From log to clog

'See the free clog-making demonstration at the Zaanse Schans'

How is a clog made?

At the end of the 19th century, to deal with high demand, special machines were developed for the large-scale manufacture of clogs. Making clogs by hand was far too labour-intensive and took at least two hours per pair. The eighty year-old machines are still used today during our clog-making demonstrations.

1

The machine traces the shape of a model clog.

2

The system is more or less identical to the copying of keys. Based on the model shoe, a block of wood is copied into a clog shape using quickly revolving knives.

3

A second machine uses the same technique to trace and cut out the inside of the clog using razor-sharp rotating drills.

4

The frame with the model and the clog tilts so that the drills can get into the nose of the clog and hollow out the inside.

5

The heel and point of the roughly hollowed clog are cut into the correct shape using a paalmes, a special clog-making tool. This is still done by hand.

6

The inside and outside of the shoe are made smooth using a grinding belt.

7

In order to be able to work with the wood, it must be made up of approximately 60% water.

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