Appalachian Style Broom Making

October 26 + 27, 2019


I’ve said before that every craftsman searches for what’s not there to practice his craft. A builder looks for the rotten hole where the roof caved in. A water carrier picks the empty pot. A carpenter stops at the house with no door. Workers rush toward some hint of emptiness, which they then start to fill.              -Rumi

In this class, students will weave their own full size traditional Appalachian style floor broom. Handles will be prepared in the class using traditional woodworking tools. No experience necessary, although some manual dexterity and a beginners mind are helpful!




 FULL CLASS ! Thank you!!
*One full-tuition scholarship is available for this class. If you are interested in a scholarship or work-study position, please see our scholarship & work-study page  and email this class’s facilitator here .

Cynthia Main
Photo by Ariana Jordan

Cynthia Main is an artist/maker whose work focuses on relating to land as part of an integral view of a more sustainable society. Cynthia’s strong background in woodworking and traditional craft surfaces in most of her projects, work that often uses traditional techniques for work that is collaborative, community building and plays with ideas and movements around embodiment. Cynthia learned traditional broom making at Tillers International in 2013, and has practiced the art ever since. She is currently an artist in residence at Gallery 123 in Berea, Kentucky.