Saturday, May 15, 2021

Nölleke Hendriks

Dutch farmer, inventor, handyman Nölleke Hendriks featured in the local historical magazine Rond de Grenssteen in 2001.

The tractor was Nölleke's favorite child. It was not about plowing, harrowing and cultivating the land, but a means to experiment with his own inventions.

Never was Nölleke without a cigarette and his beret. He built his first workshop on his property, with a shaft that ran right through the shack, powered outside by an old army motorbike.

The war was an interesting time for a child like Nölleke. One time he found a revolver which he used to shoot chestnuts from the tree, before trading it for a (much more useful) dynamo.

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