About two months ago, I was traveling for work, and on my way back home, I stopped off at several antique stores in a town 75 miles away from me. Inside one of the stores, I asked the proprietor if she had any old razors or shaving brushes for sale. She didn't but one of the customers perked up and he said he did. I told him that if he'd run home, bring back his goodies, I'd make it worth his time. I picked up 13 brush handles from him and various other goodies (he made me take 10 razors because he thought he was taking advantage of me).
Anyway, I couldn't help myself tonight. The kid went to bed and the wife's out of town so I had to do something with those old handles! I don't know what kind of knots I'll order for them, and don't know when I will have time to complete them, but at least I can share my excitement below:
I'll never be a photographer and lighting conditions at 10:50pm aren't the best, but I believe you'll get a good idea of how they look. I went to the store and bought a few items to help me along:
Drill press @ Harbor Freight
Polishing wheel for Rotary Tool @ Harbor Freight
Forstner bits @ Home Depot
I can tell you this, on my previous restores, I wish I could go back in time and use the Forstner bits. They are amazing and made short work of drilling out the old knot. In any event, I can't wait to clean these up more and put a knot in 'em.