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Traditional Crafts

Hand-Crafted Brooms: An Introduction

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Course Overview

Experience traditional broom making from start to finish as you prepare broomcorn and tree sapling handles and explore design and construction methods. This three-day introduction to broom-making will cover a variety of styles including full-sized sweeping brooms, whisks, cobwebbers, and more as time allows. Students will explore the usefulness of this old craft, find a new appreciation for the various decorative and functional styles of brooms, and leave prepared to take on further broom making projects with confidence – not to mention an array of brooms ready to work and beautiful enough to hang on a wall! This class does require moderate hand strength. Being able to open a jar is an example of moderate hand strength.

Required Tools

We will be working with broomcorn that has been soaked in water – please wear pants that you do not mind getting wet.


Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

  • Your favorite carving knife
  • Unique broom handles
    • about 1” in diameter and 45” long for the sweeper
    • about ¾” in diameter and 24” long for the cobwebber

Dates

Fri, Feb 25th, 2022  –  Sun, Feb 27th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am - 5pm each day
Tuition: $285.00
Materials fee: $55.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Marybeth Garmoe
Marybeth Garmoe
Grand Marais, MN

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