April 27, 2017
A taste of our craft filmed in 2015.
April 27, 2017
We've been busy in the shop and are now working seven days a week 9:30 - 5 MST. Visit our Facebook page for more news and photos including some photos from a recent concert with Oliver Swain held in the broom shop. North Woven Broom on Facebook
March 22, 2017
We are back for the 2017 season! We aren't open seven days a week yet but you will find us at the shop at least Friday to Monday 10-4 MST for weekends and other days too. Give us a ring if you're coming through or would like to place an order, 250-227-9245.
October 16, 2016
We are winding down our 2016 season. We continue to be open 9-5 MST seven days a week to the end of October, then occasional hours to the middle of November. Deadline to get those Christmas orders in is mid-November, after which we will be closed until March.
In other news here's a recent KBTV interview with us at the shop.
August 5, 2016
Happy summertime everyone! This summer has seen record visitors to the shop with brooms flying out the door, so to speak. We are making brooms everyday to keep the inventory up. Come and visit Luke, Willow, Megan and Kaylah at the broom shop and they can help you pick out the perfect broom. We are open 9-5:30 MST seven days a week.
November 26, 2015
November 27 is our last day open this year. We can take mail orders until Sunday Nov. 29th, but we will be closed for the season after that. Time for the broommakers to rest and look for some beautiful wood for next years brooms. We will be back open in March. See the contact page for more details.
October 17, 2015
Check out a recent Shaw TV video in You Tube about the retirement of broomakers Janet and Rob Schwieger and takeover by Luke Lewis.
May 20, 2015
Its official! Luke Lewis is now the proud owner of North Woven Broom Inc. His Aunt and Uncle will still be around to help out with the transition and Willow will be returning. Come and visit the broom shop this summer and take home a beautiful broom.
March 15, 2015 The Ides of March was a turning point in Roman history and very bad luck for Caesar himself, but for us broommakers, a whole new season in our business is upon us. It will be an exciting year as we transition ownership of North Woven Broom to our nephew Luke. Some of you may have met him at the shop these past two years. Rob and Janet will not be far away supporting him in his undertaking. Bring on the busy season of 2015! We are open April 1, 7days a week but Luke will keep some hours before that, so call or email ahead if you plan a visit.
December 6, 2014 We are now closed for the season until early April. It is snooze time for the broommakers in between gathering wood for broomsticks and resting the muscles to be ready for next year. Barefoot Handweaving in Crawford Bay has a selection of our brooms if you are in the area. Keep warm this winter and have a Happy New Year, from broommakers Janet and Rob, Luke and Willow.
October 18, 2014
After Canadian Thanksgiving we do not keep regular hours, but MAY be there Friday - Sunday 10-4. However please call ahead to confirm hours. 1-866-471-1117. We are still taking mail orders, just leave your message if we are not there and we will return your call. Keep your eye out for an article on us upcoming in the Vancouver Sun paper. We will post a link once we have one.
If you are in Crawford Bay when we are closed, you can find a selection of our brooms at Barefoot Handweaving.
September 5, 2014
We now have an official Facebook page: facebook.com/northwovenbroom
If you are searching Facebook, please use the 'local business' North Woven Broom, not the one which was started by an unknown fan. Our new one will eventually replace the old one. Check us out!
August 14, 2014
Carved lightning bolts on our rustic birch brooms are now available for$80. Come and visit Crawford Bay and see some amazing artisan shops.
April 16, 2014
Springtime greetings to everyone! We are back open again, making lots of brooms for the upcoming season. Our shop is open 9-5 MST at least, seven days a week.
October 4, 2012
Our final day open for 2012 is Wednesday, October 10. Thank you to our amazing customers this year. Everyone of you have been a pleasure to talk to. Soon enough Rob and I will be in search of next year's manzanita branches, and any day now we will cut several hundred birch for our quidittch brooms. We are excited to introduce our nephew Luke Lewis to the broom world. He will be working for us next year and will help make the broom season easier for the 20 year veteran broommakers.
April 12, 2012
We are now open for the 2012 season, 7 days a week, at least 9-5. PBS Spokane Northwest Profiles featured our business on April 26, 2012. It will be rerun numerous times so keep an eye out for it. You can also download it from their website or just our just part on you tube.
2011 has been the year for film crews and sending brooms to Disney. Watch for NorthWest Profiles on PBS, Spokane sometime this fall for an interview with us. We have been filmed by Selkirk Loop, Tourism BC, Kootenay Rockies, a Quebec travel show. Watch RV West for an interview about our winter travels into the sun.
October 6, 2011
I can't believe it is already October - it seems like June was just yesterday. Next Tuesday the 11 of October will be our last day open this year. We will be away for a week, back for 10 days so can fill mail orders, and gone for the winter. It has been an amazing 7 months, but we are looking forward to some downtime.
June 3, 2011
Our shop is full of brooms and we are looking forward to our busy season. Cochise Stronghold manzanita is as spectacular as usual, as is the both the canyon and B&B, in SE Arizona. We welcome back our full time assistant Shirley and our long time helper, Willow who returns for weekends this summer.
October 22, 2010
We are thrilled to announce the birth of Granville Island Broom Company, under the ownership of our daughters, Mary and Sarah Schwieger, and friend Jori Bohm. Mary and Sarah managed our shop for many summer seasons over the years and yearned to do their own. You can see them producing brooms with a variety of interesting antique brooomaking tools, and we can assure you that they make every bit as good a quality broom as we do. Visit their beautiful shop on Old Bridge St. while in Vancouver, or see their website www.broomcompany.com
Another tourist season is almost over, and the broommakers will be open until just after Thanksgiving, around October 15. We are so excited to head into Arizona again in November to set up our winter home in sunny Sunsites, and begin our annual collection of dead manzanita branches.
March 4, 2010
Spring is here, and so are the broommakers. We had an amazing winter in Pearce/Sunsites, Arizona and collected a bunch of manzanita deadwood from Cochise Stronghold B&B land. Thank you so much to Nancy and John at cochisestrongholdbb.com for letting us prune your manzanita. What a beautiful and powerful place it is on this planet of ours. We look forward to going back next winter.
October 30, 2009
Just yesterday we 'put the shop to bed' which was a bit sad, but an indicator of our time off coming up. We took all of the remaining brooms away from the log walls and hung them with good airflow around them, and took all of the ironwork brooms home to store. As it becomes colder, the foot thick logs do their work and the whole place becomes a bit of an icecube, making it fine to store the remaining brooms for the winter. As we brought home armloads of brooms to send to two consignment shops, we looked around and saw the work we needed to do starting March 1 - Make brooms! We have a large Persian carpet cut in two hanging in front of the barn doors inside, which helps keep the place breeze free and cozy, in an icy sort of way. I feel like our shop vibrates most of the year with positive energy, so putting it to bed feels odd. I guess it needs a holiday too. Happy Hallowe'en and winter.
October 14, 2009
It is hard to believe it is the end of our 2009 broom season. We are closing our shop at 2pm October 15, until March 1st. It was an excellent year for us, thanks to our many customers from around the world who came to visit our shop. We are sorry if we missed your orders for Christmas, but we will be out of the country from early November to the end of February. It is time to rest up our hands and find some amazing manzanita for next year's production.
July 24, 2009
Happy summer everyone! Our brooms will be used in two new movies being filmed in Canada, Gunless (filmed in Osoyoos, BC) and Black Field (Manitoba.)
March 4, 2009
Our broom business and Janet are featured on page 14 of Country Woman Magazine, April/May 2009 issue. The photos are by Randy Giesbrecht of www.blackknightphoto.ca
February 18, 2009
Greetings. The master broommakers and their assistants are rested up and ready for a new year of broommaking. We will be producing and Open four days a week - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays starting Friday, February 27 and for the month of March. After April 1st, we are open seven days a week. Bring on springtime!
January 3, 2009
Happy New Year! We are off gathering beautiful natural branches. See you in early March.
October 15, 2008
Our broom shop is on snooze mode and the broommakers are taking a break. However, we are taking orders until Christmas. Happy Hallowe'en!
Many of you have seen the Highways Magazine article (Good Sam Club) June issue. We are honoured to be considered a must stop, but note that the author was in error about us making brooms for the Harry Potter movies. We produced brooms for the publishers of the books, and brooms for other movies.
June 8, 2008
The broom shop is as full as it will be this year. Any day now we will be selling more than we can make. Even the broommakers are impressed!
We recently sent a selection of brooms to Martha Stewart Living in New York for a photo shoot. A short handled cobwebber will be in the October 2008 issue, see page 51.
Link: North Woven Broom in Rand McNally - The Crawford Bay artisans received special mention and our business was selected Editor's Pick on the 2009 Rand McNally Road Map as part of the sites to see along the Selkirk Loop, see Rob on page 2. This picture was also sent to USA Today to coincide with their interview with the Rand McNally author.
April 6, 2008
You can find a link to the CBC North By Northwest interview of the Crawford Bay Artisans here: North By Northwest. Just scroll down to 'Crawford Bay'
March 11, 2008
Check out page 42 in Canadian Home & Country magazine, April, 2008 issue to see one of our brooms in their 'green laundry' toolbox display.
March 10, 2008
Childsplay, from Tempe, Arizona will be using one of our brooms in their upcoming play.
March 3, 2008
The shop is now open for the season! We are back into production Thursday through Sundays for early March, after a month
in Arizona gathering our new supply of manzanita branches.
February 16, 2008
We are working on our new website. Finally after many years with our old one we are making some much needed changes.