The Samians who made a profession out of passion and a passion out of a profession.
Heeding the call of his ancestors, Andreas Karamaroudis was destined for a love affair with the sea. He began his life as a shipwright at age 17. Today, Andreas constructs, maintains and repairs wooden ships from his workshop using pine wood rich in resin. The hulls he engineers are durable and artfully-beautiful. Much like his ancestors, the ships in his care are destined for the sea.
The Instrument Maker
Bouzoukia, baglamadakia, tzourades – handmade, elegant stringed instruments crafted with love, by Pavlos Papanikolaou. Initially, Pavlos followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps to become a carpenter. Later, he began experimenting with building instruments. Through trial and error, Pavlos elevated his woodworking skills to that of a luthier, and the results are splendid!
Iraklis Lykourinos has spent countless hours on the sea in his trusty fishing boat, ‘Agios Nikolas‘. The sea has been his passion since childhood. In the seaside village of Kokkari, Iraklis grew up on boats, watching his father throw nets from his trawl into the endless blue – his second home.
In the mountains of Panagia, Giannis Mattheos keeps his apiary. He began with only two small hives, and raised his bees as if they were his children. Today, there are 60 hives and innumerable bees, with their number peaking every May. Giannis’ apiary produces 400 kilos of honey on average a year – honey infused with the tastes and aromas of the region’s soil and flowers.