This is a fun post from Jenna. Was looking for the craft of Besom making for personal use, possibly hand fasting. Thank you Jenna!
SUPPLIES FOR A TRADITIONAL BESOM:
– Handle should be made up of a four-foot length of ash, oak for the handle
-Thin branches of birch for the bristle part (you can substitute a woody herb like mugwort or thyme for the bristles if you like)
-Lengths of willow or heavy cord to bind everything together
-You’ll also need scissors and a bucket of warm water.
Whatever you’ll be using for the bristles — whether it’s birch, an herb, or some other wood — should be soaked in the warm water overnight to make them pliable, as should the willow binding, if you’re using it.
(Consider making your broom within your sacred circle or sacred space )
* Always feel free to substitute any of these items for supplies you find in your local nature spot. Perhaps you are drawn to a different kind of wood or straw for the bristles…
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