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I bought a reprint of a book on Mission Furniture by H. H. Windsor a while back. The original articles were written 100 years ago. In the instructions for finishing some of the items the author talks about rubbing the finishes with "hair cloth or curled hair". Does any one know what these items might be called today?

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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hair cloth.. maybe this?

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curled hair... other than the obvious... no idea!

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That could be it. It sounds like it might have been coarse and/or bristly which would have made it good for rubbing old style finishes.

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I know that professionals use burlap which is more readily available for this purpose.
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In my 2nd woodshop class (7th grade-1964) I made a foot stool. My shop teacher got me Horsehair to stuff it with for padding. It was wrapped in cotton and laid onto the plywood to provide the cushion and tacked, then the upholstery was pulled and tacked over that. My shop teacher said it was very durable and it was used in buggys and carriages for padding where it retained its shape even after getting wet.
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Rebuilt several old chairs for customers. Put the old stuff right back in because it'd almost indestructible. A few of those chairs were 80-100 years old.

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