Green brush & shovel

  • $3800

Auckland-based Browns Brushware has started supplying brushes from its heritage range, to Kerikeri’s historic Stone Store and now Heritage New Zealand's online store!

The Kiwi manufacturing legend started trading in 1879 unveiling a line of locally made brushware at an expo in Gore celebrating the first train trip from Dunedin to Invercargill. The company has been making quality brushware ever since – 143 years in all. 

Intriguingly, the company’s ‘Superior’ line of brushware was used in the Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1957 led by Sir Edmund Hillary. Certificates of authenticity were issued by the Ross Sea Committee certifying that ‘J.F.Brown and Sons’ were supplying brushware ‘...being used in the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1957’ – a historic connection to Kiwi polar exploration that is treasured by the company. 

The natural raw material renaissance is no stranger to Browns Brushmaking craft. They have historically relied on these as a staple for construction of Brooms and Brushware, more so prior to the mid-century plastic revolution. For the most part and apart from special applications the wood, natural fibres and cast and pressed iron and alloy have Superior attributes and an ecological advantage over many synthetic products. The focus on how to maximise performance and sustainability and minimise waste is integral to Browns stepping back in time to move forward with a focus on their supply chain composition and ethos. All the usual apply, timber from managed resources, Agave, coco and palm fibre, iron, alloy and wire.

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