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Volterra, in Central Tuscany, is an ancient
hilltop fortress town that is the home of the
Italian alabaster industry. This very fine
gypsum is quarried locally and worked into
art and domestic utensils for home and
tourist consumption. The workshop we
visited was covered in a fine layer of
alabaster dust: exquisite pieces had been
hand-cut and polished from the raw blocks,
leaving what looked like snow -
accumulated over years - almost a foot deep in the corners. Being Italy, the workshop
was never cleaned of course, and it looked like a fairy wonderland with half-finished
pieces coated with the talcum-like dust. The owner generously allowed me to wander all
over his workshop with the camera. We couldn't resist an exquisite hand-carved bowl,
bought for a lot less than I thought it would be.
Here, a row of chisels, evidently unused for a while, are ranged against an
alabaster-encrusted wall. Other chisels have probably been lost in the snow for years.
Volterra, in Central Tuscany, is an ancient hilltop fortress town that is the home of the
Italian alabaster industry. This very fine gypsum is quarried locally and worked into art
and domestic utensils for home and tourist consumption. The workshop we visited was
covered in a fine layer of alabaster dust: exquisite pieces had been hand-cut and polished
from the raw blocks, leaving what looked like snow - accumulated over years - almost a
foot deep in the corners. Being Italy, the workshop was never cleaned of course, and it
looked like a fairy wonderland with half-finished pieces coated with the talcum-like dust.
The owner generously allowed me to wander all over his workshop with the camera. We
couldn't resist an exquisite hand-carved bowl, bought for a lot less than I thought it
would be.
Here, a row of chisels, evidently unused for a while, are ranged against an
alabaster-encrusted wall. Other chisels have probably been lost in the snow for years.
Volterra, in Central Tuscany, is an ancient
hilltop fortress town that is the home of the
Italian alabaster industry. This very fine
gypsum is quarried locally and worked into
art and domestic utensils for home and
tourist consumption. The workshop we
visited was covered in a fine layer of
alabaster dust: exquisite pieces had been
hand-cut and polished from the raw blocks,
leaving what looked like snow -
accumulated over years - almost a foot deep in the corners. Being Italy, the workshop
was never cleaned of course, and it looked like a fairy wonderland with half-finished
pieces coated with the talcum-like dust. The owner generously allowed me to wander all
over his workshop with the camera. We couldn't resist an exquisite hand-carved bowl,
bought for a lot less than I thought it would be.
Here, a row of chisels, evidently unused for a while, are ranged against an
alabaster-encrusted wall. Other chisels have probably been lost in the snow for years.

Still life with chisels

Volterra, in Central Tuscany, is an ancient hilltop fortress town that is the home of the Italian alabaster industry. This very fine gypsum is quarried locally and worked into art and domestic utensils for home and tourist consumption. The workshop we visited was covered in a fine layer of alabaster dust: exquisite pieces had been hand-cut and polished from the raw blocks, leaving what looked like snow - accumulated over years - almost a foot deep in the corners.  Being Italy, the workshop was never cleaned of course, and it looked like a fairy wonderland with half-finished pieces coated with the talcum-like dust.  The owner generously allowed me to wander all over his workshop with the camera. We couldn't resist an exquisite hand-carved bowl, bought for a lot less than I thought it would be. 

Here, a row of chisels, evidently unused for a while, are ranged against an alabaster-encrusted wall.  Other chisels have probably been lost in the snow for years.

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