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    Here we left a few days in Normandy to Brittany border. Our first step Villedieu-les-Poêles. This large Normandy village houses one of the last bell foundry and crafts copper work.

      See Notre Dame has some beautiful polychrome statue.

    Notre Dame Church (XV)


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    Saint Stephen and Saint Paul (XVII)

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    Notre Dame de Pitié (XVème siècle)


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    Village streets and old laundry.

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     The foundry Cornille-Havard bell and one of the few foundries France. The visit shows the complexity of the melting of a bell between its design, manufacturing steps and decor. Everything depends on the goat hair and horse dung. Almost. Unique know-how which allows for perfect with very echniques craft objects. For a bell, it is necessary to manufacture a single mold and a single design. We must also build a brand specific environment. Briefly, adroit at no trials and some steps should only last a few minutes. All this is a bit ironic, as compared to the raw material worked (brass = copper + tin) and the size and weight of the works. At the end of the desired bell that has the desired note (depending on the diameter, height and thickness) was obtained. Foundry delivers very large models worldwide and recently Notre Dame de Paris world. The tradition of cast bells dating from the 16th century, but it was the arrival of the railway line Paris-Granville that allowed the national development of the foundry.

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    If we do not make the bronze with copper and tin, can be tinned copper pans. And that is what is done in another craft place. The workshop copper is less than 10 people working all sorts of items including copper kitchen utensils of high quality used by professionals. Here is one that makes a visit workers who simply present but in a very demonstrative different techniques used. We feel that these people strive for excellence in their art. Exciting.


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    Welding copper


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    Basic hotel with friendly welcome 20 minutes from the Mont Saint Michel



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