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Your household broom might not look like much, but it has a rich history going back thousands of years. While today's brooms are largely mass-produced by machines, they were once constructed by hand, each one unique.

A small number of craftsmen keep the historic art of broom making alive and vibrant. Brian Newton, owner of Broomcorn Johnny's in downtown Nashville, Indiana, is one of them. Using tools from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Brian, a prizewinner at the 2012 Arcola National Craft Broom Competition, and an Indiana Artisan, is dedicated to creating high-quality, long-lasting, beautiful brooms for his customers.

Broomcorn Johnny's is a fully functional broom maker's shop; if you drop by, you will likely find Brian, who is trained as a mechanical designer, busy at work. Brian enjoys researching and reviving obscure historical broom designs.

At his shop, Brian produces a wide range of brooms, including the standard kind used for cleaning floors, smaller ones for more specialized purposes, and artistic creations meant for display. He also takes custom orders. Art brooms, specialty brooms and other one of a kind offerings may be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/bcjohnnys

If you are interested in taking home a piece of American history yourself, stop by the shop or peruse the website to see what is available. If you would like to offer these products in your store, wholesale accounts are available. Please provide your store name, location, web site if applicable and a copy of your Retail Merchants Certificate when enquiring about wholesale opportunities.

In addition to the store, website and FB, you can find us at:

Kentucky Crafted : The Market 2015
Lexington Convention Center
430 W. Vine Street
Lexington, Ky

Friday, March 69 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Trade Only)
Saturday, March 79 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 810 a.m. - 5 p.m.
http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/2015Market.htm

Brian Newton, Broom Master, Indiana Artisan