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Proverbs and sayings: AgricultureThis text can only be consulted in Dutch.
Oven vault
In this section we‘ve tried to provide a step-by-step plan to restore a two-part bakehouse, a type which is very common in Belgium. With a few small alterations you can also use this plan to restore a free-standing or an indoor oven. Once you are familiar with the different components of a bread oven, you can examine your own oven to determine exactly what needs restoring. First look at the condition of the oven vault and floor. After all, these are essential components for baking and they are the most difficult to restore. Their condition may determine whether or not you want to proceed with the restoration. If you do decide to restore it and you know exactly what has to be done, you can proceed.
Proverbs and sayings
Proverbs and sayings Technology is found in every aspect of life. Therefore it's no surprise that different techniques have left traces in our daily language. Technical principles and comparisons are used in our language and tend to develop a broader or figurative meaning. Nowadays, many of those of techniques are part of our past and are no longer common knowledge. Because of this there are plenty of proverbs and sayings we no longer fully comprehend, even though we still use them. The general idea of this webpage is to collect and explain different sayings that have their roots in the history of technology. They're roughly divided up into the following categories: Household - Agriculture - Animals - Crafts - Transport. Similar proverbs are found in all languages, but each language has it's own typical sayings, therefore you will find the chosen dutch proverbs and their explanation only on the Dutch version of this site. Click here to see the page in Dutch. We hope in time to gather enough typical English sayings...
Newsletters archive
Newsletters archive Find recent electronic newsletters of the MOT in pdf format (only Dutch-speaking). They offer you an information update on the Museum and its activities as well as interesting background information on all sorts of technical subjects.
wooden pump
Pump making experiment On this page you will find all kinds of information about wooden water pumps, the craftsmanship in making such a pump and piercing wooden trunks lengthwise. In the spring of 2019, the MOT conducted a unique experiment, of which you can view a lot of images here. Faro published  an article about it in their magazine. Together with woodworkers Luc Verachtert and Mathijs Huyghebaert, we manufactured a wooden water pump from an oak tree trunk using original hand tools. Film footage of the entire process are released here and on the MOT's YouTube channel.
Pumps in general
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RCB: search by keyword translation under construction RCB stands for the Repertorium van de Belgische Handelscatalogi (Directory of Belgian Trade Catalogues). It is an online aid to trace trade catalogues published in Belgium before c. 1950, in public collections. Klik op een trefwoord om de bijhorende fiche te openen. Snel zoeken kan via de toetsencombinatie "Ctrl-F". Met de "enter"-toets kan je snel alle zoekresultaten overlopen.
Forge marks in Belgium
All kinds of identifying marks: symbols, letters or numbers, can often be found on tools. These marks may refer to the manufacturers (e.g. Paul Dubois’s La guêpe (wasp)), or to the place where the piece was made (e.g. Gembloux). They emphasize the quality (e.g. acier garanti (guaranteed steel)) or a property (e.g. inoxydable (stainless)); warn that there is a patent pending or in existence; record the name of the object; even give an indication of how to use it, etcetera. In addition there may also be marks of ownership or embellishment.
General search
Forge marks in Belgium: general search translation under construction Kies hieronder de gewenste plaatsnaam, figuur en/of periode en u krijgt de lijst van hun smidstekens. U kan ook zoeken op een zelf gekozen trefwoord. De plaatsnamen worden opgenomen in de taal die in de streek of het land gesproken word. Zo moet je bv. zoeken op “Namur” in plaats van “Namen”. Brussel en zijn gemeenten zijn in het Nederlands opgenomen. Indien u de plaatsnaam zoekt zoals het op het stuk voorkomt maakt u beter gebruik van zoek op letter.Soms gebeurt het dat na identificatie de smid uit het buitenland afkomstig blijkt te zijn. Ook die plaatsnamen worden opgenomen. Indien de periode waarin de smid werkzaam was gekend is wordt ze opgenomen in periodes per 50 jaar.