Muses des Techniques

Edge-tool workshop
 25330 Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne

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Edge-tool workshop

A workshop-farm on the stream
In the mid-19th century, half of the municipalities in the Doubs had hydraulic machinery, and a total of 48 taillanderies-ironworks specialized in the production of cutting tools like scythes, sickles, pruning knives, etc.

Established in 1798, the Edge-Tool Workshop in Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne was bought in 1865 by the Philibert family who helped it flourish. The business prospered for quite some time and was equipped with all of the latest technology, shown by the use of the turbine, the electrically-operated Gramme machine and later, by a semi-diesel engine meant to compensate for insufficiencies in hydraulic energy. In 1895, the edge-tool worshop produced about 20,000 scythes per year, employed 25 workers and exported its production to many regions in both France and Algeria. The workshop closed, however, in 1969.

A tour of the premises lets visitors see how scythes were made and how this farm-workshop fit in with the surroundings, with its large waterwheels, drop hammers, its extraordinary bellows and vegetable garden. The site is a first-rate example of the region's architectural and industrial heritage.

The Edge-Tool Workshop (listed on the National Register of Historical Monuments) was a prize-winning landmark in the nation-wide competition of ''Chefs-d'oeuvre in danger''.
Taillanderie - Lieu-dit ''La Doye''
Tel. 00 33 (0)3 81 86 64 18
Opening times
Open daily in April, May, June, July, August, September and October.
Open sunday, bank holidays and holidays in March and November.
Explanatory document in english.
Nearby places to visit
Source of the Lison River, Salins-les-Bains Saltworks and Salt Museum.
Entrance fees
  • Adult : 5,20 Eur
  • Children 6-16 years : 2.50 Eur
  • Persons with disabilities : 2.50 Eur
  • Students : EUR 4.20
  • Free for children under 6 years
  • Family ticket, 2 adults and several children: 13,40 Eur

Groups from 15 persons     
  • Adult : 4.20 Euros
  • Student : 3.50 Euro
  • School: 2.50 Euros