icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Online Collection

Detail 1
(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

front
front


label levels:

There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: This broom was made from a birch tree. To get long, flat splints, broom makers used a technique similar to that used in basket making. First, a modest-sized birch tree was harvested. The bark was removed and, using a mallet, the broom maker then pounded free the outer rings of the tree. A flat splint emerged through pounding, and a good pounder could carefully loosen long splints. The splints were then split into thin, flat ribbons, gathered together, and formed onto the broomstick. This particular broom was one of the first objects gathered for the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's museum. It was given to PVMA as an object demonstrating a hard and distant past. By the time it was donated, the rise of the broomcorn industry meant that cheap, good brooms were widely available, and the hard work invested in making this kind of broom could best be put elsewhere.

 

top of page

Split Birch Broom

creator   Deacon Phineas Field
date   1875
location   Charlemont, Massachusetts
length   49.0"
process/materials   split-birch
item type   Tools/Agricultural Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1878.11.02


Look Closer icon My Collection icon Detailed info icon


ecard icon Send an e-Postcard of this object



See Also...

Buttons and Button Mold

Broom Tying Machine

Broom-corn broom


button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents

 

Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback