Garcías Broom Making Shop, 2013
Mr. García told me he was having problems with his trade. For one thing, the materials were hard to find, since, to my surprise, there are different brooms that require different straws. He was upset because people were buying cheap imports rather than his handmade products. There was also another problem, which was that García needed someone to help him in the shop, and he told me that his apprentices would last no more than a couple of weeks. So he had given up trying to teach the trade. Twice I drove out to visit him, and on both occasions the shop was closed. I am still trying to find him.
Chivilcoy, Buenos Aires Province