Broomsticks and Bibles: The Jacksonville resident makes use of the interest for the good thing about the Disaster Middle Information

Joe Peacock found an old fashioned hobby with modern technology and uses the skills he has learned to help others.

About two and a half years ago, Peacock was looking for a hobby online when he came across a picture of a broomstick. Realizing that he was able to make brooms himself, Peacock said he had “done the standard YouTube search,” which is how he began making hand-tied brooms.

“What I did was try to find something to give to my children and grandchildren,” he said. Then I realized that my wife is the director of the East Texas Crisis Center. You have a program. When the children come in with their mothers, give each of them a Bible. “

Peacock uses the proceeds from the sale of his brooms for the Bibles to be given to children in the crisis center.

“It benefits someone else and I have the pleasure of doing it [brooms],” he said.

Peacock believes that the delivery of the Bibles is more important than the personal joy his hobby brings.

After making hand-tied brooms for a year, Peacock decided to add large brooms to his inventory.

“I’ve decided to sweep brooms and you can’t do that by hand. You have to have machines, ”he said. “I’m with Wayne there. He has been making brooms by hand on the same machines for 53 years. He’s one of the guys who want to share. He doesn’t want it to die out. “

Wayne Thompson, who lives in Alabama, also makes handcrafted brooms and sells the necessary machinery to Peacock so that he can make the brooms he wants.

The broom wrapper and the Peacock broom press both date from the 1870s.

“Wayne stayed down here for two and a half days teaching me how to do it, and when he left I couldn’t remember anything he said,” Peacock said. “When someone teaches you something like this, you think you know what they’re saying. When they leave you always have questions. “

The solution was to make a video of Thompson using the machines to make a broom and providing Peacock with visual reference material.

With the skill he has acquired, Peacock produces roughly 10 brooms a week, taking advantage of the downtime from his online business, MetalClaySupply.com.

Made from broom corn, the fibers known as hurl can be dyed in different colors. Peacock purchases a range of colors for customers to customize their brooms. He asks people to come in and choose their colors if they are not buying a natural colored broom to make sure it is exactly the shade they want.

Including prep, it takes Peacock about an hour to make each broom.

He even designed his own logo that he burns into the end of each broomstick so customers know they are getting a real handcrafted Joe Peacock broom.

The prices for the unique, handcrafted brooms in custom colors are between 12.50 and 35 US dollars.

Peacock still hopes to pass on the ability and machinery to make handcrafted brooms to a grandchild, although he says no one has shown interest in learning.

Peacock is located at 225 Cash Street in Jacksonville and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To make an appointment outside of business hours or on Saturdays, call (903) 721-2497.

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