Crafting clogs

The original craftsmanship

The Craft:



Finishing the wooden shoes

Sharpening of the
                oblong knifeFine cutting or modeling is of course one of the last actions. The oblong knife is used again which, for the record, is sharpened once more (photo 48).

Bringing the heel to
                  the right depthIt is extremely sharp now and the following finishing actions are performed with it:

The heel of the wooden shoe is brought to the right depth because all the redundant wood may be removed (photo 49). This makes the wooden shoe more attractive because it looks more elegant and the wooden shoe is lighter which makes it easier to wear.

In the early days of this profession it regularly happened that lumpish or rude models were produced.

Adjusting the size of the
                beakNext, the beak is brought to the right size (photo 50). This means that the hole and the hood each will take up half of the total length. Also the edge of the hole may not be higher than the ankle, otherwise it would hurt.

A rule of thumb to determine the height of the edge is that it may not be higher than half the length of a finger. A tool that's always available.

A critical inspection
Photo 51 shows that after all this, the wooden shoes undergoes a critical visual inspection.
Removal of the working
The edge of the fitting always takes some damage during. After removal of the damages, the edge is sharp again. Photo's 52 and 53 show these corrections.

Finishing some details
It has now also become possible for the wooden shoe maker to fully judge if the fitting is good enough. Possible adjustments are usually small by nature. Often the wooden shoe maker sits down on a chair or a log and tightens the wooden shoe between his legs to quickly add some finishing touches.