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February 5, 2011

Gilder’s Tip

I made one of these years ago and don’t know where it went.  So I bought a badger knot [for making a shaving brush, which I obviously don’t use] from Woodcraft and am cutting it up to make gilder’s tips and badger hair brushes.

I used a hair stacker than laid out a single file of hairs and glued them using fish glue to some nice laid card stock paper and put it under clamp.  I add a bit of glycerin in the fish glue to keep it flexible.  I am going to make more of these tips in case anyone is interested. 

My gilding kit is compleat again; gilder’s cush, with parchment wind screen, leaf knife and dog tooth [agate] burnisher {with leather sheath} and a gilders tip.  After I took the picture, I brushed the gilder’s tip in my hair to develop the static charge and flattened out that piece of gold leaf that had rolled on the corner when I opened the book of thin metal leaf.



  1. Okay, I give. What’s a hair stacker?

    Comment by wilbur — February 5, 2011 @ 7:41 am

  2. Wilbur,

    A hair stacker is a small tool used by people who tie artificial fishing flies. It consists of two parts, a cone/funnel that goes inside a larger heavier base. The hairs are cut off and put pointy end down into the stacker. It is then struck several times to the bench to settle the hairs and line the tips up. The cone/funnel is carefully removed and the ‘stacked’ hairs extracted.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 5, 2011 @ 8:19 am

  3. Wilbur,

    Here is a drawing of a hair stacker. It has a piece of leather on the bottom to protect the bench.



    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 5, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  4. I’m kind of curious about how somebody harvests hair from a badger. They are not the friendliest of beasts. Or maybe they just trap and kill them?

    Comment by Joe Cottonwood — February 5, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

  5. Joe,

    I take it you have encountered a badger in the wild. I would not want to approach them. I think that they raise these badgers for their hair.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 8, 2011 @ 8:41 am

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