Wicked Clean: Intro to Handbrooms

April 10 - April 17, 2024

Wicked Clean: Intro to Handbrooms


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $75

April 10 & 17 ~ 6:00pm to 7:30pm EST

Come learn to design and make functional and sculptural brooms! This two-part virtual demonstration will start with classic handbrooms and progress to more complex objects including kitchen brooms and double headed sweepers. These traditional broom forms will give you a complete overview of broom making, providing the perfect jumping off point for a deeper dive into technical or sculptural forms. Aspen will demonstrate a variety of forms including the turkey wing, hawks tail, potscrubber, cake tester, cobwebber, and kitchen sweeper. Participants are encouraged to reach out ahead of time to request any specialty forms that they would like covered. Aspen will provide a complete materials list with active links to purchasable broom corn, speciality tools, and binding fiber so you can follow along and continue on your own. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new way to apply a lifetime of craft experience, broom making is an exciting and accessible craft. 

This demonstration will be conducted live as a Zoom Meeting. Participants have video and audio access so they can ask questions and share their work with the instructor during the Q&A portion at the end of each session. Please keep your microphone muted during the instructor’s demonstration.

Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted. Peters Valley records online programs and shares them with registered participants as a non-downloadable link. You will have access to each  recording for four weeks following the live event.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Aspen Golann

Aspen Golann is a furniture maker, artist and educator whose work explores gender and power through the manipulation of iconic American furniture forms. Trained as a 17th-19th century woodworker, she mines the intersections of sexuality, identity, decorative arts and contemporary craft in a range of works including fine furniture and sculpture. Aspen has received the Mineck Fellowship, a Windgate residency at SDSU, The Maxwell Hanrahan Award in Craft, a Critical Craft Fellowship at Winterthur Museum and is a member of the 2023 Teaching Artist Cohort through the Center for Craft. She serves on the board of A Workshop of Our Own, The Furniture Society, The Society of Arts + Crafts, writes for Fine Woodworking Magazine, and is the Founder & Director of The Chairmaker’s Toolbox. She lives and works in Southern New Hampshire.

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