141 - Traditional Appalachian Cobweb Besom Sweeper, Mark Hendry, Value: $1,250

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The Appalachian Cobweb Broom was especially designed to get cobwebs off the ceilings of the mountain settlers’ rustic cabins. This broom has green stitching at top, white with blue/brown threads down broom. Silver maple is honey-colored wood, vine wrapping a darker mahogany color.

To accomplish this, the broom is tied Besom style (sewn round) onto a long, light handle for reaching into high spaces easily & the broomcorn is left long & untrimmed, so that the bristly tips of the natural fibers can snag & whisk cobwebs away effortlessly. Freshly harvested natural broomcorn is hand plaited, sewn & stitched with no machinery, in the Ol’ Appalachian tradition onto distinctive, uniquely figured, hand CARVED & finished fancy hardwood handles made from local, hand-selected, ecologically harvested timber.

Our broom heads are made of fresh harvested broomcorn (Sorghum vulgare) twined and hand-plaited in the Appalachian tradition onto each handle.

Dimensions: 66" h with a 33” silver maple and wrapped vine handle.


Mark Hendry is a full-time artisan specializing in historic handcraft with a focus on using natural materials. He has over 30 years’ experience as a professional teacher of fine and performing arts in private, public and magnet schools, Hendry travels the country teaching all levels and ages. He teaches regularly for the John C. Campbell Folk School, is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and is the director and resident artist for Mountain Heritage Handcraft, located in Blue Ridge, Georgia.


Catalog number 141

Value: $1,250
Bidding ended: 3:00pm, 20 May 20213:00pm, Thursday 20 May 2021America/New York


Bidder Time Bid
janthrelkeld 6:50am 18 May 2021 $500
Martha Cox 3:23pm 17 May 2021 $400