The research done by Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, on the knowledge and techniques of how Ethiopia’s rock-cut churches are created, is celebrated in the UofT Bulletin.
Michael will interview “the few remaining master craftsmen responsible for carving the churches”. “[T]hanks to a significant grant from the Arcadia Fund, the knowledge and techniques of how Ethiopia’s rock-cut churches are created will be preserved for generations to come. […] It typically takes a master craftsman five years to make an average church that is 15 metres square by four metres high. Craftsmen are trained as young men on the hewing techniques but knowledge is passed down orally without any written instruction to rely on beyond a written contract.”