How to Make Wooden Clogs

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How to Make Wooden Clogs
Wooden Clogs have been made and worn for centuries in Northern Europe. (PhotoLink/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Wooden clogs date back as far as 1367 and people from Northern Europe have worn them for centuries. Even in today's world some farmers and construction workers still wear the wooden shoes because of their durability and safety. The clogs have been made by hand for centuries and this craft has not gone away when modern technology came along. Crafting clogs from wood is a difficult and physically demanding job, but it is possible to do.

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Things you need

  • 2 Square blocks of balsa-white poplar wood
  • Adze
  • Chopping Axe
  • Knife
  • Vice
  • Boring drill

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  1. 1

    Shape the balsa-white poplar blocks into shoes by using an adze and a chopping axe. It is important that the wood does not have knots, rot, bugs or discolouration as this will not be suitable wood for making clogs.

  2. 2

    Cut a serrated edge about one-third up from the top of the body of the shoe to form the heel. Once you form the heel the opposite side of the shoe will be the nose.

  3. 3

    Use an oblong knife to shape the shoe and provide details to the heel and nose.

  4. 4

    Place the blocks in a wooden vice with the nose pointed toward the ground and use a boring drill to drill a hole in the heel of the clog.

  5. 5

    Rip out strips of wood to form the inside of the heel and use a drill where necessary to shape the inside of the shoe.

  6. 6

    Shape and sand the outside of the clog.

  7. 7

    Paint the clog to protect it from weather damage and make it last longer.

Tips and warnings

  • Continuously compare the two blocks as they need to be identical when worn as clogs.
  • Make sure to practice caution when using knife's and axes to shape the shoe. Cut away access wood on the inside of the clog that might cause foot pain.

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