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W.Va. man learns stone carving in Greece

November 17, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- After spending three weeks at the Dellatolas Marble Sculpture Studio on the Greek island of Tinos, Lee Barron said he learned to stay in the present moment while he was there "because all my senses were continuously stimulated."

"We were surrounded by the Aegean Sea. It has its own color of blue," he said.

Barron learned stone carving from the villagers and lived among them.

"The tradition is still being handed down from father to son and father to son again and again," he said.

He said it was a throwback in time "close to 200 years."  

Now that he has learned the skill, Barron said he would like to teach stone carving.

"There is  beauty and reward in working with stone. When you create from it, it goes on for a long time, and we are inspired from that," he said. 

Barron is concerned that there are only 65 members in the U.S. Stone Carvers Guild. He said he would like to see more interest in the value of working with one's hands.

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