The Rituals: Clean Sweep

By Regina Connell.

The lowdown on brushes from Makers and Brothers

The lowdown on brushes from Makers and Brothers

Saw this, and had to share. It’s a bit of a follow up to my earlier piece on the virtues of specificity, and a more traditional take on spring cleaning.

I love a good hand brush and dustpan. And I’ve found that it makes all the difference in the world between a chore I avoid like the plague and a ritual I look forward to. A plastic brush with nasty-looking bristles will see me hanging back and hoping someone else will take care of it, but something out of wood that looks ergonomically designed… well, I’m your sweeper. (I do like my malleable plastic dustpan though: the fact that it can be made to angle in any necessary direction seems pretty genius to me.)

So I perked up when I saw that one of my very favorite sites—Ireland’s Makers and Brothers—had a lovely couple of pieces on brooms and bristles and what goes into them (and most importantly what to keep in mind when you’re choosing the right brush for the job.) In addition to stocking a nice little collection of brushes by Burstenhaus Redecker, Makers and Brothers helpfully gives you a run down on the various types of bristles that can be used to the different designs of the brushes.

What I love is that aesthetics are not an afterthought: the most beautiful brushes are sculptural, no longer purely functional. Swiffer has nothing on them. These tools need to be an absolute pleasure to use and to contemplate.

Makers and Brothers also includes this rather fabulous 1951 video that shows what went into—and still goes into—the making of a brush of the proper variety.

Brush Making (1951) from Makers & Brothers on Vimeo.

What I love is that this brush making is staying relevant in this crazy age of ours: why use that canned compressed air when these brush companies are helpfully designing brushes to get the bagel crumbs that somehow keep getting into your keyboard? Don’t you want a lovely wooden brush sitting by your computer? Yes, I thought so.

Change your tools, and you’ll change your life.


Makers and Brothers:

Other resources for brush fabulousness. Remodelista, Labour and Wait, and Iris Hantwerk.

Image courtesy of Makers and Brothers.



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