* Note this is an interactive demo. The intent is to make sure you have all the knowledge to continue in the long term with broom making. It will be a quick moving class, but the recording will be sent out after for personal rewatching!
Come learn to design and make functional and sculptural brooms! Students will learn how to tie three classical handbrooms including the turkey wing, hawks tail and potscrubber. These traditional whisk brooms are an excellent introduction to the craft as well as the perfect jumping off point for a deeper dive. We will cover materials choices & sourcing, broom construction, specialty tools, hand grips & techniques. The instructor will also cover many of the technical and design principles you’ll need to design your own broom forms. We will also survey a variety of contemporary and historical brooms to inspire your design ideas. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new way to apply a lifetime of craft experience, broom making is an exciting and accessible craft.
All levels welcome.
This course will be held over zoom with a maximum of 30 participants.
Class taught by Aspen Golann (@aspen_golann)
Aspen Golann is an artist and studio furniture maker, currently living in Penland, NC where she builds custom furniture and sculptural homegoods. She specializes in 17th & 18th century style furniture which she blends with a background in fine art, sculpture and textiles. She writes for Fine Woodworking, serves on the board of A Workshop of Our Own, and founded The Chairmaker’s Toolbox: a project designed to increase equity and access in the field of chairmaking.
Course materials include: utility knife, 1lb. of broom corn, tying twine, 2x4 wood section, utility knife and blades, woven handle. All students will be shipped their kit for an additional $22. (covers priority shipping).
Cost breakdown per student:
Instructor receives $5
Admin receives $10
Website/zoom subscription $8
Materials cost breakdown $35:
utility knife $10
1lb. of broom corn $9
tying twine $2.50
2x4 wood section $1.50
Prep time $5
Kit available for Free Local Pickup in the Standish/Powderhorn neighborhood or choice of Shipping for $22 (optional). Pickup location and dates will be sent in a follow-up email.
Students keep their kit!
What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.
This course has 7 sponsored seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee. Women's Woodshop believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities. The course registration and shipping fee will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.
Need a scholarship? We got you! Just email us firstname.lastname@example.org, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked.