Photographer's Note

If you travel around rural Menorca, one of the most interesting features you will see are gates crafted from olive wood. They can be seen everywhere: as gates to houses, gardens, fields, farm buildings and even stables such as here. These gates have a wonderful rustic charm but, being made of olive wood, are very strong and hardwearing and can last for many years.

During our last trip to Menorca, I was introduced to Pedro, this delightful man who makes his living crafting these beautiful gates - and was allowed into his workshop and also allowed to take some pictures of him at work.

There are very few people left in Menorca who can still practise this old craft. Rough pieces of olive wood are hewn into shape using old fashioned hand tools like axes, adzes, chisels and mallets, very little use being made of modern power tools. Here Pedro is doing the first shaping of an olive branch which will later become a main spar in such a gate.

Pedro is a happy man and loves his work!

You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.

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