CraftsmanshipIn Museum Joure there are workshops of printers, coffee roaster, clockmaker, coppersmith, tea maker and silversmith. One day the craftsmen said to each other: "What connects us is the passion and love for our profession". The visitors experienced this. Every Thursday they work in the print shop. During the museum weekend and every Thursday afternoon in July and August, the craftsmen also demonstrate their craftsmanship in the other workshops.
Printers and typesetters
The Frisian Graphic Museum is located in the Yellow Foundry. This department shows the old book printing technique from the beginning of the twentieth century with the platen press, the regulating machine and other fascinating machines. Every Thursday we work in the print shop. Visitors are allowed to print their own bookmark.
Joure has always been the centre of the clock industry. Around 1850 there was a production of 4,000 tail bells per year. Museum Joure exhibits the largest collection of Frisian clocks. In the Ambachtengebouw (Craft building) the clockmaker's shop is located. In It Sael you can see the top collection of Frisian clocks. On the Midstraat there are still three clock makers active who like to show their craftsmanship. More about Frisian clocks.
Dijkstra's coppersmith's shop in Sneek has been reinstated in the Kadehuis. The hammering of the coppersmith can still be heard regularly in the workshop. There is an exhibition of gifts that were saved with D.E. points, such as copper brush hangers, spoon boxes, flower pots, tobacco boxes and other utensils.
A gold- and silversmith's shop with machines from the Leeuwarder Firma Attema is set up in the Ambachtengebouw. The silversmith regularly works here. In the silver showcase are products of the Jouster silversmiths.
Every week the coffee roaster roasts beans for museum shop De Witte Os. This happens in the Kadehuis. The smell of coffee then spreads across the quay. In the summer months and during events, the coffee roaster demonstrates its craftsmanship to the public.
In the Entrance Building there is an ingenious tea machine from 1956. The loose tea from a silo is packed by the machine in small tea bags. The whole process can be followed when our tea packer demonstrates this.
The casting of brass is a typical Jouster craft. In the Metaalwarenfabriek Keverling the production process of yellow casting is shown step by step. You can admire the unique collection of casting moulds and of course all kinds of copper end products, such as parts for the clock industry, construction and shipbuilding.