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Drehkoite Girkhausen - Local history museum for craftsmanship

Industrial Monument · Bad Berleburg
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  • Aussenansicht Drehkoite Girkhausen
    / Aussenansicht Drehkoite Girkhausen
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  • / Werkstatt Drehkoite Girkhausen
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  • / Löffelschnitzen in der Drehkoite Girkhausen
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  • / Drehbank Drehkoite Girkhausen
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The Drehkoite in Girkhausen, an old wood workshop, is a special witness to the social and everyday culture of the Berleburger Oberland. 
A living room where an antique lathe was sunk into the floor was called a “Drehkoite” (= turning trough).

The woodturners from Girkhausen were considered pioneers of efficient bowl turning: The Wittgensteiner could produce up to five bowlsfrom a single piece of raw wood using their special moving irons and the foot-operated lathe.

The refinement of old techniques and the transition to the use of machinery is also demonstrated. On the top floor, there are further tools and lathes for woodworking, including an original wood workshop (approx. 100 years old) that belonged to the famous master woodturner, sculptor and painter Ludwig Florin.

A reconstructed “Fidelbank” dating from 500 B.C. is also on display.

Carving spoons from the waste wood developed as a sideline to bowl turning. 

Various turned products, wooden wares and gift articles made of wood are available to purchase.

The woodturning demonstration and viewing of the exhibition takes approx. 1 hour.

Open from

For current reasons, the rotary coite is closed until further notice.

Price:

  • Adults:                                                € 4.00
  • Children:                                             € 2.00
  • Groups per person:                             € 3.00
  • Persons entitled to discount:           € 3.00
  • Honorary member’s card:                  € 3.00
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Sylvia Müller
Updated: August 03, 2020

Public transport

You can get to Girkhausen from Bad Berleburg by taking the R28 bus line.

Getting there

From Bad Berleburg, you take the L 721 to Girkhausen. In the centre of the village, turn left in the direction of Neuastenberg. Then immediately turn right. The Drehkoite is on the right-hand side.

From the direction of Neuastenberg, take the L 721 to Girkhausen. Turn left and then left again. The Drehkoite is on the right-hand side.

Parking

Free parking is available.

Coordinates

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51.117005, 8.455024
DMS
51°07'01.2"N 8°27'18.1"E
UTM
32U 461855 5662977
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Drehkoite Girkhausen - Local history museum for craftsmanship

In der Odeborn 4
57319 Bad Berleburg
Phone +49 2758 2014288

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