ISSUE 41  |  Moody Artistes

Domestic Science: Shaker Broom from Justamere Tree Farm in Massachusetts

October 12, 2011 3:30 PM

BY Lydia Lee

We'd have no need for a utility closet if all our cleaning implements were as appealing as the handmade brooms from Justamere Tree Farm in Washington, Massachusetts. Owners J.P. and Marian Welch have been making brooms according to Shaker methods for more than a decade (they produce about 3,000 a year), using an antique broom vise. To see the full line, go to Justamere.

Above: The Shaker Broom features a pine handle and measures 54 inches long; $40 at Justamere Tree Farm.

Above: A detail of the Shaker Broom; the broomcorn stalks are compressed using an antique vise.