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Donna Williams, Broom Maker


Donna Williams broom The tradition of broom making began in Donna Williams’ family with her great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Hawkins of Hart County. Donna herself has been following the tradition since 1988, learning the art form from her grandfather through a five-year apprenticeship. She says she learned it because she “didn’t want to see this dying art die in the family” and is now passing the tradition on to a fifth generation in the person of her son, Daniel.

A member of the juried Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, Donna started selling her brooms through her own company, Followin’ Family Traditions, in 2000. When it’s available, she uses Kentucky-grown broom corn, with its naturally rich coloring. But she makes most of her brooms from similar corn grown in Hungary. Each broom is signed and dated. And the standard-handle house brooms, both large and small, also bear the “family markings”: three red dots representing three past generations and one blue star representing Donna, the fourth generation.



Program 522

Two timeless crafts—broom making and puppetry—that continue to thrive in the hands of creative Kentucky artisans, plus music by Tenrec. (#522)

Program 540

Two timeless crafts—broom making and puppetry—that continue to thrive in the hands of creative Kentucky artisans, plus music by Tenrec. (#540)





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