Son Marroix. Deia
INTERNATIONAL STONEWORK SYMPOSIUM 2007
This, the Stone Foundation's seventh annual gathering and the first to take place outside the USA, was well attended and much appreciated. The venue, one of the former residences of Arch-Duke Louis Ferdinand of Austria and now a museum and concert hall was a most elegant setting for the three days of presentations that constituted the meeting hall aspects of the symposium. The two intervening days were taken up touring the island's 4,000 year tradition of stonework.
The Symposium was centered in the picturesque village of Deia in the moutainous northwestern corner of the island and its bars, cafes and restaurants provided a convivial environment for informal discourse. The articulate and plentiful stonework of Deia, its environs and the neighboring villages and towns, was a source of inspiration to all who attended.
The presentations are listed below in alphabetical order of the presenters' last names. A video was made of each individual presentation and CD copies of these are available for $25 each including postage.
STONEWORK SYMPOSIUM TOPICS, PRESENTERS, DEMONSTRATORS
STONE IN THE VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE OF SPAIN
SITE-GENERATED ART, THE USE OF STONE IN THE CREATION OF COMMUNITY
FINE POINTS OF STONECRAFT
ARQUITECTURA POPULAR ESPANOLA
STEREOTOMY or STONECUTTING, A MAIN PART OF ARCHITECTURE
LIME FOR THE BUILDING OWNER, PRACTITIONER (STONEMASONS, BRICKLAYERS
AND PLASTERERS) AND SPECIFER (ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS)
STONE AND STONEWORK IN AUSTRALIA
THE STONEWORK AND STONEWORKERS OF INDIA
THE GEOMETRY OF THE STONEMASON
CREATIVITY WITH DRY STONE CONSTRUCTION
THE CONTINUING EVOLUTION OF THE MEDIEVAL STONEMASON'S GUILD, LES COMPAGNONS DU DEVOIR, and CONTEMPORARY TRAINING PRACTICES IN FRANCE. Richard Simonet, France. Member of Les Compagnons de Devoir (the contemporary generation of the medieval guilds) and instructor of stonemasonry at the Institute Superieur de Recherche et de Formation aux Metiers de La Pierre (Institute of Stone) in Rodez, France.
MALLORCAN DRY STONE WALLING WORKSHOP
The experience was greatly enjoyed by the Workshop participants and appreciated by the village—and villagers—of Deia.
Subsequently, Jaume Crespi, the mayor of Deia, Miguel Ramis, Director of Artifex Balear, and myself, representing the Stone Foundation, signed a contract to organize at least one workshop a year for the next three years. The project of the workshops will be the design and construction of a small park in the village. Information about these workshops (the first one will take place in the summer of 2008) will be posted here when the details are known.