Jerry Lovenstein ♦ Grassy Creek Handcrafted Brooms
Mountain View, AR | Website
Jerry Lovenstein left the state of Washington with his wife to join a homestead in a small town in Arkansas and become an apprentice to a broom maker. Out of his workshop on his Arkansas homestead, Jerry uses dried broomcorn, wooden handles gathered from his land, and wire to make each broom. Alternating between an antique broom press from the 1800’s and a broom turning table he made himself, he wraps each broom in a specific way, depending on the type, occasion, and style requested. He hand weaves designs into the broomcorn and can even carve designs into the wooden handle.
GET TO KNOW JERRY
What drew you to your chosen craft?
While creating a homestead lifestyle, I was introduced to broommaking at the Ozark Folk Center and thought it would be the perfect craft to fit with our lifestyle.
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
Traveling and introducing people to the technique of broommaking through demonstrations.
Why is it important for people to make things with their own hands?
It continues to create a connection with the old and new.
Brooms, Copper Kitchenware, Hawaiian Drums
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