Wooden shoe - anno 1870

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Project by Brinth posted 10-21-2016 05:28 PM 632 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am working as a volonteer on a museum. My role is acting as a shoemaker from around 1865.
I am always looking for new tools and i got some “Wood shoe” tools from a woodenshoe maker there died in 1933. He began making woden shoe in 1856.

I were suprised how good the tools worked for making the hole inside the Wood. I dont think i have found some better working.

1: My new shoe made so it fits to me. (i only have 1 leg so that is why i did not make a pair). The shoe is painted with “ash”. I read that in a old book about woodenshoe so i desided to try it.
2: The model of a shoe i have. The shoe is the design from 1870 and is made only 10 km away from where i live. This shoe is made around 1950. Just under you can see the Wood i started with
3: After cutting it rough. (in old days they made first a rough shape of the outside of the shoe) I made first the heel part and later cut the inside hole with the old tools… Realy nice tools
4: The tip of the Tool looks like a spoon. It is cutting by twisting it around. Realy fast.
5: My new made shoe beside the old i used as a model.
6: The woodenshoemaker Jens Frederik Voetman. He lived in træskoegnen South of Silkeborg

History: over 11 years around 1776 a man in middle of denmark payed the farmers to make woodenshoe for him. On 11 years he were selling 700.000 pair woodenshoe in Holland. The Dutch did not have Wood big enough for making woodenshoe.
The averege woodenshoemaker made 5-8 pair of shoes on 1 day. The record in denmark were 15 and 17 pair on one day. (maby not so well done)
Denmark were known from old days: “the country where people walking with Wood on their feets”

-- Brinth, Denmark - "nothing is impossible and everything goes; if you have the will (and the time) to do it"

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 08:38 PM

Interesting project and interesting information that goes with it!

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 09:00 PM

neat project. thanks for the background as well.


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#3 posted 10-21-2016 09:35 PM

Very interesting.
There’s some shoemakers around here that will really find this interesting i’m sure.

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#4 posted 10-22-2016 08:18 AM

Interesting tool, technic and project.

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 05:25 PM

Nice story and well done.
My grandfather made his own wooden shoes. Later the tools hang above the bench at my fathers farm. I don,t know where they are now. But the spoon bit you use I can remember very well. How did you did the outside? If you look at my homepage you will find a link to a youtube video of a local clogs maker.

You might like those pictures.


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#6 posted 10-23-2016 01:40 PM

Just great.


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