Daniel Donaldson

The Broom Brothers


Dan has been making Appalachian- and Shaker-style corn brooms and besoms since 2008. From his studio in downtown Hartwell, GA, he designs and builds brooms, taking a fanciful and unorthodox approach to this traditional craft. Dan winds, ties and stitches broomcorn by hand onto hand-gathered sticks, eschewing the use of a “broom machine,” or kick-winder or a factory broom-vise, in favor of home-made reels and clamps and seventeenth-century techniques.

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