May I introduce Piero Dri, a young artisan who has his workshop il forcolaio matto in Cannaregio, 4231, which is in Calle de l’Oca, parallel to Strada Nova.
His main work is producing and repairing oars and forcole (oar-locks), but what first captured my attention and drew me into the shop was the display of wooden household utensils and pendants. The workmanship is excellent, the designs fresh and unique.
This is very much a workshop, with lots of interesting things to capture your attention. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)
Piero was busy measuring and cutting some wood to repair an oar. He obviously knows what he’s doing, he moves confidently, quickly, with no wasted movements.
Piero studied Astronomy at the University of Padova. Then, in his words “I followed my passion, worked with a master, and now I have my own business.”
It will be one year in April since this young artisan established his business. How wonderful to see the beginning of yet another example of a Venetian enterprise. I’m sure you join me in wishing him many years of success.
(Just for the record, I bought a pendant made mainly of pear wood. I love it!)