Muzej Vrbovec - muzej gozdarstva in lesarstva
Savinjska cesta 4, SI-3331 Nazarje
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Barbara Šoster Rutar, Director
The museum displays the history of forestry and carpentry in the Upper Savinja Valley, a mostly wooded region fairly closed to traffic. Forests dictated a unique economic development of this area and had a decisive effect on the lives of local inhabitants. Until World War II, the survival of locals was closely connected with the exploitation of forests, as well as processing and sale of wood, which still represents an important natural resource. The introductory part of the permanent exhibition brings interesting discoveries about forests, trees and usefulness of wood while the central part of the exhibition shows the history of former foresters and carpenters in the Upper Savinja Valley: woodcutters, sawyers and raftsmen, horse and cart drivers, joiners, wheelwrights and carpenters.
The exhibition also touches on the progress brought into the forestry after the Second World War: construction of cableways and especially forest roads, and related introduction of modern machinery, the development of sawmilling, from manual wood cutting, over primitive water-based Venetian sawmills to electric sawmills, and the role of sawmills as the only possible way for transporting large quantities of wood to distant places.