Crafting the Broom; from Cake Testers to Cottage Sweepers

Two-day Course

Saturday August 24 – Sunday August 25 (10:00am – 5:00pm both days)

Instructor: Amy Lou Taylor

In this two-day course you will learn how to craft your own simple triple hand broom, turkey wing hand broom, kitchen tools (cake tester, pot scrubber, root vegetable scrubber and counter whisk), woven handle whisk, cottage sweeper and a cobweb broom. We will speak about some of the history behind the designs and the uses of these versatile tools. You will also have the opportunity to imbue your brooms with your own intentions and purposes.

A hand broom, (including turkey wing, hawks tail or triple style whisks) would traditionally be a small broom kept by a fireplace to sweep up cold ash, or on a workbench to clean up debris. The traditional cobwebbing broom, which is an extension of your arm to reach high corners of ceilings, or to fish pet’s or children’s toys out from under furniture.

By the end of this course, you will leave with knowledge on how to make these brooms as well as an understanding of simple broom magic. You will leave with 10 handmade brooms of various shapes, sizes and styles.

Instructor, Amy Lou, has come to understand the value of making her own tools and engaging with tool makers who are experienced in their craft. She finds broom making very satisfying and loves to share her knowledge and experience with others excited to learn this craft.

Note: Some of the processes involved in this course are physical and you will be using your upper body, hands and wrists to perform repetative tasks while winding and weaving parts of the brooms.

$80 material fee

Fresh, homemade lunches and a morning snack/coffee are included both days. All dietary needs accommodated.

CALL TO REGISTER – (613) 464-2105