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Brooms and Broom Making


I just got back from Ohio where I picked up a broom making set up. While I was there I make my...

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Old 07-19-2009, 09:11 PM
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I just got back from Ohio where I picked up a broom making set up.

While I was there I make my first broom!

Does anyone out there make brooms or have broom making equipment?

I could use a few more pieces and a source of broom corn etc.
Thanks!

No photos yet - I haven't pulled the rig off the truck.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:37 AM
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When I was a yungan there was an old blind man that made brooms in our town In southern IL. It was he and his wife's income. We and a lot of other folks bought all our brooms from him. Not because we felt sorry for him but on account they where the best brooms to buy. He didnt charge much and they lasted a long time. He had an old time broom outfit with peddles and levers. I loved to watch him make brooms on it and am looking forward to seeing your pictures.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:46 AM
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The school for the blind in Ohio taught broom making. They also lent the equipment to the student's business for the life of that business.

The man we got our outfit from had a blind great grandfather who made brooms on Ohio - learned the trade and got his equipment from the state. The setup we got is not his. That was returned when he stopped making brooms.

The only thing he has from his great grandfather is his broom maker's hammer.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:53 AM
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We are setting up a business - All the components MUST be AMERICAN made. I guess I'll need to grow my own broom corn. As I understand it, the stuff you can buy comes from Mexico. Broom corn is planted and harvested by hand so it is labor intensive.

I don't expect to make a huge profit. I'd just be happy to cover costs and make enough to keep going.

We will be needing more tools, supplies etc, so if anyone knows or or sees anything - please let us know.
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Soule' has a broom maker at their show every year. May want to check with them.
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Default Re: Brooms and Broom Making

Come to think of it, I think I've still got a batch of broom m'f'r trade magazines from the 20's or 30's, buried in the boxes somewhere, from my old-paper collecting days...
I made an index at one time; if I can find the index, and I still have them, and it looks like they'd be interesting, will send one. If you don't get an email in a week or so, assume i couldn't find them and/or have forgotten about already selling or trading them (not unusual these days!!).
Good luck with your project!
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Soule' has a broom maker at their show every year. May want to check with them.

Who/what is Soule? I am still a relative newbie.
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Come to think of it, I think I've still got a batch of broom m'f'r trade magazines from the 20's or 30's, buried in the boxes somewhere, from my old-paper collecting days...
I made an index at one time; if I can find the index, and I still have them, and it looks like they'd be interesting, will send one. If you don't get an email in a week or so, assume i couldn't find them and/or have forgotten about already selling or trading them (not unusual these days!!).
Good luck with your project!

Thanks! That would be cool!
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We are setting up a business - All the components MUST be AMERICAN made. I guess I'll need to grow my own broom corn.
Broom corn is not difficult to grow. Must be hand planted, because the seed is too small to use a planter. Can be cultivated by tractor, like sweet corn. The broom (seed stalks) forms on top, where the tassel forms, on sweet corn. I grew some, years back, for a lady who made small ornamental brooms. Seed has to be combed out. Quite labor intensive. Many seed catalogs have the seed. Ed
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The fella we got the outfit from said they used to break the plant at the top joint when ready to harvest - not all the way allowing it to hang down. Allow it to sit in the field for a dry week then pull it off by hand and hang it to dry. THAT was labor intensive.

It seemed to me there has to be a better way. Did you hang it to dry?

We don't have a tractor and will have to grow it at a freind's place since we live in town....They don't have a tractor.

Any idea how much I can expect from an acre?

I haven't found a seed comb. My friend had an old flax comb he thought was a broom comb - it works, but it seems to me it has too many rows of teeth.....but I could be wrong!
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Here are some photos -

1st photo is the sewing clamp. it flattens the broom and holds it where it can be hand stitched.

2nd photo is the winder - the broom in the chuck is spun by kicking the squirrel cage looking thing- note the wear on the wooden bars! the wire winds on from behind and binds the broom corn to the handle.
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I only grew a couple of 50 foot rows, so I don't know the amount produced per acre. I used a horse's mane comb, to comb out the seed.(Coarse aluminum teeth) Wouldn't try to grow a large plot,without machinery. I cut the seed heads off, and hung them upside down,in the garage,to dry. Ed
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Hay Creek show at Joanna Furnace, Morgantown,Pa. Sept. 11-13 has a broom making exhibit. this show is great! not far from you...
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Sorry about that.

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Hay Creek show at Joanna Furnace, Morgantown,Pa. Sept. 11-13 has a broom making exhibit. this show is great! not far from you...
Bob......

I have been there, but before the broom interest....have to go back!
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interesting history ! thank you.......
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Libman Broom is located in Arcola Illinois. If you see a Libman broom, or brush product you know that you are buying an American made product. In Arcola, also is Monahan's, a factory that makes broom handles, and I think they handle broom, and brush fibers. Around the first of September every year Arcola has their annual Broomcorn festival.
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The Arcola corn broom festival looks like a real hoot!
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Libman Broom is located in Arcola Illinois. If you see a Libman broom, or brush product you know that you are buying an American made product. In Arcola, also is Monahan's, a factory that makes broom handles, and I think they handle broom, and brush fibers. Around the first of September every year Arcola has their annual Broomcorn festival.
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Yea, pretty cool.....mine will be too!
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