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hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Postby steven pole » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:07 pm

Hi. I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can buy a small number of hogs hair bristles? They where used when sewing soles onto turn shoes.
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Re: hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Postby sally » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:48 pm

We always used to just gently pluck the old boar at Cosmeston when we needed any, but sadly he's long gone and the current piggies arent hairy enough :D



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Postby steven pole » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:56 pm

Hmm, I need to find some wild or old breed boars then.



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Re: WANTED: hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Postby Neibelungen » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:38 pm

Standard 30 or 40 lb hard nylon monofilament fly fishing line works exactly the same as bristle for sewing with and learning to thread them.

You might be able to get them from specialist shoemaking supply houses rather than the general leather shops. Leather & Grindery Supplies might have some otherwise I think the cordwainer's college should be able to provide you with a list of specialist sources.

Algeo Ltd sells 100g sets of prepared nylon and fine steel bristles, which are pretty much the standard used in bespoke shoe work these days. You can still get them from india but your looking at £150 kilo and a 10kg order unless you can find a commercial distributer that will do small scale.

Hog bristle from paintbrush manufacture isn't really the size and stiffness thay you require for shoemaking, but would probably pass for generally leatherwork, considering 12 to inch is standard sewing work for period shoemaking (1800's) then. (That said, modern leather isn't anything like the quality today that could cope with that standard)


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Re: WANTED: hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Postby Tod » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:16 am

I used to have a supplier but they have gone down the pan. Fishing line doesn't work very well, in fact I wouldn't bother. The plastic type that are designed for sewing are OK but no good for LH. If you want some I think I may still have afew hidden some where.
I'll have an ask around but don't hold out much hope. The only thought I've got is to ask Martin the next time he skins a boar. They have to be thick and strong its usually the ones from between the shoulder blades.



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Re: WANTED: hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Postby steven pole » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:00 pm

Thank you Tod. if you do have a few around, I'd buy them from you.If you can't find any I'll ask Martin if he can help.
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Re: WANTED: hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Postby latheaxe » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:49 pm

Steven, dont' know where you live so i cant have a look.. try putting boar farm and the area you live in the search engine, you may get lucky or if there not near you contact a boar farm and they will likely send you some.If you have no luck let me know as there ia a boar farm nearish to us and i could ask there... :D :D



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Re: WANTED: hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Postby steven pole » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:52 pm

Thank you for looking lathaxe, I have been sent some bristles now and they are excatly the right sort.



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Re: hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Postby colliander » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:06 am

For those who are looking for hogs hair bristles. They are called "setole per calzolaio" in Italian and if you google that you can find suppliers. For example "http://www.actosc.it/". All the best from an amateur shoemaker in Lausanne.




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