Friday, July 24, 2009
the invention of the brush
early Wete'wetu work was inscribed upon wood or stone using a variety of methods, including chisels, burning brands, and knives. Eventually, an unknown scribe who grew tired of the intense physical labor required to complete such inscriptions hit upon the idea of using the juices of a variety of plants and berries, applied with a primitive brush made of bundled fibers of grasses or horse hair upon just about any surface, to create inscriptions. Though derided in his lifetime as a sloth and roustabout, this still unnamed scribe was eventually lauded for his time- and lavor-saving invention.