Appalachian-Style Broom Workshop

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Arts & DIY

Note: This is a multi-session event series. By purchasing the event package, you acknowledge that you can attend all event dates included below.
Event Overview

Attention all witches, craftspeople, and cleaning enthusiasts! Sideshow Gallery is proud to host this very special Appalachian full-size broom making workshop! This 2-night class takes you through this old traditional process by an expert broom maker.  The first night allows the brooms to dry and the second night focuses on the finishing needed. A second-hand broom will also be made if time allows! 


Dates: Friday, June 29th from 7 PM to 9 PM and Saturday, June 30th from 12 to 2pm.  


This is a very special class taught by Cynthia Main


Refreshments will be provide.


A historical background will be discussed for this disappearing art form. 

What to Bring

Students are encouraged to bring their own stick - if you can't get a good one we will make sure we have extras!

What's Provided

All materials needed to make your own full size Appalachian-style broom!

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Sideshow Gallery

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Sideshow Gallery is an exhibition space and store chock full of art, antiques, and oddities located in Chicago. We often host events & classes, and specialize in beginner tarot workshops.

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    Jennifer F.
    Reviewed on 06/30/18

    Cynthia was a master craftswoman and her excitement about the class was contagious. Tools and materials were thoughtfully explained. She was very patient and encouraging during the broom making process, and came to the rescue when my broom needed extra attention on more than one occasion (I was the only one from the group who brought my own broomstick, a branch of twisted sycamore, and it presented its own unique set of challenges).

    Space was a little tight for eight people in the shop; the plan had been to work outside, but the weather didn't cooperate. I usually learn quickly, so I was surprised to find myself falling behind and even needing to redo a few steps... as such, I think my personal preference would have been one-on-one instruction or an even smaller group.

    My little struggles and fusses with my broom taught me a great deal, however, and I feel confident that if I were to try this again, it would be even better the next time around! It's amazingly gratifying to hold my beautiful broom in hand! I have so much respect for what Cynthia does; this is truly an impressive art form.

    Cynthia was a master craftswoman and her excitement about the class was contagious. Tools and materials were thoughtfully explained. She was very patient and encouraging during the broom making process, and came to the rescue when my broom needed extra attention on more than one occasion (I was the only one from the group who brought my own broomstick, a branch of twisted sycamore, and it presented its own unique set of challenges).

    Space was a little tight for eight people in the shop; the plan had been to work outside, but the weather didn't cooperate. I usually learn quickly, so I was surprised to find myself falling behind and even needing to redo a few steps... as such, I think my personal preference would have been one-on-one instruction or an even smaller group.

    My little struggles and fusses with my broom taught me a great deal, however, and I feel confident that if I were to try this again, it would be even better the next time around! It's amazingly gratifying to hold my beautiful broom in hand! I have so much respect for what Cynthia does; this is truly an impressive art form.

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