Quarrymen, stone carvers, stonebreakers, ledgemen…

Due to the region’s volcanic origin, the rock found on the Canary Islands ranges in hardness, colour and particle size. The early inhabitants used stone to build their dwellings and make walls, steps, and animal pens. Because the Islands had no metals, stone was also used to make tools and other items such as quern stones, picks, hammerstones and cutting tools. After the conquest of the islands and the arrival of metals, stone was no longer used to make tools. Stonework was mainly found in masonry and carved features of a construction or building. Some artisans specialised in building houses entirely from dry stone taken from nearby ravines and the immediate area of the construction site. Others built stone walls to create, enlarge or improve cropping areas, using terracing on steep slopes.
The use of ornamental stone, taken from quarries, was infrequent at first because of the high cost of quarrying, transporting and cutting it. Over the years, as towns grew, ornamental stonework became more frequent, especially in the construction of stately buildings, both for administrative and church use, or features such as fountains, town squares and gardens. The quarrying profession passed down through families. Boys typically began to work in quarries around the age of 10, helping with the simplest tasks, but by 14 they were considered to be quarrymen and worked as hard as everyone else, for the same wages.


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