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A Ziegenhainer on the move, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 2019

The Ziegenhainer is a knotty, coarse hiking stick made from the hard wood of the Cornelian cherry . This stick got its name from the in a tributary of the Saale located Ziegenhain at Jena . From the peeled branches of the cornel cherry ( Cornus mas ), the farmers from Ziegenhain made particularly durable knot sticks .

Since Ziegenhain was a popular excursion destination for Jena students as a "beer village", the Ziegenhain (then generally called Stenz ) became a status symbol among them. From Jena it finally came to popularity all over Germany in the 19th century. The Ziegenhainer was a hiking stick, but was also used for seconds or other disputes. This was preceded by the Jena dueling mandate from 1684. That is why the Jena students used the Ziegenhainer as a striking weapon . After the ban on the scale length has been lifted , the seconds use the Ziegenhainer to intervene.

A special kind of goat grove is the twisted stick. The twist is created by the honeysuckle , which winds around a young trunk or vertical branch of the Cornelian cherry. The bulges created by the permanent constrictions were later imitated by a turner . Sometimes the handles of the sticks were made of cow horn, deer antler , ivory or silver . Stick making was the livelihood for several Ziegenhain families.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hermann Jäger : German trees. The little ones under the trees. In: Otto Ule , Karl Müller (ed.): The nature. Newspaper for the dissemination of scientific knowledge and view of nature for readers of all classes. Volume 14, Halle 1865, p. 143.