Manufaturing in Portugal: local handmade homeware to last





Workshops


Mostly located between Porto and Minho, the craft workshops I have had the opportunity to visit and document, together with Matilde Viegas, are unique places, with ingenious tools developed by the craftsmen themselves.



MANUEL TOGA

Porto
specialized woodwork

“But we lost so much... we used to have the old carpenters who made the waxes themselfs and the infusions, and that kind of [knowledge] was lost.”
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LUÍS TATO

Leça da Palmeira
enamel pieces

“The factories that existed in Porto were closing at the time. They used to manufacture kitchen utensils, bathtubs, traffic signs, door number plates, and street nameplates (...) People called us crazy because we were opening up when all the others were shutting down.”
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ABÍLIO PEREIRA

Barcelos
traditional basketry

“Those basketmakers over there, both of them don't know what is an Australia tree. People from Porto, like you, know what it is, but they have never seen one. One of them is from Guarda, [the village of] Gonçalo. There are no ‘Australias there.“
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FÁTIMA FONSECA & RUI RODRIGUES

Porto
artisanal brush makers

“In the old days, there were many brush and broom makers in the city. In the house where he lived, in Massarelos, he started making brooms that he sold to a merchant that would then sell those again to the ‘broom shops’ all over the city.”
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