a witch’s broom, or a besom is tool used in witchcraft to cleanse spaces or purify an area as ritual preparation. in the middle ages, it was used to apply flying ointment to the body to aid in astral travel, and even used in some hand-fasting ceremonies. it is associated with the air symbol.
besoms are highly customizable!
you can have several for different occasions and purposes. the materials you use to build one can have an impact on what magics you use it for. a traditional wiccan besom is made from a hawthorne staff with birch twig bristles, tied together using willow.
if you are going to be using straw, soak the straw in water to make it more pliable. they will be less likely to snap and easier to weave in a pattern
a few posibilities for staff handles based on wood magic correspondances. can also be used for wands.
alder - weather magic, necromancy, courage and passion