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Escoda Brushes - The Making of a Masterpiece

Dick Blick is proud to offer Escoda's entire line of brushes to our customers. Escoda, a Spanish company, has a tradition of fine brush making that goes back more than 70 years.

Escoda brushes were inspired by the desire of a Spanish working class man to hold in hand a tool comparable to what could be so masterfully displayed on canvas.

Only the highest quality raw materials are selected for Escoda brushes. Each Escoda "masterpiece" is painstakingly handcrafted using unique methods of production that result in long lasting, high performance brushes. Escoda brushes are designed to be long lasting tools, with exceptional points and an unmatched ability to maintain their original shape.

Each Escoda "masterpiece" is painstakingly handcrafted using unique methods of production to create a long lasting, high performance brush. That's why Escoda brushes are considered by many to be the finest brushes produced in the world.

Every idea has a birthplace. Escoda brushes were inspired by the desire of a Spanish working class man to hold in hand a tool comparable to what could be so masterfully displayed on canvas.

Josep Escoda Roig

Josep Escoda Roig
1902–1982

 

The year was 1933. Josep Escoda Roig and his wife Rosa assembled their first brushes in a space no bigger than a modified closet. Because resources were scarce, Josep had to resort to ingenious methods to find and prepare the fine hairs, bristles, and soldered tin ferrules he needed to produce his "works of art."

He found handles in lathe works specializing in the manufacture of textile accessories and umbrellas. A shoe-stamping machine was modified to stamp the handles of his brushes. To this day, the machine is still used for special commissions. Rudimentary cups, moulds, combs, scissors, and string were also employed. Soon, Josep established the first factory producing Escoda brushes for the fine arts and professions.

 

Escoda Family Today

Escoda Family Today

 

Today, a second generation of family members runs Escoda. To the Escoda family, the brush is a tool as important to the artist as the pen is to a writer, and the chisel to a sculptor. They still use the traditional philosophies that their founding father established. Each piece is handcrafted to precise specifications, without compromise for time or materials used.

 

Escoda Chunking White Bristle

Escoda Chunking White Bristle

 

Over 1.5 million handcrafted brushes are produced each year, in the same Spanish town. Indeed, almost two thirds of all the brushes used in Spain are hand assembled by Escoda's 30 expert craftspersons, with exports to more than 20 countries worldwide.

 

 

Hairs and Filaments

Hairs and Filaments

 

Only the highest quality raw materials are selected. The Escodas are always in the market, searching for the best possible sources. The ferrule is the essential element that holds the brush head in place and secures it to the handle. All Escoda ferrules are made of brass, a non-corrosive metal, the most durable material to use. Each brush if triple crimped for a straight, secure brush head.

 

Ferules

Ferrules

 

The artisan employs many simple tools, including string, scissors, pliers, combs, and small moulds, which aid in shaping the hair tufts before they are introduced to the ferrule.

First, the hair is spread out in the same direction so that the root and the ends do not get confused. The artisan then pinches together the amount of hair that experience dictates. Next, the tuft is introduced to the mould, and with successive small blows, the hair slowly acquires the desired shape.

The next step is a critical one. The tuft is removed from the mould, while the previous shape is maintained and improved upon. Two methods are used to accomplish this task. One is to tie the tuft by its roots. The other is to gently extract the tuft using fingertips to hold the tuft in place.

A soft blow forces the ferrule open, while skilled fingers and fingernails position the tuft. The paintbrush is now ready for the next step, which consists of pouring in the glue. This glue will hold the ferrule and tuft together.

Escoda builds a "memory" into each brush, specially curing each hair, so that artists enjoy a long lasting tool with exceptional points and an unmatched ability to maintain its original shape.

Escoda cures each brush to increase the spring and resilience of the natural hairs and synthetic filaments. This enhancement process is one of the most important and unique steps in brushmaking today.

Curing makes the brush more responsive. It gives it a sharper point and crisper edges, as well as the ability to return to its original shape.

We now have the most important part of the paintbrush, the tip. The remaining steps, like placing the handle, although important, remain secondary to this process.

Building Each Brush for Life

Building Each Brush for Life

 

The handle is custom made in Italy to Escoda specifications using a very strong and stable wood. Each handle is perfectly proportioned for a brush of its size, and receives up to five coats of lacquer for a beautiful look and comfortable feel.

Escoda employs a unique triple crimping method that produces the most secure ferrule/handle connection in the industry. The perfectly balanced handles include five coats of translucent lacquer for a handsome look and a terrific feel.

 

Videos
  • Escoda Artists' Brushes
    Escoda Artists' Brushes

    The Escoda family has been making some of the finest artists' brushes since 1933. Take a tour of the Escoda factory in Sabadell, Spain and see how these world renown brushes are made — by hand!

  • Escoda Chungking White Bristle Brushes
    Escoda Chungking White Bristle Brushes

    The Escoda family is known for crafting some of the finest brushes available. Escoda's Classico Chungking hog hair bristle brushes are a suburb tool for painting in oil or acrylic - this video explains why.

  • Escoda Tadami Synthetic Modernista Brushes
    Escoda Tadami Synthetic Modernista Brushes

    The Escoda family is known for crafting some of the finest brushes available. The Modernista is a synthetic bristle designed to replicate the feel of a Mongoose natural hair brush. See why these brushes are a great choice for acrylic and oil painters.

  • Escoda Kolinsky Sable Optimo Brush
    Escoda Kolinsky Sable Optimo Brush

    The Escoda family is known for crafting some of the finest brushes available. The Optimo series is a long handle brush made from a 50/50 blend of the finest male and female kolinsky sable hair to achieve the optimal results for discerning oil and acrylic artists.

 

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