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The ABC of craftsmanship

Good news! From 2017 onwards you can visit the Open-Air Museum for interesting workshops. Learn to bake your own bread, make pottery, work leather … in our brand new workshop barns.

The ABC of craftsmanship
The blacksmith - demonstration on forging iron

The blacksmith - demonstration on forging iron

Back in the day, every village had a blacksmith. It was therefore a very popular and important profession. This blacksmith mainly made horse shoes and agricultural tools. Check the schedule to see when the blacksmith will be working in his workshop.

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The cycle from sheep to fabric - wool processing

The cycle from sheep to fabric - wool processing

Price (excl. entree)
2 tokens

In Hooghuis Tessenderlo you discover the cycle from sheep to fabric. You will see how wool used to be spun and coloured, discover a real loom and see a milliner at work. You can also do fun things yourself, such as macrame.

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Workshop apiculture

Workshop apiculture

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2 tokens

Honey was a very much sought after sweetener, but also beeswax was used for all sorts of things. It served as shoe polish, lip balm and it’s noteworthy that it was the material for making candles and therefore light. At this workshop you will make your own candle.

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Workshop textiles

Workshop textiles

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2 tokens

Back in the day, materials for clothing came from the countryside...or from the animal, such as sheep’s wool. In this fun workshop you embroider a bookmark to use in a novel or comic book. We ensure there is plenty of inspiration with historical and modern patterns. You are also welcome to create your own design. Check the schedule to see when you can join this workshop.

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Workshop bread making

Workshop bread making

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2 tokens

Bread...the basic nourishment for human beings. Once a week the woman would bake bread in the baking house, using grain the farmer himself had harvested and which had been grinded by the miller. Knead your own roll and learn the tricks of this artisanal profession. Courageous participants can experiment with extra ingredients. And of course you can eat what you have baked…if you dare!

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Workshop pottery

Workshop pottery

Price (excl. entree)
2 tokens

Pottery is one of the oldest craftsmanships in the world. Discover how pots used to be made and take place behind a pottery turntable. Perhaps you would be quite talented using this old technique? Afterwards you can decorate your pot as you like, so you get to take a unique piece of pottery home.

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Leather processing

Leather processing

Price (excl. entree)
2 tokens

Everything from butchered animals was used. The leather they provided was one of the most valuable materials of the countryside. Discover how the leather was treated and used. Would you like to do something yourself? Make a personal keyring with authentic leather processing techniques. Check the schedule to see when you can join this workshop.

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Workshop wood

Workshop wood

Price (excl. entree)
2 tokens

Without modern equipment, making a wooden beam from a tree and a house from wooden beams was much harder than it is now. You don’t need more than wood, nails and hammers to get started. From pieces of leftover wood you can make a work of art or create a utensil. What you make is your choice: a small coat rack, paper holder or your own creation. Check the schedule to see when you can join this workshop.

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The magic blacksmith

The magic blacksmith

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NL - FR - EN - DE

Also when the ‘real’ blacksmith is not working, there is work going on at the workshop. The furnace, anvil and water tank come alive in the humorous sound and light installation called ‘The magic blacksmith’ which is suitable for young and old. In collaboration with the Geluidshuis.

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