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PHOTO GALLERY: Copper engraving is not an easy job


Essam and Said outside their workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Essam and Said outside their workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said holds some copper dishes inside the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said with some copper dishes for sale. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said holds some copper dishes inside the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said laying out copper dishes for display. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Some forms of the copper at the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
More copper for sale. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said engraves on a piece of copper. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said making a copper engraving. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Some of copper forms at the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Copper trays with Arabic calligraphy engravings. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said engraves on a piece of copper during the working hours (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said engraves a piece of copper at the workshop (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Essam holds a copper utensil in his workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Essam displays a copper utensil in his workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
All forms of the copper fill the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
All kinds of copper fill the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said refers to some copper dishes that are ready for sale in the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said points to some copper dishes that are ready for sale in the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Essam stand among the different forms of copper in the workshop.(Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Essam stand among the different types of copper for sale in his workshop.(Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Some forms of the copper at the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
The copper wares include both bowls and ornamental lampshades. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
The gate of the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
The gate of the workshop in Al-Hussein district. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said refers to some copper forms in the workshop (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said points to some other types of copper in the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Essam sitting outside the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Essam outside of his workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Some copper dishes in the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Some copper dishes in the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said stand inside the workshop among the copper forms. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said in the workshop, surrounded by copper. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said engraves on a piece of copper. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said working with copper. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Some forms of the copper at the workshop. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Some copper wares for sale. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said engraves on copper. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Said engraving. (Photo by Mai Shaheen)
Apr
23

Mohsen El-Araby's Sons is one of the oldest copper industry workshops in El-Hussein neighbourhood, south Cairo.

Essam, 54, the owner of the workshop, says it was opened in 1925 by his grandfather, Essam, and his brother Said, 42, who represents the shop's third generation.

Essam and Said learned the craft from their father when they were 9 and as a result didn't finish school.

Essam has since retired from working in the shop and now only sells copper utensils. Said, though, still makes copper engravings.

"A coppersmith should be a good painter before he starts engraving," Said says. "He should start engraving at a very young age. Nobody can work as a coppersmith without these conditions."

Said has two children – but he didn't want to teach them the craft, which had been passed down from his father and grandfather.

Essam and Said have never worked in any other profession before. They've also never learned any other craft, only copper engraving.

All photos by Mai Shaheen 

 

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