Flushing units and timber rafting in the Kinzig Water Catchment

With this project, we explore and document historic transport techniques for timber formerly applied in the Black Forest Region. Until the end of the 19th century, rafting was the most relevant transportation technique for timber. Rivers and streams were considerably modified in order to enable transport of large timber. In the mountainous woodlands of the Black Forest, the construction of chutes allowed for skittering big logs downhill into streams.

On behalf of the Nature Park Administration and in cooperation with the municipalities in charge, we explore and assess remaining structures of the historic timber transport system. The assessment is meant as a data and knowledge base for securing historico-cultural remains and in order to gauge the potential for touristic conceptions.