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Traditions

Traditional woodworking

An ancient art of Casentino

Woodworking for centuries represented a major activity in the Casentino, characterized in the past by the production of objects of type rural or necessities, such as tools, carts or barrels. Badia Prataglia and Moggiona, two small villages, they represented the core of the business and still have an important role in wood manufacturing tradition.

The woodwork in Casentino followed some ones that were historical events; starting from the unification of Italy, thanks to the consistent increase of commercial activities the artisans casentinesi had to improve and refine the techniques, especially when the Casentino became, for its location geographically, a major holiday resort.

The craftsman himself so to meet the tastes and needs of new holiday-makers, from the point of view of the style much more refined; that's how they came to the realization of home furnishings.

Today the woodwork has assumed the characteristics of a real art and artisans depositaries of traditional techniques employ their knowledge for the realization of high quality rustic furniture. Every two years the Casentino area dedicated to this ancient trade an exhibition, "the shapes of wood"; held in the municipality of Pratovecchio with the aim of enhancing the woodwork that for centuries has been a source of livelihood for the people of the place.

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