During an afternoon wander through the fascinating medieval town of Blera I met two artisans who are living proof that craftsmen are still alive and well and creating handicrafts in many of the small towns of Etruria .
|photo album or sketch book|
|Trench creates in leather and stone|
Trench is the nickname of stone mason/sculptor and leather artisan Renzo Torelli who we met as he was setting an array of colorful leather objects on a table in the main piazza.
|leather picture frames|
He confessed that working in leather was a new hobby he had just started up, for his primary work was that of stone mason and sculptor. His house at the further end of town was his calling card, he said.
|doorways of Blera|
That was reason enough to abandon the noisy central piazza where dozens of hungry people were already lining up to partake of the sagra offering fettuccine con tartufo. (pasta with truffles)
|waiting for the bouncy games to be blown up|
|Escher inspired stairs of Blera|
Past the Duomo, through the tiny streets leading to Porta Marina
and there overlooking the lush Etruscan valley was the house that Trench had built and decorated with sculptures, loggias and Renaissance style windows .
|Etruscan style decorations by Trench|
Another artistic workshop is that of Bernardino Balzi a soft spoken and eclectic artist who creates with recycled and found objects.
|Irish drum in sheep skin|
|goose eggs make excellent Christmas decorations|
The tiny rooms of his atelier held a plethora of objects including decorated goose eggs, origiami, sculpture and paintings, all in colorful confusion.
|hand made books|
You can see more of his work on his website.
For those interested in visiting artisans workshops don't miss the special tour being organized in Viterbo on September 21 by Archeoares . Call today and make your reservation for this free tour. Hope to see you there !
Any special artisans in your town?