BROOMCHICK

Brooms & Besoms: Weddings, Magical Ceremony & Cleaning

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Announcement    *** ATTENTION!! *** ORDERS PLACED AFTER OCTOBER 4TH MAY NOT BE DELIVERED IN TIME FOR SAMHAIN / HALLOWEEN. ****

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 Ostrich feather dusters!

WE MAKE EVERYTHING TO ORDER, SO PLEASE ALLOW FOR:

***************** AT LEAST 2 -3 WEEKS **********************

TO MAKE, CARVE, DRY, AND PACK YOUR BROOMS AND/OR WALKING STICKS.

MAKE SURE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER BEFORE OCTOBER 4TH TO RECIEVE IT BEFORE SAMHAIN AND HALLOWEEN.

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.

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!

**We are a very small business & because of the volume of orders we receive

**** WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CUSTOM ORDERS AT THIS TIME ****

Thanks so much for checking out our ETSY site! You can find me on INSTAGRAM and Facebook too! Just search for Broomchick!

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 2, 2021

*** ATTENTION!! *** ORDERS PLACED AFTER OCTOBER 4TH MAY NOT BE DELIVERED IN TIME FOR SAMHAIN / HALLOWEEN. ****

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 Ostrich feather dusters!

WE MAKE EVERYTHING TO ORDER, SO PLEASE ALLOW FOR:

***************** AT LEAST 2 -3 WEEKS **********************

TO MAKE, CARVE, DRY, AND PACK YOUR BROOMS AND/OR WALKING STICKS.

MAKE SURE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER BEFORE OCTOBER 4TH TO RECIEVE IT BEFORE SAMHAIN AND HALLOWEEN.

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.

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!

**We are a very small business & because of the volume of orders we receive

**** WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CUSTOM ORDERS AT THIS TIME ****

Thanks so much for checking out our ETSY site! You can find me on INSTAGRAM and Facebook too! Just search for Broomchick!

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About BROOMCHICK

Sales 13,264
On Etsy since 2008

Let's tour the broom shop!!

Hi there! My name is Samantha, also known as the "Broomchick" and we are SCHEUMACK BROOM COMPANY, of Eugene, Oregon!

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

Shop members

  • 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.

  • Brutus Beefcake

    Broom Guardian

    Brutus was my beloved companion and guardian of the brooms. He passed away January 1, 2018, but his legacy lives on forever!

  • 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.

  • Emily

    Broom Maker

  • Brian Donnelly

    Broom Maker, Carver

    One of our newest members, Brian, is a local Eugene musician, who enjoys punk rock, garage rock and cycling. He makes brooms and he caught on to carving like a fish in water.

  • Dana Toth

    Shipper, Office Manager

    Dana, former daughter in law of our fearless leader, Thurman, has worked at the shop on and off for over 25 years. At first Dana was a leather worker, back when we made elaborate walking sticks and staff's, now she manages the office and shipping.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Sep 16, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

#1 - ALWAYS HANG YOUR BROOM WHEN NOT USING
#2 - DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BROOM OUTSIDE IN WET CONDITIONS
#3 - IF YOUR BROOM GETS WET, WIPE DRY WITH A TOWEL AND HANG IN A WARM, DRY SPOT.
#4 - IF YOUR BROOM GETS WET AND MILDEW FORMS YOU CAN SPRAY IT LIGHTLY WITH LYSOL OR BLEACH WATER TO KILL THE MOLD, AND USE A DRY TOWEL TO WIPE CLEAN AND DRY. HANG IT UP IN A WARM DRY PLACE.
#5 - BROOMS THAT HAVE CARVINGS: YOU CAN TREAT THE CARVING BY WIPING IT DOWN WITH LINSEED OIL OR ANY OTHER NATURAL OIL TO PRESERVE THE CARVING.

DO WE OFFER CUSTOM BROOMS?

We do not currently offer custom brooms, however, you can request a "straight" or "crooked" and a "thick" or "thin" handle by making a "note to seller" when placing your order. You are welcome to be as specific as you like, but it may hold up your order if we don't have the exact broomstick you are looking for on hand.

Can we rush your order?

You are welcome to ask, but generally during the holiday season (which is August-December) we can not offer expedited shipping. The brooms are made to order and require time to dry. We start new orders every Monday, so if you place your order on a Tuesday it won't be made till the next Monday, to be shipped by that Friday or after the following weekend if it is not completely dry.

We sometimes have extra in stock, so it doesn't hurt to ask.

What is the best way to reach us if you have a question?

We prefer that you message us using the ETSY messaging system so that we can keep all your information within the ETSY system so that it's easy for us to find if we need to. If you have an urgent message please type "URGENT" into the message title, and I'll do my best to respond as quickly as possible.

I generally check messages in the evening or early morning before work, because I have my hands pretty full for the majority of the day. I also try to take the weekends off, so you may not hear back from me right away if you message after 5 on Friday thru Sunday. I do check to see if there are any "URGENT" messages however, so make sure to type "URGENT" in the message title and I'll be able to help you.