News - - Old age is forcing Bob Siegel to hang up his block knife and spoon auger, two of the antique tools he uses to create the iconic Dutch wooden shoes.

Prior to this summer, Siegel has spent more than 40 years carving klompen (the wooden shoes) at festivals, museums, theme parks and dozens of other places all over the country.

"It's as they say, when you're 90 years old, you just don't have the energy," said Siegel, of Mequon. "I don't have that much endurance anymore."

At one time, Siegel was the only shoe carver left in the U.S., but before he unofficially retired, he made certain to find a protégé, Luke Traver, of Oostburg, to carry on the tradition....

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- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 31 Date: 7/29/2014 9:17:11 AM -