Presentation of netting needles
On Thursday, March 1, 2018, the netting course in the Woudrichem Fishery and Cultural History Museum was closed with the traditional presentation of the silver netting needles by our alderman Paula Jorritsma.
These netting needles are handed out to the students who have shown their mastery in the making of various types of fishing nets. Ingrid Abelskamp from Well in Limburg is the first woman to whom the silver netting needle can be awarded. The fact that the other two masters in netting, Ivo van Hingst and Freddy Bockenholt, come from Dordrecht and Kaatsheuvel, indicates that the course also attracts attention outside of Altena.
This is exactly what the museum intends to do with this kind of courses, to keep and pass on the knowledge of our old crafts. In the autumn we therefore started again with the sailmaker lessons and netting.
Uitreiking van het 'zilveren spaantje' voor de nieuwste meester-nettenbreiers!
First silver sponges for the 'master knitters' of mesh knitting
For a number of years, Dirk Vink has been conducting a very well-attended course of netting during the winter period when the museum is closed to the public. To encourage the students and as a token of appreciation, it has been decided to award the silver netting needle to those who have shown that they have reached a certain level as a maker of nets. On 10 March 2017, alderman Paula Jorritsma handed out the first netting needles. Of course it was no surprise that the very first silver netting needle went to master netter Dirk Vink. The three first students who received a netting needle were Gert Hulsdouw, Jan Vink and Hans van Dalen. We hope that a lot of netting needles can be awarded in the coming years.