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“Diamonds in the Rough” Broom

Marlow Gates

$2,200.00

Broom with a handle made of Cholla Cactus from the deserts of Arizona.

  • 58″long x 7″wide x 7″deep
  • Cholla cactus, broomcorn, nylon cord, LED lights
  • Made in NC

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“In the Spring of 1997, I took a 3-week trip with my father, Ralph, to show our brooms at festivals in Texas.  While driving along the back roads of the Texas Hill Country we pass a roadside stand that had bins full of goat horns, antlers, mesquite wood, and cactus ribs.  Dad whipped a quick U-turn and found a broom makers paradise.  The old Native American gentleman who ran the stand turned out to be a kindred soul.  Like ourselves, he appreciated the inherit beauty in the found natural objects and could see their potential even in their weathered state.  We spent hours gleefully digging through dusty bin after bin until we could no longer fit anymore into the van.  Dad took notes on the different species and where they came from.  The old gentleman said that he gathered this piece of Cholla from the deserts of Arizona.  I know that he and my Father would have loved to see what this piece blossomed into.”

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

“In the Spring of 1997, I took a 3-week trip with my father, Ralph, to show our brooms at festivals in Texas.  While driving along the back roads of the Texas Hill Country we pass a roadside stand that had bins full of goat horns, antlers, mesquite wood, and cactus ribs.  Dad whipped a quick U-turn and found a broom makers paradise.  The old Native American gentleman who ran the stand turned out to be a kindred soul.  Like ourselves, he appreciated the inherit beauty in the found natural objects and could see their potential even in their weathered state.  We spent hours gleefully digging through dusty bin after bin until we could no longer fit anymore into the van.  Dad took notes on the different species and where they came from.  The old gentleman said that he gathered this piece of Cholla from the deserts of Arizona.  I know that he and my Father would have loved to see what this piece blossomed into.”

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