Boar Bristles and Coad (wax) – I have them!

February 9th, 2011
I am now well supplied with actual boar bristles for the making of waxed ends used in shoemaking. The common substitute is monofilament fishing line, but once you work with boar bristles, you will never go back to monofilament! There is something about the natural fiber that makes the thread stick better, they’re splittable, and it’s what the old dead guys used. If you’re interested in some, drop me a note and we’ll talk!

I also have a large supply of synthetic coad (shoemaker’s wax) which I can make available also. At some point, I plan to actually make the real thing, and I already have all the ingredients, but there are a lot of projects to catch up on!

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13 Responses to “Boar Bristles and Coad (wax) – I have them!”

  1. Adrienne Descloux Says:

    Wowzers. Who keeps boars to shave these days?

  2. Simone Says:

    I’d be really keen to get some bristles if they are still available – would you be able to send them to New Zealand?

  3. raisedheels Says:

    Sure! I’ll drop you a note =)

  4. Ilya Says:

    Hello! Have you some bristles for me (Russia)

  5. raisedheels Says:

    Yes! I will send you an email to work out the particulars.

  6. craig ferguson Says:

    I would like to obtain boar bristles,would i have to take a certain amount.

  7. raisedheels Says:

    Great! I will drop you a note directly.

  8. Myles Says:

    Just curious if you had more information regarding waxes for leather finishing and protection? I want to create a black, waxed out (very matte, very rough) finish on my shoes/products and wondering how…
    You seem informed.


  9. raisedheels Says:

    Hi Myles, thanks for the comment. Starting in the 16th C., there is evidence for waxed leather boots and shoes, presumably where the grain of the leather is on the inside of the shoe, and the flesh side (well curried, of course) is on the outside, waxed with hot wax (probably beeswax) and rubbed down very well to give a smoother, but still matte, finish. If you don’t have a copy of Garsault’s 18th C. book, I can take a look and see what he says about waxed shoes/boots. The shoemaker’s shop at Colonial Williamsburg (available on Facebook) might also have some insight.

  10. Jim Says:

    Do you still have some boar bristles available.

  11. raisedheels Says:

    Hi Jim,

    Certainly – I’ll drop you a note with details. Thanks for the interest!


  12. Antoine Says:


    I tried to contact you through Etsy, but I may leave a note in there in case.
    It’s unfortunately very hard to find some in France. May it be possible to buy some from you ?


  13. raisedheels Says:

    It would be my pleasure. I will be sure to get in touch with you through Etsy (I saw your note there). Thank you for the interest!

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