Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Master Craftsman in Fez

Abbad Al Andaluci

The Medina of Fez is famous for its thousands of skilled artisans - craftspeople capable of making the most intricately designed fabric, brass and copperware, lamps, ceramics and handicrafts. To rise to the very top of so many talented people takes real skill and dedication. In the area of carpentry and wood-carving, there is one name that stands out - Abdeljalil Abbad Al Andaluci.

Walking past his workshop you might not give the man standing outside a second look. But walk inside and you will find yourself in the presence of a true artist. Andaluci has worked at every level of Moroccan society from commissions for the King, Mohamed VI, to work on the extraordinary Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.

The entrance to the workshop

Below are some examples of the extraordinary work that Andaluci and his team produce. It is good to see that he is sharing his knowledge with younger carpenters who work closely with him on his projects.

When we recently visited Andaluci, he was in his new workshop where he is working on a number of interesting projects. Such is the demand for his skills that he has found it necessary to team up with a business manager. Medhi El Amari is, young, switched on and fluent in a number of languages, including English. His enthusiasm for Andaluci's work is boundless and they make a great team.

Medhi El Amari and Andaluci


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