Clog Maker

Looking at the tools and machines from the companies Klein & Stiefel from Fulda and Albert Jürgens from Emsdetten as well as the many materials on show, visitors are able to understand the creation of clogs from the tree trunk to the finished product. Clogs are mostly made entirely of wood and are made of a single piece. Many forms and varieties exist: low and high types, with or without straps, even boots for various purposes, for example for work in the moors, or for butchers. They served as safety shoes in field work, on construction sites and in factories before they were replaced by steel-capped shoes and other gear. In addition, there were wooden slippers, galoshes and lace-up boots with wooden soles.

Poplar wood, which is light and soft, is particularly well-suited for making clogs. Limewood, willow, and alder are also used. The oldest representation of wooden shoes known today is from the 15th century. These shoes were not only worn in the Netherlands, but in the northern half of Germany, too. In Hesse, people wore them into the 1930s. Clogs were worn in summer, too, with thick socks, which made wearing them more comfortable. Originally, these shoes were completely made by hand, today they can be partly or wholly machine-made. These days, they are hardly ever worn but are very popular as souvenirs.