I just discovered the same thing two days ago when I went to my local art store. Apparently, the Kolinsky Mink? has been listed as endangered and is now on the CITES list (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) and so products with Kolinsky sable can't be imported. The art store guy said there was some question whether they are really endangered and that, I guess, is what the kerfuffle is about. I managed to pick up a 000 but after that all they had left were #7s.LoreOn Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM, Kathleen McKeehen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I've been on a long winter break from teaching but I've apparently been further out of the loop than I thought, as I just found out through a Daniel Smith person that kolinsky sable brushes are now banned from the US, due to some kerfuffle with Russia, China, and us, he thought. So when I'm sending my students to pick up a DaVinci Maestro #3, they aren't there. And they're "out of stock" on the various art supply websites. Has anyone been following this (the DS guy said he thought that initially it was believed to be a temporary issue but has apparently turned into a possibly permanent condition) and have any additional information? And suggestions for "legal" non-kolinsky sable brushes they've found adequate?Kathy M.
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