Black Ivory (Mpingo) shaving brush
An imperfect brush; nature has done its bit to put this piece of timber through its paces, but the character of this turning really presents itself. This brush would look and work amazingly well in any African lodge themed bathroom. Tall, heavy and made for robust hands, it will talk to you if you are the chosen one... Black Ivory or Mpingo is some of the scarcest wood around in South Africa, the trees are small and takes decades to grow to a usable size. It is a wood with very fine texture and high in oil content, it absorbs very little from the surface and requires minimal maintenance. Timber pieces normally have fine cracks running throughout the core and flawless pieces are extremely hard to find, commanding a very high premium. Luckily the natural growth and composition of the wood prevents this from presenting any structural problems, most wood harvested from a tree is perfectly useful for all sorts of projects. This brush weighs in at 82 grams and stands 137 mm tall with a best badger knot set at 60mm.