By special request, we'll be taking a look at brushes for use with glue this week. It seems a natural progression from the last topic, so here we go!
To be honest, I knew nothing about brushes for applying glue in bookbinding prior to researching this topic. I've been using a cheap little flat brush which has served me well. But now that I know there are other options available I'd like to try some of them out.
First I looked around to see if there were any professional bookbinders making recommendations for brushes. As we saw in Peter's Goodwin's YouTube video entitled "Glue", he uses a round brush, hollow in the center, which holds glue inside it. He referred to it as a "Turk's Head" brush. I was unable to find a supplier in the states for this brush. (Anyone?)
Here are some suppliers and the brushes they offer:
Brush Bookbinder's Round 1.5 inches - Traditional round bristle bookbinding brush. Natural hog bristles with aluminum ring reinforced and long narrow handles. Brushes hold a large amount of glue.
Shepherds Superior Brush - Archival Paste Brush. No metal parts, reduces contamination. String ferrules. Very Durable and suitable for all adhesives. Clean with warm water after use.
Comes in sizes ranging from 2-28.
Standard Glue Brush - With grey bristle and a plain wood handle. The brush head itself is bound with wire or 'bridled' to give a greater attack when gluing. These must be cleaned properly after use as the metal parts can start to rust which in turn can lead to contamination of your glue. Comes in small, med, large sizes.
The Paper Studio - Sells both flat and round brushes.
If you have a great brush supplier you'd like to suggest, please let us know by adding a comment. Opinions welcome!