Building a Broom by Feel: An Interview with James Shaffer

IMG_0673At 87, James Shaffer of Charleston Broom & Mop Co. in Loudendale is the last handmade commercial broom maker in West Virginia. We worked with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to produce a radio & video mini-documentary about Shaffer and the changes he’s seen in his 70 years in the broom industry.

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Watch the video via Youtube below, or find it on Facebook here.

Listen to the audio piece in the March 24, 2017 episode of Inside Appalachia “Does Holding on to Appalachian Traditions Matter?” via Soundcloud:

Charleston Broom & Mop Co. is located at 188 Alcan Ave. in Loundendale, and is open from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday.

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