The historical use of stone for making tools and other practical items, dates back as far as the history of Europe itself. At the time of the Minoan civilization, Greece and in particular Crete differentiated itself from the rest of Europe by transforming stone into works of art.
In Palaeolithic times, stone was used for tools. These tools were basic and the stone was not altered from its natural state. As time went on, people started sculpting the stone to make more sophisticated tools. This process evolved over a period of tens of thousands of years to the point where the use of stone created structures of magnificent beauty, true works of art.
Some 70,000 years of tradition and 30,000 years of stonemasonry culminated in the peaking of this skill in Crete, two millennia BC. It only took a few subsequent centuries for this skill to disappear but for sporadic exceptions, giving way to new materials and building techniques.
In recent years, a visitor to Greece may see items like these in craft shops. These items are similarly carved out of stone from the hands of the descendants of these same people; from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic ages, right through to the Minoan period. A story that continues in the same footsteps, in the same place and using the same stones.
The observation of modern stonemasons, leads us therefore to believe that nothing in fact has been lost. Fortunately worthy people with worthy hands who started from scratch and virtually overnight created a new and robust industry out of the forgotten art of stonemasonry.
The Greek artist continues to observe the ancient heritage, and with huge efforts, adapt it to this inhospitable era. He perseveres knowing full well that his work will be compared to that of the ancients who where of the same land.