Emmer-Compascuum - Zwolle (Veenpark included)
Before continuing our walk throughout the museum we participated in a journey towards a peat extracting area. By little train that was, also because of the distance. It was a bumpy ride, not at all comparable to a real train – but funny so much the...
Track and bridge
...more. The not-so-level track is seen on the second picture, after passing the bridge over the canal. The bridge goes up again immediately after passing, thus preventing people to enter the museum without paying (we did initially).
Rail-track, still in use
Although bumpy and in need of some maintenance, the old rail-track carried us slowly but surely in the peat extraction area’s direction. On the...
Rail-track, now overgrown
...way we noticed tracks that obviously were in use during the heydays of the peat-era. Noticing the size of the trunks that must be some years back!
A layer of peat, still mined. Maybe only for the museum’s visitors? The first picture shows the tools as used by the workers; the second one the difference between a just extracted piece of peat and its considerably reduced volume after...
...drying. Peat only could be mined between the end of April and around the 21st of June because its high level of dampness, combined with frostiness, before the end of April and the time needed to dry after (around) the longest day.
I'm the boss
Clog making (I)
Clogs are mainly made of poplar wood. The left picture shows a piece of wood, already recognisable as a future clog. On the right picture the piece of wood is on the verge of being mechanically hollowed. The machine follows the shape of the template-clog in the centre. As you can see there are...
Clog making (II)
...two possibilities to clamp a pre-processed piece of poplar wood – a clog-in-the-making. One’s for a right foot clog, the other one for…. (You guessed it.) There was so much more to see and to write about, but the space in a weekly blog is limited, so we have to leave it for now. This was only the Monday!!
Before leaving Barger-Compascuum we noticed the autumn announcing itself. It was a long time ago that we’ve seen morning-fog.
Later on we cruised the Koning Willem-Alexanderkanaal (only 6 years in use). A part of it looks like a former nature reserve. Beautiful!
Heel interessant het Veenpark. Al wel andere turfsteekspots bezocht, maar nog nooit deze!
Diny & Simon
Dus toch nog maar eens doen - bij gelegenheid. De moeite waard!