Broom Making Classes

It’s all about the Process

A Note from Emileigh…

“I’ve learned so much over these past 8+ years as a teacher. I know how to correct mistakes and to support students in making really beautiful creations, but more importantly, I’ve really found my own voice as a teacher.

The most important thing that I wish for my students to really hear and assimilate is much deeper than the external practices and techniques that I can share. 

It’s that the practice of crafting- in addition to being an opportunity to express artistically and creatively – is also an opportunity to tune into the present moment. It’s about taking the time to slow down, to be intentional, to really tune into the material and give thanks for the ability to create. 

Broom-making is a mindfulness practice and the end product delivers a tool that is rich in metaphor. I invite you to notice whats coming up in the process – insecurity, fear of imperfection, a desire to please others or to be good by doing it right – whatever it is for you – just to really notice, not judge, but notice. 

And at the end of the practice, to decide whether or not this approach to life is serving you.

Or perhaps you’ll want to really sit with that and use this beautiful tool to sweep away what is no longer serving you. To let go of an old way of being and create space for a new one.”


“I had the opportunity to take not one but two classes with Emily, for a turkey wing whisk broom and a full-size sweeper broom.

What struck me most was the spiritual depth intertwined with each step of broom making. It’s not just about the materials and techniques; it’s about connecting with the essence of the broom, the land, and the ancestors who crafted them long ago. It’s about understanding that these brooms are more than tools; they are vessels of tradition and symbolism. Emily’s teaching style is not only informative but also deeply inspiring and magical.

I left these classes not only with beautifully crafted brooms but also with a renewed sense of connection to the past and a greater empowerment to create my own tools. If you’re looking for an experience that goes beyond the ordinary, I wholeheartedly recommend these classes.

When it comes to the actual brooms I made, the sweeper broom is now about a year and a half old and gets used daily.  She still looks almost new and continues to sweep better than any other broom I have ever used.  One of the turkey wing brooms I made disappeared into my husband’s wood-work shop and he won’t give it back.  Good thing I made two!

If you have a chance to take a class with Emily, whether in person or online, do not hesitate!”

–Tanya Carywn , Black Mountain NC