Designs in this sustainable wooden brush range have emerged gradually through the years, and this classic and functional vegetable brush is no exception. Handmade from oil-treated birch wood and ‘union mixture’ bristles - a mix of Tampico and Palmyra fibres. The refined concave shape feels good in the hand and gives a steady grip; the ‘union mixture’ bristles are naturally stiff, strong and water-resistant, making it a superb brush for scrubbing potatoes and root vegetables. Along with its durable and long-wearing design, it is pleasing to the eye with its hand-sewn detail of bristles, bound with stainless steel wire.
With simple care, these handmade brushes will age beautifully: clean the brush with liquid soap and warm water, leave to dry with bristles down, and once in awhile oil the wood with mineral oil.
- Made in Sweden
- LxWxH: 125 x 45 x 34 mm
- Oiltreated Birch / Union mixture
Leave to dry with bristles down. Occasionally oil the wood with mineral oil.
Wood grain can 'raise' after being wet for the first time - a light sand will remove roughness.
Made by Iris Hantverk, who hire and support visually impaired craftspeople to create many of their beautiful and functional products.
In the late 1800s a small brush manufacturing started out in Stockholm. It was a successful movement, so successful that it remains today. Now, as then, every brush is made by hand by visually impaired craftsmen. It brings new dimensions to the concept of sensitively made by hand.
Today we are 17 employees at Iris Hantverk. The core of the business is the brush binding manufacturing at Sandsborgsvägen, Enskede – here 6 visually impaired craftsmen from different cultures make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition. We also work with visually impaired craftsmen in Estonia. Like us, they too have a history strongly connected to the visual impairments movement.
Since August 2012, Richard Sparrenhök and Sara Edhäll run the company. In 2012 Social Departement withdrew the aid disbursed for depot activities for visually impaired craftsmen. That had been the main revenue for that function since the 1950s. Iris Hantverk’s owner at that time then decided to sell the company to us - both having worked for many years in the company and its management. We are both very glad to take over and operate on this company that holds so much history and tradition. We care very much for the craftsmen and the survival of the brush binding manufacturer. We believe that many like us appreciate the feeling and quality of a hand-drawn brush made of natural materials.