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Curved Double Bittersweet Broom

Marlow Gates


Handmade double broom with a one-of-a-kind twisted handle made of bittersweet from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This broom is meant to be used.  When the broom wears out, the handle may be returned to the broomaker, and the sweep will be replaced for a nominal fee.

  • 49″long x 14″wide x 3″deep
  • Made in NC

Marlow Gates

Using natural wood handles and broomcorn, we make each broom by hand with techniques that date to the 1790s Diana prepares the handles by shaping, carving and sanding each one by hand. Marlow then ties the heads on the handles in an intricate hand-woven Shaker design. We both share in the design, sewing and finishing of each broom.


Curved broom entirely handmade in the old Appalachian mountain style by second generation broommakers, Marlow and Diana Gates.  The handles are chosen with care, using only trees or saplings condemned by progress or ready for beneficial pruning. The sweep, made from the tassel of the broom corn plant, is securely tied and spread to give maximum use and years of enjoyment.


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