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Stonecutters Ply Their Trade In Barre Granite Sheds

Steve Zind

This week on Vermont Edition, we're hearing from people who have worked as masters and apprentices in the Vermont Folklife Center's "Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program," which is celebrating its twentieth year. 

The program has been instrumental in helping to train some of the stonecutters who still ply their trade in the granite sheds in Barre.

It's been particularly successful in opening what was once an all-male trade to a new generation of women.

Heather Milne Richie, an apprentice stone cutter in the program, is currently working on a public sculpture commissioned by the city of Barre.