Peter Werner

Straw Brooms

Broom making is a traditional craft practiced by only a handful of people in South Carolina. Peter Werner learned to make brooms at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, North Carolina, where the traditional arts of Appalachia are preserved and passed on to a new generation of folk artists. Peter combines broom making with his passion for rivers, where he collects sticks and driftwood to use as broom handles. Of his work, Peter says, "I think the uniqueness of each of the wooden-handled brooms that I make makes a statement of where I've been in my life."

Peter Werner