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Southern Voices: Building a Broom by Feel: Jim Shaffer

Southern Voices: Building a Broom by Feel: Jim Shaffer Southern Voices Building a Broom by Feel Jim Shaffer b y E m i ly H i l l i a r d context (n.): early 15 th c., from Latin contextus “a joining together,” originally past participle of contexere “to weave together” She sweeps with many-­ olored brooms c And leaves the shreds behind —Emily Dickinson Jim Shaffer, West Virginia’s last handmade commercial broom maker, Loudendale, West Virginia. All photos by Emily Hilliard, 2017. Jim Shaffer’s shop is dusty and smells like a horse stable—a comforting olfactory association that I suddenly realize has less to do with horses than with the rolled and bundled straw I see stacked high along the walls. Though the pole barn that houses Shaffer’s Charleston Broom and Mop Company is just a few miles from the capital city of Charleston, West Virginia, the unincorporated area where it sits along Davis Creek in Loudendale is a wooded, quiet, and close-­ nit community. Everyone who lives here knows Jim, and many people across the state know him too. At 87, Shaffer has been making brooms for seventy years and is the last handmade commercial broom maker in West Virginia. Jim places a dowel in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Southern Voices: Building a Broom by Feel: Jim Shaffer

Southern Cultures , Volume 23 (3) – Oct 31, 2017

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Southern Voices Building a Broom by Feel Jim Shaffer b y E m i ly H i l l i a r d context (n.): early 15 th c., from Latin contextus “a joining together,” originally past participle of contexere “to weave together” She sweeps with many-­ olored brooms c And leaves the shreds behind —Emily Dickinson Jim Shaffer, West Virginia’s last handmade commercial broom maker, Loudendale, West Virginia. All photos by Emily Hilliard, 2017. Jim Shaffer’s shop is dusty and smells like a horse stable—a comforting olfactory association that I suddenly realize has less to do with horses than with the rolled and bundled straw I see stacked high along the walls. Though the pole barn that houses Shaffer’s Charleston Broom and Mop Company is just a few miles from the capital city of Charleston, West Virginia, the unincorporated area where it sits along Davis Creek in Loudendale is a wooded, quiet, and close-­ nit community. Everyone who lives here knows Jim, and many people across the state know him too. At 87, Shaffer has been making brooms for seventy years and is the last handmade commercial broom maker in West Virginia. Jim places a dowel in

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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