Besom broom-making course | University of Oxford

Besom broom-making course

Event date
Event time
10:00 - 16:00
Venue
The University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum
Oxford Lodge
Peacock Gate
Nuneham Courtenay
Oxfordshire
OX44 9PX
Venue details

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Event type
Courses and workshops
Event cost
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Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

The making of besom brooms is an Endangered Craft. Today, there are fewer than five craftspeople in the UK who make brooms on a commercial basis. This is a rare opportunity to spend the day with Mark Cottrell, a 4th generation besom broom maker, and learn more about this traditional craft. Mark’s family have been ash, birch and hazel coppice workers since 1909 – his father taught him how to make a birch besom and Mark continues today with the same technique. This day course will take place in the tranquil setting of our Woodland Barn, surrounded by a working coppice woodland.

This course costs £70 and will be held at Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, OX44 9PX.