Making a broom

Making a Birch broom - man holding birch branches - © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Making a Birch broom – man holding birch branches – © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Step-by-step guide for making a garden broom.

Making a Birch broom - man tying up birch branches with steel wire using pliers - © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Making a Birch broom – man tying up birch branches with steel wire using pliers – © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

For centuries the birch brooms have been used for cleaning houses, ovens, fireplaces, yards and streets. The knowledge of how to make them was passed on from generation to generation and so came to us.

Making a Birch broom - man tidying leaves from the lawn using newly made birch broom - © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Making a Birch broom – man tidying leaves from the lawn using newly made birch broom – © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Mr. Leon is an old school gardener and has accumulated years of useful tips for how to make and use practical home-made tools. This broom is used with traditional, mainly of natural materials, while the newer approaches involve the use of steel wire and nails for fixing the holders of the broom. Mr Leon uses fresh birch branches. The process is simple and with some practice a broom can be made in a very short time.

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