Fall 2020 Workshops

An Introduction to Appalachian Broom Making- with Emily Bell 

October 17, 10 am – 4 pm

Monterey Presbyterian Church Pavillion

50 Spruce Street

Monterey, VA

Join us for this introductory class on making Appalachian style brooms out of broomcorn (sorghum vulgare).
 

We will discuss a bit of history and plan to make both cobweb brooms and turkey wing whisk brooms.

Experience Level: All Levels 
Keep in mind that moderate hand and upper body strengths are helpful in this craft. 

 

Please bring a lunch, a pair of scissors, a sharp knife, and a positive attitude! 

​Course Cost: $75 for non HCAC members.  $50 for HCAC members.

About your Instructor: 

This class will be taught by Emily Bell who resides in Asheville, NC but whose family roots are in Pendleton County, WV. 

 

Emily Bell has chosen to reclaim her ties to her heritage through a craft of hand tied brooms. She views her work as practical art: one that embodies beauty, simplicity, heritage, and functionality. 

 

When we truly belong to ourselves and to a place, we find grace and rhythm in the day to day tasks.  Emily’s handmade brooms are an invitation to the beauty of presence in the everyday.

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