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
“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
Not only are the brooms decorative, but they are also
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
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
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, visitwww.thebroombrothers.com. u
Right: Dan Donaldson giving
us a step-by-step guide on how
he creates his masterpieces.
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