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Made in Brabant! by Daan Brandenburg

Made in Brabant!

Photo by Lisa Klappe

The Groene Woud woods in Brabant, full of poplars, once fed a booming wooden shoe industry. Daan Brandenburg is breathing new life into an old craft with a mobile woodworking machine of his own design. He has used the traditional technique for making wooden shoes – milling and hollowing out – to create new items in poplar. This machine with its nostalgic appeal can do both. The freshly chopped wood is processed locally into new items, for instance a series of handmade jugs and vases. Watching them being made is as satisfactory as seeing the end product: Made in Brabant!

Daan Brandenburg