BROOMCHICK

Brooms & Besoms: Weddings, Magical Ceremony & Cleaning

Oregon, United States · 5275 Sales

BROOMCHICK

Brooms & Besoms: Weddings, Magical Ceremony & Cleaning

Oregon, United States 5275 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome to the Broomchick at Scheumack Broom Company, proudly offering handmade functional brooms, besoms & walking sticks. We have wedding brooms & handfasting besoms, brooms for Witches, broomsticks for cleaning, fireplace brooms, carved brooms, Quidditch brooms, hand brooms and feather dusters PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING!

**IF YOU LIVE ON THE WEST COAST THE SHIPPING MY BE A LITTLE OVER PRICED. JUST MESSAGE ME WHEN YOU ORDER AND I'LL REFUND YOU THE OVERAGE WHEN I SHIP YOUR BROOM.**

Our handmade brooms and besoms are 100% Organic, and attention to detail is paid every step of the way, from harvesting the raw materials, to the finished piece.

Please keep in mind when ordering that the brooms are MADE TO ORDER and will not look exactly like the ones in the photos. No two brooms look alike because we take artistic freedom when making them; each stick will be different in personality and there will be variations in the broom corn colors because we dye them by hand.

When ordering, you are welcome to request a "thin" vs "thick" handle or "straight" vs "crooked " handle in the "note to seller" section and we will do our best to fulfill your request. We do not offer custom color mixes, but you can request a darker or lighter mix and I'll do my best to pick something close. Half the fun of ordering online is opening the package to see what unique broom has been made for you. They all have character, they are all very durable and they all beg to be used!

PLEASE ALLOW FOR UP TO 3 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY, I am usually able to get them out within 2 weeks, but we have been overwhelmed with orders lately so it sometimes takes a little longer. It also takes longer for brooms to dry during the rainy season. We ship everything by USPS Priority 2-3 day delivery.

** Please note: We are a very small business & because of the volume of orders we receive WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CUSTOM ORDERS AT THIS TIME. **

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO BE THE FIRST TO HEAR ABOUT GIVEAWAYS, COUPONS, NEW PRODUCTS & SPECIAL AUCTIONS! http://www.facebook.com/broomchick

MY BLOG - MAKING A CLEAN SWEEP: http://broomchick.blogspot.com/

WEBSITE: www.broomchick.com

Thanks so much for checking out our ETSY site! We hope you like what you see!

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 8, 2016

Welcome to the Broomchick at Scheumack Broom Company, proudly offering handmade functional brooms, besoms & walking sticks. We have wedding brooms & handfasting besoms, brooms for Witches, broomsticks for cleaning, fireplace brooms, carved brooms, Quidditch brooms, hand brooms and feather dusters PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING!

**IF YOU LIVE ON THE WEST COAST THE SHIPPING MY BE A LITTLE OVER PRICED. JUST MESSAGE ME WHEN YOU ORDER AND I'LL REFUND YOU THE OVERAGE WHEN I SHIP YOUR BROOM.**

Our handmade brooms and besoms are 100% Organic, and attention to detail is paid every step of the way, from harvesting the raw materials, to the finished piece.

Please keep in mind when ordering that the brooms are MADE TO ORDER and will not look exactly like the ones in the photos. No two brooms look alike because we take artistic freedom when making them; each stick will be different in personality and there will be variations in the broom corn colors because we dye them by hand.

When ordering, you are welcome to request a "thin" vs "thick" handle or "straight" vs "crooked " handle in the "note to seller" section and we will do our best to fulfill your request. We do not offer custom color mixes, but you can request a darker or lighter mix and I'll do my best to pick something close. Half the fun of ordering online is opening the package to see what unique broom has been made for you. They all have character, they are all very durable and they all beg to be used!

PLEASE ALLOW FOR UP TO 3 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY, I am usually able to get them out within 2 weeks, but we have been overwhelmed with orders lately so it sometimes takes a little longer. It also takes longer for brooms to dry during the rainy season. We ship everything by USPS Priority 2-3 day delivery.

** Please note: We are a very small business & because of the volume of orders we receive WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CUSTOM ORDERS AT THIS TIME. **

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO BE THE FIRST TO HEAR ABOUT GIVEAWAYS, COUPONS, NEW PRODUCTS & SPECIAL AUCTIONS! http://www.facebook.com/broomchick

MY BLOG - MAKING A CLEAN SWEEP: http://broomchick.blogspot.com/

WEBSITE: www.broomchick.com

Thanks so much for checking out our ETSY site! We hope you like what you see!

Samantha Pritchard

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SPRING IS HERE!!!!! I've already started my spring cleaning, by moving to a whole new house!!! The timing couldn't be more perfect.
An awesome customer photo by Tammy! She's decorating her porch for Halloween with our Witch's Besom in Black. Thanks for the photo Tammy! It looks great! heart

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One of my customers, Ellen Webster, shared this photo on my Broomchick Facebook page. Her cat, Sammy, adores their new kitchen broom. Soooo cute!

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Let's tour the broom shop!!

Hi there! My name is Samantha, also known as the "Broomchick" and we are Scheumack Broom Company!

I sometimes get emails from folks who are skeptical about how our brooms are made because the quality is so good they assume that they are machine made, so I will attempt to give you a tour of the tools we use and the broom making process at our shop, Scheumack Broom Company, and introduce you to the rest of the broom crew.

In photo #1 you see our pedal operated winding machine which we use to wind the broom corn onto the broom stick with. This is one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in the broom shop and I you can see Seth winding brooms in photo #2. In the past we have used sassafras sticks which we get from the Ozarks of Arkansas where the wood grows wild but now most of our wood is acquired from a local sustainable reforestation project just outside of Eugene, Oregon. The saplings that are harvested will be a northwest variety of woods including Cherry, Maple and Hazel and all will go thru the kiln drying process. Our broom corn is grown by the Amish, in Southern Illinois, and we dye the corn ourselves in a variety of colors (mostly rust, or black), photo #3 is Emily and her pug, Tater, who are responsible for dying all of the broom corn at the broom shop.

Once the broom corn is wound onto the stick it then goes to the sewer who loads it into the historic "Shaker Vice" which is what makes the brooms flat. The shaker vice that is featured photo #4 has iron casting that dates back to 1878. Both Seth and Michael (photo #5) sew brooms bare handed with a flat needle that has its hole in the center of the needle. The boys have hardened their hands to the point that they no longer needs to use finger tape and leather palm cuffs, unlike me. when I sit down to sew a broom with my sissy girl fingers I tape nearly every finger with surgical tape, then I put on thick leather and metal palm cuffs and get to work. I probably waste a good 10 minutes just prepping to sew. In photo #6 you can see me sewing a broom on the shaker vice without tape on. Most brooms take about 3 rows of stitching, the smaller ones we do two rows on.

When the broom is sewn it then goes into a pile next to the platting table where it will eventually be platted. Platting is what we call the basket weave decoration that goes over the metal winding wire at the top of the broom. The plats are actually the stock of the broom corn plant and we cut them into about 8 inch sections then slice them in half and we soak them in buckets of water to soften them up, then using the contraption we call a winding table (seen in photo #7 with Brutus the Broomchick Pug) we use our feet on the wheel for tension as we weave the plats onto the broom. Much like sewing this requires a great deal of upper body strength and we get quite a workout from platting. In photo #8 you can see Michael platting a Turkey Wing Broom.

The final stage of broom making is what we call "trim, hole and leather" and it's exactly that. We use a guillotine style trimmer to trim the broom corn flat, then using a drill press we drill a hole at the top of the stick and finish up with a piece of leather.

Some of our brooms (the Kitchen Broom and the Hearth Broom) are offered with hand carved tree spirits. In photo #9, our mentor Thurman Scheumack, demonstrates carving a Tree Spirit into a Kitchen Broom handle using traditional German hand carving tools.

To learn more about the broom shop check out these links:
About Us:
http://www.broommagic.com/#!about-us/c1d72

About the Crew:
http://www.broommagic.com/#!the-crew/izgjc

About the Carvings:
http://www.broommagic.com/#!the-carvings/vxyy7

There you have it! I hope you have enjoyed your broom shop tour!

Cheers to making a clean sweep!!
~ Samantha (Broomchick)
Scheumack Broom Company

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  • Thurman Scheumack

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Thurman Scheumack, owner and founder of Scheumack Broom Company, has been a mentor to many-a-broom maker. He holds down the fort at the broom shop where we all work together bringing quality handmade brooms to people in all walks of life.

  • Samantha Pritchard

    Marketer, Photographer, Shipper

    My name is Samantha (aka Broomchick), one of 6 members of the Scheumack Broom Company. I am the one who picks them, packs them and ships them out to you. I also enjoy singing The Soothesayers, blowing glass and my awesome Pug, Brutus Beefcake.

  • Seth Harmon

    Maker

    Seth is one of the hard working men of the shop, making the majority of the brooms from start to finish for the last 15+ years. He select your broom sticks, mixes the colors and creates each unique piece, using the ancient broom making techniques.

  • Michael Page

    Maker

    Michael is one of the hard working men of the shop, making the majority of the brooms from start to finish for the last 15+ years. He select your broom sticks, mixes colors and creates each unique piece, using the ancient broom making techniques.

  • Emily Swan & Tater

    Maker, Little Broom Girl

    Emily and Tater the pug are the resident dying crew responsible for the brilliant colors of the broom corn which is dyed by hand. The messiest job in the broom shop! Emily also recently gave birth to baby Sammy, the newest member of the team.

  • Adina Scheumack

    Shipper, Customer Service, Assistant

    Adina is Thurman's wife. She keeps us all in line (especially Thurman), lovingly adding a touch of organization, and inspiration. You will often see Adina running in and out of the shop doing errands with her faithful companion, Bear the dog.

  • Brutus Beefcake

    Broom Guardian

    Brutus is my beloved companion and guardian of the brooms.

  • Cheri & Ian

    Broom Makers & Sellers

    Cheri, Ian and family recently re-located to the Ashland, Oregon area but are still making and selling brooms, walking stick and even some of their own inventions. You can find them at the Ashland market, just ask for the Broom Mama!

  • Onyn

    Broom Maker

    Onyn, son of Cheri and Ian, is one of the next generation of Scheumack Broom makers! You can see Onyn helping out his parents at the Ashland market, in Ashland, Oregon.

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