Wood working department

permanent exhibition

in short

The first timber-processing exhibits at Bistra were contemporaneous with the forestry collection which opened in 1953. As a matter of fact, the woodworking department is a most logical supplement to the forestry one, and covers the conversion of raw trunks (logs) into semi-manufactured and manufactured products.
Wood working department
© Blaž Zupančič

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Technical Museum of Slovenia
Bistra 6 (Borovnica)
1353 Borovnica

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in detail

The outdoor exhibits comprise of the water-powered Venetian and veneer sawmills, both of which stand beside the karstic source of the Bistra stream. The other collections, all of which are inside the main museum complex, feature an exhibition of tools and machinery used in timber processing, saw milling and furniture making.The first four rooms offer presentations of the carpenter's, wheelwright’s and cooper’s trades; this is followed by a section covering the production of traditional suha roba woodenware and related utensils, and ends with a perspective of the joiner’s trade.

Carpentry is certainly among the oldest crafts undertaken by man, and has pervaded every single aspect of the development of civilisation, trade and industry. This section contains an exhibition of carpenter’s and joiner’s tools, as well as a brief historical overview of carpentry in Slovenia - beginning with the oldest and simplest methods for working raw timber into simple construction elements that could be joined together to form the frames of buildings.

The joiner’s trade - which was originally centred around the manufacture of windows, doors and their pertaining frames, as well as simple items of furniture and farm equipment - derived from the carpenter’s trade at the end of the 15th century. It was also quite usual that joiners specialised in making certain specific articles, such as chests, beds, cradles, cabinets, chairs, window frames, doors, or even fixtures and fittings for churches.

The hand-made production of suha roba - small and medium sized everyday kitchen and household utensils from wood - has a long tradition in Slovene lands. In the dark winter evenings of days gone by, peasant folk took a well-deserved break from toiling in the fields; this was the time when all the family members gathered together in a domestic production line to make woodenware.

With regard to the articles made, this craft encompassed an enormous variety of products, from toothpicks, through spatulas, spoons and ladles, to rims and bases, sieves and bolters, as well as a whole host vessels and tools.

Ever since there have been wheels there have been wheelwrights, and as their trade developed over the centuries, they became specialist carriage and cart builders; indeed collectively - and in conjunction with smiths - wheelwrights were the Ford and General Motors of their era. Although modest, composed as it is of the most significant hand tools used by wheelwrights in the production of wooden wheels and other constituent parts for carts and carriages, this particular section of the TMS is nonetheless highly significant.

Plying their trade in these lands since Roman times, coopers - or barrel makers - operated as a strong and independent profession in Slovenia’s wine-growing regions. Over time this craft became established as a cottage industry throughout the entire country.

The remaining three rooms of the woodworking department encompass the presentation of log sawing in Slovenia, and the production of chairs as a part of furniture industry. The first and the second room give a presentation of various sawing techniques, with a special emphasis on demonstrations of log sawing in relation to the sources of motive power utilised - manual (hand), water, steam or electricity - in the saw mill operation. The display of operational scale models of different types of water and steam-powered sawmill and the vertical frame saw are most interesting and educational.

In the last room of wood working department is an installation of the simple driving mechanism used at  Boucon, Carniola's  first chair factory; individual products of this former plant are also exhibited. In addition to this, part of the technological procedure for the manufacture of bentwood chairs according to the Thonet method is also presented.
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 17:00
Exhibition closes one hour after the box-office closing time.
Opening hours July, August:
Tues–Fr 10.00-17.00, Sat 9.00-17.00, Sun and holidays 10.00-18.00

Every Monday and from 4th December until 1st March the Museum is open only for groups announced in advance (+386 (0)1 750 66 72).

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