- "Crafts in Slovakia and Their Importance in the Carpathian-Pannonian Region"
Among the handicrafts destined for a wider regional market in central and eastern Europe, we should mention blacksmiths' production of: agricultural tools (hoes, spades, shovels, axes, etc.) in the foundries of Medzev < http://www.naturalist.co.uk/maps/slovakia2.jpg >; chains in Gelnica < http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_slovakia_gelnica.png >; bells in Spis~ska' Nova' Ves and Banska' Bystrica; tin bells for cattle in Gemer (especially in Jels~ava); wire goods in the Kysuce region < http://www.slovensko-privat.sk/domain/slovensko-privat/files/tipy-na-vylet/kysuce/kysuce.jpg >, around Z~ilina, and in northern Spis~; and locks and decorative ironwork in Bratislava.
Among the woodworking crafts, which were abundant in all of Slovakia, there are few examples of any production that was important outside of Slovakia. In northern Hungary there was barrel making and wheel making in Pukanec < http://www.pukanec.sk/i/mapy//full/mapa_pukk.jpg<http://www.pukanec.sk/i/mapy/full/mapa_pukk.jpg> >, and the production of wooden agricultural tools in northern Novohrad < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/Novohrad.jpg > and around Stara' Tura' < http://www.andiamo.sk/en_profil.php > was of great importance.
Also, the production of weaving reeds was important in the Gemer region between Rimavska' Sobota and Ratkova' < http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_slovakia_ratkova.png >. In the 19th century, reeds from this region were sold throughout Hungary.
Captions on the facing page:
Guild members were called to meetings by written or oral messages using a calling table[??]. Like dishes, it was decorated with guild signs. The 19th-century calling table [looks to me like a plaque] of a tanner's guild from Revu'ca, which was known for its production of high-quality and specialty leathers.
The origins of boot-making in Slovakia go back to the 16th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, boot makers were the most numerous craftsmen in Slovakia. The 18th-century calling table[????] of the Bratislava bootmaker's guild, which was founded in 1602.
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