October 12, 2015 4:36 PM   Subscribe

It must take forever to learn to bring a hammer of that size down with such precision.
posted by Foam Pants at 4:43 PM on October 12, 2015

My back hurt just from watching that.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 4:49 PM on October 12, 2015

I don't think it's fantastic precision, I think it's the patience to learn to do a fairly simple tapping motion consistently. Watch it again: it's not the chisel that moves, it's the tile; the chisel just rocks in place. What's amazing to me is the patience necessary to exercise a pretty attainable skill over a long time that culminates in a beautiful panel.
posted by fatbird at 4:54 PM on October 12, 2015

This previous post about the artisans who designed and created the "Moroccan Courtyard" replica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has narration about what they're doing, but it's still a similar in-depth look at the process. And if you live in New York City you can check out the Moroccan court for real - it's amazing.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:57 PM on October 12, 2015 [6 favorites]

Oh, I never saw this Moroccan Court post, which is much more comprehensive
posted by growabrain at 5:10 PM on October 12, 2015

Doing like a simple motion the same again and again with such consistency that each tap is the same as every tap is pretty much the definition of precision.
posted by Foam Pants at 5:30 PM on October 12, 2015 [4 favorites]

Beautiful, I love patterning. If you are ever in Berlin, the Asiatic museum has pattern after pattern from old Roman floors and baths, Turkish and other ancient tile patterns. Schliemann was quite the.collector.
posted by Oyéah at 6:01 PM on October 12, 2015

THIS IS LOVELY thanks. (I teach an Islamic art history course and lurve technique videos)
posted by Capybara at 7:11 PM on October 12, 2015

These are gorgeous, thanks for posting. I wonder why some tile work (e.g. Ottoman) has elaborate designs painted on simple square tiles, whereas other tile work cuts the tiles themselves into the shapes. Seems like painting would be the easier way to get beautiful patterns ... any art historians in here?
posted by Quietgal at 7:49 PM on October 12, 2015

Not art historian but the cut tile designs will be more durable than a painted design.
posted by Mitheral at 8:40 PM on October 12, 2015

Amazing! It reminds me of looking at the front and back of handmade quilts and rugs.
posted by harrietthespy at 8:57 PM on October 12, 2015

Oh. my. god. woah. Just, woah.
posted by eggkeeper at 10:26 PM on October 12, 2015

This is fascinating. I don't think I've ever really tried to imagine how they made those tile patterns, but I'm pretty sure I would have guessed a bunch of stuff wrong. Thank you, growabrain!
posted by straight at 10:27 PM on October 12, 2015

Their poor lungs. And all that glaze tainted with heavy metals. These can not be healthy artisans.
posted by five fresh fish at 11:18 PM on October 12, 2015 [2 favorites]

This video has been removed. Does anyone have an alternate link?
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