Sawmill "De Rat" in IJlst
Sawmill "The Rat" (De Rat) is situated on the centuries-old waterway between IJlst and Sneek, the Frisian river de Geeuw. A miller manages the 18th century mill and shows visitors around. The collection of the Royal Factories J. Nooitgedagt & Zn. (Kon. Fabrieken J. Nooitgedagt & Zn.) can be seen in a former school building nearby. It displays wooden toys, ice skates and tools. In other words: nostalgia, industry and the Frisian identity. One of the initiatives under consideration is to create a new facility that can bundle together the activities of various foundations. The municipality Súdwest-Fryslân asked XPEX to create a new concept and development plan.