Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Deutsches Klingen Museum

Solingen is well-known for centuries as city of the blade since it has long been renowned for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors, and other cutlery. The Deutsches Klingen Museum in Solingen, Germany displays swords and cutlery of all epochs. IMG_0162
This unique collection is associated with exciting stories - i.e. fascinating historical table customs and manners.
At the museum, the journey through time starts in the Bronze Age up to the 19th and 20th centuries, when striking design for knives, forks and spoons announces the liberation of form.
Visitors can see rare collections of combat weapons and many of its priceless items.
One of the highlights - The use of scissors presenting a peacock.
A closer look at the piece. Creative, isn't that ?
The museum has now the most extensive collections of knives, forks and spoons in the world. Solingen lives still today on this call, and even if the importance of the blade industry dropped in the last decades continuously, some 90% of German knives are still produced in the city.
The ZDS College (Central College of the German Confectionery Industry) at Solingen specializes in full-time training for personnel in the chocolate and confectionery industry. The courses here are unique and ZDS is only in the world to give such concentrated training.
I am now attending the diploma short course for about 4 weeks learning both theoretical and practical of the chocolate-making technology. Hopefully a chocolate expert soon.


Eddie said...

wah lucky you ...
btw, the chocolate that you offered me in JB was just mah-mah.

Anonymous said...

The peacock is pretty amazing....do we get to taste your chocolate? :P Jau

Lene said...

Wow, chocolate-making technology! Hope you'll enjoy your stay there Pat! Yummy, chocolates! Poor thing, can't eat as many, allergies! Take care! =)

zbjernak said...

u in choco industry ah?
and u need to learn how to make choco?
tht is so cool

scott davidson said...

What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.