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Stonework Symposium Held in Spain

Updated:2007-11-14 11:51:45

The Stone Foundation in association with Artifex Balear presented International Stonework Symposium 2007, Sept. 24-29, in Mallorca, Spain.

This seventh annual gathering of the stone "tribe," was the first one to take place outside the United States. The event reinforced the internationality of this community of artisans, artists, architects, designers, contractors, suppliers and others involved with stonework.

Artifex Balear, a school of stonemasonry on the island of Mallorca and the co-host of this event, extended a warm welcome to stonework enthusiasts coming from the United States, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Kindred enthusiasts from France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Japan, Australia and other locations joined visitors.

As with all Stone Foundation symposiums, interesting and informative presentations and demonstrations by experts in several aspects of stonework were presented. Other highlights included lively discourse and hands-on activities.

This year's weeklong event focused heavily on the craft of dry stone masonry. Other areas explored were: the vernacular architecture of Spain; the Basque provinces and Portugal; the stonework of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Minorca, Japan, India, Israel, New York City and others; plus the principles of Stereotomy and the evolution of the medieval stonemasons' guild into its present-day form in France, les Compagnons du Devoir.

Mallorca has long been a geographical nexus of the western Mediterranean region. Four thousand years of history, written skillfully in stone, awaits visitors.

 

source: Building Stone Magazine, fall 2007

 

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