Hopefully, this tutorial will help you building lather using shaving cream and a bowl. I found my first brush, a Bristle Wilkinson Sword that I bought in a Pharmacy in St John's, Newfoundland in 2004. That brush was used a bit but not that much. Not bad for a $3.99 CDN brush! Let's get started. 1-Equipment: 1 x Tube of Proraso shaving cream (replace here with your favorite shaving cream) 1 x Bristle Brush 1 x small bowl (this one is 3" wide by 1" deep, approx.) 2-Soak the brush in hot water. The water should be warm enough for you to tolerate it (so, hot but not boiling). Soaking should be a few minutes. I usually take a shower while it soaks. 3-Do not squeeze out the water completely otherwise your lather will be too dry. I usually half squeeze the brush. If you squeezed the brush too much, you can either re-soak it or add a few drops later while you mix. 4-Empty the bowl. 5-Add some shaving cream in the bowl, I have the equivalent of a big almond in there. 6-Start mixing, this is after ~20 laps 7-After ~60 seconds 8-I squeezed too much water out so I will add a few drops (the lather is pulling the brush too much and can't seem to get bigger). I added around 3-5 drops of hot water. 9-Lather is almost ready, I did a few more laps for ~30 seconds after I added the water. 10-Again, few more laps and, as you can see, thick lather, apply and shave!