|Display of hand-made brooms that was on|
the door of the stable at Landis Valley Museum.
|Walter is sitting on his Schnitzelbank|
beginning a cobweb broom.
|Lacing one broomcorn stalk at a time|
onto the handle. He uses an uneven
number of broomcorn stalks so that
his stitching will be more even and not
overlap too many times.
|As he finishes the final broomcorn stalk, he wraps the|
cord quite a few times around the grouping of stalks
and ties it a few times to keep it in place.
|Next he trims all broomcorn pieces to the same length.|
|He has a variety of cord that is part nylon and part cotton. Years ago it more than likely wasn't as strong since it didn't contain any nylon.|
|This is broom straw that is what can be used for the traditional broom you can buy at the supermarket.|
|A few brooms he recently finished waiting for a buyer. Most of his brooms sell for about $20. A real bargain considering they are well-made and made in Lancaster County by Hand; Walter Hand to be exact!|