One of the most common questions I hear when I am demonstrating my craft is, “What plant material is used for the broom bristles?” The material is called broomcorn (Sorghum bicolor). This plant is closely related to sweet sorghum (Sorghum which is the plant used to produce sorghum molasses.  Broomcorn is an annual and, from a distance, looks like sweet corn in the field. Yet, upon close examination, there are no cobs, just a large tassel on the top. That tassel is the part of the plant used for making brooms. Other materials can be used for the sweeper of a broom, but we’re focusing on traditional corn brooms.

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While developing the broom machine, its inventors also examined the broom handle, looking for a better way to secure the sorghum tassels to it. These inventors drilled two holes in the handle and inserted split pegs into the round holes. The broom corn was lashed onto the handle and pegs, using linen twine.

The Plantagenet kings used common broom (known as planta genista in Latin) as an emblem and took their name from it. It was originally the emblem of Geoffrey of Anjou, father of Henry II of England. Wild broom is still common in dry habitats around Anjou, France.

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The powdered seeds are likewise administered and sometimes a tincture is employed. Bruised Broom seeds were formerly used infused in rectified spirit, allowed to stand two weeks and then strained. A tablespoonful in a glass of peppermint water was taken daily for liver complaints and ague.

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First, apply an even amount of primer to a small foam roller. Apply the primer using medium pressure across the surface of the wood rack.  Wait for the primer to cure before applying your colored paint.Once the primer has cured, use a different foam rolling brush and apply your colored paint. We chose a warm, neutral gray called Flannel Gray for our rack/hanger base. Grays are known for their ability to effortlessly coordinate with all colors and styles, making Flannel Gray a perfect choice for this eclectic antique rack/hanger.

In Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West used a broomstick to fly over Oz. She also used it to skywrite Surrender Dorothy above the Emerald City. The Wizard commands Dorothy and her three traveling companions to bring the Wicked Witch’s broomstick to him in order to grant their wishes. Dorothy carries it to the Wizard with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion after the Wicked Witch’s death.

Cooking at this time was much different than it is today. Stoves did not exist. They had not yet been invented. Cooking was done outside, over an open fire, or in a huge fireplace in the kitchen. Reflector ovens, and pots hanging from chains, were used to prepare the meals. Wood had to be carried in for the fire, and the ashes had to be carried out. In between, the fire had to be tended to provide just the right flame, coals and heat. A big and messy job. So, a broom was an important tool in keeping the hearth area clean. Unfortunately, good brooms did not exist, and dust and ashes were a part of life.

Other farmers quickly planted acres of broomcorn and joined the trade, as broom cultivation and construction was a fairly simple side-job that could fit easily into the pre-established rhythms of agricultural life. By the first few decades of the 19th century, a number of versions of the “broom machine”—a set of vices, clamps and a foot treadle (essentially a tension apparatus that uses the broom-maker’s feet to keep a roll of twine taut as he winds it around the broom corn)—had been developed that made broom manufacturing even quicker.

Lobby Broom Heads and Handles are designed to sweep efficiently in restaurants, malls, lobbies, and other commercial areas. Synthetic bristles help to resist staining, discoloration, and odor absorption.

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Intensive goat grazing has been used to control brooms and gorse. Goats are most effective in controlling regrowth following initial control strategies. Goat grazing may be difficult if you are trying to reestablish natives during the control process since goats will also likely browse the native plants.

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Check the mop head each time you mop to make certain it is fastened tightly. If the mop head is not on the handle properly, metal or plastic components may scrape the floor. For this reason also, replace mop heads whenever they show signs of tearing or falling apart.

—Substitutes—It is essential that true Broom be carefully distinguished from Spanish Broom (Spartium junceum), since a number of cases of poisoning have occurred from the substitution of the dried flowers of Spartium for those of the true Broom.

Starting in 1810, Early American Brooms had pegged handles. Broom makers had brace and bit and could drill round holes in the handles, but did not have round pegs. So they split square pegs, trying to make them just the right size to fit snugly into the drilled holes. If the pegs came out too small, they would not stay in the hole so the broom could be made. If the pegs were too big, they could split the handle when driven into the hole. Only the correct size would fit in. So developed the saying, Square peg in a round hole for those not fitting in.