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“Awareness” Broom

Marlow Gates

$3,300.00

Broom with a handle made of pine with Eastern Rust Gall disease.  Dedicated to Diana, Marlow’s wife, Southern Highland Craft Guild photographer and Breast Cancer Survivor.

  • 62″long x 20″wide x 8″deep
  • Pine, broomcorn, nylon cord, bamboo yarn
  • Made in NC

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Description

“Eastern Rust Gall disease is caused by a fungus living and growing in the vascular cambium of certain pine trees.  The galls are solid masses that can grow for years and become several inches across.  I have always said that the best broom handles are like people, the more they go through in their lives, the more character they have.  This piece reminds me that despite the random cruelty that nature can dish out, those strong-willed survivors always have the best character and natural beauty.  This piece is dedicated to my own survivor, my beautiful and loving wife, Diana.”

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

“Eastern Rust Gall disease is caused by a fungus living and growing in the vascular cambium of certain pine trees.  The galls are solid masses that can grow for years and become several inches across.  I have always said that the best broom handles are like people, the more they go through in their lives, the more character they have.  This piece reminds me that despite the random cruelty that nature can dish out, those strong-willed survivors always have the best character and natural beauty.  This piece is dedicated to my own survivor, my beautiful and loving wife, Diana.”

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