Whisk Broom Making
(with Artist, Karen Koch)
Saturday, November 30 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join me in creating a functional whisk broom. We will use basket reed to construct the handle and broomcorn for the hardworking brush. You will have choices to make for your color scheme! The only tools to be used will be-a broomcorn knife, scissors and a sewing needle. Your whisk will have a few inches of plaiting (weaving) at the top. While constructing our functional piece, we will explore the history, legends and myths surrounding brooms. You’ll have a new appreciation for this lovely tool and I guarantee you’ll take a second look at brooms you may encounter!
Supplies include all materials needed to make one cobweb whisk broom. The tools provided during the class project will remain the property of the instructor. Students are highly recommended to bring glasses if needed.
Brooms have been a passion and a form of entertainment for Karen Koch since the late 1980’s. While attending a workshop at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, Karen met Carlson Tuttle, a broom guru, and became hooked. She soon began selling her own brooms at juried craft shows in New England, Pennsylvania and New York. She is a retired special ed teacher, so her love of teaching brought her to The Adirondack Folk School, Schoodic Arts, Raveloe Fibers, among others, to instruct people in the fine tradition. For a refresher, Karen attended the Ozark Folk Center, in Mountainview, Arkansas to learn new uses of color in brooms from Shawn Hoefer. The art of broom making continues to be a fascination for her and she loves seeing the joy expressed by happy students. Come along!
Class Tuition: $35 + $5 Supplies = $40
Registration is required and seating is limited.
If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.