Brooms for Drumming? Creating the Drum Brush

This week we’ve been working on a new creation: Broomcorn Drum Brushes. The idea came from a local drummer who approached us, looking an alternative sound to common wire brushes used by percussionists.

Intrigued, we put together a couple of samples, based on our popular Turkey Wing Whisk - they share the wide sweeping head and wire wrap. However we made these brushes with narrower handles, woven with a thin cord instead of thicker jute that we normally use. We also added a line of stitching to help the brush maintain its shape.

We are excited about the results! David and his drumming friend Russ tested the brushes and were pleased with the sound. I shot a video of the brushes in action with Russ’ djembe which is posted on our Facebook page – click the link below to watch.

If you like the sound (and look) of the brushes, they are available to purchase here.

Broomworks Gift Certificates – a perfect last minute gift

Are you still looking for that last minute gift?

Send your loved one the gift of a well-swept floor with a Haydenville Broomworks Gift Certificate. Our gift certificates allow you to support a small traditional craft business and to give a personalized and thoughtful (last minute) gift.

Click here to order online and we will email the gift certificate to you or directly to the lucky recipient.

The Broomworks is Open for Business!

We are excited to announce the launch of Haydenville Broomworks!

We are located in the foothills of the Berkshires in snowy Western Massachusetts, and make handcrafted brooms in the Shaker tradition. Our brooms are both functional and beautiful, and help continue a long history of broom-making in New England. We invite you to explore the website to learn more about the broom-making process and browse through the broomshop!