Griendbaas

The name of the occupation comes from the so called "Grienden", the wetlands of the Biesbosch covered with reed and water-willow. The Biesbosch was a estuary of a river and a flood area for the North Sea. The water was brackish. The tides varied for two meters. This made the Biesbosch a dangerous and rough place. The "Griendbaas" was the boss of sometimes more than hundred workers (griendwerkers) who worked to cut reed and thin and thick twines of the willow trees. They also created more willow woods by planting young twines in the muddy planes. The workers returned only when their flat bottomed boat was packed with reed or can. They lived on dry spots in self build reed huts, sometimes for about a fortnight. Their proviand and personal belongings were kept in rectangular wooden boxes with a handle on top.  This kept the rats from eating the supplies.

The Griendbaas also produced hoops for use with wooden barrels. The can also was used for canned chairs. The thicker wood was used in mats used for sinking as the foundation of waterworks or protection of dykes.

When metal barrels came and plastic made its entry, the occupation died out. The once very wealthy griendbaas saw his source of income disappear. The Griendbaas was father of many children who generally were healthy and grew up to adulthood. This explains the big family's in my own pedigree of Michiel. See also interview with Bas Dubbelman under recent history.

Visser, Zalmvisser

The occupation of "visser" means fisherman. The Biesbosch new different way's of fishing on different species of fish. Some fisherman used a bow-net to catch eel. Others uses a floating net they cast from their boat to catch salmon. Other fisherman bated sturgeon and put a rope round their tail and pulled them behind the boat, when they had enough bundled they returned to the harbour. The sturgeon had to be alive when sold at the fish market.