Three Pines Farm is a 5th generation family farm that is home to a lovely studio space in grandpa's renovated barn. We provide classes and specialty events centered on the arts, cooking, traditional crafts, sustainable living, and various other pursuits.

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Introduction to Broom Making: Handcrafted Whisk Brooms with Marybeth Garmoe


Introduction to Broom Making: Handcrafted Whisk Brooms with Marybeth Garmoe


Experience broom making basics in this hands-on workshop crafting your own set of whisk brooms. These whisk brooms are the perfect marriage of practicality and beauty – functional, but so lovely they can hang like a work of art on your wall. You will frequently find yourself reaching for these handy brooms to clean countertops, workbenches, car seats, around the wood stove, or to collect those dust bunnies in one swoop. So handy.

This one-day introduction to broom-making will cover three different styles of hand brooms. Using traditional broom-corn, students will learn the Shaker, Turkey Wing, and Hawk Tail methods of tying a whisk broom with experienced broom maker Marybeth Garmoe. Students will explore the usefulness of this old craft, find a new appreciation for the various decorative and functional styles of brooms, and leave prepared to take on further broom making projects with confidence–not to mention at least three hand brooms ready to work and beautiful enough to spark joy with each use.

About Your Educator

Marybeth was born in the Midwest and spent her childhood summers exploring the forests and lakes of Northern Wisconsin, poking under logs, crafting things for play from found grapevines and bark pieces, and sneaking occasional snacks on wild onions or young dandelion leaves when her parents weren't looking. After studying Ecology and Forestry, she held multiple jobs working in remote backcountry settings and with people who had strong ties to the land and rich cultural histories and traditions inspired by those landscapes. Those experiences, combined with multiple folk school internships, influenced Marybeth to delve more deeply into the world of traditional craft. After gaining years of experience turning wood, carving spoons and tying broomcorn brooms, she went rogue, quit her job, and started making her living and lifestyle by selling her hand-crafts, teaching and harvesting wild foods. She is continually inspired by the idea of living in harmony with the seasons - growing, crafting and harvesting most of what she needs and limiting consumerism to what is necessary and affordable.

Learn more about Marybeth on her website, and find her Instagram.

Date: Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Cost: $105.00 per person (includes materials for 3 whisk brooms, farm fresh lunch, applicable taxes - accommodations not included)

Age Requirement: 16 years or older

Skill Requirement: All skill levels welcome. Hand strength is required (an example of adequate hand and wrist strength is the ability to open a sealed jar)

Items to Bring/Note: We will work with wet broomcorn, which often results in some wetness on your lap. Please wear pants that you do not mind getting wet or bring a towel to cover your lap while working.

Accommodations: The Black Hawk Hotel is located in the charming historic downtown of Cedar Falls and is a quick 10min drive to the farm.

Food: Snacks and a farm fresh, homemade lunch will provided. You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch if you prefer. Please share any dietary concerns (, and we will try our best to accommodate.

Safety Concerns: We will use some sharp tools such as knives and scissors in this class as well as flames (in the form of lighters, matches or candles) to seal the ends of the nylon string. Safety concerns will be addressed with students and proper methods for mitigating injuries will be taught.

Fine Print: Please register by May 25th, 2019. If the class minimum is not met, a refund may be issued in lieu of this class offering. You will be alerted shortly after the registration deadline if a refund is being issued. All materials and supplies will be provided in class.

Out of respect for the investment of time and effort by our educational staff, cancellations occurring after May 25th, 2019 will be subject to the forfeiture of registration costs.

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