June 3rd, 2021
I'm happy to share some of what I love about broom making, mountain biking, sailing and the many things that I love about living in Crawford Bay in this brand new video from Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism for the "Our Place" series. Looking forward to sharing it with more people again soon
May 7th, 2021
We have quietly been back in the shop for over a month now, but as the season has turned warmer and our doors can be wide open with good ventilation it's time to let everyone know! You should find us here from at least 10-5 MST (same as pacific time in the summer) seven days a week. We're happy to fill orders so get in touch if you'd like something shipped.
February 17th, 2021
Shaw Spotlight featured North Woven Broom recently in this short video.
I'm looking forward to getting back into the shop in person this spring but enjoy this virtual tour for now:
January 11th, 2021
Thank you to everyone for your support and patience through the last year. We are feeling blessed and grateful for having had a good year despite all of its challenges. We are now closed for the winter months but are not far from the shop and continue to accept phone and email orders. We Look forward to visits again in the spring.
October 20, 2020
We have adjusted our open hours at the shop but are continuing to produce brooms seven days a week for a little while longer. We can be found at the shop from 10 to 5pm MST daily.
June 5, 2020
We have rearranged our shop to improve physical distancing and have begun to open
our doors to visitors again. You will now find us in the shop seven days a week again. We're still happy to ship to Canadian customers and now customers in the US too through the phone or email.
It feels good to be getting back to work and we'd like to keep at it so we're asking visitors to respect the space of others and use hand sanitizer before entering. We miss you all and have been putting in an effort to make things safer.
March 29, 2020
Check out this new video about The Artisans of Crawford Bay and our very special part of the world.
March 22, 2020
Dear customers and friends,
This is usually the season when we are beginning our operations and welcoming visitors into our store but things will be a bit different for now. We will be taking orders over the phone and through email starting this week. Leave us a message with your return contact details. At this time we will only be able to fill orders for Canadian customers. I will be looking into ways to fulfill orders to the USA but cannot promise options yet. You can view our Catalogue here and we can be reached at: 1-866-471-1117.
We have been working on an evolving plan to respond to this crisis for protecting our staff, our customers and our community and right now that means we won't permit public entry to the workshop. This unfortunately means our usual encouragement to try brooms out and inviting visitors in to experience our process will not be the same for a while. We also await further guidance from the province, other levels of government and medical leaders to adjust this plan accordingly.
We will for now continue to produce our unique brooms. Willow has already started our 2020 production season while I monitor my health at home for my 14 day quarantine after returning from the US recently.
We really appreciate your patronage through your orders.
If you are local we can process credit card payments over the phone or accept email money transfers and arrange contactless deliveries outside of the shop, please call us 250-227-9245 if you'd like to arrange something.
Be safe and take care,
Feb 16, 2020
We are currently closed for the season but are looking forward the start of our 2020 season in early April. We are currently accepting applications for our Broom Maker's Assistant position for this season. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
April 8, 2019
Happy Spring! We're back in the shop and open seven days a week. You can find us in the shop at least 10-5 MST ready to take orders on the phone or happy to have you visit.
October 6, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving! We're adjusting our hours a little bit after this weekend. You can find us in the shop at least 10-5 MST, seven days a week for the rest of October
April 11, 2018
A new season begins! We've been getting back at making our beautiful brooms with renewed vigour for a few weeks now and will be resuming full hours soon. Give us a ring to place an order or stop by!
Nov 17, 2017
We are now closed for the 2017 season. Thank you to all our customers for making this a wonderful year. We look forward to seeing you in the spring. In the meantime keep in touch with us on Facebook and instagram.
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.