Crafting clogs

The original craftsmanship

The Craft:



Sawing a tree trunk into logs

When the wooden shoe maker is going to saw a tree trunk into logs, he knows what size of wooden shoes he's going to make.

When he has selected a suitable tree trunk, the trunk is measured.

Bow saw

He takes the diameter of every log with a slide caliper (fig 1). He holds this caliper across the trunk.

Optimal use of the wood
By the shape of the trunk, either being round or oval, you can tell which type of wooden shoes the wooden shoe maker is able to create: high, low, large or small wooden shoes (fig 2).

              wooden shoe inside the logOptimal use
              of the wood

As the tree trunk tapers off, the wood can be used efficiently by letting the size of the wooden shoes to be made, depend on the diameter of the log as sketched in fig 3.