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The island of Tinos is renowned for its high quality green marble, and there is evidence of it to be seen all over the island as fanlights over windows and doors on many buildings. The village of Pyrgos is particularly famous for its marble workshops and its School of Fine Arts where students learn how to sculpt the marble.
We got the local bus to Pyrgos to find that the school, which we understood to accept visitors, was closed. We followed the sound of drilling to a workshop where two men were working on this small marble pillar. They were happy to explain their work and showed us the plans for an ornate doorframe on which they were working. Here the man with the yellow hat is hand-finishing some smoothing to the pillar. (hence some motion blur)
I was touched by the friendliness of the craftsmen. I can’t imagine a parallel scenario in the UK where tourists walk into a workplace and are welcomed. They even gave us a gift of a cut-off from a carved piece of cornice, which we now use as a door-stop.

I was limited by the lack of light, but I wanted the DOF wide enough to show the background detail.
Ricardo has been telling me for weeks I need more people in my shots. This is for you Ricardo.

In the WS is another craftsman from the same place.

In my next post I will show you something unusual made out of marble.

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