Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Mr. Jean Beroud's Clogs

At the end of the 2nd World War, Mr. Jean Beroud left his native village for a youth work camp in the Jura.

One day of idleness, he carved a small clog from a piece of wood. Noticed by his leaders, this achievement led him directly to the village clog maker who introduced him to his future profession.

Just after the War, he quickly became part of the wood workers created by the youth camps to make clogs for popular relief. Back in Montmerle sur Saone (Ain) he bought a former clog maker workshop to exercise this profession.

Later he would buy second-hand machines; these were sold in 1994 not to a scrap dealer but to Bressan clog makers in Lescheroux (Ain), where they still work.

The carved clogs, the tools and even the posters extolling the wearing of the clog are of course part of the family heritage. Mr. Jean Beroud passed away in 2008, he was one of the last traditional clog makers of the Val de Saone.

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