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Welcome to
Friendswood Brooms

Home of some of The Best and most Artistic Brooms around

Marlow Gates and the late great Ralph Gates
Marlow and Ralph Gates, each holding one of their first art broom designs.
Marlow is holding his first double wedding broom and Ralph is holding a broom piece called "Over ther Rainbow"

Please Call us at 828-683-9521 to place your order.

E-mail your Questions and Orders to marlow@friendswoodbrooms.com


Here are the 2nd and 3rd Generation of Broommmakers

Our Family

Diana, Marlow, Corbin and Jayton


Artist Statement:  Marlow & Diana Gates
Broommakers

 

We are the second generation in our family to explore brooms as an art form.   Brooms as art were stifled in their infancy by the invention of the broom machine in the 1850s.  At that point, the plain wire wrapped, dowel handled broom became the standard.  Until recently there have been no professional broommakers, only machine operators.

Using natural wood handles and broomcorn, we make each broom by hand with techniques that date to the 1790s

 Diana prepares the handles by shaping, carving and sanding each one by hand. 
Marlow then ties the heads on the handles in an intricate hand-woven Shaker design. 
We both share in the design, sewing and finishing of each broom.

Freed from the constraints of the machine, we are investigating shape, size, color, texture and the other fundamentals basic to any art form. 
 We continue to draw inspiration from the teachings of my father, mentor, and master broommaker, Ralph Gates. 
Ralph truly was a master craftsman and considered by many to have pioneered Brooms as art. 

Each broom is a unique, functional piece of sculpture,
incorporating traditional Appalachian strength and longevity.


The wild 1970s broommaker in his natural habitat The 3rd generation begins Our Boys
Ralph Gates
Master Broommaker,
circa 1975
Marlow and Diana Gates
  with Corbin
April 2002
Corbin & Jayton Gates
3rd generation Broommakers??

 Jayton at Christmas

Jayton Montgomery Gates
(He takes after his brother, Corbin.)
 

The Carol Duvall Show Video is  up and running.
It is on the publicity page.  Just download it and watch it with Real Player.

 

Let us know what kind of broom we can make for you.