The Making of an Escoda Brush

By Nicole Tinkham

As an artist, you learn to appreciate the process of how a piece of art comes together. However, most of the time, we go into our creative spaces, get in the zone, and just start creating. Do you ever stop and think about how much work went into the making of the products we use? Last week, we had the pleasure of watching Ricard, a second generation paintbrush creator for Escoda paintbrushes, hand craft one from scratch. If you’re familiar with Escoda, you know that they produce a wide range of quality brushes in a variety of signature sets, fine hair and white hog bristles as well as synthetic brushes, and specialty brushes (lettering, ceramic, stenciling, etc.). If you paint regularly, you know the importance of quality products and now you can see how your favorite brush is made! Two reps from the Escoda family stopped by Keeton’s and demonstrated how the famous brushes are made. The video is at the end of this blog but first let’s talk about the history of Escoda and what makes these brushes so special.

The Escoda Past

Josep Escoda Roig opened a brush factory in Barcelona in 1933 with a vision to create fine artist brushes. Even when it was difficult to obtain materials, the company remained strong and today produces about a million brushes a year. The passion of creating the best brushes in the world has been passed down from Josep Escoda to his two sons Josep Jr. and Ricard.

The Escoda Difference

Escoda brushes have a triple crimp design (a trademark of Escoda) that ensures the furrule will stay in place for a lifetime of use. Each Escoda brush is made by hand using the finest hair. View the video below to see how it’s done!

We were totally mesmerized by the process and hope you were too. Can you believe that every Escoda brush is made by hand? We are doing our best to get you more product videos but we need your help. What should our next video feature? Leave a comment below!


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