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Poetic( and Practical) Brooms from Sunhouse Craft in Kentucky

Shaker Series Handbrooms from Sunhouse Craft

The latest object of my admiration? Particularly poetic brooms by Sunhouse Craft, “inspired by the timeless traditions of Appalachian crafts, designed and made in the rolling hills of Berea, Kentucky,” recently spotted online via Maine shop Minka.

Sunhouse is the project of designer and broom-maker Cynthia Main (along with Doug Stubbs, who makes the shop’s wooden wares), and all brooms are “hand-woven with a non-electric process, and time and attention is paid to the details of each piece. Wood is sustainably sourced and harvested from nearby and locally farmed, and natural fibers inform the design process,” according to the Sunhouse site.

Take a look:

Rainbow Broom from Sunhouse Craft
Above: The whimsical Rainbow Broom ($35) is a “bent broom made of formed broomcorn,” wrapped in cotton of dark pinks, blues, or a custom color of your choice.
Knot Broom from Sunhouse Craft
Above: I particularly love the small, simple Knot Broom ($8), with a handle of tied broomcorn.
Double Brooms from Sunhouse Craft
Above: Two brooms in one: Each Double Broom ($95) is custom made.
Frankies Broom from Sunhouse Craft
Above: Frankies Broom ($15) is the first I spotted on the Minka website, with a charmingly imperfect wrapped handle. (It’s $15 via Minka as well.)

Above L: The little Haystack broom ($5). “I wanted to make something to celebrate my years as a grain grower, and celebrate gathering tasks, and group labor. This little broom is it,” writes Cynthia on the Sunhouse Craft site. It’s perfect as “a little desktop broom (confession, I use it to sweep crumbs off my laptop) with a nylon gold thread.” Above R: The multipurpose Scrub ($7) can be used on “cast iron, shovels, and other hard scrubbing tasks,” Cynthia writes, or a strand can be pulled out to use as a cake tester.

Wilder Broom by Sunhouse Craft
Above: The Wilder Broom ($10) is wrapped with indigo-dyed organic linen and has a small leather loop on the back for hanging.
Hemp Wings from Sunhouse Craft
Above: Hemp Wings ($18) are available in many colorways, woven with hemp from Weaver House in Philadelphia.
Gibbous Broom from Sunhouse Craft
Above: “Inspired by the curve of a crescent moon,” Suncraft’s Gibbous Broom ($18) is wrapped in black mercerized cotton, dyed with “indigo and vinegaroon,” and fitted with a raw leather hanging loop.
Shaker Series Handbrooms from Sunhouse Craft
Above: And Suncraft’s neutral Shaker Series Handbrooms, made in collaboration with the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky, are “patterned after brooms they used to produce at the Pleasant Hill Historical site.” The collection includes a pot scrubber ($7), whisk broom ($10), and turkey wing ($20).

N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published on Remodelista on Feb. 5, 2021.

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