Another dying art

In Cannaregio, I paused outside a workshop window to watch a man working with simple tools , glass and lead to produce a thing of lasting beauty.

I opened the door and asked permission to enter and watch him at his work. He nudged a stool to one end of the work bench, and I sat engrossed for many moments.

When he had finished a particular stage of the job, we talked for a while. He is Angelo Farinati, and he said he is the last to practice his trade in Venice.

This is what he was working on, my fingers itched to have a go! (His method is different to the one I have used.)

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Sig. Farinati explained to me the process of producing a flat sheet of glass from a blown glass sphere, and showed me photos of some of the windows  in Ca’Pesaro which were repaired/replaced by his father and uncle. I’ll be looking for them when I visit that interesting museum.

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20 responses to “Another dying art

  1. steven

    What a great discovery. I don’t like to think of some day when such small places will no longer exist in Venice–or elsewhere, for that matter.

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  2. Hi Yvonne 😀 Wow. You are a Casanova-ess…..always chatting up the Italian men !!They’ll write your name in stained glass soon 😉 Ralph xox 😀

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  3. How wonderful. And that is terrific that he allowed you to watch and to photograph him.

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  4. Such a great post. It makes me long for Venice. The only place I know where strangers are welcome to observe the locals work.

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  5. Too many dying arts. How great that you get to see some of them and share them with us before they’re completely gone.

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  6. What a treat to sit with him and observe his work! Maybe you should bring him una fritella Y! 😉

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  7. Thanks Yvonne…have you thought about writing a book???

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  8. hungryhungryhippo404

    Wow, what a special thing to have happened upon just by chance! Sad to hear that he is the last one in Venice who can do that 😦

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  9. That’s for sure, Michelle.

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  10. Another very interesting place to visit.

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