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 New historic Potash Forest Glass-Center

Village of Gersbach - Black Forest - South-Germany 

............. Foto © Werner Störk 2018  
 Historic Potash Glass Museum Center Gersbach
The past of Gersbach has been dominated by charcoal works, farming and mining and to a very  distinguished part by glass-blowers. Even today local family names and local field names indicate these activities which have been accomplished since the 14th century.
In the Black Forest 200 remains of glass works have been brought to light. In the Gersbach area there are eight former glassworks known. This is a noteworthy large number. It indicates the  exceptional position of Gersbach concerning historic glass making.
The large forests explain this phenomenon and also the comparatively mild climate, allowing beech trees to grow in a height of 1000 m. Beech trees were needed by charcoal-burners and by glass-blowers equally vital. The charcoal-burners produced charcoal from trunks. The glass-blowers needed beech trees to heat their glass-furnaces and in specific to produce potash, which is together with quartz and chalk an essential raw material for glass making.
The recipe for glass making was a well kept family secret; it was only handed down from father to son. If all the beech trees in the vicinity of a glass work were used the huts for living were taken apart and moved to a better place where they were reassembled. The furnaces were destroyed and rebuilt, so called Wanderglashütten 
At the abandoned site the beech trees regenerated within 150 to 200 years. They then allowed a later generation to produce glass again.
The open areas in the Gersbach region nowadays used by farmers may be explained by the activities of  the former charcoal-burners and glass-blowers. They created the specific character of our landscape.
Presently a historic glass centre - unique in Baden Württemberg - is set up in Gersbach . The work of the former craftsmen will be demonstrated. There will be a charcoal pile, a reconstructed glass furnace, a collection of historic glassware. The exhibition is arranged in a way demonstrating the procedures of historic glass making by genuine finds.
Special-Guide for potash-glass of Black Forest: Contact here

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