“Our fourth stop was a wooden shoe factory. The shoes cost $25-$50 or about 39 guilder."
The process reminded me of the key machines you find in hardware stores. To make the wooden shoe, they have a pattern shoe on one side and a block of wood on the other. As the guide arm follows the pattern shoe, it carves the block of wood to make a new shoe.
It is claimed that wooden shoes are still worn in the fields as they are waterproof and very warm (yet quite difficult to walk in). I bought a pair for training purposes as walking through muddy sugar beet fields in wooden shoes does wonders for the tower climbing muscles. As these two songs point out, it is rather amazing what a pair of new shoes can do.
~Most people are afraid of muddying their wooden shoes. Admit it, I am Fearless.~