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About Henry

Henry Tschetter has been making brooms for over 50 years.  He learned from his father and grandfather as a child, born and raised in a Hutterite colony in South Dakota.   

For many of his brooms, he uses antique deseeder, broomwinder, stitching press, cutting knife, broom hammer and needles. Some of the brooms are made entirely by hand. 

 

He grows, harvests and colors the broom corn on his Rockford, Michigan farm. 

 

He enjoys creating brooms in many different sizes, shapes and colors and likes to use unique items for the handles. The Grand Rapids Press referred to Henry as a ‘broom artist’.  

 

It should be noted that his brooms are functional as well as decorative.   

 

Henry demonstrates broom making and sells at several antique tractor shows and other events, such as the Greenfield Village Farmers Market.  Refer to the schedule of 2011 events to identify an event near you.

 

CARING FOR YOUR BROOM

Henry’s brooms are designed to be functional and decorative.  Depending on how they are used and how you take care of them, they should last for several years.  There are two things you can do to take care of them.

1 – All of Henry’s brooms have a loop or a hook for hanging.  If you do not hang your broom from the loop or hook, it will bend out of shape and not perform as well as it should.

2 – It is helpful to get your broom wet occasionally. You can run the faucet over it or dunk it in a bucket of water two or three times a year.  After you get it wet, hang it up by the loop or hook while it dries so any excess water drips out, not back into the tight area of the broom fibers.

Following the above two practices will extend the life of your broom.