Luke Traver of Luke’s Lost Arts will demonstrate Dutch wooden shoe carving techniques using only 3 primitive handmade tools and a wood vice. Traver will tell the history of this lost art that has been used since the 1500’s in the Netherlands. The program is sponsored by the Lake Geneva Public Library. Free library parking!
Luke Traver has been working with Master Shoe Carver Bob (Sieg) Siegel, Jr., first as a helper, then as an assistant to learn the trade. Sieg was trained by Dutch master shoe carvers in the province of Overijssel in northeastern Netherlands. Sieg holds a 1979 diploma from the Klompen Carving School located there in the village of Enter and has retired from shoe carving. In 2006, Traver began actively carving under Sieg’s watchful eye at area shows and festivals. In 2011, he finished a one-year apprenticeship program with Sieg that was supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sieg retired from active carving in 2014 at the age of 90 leaving Traver to carry on the mission to preserve this lost art for future generations. Traver is now one of the only few individuals left worldwide who carry on the craft of Dutch wooden shoes with simple handmade tools.