Arts and Crafts in Slovenia - Contemporary Wood Design
Date of issue: 28.01.2022
Author: Edi Berk
Motive: Bled "pletna" boat
Printed by: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in sheets of 16 stamps
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: 48.28 x 35.50 mm
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14
Photo: Dragan Arrigler
Anže Logar – maker of Bled "pletna" boats
The very best modern craftsmen using wood as their basic material include Anže Logar, who builds superlative wooden boats at Zazero na Mlinem in Bled. His main product is the iconic wooden boat of Lake Bled, called a pletna, which has been a feature of the lake for centuries.
Some records date the first use of these craft back to the 12th century, when they were used to carry building materials to the island. The boats were called ledenice, and a little later also plitvice. More reliable are the testaments from the second half of the 16th century that tell of the boats being used to take pilgrims to the island.
Quite when the term pletna came into use is not known. But for this reason people know its etymology, which explains that this was a craft with a flat bottom, known in Bavarian German as Plätten and in Carinthian German as Plette, Plettn. In Latin, flat-bottomed boats were called plata, platta. The Pletna is therefore the traditional Bled boat, measuring 7–8 m in length and 2 m in width, and it is capable of carrying up to 20 people. The craft is piloted by specially trained pletnarji, who propel it standing up (using the 'Stehruder’ technique) with two oars. The right to row these boats has been handed down from generation to generation for centuries. There are currently 23 such boats on Lake Bled. In addition to the iconic Bled boat, Anže Logar makes other outstanding wooden craft.
Prof Dr Janez Bogataj