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Your household broom might not look like much, but it has a rich history going back thousands of years. While today's brooms are largely mass-produced by machines, they were once constructed by hand, each one unique.

A small number of craftsmen keep the historic art of broom making alive and vibrant. Brian Newton, owner of Broomcorn Johnny's in downtown Nashville, Indiana, is one of them. Using tools from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Brian, a prizewinner at the 2012 Arcola National Craft Broom Competition, and an Indiana Artisan, is dedicated to creating high-quality, long-lasting, beautiful brooms for his customers.

Broomcorn Johnny's is a fully functional broom maker's shop; if you drop by, you will likely find Brian, who is trained as a mechanical designer, busy at work and happy to share his knowledge of the craft. Brian enjoys researching and reviving obscure historical broom designs, and teaching others what he has learned about the process.

At his shop, Brian produces a wide range of brooms, including the standard kind used for cleaning floors, smaller ones for more specialized purposes, and artistic creations meant for display. He also takes custom orders. Art brooms, specialty brooms and other one of a kind offerings may be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/bcjohnnys

If you are interested in learning more about broom making and perhaps taking home a piece of American history yourself, stop by the shop or peruse the website to see what is available. If you would like to offer these products in your store, wholesale accounts are available. Please provide your store name, location, web site if applicable and a copy of your Retail Merchants Certificate when enquiring about wholesale opportunities.

In addition to the store, website and FB, you can find us at the following Indiana festivals in 2014:
September 12-14, 2014 Lanesville Heritage Weekend in Lanesville, Indiana
http://lanesvilleheritageweekend.org/site/
  • 17 miles from Louisville, KY
  • 115 miles from Cincinnati, OH
  • 123 miles from Indianapolis, IN
October 10, 2014 Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville, Indiana
http://www.coveredbridges.com/
  • 160 miles from Chicago, IL
  • 57 miles from Indianapolis, IN
  • 194 miles from St. Louis, MO
Brian Newton, Broom Master, Indiana Artisan