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Pucišca, Brac I

A visit to the stonemasonary school, one of only a few in the world, students come from overseas as well as locally. Brac is famous for its white limestone and a marble like limestone called 'Istrian Stone' or Kirmenjak which was exported to Italy to literally build the foundations of the city of Venice. Kirmenjak is particularly water resistant. It's amazing what skill, patience and simple tools can create, even in young hands.

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Wonderful photo to show of this extraordinary art.
John Prior: Thank you Elizabeth, a very interesting visit.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 6 Aug 2012, 07:20
This is one of the skills that I greatly admire and it is so important to maintain our historic buildings.
John Prior: I agree Chad, I would imagine it could be a satisfying and lucrative profession.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Aug 2012, 07:41
It's the kind of place where I could stand and watch all day, John, and get my education! I love your POV on this wonderfully "messy" workshop.
John Prior: Indeed Ginnie a fascinating place.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Aug 2012, 08:02
If they can master these skills at a young age they'll have a job for life John
John Prior: Indeed Chris, seems like an interesting and smart career choice.
Interesting to see them at work John and lots to entertain the eye!
John Prior: Really quite fascinating Fred.
It always amazes me John how some one looks at a piece of stone or something, sees what ever and creates it.
John Prior: Indeed and to have the patience of working the stone slowly.
I would love to visit such a place. Such beautiful, exacting workmanship. Hardly looks dusty there.
John Prior: Interesting point Mary, I assume limestone must be a safe material to work with as there were no masks in evidence and quite a lot of dust is made in smoothing and finishing.
This would have been an interesting place to visit, I always marvel at the skill of these people when Stonemasons are shown in T.V.programmes.
John Prior: Yes Brian, a very interesting specialisation. The school takes on commissions that the students help with and that contributes towards fees.
Good to see these skill being passed on to a new generation
John Prior: Yes Bill, good to see this and it seems like a fairly smart career choice also.
I'd love to visit there!!!! A great shot!!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 14 Aug 2012, 04:41
lots to see here. i would have wanted to see if they'd let me take that stool out and photograph it in addition to all the shots you came away with. again, it's quite fascinating.

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