A stone with manifold uses
Purity and elegance of the Cansiglio stone
Today there are two main quarries: in Tambre d’Alpago, there is a quarry pit where talc for pharmaceutical use is extracted and; in Col delle Fratte (Pianon) the bianco di Pianon (Pianon’s white) is extracted. The latter is a stone similar to ancient Cansiglio stone, ivory white and well workable. The stone is extracted by Grigolin. Uncoloured marbles, such as Cansiglio stone, are rich in pure calcium carbonate, which is used by a wide variety of industries, such as food and medical ones. Marble powder is also a component in colorants and varnishes, in toothpastes and plastics and is also used in papermaking industry, together with kaolin.
In Alpago, you can still find erratics known as “pietra canterina” (“singing stone”) with very fine grain, suitable for sculptures and artifacts. When interesting pieces are found, they are set aside for local artists. Master Franco Fiabane is one of such artists, one of the greatest lovers of this stone, and he has been carving it for over 60 years, giving us magnificent sculptures, like the Via Crucis in Madonna di Lourdes Church in Nevegal. He loves calling it “pietra di Sant’Anna” (St. Anne stone), named after the village where it was once quarried.
The Stone and its architecture today
Brushed-stone kitchen basin and worktable in Cansiglio stone, private house, Garna d’Alpago.
Fountain extracted from Cansiglio stone, with hand blunted and bush-hammered finishes with chiselled parts. Spert d’Alpago square.
Detail of the fountain representing a rhombus decorated with leaves and hand-worked with chisel. Spert d’Alpago square.
Coat of arms of Tambre municipality.
The Stone and its architecture yesterday
Private courtyard wall. Puos d’Alpago.
Franco Fiabane’s sculpture. Old section: using Roman boundary stone found and worked in Via Altinate, leading from Rome to Santiago de Compostela; new section: linear modern sculpture, the figure is derived from the composition and decomposition of triangular figures.
Old bush-hammered urn with polished parts. Private house, Alpago.
Detail: old bush-hammered urn with polished parts. Private house, Alpago.
Details of the Alchemist’s house façade in Cansiglio stone, late baroque. Valdenogher. Notice the bas-relief in Rosso Secca, above the arch.
Detail, bas-relief keystone in Cansiglio stone.
Original gate and recently made stairs in Cansiglio stone, Schiucaz di Tambre church, Alpago.
Original gate in Cansiglio stone, Farra d’Alpago church.
Classic window-frame in Cansiglio stone.