Broom Making in the Ozarks
taught by Shawn Hoefer
Learn to make a variety of beautiful and functional brooms. Starting with the simple, yet startlingly versatile whisk broom. You'll move through the styles, learning to make a turkey wing, hawk tail and hearth broom. Finish up this 5-day class with cob web brooms and kitchen brooms.
As you tie, you'll learn a little of the fascinating history of the American broom maker and be entertained by your instructor's knowledge and patter. The brooms you create in this class will not only be functional, but they'll also be works of art that utilize basket weaving (plaiting) techniques.
You will learn to tie, stitch and plait your brooms.
All broomcorn, wire, twine and handle material is provided and covered in your class fee. You may bring your own sticks for handles if you would like. You can email OFC Broomsquire Shawn Hoefer directly at [email protected] with any questions.
Total cost of class - $556 (does not include meals or lodging) A non-refundable registration fee of $106 is due at the time of registration. Class fee $450.00, includes materials and is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Shawn accepts cash/check/credit card.
This class is for students ages 16 and up. Call the park at 870-269-3854 for more information
Lodging is available in the park at our Cabins at Dry Creek, newly remodeled duplex-style hotel rooms. There is a Folk School discount for students booking more than 3 days. Call the Cabins office at 800-264-3655 to book with the discount.
Meet your instructors -
Shawn Hoefer and Elena Larson have been making brooms for more than a decade. They have developed many unique styles and techniques and have been recognized for the quality and craftsmanship of their broom by not only the 4,000 people who buy their brooms each year, but also by the Monahan Partners, who sponsor the National Craft Broom Competition in Arcola, Illinois each September. Both Shawn and Lena have won the championship several times, and even more impressive, their students often enter, place and win.