The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts


Brush making


The making of brushes for painting, shaving, makeup etc.


Status Endangered
Craft category Animal
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Current no. of professionals (main income) 4 makers capable of hand-drawing brushes at GB Kent & Sons
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees 1 apprentice at GB Kent & Sons
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required





Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Market issues: Dependent on exchange rates to some extent but more to do with exporting products than importing materials.
  • Market issues: The core business is machine-made brushes and so the survival of the hand craft is dependent on the survival of the core business. Automation for the machine made brushes continues with the latest machines made in Germany.
  • Training issues: At G B  Kent & Sons, the only firm manufacturing clothes, shoe and shaving brushes, there are no trainees but, if needed, existing craftspeople at will train existing staff. Although new handmade brushes and restoring old brushes is important it would not take up an employee’s full day.


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