Can I visit a craftsman? Sure, Tourist Guide Holland can organise this.
Visits to a miller, a blacksmith, stonemason, rope-maker or glassblower are possibilities.
What does a rope-maker for instance do?
He twines, twists thin hemp string into a larger, thicker rope.
Where can I see this?
You can see rope-makers in the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen. Sail making and mending nets too.
You can actually try doing it yourself. www.zuiderzeemuseum.nl
The stonemasonry, where can I see that?
In the past i work for the stonecutters and I still have access to them. I can arrange a class for stonecutting for you to experience it yourself.
What is coopery about?
A cooper smith is a barrel maker. Coopering is about putting metal staves around a wooden barrel/tub to hold it together. A coopery of the previous century can been at the Zaanse Schans.
Sawing wood and making the barrels can be viewed at the Zaanse Schans. www.zaanseschans.nl The wood sawing is done in the mill the Jonge Schaap.
In the clock museum the craft clock maker is still being practised.
Ancient crafts: can be enjoyed at the Zuiderzee Museum, at the Openlucht Museum in Arnhem and at the Zaanse Schans.
They are all on display including stonemasonery.
Tourist Guide Holland offers a day trip “craftsmanship”. After the trip you will have deep respect for each craft.
You can experience more than one craft on a day, for example a visit to a blacksmiths or and bricklayer.