Reed cutters active in NW-Overijssel

It #riet cutting happened in the winter season, because then the reeds were rigid and the terrain passable, because frozen. This was very hard work. Traditionally, cutting was done by hand, using a reed cut, which was a kind of short scythe. With the scammer the iniquities, such as dry leaf, were removed from the reeds. The reed had to be bundled and then transported on a reed sleigh.
Reed is cut from about mid-December to the end of March. Thereafter it is bound together in forests to be able to be transported for use. Reed is used, for example, to cover the felling of mills and the roofs of farms and villas, where the reeds are laid out on the roof by reed deckers.