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Bittersweet Cobweb Broom

Marlow Gates

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Long and thin cobweb broom with a unique twisted handle made of bittersweet from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  These brooms are meant to be used.  When the broom wears out, the handle may be returned to the broommaker, and the sweep will be replaced for a nominal fee.

  • 54″long x 3″wide x 3″deep
  • Made in NC

Description

One-of-a-kind cobweb 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.

 

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.

Description

One-of-a-kind cobweb 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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07/17/2020
Bobbi H.
United States United States
Work of Art

Wonderful experience. Very easy transaction. Naturally intertwining Bittersweet vine handle ending with a distinctive loop, formed into the woven broom. One vine is carved of its bark for distinction. Love that it has a means to hang it on my wall where it is easily accessible. It is a piece of usable art to be displayed, not hidden away in a closet! Has a very nice finish that makes the wood shine. I am ready to order another.

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