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A tradition initiated by the monks of Saint-Claude?
The monks of the abbey of Saint-Claude would be at the origin of turned wooden toys. A discreet stained-glass window indeed represents Saint Oyend granting the management of the school of Condat (town of Saint-Claude) to the abbot Saint Viventiole. He is seated in front of a wood-turning bench equipped with a large driving wheel, which made its veracity doubted. Medieval pilgrims coming to Saint-Claude left with a turned wooden souvenir (rosary, cross, whistle), and texts from the Middle Ages talk about skittles, dice, spinning tops, and even rocking horses. The wood-turning know-how originates from Jura, Alsace, and Rhône-Alpes.
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