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Iris Hantverk Brushes

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Iris Hantverk Brushes

We are very excited to have finally received our order of Iris Handverk brushes. These beautiful brushes are handmade in Sweden from local wood and all natural fibers. Traditionally, in Europe,  visually impaired craftsmen and women would make brooms and brushes by hand. Iris Handverk has continued this craft, designing brushes each with their own individual function.

These are the most comfortable, effective brushes we have ever used, and the fact that they are part of a centuries old tradition only makes them more desirable. The type of wood used for the handle and the natural fibers used for the bristles are chosen based on the designated purpose of each brush, so you can be sure that you are getting the best possible tool for your specific job.

pot brush

pan brush

Get your pan brush here.

bottle brush

glass brush

Get your glass brush here.

vegetable brush
vegetable brush

Get your vegetable brush here.

broom
hand broom

Get your hand broom here.

oval brush
bath brush

Get your bath brush here.

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Hamam Towels

We have just received a beautiful range of hand loomed Hamam Towels. These are the towels traditionally used in Turkish Baths such as the Çemberlitaş Hamam in Istanbul. They are still woven in the traditional manner on a metiers a tisser, or hand loom.

Çemberlitaş Hamam

Çemberlitaş Hamam

Çemberlitaş Hamam

Çemberlitaş Hamam

Our Hamam towels are 100% cotton and become even softer and more absorbent after they have been washed. They are also the perfect size for a lightweight throw, tablecloth or shawl.

Hamman Bath Towel

Hamam Bath Towel

You can see more pictures and get your Hamam Towel here.

Hamman Hand Towel
Hamam Hand Towel

You can get your Hamam Hand Towel here.

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Opinel

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A new batch of Opinel knives have just arrived at Brook Farm General Store. These knives, widely considered a design classic, have been made in the Savoie region of France by the Opinel family for over one hundred years.

Joseph Opinel

Joseph Opinel

Joseph Opinel invented the Opinel folding knife in 1890, and had sold over 20 million by World War II. In 1985 the Victoria and Albert museum included the knife in their exhibition, 100 Most Beautiful Objects in the World. 

Early Opinel Knife

Early Opinel Knife

The folding knife has hardly changed since its creation. Some safety features have been added including a lock ring.

Opinel No.8

Opinel No.8

We sell the classic No.8, which has a beechwood handle and stainless steel blade. Buy here.

Opinel knife with bone handle.

Opinel knife with horn handle.

We also have a fancier version with a horn handle. Buy here.

Recently Opinel have introduced a line of kitchen knives. We sell the Bread Knife and a set of assorted essential kitchen knives.

 

Opinel bread knife.

Opinel bread knife.

Buy here.

Opinel small kitchen knife set.

Opinel small kitchen knife set.

Buy here.

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Linen Day Blankets

So the Brahms Mount Linen Day Blankets have finally arrived, and they are just as beautiful as we hoped they would be…

Natural with Chocolate Stripe

Natural with Chocolate Stripe

Pearl with Natural and Pearl with Blue stripe.

Pearl with Natural and Pearl with Blue Stripe.

Natural with Red Stripe.

Natural with Red Stripe.

Linen gets better with age. The more you use it, the softer and cozier it becomes. It has natural antimicrobial properties, as well as natural wicking and insulating properties to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

This really might be the perfect blanket.

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Screwdrivers

After the hammer, screwdrivers are, perhaps, the most basic of tools. Everyone has one, and most people never really think about them. But cabinet makers and carpenters, who have been using screwdrivers since the late Middle Ages, know that a comfortable, well-made tool can make any job easier and more enjoyable. Traditionally, people made their own tools, and whether hastily crafted, or elaborate works of art, they were always made to fit the specific hand and requirements of the user.  Most tools today are manufactured by the thousand, with little or no difference between them. But the satisfaction that comes from doing a job well, with the perfect tool, has not dissipated over time. That is why we were so excited to find these wooden handled screwdriver sets with interchangeable heads. Made by a cabinet maker in England to traditional specifications, they are the only screwdriver you will ever need. The handles are gently curved and cured with linseed oil, which helps preserve and protect the wood as it slowly forms to the contours of your hand each time you use it. We think it is the perfect present.

No. 1 Set

No. 1 Set

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No. 2 Set

No. 2 Set

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No. 1 & 2 Set

No. 1 & 2 Set

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