Welcome to the Republic of Texas Broom Shop. My name is John Potter, Broom Squire. My wife, Carol, and I started the broom shop in 2008 as part of our living history program--A Day in 1800's Texas. My great uncle and cousin had owned one of the last broom factories in San Antonio, Texas so it seemed handmade brooms were in my blood. As a retired middle school teacher (30 years) and a living historian/reenactor for more than 25 years, authenticity is a priority. After more than a year of research on early handmade brooms, I set up a shop with reproductions of equipment from the early 1800's. Some pieces of equipment I made by hand and others are actual historic items.
Our handmade brooms are period correct for the late 1700's to mid 1800's. We use natural broomcorn, hemp twine and native hardwood handles. No two brooms will look alike. What sets our handmade brooms apart from many other handmade brooms is that we do not wire wrap the inside layer nor do we cut the inside layer off the stalk. Therefore, there is no loose straw to fall out and loosen up the sewing. We are known for our beautiful long weaves. Our handmade brooms are built to last.
Our handmade brooms are featured at a number of historical sites.
Located at the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
1370 Church Hill Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78130
Hours are 1pm-4pm Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Saturday 10am-4pm
The types of wood handles used will vary. We use pecan, hawthorne, sassafras, black gum, sweet gum, hickory, cedar and other woods as available. Since our inventory is always changing, please contact us for availability. We can email pictures of current stock. As we have time, we will add pictures of Cobweb brooms, Besoms or stick brooms, pot scrubbers, cake testers and hand dusters. In additon, we use leftover broomcorn to make baskets similar to pine needle baskets.
Wedding Brooms, Cabin Brooms, Whisk Brooms, Hearth Brooms, Cobweb Brooms, Traditional Besom Brooms, Pot Scrubbers, Hand Dusters, toys/games, books, organic all-natural cosmetics, fragrances, personal items, housewares, camping items, hand woven items