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Date: July 28, 2013

Author: Mette Rodtnes

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Stonework

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Many of the traditional stone houses – or cascine – in Piemonte were built 200 – 300 years ago. In the 50ties and 60ties the traditional Piemontese stonehouse went out of fashion, as building in stone was associated with poverty. New houses would now be built in bricks and many people chose to plaster over their old stone walls. As a result, the craftsmen of the region started to lose their stone building competencies and the technique became a rare and special skill. At this time, very few craftsmen in the area master the skill of constructing a house in the tradtional Piemontese Langhe stones. When looking closely at a stonehouse you will find yourself fascinated by the incredible mastery necessary to put natural stones together in a way that is both sturdy, precise and beautiful. Our house was built by Alfonso. He is a proud, local craftsman, who masters the skill to perfection and makes sure that this very special building technique is carried on.

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