The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts


Brush making


The making of brushes for painting, shaving etc.


Status Endangered
Craft category  Animal
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required  1-5
Current no. of trainees  0 (See ‘Issues affecting the viability’ for further details)
Current no. of skilled craftspeople  4 (G.B Kent & Son); Unknown (Winsor & Newton)
Current total no. of craftspeople  Two businesses





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.
  • 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.


Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known


Other information