I pulled the wheel off of a chassis I have had for a while and found this. Must be Dutch brakes.
Photo to come maybe
Beat me to it, Jay....
oh well forget it
Just received an e-mail from Toon Boer in Klaaswaal, Holland (a contributor to the forum). With his recent changeover to Windows 10, he is having some trouble posting pictures and asked if I would add this one to the thread.
Now that is a cool wheel block! Leave it to Toon to think of that, even with the release cord.
Dick, do you wear your wooden shoes or are they just decoration?
Stephen, I wore them for yard work and also in snow when I lived in Holland. Once I moved here, I continued to wear them some of the time for yard work. Now, I don't do yard work any more so they are mainly decoration. When our kids were growing up, they would put out their wooden shoes ("klompen," in Dutch) on December 5th and Sint Nicolaas would leave them candy and gifts.
Iss you making da yoke uut uff mine choos?
Klompen Dancers at the Tulip Festival, Holland, Michigan.
Still hoping to see Tom's wooden brake shoes...
I have 2 wooden shoes,I guess someone bought a pair and my grandmal kept 1 and my mother kept the other.1 is cleaner looking than the other due to poor storage.They have to be at least 60 years old or older. Are they not a little uncomfortable being they they don't flex?
Mack, I was taught that you buy them large enough that you can wear two pairs of woolen socks under them. They really aren't that uncomfortable.
Buy them!! Dam, I was given a lump of wood and pocket knife and told, if wont shoes boy 'start a'whittle'n'
Van Ekeren... Not so surprising....
I love this website!
Dutch style wooden shoes were used over here too, up until about a hundred years ago. Since then only the bottom is wood. Leather over the foot makes them more comfortable and easier to make, I didn't use much of anything else in summertime during the 70's when they were in vogue.. Some of my old mopeds didn't have good brakes, so my wooden shoes were occasionally used as brake shoes too - against the asphalt
Which brings us to the subject of burlap underwear ....
Just the idea makes me itch.
TRUE thread drift... (into burlap)
This thread reminded me of something I saw in a museum in Holland once. Smugglers along the Dutch-Belgian border carved wooden shoes that left a reversed footprint. If they walked through snow, it looked like they were walking in the opposite direction from what they really were.
Now, THAT is interesting!
Wow Dick, I didn't know the Dutch invented the "moon-walk".