Bornukovskaya stone-cutting factory
The «Bornukovskaya Cave» factory preserves the tradition of stone carving art in Nizhny Novgorod oblast. Stone carving is one of the most difficult types of decorative art. Of course, Nizhny Novgorod region is not as known as the Urals in this field but our Bornukovsk masters have their own style which has been formed for years. Masters carve figures from anhydrite, selenite, and calcite. While carving the stone, lathe machining is used along with capacity and relief carving and engraving. «Bornukovskaya» work is different from the others with gentleness of forms, simplicity, and naivety of images and stories. Judging by the assortment, it can be suggested that masters feel a very special kind of love for the animal world, especially for predators. The fondness of dangerous animals is also Bornukov tradition. But even tigers and bears get some kind features while carving so that one even want to pet them. In general, masters adore the whole animal kingdom. In the exhibition hall at the factory one can see the representatives of the midland: native birds, cats, dogs, and traditional elephants «for good luck». In addition to animalistic figures, household items such as vases, boxes, candlesticks, lamps, and ashtrays are made. All products in its color scheme are of very soft warm tones: white with golden, reddish, pale pink. The company conducts workshops on stone carving. While manufactures of real masters can be purchased in a store and exhibition hall. Visitors have an opportunity to compare anhydrite produced in different parts of our country as far as there is a constant exhibition of this rock.