Bursa’s Music Maker

Bursa’s Music Maker

“In a typical year, I make three or four violins,” Can explained to me as we sat together in his workshop in Bursa’s Konak neighborhood. Hand tools littered his workbench, maple and spruce planks were neatly stacked on a floor rack, a picture of his mentor sat on a...
An Artist on Artists Street

An Artist on Artists Street

“I love art. In fact, I would say I’m married to my art, and I’ll be doing this work until the day I die!” Serpil Kalkan exclaimed as we sat together at her street studio sipping tea and chatting. It was a chilly winter day in downtown Bursa, but Serpil’s charm was...
The Gemlik Olive Farmer

The Gemlik Olive Farmer

“You can taste it if you want, but I don’t recommend it,” my friend Arif warned me in Turkish as we walked through one of his olive groves.  Or at least that’s what I thought he said.  I had just pulled a green olive off one of his trees and was closely examining it,...
Gölyazı’s Net Maker

Gölyazı’s Net Maker

This woman sits along the shore of Uluabat Lake in Gölyazı, happily making nets for the village’s fishermen.  When I asked if I could snap her picture, she warmly agreed.  “Lots of people like to take my picture,” she said.  “I walked into a place one day in Bursa and...