My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Besom Broom

The word ‘Besom’ derives from the old English ‘besma’ meaning ‘bundle of twigs’.

Cut a sturdy stick for your broom handle

Cut a sturdy stick for your broom handle

Cut the handle to taper at the top

Cut the handle to taper at the top

This sharp point make it easier to attach the broom handle

This sharp point make it easier to attach the broom handle

Cut a bundle of fine twigs

Cut a bundle of fine twigs

Gather the twigs in your hand and knock it on a working surface

Gather the twigs in your hand and knock it on a working surface

To create a flat butt end of the broom

To create a flat butt end of the broom

Bind the bundle with bind wire

Bind the bundle with bind wire

Twist the wire to make sure it is really tightly bound

Twist the wire to make sure it is really tightly bound

Cover the bind wire with bark wire

Because my broom is more decorative than functional I covered the bind wire with bark wire

Add a few wire tendrils to finish the broom

Add a few wire tendrils to create a more whimsical broom

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make wire tendrils

Wiggle the sharp end of the handle into the brush of the broom

Wiggle the sharp end of the handle into the brush of the broom

Tap the broom on a working surface to let the handle settle

Tap the broom on a working surface to let the handle settle

Drill a small hole into the brush and handle

Drill a small hole into the brush and handle

Hammer a peg into the wood so that it fits tightly

Hammer a peg into the wood so that it fits tightly

Cut the peg

Cut the peg

Add a few more decorative wire tendrils and the broom is ready to design with

Add a few more decorative wire tendrils and the broom is ready to design with

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Tutorials

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

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