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.
From 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.
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
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