Traditional sports and wise hands, Part 2

Skilled hands and meters of yarn

Skilled hands and meters of yarn

Skilled hands, meters of yarn, a cozy village house living room and the whole afternoon to chat away and craft those tiny leather balls that fly so fast.

After being introduced to Angel during one of the pelota matches I  shot, I finally met him in his scenic mountain home in  Benimantell, a village perched on a hill at the foot of Aitana range, where winter afternoons are chilly, fireplaces roaring and plenty of time is available to patiently sew pelotas:

Benimantell village

Benimantell village

Angel in the office

Angel in the office

On his living room table an apparent mess of pincushions, needles, leather stripes, spools of yarn comes to life when his sits down and starts cutting and sawing while telling stories about life in  these hidden mountain villages.

Cutting out leather stripes

Cutting out leather stripes

Beginning to saw the stripes together

Beginning to saw the stripes together

Players think highly of his work, as he has found the right degree of hardness and the balls bounce  just  enough from facades and cobblestone streets.  Angel is particularly proud of the fact that he has recently gained status  of authorized provider for the regional Pelota Association, meaning his work is up to the standards of the best artisans in Spain:

Rough yarn around the core of the ball to achieve the right hardness

Rough yarn around the core of the ball to achieve the right hardness

The leather comes on

The leather comes on

Trimming the leather

Trimming t

The final touches

The final touches

It was a delightful afternoon with good coffee, better conversation and a relaxed shoot while Angel finished a couple of dozen balls with his skilled and surprisingly quick hands.

The collection

The collection

A week´s worth work

A week´s worth work

Photos on pelota matches and Angel´s craft can be found in this stock collection: Pelota

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About Olaf Speier

Hello, thanks for taking a look ! When I am not traveling somewhere or into some art project, I devote my time to stock photography. This blog intends to give an insight into my current stock projects.
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2 Responses to Traditional sports and wise hands, Part 2

  1. Jorge Russell says:

    Interesante… y las fotos, excelentes.

    Like

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