The sail manufacturer
Since 2007, a sailmaker has been housed in the museum: the Traditional Sailmaker Woerkum. An initiative of Cees Klomp and Richard Abbink, continued in 2018 by Frans Heijlaerts and Henk Weber.
Every year, in the winter period, interested parties can join our sailmakers' collective. From a to be determined Thursday in October (see also Facebook page) and then every fortnight, you are welcome at the Visserijmuseum from 8 pm onwards. The course runs until the month of May.
The aim is to build up and document knowledge about this lost craft as much as possible. By means of courses this knowledge is transferred to interested parties and annually the sailmaker is part of the Living Museum.
Goals of the course;
- Making sails in a traditional way
- Building up knowledge and experience of techniques and sailing plans
- Manufacture of sails for the smaller, traditional ships that have sailed in particular the rivers (salmon boats, punters, reed barges, etc.)
- Carrying out projects by the sailmaker collective
For more information please contact us; firstname.lastname@example.org
During the Living Museum the sailmaker was asked by a resident of Woudrichem to make a new seat of sailcloth for his three-legged stool. Of course we like to do that.
Info: made from a piece of cloth of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester. Double reinforcements at the corners and sewn with yarn of the same composition as the canvas. Of course you are just trying to make this, it is an hour or 3 work.
We wish him a lot of sitting pleasure!