Our oven builder Gerrit van den Dries has lots of knowledge and skills, and his craftsmanship is a form of intangible cultural heritage. In order not to lose this, the Flemish government awards scholarships to pass on that knowledge in a master-apprentice trajectory. Master Gerrit van den Dries and students Ante, Koen and Mathijs achieved such a grant. The master will pass on his knowledge of bread oven construction (and later also half-timbered building) to his students. The MOT supports this trajectory, by acting as a host for their building projects. Soon the museum will have a perfectly working bread oven. A win-win situation!
The old oven had several construction errors and drawbacks and is therefore completely demolished and replaced by a new oven. The oven floor was flat, causing poor air circulation, The oven floor was rectangular with rounded corners, making it colder in the corners than in the rest of the oven, The vault was too flat and there was a kink in the oven mouth, causing the smoke lingered in the furnace. The furnace mouth had a raised edge, making it difficult to squeegee the ashes from the furnace. The oven was too big (for 50 loaves) for the museum's purposes, so too much wood was needed to heat the oven.
Do you have old photos of the oven?
Unfortunately the MOT does not have historical photos of in or around the bakehouse. Do you still have old photos of the area around the Liermolen showing the bakehouse? Or from the inside? Then we are happy to make a scan of it! Call us (02 270 81 11), send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or pop in (Guldendal 20, Grimbergen).
Master Gerrit (top middle) with his students Mathijs, Ante and Koen
Meiboom op het Wan-kot