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Culture Traditional forms of Art - Professions Wood sculpture Epirus Metsovo

Vemothyra for the Sacred Porte, Monastery for the Repose of the Virgin Mary at Makrino (1780)
(Photo: Triantaphyllos Sioulis)

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Matters pertaining to the works, the designs and the agreements that they signed

Triantaphyllos Sioulis

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Usually the master craftsman, who was the eldest, drew and guarded the designs, applied the «finishing touches» to the work and negotiated the agreements for the assumption of the job. The craftsmen had the responsibility for the main wood sculpted work and the trainees, the apprentices were initially occupied with assisting tasks, such as the sharpening of the tools – chisels and later with the plan, on which they usually practiced every Sunday after the Divine Liturgy that was observed by the whole «gang» under the supervision of the master craftsman. The trainees usually required two to three years of lower professional training. Those that were interested in wood sculpture would go to meet the wood sculptors in their region. They in turn would travel seeking work wherever there was a demand, having certainly been notified by their other compatriots, the builders.
The agreements were negotiated on the basis of some designs that were presented by the master craftsman, which was either an original or a copy of another. According to available information they took their measurements with twine. The process provided for the execution of the agreement, which was usually written on the rear section of the design or in its margin. It incorporated a deadline for delivery and a penalty clause in the event where the project was not delivered in the agreed period, as well as the sum for the «engagement», namely the deposit that they were meant to receive which usually corresponded to one third of the total value of the project.