Etn.ia is a territorial project that has as mission to collect, safeguard and give a voice to the historical Irpinia’s artisan realities survived over time.


Sabino Repole



The powerful shots of Sabino’s hammer can be heard in the distance, as it beats an incandescent piece of metal and breaks the quiet of a summer afternoon in the historic center of Atripalda. A month ago, another craft workshop closed, now there are only three of them left in that square, once it was full of shops, trades and old artisian laboratory.


The blacksmith of the village comes out of his shop, with his black hands, dirty with the rock-hard coal dust, after fixing the work for the next day.


It is almost sunset, a bright red floods the whole labyrinth of streets in this part of the center, waiting for the blue of the evening to come out, when the inhabitants walk down to the streets to enjoy the cool climate.


How beautiful this part of the city is, everywhere there is art, craftsmanship and tradition: an open-air museum on the excavations of the Basilica of Capo la Torre, found a few years ago, the Piazzetta degli Artisti, where there is the window of Sabin’s workshop and the church of the Annunziata which dominates the whole square.


Sabino is a 55-years-old man, but when you asked him how this journey has began, he hesitates to respond. It takes a few seconds for a meditative silence, he looks around to see how much history there is in his workshop, then he says, an ironic “it has all happened by chance, co’masto”, and then he evokes a thought to Mauro Orlando, his master in the art of modeling metals.


He has started, working in the markets of the town, selling agricultural work tools, steel and iron tools, hoes, hooks with goat bone handles, axes, scythes and falcons, hammers of all kinds and for every use, antique scissors,all handcrafted by Sabino.


Mauro Orlando has generously chosen Sabino Repole as his successor, but Sabino continues to remember him branding his initials on his works, “because it is necessary to always remember”.


Sabino’s son, Carmine is often in the shop with him but, as Sabino explaines, no one wants to do the craft of the artisan, is a manual art to which you have to offer time, dedication and sacrifice.


Sabino Repole was born, raised and has always lived in Atripalda. We has not asked him why he decided to stay, because, as he would like to repeat, there’s no reasons to go.