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A craftsman from MASALLI

This article was published on 06 September 2017 at 02:58 AM. It has 30 views so far.

Seyfaddin Azizov was born in the village of Arkivan in the Masalli region of Azerbaijan. He learned the craft of making chests from his father:

‘I’ve been making chests for 15 years. At first my father and I worked together. Now I work on my own, independently. In a day I can make one or two chests.’

The price of the chests depends on their size, ranging from 10 AZN ($6) to as high as 70 AZN ($41) . Seyfaddin says that most orders come from the neighboring villages and regions.

‘We buy ready-made wooden boards. One cubic meter of boards costs 300 AZN ($177). One cubic meter can produce about 10 to 12 chests.’

 

Seyfaddin chooses the boards he will use for the chest and cuts them to the right size.
When the boards are ready he puts on a metal covering to extend the life of the chests.
Each chest can be painted to order.
Seyfaddin makes it look easy, but this work requires patience and accuracy.
‘Most customers prefer national symbols’.
‘At first my father and I worked together. Now I work on my own, independently’.
He says he can make one or two chests in a day.