I pondered where to post this, figured this subforum is as good as place as any. I've been wanting to make a birch broom so yesterday I finally made one. It was a learning experience. I started out with a chunk of birch about the dia of a soda pop can. Peeled the bark back from the end about 7 inches. after I peeled the bristles back and had a little stub left over. This is what it looked like the bristle were tied back and the stub cut off then I started peeling back from the other side. I left a narrow bark ring as a stop. I then held everything together and lashed it with a chunk of cord. I'm going to take a chunk of babiche and lash it good and tight, Then hew down the handle to a comfortable dimension.