Make Professional Round Brushes from Squirrel Hair and Goose Quills

Examples of some liner and round squirrel brushes I’ve made.

I’m not going to lie- this is a bit tricky to get right and requires some patience. If you have some time to practice and a steady hand, I believe you can make fantastic liner and round brushes that would be great for a variety of mediums.

Here’s what you need:

  • Large goose feather quills
  • Hair trimmed closely to skin from 1 or 2 salvaged squirrel tails
  • sharp scissors
  • bookbinding linen thread
  • TiteBond 3 waterproof glue
  • small branches or sticks for handles
  • a sharp knife for carving
  • a jar with water
  • optional– sheet of silicone paper that adhesive wont stick to.
  • fine tweezers
Other successful tips made using different types of squirrel hair.

Published by Lucas Nickerson

Lucas Nickerson is a world recognized Portland-based fine artist. He specializes in whimsical work featuring animals, puns, and portraiture.

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