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Trades and crafts

Traditional trades and crafts are honoured in all their forms. Heirs to ancient techniques, the villages craftsmen and women adore sharing their skills and passion for their art for the pleasure of admiring visitors.

Between the Lot and Célé rivers, their studios and workshops are playgrounds for imagination and creativity, bringing new meaning to old objects or simply reproducing the expertise of yesteryear.

 

Wood turnerQuercy is carved, forged, transformed modeled and created anew in their hands. These are the custodians of ancestral practices which are always a delight to rediscover - potters, wood turners, ironworkers, carpenters, cabinetmakers, blacksmiths, stonemasons, jewelers, miliners, embroiderers. Their work is based on originality and an artistic discovery of emotions. Why not linger and admire their artistry.

 

You can find them most often in their workshops, when these are open to the public but they are also often out at craft fairs and other events related to crafts where you can learn more about their history and their practices. One such place, an absolute must to visit, is the Ecomuseum at Cuzals which provides an authentic nineteenth century setting where these traditional activities, using tools and machines of the period, are revived before your eyes.

Those who have chosen to establish their second home in this region will find artisans passionate about their work and who allow themselves the time do whatever they do well. A myriad of different trades and crafts are represented.


Wood turning

The woodturning industry was born in the fifteenth century after the Hundred Years War, when it was found that the wood growing on the Causses provided a wide variety of excellent material.

The success of this trade was such, that in 1810, Saint-Cirq Lapopie had 38 wood turners nearly all dedicated to turning taps for wine casks used in the Bordeaux wine trade. Today, Patrick Vinel is the last of the medieval village craftsman. Heir to five generations of turners, he continues to use all the types of wood that grow in the region for the creation of many different and fascinating objects.