Landwerktuig is a serie of gardening tools produced in the prison workshops of Veenhuizen. The production of the tools introduces several ancient techniques, such as the steel hardening with fire and oil, into the modern equipped prison workshops.

The tools form a clear connection with the history of Veenhuizen. One of the purposes of the Benevolent Society, founded in 1818, was to cultivate and fertilize the rough soil of the province of Drenthe and turn it into agricultural land. By doing this also the almsmen of society would become self-sufficient. The design of Landwerktuig is found in those original tools used to cultivate the land and is an invitation to contemporary self-sufficiency.

IMG_8215 IMG_8248 IMG_8073 IMG_8160

Landwerktuig is part of Collectie Veenhuizen.


Collectie Veenhuizen is a social-design collection of products and services inspired by the prison village of Veenhuizen. Veenhuizen is a former colony for the poor founded in 1818 in the remote province of Drenthe in the Netherlands. The projects of Collectie Veenhuizen all relate to the unique social history of Veenhuizen and suggest new possibilities for the prison system, the village and its surroundings. COLLECTION VEENHUIZEN is a KETTER&Co initiative. The foundation focuses on establishing sustainable relationships in both the social and public domain among users, citizens, governmental institutions and entrepreneurs.

Collectie Veenhuizen is the manifestation of the collaboration between the Province of Drenthe, municipality Noordenveld, the prison of Veenhuizen and Design Academy Eindhoven, curated by KETTER&Co. Collectie Veenhuizen is supported by Stichting Doen, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Regio Groningen-Assen