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Judith, Jerry, Adrian and River Lovenstein
After apprenticing broom making at the Ozark Folk
Center, Jerry Lovenstein established his family
business in 1978. He is recognized as a Master
Artisan by the Arkansas Arts Council and is their
recipient of a 2000 Fellowship Award.
The brooms are handmade in the traditional
Puritan/Shaker style using authentic century-old tools.
They are composed of sustainably grown and
hand-harvested sassafras handles with broomcorn
sweeps. Many brooms serve as canvases on which
Jerry carves Spirit faces on the handles and his wife
Judy embroiders the sweeps, adding beauty without
sacrificing traditional integrity. The Lovensteins are
keeping the handmade tradition alive by passing the
craft to son, Adrian, and, in turn, to grandson, River.
A well-crafted broom, like tradition, stands on its own.
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