Crafting Beautiful Objects from Broomcorn
— Wabash & Erie Canal Park Village —
Broomcorn The Unique Plant
Broomcorn consists of a tall stately stalk (14- 18 feet) with a brush at the top and no ears. Broomcorn is a member of the sorghum family. The only part of the broomcorn that is used is the brush. The process of removing the brush is referred too as tabling. During tabling the stalk is brought down to the height level of the worker. This is done by. the worker walking backwards between two rows, bending the stalks diagonally across each other. The brush is then removed using a very sharp broomcorn knife.
Once cut the brush is gathered into small bundles and taken to have the seeds removed, usually by a thrashing machine. Once the seed has been removed, the broomcorn brush is ready for drying. The brush is spread out in layers on slated shelves a few inches apart.
Once the broomcorn is dry it is ready to be cut to custom lengths for the crafting of brooms and brushes. It may be dyed in various colors and recombined for the final production of beautiful functional and decorative objects.
Dyeing broomcorn and combining colors with custom bindings and unique handles
Surrounded by small bunches of broomcorn brush the broommaker begins the process of creating a broom. The winding of the prepared broomcorn brush is facilitated by using the kick winder.
A mature stand of broomcorn ready for tabling and cutting.
The final step is to stitch flat using a broom press.
Erected by Tippecanoe Arts Federation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Wabash & Erie Canal series list.
Location. 40° 35.517′ N, 86° 40.817′ W. Marker is in Delphi, Indiana, in Carroll County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West North Washington Street and North Charles Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is on the Grounds of the Wabash & Erie Canal Conference & Interpretive Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12252 West North Washington Street, Delphi IN 46923, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cooper (here, next to this marker); Education Along The Canal (here, next to this marker); The Broom Making Process (here, next to this marker); The Paper Maker's Shop (a few steps from
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