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Crafts - 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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