Finally finished this broom! I cut the handle from one of the fallen ash trees in our woods. Though being dead and dried for some time, libation and thanks was still left for the tree. The wood was stripped, sanded, and shaped till smooth and sharp at one end. (The second photo shows it off a bit better.) The brush is birch branches and willow withies bound twice with strong hemp twine. The handle and brush were joined over a smoke of hawthorn berries, mullein, blackthorn flowers, belladonna leaves, and other resins reminiscent of the hedge.
I had several ideas for handle adornments, but left this one bare. It was brushed with linseed oil (which really brought out the beautiful color of the ash wood), and in the first layer I included a few drops of datura oil from @poisonplantcult
and a few drops of @banefolk
’s Witch Flight Oil. Though the myth of witches rubbing their brooms, stangs, or distaffs with flying ointments and *riding* them has been largely disproven (the kind of dermatitis that would cause.. down there? Absolutely not, thank you), I included it for sympathetic reasons more than anything. Several more layers of linseed oil followed by a bit of beeswax sealed the wood.
I didn’t measure it, but it stands about seven inches taller than me with the brush included, so it’s around 82”/6’10”. The next one will be bound with willow withies instead of hemp twine — that was the plan for this one, but it proved to be difficult since the willow withies were too dry — and I’ll be trying my hand at crafting one with the bark left on.