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Gualala Arts Workshop
Broom Making
Instructor: Melinda Napier

Saturday - Sunday
May 8 - 9, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Broom Making
Register by:   April 26, 2010
Tuition:   $150 members; $165 non-members
Materials fee:   $75
Materials list:   Broom Making materials list

Broom Making This will be a fun, fairly quick paced class in which students will make a hearth broom, a cobweb sweeper, and two long handled brooms (floor sweepers).

Participants will have the opportunity to learn both woven and non-woven techniques to attach the broomcorn to the handle. Instruction will also be provided on broom handle preparation and on sorting broomcorn.

Other than a few tools that each participant must bring (see materials list) all the broom making materials will be provided, including a broom press, broom needle, and a foot treadle with twine. Those who work quickly can realistically make more than four brooms and additional hemp, twine, broomcorn and handles can be purchased.

About Melinda Napier

Five years ago, I learned broom making at the John Campbell School in Murphys, North Carolina. I became interested in broom making because I do living history and knew that this was a household item that many people would have made for themselves out of material available to them in their area. I found it to be a fun, creative outlet and useful as well! They make great and unique gifts.

I make brooms at historical events and places and have demonstrated broom making from Montana to Colorado and many places on the West Coast.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.