Monday, November 23, 2020

The Clogs of Les Landes

Landais clogs are made of Alder (also called Vergne). This untreated wood, delivered in logs, comes from wetlands near the Adour.

Manufacturing is done in 2 stages:

- The Façonneuse, which is an automatic lathe, reproduces pairs in specific models and shapes.

- The Creuseuse is used to hollow out the inside of the shoes according to templates.

The manufacture of wooden clogs has been perpetuated in the family tradition for 7 generations: Dominique, Martin, Jean, Jules, Georges and Pierre, Francis and finally Claude.

Long manufactured entirely by hand, it was in 1930 that Georges and Pierre started mechanizing and increased production.

In the 1980s, Claude joined the family business and continues to practice this profession until today.

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