Workshops – The art of the crafts
The specialised and creative work that takes place in the workshops is part of Portugal’s centuries-old cultural heritage, which, although slowly disappearing, the Foundation has been able to keep alive and pass on over the years.
From the selection and preparation of a wide variety of woods, to the shaping, making and careful finishing of the piece, the wooden workshops respond with mastery to all phases involved in creating a new piece of furniture or restoring an old one.
Serração, Marcenaria, Talha, Embutidos, Polimento, Empalhamento
Metalwork begins with the casting of brass and bronze and involves several phases and techniques before the final piece is achieved, in a huge variety of shapes and for a wide range of uses. Alongside the demanding work of metalworking and the refined skill of chiselling, tinwork makes use of ancestral techniques using traditional tools. And, as the crowning glory, some works are given an application of fine gold leaf, produced by the Gold-Beater – a trade that is unique in the world.
Fundição, Cinzelagem, Serralharia, Latoaria, Batedor de Ouro
Pintura decorativa, Douramento
Passamanaria, Têxteis, Estofo
Alongside the workshops, as complementary to them, the drawing studio acts as a support for the production of new models as well as for the reproduction of existing ones. The drawing is carried out with great skill and on a real scale, both as a whole and in the decorative and constructional details, including fittings, inlays and carvings to highlight the relief of the ornaments. Done in pencil, the drawings are later digitised in order to be preserved and archived more easily.