The craftsmen supported by Mihai Eminescu Trust

Istvan Gabor and Dudaș Rareș are names of craftsmen upon which entire communities depend. Marius Panait and Adrian Pavel are people who, through their activities, contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage and the development of the community they’re part of.
 

Back to the roots

 

Brick

It’s made out of clay, the oldest construction material. The clay is mixed with water until it has the consistency of good bread dough, and then a little bit of sand is added. You press it really well in brick or tile casts and let it dry for five to ten days. Then you arrange it nicely in the oven, following a specific technique and you burn it. The temperature has to be gradually raised every day, until it reaches 750-950 C, and preserve it for four or five days. The fire has to be kept alive constantly. The brick we produce this way is used for repair work or construction of new sustainable homes.

Lime

It’s made out of lime stone, burned in the oven for three to four days, at 1200 C. After burning, the lime stone is put in a water bath to decompose. Then you pour it into the lime pit where it needs to sit for six months before it can be used. One kilogram of lime absorbs about three litres of water.

By mixing lime with sand, you get lime mortar used for masonry, house repairs and plastering.
The sand can come from the quarry or from the river bed. In Viscri, there is a designated spot where you can extract river bed sand.

River stones, quarry stones or sand stones

Clay, sand and hard wood (oak) are used for barns. For the timbering we use oak, even if more expensive, because of its resistance. You could ascertain the social status of an owner by looking at the beams of his house: if they were oak, the owner was rich, if they were fir, the family was of modest means.