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Forking out

— Groningen


In the Netherlands, a fourth generation of blacksmiths has cottoned on to the fact that dedication and getting the simple things right can go a long way. Monocle meets the men from DeWit, digging deep for the garden tool industry.

Craft, Gardening, Spade, Tools

A one-off gardening implement is mounted behind Sietse DeWit’s desk in the office he shares with his older brother Derk and their cousin Derk-Klaas. A sort of mutant three-headed spade, with two heads at one end and another at the opposite end, it symbolises the trio’s decision-making process. “If two of us vote in favour of something and the other votes against, it’s clear which direction we’re going in,” says Sietse. “You’re not going to catch us having a four-hour debate about it.”

Hailing from Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands, if ever…


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