Goldsmithing is the art of making gold and other precious metals, such as silver and platinum, for artistic objects. The goldsmith’s art is often jewelry that is made using precious metals as binders to hold gems. Gold was one of the first metals to be used due to its indestructibility and malleability. Jewelry is made by melting metals and using various techniques such as the chisel, the mold, cantilever, and filigree. Eboli has a long history of many master goldsmiths of international fame.
Shops Skin and Leather
Eboli has a long tradition of Tanners, which are people who take care of tanning hides and leather processing. A document from 1309 tells us that the current Church of Santa Maria della Pieta was built in the twelfth century, with the original name of Santa Maria de Conce, for the purpose of having a large tannery in the area. In the 1300s the tanning procedure that allows the skin to be worked, was done by placing the skins to soak in the creek bed Tufara, which flowed just next to the ancient tannery. Today, the city has kept this thriving business in the manufacture of leather and leather goods. Besides the obvious use of these materials in clothing and footwear, it is also common for leather to be used in small desk decorations, jewelry, and articles used in smoking and gambling. Adding decorations to the leather is performed using an ancient technique that requires great skill. The object is covered with very thin layers of leather so that it adheres perfectly to the surface to be coated. Once covered, the craftsman proceeds to apply the decoration using inlays or engraving with fire. While the actual tanning process has now moved into the province, the artistic leather shops remain in the center of the City.
Processing of Iron and Ceramics
At the archaeological site of the Industrial Area, three furnaces were found which date back to the fourth century BC, and were active until at least the second century BC. This indicates that the ancient crafts of pottery and metal work have been an important part of the area since ancient times, which shaped the economy of the Roman town, Eburum. After the area was abandoned in late-Roman times, it had resurgence with decorated glazed ceramics in the thirteenth century.
Today in town, there are many blacksmiths shops that specialize in wrought iron furniture. These craftsmen create designs that look to the past, but have a modern soul. There are also many shops which have decorated pottery that is produced with the same skill and craftsmanship of the past. These craftsmen follow each step of the process carefully, which includes shaping, drying, first firing, decoration, and final firing. Typical Ebolitan products are finished ceramics and crockery.
Wood Carpentry workshops and craft
Among the craft activities present in the Ebolitan countryside, woodworking was among the most important. Most of the farm equipment and parts used were made of wood, as well as furniture and other household utensils, which solidified the importance of woodworking. In addition to the country carpenter, whose workshop was built within large farms, highly skilled coopers, turners and carters were present in the city centers. Due to the quality of their work, he city workshops served clients from far away. Many of these artisans handed down their craft from father to son, and enjoyed a certain comfort and prominent position in the community. Today, the woodworking craft is maintained by the carpenters and manufacturing community, which specializes mainly in the production of custom-made furnishings. There are also small artisans that have workshops dedicated to making frames and small wood cutout decorations.