Saboterie de Cornouaille
Based in Brittany since 1920, the firm pursues what is a very rare craft indeed. It masters all the different operations required for clog-making: cutting the beech trunks, working and drying the green wood, adjusting the machinery, smoking, shaping and hollowing out the clogs, and fashioning the leather to make the padded straps.
After finishing the wooden part, the clogs are dried in the traditional way over a fire of green-wood shavings. Breton clogs, then, are smoked, which helps to preserve them - and is done by natural means.
Clog-making generates zero waste: the offcuts of wood are used for heating, while the shavings and chips are used to smoke fish and local cold meats.