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Whetstone Making

15. 8. 2014

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Jaroslav Sucháček with his craft significantly contributes to raising awareness of traditional handicraft production in the region of Moravian Wallachia. This region was characterized by a large amount of home-made products from natural materials, most of which have, together with the knowledge of traditional technologies , already disappeared. However, due to the bearers of the tradition, such as Mr Sucháček, some folk art remains still alive.

 
Locality Lhota u Vsetína, Moravian Wallachia (eastern part of Moravia)
Czech Republic
Time Since 1978
Organizer Jaroslav Sucháček
Realisation team Jaroslav Sucháček and his family
Cultural-historical criterion Jaroslav Sucháček comes from a family with a long local history and continues the tradition of the small-scale whetstone making. This craft has been documented in the Wallachia region in the second half of the 17th century. It reached its peak in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Together with other small-scale industries it became specific for the region and had great influence on the general character of the various municipalities.
Ethnographic criterion Jaroslav Sucháček learned the technology of making whetstones from his father. As a craftsman, he demonstrated the making of whetstones in the little wooden town of the Wallachia Museum. In 1984 Jaroslav Sucháček gained the title of "Master of Folk Art Production ÚLUV“. Since 1989, he produces traditional whetstones as a private entrepreneur in his hometown Lhota u Vsetína. His company is registered for the production of whetstones, lures and traditional pocket knives. Currently he works at home in his studio and passes on his experience and knowledge to his son and his grandson.
Environmental criterion The production does not cause any harm to local environment.
Psychological criterion Jaroslav Sucháček with his craft contributes significantly to raising awareness of traditional handicraft production in the region of Moravian Wallachia. This region was characterized by a large amount of home-made products from natural materials, most of which have, together with the knowledge of traditional technologies, already disappeared. However, due to the bearers of the tradition such as Mr Sucháček some folk production still remains alive.

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