To make these scrubbers, you take a thick hickory stick and use a draw knife to carefully shave pieces almost to the end, but leave them connected about 1/2" from the end. Then, after you have shaved enough to make the brushy part, bend them downward and either use a piece of leather or another piece of thinly shaved hickory to tie the shaved pieces to keep them in place. When it is time to do dishes, simply wet the scrubber and the hickory shavings become flexible and make an excellent pot scrubber.
Folks used to also make broom-sized scrubbers like these to scrub wood floors.
|If you look carefully, you can see how the piece of hickory is shaved to make the brushy part|
|The larger one is the actual pot scrubber.|
The two smaller ones are more like toys than anything,
but they would also make good small scrubbers.
Now you know! :D
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