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Title:
PAINT ARTIST'S BRUSH HOLDER APPARATUS AND METHOD
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/226544
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An apparatus and related methods for holding painting brushes, comprising: a painting brush housing; the painting brush housing comprising a tapered brush housing slot tapering from a wider end of the slot to a narrower end of the slot; and a pair of side housing suspensions suspending the painting brush housing at each end of the housing; wherein: when a handle of a painting brush is passed upward through the tapered brush housing slot from bottom to top with a brush head oriented downward, and with the brush handle inserted partway through the tapered brush housing slot, a user is enabled to press the handle of the brush laterally through the housing slot, from the wider end towards the narrower end of the tapered brush housing slot until the handle is firmly secured by a perimeter of the tapered brush housing slot at a height desired by the user.

Inventors:
WICKHAM, Robert, R. (36 Continental Road, Rotterdam, NY, 12306-3536, US)
Application Number:
US2018/035768
Publication Date:
December 13, 2018
Filing Date:
June 03, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
WICKHAM, Robert, R. (36 Continental Road, Rotterdam, NY, 12306-3536, US)
International Classes:
A46B17/02; A47G29/08; B44D3/12
Foreign References:
US9468287B12016-10-18
US20070235395A12007-10-11
US5097967A1992-03-24
US20140096801A12014-04-10
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
YABLON, Jay, R. (Law Office of Jay R. Yablon, 910 Northumberland DriveSchenectady, NY, 12309-2814, US)
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Claims:
I claim:

1. An apparatus for holding painting brushes, comprising:

a painting brush housing;

said painting brush housing comprising a tapered brush housing slot tapering from a wider end of said slot to a narrower end of said slot; and

a pair of side housing suspensions suspending said painting brush housing at each end of said housing; wherein:

when a handle of at least one painting brush is passed upward through said tapered brush housing slot from bottom to top with a head of the brush oriented downward, and with the brush handle inserted partway through the tapered brush housing slot, a user is enabled to press the handle of the brush laterally through said housing slot, moving from said wider end towards said narrower end of said tapered brush housing slot until the handle is firmly secured by a snug contact with a perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot at a height desired by the user.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:

a base member;

each of said side housing suspensions connected to said base member;

side housing suspensions suspending said painting brush housing by virtue of said connections of each of said side housing suspensions to said base member.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:

pivots between said painting brush housing and said side housing suspensions, for pivoting said painting brush housing relative to its said suspension by said side housing suspensions while passing the handle upward through said tapered brush housing slot.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:

said perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot comprising a non-destructive frictional retention surface thereof for firmly securing the handle.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:

a frictional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof; and

said brush retention strip attached to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligned over said tapered brush housing slot, for firmly securing the handle. 6. The apparatus of claim 3, further comprising:

said perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot comprising a non-destructive frictional retention surface thereof, for firmly securing the handle.

7. The apparatus of claim 3, further comprising:

a frictional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof; and

said brush retention strip attached to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligned over said tapered brush housing slot, for firmly securing the handle.

8. The apparatus of claim 6, further comprising:

a frictional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof; and

said brush retention strip attached to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligned over said tapered brush housing slot, for further firmly securing the handle.9. A method for assembling and apparatus for holding painting brushes, comprising:

providing a painting brush housing comprising a tapered brush housing slot tapering from a wider end of said slot to a narrower end of said slot; and

suspending said painting brush housing at each end of said housing from a pair of side housing suspensions, wherein:

when a handle of at least one painting brush is passed upward through said tapered brush housing slot from bottom to top with a head of the brush oriented downward, and with the brush handle inserted partway through the tapered brush housing slot, a user is enabled to press the handle of the brush laterally through said housing slot, moving from said wider end towards said narrower end of said tapered brush housing slot until the handle is firmly secured by a snug contact with a perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot at a height desired by the user.

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

providing a base member; and

suspending said painting brush housing from said side housing suspensions by connecting each of said side housing suspensions connected to said base member.

11. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

providing pivots between said painting brush housing and said side housing suspensions for pivoting said painting brush housing relative to its said suspension by said side housing suspensions while passing the handle upward through said tapered brush housing slot.

12. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

said perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot comprising a non-destructive frictional retention surface thereof for firmly securing the handle.

13. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

providing a frictional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof; and attaching said brush retention strip to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligning over said tapered brush housing slot, for firmly securing the handle. 14. The method of claim 11, further comprising:

said perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot comprising a non-destructive frictional retention surface thereof, for firmly securing the handle.

15. The method of claim 11, further comprising:

providing a frictional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof; and attaching said brush retention strip to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligning over said tapered brush housing slot, for firmly securing the handle. 16. The method of claim 14, further comprising:

providing a factional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof; and

attaching said brush retention strip to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligning over said tapered brush housing slot, for further firmly securing the handle.

17. A method for holding painting brushes, comprising:

providing a painting brush housing comprising a tapered brush housing slot tapering from a wider end of said slot to a narrower end of said slot;

further providing a pair of side housing suspensions suspending said painting brush housing at each end of said housing;

passing a handle of at least one painting brush upward through said tapered brush housing slot from bottom to top with a head of said brush oriented downward; and

with said brush handle inserted partway through the tapered brush housing slot, pressing said handle of said brush laterally through said housing slot, moving from said wider end towards said narrower end of said tapered brush housing slot until said handle is firmly secured by a snug contact with a perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot at a desired height.

18. The method of claim 17, further comprising:

providing said painting brush housing suspended from said side housing suspensions via a connection between each of said side housing suspensions and a base member.

19. The method of claim 17, further comprising:

passing said handle of at least one painting brush upward through said tapered brush housing slot while concurrently pivoting said painting brush housing relative to its said suspension by said side housing suspensions, using pivots between said painting brush housing and said side housing suspensions.

20. The method of claim 17, further comprising:

providing said perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot with a non-destructive frictional retention surface thereof; and

firmly securing said handle using said non-destructive frictional retention surface.

21. The method of claim 17, further comprising:

providing a frictional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof, attached to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligning over said tapered brush housing slot; and

firmly securing said handle using said brush retention lip.

22. The method of claim 19, further comprising: providing said perimeter of said tapered brush housing slot with a non-destructive frictional retention surface thereof; and

firmly securing said handle using said non-destructive frictional retention surface.

23. The method of claim 19, further comprising:

providing a frictional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof, attached to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligning over said tapered brush housing slot; and

firmly securing said handle using said brush retention lip.

24. The method of claim 22, further comprising:

providing a frictional retention strip comprising a brush retention lip thereof, attached to a top surface of said painting brush housing with said brush retention lip aligning over said tapered brush housing slot; and

firmly securing said handle using said non-destructive frictional retention surface and said brush retention lip.

Description:
Paint Artist' s Brush Holder Apparatus and Method

Cross Reference to Related Applications

This application claims priority of pending provisional application US 62/516,730 filed June 8, 2017.

Background of the Invention

As is well known among practicing paint artists, water or any cleaning liquid left in paint brushes after use is detrimental to the integrity of the bristles and the longevity of the brush itself. Brushes stored bristle-up after cleaning tend to allow any liquid left in them to leech toward the ferrule. It would be desirable to have an improved brush holder which easily stores multiple brushes of varying widths and lengths with the bristle (brush head) side down.

Summary of the Invention

Disclosed herein is an apparatus for holding painting brushes, comprising: a painting brush housing; the painting brush housing comprising a tapered brush housing slot tapering from a wider end of the slot to a narrower end of the slot; and a pair of side housing suspensions suspending the painting brush housing at each end of the housing; wherein: when a handle of at least one painting brush is passed upward through the tapered brush housing slot from bottom to top with a head of the brush oriented downward, and with the brush handle inserted partway through the tapered brush housing slot, a user is enabled to press the handle of the brush laterally through the housing slot, moving from the wider end towards the narrower end of the tapered brush housing slot until the handle is firmly secured by a snug contact with a perimeter of the tapered brush housing slot at a height desired by the user.

Brief Description of the Drawings

The features of the invention believed to be novel are set forth in the appended claims. The invention, however, together with further objects and advantages thereof, may best be understood by reference to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing(s) summarized below.

Figure 1 illustrates an exploded plan view showing all of the component parts of the painting brush holder in a preferred embodiment of the invention prior to their assembly, as well as the method of their assembly.

Figure 2 illustrates a front plan view of the painting brush holder in a preferred embodiment of the invention after assembly, as well as its method of use. Figure 3 illustrates a side plan view of the painting brush holder in a preferred embodiment of the invention after assembly, as well as its method of use.

Figure 4 illustrates a top plan view of the painting brush holder in a preferred embodiment of the invention after assembly, as well as its method of use.

Figure 5 illustrates a side plan view of the painting brush holder in a preferred embodiment of the invention after assembly, as well as its method of use, in a pivoted configuration used to add and remove brushes to and from storage.

Detailed Description

The universal painting brush holder of this invention stores the brushes bristle down, eliminating problems with prior art brush holders. A storage receptacle with an elongated tapered brush housing slot for brush storage comprising a wide and narrower end thereof. This enables a brush to be placed into the wider end, then slid toward the narrower end and adjusted up or down at will until there is an optimum fit. An optional but highly-preferred friction strip on top of the unit and / or a retention lip along the inner perimeter of the housing slot keeps the brushes in place without damaging their handles. Also, optional but highly preferred, a cantilever pivoting action of the holder allows any length of brush to be easily inserted into the housing slot. In this manner, any number of brushes may be stored in a vertical bristle-down orientation. Since the unit has only one moving part, namely the pivot, and only requires two screws or equivalent to assemble, it is ideal for studio or field use. The foregoing will now be illustrated in detail.

Figure 1 illustrates an exploded plan view showing all of the component parts of the painting brush holder 1 in a preferred embodiment of the invention prior to their assembly, as well as the method of their assembly:

A painting brush housing 11 comprises a tapered brush housing slot 12 tapering from a wider end to a narrower end thereof, as illustrated. This slot 12 is used for storing the painting brushes, as will be discussed. Optionally, the perimeter of the slot 12 comprises a non-destructive frictional retention surface 13 permanently attached thereto, illustrated by the thicker drawing line along this perimeter. Although the housing slot 12 is shown with a very mild angle (of about ten degrees) in relation to the length of the housing 11, this is exemplary, not limiting. The slot 12 may be co-aligned in relation to the housing length, or at any other angle, and still be within the scope of the invention and the associated claims. The angling toward the corners rather than the sides of the housing 11 which is illustrated, simply enables the slot 11 to be somewhat longer, thereby increasing the number of brushes it can hold. Finally, the painting brush housing 11 comprises a pair of housing pivots 14, one at each end thereof. Also illustrated is an optional pliable frictional retention strip 15 with a brush retention lip 16 which, if employed, is attached to the top surface of the housing 11 with the brush retention lip 16 aligned over the tapered brush housing slot 12 as later shown in the top view of Figure 4.

Figure 1 further illustrates a pair of side housing suspensions 2 each of which comprises a pivot mating aperture 21 and a base mating aperture 22. The pivot mating aperture 21 is used to pivotally-attach and suspend the painting brush housing 11 to and from the upper portion of the side housing suspensions 2 using the aforementioned housing pivots 14. The base mating aperture 22 is used to attach each of the housing suspensions 2 to a base member 3. Note, for convenience, it is preferred that the side housing suspensions 2 be fabricated with the base mating apertures 22 already pre-drilled. But it is possible to have these apertures first arise by the end user screwing a pair of screws or equivalent attachment components 23 through the side housing suspensions 2, and / or the end user drilling these apertures 22 prior to screwing / attaching.

It will also be appreciated that while pivots 14 are illustrated as being part of the housing 11 and the pivot mating apertures 21 are illustrated as being part of the side housing suspensions 2, that this may readily be interchanged within the scope of this disclosure and its associated claims. That is, the desired objective of a pivotal suspension between the housing 11 and the housing suspensions 2 may alternatively be achieved with the pivots 14 being part of the suspensions 2 and the pivot mating apertures 21 being part of the housing 11.

Finally, Figure 1 also illustrates the aforementioned base member 3. Preferably, though not required, the base member 3 comprises a pair of base recesses 31 into which the side housing suspensions 2 are snugly fitted for attachment 23 to the base 3.

The entire painting brush holder 1 with components illustrated in Figure 1 is then easily assembled for use as follows, to obtain the configuration illustrated by the frontal view of Figure 2, the side view of Figure 3 and the top view of Figure 4:

Referring to Figure 1, with side housing suspensions 2 rotated by ninety degrees about their long axes relative to the illustration, the first step is to insert the two housing pivots 14 into the pivot mating apertures 21 along the mating lines illustrated by 17. At the same time, with the base 3 rotated by ninety degrees about its long axes relative to the illustration, a concurrent step is to place the bottom portions of the side housing suspensions 2 into the side base recesses 31. The next step is to immovably attach 23 these bottom portions of the side housing suspensions 2 to the base 3 within the side base recesses 31 using the screws or equivalent attachment components 23, via the base mating apertures 22. This all occurs along the mating lines illustrated by 18. It will be appreciated that the act of passing the housing pivots 14 into the pivot mating apertures 21 then attaching 23 the suspensions 2 to the base, will cause the painting brush housing 11 to be pivotally seated in the suspensions 2 to achieve the configuration (without the painting brushes) of Figures 2, 3 and 4, and to enable the housing 11 to be pivoted at will as shown in Figure 5. If the optional frictional retention strip 15 is to be used, this is attached to the top of the housing 11 with the brush retention lip 16 aligning over the tapered brush housing slot 12, as shown in the top view of Figure 4. This attachment of the frictional retention strip 15 may occur at any time, but preferably, is completed as part of the manufacturing of the invention so that the user does not need to be concerned with this.

As a result of the foregoing, one arrives at the invention configuration illustrated by Figures 2, 3 and 4 which respectively are front, side and top plan views of the painting brush holder 1 in a preferred embodiment of the invention. In Figure 2 we see the housing 11 pivotally-supported by and suspended from the side housing suspensions 2 via its housing pivots 14, and the attachment 23

(hidden from view) of the side housing suspensions 2 to the base 3. From this view we also see the optional frictional retention strip 15 attached to the top of the housing 11. Figure 3 illustrates the same configuration from a side view, and Figure 4 from a top view. Further examining the top view of Figure 4, we see that the optional frictional retention strip 15 is attached to the top of the housing 11 with the brush retention lip 16 aligning over the tapered brush housing slot 12, with the slot 12 now illustrated by broken lines because it is hidden from view by the retention strip 15. Now we turn to how the invention configured in this manner, is used to hold and store multiple brushes of varying widths and lengths with the bristle side down.

For illustration and without limitation, Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5 illustrate the storing of three brushes which we designate as a large painting brush 51, a medium painting brush 52 and a small painting brush 53, each comprising a brush head and a brush handle as illustrated. Referring to both Figures 4 and 5, in the preferred embodiment which includes the optional pivoting cantilever, the user first pivots the housing 11 about the pivot 14 as illustrated by the pivot arrow 54 in Figure 5.

Although this arrow 54 points counterclockwise, it is equally permissible within the scope of this disclosure and its associated claims to pivot clockwise.

Then referring to Figure 4, which shows cross sections of the handles of the brushes 51, 52,

53 at the locale of their insertion in the slot 12, with the head of a brush 51, 52, 53 oriented downward, the user takes the handle of the brush 51, 52, 53 and passes the narrower end of the handle opposite the brush head into the tapered brush housing slot 12 from bottom to top. Next, with the brush handle inserted partway through the tapered brush housing slot 12, the user presses 55 the handle of the brush 51, 52, 53 laterally through the tapered brush housing slot 12, moving from the wider end towards the narrower end of the housing slot 12 until the handle is firmly secured by a snug contact with the optional but preferred non-destructive frictional retention surface 13, at a height desired and adjustable at will by the user. If the painting brush holder 1 incudes the optional albeit preferred pliable frictional retention strip 15, the brush retention lip 16 will provide added security to firmly hold the handle of the brush 51, 52, 53 and thereby the attached brush head itself, in place for upside down storage. Any time the user wishes to store additional brushes 51, 52, 53, depending on the size and width of the brush handles the user chooses a location along the slot 12 into which to insert the handle of the additional brush or brushes 51, 52, 53 and then presses 55 that brush or brushes into their storage positions. When the user is not adding or removing a brush 51, 52, 53 to or from storage, the user releases the brushes 51, 52, 53 and allows the brush housing 11 containing the now-stored brushes 51, 52, 53 to rotate about the pivot 14 back into the configuration best seen from the side view of Figure 3 and the frontal view of Figure 2. When the user wishes to remove a brush 51, 52, 53, he or she simply inverts the process just described. That is, the user will slide the handle of a brush 51, 52, 53 in the opposite lateral direction from the narrow toward wider end of the tapered brush housing slot 12, then move the brush 51, 52, 53 downward and remove it, pivoting 54 the housing 11 as needed. It will be appreciated that in the configuration best seen in the side view of Figure 3 and the frontal view of Figure 2, the bristle heads of the brushes 51, 52, 53 will hang with the bristle (brush head) side down, which is optimal for brush longevity.

Because it is desirable for a brush 51, 52, 53 to be firmly held by the non-destructive frictional retention surface 13 and / or by the brush retention lip 16 and at the same time not have this firm physical contact damage the handle of the brush 51, 52, 53, it is preferred that the nondestructive frictional retention surface 13 and the brush retention lip 16 comprise a material which is frictional, firm, and yet pliable. This is why this has been referenced in this disclosure as a nondestructive frictional retention surface 13. Firm rubber compounds or equivalent materials are therefore optimum for the non-destructive frictional retention surface 13, because rubber will provide the required friction yet not damage the handles. Likewise, a rubber compound or equivalent material is optimal for the optional brush retention lip 16. The material used for the brush retention lip 16, however, needs to be somewhat more pliable than that used for the non-destructive frictional retention surface 13, because as illustrated in Figure 4 this material must be able to yield in the manner of a "lip," while a brush 51, 52, 53 is slid along the tapered brush housing slot 12. This material used for the lip 16 should also be sufficiently durable and comprise sufficient material "memory" so that it substantially returns time after time to the straight, "tight-lipped" configuration illustrated in Figure 1 after a brush 51, 52, 53 is removed. Finally, it is envisioned within the scope of this disclosure and its associated claims that the painting brush holder 1 may employ one or both of the non-destructive frictional retention surface 13 and the brush retention lip 16. It is also possible to omit both of the non-destructive frictional retention surface 13 and the brush retention lip 16 within the scope of this disclosure and its associated claims, but this is less preferred because the brushes may not hold in place as well and because the brush handles can sustain damage.

The main bodies of the painting brush housing 11, the side housing suspensions 2 and the base member 3 may be fabricated from any suitable material, without limitation. It is envisioned that various woods such as but not limited to pine may be used due to low cost and availability. Because dripping of paint onto the top surface of the base 3 is to be expected, it is preferred albeit optional for the top surface of the base 3 to also be layered over with any material coating known or which may become known in the art that can easily be wiped clean of paint drippings.

As to linear dimensions, for example, and without any limitation whatsoever, all of the above- referenced main body parts may be fabricated from ¾" material, e.g., pine wood, with a height of about 7" and a width of about 1 ½". The housing pivots 14 may be fabricated from, e.g., ¼" dowels. The base 3 may be about 9 ¾" long and 3 ½" wide. The painting brush housing 11 is sized to fit the base, and so with the aforementioned dimensions may be 8" long and 3" wide. Again, all dimensions mentioned here, and the preferred pine material, are illustrative, not limiting. This configuration is intended to be used for artist brushes which tend to be smaller than, e.g., house painting brushes. But it is also envisioned that the foregoing may be scaled up to accommodate other types of brushes, e.g., for house painting, as well.

The knowledge possessed by someone of ordinary skill in the art at the time of this disclosure, including but not limited to the prior art disclosed with this application, is understood to be part and parcel of this disclosure and is implicitly incorporated by reference herein, even if in the interest of economy express statements about the specific knowledge understood to be possessed by someone of ordinary skill are omitted from this disclosure. While reference may be made in this disclosure to the invention comprising a combination of a plurality of elements, it is also understood that this invention is regarded to comprise combinations which omit or exclude one or more of such elements, even if this omission or exclusion of an element or elements is not expressly stated herein, unless it is expressly stated herein that an element is essential to applicant's combination and cannot be omitted. It is further understood that the related prior art may include elements from which this invention may be distinguished by negative claim limitations, even without any express statement of such negative limitations herein. It is to be understood, between the positive statements of applicant' s invention expressly stated herein, and the prior art and knowledge of the prior art by those of ordinary skill which is incorporated herein even if not expressly reproduced here for reasons of economy, that any and all such negative claim limitations supported by the prior art are also considered to be within the scope of this disclosure and its associated claims, even absent any express statement herein about any particular negative claim limitations.

Finally, while only certain preferred features of the invention have been illustrated and described, many modifications, changes and substitutions will occur to those skilled in the art. It is, therefore, to be understood that the appended claims are intended to cover all such modifications and changes as fall within the true spirit of the invention.