Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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The Lime Manufacturers

Lime was a precious white building material used in construction works because iron and cement were unknown materials to the builders and manufacturers of the time. Working in lime manufacturing workshops was a seasonal occupation for men and women. The men would begin by making a hole while the women would carry compatible hand-picked stones in order to build a circular furnace with an additional dome on top so that its height was that of a person. Above the dome they’d add more stones. The furnace reached a height of 1.5 meters from the ground. In the middle there was a large white stone, while at the bottom they’d leave a suitable opening in order to feed the furnace. Finally they’d begin burning the stones.

Women would use ropes to transport the wood while the men would constantly keep the fire going by adding tons of wood. Approximately one week later the stack would begin to drop. This was a sign that the furnace had reached its output. Once the burning phase was complete the lime manufacturers would cover the feeding hole with stones and earth and allow the furnace to cool. Then they’d put the lime in sacks and move them to a storage area where they’d place them in covered containers so that the lime wouldn’t “spoil” from its contact with the air (humidity). Everyone made sure to get a certain amount of lime and especially those who had planned to build a house.