When it comes to painting walls, doors, moulding or almost anything else around the house, pros and in-the-know DIY enthusiasts trust Purdy Professional Painting Tools to get the job done right. You’ve seen the iconic yellow wrapper at the hardware store but did you know Purdy got its start in the PNW?
Legend has it, S. Desmond Purdy started the company in a converted two-car garage in 1925 with the intent to make the best brushes on the market. Almost 100 years later, his namesake company is still crafting handmade paintbrushes in its hometown of Portland, OR.
“Every single brush has an individual brushmaker's name, so if you look at the front face of that ferrule, it’ll say Purdy and the person’s name. That person made your brush,” Mike Khabibulin said.
Khabibulin is a Purdy supply chain manager who says Purdy's craftspeople produce millions of paintbrushes every year. Those tasked with making Purdy’s most popular brushes have special tools and machinery to help them with some of the more tedious parts of the Purdy brushmaking process.
The most experienced Purdy brushmakers are responsible for creating Purdy’s specialty professional brushes. These brushes use varied blends of bristles and are precisely shaped and sized for specific types of paints, surfaces, consistent flow and professional paint-holding characteristics.
The workspaces used to create this line of premium painting tools contain no automation whatsoever, just a few fastidious craftspeople with practiced hands. Malaisone is among them creating a 3 inch oval shaped “Pip” brush.
“I’ve been here for 20 years," she said. "I stay because I love my job and I like the people, the people are great here.”
She effortlessly grabs a hand full of bristles, slides it into the metal ring known as a ferrule and combs the business-end of the brush to reveal a perfectly shaped painting tool. She makes it look easy.
But it's not. Watch the video at the top of this page to witness an amateur (me) attempting to make a "Pip" brush. Let’s just say Malaisone’s brush will get “Purdy” stamped on the handle and mine won't.
Evidence that when it comes to choosing painting tools its best to purchase those handmade by trained professionals. Preferably from Portland.