Forty-five-year-old Dan Donaldson has had a number
of professions in his lifetime. He has been a police officer,
insurance investigator and a private investigator.
But, inMarch 2009, he and his father, Ralph, embarked
upon an unusual profession that unleashed his creative
side and would ultimately bring him the most joy. Dan
Donaldson is a modern-day broommaker.
“My father got me into it,” Donaldson said. “My father
was a frustrated farmer. He wanted to farmhis whole life.
He wanted to do something unusual.”
It was around 2007 or 2008, when his father saw a spe-
cial onTV about a guy whowas growing broomcorn and
“A light went off in daddy’s head,” Donaldson said. “He
thought that was something he could farm as a hobby.
We could control the whole process from planting the
seed, to creating the raw material, to adding the value
and creating a final product.”
Ralph Donaldson asked his son to go with him to the
JohnC. Campbell Folk School inBrasstown, N.C., and
learn how to make brooms. The father-son team made
the trip there and discovered that they not only had a
passion for broommaking, but they also had an aptitude
The Broom Brothers (the name they chose for them-
selves) grew broomcorn and traveled the Southeast, par-
ticipating in arts and crafts festivals continuously from
March 2009 until Ralph passed away in June 2014.
An accidental decision was the best one
for broommaker Dan Donaldson
Butterflies Hartwell, LLC
“Giving New Life to Pre-Owned Treasures”
636 West Franklin St.
Hartwell, GA 30643
Tu es .-Fri. 10a m -5:30pm -S a t. 10a m -4pm
STOP • SHOP • SAVE
Antiques, Collectibles, Gifts, Home Decor,
Yard Art and More...
M, Tu, Th, Fri 10am-6pm •Wed & Sat 10am-2pm
119 Depot St. Hartwell, GA •
Nam e B rands
for the whole family!