The Broom Making Process
Broomcorn consists of a tall stately stalk 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 tabling must be done because the broom- corn is so tall (14-16 feet). It needs to be 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. Cutting the table is hard and dangerous task using a very sharp broom corn 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 dry, the brush is
ready to be made into a
broom using a broom
making machine, also
Final step is to stitch or sew the broom flat.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce.
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); Broom Maker (here, next to this marker); The Paper Maker's Shop (a few steps from this marker); Cabin Homestead 1830s (a few steps from this marker); Fouts Kitchen And Medical Plants Garden (a few steps from this marker); Loom House Weaver (within shouting distance of this marker); An Herb Garden (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delphi.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 25, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.