We also shared some of the amazing heritage crafts that were being exhibited and freely taught at the October event, Schafer Meadows Fiber Arts Festival. The big treat was meeting a wonderful couple that brought together the very plant previously noted and an amazing useful creation... Have you seen the results of beautifully dyed broom corn, a broom squire, his beautiful assistant, and his amazing 'machine'?
We were overjoyed to experience John and Margaret's work first hand and hear his historical accounts woven in an appealing narrative that flowed with his hands as he created a masterpiece. They both were graduates of a unique heritage school in the south and it is amazing to watch them work as the perfect team. During the event, after the crowds would settle, they'd bring out their dulcimers and play beautiful music together. This was also an opportunity for anyone with an interest to take a seat as they'd happily share the basics of this soothing instrument. It became an especially valuable opportunity for Jr. Farmer who finally found the perfect instrument for him!
If you are interested in having a special piece of quality, historical workmanship, you can find them on their website: SquireBrooms.com. The quality of their brooms means you have a unique kitchen tool that will last you for 20 years or more - made the way things used to be crafted! They have such a variety of pieces, you may find several items for your friends and family as well! I can honestly say, the children (Me, too!) have been far more excited to try the different uses of the new broom then any other in the past, and we even had to keep our rabbits from wanting to nibble it's natural bristles!
We think we picked out the most beautiful one, but I'm sure you too, can find your favorite!
Tech was able to combine some of our pictures and a few tidbits of video to give you just a taste of our experience and what Squire Brooms creates - Enjoy!: