Heeten is “only” 1 hour’s drive from Veenendaal, so I also pay a visit to Ore Design, designers of the most fantastic nutcracker. Mannie and Frans live in the outskirts of Heeten, in a beautifully converted farmhouse. They have turned the stable/shed into an office/exhibition/reception/meeting room. Despite the size and height of the room, it feels warm and comfortable.
And outside in the garden is a shed, old and overgrown with ivy, Frans’s forge. Inside, this space turns out to be anything but small. Today the fire was out, but it must have been pleasantly warm in recent weeks, because Frans has been working hard with his nutcrackers. Created by a combination of factors; out of love for good tools, with a passion for food, looking for the ultimate nutcracker. “Experience the whole note”