Broom Making Starts Here - Harvesting Our Broomsticks

Seth Harman
Co-owner and broom maker at Backwoods Broom Company

 

 As we start the new season and it is beginning to warm, now is the perfect time for us to harvest our supply of broomsticks for our handmade brooms. We harvest our broomsticks in the woodlands of the pacific northwest, and then we stack and kiln dry them to be used for future wood carvings and  handmade broom handles!    This is rough terrain! This area consists mostly of red alder that is referred to as "deer brush" because the deer love this area and the dense cover that it provides. We will be moving on to another area shortly to harvest some birch wood and some aspen that came down over the winter. We're excited, aspen is a rare find in these woods and we haven't used it before! ​​

This is rough terrain! This area consists mostly of red alder that is referred to as "deer brush" because the deer love this area and the dense cover that it provides. We will be moving on to another area shortly to harvest some birch wood and some aspen that came down over the winter. We're excited, aspen is a rare find in these woods and we haven't used it before! ​​ 

 

 These are some beautiful kitchen broom handles here, the perfect size and straightness. I managed to find a decent variety of broomsticks on this trip, perfect for witches brooms, hearth brooms and experimenting with carving broomsticks.  

 

Well, that wraps it up for now. We will be  making a future post detailing our kiln drying process that is necessary for the quality of our handcrafted broom handles. Stay tuned.

 

 


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