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The groups of stone masons and their organization.


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In order to better understand the organization of a boulouki we will refer to one from Pyrsogianni. We will therefore be able to see their structure and organization, since reference is being made to all specializations.
A complete boulouki of builders from Pyrsogianni, namely “blook” of the “tsoukanadon” or “koudaraion” or a “parea” (company), had the following organization as we are informed by V. Christidis:
It was comprised of a total of 14 people and 8 mules. At the worksite there may also be one pelekanos (who did the chiseling) and at the quarry also one “damartzis” or “mantemtzis” (quarry men), namely a total of 12 people, but even fewer such as this: 2 pairs did construction, 1 pair was in the quarry (one removed, one chiseled) and afterward they also did construction work, 2 muleteers, 1 for the mortar, namely 9 people and 3 mules (Ch. I. Passas, born 1896), but also more, with 30 workmen and 30 mules and the others, such as for example the boulouki of the “Fara” (clan) of Tsouvalaion, when I. Tsouvalis was building the bridge of Tartanas (1850). In the winter the head mason or the arxikoudar’s, as he was called, looked for the work. He was also the contractor and employer and partner. Once he got the jobs, he put a deposit on them and then set up his work group, the parea, or also called b’louki. The parea, the b’louki, for large buildings, large homes, churches, schools, was comprised of ten people. Two were the stonecutters or pelekani, who cut and chiseled the stone that would be placed in the corners and the arches. Six were the masons, who built the walls and two were the workers who made the mortar or the lime, who with the trough “koupana”, placed it next to the stonemasons. Of the six stonemasons the three had to be excellent workmen, because they were the ones who built the south wall, the façade “fatsa”, the eastern wall, the “bala”, the northern wall, the “gavi” and the western wall called “afait”. The other three masons were assistants, second in the skill and that is why they built the inside walls. The same masons also undertook the extraction of the stone. The transportation of the stone from the quarry, “mantemi”, was assumed by the owner or head mason, so in his parea (b’louki) he also had one driver, kyratzi, with two-three mules. For small buildings the parea (the b’louki), was comprised of six people. One was the stonecutter - pelekanos, four masons and one worker.