The tools and materials they used
Every mason brought with him two blankets rolled up, and with a rope he put them diagonally over his shoulder and the pouch, the torvas, which was made of leather or thick white cloth, canvas, that held his tools.
The technical means and tools they had available to them were very simple, and this accentuates their skill even more.
The tools of the bouloukia of the masons of Konitsa (Christidis) were:
1. Of the mason: 1. Tsoukan (characteristic hammer), 2. saoul (plumb line), 3. gounia (iron try square usually 25Χ50 cm.), 4. alfad or water, 5. trowel, 6. malas (large trowel), 7. skeparnia (like a hatchet), 8. hammer, 9. saw, 10. auder (drill) and of course tacks. Each mason also had a mule, usually small (so it didnt eat much), the mast(o)romoularo.
2. Of the pelekanos: 1. mantrakas or matrakas or mastakoup(i), 2. souvli (needle), 3. kalem or kopid (chisel), 4. xtenia or tarakia or frapina, 5. gounia (try square), 6. small wedges, 7. divivlitika, 8. koubaso (compass).
3. Of the quarry man or mantemtzi: 1. sledgehammer, 2. paramina, 3. makap (thick paramina 1-2m. long, 4. makoup (thick paramina up to 80cm. long for small blasts, the kavaleta), 5. pikoun (hammer with points, used with both hands), 6. kouskouta (like a large tsokani 3 pails in weight, with which they saliatazan = released the stone. This was also called kouloukourisma), 7. pick.
4. The equipment for the mules was: 1. the mlarosanida (for carrying the stone) and 2. the kasonia for carrying the sand.
5. Of the mortar-boys: the kopana (the pilofori elsewhere).
6. Tools for general use (for digging, making mortar, light carrying-usually stone): 1. shovel, 2. pick, 3. ziviera or kazaki (wooden gurney).
7. Of the tavatzi: 1. louki, 2. sirkothiliko, 3. armodi, 4. tsaboukaki, 5. loukaki, 6. ginotso, 7. amygdalo, 8. patoura, 9. plani or rikaki, 10. mantkapi or drapano (drill), 11. bratzoli or kourastari, 12. davidia, 13. sourmas, 14. gounia (try square), 15. samoutsa (D. Dimitriadis, Molitsa of Ipirus).