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    Default Visit of the Ardennes Coticule quarry, first week of august.

    Hi everyone !

    As I intend to visit some friends in Belgium during the first week of august, I thought it would be nice to visit the quarry and workshop of Ardennes Coticule.

    http://www.ardennes-coticule.be/en/visit.html

    Would anyone here be interested by a meeting for this occasion ?

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    Would love to but that's during my holiday in the Czech Republic. I visited Ardennes Coticule many years ago: it is great to speak to Maurice Celis, see the workshop en visit the quarry. He has some huge vintage coticules, one of them with w-shaped cupping, coming from a local farmer who had a very special way of sharpening blades with it.
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    I would just love to! Too far away, I expect!
    Do share of it! Take lots of pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    I would just love to! Too far away, I expect!
    Do share of it! Take lots of pics!
    Yes, take lots of pics!


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    I'll sure do so

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    I'd love to see some pics of the place,,,,,,,

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    Finally couldn't see the quarry, it was required to ask several weeks before to plan a visit.

    I'll be back !

    Beginning by the back of their workshop :



    Raw stones :



    Waiting to be cut :





    Automatic work for the big pieces of BBW :



    Glued on schist and hand worked for the thin pieces of coticule :




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    And..... the treasure cave




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    Seeing the raw material instead of the finished product is really an eye opener. Thanks for the great photos !
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    It was a real pleasure

    Had a nice time talking about natural stones with the owner of the place.

    I show him my vintage coticule, he identified as a "La Veinette" vintage, fast cutter, and a chinese natural stone, fast cutter too.

    He was interested in it, since he is making combined stones with BBW and "la pierre des Pyrénées" or carborundum #600 (it seems to be a really good stone by the way)

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