One of my favorite broom-making tools is this rare C.D. Dickinson broom hammer. Also called a pounder, it is used for smacking the broom corn flat against the handle. It has a flat face for driving broom nails, and a beveled side for creating grooves in the corn for wire and twine. This hammer was likely made in the late 1800's, during the broom-making heyday. The Dickinson factory specialized in broom making tools and equipment. It closed in the early 1900's, but many of the quality hand tools are still used by craft broom makers today. It is an honor to hold this piece of history in the palm of my hand, and to still make brooms with it today!