It turned out they were admiring the work of a diminutive female employee pounding away with a hammer and chisel on a 60-pound wheel of Parmignano Reggiano.
Isn't that work better suited to a blacksmith type body, I asked. She smiled, replying she'd been breaking up giant cheese wheels for 9 years. A male bystander remarked that it was fine woman's work.
Good show, all.