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An ancient regional tradition
Woodturning appeared in the Jura department in the 5th century. The presence of numerous box trees in the region and the long winter evenings constituted two essential factors in its development. People then manufactured on pedal lathes or used the force of water to activate pulleys and belts before the arrival of electricity. The 18th and 19th centuries saw the rise of woodturning in the department, which had nearly 8,000 turners between the two world wars. In Moirans-en-Montagne, the Lycée des Arts et du Bois (Highschool for Arts and Wood) perpetuates the Jura tradition with the younger generations.
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