misc / brooms
Hometown: Lebanon, PA
Jeffrey Heilman only intended to help a friend with some remodeling work on his Pennsylvania mountain cottage. His friend, a veteran broom maker for several decades, had a work area with rows of corn brooms standing upside down, with the reeds of sorghum splayed out like fans.
Jeffrey was struck by the beauty of the scene and remarked to his friend, “You’re living inside the artwork.” The friend invited him to try making a broom of his own. And the rest is history!
At craft shows, he sometimes hears people say they are surprised anyone still uses corn brooms for cleaning. And they apparently don’t realize they’re actually better at cleaning. Jeffrey likes to say his house brooms are so good, “they put dust bunnies on the endangered species list.”