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Laboratoires Villefranche: Brochas
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Generally speaking, the ones who have time to waste tend to spend it with those who have not: and this explains my presence here!

When I could not renovate old furniture any more I had to find myself something to do.
Hence, I consulted the Oracle and the answer was: Brushes!

And I started making some for myself and some friends.
Later made some for a friend who is a soap maker here in Italy, but the trend, evidently, evolved toward something more elaborate I could not make.

After a couple of years I took the remaining ones to make myself a few brushes, so, most of the handles are yet to be finished.

The name of the 'maker' is due to a joke as I live in a Godforgotten hole in the flat in a slightly bigger Godforgotten hole South of Milan: Villafranca.
So the name has been Frenchified into Villefranche!
And 'Laboratoires' was, therefore, due!

And here we go, with my awful pictures!

The Cucciolo.

Cucciolo is the Italian for Dopey, the smallest of the Seven Dwarfs and this tall brush, obviously, deserved to be named so.
It has a 30 mm Silvertip knot mounted on a 130 mm briar root (walnut) handle.

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Here the brush caught while resting...

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The Cucciolino
Which means 'Little Cucciolo' and is, actually, of more conventional dimensions.
It has a 24 mm Silvertip knot mounted on a Padouk handle.

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Next comes...

The Fridge

Named after pro football player of many years ago. But I have seen the nickname has been recycled for other skinny athletes.
The one I remember was a short 6 ft black guy: when an opponent smashed with his helmet into his stomach... he barely moved!
Quite impressive...
And I am celebrating him!

It has a Manchurian Finest knot mounted on a Tigrano handle.
And this is for personal use only!

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Going into space...

The LEM

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I do know it does not look like the original, but it recalled me the shape of something space related...
I do not remember now the name of the wood, but, the least i write in English, le less mistakes I do!
Do... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Lather!



Next is a cousin of the Cucciolino, but I named it...

The Marilyn

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Guess why!


Wish I remembered the name of this wood...

For sole relaxing time, I made

The Tee

The name, to my eyes, came spontaneously!

This is my personal one...

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And this in two different woods.

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Should anyone be thirsty, I can provide

The Amphora

But can't grant for the wine...

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But... tempus fugit, and we better measure it:

Le Sablier (The Hourglass)

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The next is one I often use and dedicated to Ayrton Senna

The Senna

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Too hard explaining why it got this name: jus a pun in Italian!


And another one in green: made on commission for someone who wanted to enclose a little badge in it and never claimed it!

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And, bless you, here comes

The Bishop

inspired by a chess piece

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You thought I'd give up?
You're wrong!

To toast, her is

The Goblet

Small and undergoing finishing, as I write

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I do not remember the kind of wood I have used...
But i tried to give it rough looks.


And to make life sweeter...

The Honeypot

in briar root (walnut) mounting the same Silvertip knot.

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The next brush is personal and named it after a girl who likes snakes as muxh as i do.
If you do too... enjoy this!

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Too bad the director shows too little of the snake...
It's weird, but any time it happens to see this I feel a compulsory need for a glassless tequila shot...
And, useless to ask me... yes: I do hate Tarantino!

The Salma Hayek

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I know it reminds of a chess piece, but I cannot carve Salma's shape into wood: I am not Antonio Canova!

Ze nechst brush iz teticated to anpzer skinny guy...

The Schawarzy

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Hope he won't join the Tyson an bully around!
Handle is in Amaranto (because of the color): however I think it might be just the Italian name...

To enlighten one's life...

The Torch

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You may think to Mr. Eiffel and the Statue of Liberty on the 4th od July or just the Olympic games...

Handle in Tigrano wood.
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Nice brushes
Thanks for sharing
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Thank you for your kind comment!
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Man , you made a lot of handles , my friend

Amigo , hiciste un montón de mangos de brochas.

Very well done

Muy bien hecho

Thanks for sharing

Gracias por mostrarnos tus creaciones

Yo no tengo idea de nada y , además , puedo demostrarlo.
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Alfredo, prima...congratulazioni !! Avete qualcuno di quei pennelli in vendita?
Buona notte!


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Very nice, there are a few I really like. My only complaint is the finish, it looks a water based varnish to me, too glossy and masks the beautiful grain in the wood. I prefer a matte finish, try tung oil or a wiping varnish that usually is a blend of polyurethane with tung oil.
Yo solo sé que no sé nada.
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No hay nada como hacerse uno mismo las cosas, enhorabuena
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Thanks to Sergio (alias AlfredoT), me too I've a gogeous Villafranche brush.

Aceshaving "SS103" Silvertip Laboratoires Villafranche 29x55x185mm
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Hermosa foto.
Yo solo sé que no sé nada.
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Quotes in this message are blocked to guests. Please Login or Register to see the quotesI get the suggestion of writing in two languages, Teiste, but i can't as for spanish I use an online translator as... having seen how it rapes translations I do not trust its conversion into Spanish.

These were the samples for an Italian soap maker who added some shaving equipment to his line of soaps, but, first, he chose for more articulate handles and, second, I cannot work any more.
Just do some finishing...

Thank you Tesite!
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' My only complaint is the finish, it looks a water based varnish to me'
No water base finish...
The fault is mine as I like them glossy!

Some want a matte finish and I did it, but, as i said, i prefer them shiny.
I did some with tung oil but never used ir in combination with a urethane varnish

'too glossy and masks the beautiful grain in the wood'
Somme times it happened, right!
But some still show the grain...

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Gracias Viala!

¡Todos los muebles de mi casa son viejos y restaurados o renovados por mí!
Pero ahora no puedo mas porque soy ciego de un ojo...
La madera, como dice Alejandro, tiene hermosas venas!
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Your welcome. What it's nice about wiping varnishes is you can apply it with a rag; easy, fast and no mess. The one I use most of the time is a mix of polyurethane and tung oil, it does not give the thick and durable finish that varnishes provide but I still prefer it.
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I’ve enjoyed the naming of the brushes a lot, funny post and nice brushes. This image is blocked to guests. Please Login or Register to unblock itLinks in this message are blocked to guests. Please Login or Register to unblock themalt="Clap" title="Clap" class="smilie smilie_43" />
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Which of my handles you'd see in a matte finish?
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It was meant not to be heavily serious: an't stand people taking themselves seriously. And it's different from being serious...
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The first handle, the one with acromegaly, the wood is beautiful.
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It's the very first one I made for myself!
It's walnut briar.
But it is only protected from water...
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