video presents how the stone of Vistea is processed using modern techniques (with
mechanical cutter and a grinder) but also traditional methods of carving the
stone with chisel and hammer, methods transmitted cross generations.
the workshop the work is done manually, except cutting limestone wich is done
with a mechanical cutter and the grinder.
the stone blocks are extracted from the quarry they are working on lathe and
the final plates are carved manually, using the chisel and the hammer, to give
value and to enrich the stone. The results are hand-crafted finished products
such as: statues, massive columns, chapters but also industrial products:
stairs, windows, horizontal and vertical plywood, interior decorations,
craftsmen and the limestone of Vistea have a centuries-old history in the stone
carving, the craft being passed from generation to generation, 80% of the
working population from Vistea village works with stone.
Vistea limestone has several advantages that have made it famous: the pleasant
color (white, yellow or blue, depends on which career is extracted), it is
durable and has good mechanical properties. In addition, it is abundant in the
hills near Cluj.
name of the village Vistea has been linked, over the years, to the natural
stone that made it famous in Central and South-Eastern Europe, the village
being certified in the 13th century.