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November 2016

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Unfortunately, around the same time that Ralph died, Donaldson’s mother also

became ill with ALS. Donaldson stoppedmaking brooms and devoted his time to

caring for his dying mother.

After his mother passed away, Donaldsonmoved from the family home inDublin

to Hartwell to be closer to his brother who lives in Royston, and returned to the

broom business.

“I ammaking a full-time thing out of this,” he said. “I can’t imagine going back to

my previous life now. There is so much freedom here

and I am making beautiful things that make people

happy.”

Not only are the brooms decorative, but they are also

functional.

People have purchased Donaldson’s brooms for a

number of uses. They use them to jump over at wed-

dings; they use the small cobweb brooms to get cob-

webs out of the corner; the hearth brooms are used to

clean up around fireplaces; some people who refer to themselves as modern-day

witches buy Donaldson’s brooms; and some actually buy the brooms to sweep the

floor.

Donaldson bought a building in downtown Hartwell in September 2015 and

renovated it. He began working out of the buildingMarch 1.

“I work on brooms during the week and on the weekends I go to craft festivals and

art shows,” he said. “We have had good success at high-end art shows and some

county fairs.”

The brooms don’t come cheap. They range in price from $18 - $250. But these are

not your everyday, run-of-the-mill brooms. They are spectacular works of art.

WhenDonaldsonmade the decision to return to his family home and look out for

his parents, he had no idea his time with themwould be so short or that the return

home would set him on the path that he is now on.

“I accidentally made the best decision of my life,” he said.

For more information on Dan’s brooms, visit

www.thebroombrothers.com. u

Right: Dan Donaldson giving

us a step-by-step guide on how

he creates his masterpieces.

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