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Olive's Workshops

Make a Hearth Broom

Regular price $85.00
Regular price Sale price $85.00

Make a Hearth Broom

Instructor: Marlow Gates

Day & Date: Saturday, August 10

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuition: $85.00

Location: This workshop will be held on the John C. Campbell Folk School main campus, in the Rock Room Studio connected to the Woodworking Studio. The Rock Room is number 19 on our Campus Map 

Ages: Adults (18 and up)

All levels are welcome. No experience required.

Students Please Bring:

  • Note taking materials.
  • Clothes that can get dirty.
  • A snack and/or water bottle.

Explore the traditional craft and emerging art form of broom making. Did you ever wonder what broom corn is? Marlow will introduce this natural material and discuss some of its history. Learn to make a hearth broom from start to finish. All levels are welcome; moderate hand and upper-body strength is needed.

There will be a 1-hour lunch break. Bring a lunch or explore local dining options, restaurants are limited near the main campus.     

Instructor provided materials are included with an estimated $30 FEE PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop. Material fees may change depending on the number of participants and price of materials at the workshop. *Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees. 

* Workshops are subject to low enrollment cancellation if the minimum number of students is not reached. You can call Olive’s Porch to check current enrollment for any of the workshops you’re interested in*

About the Instructor: Marlow Gates is a second-generation broommaker, carrying on his father's tradition of craftsmanship in broommaking. Rumor has it that he has been tying brooms since he was five years old (bonus points to any student who brings in the tabloid article from 1977 which verifies this rumor!). With a degree in design from North Carolina State University, Marlow now joins his wife, Diana, in creating brooms as functional art at their studio in Big Sandy Mush, NC.