20 November 2016

Godpodăria Lăzești, Alba

Cooper master’s household, 19th century
From the area of Apuseni Mountains, Lăzeşti Village (Scărişoara Commune, Alba County), the National Village Museum owns a typical household, former property of Mariş Aurel (nickname Băb), being built on a slant and having two stories. The building, having a high quarry stone foundation, comprises of two rooms on the ground floor: the cooper master’s workshop and the basement. The upper floor, made of fir beams carved on four sides and joined in dovetail, comprises the living room and a pantry, with separate entries; a stoop (“târnaţ”) is also present on the upper floor. The high hip roof is covered with groove-and-tongue shingles. The access to the inhabitable floor is made through a wooden stair, with two ramps, covered with the same type of shingles. The whole household includes also the economic buildings: the pantry with stoop and basement, the summer kitchen (with a stone stove) with a ridged roof, the polygonal barn with stable and a coop for chicken and pigs. All the constructions are made of wood, built on a stone base, with fir shingle roof coverings. The inventory of the household reminds the villagers’ occupations, among them being the logging, the agriculture (practiced in the highlands), and especially the craft of cooperage (“văsărit”), frequent in this area. The monument was transferred in the Village Museum in the year 1991, and restored in 2010.