The Last Chairmaker of Komotini

The Greek Reporter - Greece published the article "The Last Chairmaker of Komotini" by Abed Alloush on 13 April 2014.

"Bring out your old chairs, folks comes the chairbler!"

Such is the cry of Hussein Ismet, the last chair-maker of Komotini in northern Greece, as he trawls the town street by street seeking nothing more than to ply his trade of his forebears.  The locals hear him coming from blocks away.

He learned the craft from his father, who in turn learned it from his grandfather - a family business if ever there was.  For as long as he can remember, Hussein has wandered around on his tricycle-cum-workshop in search of seating in need of repair.

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