Granville Island Broom Co. specializes in the unique art of handcrafted broom making.
Sisters Mary and Sarah Schwieger learned to make brooms from their family while growing up in the Kootenay region of BC. The brooms are woven using Shaker methods and are designed to withstand years with regular use.
Visitors to the shop can watch broom making in action and learn the history of this rare craft.
Mary and Sarah blend beauty, function, and tradition to create a unique product that will complement any home.
About Our Brooms
Granville Island Broom Co. makes hand-crafted brooms using traditional Shaker methods. They are designed to be both functional and decorative and will last many years with daily use. The fibre we use to make the brooms is called broomcorn (Sorghum vulgare), which became the standard for making brooms in the early 1800s.
Historically, brooms in North America were round. They were commonly home made by tying together tree branches, grasses, or whatever was available. In the mid 1800s, the Shakers developed the stitched flat broom, which we continue to use today.
We make a variety of brooms, most of which can be divided into three basic categories:
The Round Untrimmed Broom is the oldest and most traditional style of broom. A large open space can be cleared quickly by sweeping in a circular motion with the side of the brush. These brooms are commonly used in doorways, patios, and sidewalks.
The Round Trimmed Broom is a slight modification to the traditional round style. By cutting the soft tips of the broom, it becomes stiffer, allowing the broom to reach into the cracks of uneven surfaces such as brickwork or tile.
The Flat Broom was popularised by the Shakers in the early 1800s and has since become the most commonly used broom in North America. It has a flat, evenly-trimmed bottom that manoeuvres easily around furniture and works well with a dustpan.
Broomcorn Our brooms are made from high quality broomcorn, a type of sorghum (Sorghum Vulgare) that grows in the Torreon region of Mexico. This type of sorghum has been used for broom making in North America since the early 1800s. We use only raw, unprocessed broomcorn to ensure that the fibre remains strong, durable, and long lasting.
Handles We use a wide selection of broom handles, including
• FSC-certified eucalyptus for dowel floor brooms; • manila rope for whisks and small brushes; • hand forged iron from the Kootenay Forge in Crawford Bay, BC; • sanded manzanita from southeastern Arizona; and • local birch from various locations throughout BC.
Every item we make is a truly unique piece of art. No two brooms are ever the same.
Brooms - A Documentary
Watch this beautiful little film about us by Camille Mclellan. Click the image below to view.