THE WORKSHOP OF A SILVERSMITH
Despite the progress of technology and the trend for industrialized and mass production, the art of silversmiths in Ioannina is based on traditional forms and techniques, while only certain tools have changed, now more modern, which however do not detract from any of the aesthetics of a handcrafted work.
So then, if one were to visit the workshop of a silversmith it is as if they are visiting an historical location where objects are made with methods that come from the past.
Essential in a workshop is the wooden bench where all activities take place. There is found the anvil and the various hammers, which are also the primary tools of their art. Reference can also be made to the various small-sized tools, the spitsounia, the chisels and cutters. Of these, the spitsounia are small oblong iron tools used in the carving, etching or smoothing of the objects and have different types of ends depending on the purpose of their use. The chisels are used to carve the silver, while with the cutters the perforated décor is made. There are still many other tools, such as for example the die, for the construction of the screwed parts and the matikapi for the drilling. Here it must be noted that the names of these tools are used locally as many of these are found in other places with different names.
There is also an electrical wheel for the smoothing of the metal, which has replaced the old manual wheel (masgalas). Another machine is the cylinder, where silver wires are made that are used on objects that are made of wire or have wire décor. For the welding, primarily, of the metal gas stoves (welding irons) are used today with propane gas, while before the stove was air-blown, namely the flame was created with air pressure.