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Nestled in a magnificent and wild nature, the village of Aiguines, well-known for the quality of its woodturning, protect access to the Grand Canyon of Verdon.

History of woodturning 

fabrique-tournerieFrom the 16th century, artisans, woodturners, settle in Aiguines which forest are rich in boxwood. Therefore Aiguines affirms its craft will. Several woodturning factories enabled the town to acquire a national reputation in the manufacture of boxwood studded balls.

Boxwood, picked up in the Verdon and turned in the workshops of Aiguines, allowed many families in the village to find a main activity for men and an additional one for women who, once the ball turned, were covering it with nails.


The arrival during the 1920s of the steel ball, called “the full one”, lack of manpower after World War 2 and tourism sector taking over the artisanal production ended this small industry, today presented through the collections labelised “Musée de France” of the Museum of woodturning.

Visiting the museum 

This is a museum that explains the origin of the unique know-how. Also, il exhibits  the contemporary creation. Because the profession of woodturner has evolved over time and from artisan, he became an artist.

The Museum of woodturning let you:


Feel the essences

Touch the wood

See the archives, maps

Hear the stories, the ambiances, machinery

Taste the excellence


  • RTEmagicC_musee-de-france-logo-68px_01.gifPass sitesUnguided individual tour: 3.50 €
  • Unguided group tour: 2.50 €
  • Guided group tour starting from 12 persons: 3 €
  • Group rate for educational visit (school): 1.50 € per child
  • Free entry for children < 7 years old, accompagnied by an adult upon proof (ID card, etc.)
  • Reduced rate: 2 € per person (Pass Site Var)

Opening hours and periods are available on: Infos pratiques


Place de la Résistance 83630 AIGUINES

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