The Apuan Alps for centuries have been the subject of research in minerals, encouraging the development of an intense activity of mine, which was often for many communities of Versilia the main economic resource.
Seravezza At the Museum of Work and popular traditions, set up to 'inside of the Medici Palace, devotes an entire section to the history of the ironworks Versilia. In the town of Camaiore, in particular, the Medici committed considerable resources to the mining, building workshops, foundries, workshops, furnaces, to the point that attract skilled "external" also from Tyrol, Saxony and Hungary.
A tradition that the metallurgical sector that has never stopped: if most of the old ironworks of Versilia were transformed over time in sawmills, in Pomezzana, a small hamlet of Camaiore, survives an ancient and renowned craft.
Moderns "ferrazzuoli," Renzo Milani and his sons continue the job or rather "art" of cutler.Now, as ever, realize the valuable tools of the trade for marble sculptors: chisels, chisel;, mallets accompanying the artist's work from the quarry to the laboratory. The same tools of all time, passed from the hands of Michelangelo to those of contemporary artists.
The old forge, in the locality of the Pope's Grotto along the road to Pomezzana, is open to the public. A pleasant visit for all those who want to know what is behind the creation of a work of art.
ironworks Within the time seems to have stopped. The electricity has obviously replaced hydraulic energy of the past, but part of the work can only be done even by hand, such as forging or notching of the teeth of the rasps obtained by a special chisel driven by the fast blows of a hammer.
At an antique production is combined with an all new production of: surgical instruments, especially scalpel, which realizes the forge Milani for surgeons from all over Italy, but also in the world.
(Article by 's APT Versilia )