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Old Craft - Besom Making

The Besom Squire

Another country craft was that of besom-making. A besom was a roughly fashioned short-handled sweeping brush which was reserved for use in the hearth area of the kitchen. It was most effective on uneven flag floors, and in more recent times found its way into the garden where it proved a useful gadget for effectively lifting leaves off the lawn!

The head of the besom was generally fashioned from a handful of birch cuttings, which was then attached to a handle.
 
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