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Stone mason tool
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04/09/2007
The tools and materials they used

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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 didn’t 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).