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.)
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.