Bristle and Handle Sizes
Most of my brushes are made with bamboo cane handles. The opening of bamboo varies in size or diameter along with the overall diameter of each piece of bamboo. Each bristle is custom made for each piece of bamboo and I try to match the size of the bamboo’s opening as closely as I can to the size of the bristle. Due to this and in the interest of offering high value to my customers, rather than using the traditional brush sizing method, I offer basically 4 diameters of bristles. They are noted below.
Brushes “Itty Bitty” Bristles range from about 1 to 2 millimeters in diameter.
Brushes with Small Bristles range from about 2 millimeters in diameter up to about 4 millimeters in diameter.
Brushes with Mid-Size Bristles range from about 5 millimeters in diameter up to about 9 millimeters in diameter.
Brushes with Wangi Bamboo Handles are Mid-Size Bristles These range from about 7 millimeters in diameter up to about 9 millimeters in diameter.
Brushes with Large bristles range from about 10 millimeters in diameter to 13 millimeters and upward.
Brushes with XL bristles range from about 14 millimeters in diameter and upward.
Each brush is hand made and so all sizes are approximate and measured by my eyes.
Exceptions from the sizing noted above includes some of the more exotic and hard to find bristle materials i use, and some of the brush types I call “Special Brushes.” In these instances the rarity of the materials changes the typical nature of brush size.
Some brushes made from Wangi Bamboo, Bamboo Rhizome, Hardwoods and Burl fall into the general category of Special Brushes, and are sized accordingly.
I try to more or less standardize handle lengths, but like the bristle diameters above, there are variations due to aesthetic purposes and due to the nature of bamboo materials. Because of these variables, the lengths are roughly as follows.
Small Size bamboo cane handles may be between 4″ and up to about 8″ in length. Some people really like shorter handles and some like longer. The cane diameter may between about
Mid Size bamboo cane handles may be between 4″ and up to about 10″ in length.
Large and XL bamboo cane handles may be between about 6″ and 12″ in length. They may also be up to about 1.5″ in diameter.
Wangi bamboo root handles may be between 4″ and up to about 8″ in length.
Rhizome bamboo root handles may be between 1.5″ to 2.5″ in diameter and between about 3″ and 6″ in length.
Hardwood handles may be between 1.5″ to 2.5″ in diameter and between about 3″ and 6″ in length.
And then of course i make brushes in other sizes. The nature of the bamboo drives my selection process. Each piece is a handmade and functional brush which many say are works of art. Some are designed as works of art that are also fully functional brushes.