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Broom corn ( sorghum bicolor) and cherry broom

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Project by daltxguy posted 05-01-2011 01:42 PM 2446 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2 years in the making, from coppicing/drying the cherry branch which has become the handle and growing the sorghum last season, the parts were finally all available for putting a broom together. I didn’t have enough seed heads for a flat broom, so it is more of a Nimbus 2001 model.

I described more about how I made this in my blog . I am no expert on making brooms and most of my effort was simply experimenting.

Handle – drawknifed, coppiced cherry
Broom – sorghum bicolor
Binding – Yucca and NZ Flax

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau



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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-01-2011 02:34 PM

fantastic job, FANTASTIC

I am in awe. Truly

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 05-01-2011 02:43 PM

I enjoyed reading your adventure in growing and making this broom and I like the way it looks too. How far can you fly and how fast? : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Bon

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posted 05-01-2011 02:48 PM

Nice job on the broom.It must feel great to finally have it completed.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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justjoel

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posted 05-01-2011 11:27 PM

So, is this the Nimbus 3000 prototype? Very nice. Wish I could make more room for things like this, but with 2 young children I’m told I must leave the lawn in – can’t convert to garden until they leave the nest…

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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sharad

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posted 05-08-2011 07:13 PM

The broom has come out so well. I appreciate your patience during this adventure.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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daltxguy

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posted 05-09-2011 12:48 AM

Yesterday I rode it all the way to Canada, so I think it is performing well.

Thanks for your comments.

I really did use it to sweep the kitchen and it works better than what I had before…

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Vince Kirchner

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posted 05-15-2011 12:29 AM

Excellent! I got an education from John Holzwart during our Permaculture class, he is a broom maker also. He wrote an article for Mother Earth News.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/How-To-Make-A-Broom.aspx

I assume we will see your articles there soon. :-)

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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daltxguy

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posted 05-15-2011 01:30 AM

I suppose I should have read that first, Vince! Thanks for the link.
Seems your friend has pretty much covered the topic. I’ll have to think of something new ( though I do think that there is nothing new really to invent, only to document the past)

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 05-15-2011 04:18 PM

Does this mean you are in Canada now for the summer? Any chance you will have time to wander (or even fly on your broom) to New England?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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daltxguy

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posted 05-15-2011 05:10 PM

Yes, I am in the Toronto to Ottawa region for the summer. I do hope to be in MA later this summer to take a timber framing course at Heartwood School (I’d like to stay all summer and do all of their courses!) and a side trip to Concord would have to be on the agenda, so I will be close enough to come and say hi!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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