Turkey Wing Whisk Brooms
June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$65.00 – $75.00
Turkey Wing Whisk Brooms Workshop
Saturday, June 17, 2023
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
During the 19th century, the Enfield Shakers produced as many as “2000 dozen” brooms per year. Begun at Watervliet, New York community, in 1798, the Shaker broom industry quickly became one of the most important industries for Shaker communities across the country. Brooms can also be seen as a symbol of an important Shaker ideal. Cleanliness was a spiritual and moral imperative. When Mother Ann Lee told her followers, “Sweep clean,” she was referring not only to the floor of the home, but also the floor of the heart.
Join our resident broom squire Larry Antonuk for a Turkey Wing Whisk Brooms Workshop. Begin by learning to make a simple bundle whisk brooms, including the knots and materials used to make all brooms. After you master the skills necessary to use a “tumble spool”, you will move on to the more challenging turkey wing whisk broom.
These traditional, functional, high quality and long lasting brooms are made from natural broom corn.
This workshop takes place in the historic Brethren’s West Shop that once housed part of the Shaker broom making industry at Enfield. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and work on historic equipment.
Class size limited to 8. Advance registration required.
Museum Members – $65/per person (includes materials)
Non-Members – $75/per person (includes materials)
More about our Broom Squire Larry Antonuk:
Sometime in 2010, Larry Antonuk found himself on a tour of the Enfield Shaker Museum. While watching a Broom Making demonstration he became fascinated with the process, and wound up coming back for a private tutorial with Master Broom Maker Susan Brown.
One thing led to another, and Larry is now a frequent demonstrator at the Museum. He has researched and reproduced a variety of Shaker designs, and now sells his work in our Gift Shop. Larry is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, and can often be seen demonstrating at the Sunapee Fair.