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  • 1. Some weeks ago we visited a small old working tools museum in a nearby village, Tortorici, 22 Kms away from Capo d’Orlando. Let’s see together. A shoemaker workshop. Up to the 1940’s people had their shoes made by a shoemaker since there were no shops. On the wall you can see some models they used to make shoes. You had very little choice for styles. They date back to 1922. Some weeks ago we visited a small old working tools museum in a nearby village, Tortorici, 22 Kms away from Capo d’Orlando. Let’s see together. The small iron tablet was the one they used to work on. When the weather was fine they used to work outside.
  • 2. In the past some utensils such as saucepans fryingpans, amphoras and so on, were made of coppe. Since this metal was bad for one’s health, every copper item, used for cooking, needed to be covered with tin. So there were tinsmiths. They used to make other items as well, such as lamps, braziers, candlesticks and so on.
  • 3. This big cauldron was used for cooking. A shoemaker workshop. Up to the 1940’s people had their shoes made by a shoemaker since there were no shops. On the table you can see some other copper items such as an old iron and a big mortar. The latter was used by the chemists. Later on copper was replaced with other more suitable metals and this job completely disappeared in the 1960’s
  • 4. An old carpenter workshop. They used to make cart’s wheels, as well.
  • 5. After an old age tradition of the art of fusing beautiful bells, all ended when the lasty member of the family, who had passed on the secret of this art for years, died. His knowledge is lost for ever. Tortorici or “The art of fusing bells”
  • 6. This veri big tool is a loom used for weaving canvas, cotton and silk. The typical carpet (available in different sizes) called “Pezzara” (rugcarpets), is the one you can see hanging from the loom. It was made with recycled material: that’s why the multicoloured characteri- stic. It was mainly a woman’s job. They used to make some linen items too.