Stone Masonry Workshop in Tzoumerka (20-31 of August)

By May 20, 2018Uncategorized

We are pleased to announce our upcoming workshop on the art of stone building “Boulouki at the Bridge” and invite all interested individuals, from Greece and abroad, to apply.

The workshop will take place next to the Plaka Bridge in Tzoumerka region, (Epirus, Greece), between the 20th-31st of August 2018. It is a collaboration between Boulouki, the municipality of North Tzoumerka and the Metsovion Interdisciplinary Research Centre (M.I.R.C).

Objective of the workshop is to understand the stone construction as a whole, starting from the quarry and the extraction of the most suitable material, to the chipping of the stone and finally to the building process.

The three basic structural parts of a stone bridge (which can be also found in various different structures) will be presented and taught:

  1. The arch (using a timber formwork)
  2. The wall (dry / with mortar)
  3. The cobbled walking path

Experienced and acclaimed craftsmen from the area of Tzoumerka will teach and supervise the constructions during the workshop. Dimitris Lagos from Mihalitsi is going to be the main supervisor and will teach alongside eight more masons, including Haris Bobogiannis, Christos Tsekas, Patroklos Patsiouras and Dimitris Georgoulis.

In addition, older masons from the area of Tzoumerka, such as Yiannis Skentos from Melissourgoi, Lambros Giotis from Pramanta, Giorgos Merantzas and Sotiris Giotis from Tsopella, are going to serve as advisers, leaving pieces of their knowledge and passion for the stone masonry as a legacy to the new generation.

The workshop’s program also includes a series of lectures, focused on the theoretical and technical aspects of stone masonry, which will be given by qualified and reputable professors, such as:

  • Manolis Korres, emeritus Professor in history of architecture in the NTUA,
  • Dimitris Kaliambakos, Professor in the department of Mining and Metallurgy Engineering of NTUA and Director of the Metsovion Interdisciplinary Research Center,
  • Georgios Smyris, assistant Professor in history of architecture in the University of Ioannina,
  • Vasilis Gkaniatsas, Professor in architectural design & theory of architecture, director of Architectural Form and Orders Lab in the NTUA,
  • Elena Mamani, Architect and vice Director of Cultural Heritage without Borders in Albania,
  • Stavros Mamaloukos, assistant Professor in history of architecture in the University of Patras,
  • Theodoros Papagiannis, emeritus Professor of sculpture in the School of Fine Arts in Athens,
  • David Baxter, European Projects Director: Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The workshop is addressed to local stone masons who want to advance their skills, as well as to anybody who is interested in traditional architecture, architectural heritage and cultural management. The maximum number of participants is 16, not including the local residents.

During the workshop, issues regarding the ongoing restoration of Plaka’s stone bridge will be addressed and ideas related to the monument’s construction process and management will be discussed.

Also, the program includes an arranged visit at sites of cultural and architectural significance, as well as cultural initiatives in collaboration with the local community. The workshop will end with a general review and the awarding of the certifications to the participants.


The fee covers tuition, accommodation with breakfast in a hotel, a snack during the work-hours, workshop materials and tools, health and accident insurance and excursion travel expenses. Participants will be responsible for paying the arrival and departure expenses to and from the location of the Workshop, as well as any other personal expenses.

Participation Fees:                                        350 €

Reduced Fees for students/unemployed:    200 €

Free for the local residents of Tzoumerka region

How to Apply

Download the application form here, fill it out and send it via email to till June 10th 2018. (To fill the form you need Foxit or Acrobat Reader)

Important Dates

17 June 2018              Deadline for applications

22 June 2018              Selection of the participants and confirmation of attendance              

20-31 August 2018    Workshop in Tzoumerka