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.


The machine traces the shape of a model clog.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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

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