VĂRĂRITUL (limestone burning for whitewash production)

The natural richness aspect also concerns this craft of many inhabitants of the villages and Beiuşului Country: Izbuc, Coleşti, Câmp, Câmp-Moţi, Criştiorul de Jos, Cărpinet, Ponoare, Briheni, Şuşti, Şuştiu, Lazuri, Roşia, Meziad, Sohodol.

A special craft came from a distant Middle Ages, due in the area, more than in any part of Romania, to the natural reserves or limestone from which lime was burnt. In the beginning of the exploitation of limestone, lime burning was limited to the natural application in the local economy. In time, however, the growing demands of the market economy have intensified the specialization in the production and sale of local burnt lime.

Here's a vintage image of whitewash production here: "In 1738, for the" new buildings "of Beiuş, Hoza Michael and Peter Astaloş of Sohodol burnt lime. In 1740, in Vascau, for its church needs (probably of the village) Hoza Marian and Hoza Toader received for lime burning a daily amount of 15.29 florinns (14 bucks a day) and Hoza Marian and Hoza Craciun in Cărpinet , for 12 carts of whitewash (wood supply burned from the master lord) 5 florins. For the glass manufactory in Hăşmaş (jud. Arad), the feudal lord of Beiuş was given on the 15th of June 1761, 10 carts of whitewash. In 1770 for the same Beiuş, four lime ovens were burnt: one of 30 carts by Hoza Theodore, one of 25 carts by Hoza Gavrila of Meziad ".