I can’t remember when I first heard of pulled fibre birch brooms, it may have been in Sweden at Taljfest or may have been through my friend Jarrod Dahl in USA who now makes them ocassionally. Whatever they are a wonderful green woodworking craft. I wonder who first pulled a few birch fibres in this way and worked out that they could keep going and turn it into a fine broom, was it 500 years ago? or 5000? It’s one of those things that once you have seen it done it’s pretty obvious but it’s hard to imagine creating the first one without any  outside inspiration. Our forebears worked out so many useful ways of making all the worldly things they needed from homes to clothing to brooms from what was growing around them, it would be sad if this sort of knowledge was lost just because we can currently buy a broom for a few pennies made on the other side of the world using cheap exploited labour and fossil fuels.

Anyway feast your eyes on a man of knowledge and skill Mr Joshua Young, and whilst you are watching listen also to his accent. There is a chap in our village who specialises in the study of English dialect, he spends a lot of time in Newfoundland and tells me that folk there speak with accent and dialect that is the closest thing surviving to 17th century English, I love it.

And now you probably either want to buy a broom or better still have a go at making one yourself. This webpage of Robert Aborn will help with either ambition.BroomIndian

Author Robin Wood

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