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I use a hand tying bench based on the bottom of  a broom winder.  I used this machine to make fireplace brooms at Berea College in 1965.

     I will upload a picture and a crude blue print later.

     You will need a good broom Knife.  I like the broad knife which can be purchased from most broom supply houses. I have used several types of butcher and chef knives.

      You can also purchase a pounder to drive your nails and staples. I use  a regular 16oz hammer.

      You  can purchase a cut off box at a cost of several hundred dollars to cut off brooms and broomcorn. I use a 16 dollar pair if friscars purchased at Walmart.

       You can purchase a sewing vice.  These might be hard to find and expensive. I use a lap vice which consist of two sticks held together with rawhide.  I find this works well, is easy to transport, is easy to repair, and  inexpensive.

     So, in review , these are the basic tools:

     hand tying bench

     Knife

     hammer

     scissors

     lap vice

     stiching needle... I almost forgot this . I use a hand stiching needle made from a crosscut saw.  I purchased it fron the broom supply house in Illinois.

     Once you have your tools , the next thing you need to think about is materials.

Of course you will need broomcorn.  You can grow this or purchase it from several supply houses.  You can purchase raw broomcorn or processed corn cut to special lengths.  You may even be able to buy colored corn from some places,  I prefer to dye my own which I will discuss on another page.

You will need handles.  You can cut your own or purchase found handles from walking stick makers. If you prefer smooth traditional handles, they may be purchased at any broom supply house.

You will need wire,nails , staples, twine.

       wire...18gauge gav

       nails 5/8 broom nails

       staples 1/2 with 1" shoulder

       twine...jute,cotton,or nylon

       jute should be heavy duty.

       cotton should be cable cord.

        nylon should be #18

I probably left something out but this will get you started.