Craft workshops


On this page are the main workshops already collaborating in the Craft Network of the Ecomusuem and some other workshops wotrth visiting or mentioning.



Novohradska Forge

Drawing of Novohradska Forge In the center of Nove Hrady,on the short road between the town square and the Old Castle, you can find the historic cultural memory "The Novohradska Forge". Since the year 2002 the forge has been leased by blacksmith Daniel Cerny, who collaborates with us in numerous public actions and projects for preserving traditional crafts and old folk traditions (Easter, Mikulaus, and Christmas events).

Novohradska Forge  Blacksmiths at work

Left: Shoeing horses was an important part of the smith's work. At events and on request horses are once more being shoed at the smithy.

Right: forging often is a two-person job. In this case, two participants on our forging course try their hand at making tools.


The historic workshop and accompanying living quarters are fully and functionally restored to a historic blacksmith workshop focussed on local traditional crafts and products. The old stable and the barn house exhibitions on the traditions of blacksmithing, coal mining, and other local traditions, displaying original maps and locally made tools and utensils. The interior of the living quarters is restored in its 19th century glory and is used for special events and as information and education center on traditional crafts and products.


The new gate around the Trabon Castle Garden has been made by Daniel Cerny, and he often works on large-scale objects. Because the historic blacksmith workshop is too small for such projects and is located in a urban area, Daniel has purchased an old machine workshop in the nearby forests. Here he and his assistants work on the larger objects. Althouh a modern shed, this second workshop is also fully equiped with mainly old machinery including three large early-model electric power hammers, each too big to fit in the Novohradska Forge itself (which has an equally old smaller version).




Blacksmith workshop in Komarice

Drawing of Komaricka kovarnaNot far from Komarice Castle, in an old historic farm estate you will find the blacksmith workshop of Jaromir Cizek. ížka, kterou postupně buduje z bývalých hospodářských budov. Vedle ukázek současných kovářských prací si můžete prohlédnout i jeho sbírku historických zámků a klíčů, nožů, dýk a dalších zajímavých předmětů.

Cizek at work   Historic lock

Blacksmith Joromir Cizek at work. His hobby is collecting and repairing historic locks.


Basket Making Workshop

Logo of basket makingIn the small hamlet Tust you can find the basket making workshop of Milan Macha. Baskets in all types and forms are made by Milan from pine-tree woodsplints in the traditional way like has been done by his grandfather and great-grandfather before him. This young basket maker is the only one who continues in this pine-splint basket weaving tradition in the Trebon Biopshere Reserve and wider region, and in 2003 he received the acknowledgement of the Czech Ministry of Culture as "Bearer of traditional folk crafts" ("Nositel tradice lidových řemesel") .

Basket Maker Milan Macha

Basket Maker Milan Macha at work

Atelier of acdemic sculpturer Miroslav Raboch in Trhovy Svini

Logo ceramics workshopAcademic sculpturer and ceramics worker Miroslav Raboch has his atelier close to the historic center of Trhovy Sviny (Komenskeho street 235), were one can taste the atmosphere and see the results of a life-long dedication to his work. Raboch is famous for his family tradition of creating typical South Bohemian figurative ceramics.

Although not equiped like a typical shop, it is possible to buy these figurines directly at the atelier.


Raboch    Collection of small statutes    Statute of the Greek God Pan

Academic sculpture Miroslav Raboch and some of his sculptures and creations



Ceramic workshops in the Suchdol region

HrnčířstvíThe villages of Rapsach and Klikov know a long history of ceramic pottery. Nowadys, a few ceramic makers are active again in this region, using old techniques and equipment like wood-fired ovens to make a their l;arge selection of ceramics and pottery.