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Monday, May 14, 2007

Old Trades: The Basket Weaver

Medieval Stonecutter
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The new week is here so we must all get back to work as we have been doing for centuries. Work wouldn't be the way we know it now, if it weren't for those medieval craftsmen who developed their skill at so many different trades in the Middle Ages. Man was no longer a serf bowing before the landowner but a laborer, a freeman and in doing so he developed his intellect, his culture and came out of the darkness. Here is this basket weaver at the Medieval Fair in Súria near Barcelona. I have dealt with this famous market in previous posts. Feel free to explore them using Blogger labels right below.

7 comments:

  1. Lessie2:28 AM

    Love the colors and perspective of this shot. So glad I don't live in the Middle Ages! :)

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  2. Hand made things are not the norm any more. Nice shot.

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  3. The term "basket weaver" has, sadly, been used as a term of abuse politically, indicating that people with an interest in things other than bean-counter economics, eg environmentalists, spend their timne wastefully as "basket weavers" - ie out if date, out of touch and not productive enough.

    Your post is beautiful - very positive and affirmative, with great commentary.

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  4. Good work by craftsman are getting more and more expensive because so much of the art has been lost to the technological age. The prices are well-deserved, tho, because of the skill involved and the time spent on producing a product. I like the picture!

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  5. nice photo... i wish they could pass on their skills to their sons or the next generation, i'm afraid all the old learned skills are slowly disappearing

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  6. I like these photographs that you take because of the subject. And your narratives are always good and interesting to read.

    I wanted to thank you for your visits to my blog. Thanks.

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  7. I love handmade baskets and have several split-oak ones. They just have a really homespun feel.

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