MAKING A KEEPNET
Do by yourself a keepnet for fishing
Making a keepnet Giardini Naxos and Taormina
Making a keepnet Giardini Naxos is designed to make one of the oldest fishing tools used on the Taormina coast.
According to the historian A. Sáñez Reguart it seems that fishing with keepnet was born by chance observing the fish that flocked near the banks of the rivers when women went there to wash the dishes. The leftovers of food served as a reminder and man’s observation of this behavior led him to think he could trap fish by lowering baskets into the water.
In the seaside village of Giardini Naxos, children were learned to create a keepnet from an early age, observing the greatest and most experienced sailors on the beach. The raw material to create a keepnet was the rush (u juncu), a plant that grows spontaneously in Sicily in swampy soils near rivers or along the banks of the sea to the west.
Making a keepnet consist of
A rope with bait (isca) is inserted inside the keepnet, while in the upper part there is an opening that allow the catch of the freshly caught fish.
Generally the keepnet, gathered in groups, are put into the sea, making the side of each rest on the bottom. They, one after the other, are tied to a cane rope and spaced apart. The duration of the stay at sea (cala) is variable, but generally they settle them in the morning and collect them at the following dawn.
To find them at sea, they are tied to the traps of the floats (corks), while to keep them at the bottom, a large stone (mazzara) is placed.
In the two hours we will proceed to the creation of the keepnet, according to the manual skills of each and the starting and closing points will be explained. In the end you will be able to complete your keepnet in perfect autonomy!
Making a keepnet - More info
– Improve problem solving skills
– Enhance patience and perseverance
What it includes
– Master of Arts
– Materials and work tools
– Sicily-Experience souvenir
In an art atelier on the Giardini Naxos seafront. You will be informed of the exact point at the time of booking.
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Making a keepnet