Eelke Scherjon - In Commenmoration


In the late 60ties I visited the wooden shoe factory of Eelke Scherjon’s father for the first time, because I came to collect a load of “trip-klompen”on request of another wellknown wooden shoe promotor named Jaap Kooyman (Zaanse Schans Zaandam) in North-Holland near Amsterdam.
Not resisting the temptation I bought my first handpainted wooden shoes, that I have kept since then.
After that Eelke’s father had died and helped by his wife Marie he took up his father’s wooden shoe factorie and made a big succes of it.
They also started a wooden shoe museum and gallery.They won the struggle to get the permission to produce according the new rules of European legislation. They also received for several times the highest reward for woodenshoe making “The Zilveren Klomp” (The Silver Clog)
When we moved to live in Fryslân in the North of the Netherlands, we bought wooden shoes more often, because when using them frequently they wear out, the only thinkable disadvantage of wooden shoes.
After 20 years of living in the country on a farm we decided to go back to Amsterdam where we had come from.
Eelke generously offered me to have an exposition at his museum of my photo’s especially where wooden shoes were involved. All in the occasion of leaving Fryslân.
As a motto I choose “Vrouwenklompen” (Women’s clogs a term in the wooden shoe world. He also invited a folkdance group the “Pierewaaiers” from Nijmegen to perform in Dutch costumes and of course wooden shoes. An unforgettable event with still warm memories.
The logotype I made for my poster was later adopted bye Eelke for his own housestyle.
Being back in Amsterdam we visited the Scherjons less and less, therefore it came as a big shock receiving the announcement of Eelke’s death on Februari the seventh
Regettable we were unable to attend his funeral. With pleasure I would have fullfilled Eelke’s wish to attend the funeral in wooden shoes, the ones I still kept all those years.
We do wish Marie and children lots of strenght to cope with their loss and hope there will be soon a 6th generation of wooden shoemakers available to fill the gap and continue the fine craft of shoe making.
Nen and Peter Marcuse