Clog Making Shoes. Cira 1923

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Blog entry by Karson posted 02-06-2010 03:32 AM 2374 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

American Woodworker sent out an e-mail that had a video from 1923 on making clogs, spoons, and chair making. They didn’t have talkies in 1923, we’re probably lucky that they even had movies in 1923.

Very interesting.

If anyone can translate it please let us know. It might be from Sweden.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 03:35 AM

Won’t play

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 03:39 AM

I know some Dutch people. I see what I can do! neat.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 03:45 AM

Jim: here is the American Woodworking web site link. try it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 04:00 AM

Karson That is fantastic. Thanks for sharing that. They make it look so easy don’t they?

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 04:08 AM

That was really enjoyable Karson, Thanks!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 04:20 AM

My dad brought a pair of these home from the Netherlands. He was a Merchant Marine in WWII. I always wondered how they were made.

Thanks, Karson.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 04:40 AM

Karson, well done, something Cool to pass the time on our snow filled evening.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#8 posted 02-06-2010 04:40 AM

This is quite a find. I don’t think you would glean much from the text, as I am sure they are just one or two word phrases such as “hollowing” or maybe even “Voila!” Actually, I think the lack of sound is kind of a benefit because the focus has to be on the visual demonstration and less on the talking. But this is just amazing to be able to see a process with those types of tools so many years ago. Thanks Karson!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 05:06 AM

You will be giving us a Mason Dixon folks a workshop on this? Right Karson? You watch this, and woodworking doesn’t need a translation… you kind of get it, don’t you? Like, Maining must mean paint, painting, or finishing?

Fantastic history film… thanks for posting.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 02-06-2010 02:49 PM

In the early 70’s I had a chance to spend 4 months in Amsterdam and some smaller fishing towns. In one of this small towns, by the harbor was this guy making clogs. It took him about 20 minutes from “firewood” to a finish. The clogs are made of poplar, and without sanding or a finish they are still in one piece and quiet comfortable.

-- Zipsss

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#11 posted 02-06-2010 03:40 PM

Amazing they are so fast with the tools they have huh Karson.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 02-06-2010 04:53 PM

I had seen this video before but enjoyed watching it again, good example of what can be done with hand tools and a story stick.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#13 posted 02-06-2010 06:22 PM

That was pretty cool. Nice find Karson.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 02-06-2010 09:59 PM

I had to watch a couple more times… got most of it translated… They mentioned the specialized carpentry cottages and the land regions where carpentry is performed.

In chair making, they make a model, and then standardized to it. Notice the use of the story stick… uh, they didn’t seem to dry fit before they dipped in the hide glue jar…

Most would notice the cows reflected in the window at the very first when he his shaping the clog, followed by the chickens… but did anyone notice the blonde swedish lady?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#15 posted 02-07-2010 12:11 AM

Back home in France my grandma had a gardener who made wooden shoes. He used poplar only to make them.
I really like the vice that he uses, not very portable but nice.

-- Bert

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