the 4 jawed chuck and finish the bottom nicely. I used to use a homemade jam chuck, but these Collett Chucks are my new toys. Here is the 4 jawed chuck with a piece of Poculi just after the handle had been parted off: Here is the Jacobs Chuck with a 1 1/8” bit. A 28mm knot fits this well. I also have a 1” bit for 24mm knots. Any other size, I still hollow it out with tools. As well, here is one of my expanding Collett Chucks and you can see how it would fit into the hole. There is a hex key on the end that allows you to tighten it: So turners- what do you do? Use a jawed chuck? Use a screw chuck? Other techniques? How do you finish your bottoms? On the lathe or off? Hold the handle with a jam chuck? Collett Chuck? Any particular tools become favourites? Skews? Scrapers? Gouges? Anyone drill the holes on a drill press after you have shaped the handle? Before? Those of you who pour resins, any pics or techniques you’d share? Anyone turn handles ‘back to back’ two at a time? Any other materials besides wood or resin you have experimented with? You don’t have to give up your trade secrets, but I think there are folks who will find what you do interesting! I’ll write another post with shaving and lather bowls in a bit. Lets see what you’ve got!!!