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Native Culture

Stone masonry

The stone is quarried with ancient methods. Steel wedges are driven into fissures. A mallet is used to hit the wedge and split off a slice of stone. These are divided and cut to size. This is when the masonry work starts. The final design is traced onto the stone. This is a slow and arduous process. First of all the pattern has to be drawn on paper, then it is passed onto a template and, finally, it is etched into the stone. Once the outline is done, work starts on engraving with the different kinds of chisels, to give it its exact form, reproducing the exact lines and volumes of the original design.

The mastery and artistic skill of the masons can be admired in the church of San Juan, in Arucas. But there are many noble buildings to be seen, not only in the Canary Islands, but also in Venezuela and Cuba, that have used Arucas stone.

Apart from the blue colour of the stone from Arucas, San Lorenzo and Bandama, we can also find green coloured stone on the island, from Tirma and Ayagaures (used in the Columbus Museum, on the facade of the Pilar Nuevo), white stone from Los Pinos de Arucas and La Fula (the dogs of the Columbus Museum), ochre stone from Teror (used in the yellow tower of the Basílica del Pino and red stone from Tamadaba and Ayugaures, used in the peasants’ monument in Plaza de España, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.