Wooden shoes are synonymous with the farmer community of Europe. Considered cheap and durable clogs were extensively used by people a few hundred years back and till date are in use. Clogs have different names in different countries. Known as Klomp (Netherlands), Klompen (German) and Sabots (France) clog making techniques also differ in the design. Woods which would not split like Alder, birch, sycamore, willow or beech were commonly used. In Europe craftsmen, known as bodgers, prepared the wood for clogs by roughly shaping the soles. The first clog maker’s guild was formed in Netherlands in 1570. The traditional wooden clog is still worn on ceremonial occasions and at traditional dancing events but sadly the number of craftsmen able to make clogs has significantly reduced.
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