History

The History of Ogle Broom Making

Lee and Lillie Ogle

Lee and Lillie Ogle

David Ogle’s great Uncle, Lee Ogle and wife Lillie (pictured right) started the broom-making tradition in the late 1920’s. They started their shop up on John’s Branch Road.

Lee Ogle was born in the mountains of East Tennessee, and he was raised to make use of the many things nature provides.  With strong hands and the patient skill acquired from years of work, Lee Ogle made brooms.

Wayne and Betty Ogle

Wayne and Betty Ogle

Straw from broom corn raised by family and neighbors, bindings of the soft inner bark of poplar trees, and sturdy handles of laurel were all used to create brooms that looked as good as they swept.

David’s Dad and Mom, Wayne and Betty Ogle (pictured left), started making brooms in 1960.  They made brooms together until the 1970’s.  David started making brooms with his father when he was 13 and by the time he was 16 it was a full time job.  He worked with Wayne until 1988.

Wayne and David Ogle

Wayne and David Ogle

David Ogle (pictured right with his dad Wayne) still carries on the tradition today. David and his wife Tammie make the brooms as close to the original as when the brooms were first made.  

Because the broom handles are individually made, no two are alike.  The broom corn is hand-bound and knotted both front and back unlike commerically available brooms.

The Ogles are so confident in the quality of their brooms…
if you wear one out, they will replace the broom corn at their shop in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community while you wait for only $15.