Broom Making Classes with Larry Antonuk

The League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is pleased to offer 3 broom making classes for the 2024 class season with league juried artist Larry Antonuk!

The art of broom making reached its pinnacle in New England during the late 1800’s, driven mainly by the various Shaker museums. Prior to the industrial revolution most towns had several broom making shops. The average farm house held over a dozen brooms of different styles, suited ideally to an individual task. In these classes students will create some of the original designs, using authentic broom corn and other materials.

About the instructor:

Larry Antonuk began his brooming journey in 2010 after watching a demonstration at the Enfield, NH Shaker Museum. He soon became an interpreter at the museum, and began researching broom designs and building reproductions of both small and tall brooms. Larry is a juried broom maker with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and sells brooms at five Shaker museums in New England.

Please scroll down to see the classes available.


Plaited Turkey Wing Workshop with Larry Antonuk

Saturday, August 31st 10 am – 4 pm

Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, August 31, 2024 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for a Plaited Turkey Wing Workshop with juried artist Larry Antonuk.

 

What to expect: In this class we’ll explore broom making basics by creating a simple turkey wing style whisk broom, and then embellishing the handle with either broomcorn stalk or basket reed. Students will take home two or more brooms, as well as the knowledge necessary to continue crafting brooms on their own.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning the basics of traditional broom making. Note that moderate hand strength – along with some hand-eye-foot coordination – will make this a more enjoyable workshop.

Tuition is $75 per student with a $15 materials fee, paid cash or check to the instructor on the day of the class. All tools and materials will be provided.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Those who wish to take the class MUST sign up by Monday, August 26th.

To register for this workshop call the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at (603) 279-7920 or visit the Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.


Handled Broom Workshop with Larry Antonuk

Saturday, November 23rd 10 am – 4 pm

Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, November 23, 2024 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for a Handled Broom Workshop with juried artist Larry Antonuk.

What to expect:  In this class you’ll take broom making to the next level, making a broom on a wooden handle. This might be a small child’s broom, a hearth broom, or a small parlor broom. You’ll learn techniques related to the “tumble spool” and how it relates to a handled broom. You’ll go home with a small practice whisk as well as one or more handled brooms of your design.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning the basics of traditional broom making. Note that moderate hand strength – along with some hand-eye-foot coordination – will make this a more enjoyable workshop. Previous broom making experience will be helpful, but not mandatory.

Tuition is $85 per student with a $20 materials fee, paid cash or check to the instructor on the day of the class. All tools and materials will be provided.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Those who wish to take the class MUST sign up by Monday, November 25th.

To register for this workshop call the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at (603) 279-7920 or visit the Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.



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