A hake brush is a wash brush on a long, flat, wood handle. Useful for laying in smooth, even washes of paint (or water), hake brushes are also a popular choice for applying gesso, paste, varnish, or pottery glazes. Artists also use hake brushes for wetting surfaces and for absorbing excess water or paints. Hake brushes are generally made from high-quality goat hair, but may also be made from sheep hair. Access our Brush Charts for more information on types of paintbrushes, including brush shapes, fiber types, and measurements.