A besom is the witches broom. Any broom may be used.
Among other materials, an older besom would have a round,
smoothed, hard wood handle between 4 and 5 feet in length
with heather or birch twigs attached to the bottom. The
twigs would completely encircled the diameter of the handle
and would be held there with tightly bound wire, leather or
heavy string. This besom would be used in handfesting, the
bride and groom would jump over it and into their married
Some of the other materials besoms are made from are straw
and broom plant. Some are made with short handles.
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