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Handicrafts in Safranbolu

 

 

Safranbolu Bazaar is forging, iron working, saddle, shoemaking, copper work which was a guild organization and it is still kept alive up to today and still in progress. Therefore, the streets of the bazaar in Safranbolu are named according to craft work such as “saddlers-house", "shoemaker house", "butchers house" and "merchant house". The remaining few craftsmen are provided special attention and they waiting for visitors.

 
 
 

Shoemakers (Yemenicilik)
In Turkey shoemaking continues in cities like Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Mardin, Kilis, and reaches Safranbolu at Yemeniciler (Shoemakers) Arastası until present day. The shoes which are called "Yemeni" are made at Yemeniciler Arastası. At Ottoman period this bazaar was old guild. Today in the Yemeniciler Arastası bazaar shoemaker master Ahmet Demirezeni exposes the effort on how hard the shoes are made and he has opened a Private Shoemaking Museum and displays the tools used in making shoes. The museum which was opened in year 1989 displays the tools and equipment used for shoemaking.

 
 

Iron working
In Ironworking Bazaar, there are a few iron masters left who were previously producing iron for the military. Before, all the materials such as agricultural tools, harness parts, tools for wood and leather processing, construction tools and materials used in the production (axe, hatchet, hammer, nails, screw, locks, door rings, iron, iron wind, hooks, etc.) were beaten in the iron market by the experienced hands. Now a day, the masters inform us that all the iron is produced in factories. Timely, the iron masters who used to dance their hands in fire are a little upset.

 
 

Copper working
Previously, Safranbolu was known for its copper bazaar. Today there is only polishing and there are shops selling copper pots and pans brought from elsewhere. It is possible to find souvenirs on the counters. Glowing copper pans combined with nostalgia gives visitors the thought of beautiful landscapes.

 
 

Saddle makers
One of the arts of Safranbolu is saddle making and it’s about to be forgotten since it only tries to keep alive on one or two masters shops. We talked with these saddle makers who have worked for years in this business and they will continue working until their last breath. Then they start explaining how they make the saddles. Berd or a reed known as a marsh plant consisting of straws are cut at a certain length and tied with sacks. Berds are sliced through a tool called semerci comb and the berds are placed in the body part. If necessary, more berds can be placed later on with the help of “semerci iron”. The body looks like a cushion and after its folded in half it is in the shape of “V” from the front view. It is sewed with a string very tightly. After it is covered with canvas the saddle is ready. In Safranbolu, it looks like saddle maker masters will make saddles until their last breath.

 
 

Wood work
Woodworking began in Seljuks and it continued during the Ottomans but simplicity was in the forefront. Tables, writing sets, drawers, chests, spoons, thrones, lectern belongings, as well as windows, cabinet doors, beam, console, column header, ceiling, altar, pulpit, coffin are part of architectural elements since thin wooden craft has become a part of life and always managed to get attention. The outer surface of the mansions in Safranbolu manifests the carving and currently the carvings on the jewelry boxes which are sold in the markets make people look in glare. The warmth feeling of timber is still living from yesterday until today in Safranbolu.

 

 

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