Springtime in Holland

Day 2 - Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop


Clogs are still essential footwear and every village would have had a clog maker


The Clog maker's workshop has a small exhibition about clogs and there are regular demonstrations of clog making.

Clogs are made from damp poplar wood which is easy to cut and shape. It takes about two hours to make a clog by hand, but just a few minutes using a machine. The wood is cut roughly to shape and then the inside is carved out by machine, before being finally shaped by hand.

Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

Clogs are still worn by farmers as protective footwear and there were different types of clogs for different jobs. Specialist clogs for peat cutting had broad flat soles preventing them from sinking into the peat. Clogs with flat soles were ideal for stamping on the peat to squeeze out water before cutting. Sometimes planks of wood were nailed or tied under the clogs to increase their surface area.
 
Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

Ice clogs were used to walk on frozen canals or dykes with metal spikes to prevent slipping. The freezing conditions could cause the wood to split and this was reduced by attaching a metal band or wire.

Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

There are even clogs for cattle and sheep.

Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

Decorated clogs were reserved for Sundays. There were also special bridal clogs which were highly carved.

Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

Zaanse Schans Clogmaker's Workshop

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