I’m not usually one for Valentine’s Day, but I would take a beautiful broom or well-designed utilitarian implement anytime (as my boyfriend knows—he got me a table crumber one year, Iris Hantverk dish brushes on another occasion; we frequently give each other brushes and scrubbers of all sorts).
The latest object of my admiration? Particularly poetic brooms by Sunhouse Craft, “inspired by the timeless traditions of Appalachian crafts, designed and made in the rolling hills of Berea, Kentucky,” recently spotted online via Maine shop Minka.
Sunhouse is the project of designer and broom-maker Cynthia Main (along with Doug Stubbs, who makes the shop’s wooden wares), and all brooms are “hand-woven with a non-electric process, and time and attention is paid to the details of each piece. Wood is sustainably sourced and harvested from nearby and locally farmed, and natural fibers inform the design process,” according to the Sunhouse site.
Before we dive in, we should note that, fittingly enough, Sunhouse is reopening their shop after a winter hiatus on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Everything is available for pre-order before then. And, they add on Instagram: “Mark your calendar for our first seconds sale on 2/22!”
Take a look:
Above L: The little Haystack broom ($5). “I wanted to make something to celebrate my years as a grain grower, and celebrate gathering tasks, and group labor. This little broom is it,” writes Cynthia on the Sunhouse Craft site. It’s perfect as “a little desktop broom (confession, I use it to sweep crumbs off my laptop) with a nylon gold thread.” Above R: The multipurpose Scrub ($7) can be used on “cast iron, shovels, and other hard scrubbing tasks,” Cynthia writes, or a strand can be pulled out to use as a cake tester.
More brushes and brooms we are endlessly admiring: