Jul 13, 2024 - July 13, 2024(9am - 5pm)

Turkey Wing Whisk Broom

Taught by: Larry Antonuk

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, most households had a variety of floor brooms, small brooms, and brushes, all for very specific uses. These were mainly made of broomcorn, a type of sorghum. In this workshop we’ll assemble a variety of small brooms. Starting with simple “bundle whisk brooms,” we’ll learn about knots and broom materials, as well as gain the skills necessary to master the “tumble spool.” As the day progresses, we’ll tackle slightly more complex designs until we finish the workshop with a decorative (but still functional) Turkey Wing design.

Skills and Techniques:

  • Working with Twine – Knots, Whip Finishing
  • Measurement techniques – The Story Stick
  • Maintaining Constant Tension – The Tumble Spool
  • Organizing and Planning a project
  • Decorative Plaiting
  • Trimming and Finishing

Students will leave with the skills and confidence needed to repeat any of the designs and to tackle new projects as well.

Materials Fee: $15-$25 Paid directly to the instructor.

Special Tools or Equipment: All tools are provided.

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Workshop Fee: $125.00

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