I love brooms.
Handcrafted from stick to stitch.
There are several handmade brooms hanging on my wall at home that include a cobweb broom, a hearth broom, a child’s hearth broom, a besom broom, a fanned stick broom, a shaker broom with a carved handle, and an eight-foot witch’s besom broom (perfect for riding ;) ). I’ve collected them over the years, being particular about making sure each spoke to me in just the right way.
And learning to make my own only recently has come to my attention in my bucket list.
There was a gathering coming up the weekend following the particular day I decided to research the history of brooms and broom making while in some serious down-time at work. Just reading along, my BFF gives me a ring, and in the course of conversation I told her what I had been doing.
She was ecstatic. Turns out, one of the workshops that was scheduled for gathering that weekend had been cancelled, and she was putting me in to lead a workshop on brooms.
I freaked out a little. Ya know, like I do.
I’d never made a broom in my life. Only that day had I ever even bothered to look up the different techniques, styles and tools needed to make a decent broom.
My talking points didn’t work out quite the way I wanted. Turns out, my eyes are getting old, I wasn’t wearing my reading glasses (my bad), and I made the type so small, I could barely see it. (My insincere apologies for trying save paper go here.)
I worked from memory as best I could on the info, but the most righteous part of the workshop was the actual work — watching everyone make their own primitive brooms.
Below are the links to the info I used and was supposed to use, along with the primitive technique everyone employed to make their own brooms.
- Cam’s broom making workshop notes
- Cam’s primitive broom making how-to
- Sources and more information
- Brooms gallery
These are shopping sources I really like, particularly for their craftsmanship:
- Berea College Crafts: Broom making (I own one of these, thanks to my sister-in-law! It’s a REALLY good investment. Excellent quality, and the broom I have came with a “birth” certificate!)
- Moonwise Herbs: Handmade brooms
- The Broom Brothers (good general info about different kinds of brooms and the broom making process)
- Henson Broom Shop (really good prices; don’t know anything about the quality)
- Hockaday Handmade Brooms (not the most user-friendly site; good pricing, includes shipping and totals)
- Scheumack Broom Company: Broom Magic (both old-world and traditional American styles; slightly higher pricing)