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Tradition craftsmen

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Watermill
Gheorgheni
The symbol of the social and economic past of the region is the mill, the devices that use water power. Remains of several water mills can be found in the region, but few of them are still operational. More and more Székely...
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Musical instrument maker
Sâncraiu
Szabolcs Csibi, at present carrying out his artistic activity in Sâncraiu, Covasna county, originates from Şincai, Mureş county. He started playing the zither already in his childhood, then he started to attend the wood industry...
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Coopery
Harale
Most of the vats, tubs, buckets, kegs and barrels needed in the region used to be manufactured in Harale. It may also be worthwhile mentioning that cheese was stored in the highly demanded wooden recipients called putinka (barrel) and...
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Weaving woman
Ojdula
The settlement is situated on the eastern side of Kézdi Chair, in the valley of Nagyág and Kopolnó Creek, under a forest. In the past the settlement was famous for its rich cherry productions. In the autumn of 1944,...
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Bread baking
Cernatu de Sus
The Szeklers are consuming bread even with soup. The real homemade potato bread is baked in a wood fired oven. In our villages, many housekeepers still bake bread weekly, on festive occasions they make also milk loaves and...
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Egg decorating
Calnic
József Kecskés started to decorate fragile eggshells in 2003. He learnt this trade from Ádám Majos, a farrier from Sfântu Gheorghe, and since then he developed this trade to artistic levels. His...
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Windmill
Călugăreni
The building of the windmill from Călugăreni, it’s an ancient monument with local significance. The building dated to the 19th century counts as unique in Harghita County. An interesting feature is that was...
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Lime-burners on Rika Mountain
Vârghiș
The burning, transportation and sales of lime meant an honest living for the population of 36 settlements in the 19th century Seklerland, such as Mereşti/Homoródalmás, Homoródkarácsonyfalva,...
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Furrier`s workshop
Sfântu Gheorghe
At 33 Ciucului Street, Sfântu Gheorghe, a trilingual (Hungarian, Romanian, German) signboard shows us that a furrier’s workshop is functioning in the backyard. Császár Gábor is a third generation...
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Kütőskalács baking
Cernatu de Sus
The kürtőskalács (kurtoshkalach) is one of the specialties of the Szekler kitchen, an important gastronomic symbol of the region. Nevertheless it is more likely that the representatives of many European nations would feel...
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Watermill / mill garden
Cernatu de Sus
A beautiful example of cultural value rescue from Three Chairs is the renovation of the Virág (Flower) mill from Cernatu de Sus. The unused and reconstructed mill was bought in 2013 by Mára Social and Cultural Association...
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Spinnerwright
Cernat
Although there are no settlements in the county, such as the village Siménfalva in Udvarhelyszék, where at least half of the population is adept at basketry, but the art of basketry is treasured in several villages of...
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Gingerbread baking
Târgu Secuiesc
In Kézdivásárhely making gingerbread did not have its own guild, as the craft was only practised in people’s homes. The traditional Székely cake, also called Kézdivásárhelyi cake,...
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Wheelwright
Zăbala
In parallel with the spreading of the machines, playing an increasing role in the people’s life, the products of the rural and country town artisan classes are vanishing from our environment. Trades that were indispensable through...
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Watermill
Bățanii Mici
As Dénes Szász’s mill was purchased and operated by Lajos Fülöp (translator’s note: the English equivalent forFülöp is Philip), the last watermill in Băţanii Mici – of which name...
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Smithery
Harale
Smith craft has been preserved in the Sekler villages mainly due to the households still using yoke-power. The forge-men, who used to manufacture hand-tools, as well as home- and household appliances in the past, are mostly horseshoeing...
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Saddler
Baraolt
The saddler’s workshop from Baraolt has a good reputation not only in Timberland but in the whole country. In 1973 Kádár Béla started apprenticeship beside master Pózna Dávid from Baraolt, and...
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