Sat, Jul 10 | Center for Pioneer Life

Afternoon Broom Making

Learn to make functional and sculptural brooms from traditional materials with accomplished furniture artist Aspen Golann.
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Afternoon Broom Making

Time & Location

Jul 10, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Center for Pioneer Life, 134 Joe Young Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714

About the event

Learn to make functional and sculptural brooms from traditional materials with accomplished furniture artist Aspen Golann. Join us Saturday, July 10, at the Center for Pioneer Life in Yancey County for this three-hour workshop. Select the morning session, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, or the afternoon session, from 2 to 5 PM. ALL materials are included and tuition is $45/person. 

The traditional whisk broom will be the workshop’s starting point, with an introduction to the turkeywing and hawkstail styles. Instruction will include materials, sourcing, construction, specialty tools, hand-grips, and techniques.

A survey of a variety of contemporary and historical brooms will help inspire your design ideas. Whether you are just starting or looking for a new way to apply a lifetime of craft experience, broom-making is an exciting and accessible craft.

Instructor Aspen Golann is a contemporary artist who uses her skills as a 17th & 18th century-style furniture maker to explore themes of gender and power. Aspen served as the Penland School wood studio coordinator for 2 years. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and her artwork is exhibited nationally and has been published in Fine Woodworking, Lost Art Press Blog, Art New England, and American Period Furniture.

Each participant in the workshop will make at least two brooms, with the option of making a third broom if time permits. There will be a brief break during each three-hour workshop. Please indicate which workshop you wish to attend on the registration form.

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. The class will take place rain or shine on the outdoor covered porch of the Center for Pioneer Life’s 1850’s log cabin. Masks are not required outdoors, and there is ample room for social distancing. Bring long sleeves and pants or a full apron for the workshop. We will provide water and an apple for a snack - feel free to bring your own.

At the close of the workshop, participants will be given access to a virtual Google Classroom that will contain additional resources, process photos, and videos to support ongoing work after the class.

Open to ages 15 years old and up, and all levels are welcome. Full and partial scholarships are available. 

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